It got just a lil’ windy here in Richmond the other day.

And perhaps a lil’ stormy.

Tornado. Derecho. Whatever they call decide to call it.

Guess 80-100mph winds will take down a few branches too? 😉

Oh. And the power.

Yea that. Lucky for me though I got mine back just in time to throw together this super tasty stir fry for dinner!

Starting with a simple marinade using basic ingredients, most of which are common kitchen staples in this house 🙂

Soy sauce.

Rice vinegar.

Sambal oelek.

A spicy chili paste. That’s amazing. But if you don’t have sambal. (1) go get some asap ;), it’s at most grocery stores or any Asian market. (2) use sriracha instead, note that it will add a hint of garlic too. (3) sprinkle in red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeno instead.

Pickled ginger.

I bought this on a whim at the Asian market. And find myself using it on anything I possibly can. It comes in little shreds and adds the most amazing fresh ginger flavor. For like $2 total. Use fresh ginger though if you can’t find the pickled.


Thin steak.

I used a grassfed eye round steak, sliced thin.

Sesame oil.

Another Asian market find. This one stocked at most grocery stores too. But use any oil you like here if you don’t have sesame on hand.



Frozen broccoli.

After simply marinating the steak for 10 minutes, begin by stir frying the onion and broccoli in a hot wok (pan) using sesame oil.

Add steak to cook through partially (or however you like it), flipping half way through. This takes no time at all.

Pile a few spoonfuls of brown rice or any rice/noodle you like into a bowl and layer on the beef vegetable stir fry.

Top with another spoonful of spicy sambal if you’re spice-crazed like me over here 😉

And in no time flat, a delicious dinner is served.

Leaving extra time for all that post-storm tree branch cleanup. ?

Or Bachelorette watching/wine drinking. Whatevs. I mean, priorities people 😛

So yea. About the stir fry. Give it a try, super easy and I think you’ll like it!

Oh yea. This marinade would also be great on seafood, chicken or even tofu I’m pretty sure. And if you like a “saucier” ‘fry then feel free to double the sauce recipe too 🙂

It already feels like summer.  And I love it.

Warm weather like this makes me crave no-plan, no-cook meals.

So umm when are the farmers markets opening back up again? 😀

Nibbling on crackers & cheese and fresh veggies just as the sun goes down is not uncommon in this house.

And sometimes a simply thrown together salad just does the trick too.

This one with fresh, crisp sliced cucumber, rice vinegar, olive oil and spicy sambal oelek.

You didn’t think I’d be giving up that stuff for the summer or something now did ya 😉

Sneaky sambal. Always gets ya.

Spicy cucumber salad. Cheese and crackers. Chips and salsa. Glass of wine. Dinner is served.

Hey, even the CookinFanatic needs a no-cook night (or few) every now and again 😉

And while we’re on the topic of things I’m lovin’…


Got my first delivery this month and can’t wait to try out some of these fun new-to-me products 🙂

Especially this Orofluido Elixir, love new hair products always!!

I think this is going to be a great way to try some stuff with minimal investment, love the idea for a solid $10 a month 🙂

Have you signed up for Birchbox? If so, do you like it so far? 

Happy Wednesday!

Weekend wrap-up.  Beef, pizza, family and friends. #lifeofafoodblogger? 😉

IowaGirlEats’ Yoshinoya Beef Bowls.

With another round of this sweet n’ spicy papaya salad.

Yes. I may have made this salad twice within a ten day span…

I always know a recipe is golden if it makes “repeater recipe” status in this crazy kitchen 😛


Oh and by the way. Go make these beef bowls. Even without the mirin (I didn’t have it on hand) these were absolutely fabulous.

Which to me was pretty incredible, considering how few ingredients they required…

I also threw in some sliced shallot and topped my serving with spicy sambal oelek. So flavorful, loved these!

Pizza night. Family style 🙂

Simple toppings of Pomi Pomodoro E Basilico, mozzarella cheese & sliced black olives on this one.

This sauce has the perfect hint of sweetness and fresh basil flavor. Not to mention a stellar ingredient list. You know I love this stuff 😉

Barbecue theme on this one.

BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, sliced red onion, cheddar and mozzarella.

Haven’t had this type of pizza in forever but Fanatic Mom makes it the best!

The wait for the pizza is on…


With a few beverages and a kitchen manicure?, clearly. Because that’s just how we roll…

Wrap things up with a superfun night out with these blondies!

Where I discovered my new love for cherry vodka & soda.  Ooops.

So. Much. Fun. 😛

So what’s in store this week around here?! 

Some fun stuff y’all, I’m kind of excited 😉

Giveaway time!!

An attempt at a kopykat recipe of a local favorite.

And an old classic makes a reappearance… revamped this time around!

Can’t wait 🙂

Enjoy the rest of that Sunday and see you for the start of a brand new week!

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”