Archive | April, 2013

Edamame Fried Rice

28 Apr

Sometimes a girl makes way too much rice. This is easy to do, especially when she is living and cooking alone. I had also been by trader Joe’s recently and gotten shelled edamame. They were supposed to be for sautéing with lots of garlic for snacking. Until I saw a recipe for fried rice. This is my version of that recipe.

3 cups leftover cooked rice
1 egg, scrambled
1 tbsp  oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
5 scallions, chopped, whites and greens separated
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shelled edamame
2 tbsp soy sauce
salt and fresh pepper to taste

Whisk egg and season with salt and pepper. In a hot wok (or pan, I didn’t have a wok), add a little oil and cook the eggs. When cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

Let the wok (pan) get really hot. Add oil and cook onions, scallion whites, carrots, and garlic for about a minute, watch to make sure they don’t burn. Add rice and stir to heat through. Add cooked egg along with soy sauce, scallion greens, and edamame, heating for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, maybe more soy sauce if you like.

I sautéed some teriyaki chicken and green beans to have with it. Delicious. But no pictures…

This also didn’t really help my way-too-much-rice situation, it just made it tastier.

♥ k


Chocolate Orange Biscotti

14 Apr

While perusing Pinterest, I came across this recipe. And as my people had just been visiting and left me a pile of lemons, limes, oranges, and avocados I had to add it to the ‘to make’ list! So the next time I went to visit the baker friend I brought an orange and went to town.

Naked Biscotti

for the biscotti

6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 orange, zested
2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

for the garnish

1 orange zested
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate, melted

Delicious Biscotti


Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes.
Add in eggs, orange extract and orange zest.
Slowly add flour and baking powder.
On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, shape dough into a 12″x4″ rectangular log, patting evenly (about 1/2 inch high).
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and slice biscotti into 16-18 slices on the diagonal.
Arrange slices on their sides, leaving a little space between each slice.
Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Remove and cool completely before garnishing.

In a small bowl mix the zest of one orange with the sugar, using a fork.
When cool, drizzle melted chocolate over each slice. I put it in a ziplock with a teeny hole cut in the corner, makes a lovely drizzle super easy and neat.
Sprinkle sugar mixture immediately over the melted chocolate.

Enjoy with coffee, tea, or cocoa. Or even alone. It is that good. And definitely must be made again!

Direct quote of the bf, “homemade biscotti for breakfast. Better than Starbucks (highest compliment I can give for baked goods paired with coffee).”

♥ k

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