Oct 21, 2014

Vegetable Fried Rice

When you live in rice-growing country, you're bound to have a lot of leftover rice hanging out in the fridge.

One of my favorite things to do with leftover rice: fried rice.

I'm no fried rice expert.  What I do isn't authentic.
I use frozen mixed vegetables after all.

Vegetable Fried Rice | Ms. enPlace

But I am certain that the best kind of rice to use for fried rice is the leftover kind.
Save those little bits of leftovers in the freezer until they pile up and fall on your toes when you open the door.

Vegetable Fried Rice | Ms. enPlace

Vegetable Fried Rice is good for making big batches to take to work for lunches.  It's also good for meatless night.

Sometimes I make Vegetable Fried Rice along with Crab Rangoon for an Asian night.
(Doubly insulting to Asian food purists, I'm sure.)

My version is pretty easy since it uses frozen mixed vegetables and leftover rice.

My "secret ingredient" is fish sauce.  It is so powerfully, horribly stinky.  But it adds something you can't put your finger on.  (Your nose, yes.  But not your finger.)  However if you don't have it or can't find it, it isn't the end of the world.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

4-5 cups cooked rice (leftover, cold rice is best)
3 eggs
1 Tbsp butter
3 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (mix of corn, carrots, green beans, peas)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Whisk together the eggs, green onion, and garlic in a bowl.  Heat the butter in a large skillet until foamy.  Scramble the egg mixture, breaking the egg up into small pieces.  Remove from skillet.

Add the vegetable oil to the skillet set on medium high heat.  When oil is hot, add the rice and "fry" for about 10 minutes.  Make sure to stir the rice to coat with oil.

Stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce, vegetables, and red pepper flakes.  Cook until vegetables are heated through.

 More with leftover rice...
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Oct 19, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 155 {potluck}

Welcome to the Gumbo!
My great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

I invite you to join this POTLUCK PARTY every Sunday night.
Bring whatever mix of ingredients you'd like.

Ms. enPlace

Top Five Features
(based on your clicks)

   Roasted Southwest Pumpkin Stew  
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Oven Braised Buttermilk Chicken with Za’atar  
from Sidewalk Shoes
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Andouille Sausage & Pappardelle 
from Simple Living and Eating
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Spaghetti Sauce #2
from The Friday Friends
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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
from Return to Loblolly
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My picks...
Best Hot Spiked Apple Cider 
from Mommy Snapped
apple cider cocktail

Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon
from Turnips 2 Tangerines
Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon from Turnips 2 Tangerines

Eggplant and Haloumi Pizza
from Bizzy Bakes
Eggplant and Haloumi Pizza from Bizzy Bakes 

The Boy's picks...
Dog in a Dog 
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Sweet and Sticky Chicken Wings 
from Frugal in Florida 
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Honey Vanilla & Brown Sugar Ice Cream
from Living the Gourmet
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The Husband's picks...
Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls 
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Homemade from scratch Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Crab Crescents 
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Peanut Butter Cookies with Hazelnut Frosting 
from The Rebel Chick
Peanut Butter Cookies with Hazelnut Frosting

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Oct 15, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Gretna Fest 2014}

The first weekend of October, we headed to New Orleans.  It's prime festival time right now.

Gretna Fest

You gotta fuel up before a festival.

Bear's Po'Boys

I'm currently on a major jones for roast beef po'boys.  Any po'boys, really.  One of my favorite places is Bear's at Gennaro's on Metairie Road in Metairie, LA (suburbs of New Orleans).  Too bad it's 2 1/2 hours away.

Bear's is a neighborhood kind of place and is next door to the oldest bar in Metairie--established in 1937.  While we were there, the bread delivery came.  If you've been around here for awhile, you know that I think bread makes or breaks a po'boy.

The artwork may not be beautiful, but Vic and Nat'ly are New Orleans icons.

Moving on to Gretna Fest.  It's held in (you guessed it) Gretna, LA, which is just outside of New Orleans.

One of my favorite things about this festival is that it's right along the Mississippi River.

 Nothing like goin' down to the river to have a good time.

A lot of local acts perform as well as classic rock bands.

I discovered a new local band: The Breton Sound.  I have to admit...it was the name.  Breton Sound is an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Louisiana.  You know I like that.

We also sat back and listened to some blues from The Dana Abott Band.

Then one of my favorites: The Honey Island Swamp Band.  Sorry about the video.  (ok...not sorry)  I was dancing.

The crowd grew as Saturday night neared.

Fireworks to celebrate the 20th year of the festival.

And Lynyrd Skynyrd as the headliner.  The Boy's favorite band.

And what we all waited for...