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Pittsburgh Foodie Field Trip

15 May
A few months ago a friend of mine took me around Pittsburgh’s Strip District, and a bit of Oakland. The result: I have new staples to my diet and I’ve got new places to shop.
In the Strip District, we visited Lotus Food Co., a Chinese grocery store. It was awesome, and cheap. And they had loads of gluten-free stuff that my sister would adore. The sauces there were much cheaper than in regular grocery stores. I got a basket full of what I thought would come to about fifty dollars. It came to twenty-two big ones :D. While there I bought udon noodles, a special soy-based sauce to cook the udon in, ube powder(a purple sweet potato powder), seaweed, and dorayaki (basically a small pancake filled with red bean paste= really, really good.)
My family totally loved the udon noodles and tempura (just dip fresh veggies in a flour/water batter and fry). New staple. Tryyy it.
Also visited the PA Macaroni Co. for pasta and bread, and Wholey’s for fish.
After we had bubble tea at LuLu’s Noodles in Oakland (bubble tea was also new to me, and is awesome), and then had a feast šŸ™‚

Meatloaf for Picky Eaters

16 Feb
Meatloaf looks gross, there’s no getting around that. But this meatloaf is not only gluten-free, its healthier (it uses ground turkey meat), and GOOD. My picky eater loves it. Which is weird. There are very few meals that I can repeat once a week.
– 1.2 lbs ground turkey meat (I suppose you can substitute ground beef if you really need to. ;))
– about 1.5 cups cooked rice
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp ketchup
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 2 tbsp sugar OR 3 tbsp molasses. (I normally prefer molasses. Turkey when cooked is whiter than ground meat, molasses darkens it. And it makes a pretty awesome glaze on top. But in the batch featured I used sugar)
– dash of pepper


Preheat oven to 350*F. Mix all of the ingredients together in a largish bowl. It looks gross. I refuse to show my picky eater this step, in fear of refusal to eat the result.

Mixed Together....yummmmm hahaa

Put the mixture into a loaf pan. Shape/smooth it the best you can with the spoon/spatula. Place in oven, uncovered*** for about 45 minutes.
***Covered in foil if you used molasses. Take off the foil for the last 15 minutes, and drizzle a spoonful of molasses on top for a glaze.

In the Oven

Take out, let sit for about 3 minutes. Cut and serve :). We like ketchup on ours, but honestly this recipe is sweet enough so that you don’t need it.
I use the same basic mixture for my meatballs, as well. Substitute the ketchup for whateverĀ marinaraĀ sauce you want, and throw in someĀ ItalianĀ seasoning. Roll into balls. Smother in marinara sauce. Ā Bake covered for the same time and temperature.

Slice & Serve

P.S. I apologize for my blurry pictures! I had to use a phone camera for these.

Rice Cooker Adventures

6 Feb
When I was younger, I practically never ate rice. We were a pasta family. When my sister and father were diagnosed with celiac, they ate rice, but I am pretty sure it was instant.
So my rice cooking skills are pretty much level 0.5. Cooking rice on a stove is practically impossible! I finally got a rice cooker. Compliments of one of my super awesome friends; who had a spare. I was eager to try it out: to have decent, not too mushy/hard/burnt rice, and not having a pot to scrape clean.
Basically. You put some rice in, and some water. Close the lid. Push a magic button. And that’s it! I kept checking to make sure that the rice wasn’t doing anything crazy. ItĀ didn’t. Rice cookers work. Who woulda thunk.
The rice paddle that came with the cooker worked excellently as well. You would beĀ surprisedĀ at how much difference the shape of a spoon can Ā make.
In the pantry, I had some long grain white rice, some frozen veggie mix, and sweet and sour sauce. We didn’t even have soy sauce. Now that I have a way to make super easy and delicious rice, I will be expanding the Asian-style cuisine found in my pantry. Any suggestions? Our household is very Italian-food centered, so I’m not sure where to begin.
So. Our main meal this evening was white rice, with veggies fried up in canola oil. I got a thumbs up from my picky eater.
Eventually I want to use the steamer to cook some meat and veggies. And get some brown rice.