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7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

Hello Diners!

047A few days ago, I promised the dads that I would make a version of Chicken Stir-Fry using panko bread crumbs on the chicken.  So when we went to the store the previous day to get stuff to grill, I got everything I needed to make this meal. I stayed home from work that day so that the dads would come home to finished dinner. I started with the vegetables, sauteing them in some sesame oil, starting with the sugar snap peas, then adding the carrots, then the bell peppers to ensure they all cook evenly. While that was cooking, I brought the water to a boil for the egg noodles. I salted the water before and after the noodles went in to help them not stick to each other. As the noodles went in, I breaded the chicken and started pan-frying them.  It got a little crazy when everything was to be taken off the heat around the same time, but I found a solution. I drained the pasta and mixed in the vegetables, then I added my sauce that I made earlier in the day that consisted of soy sauce , ground ginger, and orange zest. I timed it all perfectly, because as the last batch of chicken was finishing cooking, the dads arrived home from work. We decided to eat this asian-themed dish with chopsticks and they complimented their dishes with a glass of raspberry wine ( the colors worked great with it). To see if the flavors matched, I had a little sip of the wine and then tried my dish. The sweetness of the wine complemented the salty flavors of the soy sauce and the sweet, crispness of the vegetables. I would call this dish a success and I would definitely make this again soon!

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Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/16/13

7/16/13

Hey Diners!

Sorry this post is a little late, but here it is now!!

So Monday, the dads and me toke out a turkey roast to defrost so that we can use it for Tuesday. When Tuesday night came, we took the roast out of the fridge and cut it open. We were kinda shocked when the whole thing fell apart into a few different pieces. 

Thats when all three of us basically had the same idea: Cut it into smaller bits and grill it, then slice it for sandwiches! So we cut it up, and seasoned it with celery salt and a garlic and pepper spice blend, and then my Dad grilled them.006

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We also had some sweet potato slices that we wanted to use for something, so we decided to make grill roasted sweet potatoes spiced with brown sugar and cloves. We wrapped them in aluminum foil so that they wouldn’t stick to the grill and so that they won’t absorb the flavor of the turkey that we were grilling as well.

 

 

 

 

When everything was done grilling/roasting, we assembled our sandwiches. Dad sliced the turkey so that our sandwiches would be more evenly proportioned and to hold our tomatoes and onion that we cut up as well. We had a lot of turkey left over, so I toke some extra and put it on my plate with some barbecue sauce and sriracha sauce on the side. The sweet potatoes absorbed the cloves’ warm and spicy flavors amazingly and the brown sugar caramelized on them so that it coated nicely without being too overbearing on the sweet potatoes.

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The meal was absolutely delicious and the time spent creating it makes it an even better memory! I love cooking and I love family, so cooking with family is all I need to keep me happy and content.

Thanks to all my subscribers, followers, and people who are sharing this around! I am truly thankful!!

Dine with me again!

-Zachary :)

 

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Dinner tonight!!

Dinner tonight!!

Hello Diners!!
To ought I decided to make dinner again for the dads. Tonight I made my version of chicken primavera. My version used chicken that was marinated in a like vinaigrette for a week, some elbow pasta, a cheese sauce consisting of cheddar, Parmesan, and aged provolone cheese, carrots, onion, and sugar snap peas. I sautéed the vegetables together and mixed it with the chicken and pasta. The mixture of the cheeses and the lime vinaigrette complemented each other well and made for a delicious dinner. The meal was light, full of different flavors, textures, and filling. Another win!!!

Dine with me again,
Zachary :)

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July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

Hello Diners!

Today I decided to make dinner for the dads and me (something I do not do enough of here, unfortunately), so I decided to make sweet potato chips (baked, not fried) and some veggie burgers. I coated the sweet potatoes in some oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and baked them off (I got a little distracted and some of them got a little extra crispy). By that time, the dads were home and I got my dad to turn the grill on (I did not want to try my luck and end up burning the house down) and threw the veggie burgers on the grill for a little bit. We topped our burgers with some aged provolone, lettuce, me and my dad put sriracha on ours while my step-father put dijon mustard on his. For our sides we had some pasta salad and potato salad, so we could continue our cookout theme :). The meal was delicious and the quality time spent at the dinner table was priceless.

Dine with me again,

Zachary :)

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7/4/13

7/4/13

Happy (belated) 4th of July Diners!

Hope you guys had a wonderful 4th!

The dads and me wanted to go grill crazy (mostly me)! We grilled turkey burgers and asparagus ( I wanted to grill the buns and possibly even the salad XD ) I am starting to turn more towards turkey burgers than beef burgers because, to me, they have greater variety of possibilities and they are lighter on my stomach. The asparagus was marinated in a lime vinaigrette and grilled. The meal was absolutely amazing and I would easily pay for this in a restaurant!

And I want to personally thank all the men and women who are risking their lives to protect this nation! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys deserve all the thanks and prayers! Fight on and fight strong!

Dine with me again!

-Zachary :)

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7/3/13

7/3/13

Hello my Diners!

Wednesday was our Indian day. The flavor profiles of Indian food always fascinate me. They way they can combine so many different spices and layers, but you can taste every layer. The spices definitely helped clear out my sinuses that’s for sure! I made sure I had a nice glass of milk by my side just in case it got too much for me. Overall, the food was delicious and it just fueled my fascination with international cuisine and the culture behind these different profiles.

Dine with me again!

-Zachary161

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