Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice

The other day I went to make the rice part of this recipe and was so sad when I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the recipe. Luckily I tracked it down, and made it differently this time. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly but then the second time I decided to try doubling the rice and keeping the coconut milk the same. It was still creamy and a nice coconut flavor, but allowed us to have more of the rice since that was our favorite part. The beef is also good, don’t get me wrong, but cooking the rice with coconut milk was aaaaaaamazing.

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Moroccan Meatball Soup

If you’ve been trying to be healthy for the new year, this could be a good recipe for you. It was satisfying but full of vegetables and not full of the foods we should eat in moderation. With a bit of couscous and meatballs, along with some tasty seasoning, this dish is easy and yet so tasty! We all liked it and it is perfect for a cold day or even a warm day since it doesn’t need the oven.

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Crepes for Brunch

Happy New Year! I wanted to start the year by sharing something brand new for me. I’ve eaten crepes before, but never attempted making them because I assumed they would be too difficult, or require special tools. It turns out, they are maybe even easier than pancakes. I love that you can make the batter ahead of time and just wake up and make them. I didn’t even use a blender to make them which would have made it easier (the Fudgelet was sleeping and I wasn’t going to risk waking him to save a little elbow grease).

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Grilled Chicken with Yogurt, Dill, and Cilantro

This recipe was part of the beginning for us realizing how much we love dill. And yes, I realize that this post is about grilling and it is November. But give me a break…I ran out of summer weeks to share this. I started adding dill to all the things this summer after realizing how much K liked it, and I always loved it but had forgotten about it. My mom used to cook with it a bunch, partially because we always had a ready supply in our garden. I’ve tried growing it but had no luck. Maybe I need to try again. You know, when warm weather comes around, and maybe when the baby gives me a chance to do it.

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Corn and Cheddar Strata

We are getting really close to baby time. Even though I am writing this a couple months ahead of time, this still feels close to baby time. I am doing lots of preparation for this birth but still feel kind of behind. We are still figuring out what to do with the crib situation…do we move the Fudgelet to a regular bed or order another crib for the baby? I am leaning towards new crib but the ones we like are pricey and maybe I am being overly cautious? I don’t know…and I still need to buy some other stuff for the baby, like a new baby monitor. Ours is fine…a bit buggy, but all of the video ones seem to have bugs and not last very long. Regardless, our current one is okay but probably won’t last much longer (hopefully until next summer or so when I plan on being done using it for the Fudgelet). By the time this post is live, I’m hopeful all of this will be sorted out and I can just worry about the stuff I can’t fully prepare for (when labor starts, how the Fudgelet will be when I’m at the hospital, how the new kid will handle newborn things, how we will handle two kid things…).

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Doughy Issues

Working with dough can be very hit or miss for me. Sometimes I get great results, and most times I feel like I have failures. It’s hard to tell how much is me and how much is a fault of the recipes. Regardless, I keep looking for and trying new recipes because I hope to improve my own skills. I had never made grilled pizza before, although I have made scallion pancakes.

I need to pull out my old recipe for the pancakes, because, well, let’s start there…

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Beef Quesadillas

This meal is pretty quick…there is a little chopping, but then you can just use one skillet and have each quesadilla come out every few minutes. I always cook the Fudgelet’s one first (longest to cool) and mine next to help with the test batches. K gets the freshest/best looking depending.

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