Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No, this is not a cooking blog.

It's just part of my life. And, here I go posting yet another recipe.

Yesterday began as a joyous day:
Day off.

Beautiful weather.

Took a short run and even threw in a few crunches just for fun.

Indulged in my favorite Greek yogurt.

Decided I was tired again.

Took a nap until noon.
(I know ... I felt a little guilty because I really had some yardwork and housework to do. However, I came to the conclusion that I will always have yardwork and housework, but not always opportunities for naps.)

Ate again ... more of my faves ... pita chips with hummus and guacamole.

Took the convertible out with Beau to pick up the girls from school.

Took the convertible and the girls to get sno-cones because it was 98 degrees outside.

Planned on taking the girls swimming after homework, but my plans were thwarted by homework forgotten and an infraction. Ugh. (La Petite Belle begged for a spanking instead of not going swimming. Her words ... "Can't you just give me a spanking?" I giggled. Nope.)

Beau & I cooked dinner consisting of egg rolls, what Beau calls "the best salad in the whole world" - Broccoli Slaw Salad, and a copycat recipe of P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps. (They were quite good. K Belle said it was one of her top 10 favorite meals of the year. Beau said they were just alright. La Petite Belle and I loved them. But, they definitely need the sauce. I'm off to find the copycat recipe for the sauce now.)

Copycat Recipe for P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 lb. ground chicken
1/4 C. chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 large jalapeno chili, chopped fine
1 tsp. Tabasco
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
Bibb lettuce leaves
Chopped green onions (optional)
Roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl and stir to blend well. Heat both oils in a heavy medium sized skillet till hot but not smoking. Add chicken mixture and sauté until chicken is just cooked through (about 5 minutes). Transfer chicken mixture to a platter and arrange lettuce leaves around edges. Serve, passing the chopped green onions and/or chopped roasted peanuts if you are using these. (Sauce would definitely add to the taste, but it is quite delicious.)

Finished the night off with sweet iced tea and Excedrin PM.

It definitely was a good day.


thedomesticfringe said...

Sounds good!

Tammy said...

You are officially my cooking hero. One of my favorite dishes on the planet Earth! I'm looking forward to the sauce recipe!