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Month: January 2006 (page 1 of 23)

Fried Rice- Com Chien

Vietnam Fried Rice turns leftover rice and vegetables into an attractive, tasty meal. You can use other vegetable other than peas and use any kind of meat. I used sausage in the rice pictured above. You can also make in vegetarian by omitting the meat and adding more vegetables. Fried rice works best if the leftover rice is cold

3 cups leftover rice
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 -1/2 pound cooked or raw meat, cut into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped coarsely
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
1 cup leftover peas
2 eggs, beaten

Heat oil in large frying pan
Add meat and garlic, onion, sugar, soy sauce. Stir-fry until meat is tender and hot 1-2 minutes.
Add rice and stir fry 6 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add peas and stir well
Push rice mixture to one side and add eggs to the side without the rice. Cook the eggs and then mix with the rice.

Serve hot.

Ensenada Fish Tacos

My brothers and cousins like to go to Mexico and have Fish Tacos and Lobsters. They tell me they are wonderful. Below is a version of Fish Tacos from Mission Foods.

6 Mission® Soft Taco Size Flour Tortillas
1 pkg. (1 oz.) Lawry’s® Chicken Taco Spices and Seasonings divided
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2-3 Tbsp. Milk
1 Tbsp. Lime Juice
16 oz. Cod or Orange Roughy Fish Filet sliced

Cabbage Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Early California® sliced Olives, Salsa, chopped fresh Cilantro, shredded Cheese


Recipe Instructions:

1. Sauce: combine 2 teaspoons chicken taco spices with sour cream and enough milk to thin to pouring consistency; set aside.
2. Seasoning paste: combine remaining seasonings, oil, and lime juice. Brush seasoning paste over entire fish.
3. Grill or broil until fish begins to flake easily, about 10 to 12 minutes. Evenly divide fish among tortillas, top with cabbage and sauce, fold, and serve with lime wedges and garnishes.


Source: Mission Foods

Meatball Soup – Albondigas Soup

This is simple Mexican soup you can get at almost any restaurant but is easy to make at home. I have seen versions without the vegetables but I personally like them in the soup. If you want to make it spicier add some cumin and chili powder.

Meatball Soup – Albondigas Soup

Mexican Food > Mexican Recipes

Recipe Ingredients:

5 1/4 oz of ground beef
1/2 head of cabbage finely chopped
1 scallion finely chopped
2 turnips coarsely grated
2 Carrots coarsely grated
2 cups Chicken broth
1 Egg
1/2 Sliced onion
Salt and pepper

In a pot, saute the vegetables in oil for about 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally. Add the broth and boil. Lower the flame. Mix the egg, meat, salt and pepper together and form it into little balls. Add to the liquid and cook for 30 minutes.

Are You a Vogue Man?……….

You are a Vogue man if …
1. You shave – and not just your face. In fact, a real Vogue Man is not afraid to wax.
2. You agree that facials are not just for girls.
3. You think yachts and rare whiskies are potential purchases.
4. You buy wine by the vintage, not the price tag.
5. You care about the world of interior design.
6. You think fast food is something Other People eat.
7. You have your suits tailored.
8. A six-pack is not something you drink, but sculpt working out at the gym.
9. You care about shoes as much as Carrie from Sex and the City – and you are not afraid to show it.
10. NY-LON is your transatlantic route, not a pair of synthetic tights.

This was from in a report from the Oberver about the new Men’s vogue magazine. I have not seen this magazine that started in September but it apparently caters to men 35 years and older who are in the upper income bracket or what I call filthy rich. This magazine is not for the T-shirt and jeans whatever is clean or maybe clean clothing wearer Wal-Mart shopper. The clothing in this magazine is way too expensive for most people so it is manly a “wish list” magazine just like the women’s version of vogue. All is not lost since you can look at the tends in the magazine and when shopping for clothing find “knock offs” of the designers in regular stores. The magazine apparently does have some good articles but I have not seen a copy yet.

Money Truths and Dreams Questionnaire

Money Truths and Dreams Questionnaire

Kiwi Walnut Bread

Kiwi Walnut Bread
Serves 6 – 8 people


2 cups sifted flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1-½ cups kiwifruit, drained and chopped
¾ cups walnuts, chopped
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift flour with sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Add kiwifruit and walnuts, and mix well. Add egg, butter and vanilla. Stir until just blended. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for one hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan five minutes, then place it on a rack to complete cooling. Serve in thin slices spread with softened cream cheese.

Nutritional Analysis:

Per 55 gram slice

Calories 160; Calories from fat 60; Total Fat 7gm.; Saturated fat 2.5 gm; Cholesterol 20 mg.; Sodium 260 mg.; Carbohydrates 22 gm.; dietary fiber 1 gm.; sugars 9 gm.; Protein 3 gm.

Percent Daily Value: Viatmin A 4%, Vitamin C 30%, calcium 6%, Iron 6%.

Source:California Kiwifruit Commission’s

Iraq Bird Flu Death

A death Janurary 17 of a Kirddish 17 year old girl of the bird flu is the first repot death in Iraq. This means that the virus must be in the local bird and wild bird population. Not a pretty picture.

First Bird Flu Death Confirmed in Iraq

Lisa’s Asian-Style Meatballs

4 tablespoons Apricot Preserves/Jam
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar (if desired to taste)

1 pound ground turkey/beef
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten

Mix together the meat, breadcrumbs and eggs. Form into balls. Place in 8 x 8 inch pan.

Mix together the apricot preserves, oyster sauce, vinegar and sugar. Spoon over meatballs. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked.

Serve on rice.


This an easy main dish that can be made in the oven or crockpot/slowcooker

1 lb hamburger, sausage or ground turkey, browned and drained
1 sliced raw potatoes
1 sliced carrots
1 cup peas
1 chopped onion
1 chopped celery
1 chopped green pepper
1 salt and pepper to taste
10 oz can cream of chicken soup or mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup grated cheese

Layer hamburger (or sausage), potatoes, carrots, peas, onion, celery, green pepper and salt and pepper in a baking dish according to your taste. Mix and pour soup and milk over top. Bake at 350~ for 1 1/4 hours. Sprinkle grate cheese on top and return to oven until melted. You may cook this in your crockpot on HIGH for 4 hours.

SOURCE: Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets by Esther H. Shank, copyright 1987, ISBN #0-8361-3697-7

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