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Lettuce Stir-fry Chicken Cups by Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit, June 2011

Chicken is one of my favorite meats, I love how versatile it is and how well it adopts flavors. This fresh and Asian inspired recipe from Bon Appetit might remind of you of a certain lettuce-wrap dish you can order at a certain famous Asian restaurant.... Light and east to whip up, you'll be in and out of the kitchen with plenty of time to enjoy the last of the summer days.

Happy weekend my friends!


The sun came out, hoooooray!  Now maybe I can get some things done and my basil will start growing.  This weeks recipe reminds me of those lettuce wraps from PF Changs.  Seems like the perfect thing for a balmy, almost-summer weekend.  Have a great one, my friends!


Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chicken: Quick Recipes Recipe : bonappetit.com



There is evil lurking in my garden.

It comes like a thief in the night in the form of slimy slugs:


And they slink their way onto my precious plants and turn my eggplant leaves into lace:

These dark evildoers are hiding under every pot:

They try to scare me with their pinching butts but I have news for them... I have earwig bait.  I really hope the neighbors weren't outside while I was in the backyard sprinkling the earwig bait yelling, "Die suckers, die!!!"  Oh well.

This morning I walked out to the garden and found this catastrophe:

I have a list of suspects but this guy is on my most wanted list:

He cannot resist the garden. He thinks I planted it for him. He is driving me crazy.

Despite my battle with dark forces, there are some good things going on in the garden.

My cilantro is going crazy!  Which is very exciting for me because last time I tried to grow cilantro the bunnies refused to let it grow bigger than nubs.  I have already used my cilantro on quesadillas, salads and avocado salad.  Love it!

Know what this is?  It's a bell pepper!  It's growing so fast and already has blooms on it.  I can't wait to see tiny peppers growing.

My tomatoes are growing well too.  I planted 3 different varieties and the earliest one is blooming already.  That yellow bloom is going to be a tomato very, very soon.

Despite the unseasonable rains and cold, I still have tiny strawberries growing.  Someday the sun will come out and I will have some full size berries to eat.

I threw some lettuce seeds out a couple of weeks ago, not certain if they would come up.  Oh me of little faith!  Within 3 days they sprouted and very soon I will be able to go out back and pick my own salad leaves.  I'm pretty excited about it!

It has been nothing but rain, rain, rain this past week so my basil is just depressing.  I'll be lucky to save any of the plants I already planted.  Oh well, I'll just buy more and do my best to revive the rest.  Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on me!!


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