Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fun with Food

Thought I would do a post on some new recipes I tried out over the last couple of days. Hope you will try them and let me know your thoughts on them:

The first recipe is for a vegetable soup. You can add additional vegetables and/or not use some of the ones listed below.

2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 medium onion(s), diced
2 medium carrot(s), diced
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), diced
1 medium stalk(s) celery, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
2 cup(s) green cabbage, shredded
2 cup(s) cauliflower, small florets
2 cup(s) broccoli, small florets
2 tsp thyme, fresh, chopped
6 cup(s) vegetable broth
2 Tbsp parsley, or chives, fresh, chopped
1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste (to give it more kick, I used crushed red pepper)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, optional

Put garlic, vegetables, thyme and broth into a large soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partly covered, about 10 minutes. Stir in parsley or chives; season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

I made mine in the slow cooker and let it cook all day. Here’s a picture of how it turned out:

vegetable soup

The other recipe I tried today was Chinese Pineapple Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.

4 medium scallions, chopped (green and white parts)
1 tbsp ginger root, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 pound uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
20 oz canned pineapple tidbits, packed in juice (I used a fresh pineapple and put in food processor)
1/4 cup black bean sauce (in the asian food section at the grocery store)
2 cups cooked rice (optional) (I did not put it over the rice – trying to cut out carbs)

coat skillet with cooking spray and place over med-high heat. Add scallions, ginger and garlic and cook until soft (about 3 min). Add chicken and cook until lightly browned on all sides. Add pineapple, with the juice, and black bean sauce to skillet. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 5 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice (optional).

Here’s how mine turned out, with a nice healthy salad:

Chinese Pineapple Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

Bon Appetit!


Today is International Sushi Day. I hadn’t known there was one until one of my favorite sushi restaurants announced it a few days ago. In honor of today, I went to have sushi for lunch with a few friends….it was so good! I got the spicy lobster roll and an eel roll.

I had never been exposed to sushi in NY, and it took me almost 2 years of being here in California before I even tried sushi, and even then, it had to be something safe, like a California roll. It took me awhile to branch out and try different kinds, and now 2 years later, I love it!!

Did anyone else celebrate International Sushi Day? What are some of your favorite sushi rolls?

Five Question Friday 6/4/10

1. If you could go back to college would you change your major? Or, if you were to go to college right now…what major would you choose? -I don’t think that I would go back to college or change my major. I am happy with my psychology degree. I only wish they paid more for social service based jobs

2. What do you love most about your home? Our house has 2 large living rooms that are great for having many people over, which we love to do.

3. What types of books do you like to read (if you like to read at all)?- Nicolas Sparks, Jodi Piccult, Francine Rivers. I like fiction, mystery, suspense, and books based on true stories.

4. What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten? I can’t say for sure, because we were blindfolded when we were fed it. All I can say was it was nasty!

5. If you HAD to be a character on a TV show, whom would you be?- One of my favorite shows is Grey’s Anatomy, so it would be fun to be on that show. But since I don’t like blood, it would be hard to be a doctor or nurse on that show. I think it would have been fun to be a character on Friends, back when it was on tv.

Now your turn….what would you answer?