Thai Beef Stir-Fry Recipe: Sort of

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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I’m baaaack…and ready to share a new recipe I found. I was always good packing my own lunch for school or work back in college (I know, it’s been less than a year) but I never actually cooked my own meals (it was rare). I would just pack leftover food my mom made for dinner. But now that I make an actual salary and I have more free time I have decided to make my own lunches. Last week I made this amazing grilled chicken with asparagus and a kale salad. It was DELICIOUS.

Today (Monday night) I decided to make this Asian inspired dish I found on the SELF MAGAZINE website. Please note, I made some substitutions and added other veggies in my dish but there’s no harm in following the original recipe found on Self.com.

Enjoy!

-C.

INGREDIENTS


Beef

  • 3 oz beef tenderloin
  • ¼ cup soy sauce – used sodium free soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar



Stir-Fry

  • ¼ green onion (chopped) – didn’t add
  • 4 broccoli florets
  • 4 slices yellow peppers
  • 1/8 cup bean sprouts – didn’t add since I didn’t have any
  • 8 snow peas
  • ¼ celery stick (sliced)
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms (sliced) – substituted with yellow squash since I’m not a big fan of mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste – only used pepper

PREPARATION

  • Combine beef marinade in a non-reactive bowl, add beef and marinate for 2 hours.
  • Grill (marking on both sides) and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Slice steak into ½-inch slices.
  • Sauté vegetables together.
  • Add steak to grilled vegetables and serve.

Hello 2014! May this year be filled with even more bacon.

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

My last post was back in June 2013! Ah! Well, now that it’s officially the last day of the year, I thought I would come back on here and list my top 13 moments from 2013 so, here they are (not in any particular order).

  1. I interned at Starz Entertainment and confirmed my love for television.Starz

  2. Graduated from from dream school: the University of Southern California.Grad 1Grad 2

  3. Traveled!Travel 1 Travel 2 Travel 3 Travel 4

  4. Became more crafty.Crafts

  5. Went to my first ballet!Ballet

  6. Got my first job post college!Work 1 Work 2

  7. Fell in love with my team.Coworkers 1 Coworkers 2 Coworkers 3

  8. Became a Smurf.Smurfs 1 Smurfs 2

  9. Pet a baby penguin!Penguin

  10. Met the Super Buddies.Super Buddies

  11. Went to Disneyland more than once.Disney 1 Disney 2 Disney 3

  12. Celebrated Halloween the right way.Halloween 1 Halloween 2 Halloween 3

  13. And, most importantly, met the new love of my life and became her godmother.Godmother

It may not seem like a lot to others, but this year was great. Yes, there were some ups and downs (who doesn’t have those) but that only made me stronger and ready for 2014. I can’t wait to see what’s in store. Have a very happy New Year’s, everyone! Be safe and may all your dreams come true. Now, I’m off to eat some bacon.

-C

P.S. I am doing some baking tomorrow. I’ll post the recipes. 😉

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse

June 26, 2013 2 comments

I’m planning a trip down to San Diego this weekend and I’m going to miss my sister’s birthday celebration on Saturday, so I decided to spend the day and bake her a cake on the day of her birthday. I wasn’t sure what to make her. I knew I wanted something light and summery. As I researched for a great, simple recipe I found a post on handy-dandy Buzzfeed and I discovered an amazing recipe! I never thought about combining cake and pie. Thanks so much Foodie Crush! Here’s the recipe to an amazingly simple birthday cake: Birthday Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries.

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries (CB)

Needed Items

  • Pie crust (baked or make one)
  • Hand mixer (or standing mixer)
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients

Pie crust

  • 1 9-inch store bought chocolate pie crust

Note: You can also make your own crust! And, I used a regular crust. Not chocolate.

Cake

  • 1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake mix (or cake of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs

Note: If you want to make the bread from scratch, contact me and I can send you a recipe!

Mousse

  • 1 3.2 ounce package Jell-O Chocolate Mousse mix
  • 1 cup milk

Whipped Cream

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Mixed berries or chocolate shavings

Directions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Follow package directions and mix cake with butter, eggs and water. Pour half of the batter into the chocolate pie crust filling crust just half way. Bake according to package directions, about 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Use the rest of the batter for a second cake or cupcakes.

Mousse

  • While cake is baking mix chocolate mousse with milk and refrigerate for one hour.

Whipped Cream

  • In a large bowl add cream and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.

Assembling Cake

  • Layer chocolate mousse.
  • Then layer whip cream on top.
  • Add berries of your choice (or chocolate shavings).
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat or serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

-C.

 

Great TV is Out There

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

I watch  A LOT of TV. I know a lot of people joke about it, but for real, I watch SO much TV. It’s not that I sit in front of the TV hours on end, I just watch a lot of shows. Have me choose between TV and film, I’ll most likely say TV. It’s such an easy escape and it’s probably why I want to pursue a career in the industry.

Since I graduated last month, I have been relaxing and incorporating new shows into my already long list. I for one watched the new season of “Arrested Development” and all I have to say, BRAVO. When’s the movie being released? It has to lift off from that father-son confrontation. Well, more like the son hitting the father. I did expect more from the season, but hey, not everything is perfect.

I also started “Breaking Bad.” I know. Finally. I finally finished season 2, but I have to say it is pretty slow. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s the first two seasons or the show is just like that. I will see once I start season 3. And, I really don’t like Skylar. ‘Nuff said. I’ll definitely be done with all four seasons before the start of the final season. Also, this is a beautifully written TV show!

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Here’s a fun photo of my dog Oreo watching “Breaking Bad” with me.

Now to the juicy show, “Scandal.” I’m an avid “Grey’s Anatomy” watcher so I have no idea why I didn’t watch “Scandal.” The reason might be that I hated “Private Practice” so I didn’t think this new Shonda Rhimes would be any good but boy, was I WRONG. I am obsessed. I ate up the entire two seasons in record time. It’s so hard to not want to know what will happen next to the characters. That’s what makes great TV.

So, my thoughts on the season two finale. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t wrap my head around them all. First, I hate that Fitz became a whimp (could probably use a better word but that’s what he became) again and ran back to his wife, BUT was that a smirk on his face at the end of the scene? Is he doing the alternate scheme Olivia proposed to destroy his wife? Second, what is wrong with Quinn? She’s becoming a psycho. It’s scary. Third, I do love Oliva and Fitz together. Fourth, why has Harrison not had a love interest? Everyone else has had someone. Or, is he secretly in love with Olivia? Maybe him not having a love interest has something to do with his past.

Fifth, Cyrus is a genius and Huck is amazing. Lastly, knowing that Rowan is Olivia’s dad makes me think that he sent the B6-13 agent to kill her (since he said he was taking care of her) or he sent the agent to kill Agent Jake (I’m so glad Shonda brought him back to TV. I loved him on Grey’s). Also, I believe that Rowan was the one that leaked the Olivia’s name to the press as the Presidents mistress.

This show got me right from the first episode. I don’t think any other show has done that. What are your thoughts on any of these shows?

Any TV recommendations? I have a lot more free time on my hands and don’t mind watching other shows.

-C.

Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt, Applesauce Banana Bread Recipe

May 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Hey errybody! I’m back and with a new recipe. So sorry for not posting as of lately. The homestretch of college (including work) have been crazy but don’t worry, I will be around for the entire summer! I decided, after careful consideration, to take the summer off. 🙂 So, if you have any recipes you would like me to try out and review, let me know!

On a yummier note, here are great recipes I found (with a few alterations) that I combined to make a deliciously  moist banana chocolate chip bread [recipe 1, recipe 2]. This bread came out really moist. I always worry that it will come out dry, but the greek yogurt and apple sauce really stop that from happening. This was my first time baking with yogurt and applesauce and I have been baking with those two ingredients since. I’ve baked with sour cream before, but that has A LOT of fat so I always wondered what other alternatives there were. I now know I can add avocado to cookies! 🙂 Next experiment!!

So, here’s a tasty banana bread recipe for all you banana bread lovers looking for a healthier alternative.

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Needed Items

  • Loaf pans
  • Hand mixer (or standing mixer)
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (you can use Fage of Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup All Natural, No Sugar Added Applesauce
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (you can add a bit more if you’d like)
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the sugars and gradually pour in the applesauce and eggs. Beat until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until smooth. Add in the Greek yogurt and vanilla. Use a spatula to mix this.
  • Add the small bowl to the large bowl (sugar and applesauce and eggs). Mix with a spatula.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, but don’t over mix. You may have a few lumps and that’s okay.
  • Fold in the optional chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
  • Divide and pour batter into two loaf pans.
  • Place pans on the middle rack.
  • Bake for 45 – 55 minutes, turning halfway. Tops should be golden brown and when you insert a toothpick in the center, it should come out clean.
    • Note, if the top of the bread is baking faster and browning faster, you can cover the bread with foil.

Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

-C.