Al’s Pancake World Vegetable Fried Rice

One thing about us is we love TV shows. I mean, we went to film school so while others watch shows and movies passively we LOVE to watch and analyze and see things that other viewers might miss. And of of our favorite shows is Gilmore Girls, a few months ago we actually were lucky enough to test a recipe from the Unofficial Gilmore Girls Cookbook. We made Mock Turtle Soup  and really enjoyed all the Gilmore Girls inspired recipes.

As we continued re-watching the series in preparation for the Revival that premiered in November, we thought about all the different restaurants that were available in Stars Hollow and which ones we wanted to eat at and the consensus was Al’s Pancake World. Where no pancakes are ever served, just delicious foreign eats from around the world. And when we saw one of the teaser pictures that the Gilmore Girls Instagram account posted, we knew we needed to make our own version of Fried Rice

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We love signs and if this picture wasn’t a sign to make fried rice, I don’t know what is. What’s great about this recipe is that we think just about anyone could make it. Even the Lorelai’s and Rory’s of the world who fear the kitchen and all it’s tools, this recipe is pretty easy and almost impossible to mess up.

While we made our own rice for the recipe you can totally use left over white rice that you get from Chinese restaurants that you usually have no idea what to do with days later. You can also utilize whatever frozen vegetables or left over meat you have in the fridge (beef, pork, chicken…yum).

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Forgive us, we just watched Mulan over the weekend and can’t stop singing all the songs.

Anyway, this recipe is super easy and we think that even Lorelai Gilmore could make it with ease. And while ours is called vegetable fried rice, you can add just about any kind of meat you want. Or leave it as is. We think that Al from Al’s Pancake World would definitely approve.

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Easy Homemade Ramen

Easy Homemade Raman

Happy Sunday Everyone! Its cloudy, rainy and actually kind of cool here in Los Angeles. So we thought the best recipe we could possibly share for a rainy and cold Sunday is one that’s easy to make and keeps you warm on cold and rainy Sundays.

One of our favorite things to buy from the Supermarket is Ramen. Not the ones that college student live off of, but the ones that they sell in the Asian food section. Nong Shim Noodle Bowl Soups are always on sale and perfect in a pinch.

While we’re all for the convenience of instant ramen noodles, we love being able to make just about anything at home. This Ramen is probably one of the easiest things we make so it’s almost impossible to mess up. If you can boil broth, you can make this soup.

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Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry

Happy Monday! You know what the best way to start your Monday off is? With our Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Bowl. This is the perfect meal after a weekend of fun, and questionable food choices. This bowl is packed full of flavors and will keep you going for hours!

Sriracha, agave, and soy give this bowl an extra punch of flavor that really makes in unique and special. Give this tasty bowl a try and let us know what you think here or using the hashtag #twoyoungladies

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Peppers
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil,
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus (Trimmed and Cut to bite sized pieces)
  • 4 Teaspoons Garlic (Finely chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

How beautiful is this asparagus? We love asparagus!

Step 1:

In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, agave, sriracha, and red pepper flakes.

Step 2:

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, and place in a large bowl or ziplock bag.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 3:

Cover the chicken with about half of the soy mixture. Reserve the rest. Cover the chicken and sit in the fridge for at least thirty minutes (the longer the better) for the flavors to meld.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 4:

Twenty minutes before you plan on cooking dinner, remove the chicken from the fridge.

Step 5:

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium high heat. Saute the asparagus and saute until just under done, you don’t want to over cook them. Remove the asparagus from pan. About two to three minutes.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 6:

Add the remaining oil, and cook the chicken pieces until almost cooked completely through, which is about five minutes.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 7:

Add the chopped garlic, and saute for about 60 seconds. Add the asparagus back into the pan, and the reserved marinade. Cook for another two minutes and just before you take it off the heat, add the 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Serve immediately over rice and top with toasted sesame seeds.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Today’s recipe is a nice change of pace from your typical picnic salad. A cucumber salad is light, crispy, refreshing and can withstand sitting out on a warm day without getting “funky” like any mayo salad. This particular salad is slightly sweet and a has a nice warm after-bite.

Marlee’s dad, Bob, makes a fantastic cucumber salad where he uses a mandolin to get paper thin half moon slices, it’s so freakin’ good that we cannot share that recipe. So, we found one that was completely different.

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad


Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 English Cucumbers (skin on)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • Red Onion (Half)

Step 1: 

Slice your cucumber into bite size pieces, we prefer half moon slices. Place the cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle them with salt. Mix thoroughly and place a plate on top of them or something heavy, like a can, to push the excess water out. Set aside for at least 40 minutes. Next, chop your onions.

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Step 2: 

In a saucepan, mix together the vinegar, water, sugar and red chili flakes. Bring mixture to a boil, and then lower the heat and reduce for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add onions. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Step 3: 

Rinse the cucumbers in cool water and let drain for a couple more minutes. Before mixing, lightly pat the cucumbers dry. Put in a bowl and mix with “dressing”. Refrigerate and then serve.

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad