10 Minute Leftover Fried Rice

On Monday and Tuesday of this week we were supposed to get a Nor’easter, a blizzard, the SNOW STORM OF THE CENTURY. All the facebook statuses were about the impending doom of a storm, and I imagine all the weather channel statuses were also about the 2 feet of snow we were supposed to get. I wasn’t too concerned about the weather, and I mostly looked for gems like this on my facebook while ignoring all the weather updates. I’m not sure why, but Aldo and I both found this video so hilarious:

I wasn’t too worried about the weather because I love snow days, where you get to work from home in your pajamas with a cat in your lap, and you get to look out the window and watch the snow fall. I also didn’t have to run out to the store in a panic to get the bread and milk because my pantry and fridge are generally well stocked and I can usually create a good meal just from things I have in my kitchen.

Before the snow storm, I saw that we had leftover cooked rice, frozen peas, frozen corn, and frozen chopped leeks. This would be enough to make a quick stir fry, quick enough even to make even during my ”lunch break” during the work-from-home day.

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Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

Guys, I just recently found out that buckwheat is a seed, not a grain. I always thought buckwheat was a type of wheat, and never bought it because I figured we eat enough grains (even if they are whole grains most of the time). But I recently learned that buckwheat is a seed, which means that it is higher in protein and fiber than wheat. But unlike quinoa and amaranth – the other two healthy seeds that we eat as a side – buckwheat is really cheap (though not as trendy, I admit).  (more…)

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Oatmeal Craisin Pecan Cookies

For my last day at my old job I wanted to bring cookies for my department. I knew I needed a cookie recipe that was super easy since I wanted to make 5 dozen cookies, and go food shopping, and go to the gym that evening.

After perusing pinterest for a while (and getting so overwhelmed – does that happen to you sometimes??), I remembered that one of my co-workers brought in the most amazing oatmeal raisin cookies one day. I asked him for the recipe and he said ”it’s just the recipe on the Quaker oats box, I think they’re called ‘vanishing cookies’ or something.”

oatmeal craisin pecan cookies

I decided I will make that recipe, but with a twist – I made craisin pecan oatmeal cookies instead. (more…)

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How to Cure Salmon – Lox Recipe

One of my favorite things about visiting my mom for a weekend is sitting down and having breakfast with her. We sit down over a cup of delicious coffee with steamed foamy milk and eat toasted English muffins topped with either slices of brie or lox and cream cheese.

If you’ve never had lox, it is cured smoked salmon. Lox is a popular bagel topping in NYC, but it seems like people from other parts of the country have never heard of it (including Aldo from right across the river from NYC). And this is so sad, because salty smokey lox with cream cheese on a bagel is just so so good!

lox recipe

Now, if you HAVE had lox, then you know how freakin’ expensive it is – around $24/pound. That’s nuts. So I was really excited when my mom casually said ”Oh, and I want to buy some salmon so I can make lox for breakfast.” Wait. WHAT? I didn’t know you can just MAKE lox!  (more…)

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

One of my friends e-mailed me this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip recipe just in time for me to make it for a party I was going to the next day. If you like buffalo sauce, this recipe is as good as it sounds. It is very easy to make, and it was a huge hit. (more…)

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Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes

These spiced pumpkin pancakes are delicious and have the perfect fluffy pancake texture.

spiced pumpkin pancakes

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15-Minute Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

On my last day of work for the year (yay for mandatory shutdown at work!) I brought home all the chocolate I got from co-workers and friends in the last few weeks. This is both ”Merry Christmas” chocolate and ”Happy Birthday” chocolate.

I love love love chocolate. (more…)

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Swai Bake with White Wine Lemon Garlic Sauce – The Dinner Party Part IV

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t been following along with the delicious dinner party recipes I’ve been posting, here they are:

Part I: Green Beans with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese in a Fig Balsamic Glaze

Part II: Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

Part III: My signature Beet and Bleu Cheese Salad with a Citrus Dressing

And now we are finally up to the main course. For the main course we had Latkes with Leeks and a Swai Bake with White Wine Lemon Garlic Sauce. The Latkes recipe will have to wait – my mom made them, so I will have to try her recipe and then write about it.

But here is the Swai recipe. It would be great served with a simple pasta tossed in olive oil or with rice to soak up the delicious white wine sauce.

Swai Bake with White Wine

If you have never heard of Swai, it is one of my favorite fishes. (I like having the opportunity to say ”fishes” – it’s a fun word!). It tastes very light and is not too fishy, and cooks very quickly (more…)

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Beet and Blue Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing – The Dinner Party Part III

This salad is my signature salad. Whenever I ask what I can bring to a family dinner party, I am told to bring ”one of those fancy salads you make, you know the one with the beets and stuff.”

I came up with this salad years ago, when I first realized that cooking is fun, and salads don’t have to consist of only greens and tomatoes, and you can mix and match obscure ingredients and make delicious flavor combinations.

I love the blue cheese, beets, and citrus dressing combination in this salad. Obviously, I was not the first person to think of this combination for a salad. But the fact that other people have thought of this too just reassured me that I should continue cooking and coming up with my own recipes – I was doing something right if others were making the same thing!

beet and blue cheese salad

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Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms – The Dinner Party Part II

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great time with Aldo’s family. I think the highlight of the night was when Aldo’s youngest niece opened one of her presents – a baby doll – and squealed! She was so excited about that doll, it was very cute.

What was the highlight of your Christmas this year?

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to continue posting recipes from my family’s dinner party from last weekend. The first recipe I posted was this awesome green beans side dish – green beans with cranberries, almonds and goat cheese in a fig balsamic glaze.

Parmesan stuffed mushrooms

Today I am sharing this Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.

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