Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

shrimp fried rice

One of the best things about ordering Chinese food is that they always send it with lots of rice.  And one of the best things about having extra rice is that it pretty much requires you to make shrimp fried rice sometime in the next few days.  And one of the best things about making shrimp fried rice is that it is one of the easiest, most flexible suppers you can make.  The rice and the shrimp and the sauce are mandatory, but after that you can toss in pretty much whatever veggies you have lurking in your fridge and they are going to fit right it.  Peas, spinach, asparagus...you name it.  Let's make some! Read More & Get the Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

slow cooker chicken teriyaki

It might be my imagination, but somehow there seems to be something magic in my slow cooker that makes things taste that much more delicious than their traditional stovetop versions.  It might be magic, or it might be the fact that whatever it is gets to simmer away all day long, low and slow in whatever sauces and seasonings you have in the slow cooker.  Take this chicken teriyaki for example.  It spends all day in a bath of soy sauce and sugar and ginger and onion, and at the end of eight hours it is tangy tender deliciousness. Plus the kitchen smells like teriyaki heaven.  I'm going back to my original theory about the magic. Read More & Get the Recipe

Spring Vegetable Risotto with Poached Egg


I'm finally starting to believe that the Long Winter of 2014 might actually, really, potentially be over.  My mom's daffodils are finally up.  I can see little tiny buds on our cherry tree.  The 12 foot mound of snow that has been in our driveway for months has melted into nothing.  And so visions of spring veggies are dancing in my head...and in this particular vision, they are nestled into a creamy risotto with a poached egg melting into the whole thing.  That's a good vision, right?  Let's make it a reality. Read More & Get the Recipe

California Roll Salad


I love sushi. There's something so fresh and delicious and healthy about it - it's the very definition of good and good for you.  And while I am usually up for trying to recreate my restaurant favorites in my own kitchen, there's something about making sushi rolls that I just can't wrap my mind around.  So I decided to tackle that favorite of all favorites, the California roll...but in salad form.  Thereby saving myself and the Southern husband from a meltdown in the kitchen from me trying to roll up all the delicious ingredients in seaweed paper.  That sound you just heard was the Southern husband heaving a giant sigh of relief. Read More & Get the Recipe

Caramel Chicken


Chicken is an item that appears on my menu at least once a week.  Maybe twice.  Maybe three times if I have sent the Southern husband out to the grill to make buttermilk rosemary grilled chicken, which we grill in giant batches because it is addictively good. The point is that I am forever on the hunt for new and interesting ways to cook a chicken, and this sweet, spicy, tangy caramel version is my new fave...and doesn't involve sending people out into the dark cold snowy night to grill it.  Here's what it DOES involve! Read More & Get the Recipe

Summer Chicken Rice Salad


I know, I know, this is my second post in a row with the word "summer" in it, and technically it isn't exactly summer yet.  But it's only a matter of days, and there's nothing like being prepared, I always say.  Especially when it comes to summer, and especially when it comes to things like fresh basil and grilled chicken and sweet tomatoes and all the glorious things you can make with them.  Things like this easy and delicious summer chicken rice salad! Read More & Get the Recipe