A Twist on a Classic: Cauliflower Fried Rice with Ham, Shrimp and Pineapple

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cauliflower-fried-rice-1

A new Asian restaurant recently opened just a few blocks from our house.   Actually, it was a popular and well-established place that closed many months ago and reopened at its present, (and very convenient for us),  new location.  All summer long, the “Opening Summer” sign taunted us each time we’d drive by it.  By mid-September, we had just about given up hope of it ever opening.  Then, a few weeks ago, the lights were on and there were cars in the parking lot.   And before I knew it, Mr. SGCC had pulled in and parked the car. Woo hoo!

I must say, it was worth the wait.  The décor was absolutely lovely, with lots of bamboo, warm wood accents and cool, calming colors.  It was hard to believe that the building was the former site of a 1970’s era Wendy’s and had stood vacant for almost ten years!  

ToA-collage

One of the features of the restaurant that has drawn the crowds in for years is that it caters to all kinds of diners.  The menu is quite varied and offers lots of vegan, carb-free and gluten-free choices.  I am neither vegan, carb or gluten-free, but I have been trying to make better choices about the foods I consume   So, I can certainly appreciate a place that tries to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs. 

As I browsed through the menu, I saw something that piqued my interest – cauliflower fried rice.  I love cauliflower and I love fried rice, so I ordered it.  It wasn’t until I had taken a big bite that I realized that there was no actual rice in the dish.  That’s right.  The cauliflower WAS the “rice”.   Now, I’ll admit that the restaurant was kind of dark, and I wasn’t wearing my glasses when I read the menu…  But, it had never occurred to me that the rice was literally made from cauliflower.    You know what, though?  It was good.   Better that good.  It was great!  So great, in fact, that as soon as I got home that night, I searched the web for similar recipes so that I could make it for myself.  read more >>

more of what\'s cooking...

On Top of Spaghetti:  Frankies Spuntino Meatballs Recipe

Tuesday, April 16, 20139 Comments

As I sat down to write this post, to my utter frustration, the words just wouldn’t flow – words I liked, that is.  I couldn’t think of any cute meatball stories or anecdotes, or pithy, witty commentary.  To be honest, all that kept running through my head was a …

Fish in Crazy Water

Wednesday, February 20, 201319 Comments

We didn’t eat much fish at my house when I was a little girl – except on Fridays.  We always had fish on Fridays, because that was what all good Italian Catholic families in the Bronx did.   Even after Vatican II said it was okay to eat meat on …

Tis the Season for Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Monday, December 10, 201218 Comments

Tis the season for holiday office parties, open houses and potlucks.  And that means food, people.  Food, food, and more food!   While cookies are usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Holiday treats, there’s more to party eats than that.  After all, man (or woman) …

Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Shells

Wednesday, November 28, 20125 Comments

It got down into the 40’s here last weekend.  THE 40’s!  In NOVEMBER!  In FLORIDA!  That almost never happens.  Don’t tell anyone, but I might have even turned the heat on in the house for a second or two.  Apparently, I’m turning into a weather wimp.  With each passing …

Pasta Fazool for Cavemen

Thursday, October 25, 20129 Comments

A lot of things have changed here at Chez SGCC now that Mr. SGCC and I are empty nesters, not the least of which is how we eat.  Our dinners have become more laid back, with a lot more salads, sandwiches and take-out taking center stage on our table.   …

Osso Buco Style Braised Short Ribs

Wednesday, October 10, 20127 Comments

What is it about the mere mention of certain savory foods that can transform a grown man (or woman) into an quivering puddle of desire?   Pork belly, Foie gras, short ribs…  SHORT RIBS!!!   Ooooh, short ribs!  Those beautifully marbled, meaty little slabs of beef have the power to bring …

Steamed Pork Buns Recipe

Wednesday, September 12, 201213 Comments

For years, I’ve heard numerous friends wax poetic about David Chang’s legendary Momofuku restaurants.  Even non-foodie friends have raved to me about it.   Alas, I have never been there.  And feeling left out, I’ve tried to get in the act by buying Chang’s cookbook and recreating some of his …

Hawaiian Spam Pizza

Tuesday, August 28, 20125 Comments

Well, that was certainly one anti-climactic weekend!  We’ve all spent the last three days scrounging around in the supermarkets for bottled water, batteries, granola bars and canned meats in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac.   “Prepare now!  “Do not wait!”, we were told.  I don’t usually get too hot and …

Super Luscious Homemade Ricotta

Tuesday, August 21, 201221 Comments

Do you ever imagine what your life would be like if you could have a “do over”?    If you could just pick up and move wherever you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?   I think about that a lot – not because I don’t like …

kiss the cook!

Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

Just Browsing?
55 Knives
follow me!

    Follow Me on Pinterest



    Friday Food Lust



    Fine Cooking