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Pinterest:Impossible – Gyoza and Teriyaki Chicken

pinterestimpossiblelogonobackgroundThere’s just something about having family in town that makes me want to cook. Call me crazy (you wouldn’t be the first) but feeding a large group (at least half a dozen adults and two kids going through a picky phase) of people whose opinions actually matter to me seems like an excellent challenge. AND an excellent opportunity to try out some more recipes from Pinterest!

Last week for Family Dinner I made gyoza, Teriyaki chicken, and chicken fried rice. I pulled gyoza (or potstickers if that name works better for you) and Teriyaki chicken recipes from Pinterest and used my own tried and true fried rice recipe. I’ve spent YEARS perfecting that one and am quite proud of it.

And to be completely honest here, I’ve made gyoza before so they weren’t a huge challenge for me. The recipe I found was not exactly the same as the one I’ve used in the past, however, and two times out of every five that I make gyoza I burn them a bit, so there is still some work involved for me in making them.

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Before you ask, yes, of course, I made substitutions and changes to the recipes. I can’t seem to help it. I like stuff the way I like it and that is that. The gyoza called for cabbage to be included in the filling along with the pork, but I’ve never thought it was necessary. The pork is so flavorful by itself (well with all the spices and seasonings mixed in) that cabbage seems superfluous to me. PLUS it always seems that if I buy cabbage I don’t use enough in the gyoza and there is tons left over and I don’t know what to do with it. I’m cool with cabbage but I don’t love it and I don’t want to be eating it for weeks just because it comes in giant quantities.

I also took out the shiitake mushrooms and I’m not sorry. I don’t like mushrooms and I don’t want them in my gyoza. So there.

Gyoza are wonderful and delicious and addictive, but they also take awhile to make as you have to individually fill the little wrappers and then fold them properly so they don’t fall open while cooking. THEN you have to fry them a bit til the bottoms are a light brown and then steam them a bit so the sides are nice and chewy. It is an involved process that takes more than a few minutes and so I needed the dishes that I was making along with the gyoza to be a bit simpler. That’s why I was very happy to find a Teriyaki chicken recipe that was made in the slow cooker. I set up the chicken and sauce before I left for work and by the time I got home it smelled amazing and tasted even better. The only change I made to that recipe was cutting up the chicken before adding to the slow cooker. I thought it would be easier to deal with once it was cooked if it was cut into small chunks.

The fried rice turned out to be the most complicated (and messy) dish I made, and that was mainly because I was making it in my dad’s kitchen without the use of my giant rice cooker and electric wok. Juggling different mix-ins between frying pans and big pots was not the easiest thing to do but I managed as well as I could. And the rice turned out pretty tasty, if I do say so myself (and I do!).

Between the gyoza, Teriyaki chicken, and fried rice, I’d have to say everything turned out well. My family ate lots of food and my picky five-year-old nephew even ate two gyoza, so I’m counting this Pinterest:Impossible a success!

– Mia V.

 

*Be sure to check out all the great recipes we have on our Fox 28 Foodies Unite! and Pinterest:Impossible boards!

**Interested in my fried rice recipe? Just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to share!

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SOURCE – crock pot teriyaki chicken

 

 

Pinterest:Impossible – Stuffed Hot Dogs

pinterestimpossiblelogonobackgroundIt’s National Hot Dog Month and what better way to celebrate than by making (and eating) hot dogs! I scoured the Pinterest boards trying to find the tastiest looking hot dog recipes out there. I’ve always been a ketchup-onions-relish kind of girl myself, but I’m pretty open-minded and it was fun seeing just how many dozens of recipes for hot dogs exist.

I actually picked two that looked interesting and delicious, but only ended up making one. Hey, it was the Fourth of July and I was drinking fun ‘lady’ beers (Mike’s Hard Lemonade) and watching RoboCop 3 (yes, seriously, I sat all the way through it and I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about that) and it was hot and cooking sounded less than fun, so I only made one recipe and that’s that.

Stuffed Hot Dogs were what I went with. They included fun toppings like crushed Doritos, cheese, ketchup, onions, and Worchestshire sauce, but instead of being placed on top of the dog, the dog was split open and had everything stuffed inside. They were not too difficult to make, though I was a little concerned while splitting the hot dogs open as I wanted to make room for all the filling but didn’t want to split the dog so far it would fall apart.

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In the grand tradition of Being Me, I did change up the recipe somewhat from the listed instructions. I got Doritos instead of potato chips and sandwich rolls instead of hot dog buns. Nothing too big, but I think the Doritos added an extra flavor kick to the filling mix. The sandwich rolls were tasty but too big, so I’m thinking in the future I need to pay closer attention to how things match up size-wise.

The first hot dog I ate without any additional condiments. I figured with all the stuff squashed inside of the meat it wouldn’t need anymore flavor. While it was tasty, it was also a little dry, so for my second hot dot I added a generous dollop of honey mustard.

I love honey mustard. It’s the best condiment ever invented. I could eat it (and have eaten it) on almost anything. (Bit of friendly advice though, don’t try honey mustard on chocolate cake. It will not work out.)

Stuffed Hot Dogs are a fun twist on a classic food and this recipe was nice and easy to make. I’d definitely call this Pinterest:Impossible a WIN, even if I had to cut off the end of the sandwich rolls to make the hot dogs fit.

– Mia V.

 

*Be sure to check out all the great recipes we have on our Fox 28 Foodies Unite! and Pinterest:Impossible boards!

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Pinterest:Impossible – Chicken Gyros and Thai Chicken Soup

pinterestimpossiblelogonobackgroundI went a little crazy with the chicken last weekend. I can see that now. But it all turned out so good, you won’t see me complaining.

I picked two slow cooker recipes to try off Pinterest this time aroundChicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Thai Chicken Soup. I love gyros and I love Thai food so they seemed like no brainers. PLUS they were slightly more complicated than most slow cooker recipes I make. It seemed like it might be time to push myself a bit

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First up were the Chicken Gyros. The chicken part was actually pretty simple. I just mixed the meat with onions and herbs (dill and oregano) and a bunch of lemon juice. The recipe called for “the juice of two large lemons” but I had the little lemon-shaped squeeze bottle of juice so I had to guess on how much was equal to “two large lemons.” The chicken was edible so I must have guessed right.

There were very few alterations I made to the recipe this time around. I skipped lemon wedges, lettuce, and tomatoes ‘for serving,’ and I used regular salt instead of sea salt. But otherwise I followed the instructions exactly (well okay, there was that lemon juice thing, but whatever).

About a half an hour before the chicken was done cooking (and boy did that smell good in the slow cooker for three hours) I made the Tzatziki, which is basically the yogurt sauce stuff that goes in the gyro with the meat. The recipe included Greek yogurt and sour cream so I had a feeling it would be amazing.

The Tzatziki was the complicated bit of this recipe.  I combined yogurt and sour cream and garlic and olive oil and mixed them up. Then I had to include grated cucumber. I have never used grated cucumber before and actually watched a few YouTube videos to make sure I was doing it right. I’m glad they mentioned scooping out the seeds beforehand to keep the Tzatziki from being too runny.

The gyros came out almost a total WIN. The chicken was a little dry and I’m not sure if that was because I cooked it too long or my slow cooker just cooks too hot. I’m still learning how to use it properly so it was probably user error in this case. The next time I try this recipe I’ll do it on Low and check more often to catch it at the perfect stage of done-ness.

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My second recipe was Thai Chicken Soup. It included red curry, peanut butter, coconut milk, and fish sauce. Basically a bit of every good Thai recipe EVER. I was also very particular about following the instructions on this one. I included everything in the ingredient list except cilantro (because I don’t need to garnish my soup) and cooked brown rice, because later it says to serve with white rice instead and I found that all kind of confusing. Also, I love long grain white rice so I went with it instead.

Getting everything into the pot for the soup was pretty easy. About halfway through cooking, however, I noticed that it looked like the coconut milk was separating from the rest of the broth and clumping up. In fact it looked a bit like I had dumped cottage cheese in the soup. I mixed it up thoroughly but it never completely smoothed out. I went online to see if broth separation was common with this kind of soup but wasn’t able to find anything explaining it.

Obviously I was a bit concerned with how the soup would turn out. But luckily, though it looked kind of strange, it tasted wonderful. The peanut butter was obvious in the aroma wafting off the slow cooker, but the taste in the soup itself was quite light. Overall it was a little bit sweet, a tiny bit spicy, and a tad nutty. I thoroughly enjoyed it (especially with rice), which is a good thing as the recipe made about enough for at least six people.

– Mia V.

*Be sure to check out all of the great recipes we’ve got on our Fox28 Foodies Unite and Pinterest:Impossible boards!

SOURCE – chicken gyros
SOURCE – thai chicken soup

Pinterest:Impossible – Slow Cooker Tikka Masala

tikkamarsalaI love my Crockpot.

It just makes things so very easy sometimes.

I throw some ingredients in the bowl, turn the pot on, and go off to do other stuff for a few hours while it simmers and cooks and makes a tasty dinner for me.

Lovely, lovely invention.

So this weekeend I tried a new Crockpot recipeChicken Tikka Masala. Confession, I have only had real Indian food once in my life, which is sad because once I tasted it I realized just how much I had been missing out. The first time I had Chicken Tikka Masala with warm naan bread and fragrant rice I was a fan for life.

Because of this I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to find a Slow Cooker Tikka Masala recipe to try at home. It included quite a few more ingredients than I was used to cooking with – and at least one that I was totally unfamiliar with – but I was determined to try it anyway.

How bad could it turn out, after all?

I did make a few alterations to the recipes (of course). I didn’t include paprika because I forgot to see if I had any at home already and didn’t pick any up at the store. I didn’t top with cilantro because I’m not super fond of cilantro, and I skipped the cayenne pepper because I’m not used to making spicy foods and wasn’t sure I’d make it too spicy for me to eat.

It also had slightly less Greek yogurt than it was supposed to, but that was only because I’m bad at math.

Even with the intentional (and not so intentional) changes to the recipe I think my Tikka Masala turned out pretty dang tasty. It was a bit sweeter than I expected, but still had a nice spicy undertone. And it smelled AMAZING. All the cinnamon and cumin and Garam Masala (which is a blend of cinnamon and cumin among other things) combined to make an aromatic masterpiece.

My kitchen STILL smells of Indian food a day later and I’m totally okay with that.

I did find myself with a bunch of the sauce part left over, so when I try this recipe again I’ll add more chicken (or perhaps chicken in small pieces instead of large chunks). I will also be looking into either making or buying naan bread.

Tikka Masala with rice is delicious. Tikka Masala with warm naan bread is amazing.

– Mia V.

*Be sure to check out all of the great recipes we’ve got on our Fox28 Foodies Unite and Pinterest:Impossible boards!

 

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Pinterest:Impossible – Breakfast Bites

Today was Birthday Breakfast in the local sales department here at Fox 28. Within a two week span four team members were celebrating birthdays and to we celebrated with dozens of donuts, fresh baked cinnamon bread, orange cranberry scones, and (the only savory dish in a pile of carb and sugar loaded goodness) Breakfast Bites.

I brought the Breakfast Bites. Hence this whole blog post.

Yesterday when I was trying to figure out what to bring, and it was sounding like the majority of people were bringing sweet treats, I floated on to Pinterest to find some ideas. These tasty egg/muffin/mini frittata things popped up immediately.

Now I have made mini frittatas before so choosing this recipe wasn’t exactly a giant risk for me. BUT I have had issues in the past with getting my mini frittats to not only retain shape when removed from the muffin pans, but also not stick with egg-y zeal to the muffin pans. Because this recipe called for starting off with hash browns instead of eggs, I thought it might work out better than normal.

In the grand tradition of me making alterations to existing recipes, I changed a few things up in this one. After a particularly painful and gruesome experience with my cheese grater (this is a food blog so I will not go further into detail) I didn’t want to make hashbrowns from scratch. I bought frozen instead and thawed them out before using. I also added in ham, cause my fellows and I like breakfast meat and ham is dang tasty in eggs.

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I also made a few unintended alterations to the recipe later on. It called for cumin, nutmeg, salt and pepper to be added in a several points. I completely forgot any of those things were in the recipe, got into my cooking with the mindset that I pretty much had it all figured out, and didn’t realize I’d missed anything until the Breakfast Bites were done.

Oh well. They were delicious even without the extra spice and pizazz.

They were also really easy to make. I lined the bottom of the muffin openings with hashbrowns, poured the egg/veggie/cheese/ham mixture on top, baked the requisite time, and ta-da! Excellent looking little Breakfast Bites! They popped out of the muffin pan without sticking at all and retained their great muffin shapes.

The Bites were a big hit at the Birthday Breakfast and I already have plans to make them again in the (very) near future. As I’ll be cooking them for brunch at home, mimosas will probably be served alongside them. Because MIMOSAS.

– Mia V.

*Be sure to check out all the other great recipes we’ve got on Pinterest in our Fox Foodies Unite board!

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Pinterest:Impossible – Baked Spaghetti Pie

Let me start this off with an admission. I totally cheated all over the place with this recipe. I knew I was going to when I picked it off Pinterest and I just didn’t care.

You see, I love spaghetti, and I love sauce, but I don’t like making spaghetti sauce from scratch. I’ve done it once and it was complicated and messy and time-consuming and it tasted okay but I knew it could have been better.

So I skipped the whole first part of the Baked Spaghetti Pie recipe that called for making sauce from scratch. I just didn’t want to deal with it. Call me lazy. Call me a coward. I did what I did and I am okay with that. I bought Vodka sauce and it was delicious and I regret nothing.

Well almost nothing. Because when I skipped over the sauce part of the recipe I skipped the mention of hamburger that was included so I didn’t buy that to put in with the pre-made sauce. And while the end result of my cooking efforts was delicious, I missed that hamburger.

Anyway, so last week my recipe from Pinterest was for Baked Spaghetti Pie. I love spaghetti, I love pie, it seemed like a win-win scenario. I used Vodka sauce from a jar, angel hair pasta instead of thin spaghetti noodles, and an Italian cheese blend instead of just Mozarella. Some day I’ll try to make a recipe with no substitutions. But this was not that day.

(first pic from original recipe, collage from me)

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Because I skipped making the sauce from scratch this was a pretty easy recipe overall to complete. The noodles were cooked first while I fried up some onion. Once the noodles were done I added in all the fun cheeses (cream cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, oh my!) and sauce. Then I packed everything into a glass pie baking dish, topped with more cheese, and baked for about 20 minutes.

What came out of that oven was absolutely delicious. Sauce-y and cheese-y and noodle-y and more. It was also very filling, so I only had one ‘piece’ of the ‘pie.’ The friend I had invited over to dine with me had about three pieces. I was surprised he could move after that.

I’m definitely calling this recipe a WIN, even though I cheated on making it AND forgot the meat. I have plans to make it again in the near future and will see about getting some hamburger or ground turkey in there. I doubt I’ll try making the sauce from scratch though.

It’s not impossible, just kind of annoying. Plus, that Vodka sauce is so good.

Interested in making this recipe yourself? Head to MyFoxSpokane’s Pinterest board “Fox Foodies Unite” and you’ll find them!

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Pinterest Impossible: The Pasta Strikes Back!

Source: http://www.yellowblissroad.com/one-pot-cheesy-smoked-sausage-pasta-skillet/

 

THE PASTA STRIKES BACK

I am a huge fan of all things easy, tasty, and cheesy. When I found Pinterest, recipe books that I had so carefully collected over the years have sat forlornly on the shelf collecting dust and watched jealously as I poured over pins looking for my next meal inspiration. I stumbled across this particular recipe when struggling to find something easy for dinner one night that fit all my necessary criteria. Most importantly I already had ingredients on hand to make it.

However, my victory was short lived. Making the creation as it was written in the recipe was edible to be sure, but terribly bland severely not attractive. When reading the description, the writer claimed savory sausage and fragrant garlic, onion, and tomatoes would draw the family in… It certainly did smell good while cooking, but when eating I mostly just tasted cheese and watery tomatoes in the finished product. I decided to undergo the process a second time with some slight alteration to see if the result would be better.

My apologies that I neglected to document the result the first time, but honestly you didn’t miss THAT much. Just look at my pictures and imagine them looking washed out and less appetizing. It will be hard work I know, but I believe in you!

The name of the recipe, One-Pot Cheesy Pasta, screams simplicity and few dirty dishes. Everything you could want when cooking! And true to its name, I only had to utilize one pot for the process. All told, cooking took me about 20 minutes but I did linger on cooking a few ingredients a little longer than recommended.

My first alteration for the second round was to change the kind of sausage I used. The recipe calls for Smoked Turkey Sausage, which was ok but the smoked flavor was lost and it just became an incomprehensible mess of cheese and chunks of meat product. I substituted for some Andouille Sausage I had left over from making Jambalaya last week, and boy did that make a difference! Andouille Sausage is pretty comparable price-wise to regular smoked sausage, but it has just the right amount of spice in it to shine above the cheese and tomatoes without adding overwhelming heat. It is by far a more flavorful option, but if you have issues with using any spice when cooking then stick with the Turkey.

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Cooking the onion and sausage together works fine, and saves time, but I also added the garlic sooner than what the recipe suggested. By adding a little more garlic and cooking it longer the finished product had a more pronounced roasted garlicky taste than when I had just cooked it for the 30 seconds recommended.

An issue I had with the first round was how watery it turned out (which prompted this to be a Pintrest Impossible entry). It was a combination of two things: using fat free milk instead of half-n-half or cream, and not draining the can of tomatoes before adding it in. I would like to make clear that the recipe does not call for you to drain the can of tomatoes before you add it! I can hear all of you reaching for your keyboards… You can totally make the argument that I should have known to do that in the first place. But, considering how much pasta goes into this concoction the amount of liquid when I added the pasta seemed completely reasonable to me… Until the finished product reared its malformed and juicy head that is. So please, do yourself a favor, use cream (which thickens better than milk) and drain the tomatoes. The noodles won’t come out too soft and the “sauce” as it were will be nice and thick and flavorful!

The scallions were the one ingredient I did NOT have the first time around, and really do help with taste and curb appeal. I made sure to have scallions on hand the second round… it was SUCH an improvement. Please don’t neglect the scallions; it adds to the texture and the green really pops making the dish look so much better in my honest opinion. In this image I added the scallions directly to the pot to show how cool I am in making something that resembles a pretty picture from Pinterest… but next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time), I’ll just add them to the bowl right before serving. A minor nit-pick, but I think leftovers will taste better with fresh instead of mushy scallions when it gets re-heated.

All in all my verdict for second time around was a resounding SUCCESS!

Live long and cheese in peace viewers.

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Pinterest:Impossible – Thai Chicken and Omu Raisu

If you are like me (and hopefully you really aren’t cause one of me is probably enough for this world) you are addicted to Pinterest. All those craft ideas and recipes and bucket list items and words of inspiration are just so hard to resist. I can spend hours pinning things, looking through other people’s pins, re-pinning things, moving my pins around, deleting pins, bringing pins back, organizing pins, re-organizing pins, and so on.

But up until recently I haven’t been super good about actually trying to MAKE any of the delightful food or craft ideas I’ve been pinning like crazy. I’ve seen a whole bunch of memes based around epic Pinterest failures and it has made me a little wary.

Ok, a lot wary. Whatever.

But I’ve decided all of that is behind me and it is time to gather my courage and start making the things I’ve been staring at on my Pinterest boards. For sanities sake, I’m starting with recipes because I know I’m not a terrible cook but I’m fairly certain I’m terrible at crafting.

I’ve got a box of half-made models, broken ceramics, and never-completed cross stitch to prove it.

First up I chose two recipes from my Tasty Tasty Business board (I’m sure you can see what kind of stuff is pinned in there) – Slow Cooker Thai Chicken in Peanut-Curry Sauce and Omu Raisu. One of these looked way simpler than the other. And of course one of them turned out way better than the other.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I got a Crockpot for Christmas and was excited to test it out so the Thai Chicken went first. I like chicken, curry, and peanut butter, so it sounded like a win. I did make some substitutions right off the bat, however, though most were because they were items I could find when I went shopping. Like I needed “quick cook” tapioca but had no idea what that meant. After staring at the pudding display for about six minutes I got fed up and just grabbed the quickest looking tapioca. The recipe also called for chicken thighs but I prefer breast meat so I got skinless chicken breasts instead. The hardest part for me when procuring ingredients was that the recipe listed “Thai curry paste” but did not specify whether it meant red or green or something else altogether. I initially grabbed red (because honestly I liked the color better) but when I wandered down the aisle with Indian food they had a packet of “chicken curry paste” and I went with that instead. It said chicken right on it, after all!

Cooking with the Crockpot isn’t exactly rocket science. I mixed all my lovely ingredients in the cooker and turned it on and set about watching movies for a few hours while my apartment began to smell of lovely chicken and curry. At about the three hour mark I went to check on it and thought the chicken was beginning to look a little over done. When I re-read the instructions to make sure everything was as it should be I realized an important point. I had read “cook 4-6 hours” and totally missed the part where it said “cook on LOW 4-6 hours.” So yes, my chicken was a little dry. But nothing was burnt and I eventually got the sauce unglued from the bottom of the pot.

Unfortunately for all of you reading this, I can’t share the Thai Chicken in Curry-Peanut sauce with you, cause it turned out AWESOME. The sauce was all creamy and peanut-y and a little bit spicy, the chicken was a bit dry but still quite tasty, and I served it all over rice which was wonderful as always (I use a rice cooker; I LOVE that thing ya’ll, the rice is perfect every time).

I’m calling this recipe a WIN.

And here are pics of what the recipe was supposed to look like, and a little collage of what I came up with. I obviously still need to work on presentation.

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Moving on to the second recipe – Omu Raisu. This is basically a Japanese omelet with rice, chicken, and veggies as the filling. And everything is liberally doused in ketchup. I know it might sound odd, but there are some really tasty rice recipes from Japan and Thailand that integrate ketchup. Look up Thai Fried Rice with Ketchup recipes sometime. But not right now cause we’re busy.

So omelets are one of my favorite things to make, but mainly because I cheat at making them. I have this lovely large George Foreman grill with five interchangeable plates that cooks things on the top and bottom at the same time. As I’m sure you can guess, this makes omelets extra easy to make as there is no flipping of eggs required (but it does some weird things to pancakes, let me tell ya).

This recipe called for rice, ketchup, chicken, veggies, and onions. Everything was all cooked up and mixed together to be used as the filling in the omelet. I found myself eating the rice, chicken, veggie mixture while I was cooking the eggs. It was tasty and smelled good and I just couldn’t help myself. Luckily there was tons of it. I made a four egg omelet and there was still way too much filling (rice takes up a lot of space apparently).

This recipe wasn’t terribly difficult to make, but I found myself less impressed with the results than the Thai Chicken. I think it was the eggs that threw me off. Normally I add milk to eggs when making an omelet but this recipe didn’t call for it so I didn’t use it. I think it would have been better if I’d gone with my normal routine. The density of the eggs just wasn’t palatable for me. But dang was that filling good. I have extra so I’ll be reheating it and possibly trying again with better eggs. Or I’ll just eat it from the bowl. Whatever, I do what I want.

So I’m calling this recipe not-quite-a-win-but-it-has-potential.

Pics below.

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Interested in making either of these recipes yourself? Head to MyFoxSpokane’s Pinterest board “Fox Foodies Unite” and you’ll find them!

 

Source Thai Chicken

Source Omu Raisu