Monday, November 24, 2014

Hibachi Vegetables

I am not a fan of zucchini or squash.
The only real time you will see me eat them is at the Japanese hibachi restaurants. Something about the way it is cooked, and the simple flavors make them look enticing to me.

I had a "duh" moment when I realized I could make them at home!

So simple...yet, so tasty!
If I am feeling a little "wild and crazy" I might add some thinly sliced carrots.

Nothing more than that though, then it walks the fine line between being a neat copy-cat type side dish to being more of an every day stir fry.
We can't have that, it would be an identity crisis like we have never seen before!

1 Zucchini
1 Yellow squash
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tsp ginger

1. Heat a skillet over med/high heat
2. Slice veggies in long, thick strips
3. Saute veggies for about 5 minutes until cooked, yet firm with brown colors
4. Add soy sauce and sesame seeds.
5. Serve immediately


Forgive my little bag-o-onion, I was using up leftovers

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Cucumber Dill Salad

This is made all the freaking time in my house.
It's so simple, and so insanely delicious.
It's probably not even a "real" recipe, but that's OK by me.

I call it cucumber dill for obvious reason, but sometimes I mix in some tomato and lettuce and call it a dill salad.

One year, on Thanksgiving, I was just craving I made it to bring to my aunt and uncles.
My second oldest cousin happened to be sitting at the same table as me that year. He is out of the loop enough not to know who brought what (meaning: he is a guy, he just shows up to eat) .
He took a big bite, sat there for a second.,.then went in for another bite. Then, out of nowhere, I got one of the biggest compliments he could have given.

"This tastes like something Gram would have made"
Oh did my heart just flutter!!

Our great grandmother was the queen of comfort food! Nothing fancy, everything simple and perfect.

Thanks cousin. You made my year!

1 Cucumber (diced)
¼ Cup sour cream
Optional: Lettuce, tomato

1. Mix all ingredients
2. Season with salt and dill to taste


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Monday, November 3, 2014

BBQ Baked Onion Rings

I am headed out shopping with the girl child.
Know what is really great about her? I simply like her! Of course I love her, I am her mom...but she is a really good person inside.
She is fun to be with, always has interesting things to say. The girl has the ability to make me laugh like nobody else.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have my daughter be my BFF.

Not that we always get along, we are so similar, we butt heads....frequently.
Love conquers all though, and soon we are back to our happy ways!

I should totally buy her this for Christmas:

1 Cup barbecue sauce
2 Large eggs (lightly beaten)
4 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Cups panko bread crumbs
2 Large sweet onions (sliced into ½ inch rings)
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place two baking sheets in the oven and allow them to preheat
3. Place bread crumbs in a bowl
4. In medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs, and flour
5. Dip onion slice in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake off excess
6. Dip coated onion into bread crumbs, covering totally
7. Lay on a cool baking sheet.
8. Repeat until all onions are coated
9. Remove hot baking sheets from oven and spray lightly with cooking spray
10. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets
11. Spray coated onions lightly with cooking spray
12. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden
13. Turn each onion ring over.
14. Spray the other side with cooking spray
15. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes


Recipe adapted from here

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