A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Month: February 2017

Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry – Sort of

Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry – Sort of

This post was originally part of a series I did for a friend who had asked me to do some picture-only posts.  She was part of a group sponsoring a refugee family.  They had been in a refugee camp for over 11 years, had limited […]

Quick Beef Strips and Asparagus

Quick Beef Strips and Asparagus

If you saw my post on sort-of chicken stir-fry, you know about a friend’s request that I do a series of photo only posts for the benefit of a refugee family she was sponsoring. This is another of those posts, edited and streamlined, without all […]

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Another of the photo step-by-step posts–edited.
 I know you are supposed to break the spears at their natural point, but I was lazy.  I just cut off an each or so of the woody stalk.
 Laid them out on a foil-lined cookie sheet and drizzled olive oil over them, and added a few grinds of coarse salt.
 And roasted them for 20 minutes at 425 Fahrenheit.

One of the easiest and tastiest side dishes ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole from NatashasKitchen

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole from NatashasKitchen

I pinned this recipe quite a while ago and finally got around to making it tonight.  This moves to a permanent board on Pinterest because it is delicious!  The chicken is really tender, and the gravy and mushrooms are full of flavor. Find the recipe […]

Fruit Salad – Fruit Cocktail, Frozen Strawberries, and Bananas

Fruit Salad – Fruit Cocktail, Frozen Strawberries, and Bananas

I had more of those photo-only posts than I remembered!  Most very easy, with few ingredients, that still taste good. This one has a history.  Steve’s grandmother used to make it. It uses frozen, canned, and fresh fruits, and you really should try it.  It’s […]

Can I call this stir fry? Sure I can

Can I call this stir fry? Sure I can

What I can’t really call these are recipes.
Yesterday I had some boneless chicken breast, and when I looked in the freezer and saw some Aldi’s veggies, I decided I would make something with the two.
I grabbed some things from the pantry and fridge.
I sliced the chicken up, seasoned it with garlic salt and lemongrass powder and sautéed it in toasted sesame oil over medium-high heat.  Cook the chicken until no longer pink, about 5 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, I put a bag of Asian Seasoned Vegetable medley in the microwave.  Once the veggies were done I added to the chicken.  I then plopped in a tablespoon of Sambal Oelek, and drizzled some soy sauce (not too much!).  Stir and heat it through, and eat!
It was delicious!  Sorry about the messy bowl.
Today I thought I would repeat it, but I didn’t have the mixed veggies and I had pork.
So I sliced up the pork, heated up the toasted sesame oil, but this time I squeezed in some garlic, ginger, and lemongrass paste, stirred that a bit until it was fragrant, then added the pork.
While that was cooking I put a bag of Aldi’s frozen asparagus in the microwave.  When it was done, I drained and sliced the asparagus and added to the pan, and stirred it up a bit.  I didn’t like the asparagus right out of the microwave, but sautéing it on the stovetop gave it a nice crispy edge that I liked.  Sambal Oelek and soy sauce, and another bowl full of goodness.
Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

I don’t know what triggered it, but last night I had a hankering for black bean soup, and I knew I had to make it today. I spent a bit of time online, reading different recipes, and settled on a rough approximation of a spicy […]