I made spring rolls last night as it was 100 degrees outside!
My friend, Kim gave me the rice paper, vermicelli noodles, and a tutorial on how to make the rolls.
My cousin, Beth was my cooking show audience.
For these rolls I used:
Butter leaf lettuce
Chicken Tenders (marinated in Soy sauce & EVOO)
Green onions, sliced
Wet the rice paper with warm water, shake off, and place on a flat surface. The rice paper will soften and become moldable. Arrange all ingredients in the order listed above. Gently fold paper over the food and fold in the sides like you would for a burrito. Chill until ready to serve.
Slice diagonally. I used Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce and a sprinkling of peanuts as garnish.
Here is the beautiful and delicious finished product!
I love food. It is something I think about (unfortunately) many times a day. I also love cooking, especially when the eaters like what I’ve made and are enthusiastic about it as well! Anthony loves pizza, not any type of pizza though, he is a pepperoni, no tomatoes kind of guy. Sometimes, he will branch out and eat BBQ Chicken Pizza. In a continuing effort to make more food, know what exactly goes into it, and save money, I began making homemade pizza. This is actually not as hard as you may think, particularly if you buy pre-made dough. I would like to make my own dough, but for now, I’l save the homemade dough for Cinnamon Rolls!
Chicken, cooked & shredded
Red onion or shallots, very thinly sliced
Cheese (I used Reduced fat Havarti and Mexican Blend from Trader Joe’s)
Salt & Pepper
Follow instructions on the pizza dough package. Assemble all other ingredients in the order listed. Bake for the time listed on the dough package, for any homemade dough, I think you should probably bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
One of my friends is celebrating her 30th birthday tomorrow night and asked me to bring a pie to her party. It is a common cooking/baking practice of mine to double whatever I make so I can freeze or give away the other item. Knowing that my husband loves apple pie, I told my friend I would bake one (and make an extra one).
A goal of mine is to make food healthier whenever I can, so I looked for a Dutch apple pie recipe. These pies have a crumble topping and a single crust instead of double. I found this recipe. I doubled the recipe and of course made a few modifications! I used white whole wheat flour from Trader Joe’s instead of regular white flour. I used two pre-made crusts from Trader Joe’s for all 3 pies. For both the filling and the topping. Also for the topping I used 1/2 cup of butter instead of 2/3 cup and used a mixture of flour and instant oats instead of only flour. The result: delicious smelling kitchen and a very happy husband and friend!
Here are the finished pies:
The pies are in the shape of a famous character. Do you know who it is?
One of my grandma’s bought me this cute apron for my birthday. Considering what I made, I had to take a picture in it. Thank you, Mom-Mom!