Pantry Challenge 2011: Day 22

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This was Day 23 of my Pantry Challenge. If you want to join me, go check out the details and sign up here.

It was actually a pretty lazy day when it came to cooking. Last night I tried creating a new cookie recipe with oat flour and too much butter. It was a total disaster. So, I jumped ship and decided to go to bed without cleaning up my mess.

Yes, yes, I did.

This morning, once the kitchen was set to rights, the kids asked for breakfast. It was 10:45. Didn’t you guys have breakfast? Apparently, my get-some-yogurt-and-fend-for-yourselves command fell on deaf ears.

So, I cooked up brunch and together we cleaned up the kitchen again. Later they had that yogurt for a snack.

By nightfall, I was happy to keep a clean kitchen, so since hubs had worked all day on overtime, we decided overtime pay could handle a little take-out.

Here’s what I served my family today

Breakfast – Lunch – Biscuits from the freezer, Eggs, Ham, Apple Slices

Dinner – A Panda Feast

If we’re bringing Chinese food home, I cook rice in the rice cooker before I leave. Then we get a Panda Feast which, for us, includes two orders of chow mein, two orders of orange chicken, and an order of kung pao chicken. There’s very little leftover.

What’s your favorite Chinese take out dish?

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  1. I love reading about how you do takeout. I’ve been debating getting a rice cooker and this is one of the best arguments I’ve seen yet. 🙂 We were slightly derailed this week on the Pantry Challenge because I was laid out for three days (!) with a fever. Ugh. Thank God for a husband who can hold down the fort and let me get my rest — who knows how much longer it would have gone on without that help. But, other than one meal where he used pasta from the pantry and (not homemade, sadly) meatballs from the freezer, we either shopped or did takeout. Hope to get back on track next week!

  2. Denise C. says:

    Chicken lo mein, hands down!

    I had a cookie disaster with too much butter, & I think the butter was too soft. The “cookies” melted together into one huge globy mess.

  3. Walnut chicken and Peking noodle. And, of course, rice from home.

  4. We don’t do Chinese takeout, because we can never decide what to get. Instead we go to Chinese buffet and for roughly the same price, each get whatever we want. For me, that’s usually a bite of everything!

    I’m also learning to cook some Chinese food at home. I use recipes from <a href=""; his taste more like restaurant Chinese than any other I’ve tried. It’s still hard to decide on just one entree, though. 🙂

  5. Sorry, that link should be

  6. We like to get a combo plate with general tsao’s chicken, pork fried rice, and an eggroll, with a small order of egg drop soup as well. Sometimes, if we feel like splurging, we order a small side of chicken fried rice as well because my hubby loves the way the chicken tastes in the fried rice. I love Chinese take out!

    There’s also a really good Chinese buffet not too far from our house. They are pretty busy, so the items get replenished frequently. Plus, they have a fresh sushi buffet (they take requests too!) and a mongolian grill as well.

  7. Way off topic but is the picture at the top a picture of your drop biscuit recipe?? I am on a kick and feel the need to experiment with every bread like recipe I find. These look delicious and I want to try it! Just want to double check.

    Due to being a veg, we love veggie lo mein and spicy bean curd! SO good!

  8. I have never ordered Chinese Take out. One time someone ordered it to my house….
    My favorites if I go to a chinese restaurant is General Tso’s chicken or Sesame chicken….beef and broccoli.

  9. our favorite chinese restaurant closed up so now we are w/out. wish we had a panda express…
    but, we do love our chinese food so i’ve been making it at home. fried rice is a new fave due to purchasing a fried rice seasoning packet. my girls rave about it now. another dish that makes a regular appearance on our menu is lo mein. easy and good. i love it if i have enough leftover for lunch the next day 🙂

  10. I usually order the chicken with string beans and the eggplant and tofu at Panda Express. I do love the orange-flavored chicken too, but it isn’t so healthy.

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