Memphis Y'all: Two Months Midsouth

Budget Bites: Surprise Fried Rice

June 27, 2010
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I made this recipe for my girls back home and it was a hit. There’s something fantastic about pineapple in fried rice that just makes me say aha! Fried rice is great as left overs and it makes a ton. Don’t be too heavy-handed on the soy sauce, though, you can always more in the individual dish.

Surprise Fried Rice

Surprise Fried Rice is adapted from Take-out Fried Rice on Recipezaar by Chef Dee.


3 cups cooked white rice

3 tablespoons sesame oil

1 12oz package of frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)

1 small can pineapples, drained (I bought the rings and chopped them up)

½ ham steak (divide the rest into individual bags and freeze for later!)

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/3 cup soy sauce


In a large skillet heat the sesame oil. Add the frozen vegetables. Stir ham and pineapple, continue to stir and cook until vegetables have softened. Lower the heat and add the beaten egg, stirring until it is finely scrambled. Add the soy sauce, and rice, blend well. Splash a little more sesame oil over the rice if necessary.


Budget Bites: Poppy Seed Chicken

June 13, 2010
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I miss HEB, which should be HEC because Here Everything is Cheaper. Tax on food in Memphis is 9 percent. It’s hard to believe. I’m used to buying groceries in Texas, spending 60 buck and leaving with nearly a month’s worth of food. Now, I can’t seem to leave the Kroger without spending 30 dollars for less than a week’s worth of food.

Earlier this week I asked friends on Facebook what their favorite cheap meal was. Thanks for responding y’all. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try out your suggestions and Blog about them. Please send more suggestions!

To start, I made a Macrander family favorite, Poppy Seed Chicken. It’s not fancy, it’s not gourmet, but it certainly is a family pleaser and it does just lovely when re-heated. Can I get some love from the soup-containing recipes? After talking to Dad, I learned that every member of our family has made this dish—though Dad probably made it wearing his chef coat. It’s simple and cheap-so duh.


Southern Woman Cooks Quiche

June 9, 2010
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This past semester my dear friends, Southern Belle (SB), Blonde Girl (BG) and I were at my apartment to prepare a meal. Per usual, my fridge was nearly empty.

I assumed that we’d have to order pizza or make some instant mac-and-cheese. I was embarrassed. I was hosting at my apartment and should have had a well-stocked pantry and a bottle of pink champagne on hand for the occasion.


Pan-Fried Chicken and Microwavable Mashed Potatoes

June 6, 2010

Pan-Fried Chicken

Adapted from The Southern Cook’s Handbook


1 package chicken tenders

¾ cup vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and pepper to taste


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