One of my favorite things to do is to try to recreate dishes I’ve loved during dining out adventures – in my own kitchen!

Like this lemon & dill tuna salad from my favorite go-to lunch cart in downtown Richmond.  Superb.

It’s kind of an art I think. Just like someone who can hear a song and just play it on an instrument without reading the music.

Now that someone isn’t me when it comes to the musical side, but I think I’ve got the food recreation thing covered for now 🙂

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There’s a restaurant called Fat Dragon close to our new house that serves trendy fun twists on Chinese cuisine.

Including a green bean stir fry like the one above. Which is one of our favorite sides to get when dining there.

Since we love this dish so much and since I’m always looking for an easy delicious go-to to add to the weeknight repertoire, I thought it would be awesome if I could recreate this one andddd if it could taste as good as our beloved Fat Dragon green beans!

Well… since I’ve made these (manyyy times by request) more times than I can count… I’d have to say this lil’ food project was quite the success.

So if you need a little spice to your boring veggie side dishes, and don’t have all day to do it, this one’s for you 🙂

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Spicy sriracha, tangy soy sauce and a sweet drizzle of honey really make the sauce on these beans a keeper!

Enjoy!

 

 

It’s been kinda quiet around here hasn’t it?

With the holidays and work and life… well, you know how that goes 🙂

But. Even so. There’s been no shortage of cookin’, that’s for sure!

As we start off the new year, I just can’t help but share at least a few pics.

And soon, some new recipes too!

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Veggie fried “rice” made with a farro, cole slaw mix, eggs, soy sauce and sesame oil then topped with fresh tomato, onion and avocado.

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Fresh caught mahi tacos from a Key West fishing trip topped with slaw, cheddar, and avocado.  Singing songs of summer… sigh!

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Whole wheat toast topped with smashed avocado with lemon, a fried egg, and shredded Parm served with baked parmesan tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms. Let me tell you, feed this to a skeptical meat eater and watch them smile!!

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Nanny’s classic “piggies” but this time stuffed with a venison mixture instead.  I always love serving a family classic to anyone who thinks “pigs in a blanket” are corn dogs wrapped in bread…

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And sesame noodles with a peanut sesame sauce topped with peanut sesame chicken thighs. An old Cookinfanatic classic, and a sauce I could eat straight from a spoon!

Hope you’ve been doing some delicious eating too 🙂

This is almost too silly easy to post. But since I’ve eaten it twice in the past three days and could have it again for dinner tonight, I thought it may be worthwhile to at least someone out there 😛

3 Simple Ingredients.

1:  Beef. Grass-fed and hormone-free.

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And TWO DOLLARS. Whoever says that eating healthfully & ethically is “too expensive”… anyways 😉

You just gotta get creative!!

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Chuck shoulder steak. Which, unless cooking low and slow, needs to be marinated for at least 12 hours before a quick sear.

No one wants shoe leather served up on their dinner plate now do they? 😉 

2:  San-J Tamari Sesame dressing. I seriously can’t rave about this stuff enough. I’ve gone through mayyyyybe 2 bottles in the past week or so? Don’t judge.

3. Sambal Oelek. Sriracha’s purer cousin and probably one of my favorite things everrrrrrr. And the only time I say byebyebye to garlic.

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I marinated this steak for a day the first time around. And 12 hours the next time around. Both led to steak perfection!

The steak took a mere 30 seconds on each side to cook, with just a bit of olive oil in a medium-high pan. You want that pink in the middle!! 

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Seriously still don’t know why I can’t get enough of this. Maybe the simplicity of just some truly amazing flavors. Who knows – who cares – I’m gonna grab a knife and fork and enjoy (maybe for the third time this week??!!)

Hey, we don’t judge here 🙂