chicken fried rice in bowl

Chicken Fried “Rice”

About two weeks ago, I realized, we haven’t cooked anything with cauliflower in quite a while. That weekend while at the grocery store, I saw a big, beautiful head of cauliflower and suddenly all I wanted was a huge helping of cauliflower fried “rice.” So, I brought it home and a few days later we experimented. It wasn’t quite right the first time–the chicken pieces were too big and the ginger wasn’t fresh. The second time, however, I think it worked much better.

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Thai Basil Sambal Noodles

thai basil sambal

About a week and a half ago, we were challenged to put together a recipe that was inspired by some of the delicious options over at P.F. Chang’s.  This recipe was a result of that experiment, as was the recent ginger chicken.  This is a delicious dish, and I would definitely recommend it.

Our spicy coconut sambal sauce is definitely spicier, but this can be easily circumvented by deseeding the serrano peppers or using a milder pepper in its place.  Either way, this was a dish that had the house smelling amazing for hours, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Continue reading

Ginger Chicken with Broccoli


Believe it or not, Brent and I have never eaten at P.F. Chang’s until Stacy invited us among others to join her in a re-creation party, P.F. Chang style. Of course we wanted to participate, but having no idea what the food was like (other than knowing it was asian-themed casual dining).

A few days after Stacy’s invite, we ordered take-out from P.F. Chang’s. Brent got the gluten-free thai basil sambal noodles with shimp (from the new “Inspired” menu–recreated here) and I got the gluten-free ginger chicken with broccoli. Before diving in, set aside a small container of each of our dinner items for taste-testing during our actual cooking experiment the next day. Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup


Hot and sour soup has always been a staple for me whenever I have been sick.  I can’t really remember exactly when it started as a sick food cure, but I could always stomach some hot and sour soup and General Tso’s chicken regardless of how terrible I felt.  This happens much less often, as I try to stay away from tofu and the other unknowns of take-out, but I wanted to still enjoy the soothing soup that always helped me feel better.  It’s a bit involved, and will definitely involve a trip to your local international market, but it will be worth it. Continue reading