Hoisin Chicken and Shrimp

9 Feb

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Hoisin sauce is the taste you have in most Chinese food.

I like it in moderation. Too much is terrible so don’t add extra.

This is a fast stir fry to serve over rice.

6 tablespoons oil

1 1/2 pounds bite size boneless chicken

! pound raw small ,peeled and deveined shrimp

6 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup chicken broth

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon sesame oil

8 tablespoons Franks Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

5 diced scallions

8 cloves chopped garlic

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups chopped bok choy

One diced red pepper

2 cups sugar snap peas

2 thin sliced carrots

1/2  to 1 cup peanuts or cashews

Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Add the cut up chicken

Heat the wok with two tablespoon oil and stir fry the chicken till done

Set aside

Place the shrimp in the 2 tablespoons cornstarch and  one tablespoon soy sauce

Heat two tablespoon oil

Add the shrimp and stir fry till cooked

Set aside

Place the last 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan and start stir frying first the garlic and carrots then the broccoli, ginger, red pepper  sugar snaps and  white part of the scallions.

Cook till everything changes color and still crunchy.

Set aside

Mix the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, Franks and sesame oil together then add the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Bring the sauce to a boil and it will start to thicken up.

Do not let it start to reduce.

Take it off the heat and add the chicken and shrimp

Mix well

Put back on the heat

Add the vegetables and toss to coat everything

Heat till everything is warm

If it starts to thicken too much add a little more broth

Top with peanuts and scallion greens.  You could add fried dried hot chili peppers to spice it up.

I usually double this sauce recipe because I love sauce.

 

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Chocolate Mint Egg Cream

7 Feb

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If you are from New York you know what an egg cream is.

It was made at every soda fountain.

One tall glass

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

6 tablespoons cold milk

Fill the rest of the glass with peppermint flavored cold seltzer

Mix with a spoon

The seltzer and milk should make a foam on the top.

Try to drink it slowly but its so good its impossible.

If you use different flavored seltzer and syrup you can make different flavored drinks.

Hot Pastrami on Toasted French Bread

5 Feb

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This is another throw back from my childhood.

I experienced every diverse ethnic food.

The deli’s were the best.

I remember the smell of pickles  and it was wonderful

My Uncle would always get his hot pastrami on french bread instead of rye

I thought it was strange until I tried it.

6 inches french bread

Butter

1/4 pound good pastrami sliced thin

One slice of American cheese

Good tangy mustard. I like Wicked Twisted or Nathans

Pickles

Coleslaw

Cut the bread in half and spread with the butter, just a thin layer

Place in a pan and toast till light brown

Place the cheese on the toasted bread

Heat the pastrami and place on the cheese bread.

Add the mustard

Thats it.

Enjoy

 

 

Tuna Salad

2 Feb

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This is from the Mayo Clinic diet plan but I thought it needed more flavor and it was really good.

2 cans drained solid white tuna

One can of drained white beans

6 tablespoons of chopped Italian parsley. Only use fresh.

1/4 of a large red onion or 4 scallions, diced

The juice and zest of a lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 diced fresh red pepper

2 heaping tablespoons capers with the brine

6 chopped pickled jalopenos slices

2 chopped sweet pickles

3 to 4 cups baby arugula

10 to 15 grape tomatoes

grapes on the side

Flake the tuna apart so you don’t have any big chunks

Add everything else and mix well

Serve on the arugula with the tomatoes and grapes as garnish

If I wasn’t on a diet I would put this on a toasted Italian or ciabatta roll that I smeared with butter. The roll would be crunchy and the butter would melt and anything tastes great on this.

Great beach lunch

Buffalo Chicken Balls

31 Jan

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I was in the grocery store, what a shock, and saw these prepared buffalo chicken meatballs.

I normally would not buy something like this but the ingredients were okay, they were on sale and I love anything buffalo.

I bought a pound of pizza dough and went home to make these cute little calzones.

I got 14 meatballs in the package so I cut the dough into 14 pieces.

Flatten out the dough with your fingers, put the meatball inside and roll up.

Bake at 450 degrees for about ten to fifteen minutes till nice and brown.

Serve with blue cheese dip, celery and carrots.

This is a great appetizer that you can make ahead of time.

 

 

Quinoa Salad

29 Jan

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I am the worst person take out to lunch.

If I order something and really like it I disect it until I can figure out how to make it myself.

This is what happened yesterday.

So today I tried to make this salad.

Not bad for the first try and I saved myself $14.00.

1/2 large diced onion

2 tablespoons butter or oil

3/4 cup dry quinoa

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups roasted seasoned butternut squash

3 ounces dried cranberries

4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

3 cups baby arugulla

One cup walnuts

Heat the butter and add the onions.

Cook till the onions are soft.

Add the chicken broth and salt.

Bring to a boil

Add the quinoa, stir and cover the pot

Simmer until the quinoa is cooked and all the broth is absorbed.

This only takes about ten minutes

Add the cranberries.

Keep the cover on and take off the heat to cool

The quinoa has to be cool or the goat cheese will melt and the arugula will wilt.

Add the goat cheese, arugula, roasted butternut squash and walnuts.

Gently toss together

Add more walnuts on top.

The resteraunt dressed this with a maple syrup dressing.

2 ounces canola oil

2 ounces apple cider vinegar

2 ounces maple syrup

Mix everything together and shake well

Only put a couple of teaspoons on your portion because the salad can stand by itself.

Serve with sliced apples , grapes, orange slices or whatever fruit you like.

I had this for supper last night and loved it all over again.

 

 

 

Egg Salad Sandwich

25 Jan

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This is so 1950.

My Mom made egg salad all the time.

Then cholesterol was discovered.

Only kidding.

Everything in moderation.

7 hard boiled diced eggs

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sweet relish

1/4 diced red onion

1 to 2 stalks diced celery

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together

Put three heaping tablespoons on a nice soft  roll

Add arugula, avocado and sliced tomato on the roll with pickles on the side.

Serve with a delicious soup and you have a great meal.

As PeeWee Herman used to say,”Egg Saladeeee”.