When we go out to eat, there are a few meals that we will NOT order. Anything pasta, steak (Matt does it way better), & nothing on the kids menu (mac-n-cheese, chicken fingers, etc). I'm usually disappointed, and I start thinking we could do it way better at home. Here is a lighter version of shrimp scampi with no butter and pasta. I love this sauce from Smoked N Grilled on Pintrest.
May has been a very surreal month for me...a series of highs and lows. Yesterday was a terrific high that I've decided to carry over to today, Mom's birthday. She would have been 78 today. My recipe will honor one of Mom's favorite food stuff. About last night though.... The magnificent Philbrook Museum in Tulsa has a movie series every Summer. On the last Friday of the month the museum shows a movie on the lawn. Gigi and I have been to the Philbrook together so I know that she's able to envision the sight of people on blankets, trees, fireflies and The Princess Bride on the big screen. It's over by the hippo statue Gigi! So my friend Requita and I decided to make a day of it. We decided to go to dinner first. I had a taste for Pho, as it turns out there's several restaurants in Tulsa that serve Pho. Off to Pho Nhi Vietnamese Noodle Restaurant! This is by far one of the very best dining experiences that I've had since moving to Oklahoma. This isn't a restaurant review but it leads up to my favorite restaurant food...at the end of the meal we ordered iced Vietnamese coffee. If you LOVE coffee, this is a must. I've attempted to make this drink at home before with little success. I knew the problem with my version was the coffee itself. The recipe clearly states Vietnamese coffee and I didn't have any. Until last night. Located beside the restaurant is a huge Asian market. After the food orgy we went to the market and I was able to pick up the proper ingredients at very affordable prices! And coffee was one of Mom's favorites. So, Happy Birthday Mom, Vietnamese style!
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Recipe via Bon Appetit
2 tablespoons dark-roast ground coffee (preferably Trung Nguyen Premium Blend or Cafe Du Monde Coffee with Chicory)
2 tablespoons(scant) sweetened condensed milk
Make coffee, stir in condensed milk until blended. Add ice, stir, and serve.
Okay I have a feeling that I may have submitted this recipe before. But now it's "authentic" so.....
Sorry folks. The husband and I have moved. Kinda. We are currently living in a hotel. So I've lost track of time. I honestly thought yesterday was Saturday. So I'm going to post both.
Yesterday was mom's birthday. Today is my stepdaughter Savannah's birthday. Banner weekend.
My new favorite. this is called a butter bar. It is from Deb's Bakery, Cakes, Pastries and Crafts. (In Dawsonville, GA) I will definitely be learning how to make these on my own
I shall begin with full disclosure: my favorite store bought pastry has been and always will be Strawberry Pop Tarts. That's it, end of discussion. But is that the end of the discussion? Where's the challenge? Happenstance found me in a gas station in Okemah, Oklahoma that also has a deli and grocery store. The deli has Longhorn cheese...but that wasn't the challenge. My second favorite store bought pastry happens to be Swiss Rolls. Look at this! A big ass Swiss Roll that I have only seen at the Red and White gas station in Okemah, Oklahoma. And it's rather tasty. If you ever road trip and want to find little gas stations with good food... you're welcome!
La Grande Orange...This is what happens when you send me to a bakery. It was completely unreasonable to expect me to pick one pastry item. The bakery not only sells fresh daily-made pastries and cakes and macarons. It has a tiny store devoted to wine, animals, & anything to do with the feminist movement: self-help books for women leaders, socks with funny sayings that only women would understand, and wine.Then attached to this bakery is a pizzeria! You can buy bottles of wine, then take it to the pizzeria to enjoy with your meal. They'll even recork your bottle for you. It's a unique little place. I ended up buying Key Lime Pie with a mile high whipped cream layer, a homemade Ding Dong, and Red Velvet Cake. None of it was disappointing....at all. Thanks Angie for getting my butt out in the world and trying something new. 😊
Naranja from the Flying Star
Gluten free chocolate love with a hint of orange. Hence he name Naranja
This time next week I will no longer be a resident of New Mexico. It's been a very long journey for the husband and myself. Our relationship started here, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. So onto the next chapter of our story.
Angie, Georgia, Amy and Nikita
Stir-fry tofu with udon noodles
I start by cutting the tofu into bite-size pieces, coating with sesame oil (YUM!!) and putting them in a 350 degree preheated oven and letting them bake for about 30 minutes. Then I saute my veggies, Onions, garlic, red and yellow peppers, add my green beans after about 10 minutes. Once veggies are cooked I'll add my udon and tofu. Add more sesame oil and soy sauce for taste.
Angel Hair pasta with Alfredo sauce and grilled chicken
If you haven't noticed, I love food and books. I follow many food and book related blogs, podcasts, and social media...you get the picture. I follow the Library of Congress on Facebook. A few months ago the library announced that they digitized Rosa Parks papers. What does a pioneer of the Civil Rights have to do with food? Guess what? Quite a lot. Ms. Parks recipes are digitized. One that's making its way around the internet (Both NPR and Food52 had stories) is Ms Parks recipe for "Featherlight" Peanut butter Pancakes. Peanut butter Pancakes! Yes! Ms Parks would not down her recipes on any readily available scrap of paper. In this case, a bank deposit envelope. Yes, the envelope has been digitized. I found the complete recipe and method via Food52 and decided to whip up a batch. As you can see, I made a wee pancake for Marley. She was most pleased. I topped my pancakes with cinnamon and bananas. I'm a rebel myself, see? I'm also sharing the photo of the original envelope on which Ms Parks wrote the recipe. Kendall Jenner has Pepsi, I have Rosa Parks pancakes..
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Rosa Parks' "Featherlight" Peanut Butter Pancakes
First....who came up with this day? National-Eat-Anything-You-Want Day. It's a crying shame that it landed on a Thursday -a school night, soccer tryouts, and work night. What I really wanted was a chargrilled steak, medium rare with A1 sauce and a big sweet potato! But given the circumstances and levels of exhaustion from the day's activities, we ate goat cheese stuffed ravioli. Mind you, it was frozen from a box, so don't ask me for the recipe. But I did top it off with Homemade Alfredo Sauce and served it with homegrown tomatoes and a garnish of parsley. Side note: Matt harvested about 10 maters. They are the best!! It was so delicious that I had seconds which rarely happens. 😉
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Homemade Alfredo Sauce
This past Thursday was "National Eat Whatever You Want" day.. Seriously.. So the challenge was make whatever you want Thursday.
Randy and I are rounding the corner to our big move. So I am still using what is in the freezer and/or pantry.
Thank you to these lovelies for keeping things exciting on here for me.
Next week is Angie's week and she was having a little mercy on me. Our food challenge is to take a photo of our favorite pastry, bakery item. Bought.. Not made.. Which is fabulous because the rest of the kitchen will be packed this week.
Georgia, Angie, Amy and Nikita.. And let's not forget Amy's new sidekick Marley!!
Ya'll. It is 106°F at this very moment in Phoenix. I got into my car to head home for lunch and felt like I had entered a crematorium. All the pores of my skin opened up to gasp for a refreshing breeze, but they were denied...until this baby: Mixed Berry Smoothie (combined with the central cooling system of the house.) It made for a great afternoon lunch. I drink it in one of Matt's pretty beer glasses because why not?! And Matt's been making this family smoothies for years and serves it in these fancy schmancy glasses. The only downside is you need to check your teeth for berry seeds before you go back to work. Your co-workers may not like you enough to tell you there's something in your teeth. 🤣
Frozen mixed berry blend
Blend equal parts together and garnish with a pretty strawberry.
Optional additions: vodka but not equal parts and not on your lunch break. 😉
So Nikita sent over this week challenge. Smoothies.. And.. I packed my ninja the day before..
So Bahama Bucks it was. Pineapple Breeze!!
Angie sent this over with no recipe.
I mean it looks yummy and all..
But good luck trying to figure it out..
Earlier in the week I received a new cookbook and, I kid you not, the first recipe that I glimpsed was a smoothie recipe. Perfectly providential!
Chunky Monkey Smoothie
From Vegetarian Comfort Food by Jennifer Browne
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 large frozen banana (peeled)
1 Tbsp butter (peanut or almond)
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
4 pitted dates
1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
To make it less sweet, Sony eliminate the dates. Or if that much caused colon blow!
In all seriousness I do like the simplicity of a homemade smoothie. So this was a refreshing food challenge.
Next week's food challenge is whatever finds it's way to your dining room table next Thursday.. Seriously!!
If you'd like to join please feel free to send your recipes and photos no later than Saturday morning to email@example.com in the subject line type Saturday Bites
In the meantime stay cool,
Nikita, Georgia, Angie and Amy
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