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Angus's Birthday Dinner: Beggin' Egg & Cheese Fried Rice

Today is Angus’s 2nd birthday!  Hard to believe our hairy beast is no longer a puppy!  Just like last year, I decided to make our pup a special dinner.

I turned to Rachael Ray, who has a pet friendly recipe in each issue of her magazine.  This is a take on fried rice made with brown rice, bacon, egg, rice and a little cheese.  I actually didn’t have bacon but did have some pancetta so I used that.  I also used boil-in-a-bag brown rice to speed up the meal.

Based on how quickly Angus ate his special birthday bowl of food, I think it was a hit!


Beggin’ Egg & Cheese Fried Rice
Rachael Ray

  • 2 slices turkey bacon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley,for sprinkling

In a medium nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then finely chop.

In the same skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until warmed through, about 4 minutes. Add the cooked bacon and toss. Push the rice mixture to the side of the pan; add the egg to the pan and cook, stirring, until set, then stir into the rice. Transfer to a bowl, top with the cheddar and let cool. Sprinkle with the parsley.

The Weeknight Gourmet's 100th Post!

I started this cooking blog one night in late January and really wasn’t sure how it would be received or if I’d enjoy writing it.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive reception from my readers and how much I enjoy communicating my culinary adventures.  I love when one of my posts inspires someone to cook a homemade meal.  I love noticing certain trends in what I cook and what ingredients I use.  I always knew I used a lot of garlic but never realized how many of my recipes rely on cumin!  I love checking my blog stats to see which recipes draw the most interest.  Based on my page views, people love curry and turkey burgers.

Most of all, I hope that, in some small way, the recipes I post can help create for others the special moments and conversations I experienced around the dinner table as a child with my mom, dad, and brother and as an adult with Tim, our friends, and extended family.

Here are my top 10 favorite posts (in no particular order). Would love to hear from you — please tell me your favorite recipes that you’ve cooked from the blog!

1) Summer Kickoff BBQ…RIBS

2) The Super Bowl Cake

3) Birthday Dinner for Angus

4) Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Salad

5) A Must Make Dish: Mahi Mahi in Tomato Olive Sauce

6) My Gastronomical Discoveries in Northern CA

7) First BBQ of the Year: Grilled Herbed Baby Lamb Chops with Asparagus Salad

8) Dinner for Kaylin’s Parents: Turkey & Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

9) Tribute to Domino

10) Spice Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Chipotle Cream

Birthday Dinner for Angus!

Angus B. Ogilvie turns 1 today!

AngusIt’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since we picked him up from the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont.  I never had a pet before Angus so Tim was naturally a little nervous about how I would be as a “puppy mom”.  But I think I’ve really taken to the role.  Angus and I love going on walks, to the dog run, and playing endless games of fetch.  I also serve as Angus’s chief groomer.  I like a clean dog!  And, on occasion, I even spoil Angus with some of my cooking.

Angus loves to eat (see Brownie Burglar post) so I decided a special birthday dinner was the perfect gift for his big day.  I turned to Every Day with Rachael Ray for inspiration.  Each month the magazine publishes a pet-friendly recipe.

I searched for a recipe featuring turkey because Angus loves turkey!  In fact, on Thanksgiving Angus covertly left our room at Doug & Julina’s in the middle of the night to lie beside the garbage can that contained the turkey carcass.  He just loves being near turkey!  This recipe – which is essentially a turkey pot pie filling – seemed like it would be delicious but also gentle enough for Angus’s sensitive stomach.

The recipe did not disappoint (I had a bite and it was quite tasty for human food).  As with any food we put before him, Angus devoured it all in seconds with his tail wagging wildly.

Turkey Pot Hold-the-Pie
Every Day with Rachael Ray

  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli sliced turkey
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve. Get ready for some wet kisses!