Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BBQ Thai Peanut Kabobs

Cut up a pork tenderloin, a zucchini and a onion into kabob sized pieces.

In a medium bowl mix 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup green onions, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 TBS lemon juice, 1 1/2 TBS brown sugar, 2 grated garlic cloves and a 1/2 tsp coriander. Set about 1/4 marinate aside in a seperate container. Add pork to remainder of marinate and stir to coat. Cover, and put in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Preheat grill for high heat. Thread marinated pork, zucchini and sweet onion alternately onto skewers. Transfer remaining marinade to a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook for several minutes. Place kabobs on the grill and cook, turn skewers while grilling to cook evenly. During the last few minutes of cooking brush on remaining marinade.

Cook Kame noodles till tender then fry the noodles in a little sesame oil before adding the remainder of the peanut sauce and some extra soy sauce.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We had a really yummy dinner last night. This recipe is defiantly a keeper and will be made again and again!

2 cups fresh shitake mushrooms (stems removed and chopped)
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 dash of course salt and course black pepper
3 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger (finely chopped)
zest of one orange
1 can of water chestnuts chopped (diced)
3 scallions chopped
6 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 head of Boston bibb lettuce (separate leaves)

Preheat a large skillet to high and add oil to the pan. Add the chicken to the pan and sear the meat by stir frying for about 5 minutes then add the mushrooms, salt and pepper. Next add the garlic and the ginger and cook for a minute. Grate the orange zest into the pan and add the water chestnuts and scallions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and toss to coat the mixture evenly. Pile the chicken mixture into the Boston bibb lettuce leaves, fold and eat.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


A great time was had by all at the big Luau - thanks for a great time Aunt Noelle you were a great host!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Frank's Hot Sauce

I love Frank's Hot Sauce on many things but today I discovered one thing that I defiantly do not like it on and that is my daughter!!! That's right - I had her in the kitchen with me playing while I was prepping dinner - I guess one of the times I opened the fridge door she grabbed it off the bottom shelf - well when I finally realized she had the top off and was pouring it all over herself! Needless to say she had a early bath tonight and luckily I had just changed her into her hangout cloths and she didn't ruin anything good!

*Lesson to self - take things off the bottom shelf that she can get into easily!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Berry Big Mess!!!


Recently, the weather has been pretty yucko - we've been doing a lot of playing inside - playing inside in the summer stinks! Finally today we had a sunny BEAUTIFUL DAY so outside we went!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Narley Nachos!

Alex had a special request for nachos for lunch - so off to the store we went! We got back and I cooked them up and oh so yummy they were!!! We even got to catch a replay of last years wild card game between the Redskins and Seahawks on NFL Network - it was almost like a real Football Sunday!!! Now we really can't wait for September!!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July at Ortley Beach!

Even though the weather didn't really cooperate, we had a great time down at my mom's beach house! On Thursday when we first got there AJ got to go in her pool - she loved it and we can't wait to use it again home! On Friday we went to the boardwalk, went on some rides, played some games and had some yummy food (pizza, fries and a vanilla/orange twist of frozen custard). For dinner we bbq'd chicken, dogs and burgers - we caught a few fireworks and then had a late night fire pit! I think a good time was had by all!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Like Daddy, Like Daughter



On Monday we saw how great Fiona was doing with a fork so I decided to let AJ try and she did amazing!! She is so "little miss independent" and ate so happily all by herself (well not completely - I had to put the food on the fork for her then lay it down on her tray for he to pick up) - but still, I was very proud!!


AJ met up with her two best friends (Shane & FIona) for lunch in Hoboken on Monday! Aunt Lauren was such a great host and showed us around her neighborhood. To start we had lunch at Helmers - the steak sandwich soaked in garlic butter I had was delish and so was the home made from scratch potato pancakes we had for an app (wish I took pics of the food - oh well, next time). After lunch we went on a walk to the park, got to play with her 2 awesome dogs and even got to hang in her apartment! A great afternoon was had by all!!!