Chinese Beef with Broccoli

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Well, my bracket is #(*$(*%$.  Anyone else’s?  Full disclosure, I had Syracuse going down after their second game, and am now going down for it.  All of my ‘Cuse friends are hardcore-shaming me for “not believing,” but come on.  Really?  Did we REALLY see this coming?!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool and all, but I never fill out my brackets due to personal ties.  I grew up in Syracuse (for the most part), and I’m awesome, but that doesn’t exactly equate to the basketball team going all the way.  I went to Tennessee, and L-O-V-E the Vols, but they are horrific on the court.  I made my peace with that long ago.  I am super competitive, and when it comes to winning a bracket or showing that I am a true fan, I’m going with the teams that have the better track records.

That being said, thanks a lot, Kansas.

So, since the big weekend’s coming up, there’s a good chance we are going to either eat out or order in.  One of my all-time favorite to-go meals is Chinese beef with broccoli.  It’s so flavorful and filling, and it’s not fried, so I don’t feel too icky; however, it’s still pan-seared in a ton of oil, so it’s not exactly health-conscious.  My solution:  make your own!  I made this when I was craving some take-out, and it did not disappoint. Make sure you use a decent cut of beef, so your dish will be tender.  Enjoy with a side of brown rice.  Your fortune:  You will not feel bloated and sluggish. Continue reading

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Sesame Shrimp and Broccoli

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This week is National Law Enforcement Appreciation week, and I have heard some beautiful stories on NPR this week about the men and women who have vowed to serve and protect us by upholding and enforcing our laws.  I really needed to hear them, given all the CRAP that’s been going down in our United States of Shame recently with attacks on police officers.

Since January, there have been 45 police deaths in this country.  45.  That’s insane.  Do you see cops protesting, organizing sit-ins across I-93, rioting or looting their communities?  No, but that’s a rant for another day.

45 police deaths (and 5 K-9 deaths, if you care only about the pups) is ridiculous.  And these don’t include those who survived, like two officers who were shot outside the Ferguson Police Dept this week.  People, what is going on?  What do you want out of this? What is your end game?

We are using violence, because violence has been used on us.  We matter.  We are fighting back.

Who are you fighting?  The traffic cop who asked you for your license and registration?  What did he do?  Do you think that this will gain respect and change things if you keep ensuing violence and murder?  I get that you’re mad from the injustices you are feeling, but aren’t you just as guilty if you inflict pain on others?

There are terrible teachers.  There are pedophilia priests.  There are dirty politicians.  And there are crooked cops, whose pledge to protect and serve has been clouded by poor judgement and/or personal agendas.  But we all know that for one bad employee, there are a dozen good ones, and they are NOT interchangeable.  So, if you have beef with, say, the cop who shot Michael Brown, don’t go take it out on your local officer who is there to serve your community.  In fact, don’t take it out on anyone:  talk to your therapist/friends/family about it, teach your kids what you believe is right, and live a good life.

Standing up for what you believe in does not include knocking down someone else.  Feel free to quote me on that.

Now, if you are reading this and you ARE an officer (or an inspiring one), thank you for your dedication, service, and putting up with us civilians.  You put yourselves into the line of fire every day (now more than ever), and that’s a debt we can never repay.   Continue reading

Lemon Broccoli with Pistachios

I’ve recently been eating pistachios like the world’s supply is running out. Sure, I love Stephen  Colbert, but I’m not that easily influenced.

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What do you think that pillow talk is like?

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Sautéed Garlic Broccoli

I made this with my Asian-Inspired Tilapia.  A great pair!  Super quick and easy to make!

Sautéed Garlic Broccoli

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Heavy pot or dutch oven
  • Cutting board and knife

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 T sesame oil
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • dash of black pepper
  • 3/4 c chicken stock (or 1 cube chicken bullion with 3/4 c water)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated (or powdered) ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a heavy pot or dutch oven, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat (if you don’t have sesame oil, peanut oil or canola will work here).
  2. Roughly chop broccoli into 1- to 2-inch pieces. photo 2
  3. When oil is shimmering (before it is smoking!), add broccoli and black pepper.  Sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add stock and garlic and simmer, uncovered, for about 6 more minutes, until broccoli is cooked to desired tenderness.
  5. Sprinkle with ginger and red pepper flakes.
  6. Enjoy! photo 5