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Dear Cynthia and The Cookus Gang:
Just made the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
again, first time this summer-- it continues to utterly amaze and delight! My mom loved it! My four yr old and 18 month old loved it! Happy and healthy dinner was had by all. Thank you so much! Jen
Hi, I wanted to let you know that I just did the Danskin Triathlon (my first such event), and I took Lime Boost
in my water bottles. It was great.
I printed this a year ago, but finally got around to trying it (Gays Mini Pot Roast
). I was afraid of all the steps and thought my 8 quart le Creuset pan would be too big. I took the plunge and boy am I ever glad I did!! This was amazing!!! I used dried herbs since that's what I had and it still turned out amazing. I used fingerling potatoes cut up and I used a few extra parsnips. It was soooo good!! I think you are the best Cynthia!!!! You give me SUCH confidence in the kitchen. I am almost 40 and finally gaining some self esteem in the kitchen - THANKS TO YOU!!!Rebekah
This is simply delicious. (Bourbon BBQ Shrimp
) Words overheard at dinner tonight from my hubby and two kids in regard to this dish: stellar, amazing, the best shrimp, and soooo good. Thanks for another winner recipe! (Oh, and I served this cornbread; it was a great match.)Hillary
Cookus Interruptus - you guys are a hilarious team! You really pulled out all the stops to give Ms. Selengut a warm welcome. I love what you guys do xTui
That was killer. (Hoppin' John
) Made with andouille sausage, cheesy corn grits and braised bok choy and kale from the garden. Everyone loved it, and my 3 year old cleaned her plate, much to my delight! Did wish I had a nice blob of sour cream, though...Stephanie
3/8/12Chinese Vegetable Fried Brown Rice:
WOW - I want that for breakfast, too! (I am talking about the stir fry people!)One of the funniest interruptions yet! Have to share this one with my mom...Heather
Firstly, this looks delicious and amazing and I can't wait to try it. (Chicken and Kabocha with Chocolate Enchilada Sauce)
. Secondly, Matt completely cracks me up in this. Cynthia makes a great foil to his craziness. Well-done!Kymberlee
My 2 year old daughter and I watched this video before making our own. We went into the kitchen, popped the Mochica into the oven, and next thing I know she is stretching on the ground with her feet in the air. Then, biting into the finished product she says, 'come here little sizzler!'. I was in fits laughing. Thanks for great recipes and great fun. Stephanie
So, I've said it before and I'll say it again...my 5-year old daughter LOVES this soup. Tonight she had 2 bowls full with olive tapenade on top. And when I was packing up the little bit that was leftover, she asked that I save it for her to eat tomorrow, The recipes says this serves 6-8, but in our family it barely feeds 4. We can't get enough of it.Anna
you guys are silly but it helped me to keep watching.Rob
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My 2 year old LOVES this soup (Yaki Soba
). She scoops the broth with her little spoon and picks up every last bit of tofu, bok choy, and mushroom with unbridled enthusiasm. I love your recipes and best of all my family does too! Thank you!
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I made this soup
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12/29/10while watching this video (Be Bop Breakfast) my 7yr old daughter was totally perplexed that you would eat cooked greens for breakfast. (we do green smoothies, but my kids are pretty skeptical about other usage of greens) But after watching it through she asked if we could try it tomorrow! I think we are going to watch a few more videos!
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Rosemary Red Soup: I make this soup for my birthday every year. It was the soup that got me to reconsider beets after hating them since birth. Now I love them, as long as they're fresh!
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(see Asian Noodle Salad)
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Chinese Vegetable Fried Brown Rice
Open your mind to a better breakfast. Sweet breakfasts don't suit everybody. Many of us prefer a savory start to the day. With cooked brown rice on hand preparation is only few minutes. This dish works as a one-dish lunch or dinner too.
From Feeding the Young Athlete (by Cynthia Lair; Readers to Eaters, 2012)
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 or 3 eggs
1 carrot, diced into ¼" pieces
½ cup peas
2 tablespoons high-heat vegetable oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tamari (soy sauce)
2 green onions, sliced
Hot pepper sesame oil (optional)
Using cooked brown rice that is a day or two old is best. The drier texture works well. Brown rice can simmered or cooked in a rice cooker (watch here).
- Break open eggs into a small bowl and whisk with a fork.
- Prepare carrot and measure out peas
- Heat a wok or a large skillet to medium high. Add about 2 teaspoons of oil and use a heat-proof spatula to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.
- Add eggs. Once the bottom begins to set fold the egg in on itself, scooping up from the bottom of the pan several times, until it is softly cooked. Put the cooked eggs on a small plate. Using two knives, cut into very small pieces. Set aside.
- Remove any food pieces from the work. Turn the heat up a little higher. Add two more teaspoons of oil. Then add diced carrot and peas. Keep them moving and stir-fry until carrot is tender. Remove and set aside.
- Add the remaining oil and sesame oil of choice to wok. Add in the brown rice a little at a time, stirring constantly. If you like a crisp edge on your rice, turn the heat up and let it cook for a minute or two before flipping.
- Once the rice has been thoroughly heated add the cooked egg pieces, cooked carrots and peas, salt and pepper and mix as all continues to cook. Add tamari and scallion and stir again several times. Serve immediately. Dragon types like to top rice with several drops of hot pepper oil.
Preparation time: 7-10 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Copyright 2011, C. Lair, Original recipe
Wow, how funny, I just made this last night! I used napa cabbage and peas (no carrots). I do the egg method the way my mom always did (I think it's from Joy of Cooking). It's really easy. You cook the veggies and rice, and then when they are just about ready, you scoot them around the edge of the pan so there is a big hole in the center. You put the (scrambled) eggs in the center area, and cook until they are starting to firm up. Then you just mix everything together. Works like a charm!
February 29, 2012, 9:22 pm
That looks pretty yummy. And easy, lol. I like easy! (I think its Steves younger brother who came to visit on a break from college, where hes in his sixth year of study to become a dog walker/tree farmer.)
February 29, 2012, 9:57 pm
my hearts a thumpin' :)
February 29, 2012, 10:31 pm
Oh my gosh, I love the interruptions, and so far this is my favorite one!Maybe the guy is the husband's friend? Also, I was wondering what he was drinking,I bet even he doesn't know!
March 1, 2012, 5:13 pm
Wow, who knew that stir frying could be so hot! I want to cook in your kitchen! Please, please. I'll be really good....
March 1, 2012, 6:12 pm
I am hoping he's the genie conjured up by cooking this dish 'cause I am making it tonight! Swweeet!
March 1, 2012, 7:58 pm
omg...Cynthia, you rock! I laughed so hard, out loud this morning. It might just be my favorite;) Thank you. It was so sweet. Now, I will try this one this weekend!
March 2, 2012, 11:28 am
OH dear! We will find out, right? I'm thinking Grandpa is involved somehow... oh, yeah, the recipe looks great too. :-) That egg thing - bet that's a better way to do my pad thai than how I do it too...
March 2, 2012, 12:16 pm
My kind of breakfast! PLEASE TELL ME what is that excellent spatula you used for this - w/green silicone? so is it suitable for high temp. wokking? And your favorite wok size? and favorite manufacturer for carbon steel woks? Thanks!!!
March 4, 2012, 5:43 pm
Glad you like it!
I will copy and paste hot links to the products you mentioned within the recipe. Look for the word wok and spatula in RED!
Be sure to season the wok - see our how to season a cast iron skillet video because it is the same procedure.
Happy stir fry!
March 4, 2012, 6:12 pm
so funny ! ty...( i did think it would have been to funny if he grabbed your eggs and started to eat them.)
March 5, 2012, 2:53 am
My kids (who are not brown rice lovers) have been gobbling this up for breakfast the past two mornings and saving enough so they could take it in their lunch! They love to watch your videos. We are on pins and needles about your mystery man, although my husband is extremely concerned that there's an unknown man in your house at all! (and I was admiring your fancy spatula, too...)
March 6, 2012, 10:05 am
WOW - I want that for breakfast, too! (I am talking about the stir fry people!)One of the funniest interruptions yet! Have to share this one with my mom...
March 8, 2012, 1:53 pm
HI-LARIOUS!!! And the recipe looks easy and delicious too! ;)
November 25, 2012, 4:24 pm
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