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Last night I decided to try to make it up to my family for ignoring them for basically 16 hours while I plowed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by pulling out a cookbook and making something new. I ended up using my All Recipes cookbook and chose the Grilled Asian Chicken.

I took the kids with me to Foodland and as soon as we enter, there’s some Harry Potter books at the door. Baby Girl very loudly yells, “LOOK MOMMY! There’s the book Daddy stood in line for!!” If only I’d known that Foodland was going to have a midnight book sale of Deathly Hallows I would have sent my poor Mr. Pikko there instead of Borders. /guilty

Anyway, I get home and I’m starting to get the marinade ready when I realize that I can’t find my garlic and I’m out of sesame oil. Gawd was I pissed. I had to go back and buy more, grrr!! It turned out wonderful though. Mr. Pikko said it smelled really really good and I really enjoyed the taste. I sliced it up and stir fried half of it with fresh veggies I’d been chopping while the meat marinated.


Veggies included are: Celery, snow peas, sweet onion, broccoli, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and sakura shaped carrots. Extreme close-up! The key to cooking veggies like this is to never overcook them. I thought I stopped soon enough but turns out I didn’t and so the veggies are a little less vibrant in color than I’d intended. The heat can always cook it more, so it’s best to just lightly cook the veggies then let it sit in it’s own heat to finish cooking. I boiled the extra marinade and added it to the veggies and this was REALLY good. Included in the corner is a small bit of rice and furikake. To accompany my bento I have a KCCA salad and a yellow peach from Costco.

I had tried to find ready-made stir fry veggies but couldn’t find any so I got the fresh stuff and that was great for taste. The snow peas were some disgustingly high price like $6.00 a pound but thankfully, the handful I bought only cost a dollar, so I guess the price wasn’t too bad after all. I bought some green onions and planted the stalks outside in our garden! Also, Baby Girl’s string bean plants have finally sprouted more beans and she should have 5 more coming along soon. Hooray!

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Last night I decided to try to make it up to my family for ignoring them for basically 16 hours while I plowed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by pulling out a cookbook and making something new. I ended up using my All Recipes cookbook and chose the Grilled Asian Chicken.

I took the kids with me to Foodland and as soon as we enter, there’s some Harry Potter books at the door. Baby Girl very loudly yells, “LOOK MOMMY! There’s the book Daddy stood in line for!!” If only I’d known that Foodland was going to have a midnight book sale of Deathly Hallows I would have sent my poor Mr. Pikko there instead of Borders. /guilty

Anyway, I get home and I’m starting to get the marinade ready when I realize that I can’t find my garlic and I’m out of sesame oil. Gawd was I pissed. I had to go back and buy more, grrr!! It turned out wonderful though. Mr. Pikko said it smelled really really good and I really enjoyed the taste. I sliced it up and stir fried half of it with fresh veggies I’d been chopping while the meat marinated.


Veggies included are: Celery, snow peas, sweet onion, broccoli, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and sakura shaped carrots. Extreme close-up! The key to cooking veggies like this is to never overcook them. I thought I stopped soon enough but turns out I didn’t and so the veggies are a little less vibrant in color than I’d intended. The heat can always cook it more, so it’s best to just lightly cook the veggies then let it sit in it’s own heat to finish cooking. I boiled the extra marinade and added it to the veggies and this was REALLY good. Included in the corner is a small bit of rice and furikake. To accompany my bento I have a KCCA salad and a yellow peach from Costco.

I had tried to find ready-made stir fry veggies but couldn’t find any so I got the fresh stuff and that was great for taste. The snow peas were some disgustingly high price like $6.00 a pound but thankfully, the handful I bought only cost a dollar, so I guess the price wasn’t too bad after all. I bought some green onions and planted the stalks outside in our garden! Also, Baby Girl’s string bean plants have finally sprouted more beans and she should have 5 more coming along soon. Hooray!

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As I mentioned yesterday, we ate at Outback on Sunday night and I got the very tasty rib eye steak but only ate half of it. I’d ordered it with broccoli and so took all of that home for today’s leftovers bento! I sliced some red bell pepper for additional color and stir fried it all with a bit of Pam. I didn’t cook it long as I wanted to preserve the “medium rare” state of the meat. EXTREME CLOSE-UP! Whoaaaa!


If I’ve learned anything from making bento it’s that with a Costco 5 minutes away I need two fridges. I picked up blackberries, strawberries, and cherries. The cherries were so expensive I’m surprised they didn’t have someone sitting next to the little suckers offering financing. The good news is everytime I bite into one I’m glad I dished out 13 dollars for a pack. Ok, maybe not glad, but it tastes at least moderately worth it.


I wanted to take watermelon, mango, and lomi salmon today too, but snapped out if it when I was trying to find a third bento box to take with me. Making up for what I ate yesterday will include extra stairclimbing at work this week.

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As I mentioned yesterday, we ate at Outback on Sunday night and I got the very tasty rib eye steak but only ate half of it. I’d ordered it with broccoli and so took all of that home for today’s leftovers bento! I sliced some red bell pepper for additional color and stir fried it all with a bit of Pam. I didn’t cook it long as I wanted to preserve the “medium rare” state of the meat. EXTREME CLOSE-UP! Whoaaaa!


If I’ve learned anything from making bento it’s that with a Costco 5 minutes away I need two fridges. I picked up blackberries, strawberries, and cherries. The cherries were so expensive I’m surprised they didn’t have someone sitting next to the little suckers offering financing. The good news is everytime I bite into one I’m glad I dished out 13 dollars for a pack. Ok, maybe not glad, but it tastes at least moderately worth it.


I wanted to take watermelon, mango, and lomi salmon today too, but snapped out if it when I was trying to find a third bento box to take with me. Making up for what I ate yesterday will include extra stairclimbing at work this week.

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