Archive for June, 2011

June 20, 2011

Lovely Lunch Date with Mom and Dad

by Nicole Lee

Saturday my parents decided to pick me up for the afternoon to hang out, do lunch and just spend some time together. With Mom’s birthday being June 5th, mine June 17th and Father’s Day June 19th it just made sense to spend some time enjoying each other’s company. We went out to St. Pete and I am including the photos from the lunch we had, but I am not really reviewing the restaurant. That said- Fresco’s Waterfront was delicious. So we enjoyed a couple of cocktails, talked about home, work, life and other odds/ends, checked out some local shops and even dropped by Gulfport Beach. It was greatly relaxing and a ton of fun.

 

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June 17, 2011

Recipes from Wednesday Cook Night – “Chicken Florentine ” Bake with Toasted Pinenuts and Boiled Red Potatoes with Dill Butter

by Nicole Lee

This Wednesday was your run of the mill Wednesday Cook Night with spinach  as a prompt of sorts. I think for the most part I really enjoyed it and from what I understand Scott did too (his plate was clean!). Other than that today is my birthday and I’m getting ready to go out for dinner. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Shallots
  • 1 bag fresh spinach (or more!)
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Small red potaotes
  • chicken broth
  • pinenuts
  • butter
  • fresh dill
  • garlic
  • salt/pepper
Method:
1. Saute diced shallot in butter until nearly translucent.
spinach     cooked spinach
1. Add spinach and cook until soft (but not wilted).
3. Pan fry chicken until nearly cooked in a little chicken broth (to keep moisture) and place spinach/shallot/garlic mixture in bottom of baking pan and chicken on top. Place in 400 degree oven until chicken is nearly cooked through.
boil potatoes     drain potatoes
4. While chicken is baking boil potatoes until they are as tender as you like them and drain.
dill butter     done potatoes
5. Melt butter with chopped fresh dill and toss into cooked potatoes.
pine nuts     toasted
6. Toast pinenuts lightly until light brown and firm.
7. Melt mozzarella cheese over chicken.
8. Serve and enjoy!
June 14, 2011

Review – New Tampa, FL – SukoThai

by Nicole Lee

I think I’ve made it pretty clear at this point in the game that I love trying new things- even if I hate them and wish I’d been dead instead. So when Scott and I stumbled across a Japanese-Thai restaurant tucked into a completely dark parking lot across the street from the New Tampa movie theater I was all for it. That was last December and we have DEFINITELY been back. Just this past weekend we went with Scott’s dad and girlfriend to share the love.

Not only is their menu fabulously large, but the cooks are Thai. The first time we went in we asked for our food Thai hot as we always do. We insisted it’s what we wanted, we knew what we were doing and they couldn’t scare us off. Did it happen? For the first time since I’ve been Stateside YES. It was Thai hot and tasted like heaven. The cooks came out to watch us and started snickering before we started in. They were a little surprised we could take the heat, but it was clear they were impressed and appreciative. Each time they’ve held up their end of the bargain, producing great flavors, hot food, and attentive service.

We haven’t tried the sushi or Japanese menu, but if it’s half as good as the Thai they’re on the game and I advise everyone to drop what you’re doing right this moment and go here STAT. Just kidding. But really. I would recommend you put this on your “list of things to try” and let me know what you think. Trust me, I think you’ll be more than pleased. :)

Thai spring rolls

tom yum gai       tom kha gai

 ต้มยำ (tom yum)                                                                   ต้มข่าไก่ (tom kha)

กระเพราไก่ (Thai basil chicken)

ผัดซีอิ๊ว (pad see ew)

 แกงมัสมั่น (masaman curry)

June 9, 2011

Wednesday Cook Night – Special Edition with birthdays, pie and memories

by Nicole Lee

When I was growing my my mother’s parents lived with us for the better part of my life. It was an experience that I know most children don’t get and as look back now that they’re both gone I have some of the best memories of them. More than the average person has of their grandparents. And a lot of those memories revolve around food. Poppy was a wonderful cook (and Mom says Nanny was too but that was before they lived with us) and my mother learned some great stuff from them, as well as inheriting the cookbooks!

It was no surprise to me, in this case, that my brother requested Ow-yok-sung for his birthday dinner. Now, keep in mind, my brother’s and and mother’s birthdays are June 5th and mine is June 17th. So within twelve days we get all three of us out of the way. Now that we’re older and don’t have Barbie themed sleep over parties or something of the like it’s usually easier for us to get together and celebrate all at once. So Mom made Nanny and Poppy’s Ow-yok-sung, we drank Poppy’s sweet old fashioneds, ate delicious sour cream apple pie (my request!)  and talked about all sorts of memories. Overall it was one of the best birthdays I can remember. We’ll have to see what Scott comes up with to beat it. ;)

(That’s Mom’s hand.)

June 4, 2011

Nameless Caturday with Loki

by Nicole Lee

Dear Readers,

I have hijacked Nicole’s computer in hopes of getting some help from all of you. You see, I have this new toy and other than Frost it’s all that keeps me company through the long days Nicole is working and the nights she spends with Scott’s catbabies (she asked me to tell you she’ll be introducing all of them soon too).

So all of that aside I am having some serious problems naming my new little friend. I have a picture too, so maybe you can give me some suggestions. Things to know:

  • It does not make any sounds
  • It’s stuffed just perfectly so it’s squishy, but not too firm
  • I carry it with me all of the time
  • It’s my new snuggle buddy

Please see below and let me what you think! I greatly appreciate your help and thank you in advance. I’m going to turn this back over to Nicole now, so look forward to some more of her silly, nonsensical ramblings I mean, pictures and events coming soon!

Most humbly yours,

Loki