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Chicken Parmesan Subs on Garlic Bread {Guest Post}

Please welcome Dana from This Silly Girl’s Life.  She’s here sharing one of her favorite recipes {Chicken Parmesan Subs} which happens to be a favorite sandwich of mine so I’m super excited to feature her and her recipe today.

Hi Dana.

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for letting me come over and share this guest post with you today!

I am so excited to show you all this recipe. It was a huge hit in our house and I just know you will love it too! Chicken Parmesan is one of those classic dinners that never go out of style. Oh, and it’s on garlic bread! *drool*

See for yourself!

Chicken Parmesan Subs on Garlic Bread

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls {Guest Post}


Hello everyone.  Today I’m featuring a good blogging friend of mine, Leilani from Tales of a Clyde Woman. She makes her own Vietnamese spring rolls and she’s here to share her recipe and technique with us.

Hello.  And welcome, Leilani.

Glad to be here Lori (and Lori’s readers)!

Even though an Idaho summer is probably not as hot as a Texas summer, I’m sure we all appreciate summer dinner ideas that do not involve turning on our ovens.

One of my favorite summer dishes is Vietnamese spring rolls.


Unlike it’s fried relative, Vietnamese spring rolls are prepared with softened rice wrapper and filled with meat, vegetables and softened glass noodles. (Though I prefer mine sans noodles.)


You can find rice wrappers in the international food section of larger supermarkets.

As far as what combination of meat and veggies to use, the sky is the limit. My favorite is crab, avocado, carrot and cilantro but you could also use lettuce, mushrooms, bean sprouts, etc.

And if you don’t already own a bottle of chili-garlic sauce, it’s what you’ve been missing all your life.


This salty/spicy/tangy condiment really brightens up any Asian dish, especially dipping sauce!

So if the weather is creeping higher and higher where you live, grab some fresh ingredients and serve up some spring rolls tonight!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls


(Makes 12 rolls)

*12 rice paper rounds

*4 cups simmering water

*2 medium ripe avocados, sliced

*1/2 a bunch of cilantro, rinsed and coarsely chopped

*4-5 scallions, green and white parts thinly sliced

*4 large carrots, peeled and grated

*2 cups shrimp or crab (optional for vegetarians)

*3 cups softened glass noodles (traditional but optional–They make the rolls too dry and chewy for my taste)

*Soy Sauce

*Chili-garlic sauce

*Fish sauce

For starters, I like to add some flavor to my crab and shrimp by tossing them in a tablespoon of chili garlic sauce and a splash of fish sauce.


Next, set up all of your ingredients in an assembly line because once you soften a rice wrapper, it will get sticky very quickly.


Pour water into a skillet and bring to a simmer. Remove skillet from heat.


Dip a wrapper into the water and allow it to soak for 10-15 seconds until it starts to soften a little. Do not over-soak.


Sprinkle a clean work surface with a teaspoon or so of water. This will prevent the rice paper from sticking while you work.


Place the wrapper on your work surface and add a few shrimp or a couple tablespoons of crab along the center.


Layer on a couple tablespoons of carrot, a couple slices of avocado and a sprinkling of scallions and cilantro.


To wrap, bring the bottom of the wrapper up and over the filling.


Fold in the sides of the wrapper…


…and roll the rest of the way up.


For a dipping sauce, mix a couple tablespoons of chili garlic sauce with a few tablespoons of soy sauce or fish sauce along with a sprinkling of chopped scallions.



Mmmm…don’t mind if I do. Chomp!

Here’s to light and refreshing summer dinners!




My name is Leilani and I live with my husband and two cats in a fixer upper in Clyde, Texas.  When I am not elbow deep in a house project, I am elbow deep in a recipe or in a garden plot.  However, I wouldn’t want life any other way.


Make sure to head on over to Leilani’s blog, Tales of a Clyde Woman.  She has a fun sense of humor and her tales and recipes are worth the visit.


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