May 29, 2014

Egg Dish Differences 101

I keep coming across the question: "what is the difference between a strata, quiche, frittata, etc.?"

So, I did a little research, and here goes....

First you have your basic scrambled eggs and then you can graduate to an omelette you fold and such. But then you can get fancier yet with all those eggs....

Quiche: French savory pastry, so this involves some sort of a pie crust. Eggs, and whatever else on top and is baked in the oven.

Frittata: Italian casserole which can have eggs, meat, noodles, cheese, etc. and normally cooked on a stove top, but doesn't have to be.

Strata: American layered casserole typically with milk, cheese, meat, bread or potatoes maybe, etc.

So, hopefully that helps in correctly labeling your recipes. I know I need to go back through mine now and change one or two.

Happy egg eating!

May 10, 2014

Pad Thai-ish Noodles

We have these with our Thai lettuce wraps and it makes a great combo.

Brown rice noodles
Green onions
Snow peas (opt)
Peanuts, crushed
Cilantro (opt)

Peanut sauce: estimated, adjust to preference
1/3 c Peanut butter
3 T Rice vinegar
1 t Soy sauce
1T Sweet chili sauce

1. Cook noodles
2. Make sauce
3. Cook chicken and cover in sauce.
4. Put chicken/sauce over the noodles
5. Add snow peas, cilantro, green onions. And top with crushed nuts.

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Endless variations abound for lettuce wraps, but this is the most recent version I have been enjoying.

Lettuce leaves
Mandarin slices
Water chestnuts
Green onions
Almonds, sliced
Cilantro (optional)
Brown rices noodles (optional)

Peanut butter
Rice vinegar
Soy sauce alt.
Sweet chili sauce

1. Make noodles ahead of time if desired and have with sauce, topped with peanuts, chicken and  green onions. Or use in wraps.
2. To make the sauce, add 1/4c peanut butter into a small bowl.  use a dash of each...rice vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce and then water to start thinning. Adjust to taste.
3. Place lettuce leaves on plate and top with wrap ingredients. Then drizzle sauce over top as a light dressing.