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11 Jun 11
My mom loves taking pictures of birds and other wildlife around the house. She gets some great shots.

My mom loves taking pictures of birds and other wildlife around the house. She gets some great shots.


03 Apr 11

Honey Mustard Pork

Ingredients

1 pound of lean pork, cut into strips (I used stew pork, already cut to the right size)
3 tablespoons dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon)
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons wok oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder (fresh minced would be better)
3 ounces shredded carrots
4 ounces sliced mushrooms
4 ounces broccoli florets
6 ounces snow peas

Directions

Mix the honey and mustard
pour the mixture over the pork,mix it up a little and set aside to marinate for an hour or so
Stir fry the vegetables in the wok oil with the garlic powder
Stir fry the pork in the olive oil.
Serve the pork over rice/pasta (I used jasmine rice) with the vegetables on the side.

Next time I will likely use a stronger mustard and perhaps marinate longer. Also may add some sort of sauce to the vegetables, perhaps a little teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce. 

03 Apr 11

Orange Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 pound cooked shrimp, shelled, de-veined, tails removed
1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
1.5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup Panda Express orange sauce
3 ounces shredded carrots
6 ounces fresh snow peas
4 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms
1 tablespoon wok oil
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Mix shrimp with soy sauce and corn starch, set aside to marinate
stir fry the vegetables in the wok oil. When finished, remove from pan and set aside.
Stir fry the shrimp in the olive oil to slightly brown them.
Add the orange sauce and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Return the vegetables to the pan and continue mixing
When finished serve over rice or pasta.

27 Mar 11

I Wait

Passive inaction
Welcomes Darkness

I wait

Patient acceptance
Greeting results

I wait

Sinking down
Farther and deeper

I wait

New consciousness
Envelopes me

I wait

I wait for the end
The end of my wait

Still I wait…

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Been awhile since I posted one of these. I actually kinda like this one… 

13 Mar 11
02 Mar 11

Chicken/Pasta w/ spinach and mushrooms

Wow. Something of a trend here of late. I don’t mean to turn this into a food Tumblr, but my recent excursions need to be documented as this is unprecedented ground for me.

This particular grouping was thrown together because I had some leftover penne from my last cooking and I was passing the grocery store on my way home. 

Anyway, here goes:

Ingredients:

1. package of pre-cut chicken breast (used about half, or .75 lbs) Any chicken should do, cut into strips or pieces (I should have cut mine smaller).

2. 1 box frozen Green Giant chopped spinach

3. Fresh cut mushrooms. 

4. 3 cloves of garlic, minced (I put them through a garlic press)

5. penne pasta, whatever amount you like, this was a little less than a half box.

6. canola oil.

Directions

1. Boil the pasta to taste (mine was already done)

2. put a little oil and the garlic in a deep fry pan or wok, add chicken and cook over medium heat.

2. While the chicken cooks prepare the spinach according to the box.

3. While the spinach goes and the chicken is nearly done add the cleaned mushrooms to the pan.

4. Add the spinach when it is done and stir.

5. Add the pasta, stir until nicely mixed.

6. Simmer to uniform heat.

This served two with a bunch of the pasta/spinach left for a lunch portion.

It was pretty good. I am not terribly varied in my veggies, I don’t like onions or peppers, so I am sure someone could kick this up for their taste. As this stands I like it and would do it again, it was pretty quick and easy.

28 Feb 11

Garlic pasta, chicken, and broccoli

Today we had to fend for ourselves for dinner. Rather than grab a can of soup or ravioli or something like that, I decided to get a little creative. The results were pretty awesome.

Ingredients:

1. package of Perdue shortcuts (I had roasted garlic and white wine flavor)

2. half a package of Penne pasta

3. 3 cloves of garlic, minced. (more or less to taste)

4. half a bag of frozen chopped broccoli. 

5. Canola oil (that’s what I found first, next time I’ll probably use olive oil)

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta to taste

2. chopped the garlic

3. Heat deep pan with some oil and the garlic

4. add the chicken and broccoli

5. add a little more oil.

6. Cover and simmer until heated through, stirring occasionally

7. add the penne to the pan and stir until thoroughly mixed. 

Came to about 3 servings and tasted awesome!

27 Feb 11
27 Feb 11
27 Feb 11