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Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

This week I made my mom’s buttermilk pecan chicken recipe (I don’t know where she got it from). It’s really simple, I promise.

1/3 cup crushed pecans, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 chicken breasts...yum

1/3 cup crushed pecans, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 chicken breasts...yum

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This Week’s Groceries

I’ve decided to order from Urban Organic when school starts so that I can see how it works within my budget, as well as my schedule. So for now it’s just good ol’ fashioned grocery shopping:

broccoli (they didn’t have green beans today?!)
chicken breast

total cost: $32.52

Fried Rice: Not Just Leftovers Anymore?

For all you people who really enjoy fried rice, let me tell you something: it’s leftovers. When you order leftovers at a restaurant, they use leftover meat, leftover rice, leftover vegetables, and whatever other things are in fried rice. So when my filipino hapa friend suggested that we make fried rice for dinner, you can imagine my shock. A fellow hapa wants to make fried rice? From fresh ingredients?

I will now be first to admit that this fried rice was actually quite enjoyable. It wasn’t something I would’ve ever considered making, but now I have a new option for breakfast and lazy dinners. We used rice, eggs, onions, garlic, and green beans. You, however, can use any sort of vegetable you like. You could also use any protein, but eggs are cheap, and unless I had leftover fish or beef, I would never consider wasting them on fried rice.

1. Start the rice. Usually I make 1/2 cup for myself for one serving.
2. Saute garlic and onions. Since it’s fried rice, I don’t think the measurements really matter. Do what you like.
3. Add rice to pan. Mix it all together and add some more olive oil or butter as you wish.
4. Scramble egg and add it to rice mixture. Add some pepper, ginger, paprika, whatever spices you want. Again, it’s just fried rice.
5. Add oyster sauce. My friend says she usually uses soy sauce, but I think the oyster sauce adds the salt as well as some flavor.

It’s fried rice. You can’t really go wrong. I hope this will somewhat redeem my previous curry post. Enjoy!

A Beef Curry Gone Awry

I wanted to make a Thai curry recipe from Recipezaar, but I couldn’t find curry paste or fish sauce at the grocery store (screw you, Gristedes, for not having a wide variety of foods). Instead I added more curry powder and oyster sauce. Not the best decision. Still edible, but not nearly as tasty as I wanted. I had made this fool-proof basic curry recipe before, but trying to combine techniques with…it just didn’t work, okay?

Oyster sauce, onion, chicken broth, coconut milk, corn kernels, mushrooms, beef. And curry powder in the corner.

Oyster sauce, onion, chicken broth, coconut milk, corn kernels, mushrooms, beef. And curry powder in the corner.

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This Week’s Groceries

I did a little bit of grocery shopping. I figured I’d cook something tonight, save it for tomorrow, and then when my friend comes in on Wednesday, we’ve got some flexibility. I’ve also decided not to post my weekly budget amount until school starts. So here it is:

green beans
oyster sauce ($6.39! yeeesh)
coconut milk
canned corn kernels (i usually prefer fresh)
2 chicken broths

Total spent on groceries: $21.16

Getting Busy

In case you don’t know me in person, these past few weeks have been really crazy. Last week was my birthday, the week before I was traveling, and this week I have a friend visiting. I haven’t used most of my groceries from last week. It’s difficult to go grocery shopping when your week is unpredictable. I’ve never considered not using all my groceries because I’ve always had a schedule with school. I still plan on going grocery shopping today, but I don’t know if I’ll be cooking.

In other news, I think I’m going to sign up for this vegetable box delivery service called Urban Organic. For $24.99 I can get a small box of vegetables and fruit, “11-13 items, 1-2 pieces of each item.” They also offer other products, such as soy (meh) and dairy (nom nom). I’d probably still have to buy meat and eggs, but all in all, I’d still stay within my budget.

I’m not going to try it this week, since I have a friend visiting (and I think it’s too late for me to place an order to be delivered tomorrow). But next week I’ll post what I ordered, what I got grocery shopping, and the total amount of money I spent. Stay tuned.

Recipe: Mushroom Mozarella Chicken

Since I started this blog, I’ve decided to try some different and new things. I also decided that, since I’m not working yet, I don’t have to make meals that can be easily transported. I got this recipe from Nibblous, another recipe sharing website. It doesn’t give details about prep time or number of servings, but it’s a new website, so…cut them some slack. It was a fantastic recipe.

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