Saturday, January 26, 2008

What's Happening

As we pack and move closer to Moving Day, we're still having guests for dinner and enjoying a variety of home cooked meals--but simplified.

Over the weekend we had guests over for game night. Yes, we're Dork A Rific and have game night. On Sunday I made Cashew Chicken for 100 people...well, 5 people, but it was a ton of food.
As with all Chinese food, you need to prep all in advance!

I pretty much tripled the recipe and had food for close to ten people.

On Tuesday night I needed to come up with something for dinner with what I had in the fridge. I sliced up two potatoes, a handful of carrots and a little bit of kielbasa sausage. So, we had a sauted dinner. The potatoes were great! Carrots were seasoned with thyme and the sausage was quickly sauted to get some great browning and a little crispy. So not the most healthy dinner, but very tasty.

Last night, plans changed. I hadn't planned to make dinner, but found myself home and needing to do dinner for two. For a brief moment there was a consideration of ordering in Chinese. Blech! Ah ha! We had a jar of sauce from Trader Joe's...wait...Trader Ming's. *eyes roll* The sauce was a "General Tso's Stir Fry Sauce." Super sweet, but with a nice little tang. Why not.

So I prepped some carrots and sauted them in one tablespoon of olive oil and a hefty pinch of red pepper flakes.

Add in one sliced onion.

Then some chicken. When it's cooked through, add the sauce and a little soy sauce to cut the sweet. When hot and simmering, serve up on rice. It was really satisfying and so much better than ordering in.


The Kara said...

That looks delish - and a nice way to fight the cold. I haven't cooked carrots in a long time and now you're making me re-think (incidentally, if you go to Bucknell College one of the questions on the entrance questionnaire is: do you prefer carrots raw or cooked? I don't know what they glean from that information but there ya go... I usually prefer mine raw for the record but those look good!)

ScottE. said...

When the carrots are cooked right and still have a bit of a bite, they are great! And take flavor really well, as long as you accent their sweetness and don't try to remove it! I will cook you carrots any time babe!