Top 8 for 2013

This has been a long, busy, rewarding year for me. I graduated law school, I took the bar exam, I passed the bar exam . . . I have nearly met the goals I was striving for all along. All I need now is a job that actually pays me.

The Law Student’s Cookbook has not been my main priority this last year due to overwhelming stresses to meet these goals. But, I no longer am a law school student. The Law Student’s Cookbook will continue with its name though, because while I may not be in school anymore, I will truly be a student of the law as long as I continue to practice it. It grows, it changes, it shrinks . . . It’s constantly changing.

Anyway, despite the slowness of this blog this year, I’m sharing my top 8 most viewed recipes for the year. Some are actually last year’s recipes, but they were still viewed a lot this year.

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Pantry Party December 2013

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Welcome to a round up featuring recipes you cook with ingredients found in your pantry. On the 1st of each month (or when I get around to it.) I’ll announce the pantry party challenge of the month.  All you need to do is cook something based on the theme with at least one ingredient found in your pantry. Have some pasta? Some jelly? Some sauce? Flour? Sugar? Canned foods? We all have stuff pushed in our pantries that get forgotten about, so now is the time to make use of these otherwise forgotten foods.

On the 29th of each month I will post the round-up, with all the recipes and links to your blogs showcasing your contribution to the party.

I hope you’ll join me and explore your pantries!

How to Participate:

1. Visit The Law Student’s Cookbook on the 1st of each month to find out the Pantry Challenge Theme of the month.

2. Cook up something delicious based on the theme for the month with at least one ingredient found in your pantry.

3. Post the recipe on your blog. You can submit more than one recipe in a month if you wish, but all recipes must be current. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate! Just send me an email with a write-up of your recipe, a picture, and any other information. I’ll make a post with recipes from readers who participated.

4. You must link to the announcement post for the given month in your blog post. If you wish, you can also use the graphic above in your post or sidebar (which you can find here.)

5. Email your recipes to elizabeth@crabtech.net no later than the 28th of each month. In the email include:

* Your name

* Your blog name

* Permalink to the blog post

* A photo of your recipe or permission to pull one from the post

6. On the 29th of each month visit The Law Student’s Cookbook for the recipe round up!

The theme for December is CAKES.
December is my birthday month. Celebrate for me and make a cake! Flour is easy to come by in the pantry . . . but what else is in there?

Spicy Asian Hamburger

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Final number one is out of the way. I have three finals and a paper until I’ll no longer be a law student, but will start studying for the bar exam instead. I guess that’s still sort of a law student though, isn’t it? I probably should be studying for my exam for tomorrow, but I feel sort of brain dead after the one I had today.

On Sunday of this week I made this delicious hamburger. Infused with Asian flavors, this made such a great meal. And instead of serving it just with french fries, I roasted some asparagus as well and tossed the french fries and the asparagus in Argyle Street Asian Blend, which I had received from a Foodie Pen Pals some months back. And instead of ketchup for the fries, I mixed up some sriacha, mayonnaise,  and ketchup which also was the spread on the burger. Both the fries and the asparagus tasted good with the dip.

All in all, this was a very satisfying meal!

Spicy Asian Hamburger
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Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
all-purpose flour (for dusting)
4 hamburger buns
2 green onions, roughly chopped
1 tomato, sliced
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp sriacha

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, ginger, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and egg. Mix together with your hands. Shape the mixture into four patties and dust with flour.

2. In a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. Once hot add the patties. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side.

3. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and sriacha.

4. Toast the buns. Spread each bun with some of the sriacha spread. Place a burger on each bun and top with tomato. Cover with other half of the bun.

* serves 4
* Shared with Kahakai Kitchen’s Souper Sundays, Wednesday Whatsits, Cast Party Wednesday, & The Busy Bees

Pantry Party May 2013 Announcement

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Welcome to a round up featuring recipes you cook with ingredients found in your pantry. On the 1st of each month (well, this post is going up early because I got excited) I’ll announce the pantry party challenge of the month.  All you need to do is cook something based on the theme with at least one ingredient found in your pantry. Have some pasta? Some jelly? Some sauce? Flour? Sugar? Canned foods? We all have stuff pushed in our pantries that get forgotten about, so now is the time to make use of these otherwise forgotten foods.

On the 29th of each month I will post the round-up, with all the recipes and links to your blogs showcasing your contribution to the party.

I hope you’ll join me and explore your pantries!

How to Participate:

1. Visit The Law Student’s Cookbook on the 1st of each month to find out the Pantry Challenge Theme of the month.

2. Cook up something delicious based on the theme for the month with at least one ingredient found in your pantry.

3. Post the recipe on your blog. You can submit more than one recipe in a month if you wish, but all recipes must be current. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate! Just send me an email with a write-up of your recipe, a picture, and any other information. I’ll make a post with recipes from readers who participated.

4. You must link to the announcement post for the given month in your blog post. If you wish, you can also use the graphic above in your post or sidebar (which you can find here.)

5. Email your recipes to elizabeth@crabtech.net no later than the 28th of each month. In the email include:

* Your name
* Your blog name
* Permalink to the blog post
* A photo of your recipe or permission to pull one from the post

6. On the 29th of each month visit The Law Student’s Cookbook for the recipe round up!

The theme for May is STUFFED.
You decide what you’re going to stuff and what you’ll stuff it with. Stuffed pork chops for instance? Let your imagination run wild! Just utilize your pantry!

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal: March

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Wow. I completely forgot that I needed to reveal my foodie pen pal box this month until right now! Things have been super hectic this weekend with Easter. My spring break was actually last week, so I’ve been going to my parents’ a lot in the past few weeks. I feel like I’m getting behind in everything else.

This month’s box came to me from April. Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to try most of it, but she packed me a great box!

Foodie Pen Pals is a program that Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean put together, where she pairs people together to send boxes of food to each other, based on likes and dislikes.


  • On the 5th of the month you receive an email pairing you with information about who you’re paired with. You email that person to get information pertaining to allergies and dietary restriction.
  • By the 15th you put together a box of treats and mail them to your partner.
  • On the last day of the month you post a blog post about your box of treat

Before we get to my box, go check out the box I sent Molly! It was full of San Francisco treats.

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The box April sent me was full of things I can use easily. It actually arrived while I was out of town. Matt ate the Quakes Rice Snacks before I could try them. So that bag.. It’s empty.

IMG_8751This French vanilla mousse mix will make a nice dessert one night! Since I’m in the process of losing weight, I much appreciate that it’s both sugar free and low fat!

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This LaraBar was eaten. Quick snacks for school days are crucial.

IMG_8752I haven’t used these croutons yet, but I bought some salad supplies today and plan to include these!

IMG_8753I love egg noodles. I planned to make some beef stew last week with buttered egg noodles, but it didn’t happen due to my hectic life. I have the big piece of beef in the freezer that will be made into a stew with these noodles.

IMG_8754Unfortunately I didn’t get to try these! Matt enjoyed them though.

Pantry Party March Round Up

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For March Pantry Party made the request to share breaded dishes. There weren’t as many participants as usual this month, but there was still a wide variety of dishes shared utilizing those trusty pantries. This theme was really broad – breaded essentially could cover a ton of things. So what did the participants this month bread?

The next theme will be posted April 1st, so be looking for it! I’m excited for it. 😉

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Our first dish this month comes from Summaiyah Hyder of From My Perspective: Life Through My Eyes. These Homemade [Baked] Chicken Nuggets remind me a lot of nuggets I used to make in college and has made me want to make them for dinner again. This easy recipe is a great way to show off breaded food.

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Let’s not stop there though! There needs to be more in life than just breaded chicken. What about Baked [and crusted] Tilapia? Summaiyah Hyder knows how to bread things, that’s for sure! These fish pieces look delightful.

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Chicken is a prime source of breaded meals. This Oven Fried Chicken made by Summaiyah Hyder shows how crispy breaded chicken can be.

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Besides baking breaded dishes Summaiyah Hyder shows how easy it is to fry chicken nuggets with her Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

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I got nuts here at the Law Student’s Cookbook this month and made two dishes suited for this month’s theme. My first creation was a Cracker Crusted Pork Chop. I had used a garden veggie chip for a fun variation on a breading.

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Over at Lovefoodies, a different take on breaded food was approached. This Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken shows how breading can be used on different cuisines – everything isn’t always southern fried chicken! I love sweet and sour chicken myself and want to give this one a try.

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Michelle over at Ms. enPlace made a yummy sauce that she served over pork. These Pan Fried Pork Chops with Parsley Mustard Sauce look delicious to me. I like the idea of a sauce on a breaded dish so much! With my pesto kick as of late, I’m going to have to give this a shot.

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Shannon from Giraffe Days shared two dishes this month. First Shannon shared the Parmesan Sesame Chicken Strips. Shannon made these during a review of Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbook. Despite it not being her favorite cookbook, Shannon made wonders with these breaded pieces of chicken.

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Shannon also shared a recipe for Chicken Nuggets from Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy, Happy Child. For as many nuggets as we got this month, each kind has its own appeal. Shannon’s son seems eager to get this one into his mouth!

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My final recipe (and the last recipe of this month’s round up) was Breaded Tomato Pasta. I knew there would be a lot of breaded chicken, so I opted for something incredibly different. The fried tomatoes were delicious paired with this pasta.

I love all the breaded dishes! It’s nice to see the variety even between different types of breaded chicken. Next month’s theme will be announced on April 1st. Thanks for participating and I hope to see you again next month!

 

Top 12 For 2012

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THE TOP 12 DISHES OF 2012!

I decided that like a lot of blogs, I should showcase the most viewed recipes for the year. It’s been a great year of food and I’m looking forward to another.

Peanut Butter Chili
Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshake
Cheesy Chicken Parmesan
Lemon Rolls
Broccoli-Cheddar Soup
Beer Battered Grilled Cheese
Coupe Coupe and Yucca Fries
Butternut Squash Pizza
Fish Stew and Flat Bread
Jerk Chicken, Vegetable Patties, and Banana Fritters
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew
Slow Cooker Lentil Vegetable Stew

Christmas Dinner Menu

My favorite thing about Christmas is the dinner I have with my family. Unlike Thanksgiving, for Christmas we do a fancier, most intimate dinner with just my nuclear family. We don’t have a Christmas tradition that we partake in every year, but the main part of our holiday is to spend time together.

This year we have decided that on Christmas Eve we are going to the Fairmont Hotel to oggle at the massive gingerbread house in the lobby. Afterwards we’re either going to the bar in the Fairmont or another bar around to have a cocktail (it’s so weird that my brother and I can drink with our parents.) When we get home we’ll probably play a game of Hearts.

On Christmas we wake up at about 9. Mom will make some coffee. We’ll sit around and open presents and Mozart (the beagle) will actually do all of the unwrapping. And then we’ll have Eggnog and Cranberry Rolls for breakfast.

The rest of the day will be spent in the kitchen preparing a beautiful dinner.

The main dish isn’t quite decided yet because it depends on whether my mom decides to spend the money on a rack of lamb. If she decides against the price, we’re having a crown roast instead.

CHRISTMAS DINNER 2012

Glazed Racks of Lamb OR Crown Roast of Pork with Apple Stuffing
Burgundy Mushrooms
Sweet Potato Rolls
Breaded Brussels Sprouts
Creamed Onions
Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

What are your Christmas traditions?
What are you having for Christmas dinner this year?

* Shared with Weekend Cooking

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