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The trouble with stir fry.

Something told me to buy stir fry beef while I was at the grocery store this morning and now I honestly have no idea what to do with it.  I suppose I could have it with rice, but rice goes better with chicken.  Perhaps it would go better with the vermicelli but all that I have is chicken flavor.  Is it legal for chicken and beef to co-habitate?

My mother gave me the recipe for "city chicken," which requires a lot of close inter-species nutritional cohabitation.  You put small chunks of beef, pork, chicken and veal on wood skewers, flour them and bake in the oven till cooked.  My first attempt didn't go too well.  I couldn't find veal, which was fine, but I also couldn't find wooden skewers.  All the stores have now are long bamboo ones.  The dangers of bamboo sticks becomes apparent when you try to trim them.  This causes them to splinter.  I took the leftovers to work to share with Patrick and within a few bites we were both pulling little pieces out of our mouths.

I will not make this mistake twice.  Somewhere in Phoenix is a store that sells wooden sticks.

Reading back, I notice this is my third writing in a row that deals with food.  Meals have become boring lately and I am not sure how to remedy the situation.  There is only so much you can do with the possible combinations of beef, chicken, pork, cheeses, breads, pastas and assorted spices and toppings.  Meal suggestions are welcome.

My last case of food boredom came about a year after to moving to Phoenix.  During that whole time I was eating fast food and TV dinners and it added about 30 pounds to me.  It took a the rediscovery of cooking real meals, the Atkins diet and the flu diet to get it off of me.  My ideal weight for my height is 135lbs which leaves me with about 10 pounds to go.  I can see my toes now, but I would like to be able to see my ankles too.

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