Scallion Rice

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Rice with srirachaI know.

I’m lazy this week.

Are you too?  I sure hope so.  If you’re feeling lazy this week, then hopefully you’re loving this lazy food.  Like the crispy shrimp we made yesterday, this one is SO simple.  Very few ingredients, tons of flavor, and quick to make.

I think I’m feeling lazy because I got home from work travel on Sunday and I’m leaving again on Friday so I really don’t have the time or energy to make insanely complicated dishes.  Food is kind of a survival thing on weeks like this.

That is kind of sad for someone like me.

No matter, though!  All this travel means I’m eating at lots of fun restaurants and drinking too much and getting fat but kind of in a good way.  Last weekend we went to Broad Street Cafe and it was just as yummy as it was last year!

Also.  This weekend we’re going to be in Baltimore.  Where should we eat?  Seriously please and thank you.

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Crispy Shrimp

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Pile of delicious shrimpWell, this is dumb.

It’s another zero-effort, super fast shrimp dish.  Like this hibachi recipe that you crazies just can’t get enough of.

So, maybe not such a bad thing?

Also, this shrimp isn’t necessarily Asian-tasting.  Also, this shrimp is super lightly fried without the effort of actually frying anything.

ALSO.  4 ingredients.  Seriously.

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Pasta with Zucchini and Tomato Cream Sauce

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Serve pasta with wineIt’s a pasta for your Monday!

And my Monday, really.

I hope you had a great weekend.  I didn’t sleep nearly enough, but I saw lots of people that I love so it was kind of worth it.  I saw my uncles and grandfather, too, and that was super fun.

What’d you do?

This pasta, guys.  I can’t even tell you.  It takes 20 minutes to make, is great with ANY veggies, and has this FLAVOR that you just won’t believe.

Trust me.  Try it.

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In Case You Missed it – Weekend Food

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Plate surrounded with veggiesI hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

I’m on the way to Duke for a show in the snow, which rhymes but also means that a lot of different things could go wrong.

Oh well.

Anyway, my valentine would like me to remind you of this recipe, cornish game hens with roasted veggies.

Valentine ready to eat

It’s delicious, and you’ll totally love it if you haven’t tried it yet.  It’s great for the weekend, too!

Roast until skin is crispy

Got any fun plans this weekend?

Mixed Grill with Green Rice

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Tuna ready to grillI didn’t know what to call this.

If I liked long post titles, I would have called this Mexican-style Grilled Tuna, Tofu, Chicken, and Veggies with Green Cilantro Rice, Tons of Taco Toppings, and The Sauce I make for Fish Tacos.

But that seemed kind of long, so I didn’t do that.

Anyway, this meal is one that I made last weekend for my pretty sister Emily’s birthday.  Our family doesn’t really do restaurants on birthdays – there are a gazillion of us and we like to cook, so that’s what we do!

It involved champagne at 11:30am, which is never a bad thing.

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Quick V-day Dinner

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OMG.

Why can’t Valentine’s day be floating?  Like…always the second Saturday of February?  Thursday is a super bummer day for a holiday.  It’s SO CLOSE to the weekend.  But….not quite.

Even so, you might want to make something super delicious yet fast and affordable for the people you love tonight, right?

Enter…..pasta.

It’s just so easy.  And delicious.  And everyone likes it.

Unless they’re dumb, and then you don’t need to be hanging out with them.

Anyway.

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The Most Inappropriate V-day Post Ever

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Sorry, guys.

I’ve told you before that I love me some David Thorne.

He’s hilarious, sarcastic, vulgar, and totally on point with most of his social commentary.

This article, though, is hilarious.  They all are, and I encourage you to not work at all today and read every single article on his website.

BUT if you don’t have time for that, click here, and read this.  You’ll die.  It cracks me up to know that other people fight about total nothingness like we never do.

Have a fun day, and let me know if you have any bright ideas for fun dates tonight.  I don’t want my bald manfriend to bore of doing the same thing all the time.

And by the same thing, I mean, of course, me prancing around in skimpy nighties with freshly shaven legs and a full face of makeup begging him to bed me.

If it were opposite day.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Plan

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If fish with parmesan crust and dill isn’t your thing, and you thought my cornish game hen “lovebirds” were dumb, I totally get it.

Some people need meat on fancy occasions.  It’s ok.

I’m not mad that you think the other stuff I tell you to cook is lame.

Last year about this time I made some steak with blue cheese sauce.

Then, I told you to make it for Valentine’s day, along with several other suggestions.

It was the most popular Valentine’s idea of 2012.

I’m not feeling like we should reinvent the wheel, are you?  I can reinvent it another day.

Today, though, let’s talk steak.

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Crunchy Thai Salad

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Serve with chopsticksTo go with yesterday’s vegetarian Thai soup (if you use vegetable stock and tofu), I thought it’d be nice to show you the vegetarian Thai salad I made to go with it for lunch one day.

IT’S TWO VEG DISHES IN A ROW!  It’s like Panera, but sans chemicals.

I know.  You’re welcome.

Oh, and, it’s delicious too.  This salad can be made with any veggies that you like, of course.  The dressing is what MAKES it, and this recipe makes enough for 4-6 salads.  Make a double batch and keep it in the fridge – it’s great to have around!

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Thom Kha Soup {tangy coconut thai soup}

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Spoonful of soupTHIS SOUP.

People.  It’s so great.

At my last job, I worked in a town that had a ton of grody fast food options and an amazing Thai/Sushi restaurant.  It was a miracle.  It was delicious, and I ate there a lot.

As part of any meal, a soup similar to this one was served almost as soon as you sat down in this lovely little refuge from fast foo.

It was tangy, creamy, and had different vegetables in it every time you ate it.

I made this version at home last week, and it was DELICIOUS.  There are a few important ingredients often used in Thai cooking, like lemongrass and coconut but, for the most part, the ingredients are really simple!  This only takes about 25 minutes, too.  You’ll love it.

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