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Chicken stir-fry!

Here's a fun and relatively easy one. Chicken stir fry, with an Asian bent, of course. We use what's hanging around. Chop a medium size boc choy bite size, same for two chicken breasts (for 2 of us), bell pepper & green beans (both a handful), can of pineapple chunks,bean sprouts, water chestnuts, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil.


I start browning chicken in a large skillet in olive oil with a good sprinkle of garlic salt, then add heavy cuts of bok choy, pineapple (retain some juice to sweeten to taste) then bell pepper, then green beans and water chestnuts, finally bean sprouts. Use rice wine vinegar and sesame oil to taste, I used about a tablespoon of vinegar and half that of sesame. Then I sprinkled with sesame seeds. Don't over cook and try to keep some snap in veggies.

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients

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2 Chicken breasts bite size, bok choy, bean sprouts, green beans, water chestnuts, bell pepper, mushrooms, sesame oil, olive oil, rice wine venegar,and any thing else you and your family love!

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Brown chicken lightly in olive oil, add other ingredients by density and size, heavy ends of bok choy and bell pepper, water chestnuts, pine apple, and last green ends of bok choy and bean sprouts. I didn't have mushroom but would add with bean sprouts.

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Let it cook a while but DON'T overcook. You want some snap in the bok choy and green beans.

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Add sesame oil (I used about a 1/2 tablespoon) last, and rice wine vinegar to taste (I used about a full tablespoon. Last I sprinkled some sesame seeds.

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It's a mean in itself. I like a rich red wine with dang near everything, but a sauvignon blanc or pino grigio would be great.

Frittata

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The makin's

Serves 2: 4 beaten eggs, Italian seasoning & garlic powder or salt, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes (I peel mine), ham, cheese.

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Stovetop

Soften onions in butter, add ham, mushrooms, last tomatoes, then finally beaten eggs...cook without stirring on medium heat, add cheese then into a 400 degree oven. 

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Finish in 400 Degree Oven

Finish in 400 degree oven until puffed and firm.


Serve

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Serve

Here with a little O.J., coffee, berries, and an English muffin.




A Great Restaurant

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The Grill on the Alley

I love the Grill in Beverly Hills, a classic  joint full of celebs. And I love the newer Grill on the Alley in Thousand Oaks, CA. The short ribs here are right there with the best I've ever eaten. Great place, but bring some room on the old plastic!

Great Restaurants, Here and There!

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Lolo Creek Steak House, Lolo, MT

Now Lolo Creek Steak House, formerly Guy's Lolo Steak House, now better than ever and always great.  Some of the world's finest taxidermy adorns the walls. Great prices, even greater food.

Lolo, MT, a few miles south of Missoula, MT.

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Lucky's, Monticeto, CA

Fabulous steaks, this great swordfish, and interesting people watching

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Pearl's Missoula, Montana

Was off red meat so had this fabulous mushroom soup.  And yes, you eat with your eyes.

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Seafood, Pearl's, Missoula, MT

Can't remember what the menu called it, but it was excellent.  And the service was SUPER as well.

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Beverly's, Couer d' Alene, Idaho

Great restaurant atop the hotel with superb view of the lake.

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Churchill's, Spokane, WA

Expensive, but aren't all great steakhouses.  This is the ribeye...Perfect! As was the service.

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Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Had a great flank steak and fries, and talked them into bringing me a little oxtail gravy on the side!  Well worth the visit if ever near.

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Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Montana is huckleberry heaven...if you don't have to shoo off the grizzlies to pick them.  This was a GREAT huckleberry ice-cream pie.

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A project for the summer!

I found this old John Deere, turn of the century, wagon and thought it had decent bones.  I skinned it and made myself a contemporary chuck/BBQ wagon.

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Design as you go!

I wanted to stay as true as possible to the old designs, yet accommodate modern BBQs and a gas range.  It also has a gas deep fryer.

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I can cook for eighty or so and have done so with this rig.  Doing all the labor myself, the canvas top cost as much as the rest of the rebuild.

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