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General Tso’s Chicken

Easy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

  • 1 lb boneless chicken, skinned and cubed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c cornstarch, 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps rice wine
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 sm onion, cut into squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • Oil for deep frying

1.  Mix cornstarch and eggs in a large bowl, add in chicken and coat thoroughly.

2.  Prepare the sauce by combining 2 tsp cornstarch, wine, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl.

3.  Heat oil for frying.

4.  Fry chicken in batches so that chicken is just cooked.

5.  Remove chicken and let stand to drain off some grease.

6.  In only a couple of tbsp of oil, fry onion and bell pepper.  When they are almost done, add in chicken and stir fry until chicken reaches a crispy brown.

7.  Add the sauce in and continue to stir fry.  Toss around for a couple of minutes, until sauce becomes a glaze.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

*This recipe was modified from Food.com  There are modifications, but if you’d like to find the original, please search Mean Guy’s General Tso’s Chicken on food.com  Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Originally posted 2014-09-13 20:54:54.

Twice-Baked Potatoes A Recipe by Mike Hartner

The benefit to making twice-baked potatoes is that you also get mashed potatoes from the recipe and potato skins, depending on your taste.

My son and I like the skins, and everyone likes the twice-baked potatoes. 

The recipe is fairly easy.

Potatoes (I use about 12 – 15 at a time).  But I’m feeding five, so judge your numbers and interest.  Each potato makes two twice-baked potato.

potato11. Bake the potatoes. (1 hr +/- 375)

potato32. Scoop out the potato, being careful not to destroy the skin. (A small amount of potato on the side does not hurt) And place into a mixing bowl.

3. Add about 1/3 cup butter and let it melt into the hot potato flesh in your mixing bowl.

4.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I add paprika, and cayenne… experiment.

potato45. Don’t use MILK… use CREAM.  It’s much heavier, and tastes better.  Pour a little at a time into your potatoes until you’ve reached a thickness you like. 

6. Taste, and then add more slat and pepper according to your palate.

7. Fill potato skins 3/4 with mashed potatoes from the mixing bowl.

potato58. Add crumbled bacon, and green onions.potato 6

9. Add shredded cheddar or other cheese.

10. Put back in oven until cheese melts.

11. Serve warm.

About the AuthorMike Hartner

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

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I, Walter is the first in a series of books in a saga which will span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. 

Each in the series will be connected, though that connection may not be obvious for several more books.  

It’s almost like looking at a menorah (sic). Many lines, seemingly individual, connect to center at different points. 

Walter Crofter was born into Elizabethan England.

In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself?

Especially given his family background?

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Originally posted 2014-03-08 06:46:47.

Coriander Carrots: Sweet, Healthy & Delicious!

Carrots were not always my friend, as a child I was convinced they were evil. Haha.  It is so great that nowadays kids aren’t as intimidated by healthier foods!  These Coriander Carrots are everything a carrot should be: healthy, sweet, and delicious!  While they’ll go with any or even no diet, I love that they are paleo friendly.  They bring a sweet flavor without anything that could be considered unhealthy !  IMO that is a perfect combination!

Sweet & Healthy Coriander Carrots

I’ve doubled the recipe, as my tendency is to want to have them to snack on the next day.  They only increase in their yumminess overnight!  Of course, I always wish I’d doubled my double. haha.  Can you tell I’m crazy about Coriander Carrots?  Of course, I’m also crazy about any recipe that is super easy and not too in depth!

Coriander Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp crushed coriander seeds *see note below*
  • 2 lbs baby carrots, sliced into 4 strips or chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tbsp bacon grease (or butter)

Directions:

  1. Heat large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add coriander and cook 30 seconds or until toasted.
  3. Add carrots, water and grease (or butter).
  4. Coriander CarrotsCover pan and cook covered, untouched, for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and cook an additional 3 minutes (or until liquid is gone), stirring when necessary.

 

While these go great with almost any meal, I love pairing them with my Herb Roasted Chicken or this amazing Spiced Tenderloin.

Please come back and let me know what you paired them with or any changes that worked for you!

***Note, I’ve found that the easiest way to grind the coriander seeds is to utilize an old pepper corn grinder.  Bonus: the container won’t waste away in a  landfill!  (Shout out to the amazing marketing people of the 90’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!)

Dragon Noodles Recipe

Dragon Noodles RecipeSo let me start by saying that this is HOT!!!  So hot that Monkey was the only one in the house that could eat it…  Chief threw in the towel after a bite, I made it quite regretfully through my serving.  The heat was a little much.  The flavor was amazing.  Next time, I’ll be making the dish without the heat!  😀

If you’d like to make it without the sriracha, I think it would still be great.  Let me know if you try!  I’d love to hear your modifications!  Also, I have to give credit to the awesome Mrs. Cheryl, as she sent this recipe along with most of the ingredients to make it in my July Foodie Penpal Box!  It’s a free penpal program, you can follow the link and read more about it.  They have it for countries outside of the US so be sure and check it out no matter where you are from!  It’s super fun!  😀

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pkg lo mein noodles
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha*
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • Sliced Green Onion

1.  Cook noodles according to package directions.

2.  While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce.  In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.

3.  In large skillet melt butter, over medium-low heat.  Add red pepper to butter as it melts.  Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter.  Stir gently and cook through.  Once the egg is done cooking, turn off heat.

4.  When noodles are tender, drain and add them to the skillet with the cooked egg.  Also add the prepared sauce.  Turn the heat on low to evaporate excess moisture, and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce.  Sprinkle the sliced green onion and cilantro leaves (whole) on top and serve.

*I’m putting the recipe as I made it, if you like hot then go for it!  If not, I highly suggest you tone the Sriracha down.

Originally posted 2013-09-08 00:01:52.

Chicken Fiesta Wrap with Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets

Fast Fixin' Refried Wrap
Recipe Courtesy of Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
Created by by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

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Originally posted 2013-04-28 05:00:00.

Guacamole: Julie’s Famous Recipe

Julies Famous Guacamole
Before my youngest daughter could speak in more than one word sentences, she’d
formed an intense love affair with guacamole. Ate it with a spoon. And when she’d
licked her bowl clean, screamed for more. No matter how spicy I made it, she
would wolf it down, tears streaming down her plump little apple cheeks. I’m not
sure exactly when the tradition started, but since my girls were small, Guacamole
Friday has been a long-standing ritual in the Ford home. In fact, if family and/or
friends invite us for supper on a Friday, we respectfully decline. My daughters,
now teenagers, still schedule their busy social calendars around this particular
meal. Then, a few years ago, we bought a quesadilla maker, and Guacamole Fridays
morphed into Quesadilla Fridays.

Julie’s Famous Guacamole:

Avocados.
(Four-five makes a medium sized bowl. The avocados are the most important
ingratiate so choose wisely. Too hard will be tasteless and also kill your hand
when smashing. Too soft will be rotten when you slice them open. Ew! When
choosing avocados, squeeze, pressing firmly with your thumb. The meat right
under the skin should be soft but grow firm the deeper you press.)
Roma Tomatoes, diced.
(One less than the amount of avocados you’re using. Roma tomatoes are the
best choice because they are less juicy than other varieties.)
Finley chopped Yellow Onion to taste.
(About two tablespoons for a medium bowl.)
Chopped, fresh Cilantro.
(Don’t skip the cilantro. If you don’t like cilantro then don’t eat guacamole.
Sorry, I have unreasonably strong opinions about this and very little patience
for people who say they don’t like cilantro. It’s the best herb ever!)
Jalapeno to taste.
(I use dried, but pickled work too. Fresh is harder to control the intensity of
the heat. Two or three seeds from a fresh jalapeno will likely pack a sufficient
punch.)
Garlic Powder to taste.
(I usually just shake some over the top, mix and taste. Tasting is the best part.
Sometimes I taste a few extra times just to make sure. It never hurts to be
thorough J)
Lime juice.
(Squeeze half a lime over the top.)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then stir with a fork, smashing down on the
firmer chunks of avocado, until combined.

Quesadillas:

Flour tortillas.
(For obvious reasons, you’ll need two for each quesadilla.)

Pico de Gallo.
(Finely diced Roma tomatoes, yellow onion, cilantro mixed together.)
Shredded Cheese.
(We use a mixture of cheddar and pepper jack. For those of you who are
lactose intolerant, I’ve found that the veggie shreds, cheddar/pepper jack
mix, work well as an alternative.)
Cubed, Seasoned, Sautéed or Grilled, Chicken or Beef.

Layer bottom tortilla with chicken or beef, Pico and then cheese. Don’t over due it
with the cheese. It’ll just melt, run out from between the tortillas and make a mess.

Grill. Lightly brushing the top of the tortilla with oil will make it brown and crispy.

Unless you possess an aptitude for flipping hot, floppy tortillas stuffed with chicken,
Pico and cheese without the contents spilling out, you’ll need a quesadilla maker. I
bought mine at Target—the most magical place on earth.

Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter. Top with Julie’s Famous Guacamole.

And, do you what goes really well with quesadillas and guacamole?

A book. More specifically, my newest novel, Replacing Gentry.

A modern, Southern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane
Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows a woman’s precarious journey as she learns the truth
about the man she married.

Enjoy!

Replacing Gentry

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.

Despite the cadaver’s warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

Price: Check on Amazon

Julie Ford: Author

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.

 

Originally posted 2013-04-10 22:15:00.