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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Eat Like a Gilmore: Mock Turtle Soup

Mock Turtle Soup

One thing about us is we love to watch TV and Movies. I mean, we went to film school so it’s not completely out of the norm for us to love watching and analyzing our favorite shows and movies. And one of our all time absolute favorite shows? Gilmore Girls.

We’ve both been watching Gilmore Girls since it’s original run and have rewatched so many times we’ve probably lost count. When the show sadly ended it’s run in 2007, that while it wasn’t the ending that we all wanted, we knew it wasn’t the end. I personally remember Googling “Gilmore Girls Movie” and “Gilmore Girls Reunion” every couple years because I knew it would happen. And last year, when they FINALLY announced that it was actually happening, we were both freakin’ thrilled.

And then, earlier this year, I remember a post on Facebook about a Kickstarter for a Gilmore Girls Cookbook…say what? Gilmore Girl inspired recipes? Shut the front door and sign me up! Which we immediately donated to Kristi Carlson, the incredible woman behind Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls. And finally, after what feels like forever, the book is almost here. And when Kristi asked if there were any bloggers who wanted to try a recipe…we obviously jumped at the chance.

We were fairly open to whatever recipe Kristi sent us and when we finally got the recipe we would be testing, we were a little shocked and kind of scared. Mock Turtle Soup. A name and recipe we were only familiar with when we watched the show and thought to our selves, “what the hell is that”. And then proceeded to google and be totally grossed out. We had similar thoughts when googling and researching the origins of “Johnny Machete” and most times we were turned away and continued with our watching. So when we got Mock Turtle Soup, we were kind of afraid. But thankfully it’s MOCK turtle soup and there is no actual turtle in the soup! Phew! *Wipes sweat off brow*

Kristi’s Mock Turtle Soup is a tasty combination “land-etarian” friendly eats. The soup itself contains chicken thighs and beef and is filled with tomatoes, eggs, onions and peppers. It reminds us of a cross between a beefy stew and sexy gumbo. Yes, gumbo can be sexy.

The recipe itself was quite easy to follow and even though there were a lot of yummy ingredients and you have to pay attention so you don’t loose track, the results were great! The soup was quite hearty and very filling. We can see why it was a Richard Gilmore favorite.

Eat Like Gilmore is available through Kristi’s website, amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

When we finally received our copy of the cookbook this week, we were thrilled. So many fun recipes! And we can’t wait to test, taste and try them all! Kristi, we will gladly come and cook with you anytime! Solidarity Sister! Ya Ya!

Below are some pictures from our cooking adventure. And though we won’t divulge the actual ingredients and steps so that you order your own copy, we can share how much we enjoyed the recipe and the process.

 

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Yay! Ingredients! (Missing the onion)

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We call it Tomatohenge

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Tomatoes getting ready for their bath!

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Beeeeeeef!

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Peaches, our official taste tester, loves licking the chicken board.

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Beef and veggies getting to know each other.

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Egg me!

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I hope for all your super hardcore Gilmore Girls fans out there, you notice that we have the same plates that Babette has when Rory cooks her Donna Reed Dinner for Dean (ick…we’re Team Logan in this household).

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but if you go back and watch you can actually see this plate patterns a couple of time. And we only know this from watching the series twice this year. We actually started earlier in the year, and got to season five and said we would wait until the premiere date was closer, and as the date drew closer, we just decided to start over again. We powered through and are now in the middle of season six, and counting down the days until November 25th.

Black Friday, come home, order Pizza, make pies and watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Bonus, here is a bad photo of Rory  and Dean in the Donna Red episode holding our vintage plate ware!

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#TwoYoungLadies Get Herbal (Gardening That Is)

After years of talking about it, we finally decided to plant an herb garden! We know if Ina cared, she would be so proud. We went to Lowes and bought, tons of rosemary, sweet basil, purple basil (WHAAAT), flat leaf parsley, onion chives, and a Roma tomato plant! We actually want to go back and get more! Who knew gardening was so fun!

We’ll see how it turns out, and hopefully we have green thumbs and not killer thumbs. We already named our plants Baahsil the Basil Plant, Rosemarie the Rosemary, Annyong the Onion Chives, Fehttuchini the Flat Leaf Parsley, and Tony the Tomato.

Here’s our car filled with our wonderful smelling herbs!

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Our flat leaf parsley! Parsley

Basil! Who does’t love the smell of basil?! And basil means fresh pesto!Basil

Even better than basil? Rosemary! Anytime we see rosemary we always end up touching it and smelling it….that sounds weird. But lets be real, we all do that. Rosemary Our tiny little chives! How adorable!

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Bonus picture: Tyrion the Turtle. We spotted this little fella on our jog around Lake Hollywood. We’re not sure what he was doing, but he was using his back legs to dig, or break dance. Who knows, we’ll see if he’s there tomorrow.

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