Category Archives: Dinner

Pork Guisantes or Pork And Peas

For me, a little home sick Island girl, this is comfort food.  It’s a Filipino dish, very popular in Hawaii, and I love it, well I did modify it just a touch.

I had way  too much Pork Loin Chops from Costco, you know, that huge tray of gorgeous Pork.  For the two of us, somehow just straight up the Chops were tasteless, so I thought-heh, why not make this!

 

Pork Guisantes or Pork And Peas

(serves two)

2 Costco Pork Loin Chops, sliced very thinly (it’s easier if partially frozen)

½ C. Sweet Red Bell Pepper, sliced into small chunks

½ C. Sweet White Onion, chopped

1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced

½ C. Tomato Sauce

1 C. Water

½ Tbsp. Soy Sauce

½ Tbsp. Fish Sauce (I left this out, didn’t have any)

1 Bay Leaf

½ C. frozen Sweet Peas

Salt & Pepper to taste

Just enough Vegetable to coat the bottom of a large Sauté pan

 

Heat a large pan with the veggie oil over med-high heat.

Sauté the Peppers just until they’re crisp-tender, about 1-2 minutes, set aside on a dish.

Add the Onions and Garlic and sweat until they are translucent; add in the Pork and cook `til just browned, don’t overcook it, Pork can get tough.

Pour in the wet stuff: Tomato Sauce, Water, Soy Sauce and Fish Sauce -if using- along with that Bay Leaf, give it all a good stir and bring to a gentle boil; reduce the heat to a simmer–cover and cook for about 20 minutes.  The meat should be fork tender and the sauce reduced.

Add back in the Peppers and now the Peas, cook for 1-2 minutes, until the Peas are heated; season with S&P to taste (*Hint: if using Fish Sauce, watch it with the Salt).

Serve over hot steamed White Rice (or Brown Rice if you wish)

 

Enjoy!

And as always, remember that a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.

(I just thought of another version of this dish – Shrimp And Peas 🙂 )

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Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #15 ~ Last Stop

I’m going to leave out Cheyenne Wyoming, mainly because it was simply a stop to sleep as we made our way to our final town, Durango Colorado.

DH and I have been here a few times before for visits with a friend of mine, but honestly, we really like it there.

The drive from Cheyenne though was a little harrowing to say the least. As we approached a mountain pass, we could see that a pretty bad looking storm was coming. Unfortunately it hit us full force as we got to the top of Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado.

I have never, in my life, been so scared.

Hail, snow, sleet, ice, all coming down in buckets, the first winter storm of the season, great! My husband pulled off of the road twice, mostly because we just couldn’t see and we don’t have four wheel drive. Somehow, we made it down the other side of that mountain and were only 3 hours beyond our estimated time of arrival at our hotel.

Well, the next morning the sun was out and there was oodles of snow up on the mountains, so we took a drive from Durango to Silverton. A little cold for a gal from Hawaii, but just gorgeous!

Sautéed Sesame Beef rice bowl @ Rice Monkeys in Durango Colorado

My friend is a chef in Durango, so who better to ask where to eat, right? We had lunch at Rice Monkeys. We ordered Edamame to start and then Teri-Chicken rice bowl for DH (didn’t get a photo `cuz hubby wolfed it down) and Sautéed Sesame Beef rice bowl for myself. That hit the spot!

The following day we were having dinner at our friend’s home, so we figured a big breakfast or brunch as it was, would be best. On my DF’s suggestion, we went to Durango Doughworks. The best  bagel that we’ve had in a very long time, good call Joey! In fact, we wound up eating breakfast here twice on this visit and I’m sure that we’ll be back again the next time that we are in town.

Dinner at my chefy-friend-Joey’s was the bomb-diggity! She pulled no punches, she put out a spread of so many different dishes, I wasn’t sure where to start. The best plan of attack was to try a little of everything!

Our last night in Durango, we went to dinner at Mutu’s Italian Kitchen, once again on my girl friend’s recommendation. She knew that my husband would enjoy his meal, and he sure did.

Our Great Western Adventure

Now it’s time to head towards home, we’ve been on the road for a month, though neither of us really felt like we wanted this to end.

 

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #13 ~ Next Up Is Keystone South Dakota

On our way out of Sundance Wyoming we went through Deadwood South Dakota, interesting place for a morning visit.

On to the main event: Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

I know that I’ve said WOW! quite a few times already in sharing our Great Western Adventure with everyone, but WOW!

As we walked towards the granite faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, I stopped in my tracks, tears welling up and rolling down my cheeks.

I spotted Hawaii’s State flag in the breeze, which reminded me what a lucky little girl from Kaneohe Oahu I am. My husband was so excited, he plowed ahead, getting as close as he could to this National Treasure. This was a place we both had been waiting all of our lives to see…

So let’s not waste any more time dilly-dallying around.

We didn’t bother with our hotel until later that afternoon. We stayed at the park for the majority of the day, got a quick bite in the cafeteria and then found a good spot to watch the Evening Lighting Ceremony.  I don’t have one of those fancy cameras that can take a good night-time photo, but was really awesome to see!

The next day we had breakfast in our hotel, which was once again the usual “continental-plus” fare and then back to the park for the day. Surprisingly, there is a lot to see and do. We had decided that we would end our day early and have dinner at the Powder House Restaurant. You wouldn’t know that this is a restaurant, it looks like a log cabin, but man, what great food. In my research prior to leaving on this trek, I found that the Powder House specializes in local grass fed beef, bison and game.

My husband and I shared an appetizer of game kebabs-venison, bison and elk, wonderful. My supper was the special game of the day, pheasant with a fresh apple relish if you will and steamed veggies. My DH ordered the Prime Rib and the steamed veg as well. It seems that we had just enough room leftover to share a chocolate mousse.

We found a small grocery store in the next town over and replenished our supplies the next day and spent one more day at Mount Rushmore. We both just sat, in silence, looking up at the four faces that helped to forge America.

WOW, just WOW!

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #12 ~ Sundance

No, not the town that you’re thinking of, Sundance Wyoming. Why did we go there you may ask? Because once again, that was the closest town with a hotel to Devils Tower National Monument.

It’s kinda of out in the middle of, well, nothing and nowhere, but once you spot America’s first National Monument, it’ll take your breath away.

We spent a good part of the day at the park, hiking around the base of the igneous intrusion, that’s what it’s called, I thought it was a granite tower. We tried to have a picnic lunch, but the bees were everywhere and unrelenting.

Trying to find dinner in a very small town can be a challenge, but I had done my homework. Aro Restaurant, very unassuming and homey. Each of us ordered a burger and sweet potato fries that came with ‘yam butter’. When our waitress came back to check on us, I had to ask, what is yam butter. She gave me the basic recipe, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and butterscotch topping. I know it sounds crazy, but it works! Dessert was one of the daily special pies, chocolate and peanut butter with a meringue topping, very good.

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #10 ~ Keep On Movin’

The drive from Whitefish to Billing Montana was very much a reverse route of our previous ride, SO BEAUTIFUL! I encourage anyone who was not gone into Montana, do so, it’s well worth your time. You will decompress from your hectic day-to-day.

We had just a little trouble finding our hotel in Billings, and it was a very long drive. We found a grocery store, replenished our picnic-making supplies and decided on just a simple mixed veggie salad in our room.

I have always road tripped with my dollar store knife, flexible plastic cutting mat, disposable sea salt and black pepper grinders and garlic powder for just such an affair. Sometimes we will stay in and make a salad of whatever vegetables we can find, either in stores or farmer’s markets.

We aren’t stayin’ long here, so let’s get to it!

We knew that it was going to be another long day, so it was a fast breakfast in our hotel and then off to Pompey’s Pillar National Monument. What, you’ve never heard of that either, well time for another American History lesson.

Remember the Lewis & Clark expedition? This is the only physical evidence of their journey. Captain William Clark inscribed his name into this sandstone formation along the Yellowstone River. He named this tower, as he called it, after the son of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau and Sacagawea, whom he nicknamed Pompy.

We clambered to the top, as we were being attacked by mosquitoes the size of B52 boomers! Thank goodness I had a can of bug repellent with me at all times on this trip, we had use it on more than one occasion.

On to our next history lesson, Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument. I wasn’t expecting to be so taken aback, but to see all of these markers where men and horses too had fallen. We spent a good amount of time at the Visitor Center, watching the video and then the Ranger’s talk about the battle, fascinating. We drove the self guided loop road, stopping at the different placards.

Mushroom Pizza @ Ciao Mambo in Billings Montana

That was another long day, so what’s for dinner?

I found Ciao Mambo again, here in Billings too, and not terribly far from our hotel. We shared another Caesar salad with those huge anchovies and a mushroom Pizza. We didn’t have too much luck with pizza on this trip. It was okay, but that’s all.

Tomorrow is another town though.

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #7 ~ This Is What We’ve Been Waiting For!

Yellowstone National Park

Leaving Jackson, we headed north towards Yellowstone National Park. There, we stayed in West Yellowstone Montana for four nights. I’m glad that we had a `fridge and a micro. We had stopped at the local ‘mega-market’ and found some healthful choices for lunches/picnics while spending our days in the park.

We would start out each day (this hotel didn’t offer free breakfast) with a yogurt, a piece of fruit and a low fat granola bar each morning and were in the park no later than 8am. It seemed that the route through the West Gate of Yellowstone was a particularly busy locale to view wild life at that time of the day.

Our first afternoon’s luncheon was alongside Yellowstone Lake at a beautiful picnic area. As I turned my back to reach for something or another in preparing our meal, we were joined by several rather large birds, who insisted that we share with them. Oh, so this is why they have signage everywhere telling you that feeding the wildlife is considered animal cruelty. They no longer forage in the wild, just at your table and they were a little aggressive.  We were told this is what happens when animals in the wild figure out humans have food that they can either steal or you actually give them.

We tried dinner one night at the restaurant connect to our hotel, meh. When we looked at their dessert offerings, we decided to pass. There must be something else around these parts.

YUP!

Outpost Restaurant around the corner.

My better half had a Butterscotch Sundae (when was the last time you saw that?) and I had the special for the week, Triple chocolate cake with a side of Huckleberry ice cream.

In fact, we went back to the Outpost for breakfast our last day and had sugar cured ham and the best hash browns I’ve had in a while.

On our last night in town, we had the Turkey as well as Baked chicken dinner plates; of course dessert too!

And what’s a trip to America’s first National Park without going to Old Faithful and the Old Faithful Inn?

For lunch we ordered Bison and Pheasant sausage with sauerkraut cooked in Apple cider, mash, and the best mustard on the side!

Now that was an adventure of a lifetime, yet another check mark off the bucket list!

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #6 ~Wagon’s HO!

ON WARD!

Jackson Hole Town Square

To, Jackson Wyoming, loved it! So beautiful, a little on the tourist-y side, but all in all we really enjoyed our time there.

Cowboy Village Resort, Jackson Wyoming

We stayed at Cowboy Village Resort.

Cowboy Village Resort, Jackson Wyoming

In a one room log cabin with a kitchenette, YIPEE!! AND  we had a picnic table, plastic lawn chairs and a charcoal grill out front, loving this!

My first stop? A grocery store. I found the Jackson Whole Grocer not far from where we were staying.

Cowboy steaks while staying at Cowboy Village Resort

Nice grass fed beef, so I got us a cowboy steak, some outstanding fresh local veg and a bag of Match Light! Light`er up boys!

Grand Tetons NP outside Moose Wyoming

I also bought a bunch of other foods for breakfast and picnic lunches when we went into Grand Tetons National Park. One morning I made us bacon and eggs, I think most of our neighbors were jealous, when I went out to pack up the car for the days outings, this young couple in the next cabin asked if they could come over tonight for dinner.  😀

Teton Village Aerial Tramway in Jackson Hole Wyoming

We took the dirt road (wrong way, but we made it) to Teton Village on the recommendation of a friend, and took the Aerial Tramway after 4pm for cocktails, the ride was free and gorgeous!

One of our days here in Jackson was a really rainy-foggy day and you couldn’t see the mountains, so we decided to amble around the town square and have early supper. Another friend had highly suggested that we go to Local.

My husband ordered the local grass fed beef, Cheeseburger while I wanted to try their handcrafted charcuterie … duck prosciutto, paté and a nice piece of havarti, MAN! What a great meal, in Wyoming!

Bubba's BBQ in Jackson WY

Earlier we’d had lunch at Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant, smoked turkey breast with two sides, corn and beans, YUM!

Time to relax

Then it was back to the cabin to relax on our front porch, watch the storm pass by and chat with our neighbors and their dogs, what a great place!