stir fry

One week until I go home! When I talked to my mom today she was gushing about the 50 degree weather and sunshine in Camillus.

I said “Damnit woman! I want a white Christmas.”

Okay I didn’t actually say that.

But one of the perks of living in Syracuse, NY is that a white Christmas is pretty much guaranteed. As is a white Halloween, and a white Mother’s Day. So if I get home and my father’s fifth child (our lawn) is visible, I will not be a happy camper.

Whenever I’ve been away from home for a while and will arrive in time for dinner, I request one of three meals: spaghetti and meatballs, oriental chicken, or stir fry. I also usually pick one of these as my birthday dinner, despite the fact that none of them are really August appropriate. And Kelly hates oriental chicken so I used to pick it to make her mad. Sisterly love.

Anyway, these are definitely Marilyn’s top three best dinners and all dishes we grew up with, so I made stir fry recently to get extra excited for my five days in Camillus before I’m Asia bound!

Stir Fry

1 lb top round steak

1/2 onion, diced

1-2 bell peppers, diced

bean sprouts

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

olive oil

soy sauce

corn starch

white or brown rice

Look for a thin top round steak. Slice into strips, and brown in a little bit of olive oil and garlic. I used a frying pan, but I was really missing Marilyn’s big red wok.

Once the meat is browned, add the peppers, onions and bean sprouts. Then a few tablespoons of soy sauce. If the sauce needs to be thickened, add a teaspoon or so of corn starch.

Cook your rice, then pour the mixture over top, adding the sauce from the pan or more soy sauce.

Super easy and tasted just like my mom’s. And it was a nice break from chicken, although I wouldn’t pass up the oriental variety. I’ll share that recipe soon!

In the mean time, sleep with your pajamas inside out and cotton balls under your pillow, please.

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