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Beef Stroganoff

April 13, 2010

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Yum- this was a delicious meal. I bought some tri tip roast from Trader Joes and was thinking of a way to use it up. As usual I was watching or reading something about food and beef stroganoff stood out.

I realized I hadn’t eaten this dish in years. In fact I can’t even remember where I had it- I do recall eating it on top of egg noodles.

In the recipe I read, the beef was served on top of toasted sourdough bread. I decided to do the same but I was able to find a whole wheat sourdough at Trader Joes- I am always trying to make dishes healthier where ever I can.

I started the delicious dish by sauteing the mushrooms with garlic. I used the same pan and sauteed the meat and added lots of flavor including red wine- yes you read correct- I used red wine. Actually I was planning on using white wine but when I opened the fridge, there wasn’t any- but I did have a light pinot noir and it was perfect. In fact I think next time I will use red instead of white wine. It gave the dish a nice color and a deeper flavor. Creme fraiche and dill made this dish unbelievable. I toasted the sour dough slices with some olive oil and rubbed a garlic clove all over the hot bread. I then added the stroganoff on top and served a green salad and the same red wine I used to cook the dish.

Make this beef stroganoff next time you have friends or family over- they will keep coming back for more…
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Jungle Shrimp- A Malaysian/Thai Style Shrimp

February 23, 2010

Jungle Shrimp

I have recently started writing for the Patch– which is a online blog owned by AOL. Most towns around Maplewood have their own local patch.

I recently did a restaurant review for the Chatham patch and talked about a restaurant called Taste of Asia. We had a really nice meal and I decided to replicate a dish called jungle shrimp. It was delicious at the restaurant and I came home and did a lot of research to figure out the ingredients. It turned out it had a lot of Thai flavors. I went shopping to Whole Foods and bought some kaffir leaves, lemongrass and palm sugar. I made a sauce out of orange juice, tamarind and fish sauce etc.

I sauteed the shrimp with some sweet peppers and onions and added the sauce. The dish was delicious- not the same as what we had at the restaurant but very enjoyable.

I loved the complex flavors of the sauce with the tamarind and the palm sugar. I served the dish with some fried rice to make it a complete meal.

If you are able to get all the exotic ingredients- no problem. You can substitute the palm sugar with honey, tamarind with lime juice, kaffir limes with lime zest, etc. The idea is to get a similar flavor- it doesn’t have to be exact. I would highly recommend it!
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Shrimp and Broccoli Brown Fried Rice

January 24, 2010

Fried Brown Rice with Shrimp and Broccoli I find fried rice and quesadillas a great way to use up left overs. The quesadillas can be stuffed with virtually anything as long as shredded cheese in involved. As far as fried rice is concerned- same rules apply- anything and everything can be added to it. I think the key is to have a well stocked pantry- it always comes back to that, doesn’t it? In this case I had eggs in the fridge, broccoli and shrimp in the freezer, tamari in the cabinet, garlic and onion in the basket.

I had a cup of cooked brown rice in the fridge and didn’t have any plans for dinner- what was I going to feed my always hungry daughter?? I have never made fried rice out of brown rice but why not?? In fact, I thought with all the loud flavors going on in fried rice, I could totally get away with using brown rice instead of white. so, that is what I did- I chopped some onion and garlic, took out some frozen broccoli florets and 3 frozen raw jumbo shrimps. It was the quickest meal I have ever made. I minced everything and sauteed it with lots of tamari. That is all it took and it was delicious!

My daughter couldn’t stop eating it- and when she told my husband on the phone what she ate- he got very excited as well. I had to disappoint him by telling him I had just enough for her. Don’t worry I didn’t leave him hungry- we ate leftovers from the day before- which were delicious as well.

Everyone was happy..

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3 raw jumbo shrimp, cleaned and deveined and chopped
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ white onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons tamari (depending on how seasoned you like the rice)

Heat a wok like saucepan and add the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on high heat for two minutes. Add the broccoli and sauté for a minute. Add the egg and stir until the egg is cooked. Add the raw shrimp and sauté for another minute. Add the rice and tamari. Stir well until heated through.