Monday, March 27, 2017

BEST Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

These bun are so very good. Every time I make them I wonder why I don't make them more often. Probably because my waistline would expand. We use these buns for pulled pork, hamburgers, French Dip, breakfast sandwiches, etc. You can shape them for sub sandwiches, chili dogs/hot dogs and sausages also.
The recipe can be found here. The dough for these can be made in a bread machine, in a mixer, or by hand.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Lao Bitter Melon Soup

Bitter Melon Soup
 Bitter melon, or bitter gourd. As a child I didn't like eating it at all. So bitter. But there's something about this flavor. It's not just bitter, it's ... complex. A word I'm using because it's just hard to describe. Like I said, as a child I didn't appreciate this at all. My mom would always say "it's medicinal!" She was really ahead of her time, now you can find this stuff in capsules! We were drinking Aloe Vera tea, artichoke tea, choking down two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar before it was hipster. Sigh. Maybe that's why I'm built like an ox. *snort*
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 School Lunches 96-111

It's almost Spring! I can't believe how fast this year is going. I sound like an old lady because I say that all the time now. I'm an old lady. Sigh. It's also cookie season, like Girl Scout cookie season. So that's why the first two lunches so far this week have Girl Scout cookies in them.

This quick snacky Yumbox is filled with
Oyster crackers
Thin Mints
This was packed for Pixie's World Thinking Day event for Girl Scouts.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Khao Piek Sen- Lao Noodles (Philips Pasta Maker)

Khao Piek Sen is one of my favorite noodle soups. It's a Lao soup that has noodles made with rice and tapioca flour. Khao Piek Sen, literally "wet rice strands" in Lao are a gluten free noodle. I usually make these and cut them by hand. You can find that method here. The hand made and hand cut method is easy and uses less ingredients than this Philips Pasta Machine one. But it's nice to dump the ingredients into the machine and have it do the work sometimes.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Coconut Pandan Waffles

Coconut Pandan Waffles are found in several Southeast Asian cuisines. They are eaten plain and aren't really a breakfast food but more as a snack or dessert. They are very easy to make. I am the only one in my family who likes the shredded coconut in them, which is traditional and how I've had them. It's not a big deal though, I just make plain ones and stir in coconut for the last couple of waffles.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 School Lunches 84-95

Happy Tuesday!! Here are some lunches. Are you all packing lunches? Any new foods your kids are loving? I would love to hear about them.

Mini Quiche
Bell peppers
(The middle box has pate and goat cheese).
In Yumbox containers.
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Happy Pi Day, Chicken Pot Pi(e)

Throwback to last year when I made a Chicken Pot Pi(e).
Happy Pi Day everyone!
Find the recipe HERE.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Thin Mints Milkshakes And Other Girl Scout Cookie Shakes

We have a girl scout in house and it's cookie season! My favorite is the Thin Mints, I try not to eat too many of them. I could eat a whole sleeve in one sitting and I used to. But I've been really good, maybe it's because there's such an abundance of them around here. I decided to make the kids some milkshakes for an after dinner treat the other day. These are simple and quick to make. They are also very yummy.
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