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Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

I’m gonna say it now: stir fry must be the most versatile meal there is. Get a pan really hot (even though mine can’t get as hot as my mom’s cast iron wok), throw in whatever meat and vegetables you want, and then work out some sort of spicy, sweet, salty sauce.

I’m not trying to say this to dissuade you from ever following a stir fry recipe (especially this one!), but I think it’s the perfect way to use up vegetable odds and ends in a cohesive dish.

And adding pineapple and lo mein noodles to it? Serious win.

I almost always add pineapple into my stir fry, but this was the first time I’d ever used noodles instead of rice. I might never go back! And the noodles cook in 4 minutes… much easier than 20+ minutes for rice!

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry
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Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas Suizas

Mexican food. I crave it.

But so many of the Mexican restaurants around here just don’t cut it. There’s one in particular, well-known by college students for their Margarita specials, that I dread going to with friends because it means a $12 plate of sub-par enchiladas suizas (my favorite) next to a sad pile of rice and brown blob of refried beans.

Give me better Mexican food! For $7 in California, I can get amazing enchiladas suizas with the best rice and beans you’ve ever had.

Don’t tolerate bad Mexican food!

Make your own.

Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas Suizas

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Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Waking up to the sound of rain on the window makes mornings that much harder. I think I see a 150% increase in the number of times I hit the snooze button if it’s raining outside. On the other hand, when it’s snowing, I jump up to look outside my window at the peaceful white blanket on the world. Navigating the sidewalks outside has been a nightmare the last few days. First snow, then a thick layer of ice, then 1-2 inches of water on top of the ice layer. On my long walk home from campus, all I could think about was a bowl of soup. One that wouldn’t take too long, but would leave me satisfied through a long Sunday night of homework.

This Greek lemon-egg soup brings all of the comfort of a rich and creamy winter soup with a bright pop of lemony sunshine that reminds me of warmer days! It starts off as a simple chicken soup… you know, carrots, celery, onion, chicken, rice and broth. All the good stuff that makes your kitchen smell wonderful. Then, adding the lemon-egg mixture at the end suddenly transforms the soup into this luscious, silky broth packed with flavor. I thought half a lemon would never be enough to flavor the entire pot, so I could hardly believe the flavor of that first bite. I still couldn’t get over it after the third bowl.
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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Back to school… back to school…

Today is the first day of my last quarter at Northwestern. While the very thought of this sounds like it should provoke deep philosophical insight about the brevity of college or profound resolutions to “live it up!,” I just find myself feeling tired of classes, exams, the inconsistent scheduling, the piles of homework preventing free time on weekends.

I’ve been in school for 18 of my 21 years of life. I’m ready for something else. While I’m going to miss the many easygoing aspects of my life right now, I know I’m fortunate that I feel ready for the next chapter of my life. It was the same way with leaving high school; I was never homesick or lonesome during my first quarter because I spent the 6 months leading up to college knowing that I was ready to be there. Now, I’m spending the 6 months leading up to graduation knowing I’m ready to be in the real world. I’m waiting for it. Anticipating it. Getting excited and even more ready for it. I’m very fortunate for my capacity to change.

White Chicken Chili

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Chicken in Almond Sauce

Pollo en salsa de almendras — that is how I discovered this dish at Taberna Coloniales on Calle Fernández y González in Seville. It was the first place I took my parents for lunch when they visited me in November of last year. Yeah, that sounds interesting, I guess. Mom likes almonds. Sure. That one.

Life changing.

My favorite dish in Spain.

Okay, life changing may be an exaggeration, but there was never a trip to Los Coloniales that did not include pollo con almendras. Mom repeated several times, “I have to figure out a way to make this when I get home!” Eleven months later and I have the answer.

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