Saturday, January 31, 2009

Easy Fried Rice

This is a basic recipe for fried rice that you can add to as desired. I found it HERE. When I made the Sweet and Sour Chicken I made this rice to go with it. It was delicious! It tasted very similar to the kind at Japanese Steakhouses.

Ingredients:
1 - 2 green onions, as desired
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
4 cups cold cooked rice (I used brown rice)
1 - 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, as desired

Preparation:
Wash and finely chop the green onion. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggs. Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled but not too dry. Remove the eggs and clean out the pan.Add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes, using chopsticks or a wooden spoon to break it apart. Stir in the soy sauce as desired.When the rice is heated through, add the scrambled egg back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tender Grilled Salmon


Tonight I cooked salmon for dinner. I found this recipe at My Kitchen Cafe. It was delicious. I only used two fillets of salmon and had plenty of marinade. I will probably cut the recipe in half next time. I also did not have any lemon pepper, so I used some other kind of pepper seasoning I had in the cabinet. It turned out great and you can barely taste the salmon taste for those of you who tend to stay away from salmon. I definitely recommend this! I served this with one of those steamer bags of cheesy rice and broccoli. It was OK, but I"ll probably not try that again. I found the broccoli to be tough. (By the way, all the pictures I post come from the website that I get the recipe from. I am not very good at taking pictures of my dishes and I don't really have very good food presentation.)


INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets (I only used 2 fillets.)
lemon pepper to taste (I didn't have this so I used some other pepper mix I had in the cabinet.)
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS:
Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.

In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I marinated for 4 hours).

Preheat grill for medium heat.

Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Milk - It does a body good!



Time for a little info about you.

Please answer the following questions in a comment. You don't have to be registered to answer. You can do an anonymous comment - just let me know who you are.

1. How many people in your home drink milk on a regular basis?

2. What are the ages of your milk drinkers? (adults - can just say "adult")

3. How many gallons of milk do you purchase for your family in a one week period?


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bourbon Chicken

I tried another new recipe tonight from the My Kitchen Cafe blog. It was very tasty. Not as good as the Sweet and Sour Chicken, but I don't know that it could have topped that! It has a little kick to it because of the red pepper flakes, so you may want to half it if you think it is too much for you. We served it with brown rice and broccoli. It's a keeper!

Ingredients:
2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons oil (for pan-frying)
cornstarch (for dusting, optional)


Sauce:
1 garlic clove (minced)
¼ teaspoon ginger (I used ground ginger)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
½ cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce

Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, and if you choose lightly dust with cornstarch. Heat oil in your wok and fry chicken bits in batches until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and set aside.In a bowl combine all sauce ingredients. Pour into wok and bring to a boil. Add chicken bits back to the pan, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes (I had to cook mine longer to get the sauce to thicken up).

Super Moist Chocolate Mayo Cake

This cake and icing are so delicious! My mom found this recipe in a magazine and gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. I made it as a cake for Christmas (Jesus's birthday cake) and I made it in cupcake form today for our small group. The cake is really good, but the icing is DELICIOUS!! Enjoy!

Ingredients

Cake:
1 box chocolate cake mix (I use devil's food)
1 cup Mayo (I did not use low fat)
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon

Icing:
1 stick butter, melted
2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (I actually forgot this today and it tasted just as good.)

Cake Directions:
Preheat oven as directed on cake box. (Usually 350)
Blend all cake ingredients together and bake as directed on box.
Let cool completely before icing.

Icing Directions:
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Add milk and sugar, alternating on medium speed. (Can add more milk, I always add a little more milk) Stir in vanilla after mixing.
Icing will cover a two layer cake.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I found a new cooking blog by way of my friend Katie's cooking blog. It's called My Kitchen Cafe. I made this tonight, and it was WONDERFUL!!! I definitely recommend making it. I know it seems like it will take forever since it has to be in the oven for an hour, but it didn't take long at all. The most difficult part was cooking the chicken in the skillet, it was quite messy, but other than that, it was totally worth the mess! I served this with brown rice, broccoli and I did make extra sauce. DELICIOUS!!



Sweet and Sour Chicken:
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil


Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little oil until brown but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients (below) together and pour over chicken.


Sauce:
¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons
ketchup
½ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt


Bake for one hour at 325 degrees. Turn chicken every 15 minutes. If you like extra sauce, make another batch of sauce and bring it to a boil on the stove top. Stir constantly and let cook over medium heat until thickened and reduced - about 6-8 minutes.