Sweet and Sour Chicken

Have I told you how much my daughter loves when I make homemade Chinese food? Yeah it’s like our thing to either eat it out or at home. Our schedule this holiday season hasn’t allowed for much time to really cook. I am hoping to free up time to make some yummy Frozen cookies and a few really tasty soups. What are you cooking? Or are you just going out to eat? Monday night I decided it was time for some homemade Chinese I was so over the out to eat game. I whipped up (took over an hour) some sweet and sour chicken. It was so darn delicious!

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

It’s something about this time of year that I just crave Chinese food. I think it’s because when I was younger my grandparents would shop and then we would stop by Chuck’s Chinese and American food. It was just around the corner from where I grew up. I remember playing in the kitchen. The bowls decorated with the blue designs and the cool soup spoons that were definitely like the soup spoons we had at home. The atmosphere was like home to me. It is one of the best memories from my childhood.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

Do you have a memory that stretches back into your childhood that you’ll never forget. One that dances in your brain with beauty? I’d love to hear about it below. I know I only have a few but they are so fun and always seem to be wrapped around food. I guess I was always a foodie at heart.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

I hope you can try out this dish and wrap some really great holiday memories with it. I know we will. Hopefully, I can find a way to do this in this in the summer too for a movie marathon or season watching party. It really does fit so many occasions. I am off to see the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies today and I cannot wait!

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Serves 7
Chicken fried and tossed in a sweet and sour sauce scooped over rice and topped with spring onions.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  2. 1 cup cornstarch
  3. 3 large eggs, beaten
  4. 2 cups vegetable oil; for frying
  5. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 cup ketchup
  8. 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  9. 4 cloves of garlic; peeled and minced
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  13. 1 stalk spring onion; sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the sauce, whisk together brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger and garlic ins a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, pour in oil and heat to a medium heat.
  3. Diced chicken into 1/2 cubes. In a medium bowl crack three eggs and beat with a whisk until well blended. In a large bowl place cornstarch. Roll chicken cubes in the egg and then into the cornstarch and place in to the hot frying pan with a spider. Careful not to burn yourself.
  4. In a large pan, add in sauce and put on low. This will help to thicken the sauce while frying the chicken.
  5. Drain chicken as you pull it from the oil and place it into the sauce. Repeat this until all chicken is fried and in the sauce. Toss until all chicken is coated. Top with salt and pepper.
  6. Turn off heat. Add the sliced spring onion to the top and stir. Remove from heat and serve over white steamed rice.
Notes
  1. There is an option to do baked. If you are interested comment below and I will gladly write up a recipe for baked.
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Buffalo Chicken Bagel Crisps

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buffalo_chicken_snacker-298x199Are you looking for the perfect holiday appetizer? Aren’t we all! The seasonal parties are in full swing and everyone is calling, email, and sending invitations. One of the most popular of the requests will be that you bring an appetizer to share at the party. With tons of people going right to foods like pizza dip and lasagna cups it’s great to see a refreshing change. I know I would go right to these Buffalo Chicken Bagel Crisps. This would be like my mojo at the party.  I can be honest and tell you I would use the garlic parmesan basil crisps below with some very tasty pepperoni, salami, and pepperocini’s to through it all into another Italian style category.

NYS_ParmGar_BagelCrispThat’s why these are so great as an appetizer. You can do just about virtually anything with them. Check out the list of recipes at the @NewYorkSnacks website. I love that these are a lighter option too. We not always looking for the greasiest app on the planet when trying to serve plenty of people. You could top with a pesto on these or a good guacamole. Shrimp with cocktail sauce can be a good one for your new year’s eve party; just be sure to mark it seafood for those allergic. Don’t for get your sweet ones too! Top them with chunks of caramel and chocolate.

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Stuffed Wontons & Hot Chocolate Sticks

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If I am not in my bed watching Love Actually I am either attending a party where I have to make an appetizer or I am throwing a party. In which, if I am throwing the party I will definitely be making an appetizer or two and generally something good to drink or dessert on. Stuffed Wontons are a great appetizer when it comes to the holiday. A fabulous way to use the extra boxes of Kraft Stove Top stuffing in your pantry. 

Stuffed Wontons - Mooshu Jenne #TasteTheSeason #ad Made with wontons, stuffing, and cranberry sauce

I always have several boxes as we like to eat it year round. We gobble it down with pork, turkey, and duck. Sometimes you want the stuffing without meat. To get my stuffing fix I make these Stuffed Wontons for appetizers. They can be put together incredibly fast and simply bake or fry them up when people are on their way. You can even fry this in advance and then reheat if need be. I just swing by Walmart and grab the stuffing, mushrooms, and wontons to keep on hand when needed. 

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I also grabbed up some Jet Puff Marshmallow Snowmen for our Hot Chocolate Sticks to have for the teen guests to have with warmed milk. Some of the adults go after them to stir into their coffee. It’s perfect for any holiday party drink station.

Stuffed Wontons - Mooshu Jenne #TasteTheSeason #ad Made with wontons, stuffing, and cranberry sauce

At parties and at home these Stuffed Wontons disappear so fast! I have to say it’s nice on the pocket book too. Not much goes into these that you basically use only one box of the Stove Top Stuffing, wontons, and one mushroom. You can’t be that. It’s an easy way to save during the holidays when planning a party. I like to fry them ahead and then just bake to crisp them up before the party. I also make the Hot Chocolate Sticks in advance.

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If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

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Here is a free printable I add to my table for extra holiday spirit and completely easy to decorate with. I even got the straws for the hot chocolate sticks for $1. You can download it here at Christmas Subway Art.

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Now for the recipes.

Stuffed Wontons
Yields 20
Wontons stuffed with stove top stuffing, mushrooms, and fried.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Stove Top Savory Herbs Stuffing
  2. 1 white mushroom; diced
  3. 1 package of wonton wrappers
  4. 4 tablespoons margarine
  5. 1 can cranberry sauce or homemade
  6. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a cast iron skillet, put about 2 cups oil and put to low heat. Let the oil heat up as you are cooking the stuffing.
  2. In another small pot, add in water, one mushroom diced, and margarine as directed on the package. Cook per package directions.
  3. Pull out wonton wrapper and put half a tablespoon of stuff in it. Fold and then fry for about 20 seconds each side. They will cook fast. Just flip them with a spider and be careful not to burn yourself.
  4. Drain on napkin. Serve with cranberry sauce or gravy for dipping.
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Here is a video to show you how to fold and fry them. Stuffed Wontons Video.

Hot Chocolate Sticks
Yields 10
Baker's chocolate and jet puffed marshmallows make these great hot chocolate sticks.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bar of Baker's Chocolate; 4oz
  2. 1/2 bag semi sweet chocolates
  3. 20 pieces of Jet Puffed Marshmallows Snowmen
  4. 2- 2/3 cups of milk
  5. Straws, sticks, or spoons; your preference
Instructions
  1. Put water in a small sauce pan and place a small glass bowl over it making sure the bowl does not fall in. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add in Baker's chocolate in chunks. Add in semi sweet chocolates. Add in 2/3 cup milk and stir until the milk is soaked up and chocolate melts.
  3. Add the next 2/3 cup milk and keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Pour into an ice tray or silicone mold. Place one marshmallow on each side and insert sticks.
  5. Place in the freezer overnight or for a few hours until cooled. Remove from mold and use to stir in with hot water, warmed milk, or coffee.
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Here is a short how to video to show you how to melt the chocolate. Hot Chocolate Sticks. Enjoy!

Teen Holiday Party Entertaining

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My daughter and I just love to throw holiday parties rather it be for her friends, our little family, or half the neighborhood. With the wedding up and coming my party planning skills have been on the fritz. Including my cooking time into that. Her and I are discussing when we should do all of around holiday bake. It looks like we will be breaking it up. For this little mid week Teen Holiday Party Entertaining we just grabbed up a few items from Walmart.

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We grabbed a lasagna to feed everyone dinner because you can’t possibly feed a bunch of teens a tons of sweets without their stomachs full first. I know they will always try to do that until they learn that it will cause them a upset stomach. That being said they sure were excited for the lasagna and the Holiday Teen Party. In fact, my son is heating more up for lunch right now.  Such an easy meal! Topped with fresh cheese and aged Parmesan, STOUFFER’S® Party Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce is an easy, delicious entrée that’s perfect for get-togethers!

Teen Holiday Party - Mooshu Jenne #HolidayMadeSimple #adIt’s easy to find in the frozen meals section at Walmart. I also picked up a few packages of  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®.  Dark Chocolate Peppermint Refrigerated Cookie Dough which has a rich chocolate meets creamy peppermint taste. It’s a fudgy dark chocolate cookie dough made with cocoa and filled with peppermint chunks and Semi-Sweet Morsel. Available for a limited time only! I also grabbed a package of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. It’s 100% Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No Preservatives, and Gluten Free. To top it all off I grabbed these Rolled & Ready Sugar Cookie Dough Sheets that help you simplify holiday baking, so you can spend more time making memories and less time cleaning up. Use cookie cutters of your choice and simply cut, bake and decorate!

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After we gobbled down the lasagna we did some baking to share. We made the dark chocolate peppermint cookies and out of the rolled and ready sugar cookie dough sheets and the semi-sweet chocolate morsels we made cookie bars! It was so simple as pressing it into a glass baking dish and baking it. Here is a video below to show you what I did.

 

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 We had such a blast make all these goodies and they truly enjoy them! Here is the recipe without any further ado. 

Holiday Cookie Bars
Yields 15
Holiday cookie bars made Nestle's from rolled and ready sugar cookie sheets and holiday chocolate chip cookie dough.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Nestle's Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  2. 1 package Nestle's Rolled and Ready Sugar Cookie Sheets
  3. 1 cup Nestle's Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  4. parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a glass baking dish, place parchment paper and layer one sheet of the sugar cookie dough on the bottom.
  3. Take the holiday cookie dough and press each piece flat and place on top of the sugar cookie dough. Repeat until you cover the entire sheet.
  4. Place second piece of the sugar cookie dough over the top.
  5. Pour 1 cup of the semi sweet chocolate morsels over the dough and spread them by hand.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Pull out of oven and let cool. Once cool slice with a knife to make your cookie bar squares the size you would like them.
Notes
  1. These go great with a glass of milk.
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Cranberry Pie & Cranberry Sauce

At Thanksgiving I am all about pie! It’s the perfect end to such a savory meal. Every year we do a pumpkin pie and a few pecan pies. This year I want to do something different so I created a simple cranberry pie a few days ago to share with the family. We had to work out one kink and that was the topping. The filling was so delicious and tangy. 

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne

Cranberries naturally have a tart taste which makes them so good in pie. Some people love chocolate pies and those with cream. However, I have to say that fruit and berry pies are my favorite. Nothing like a good strawberry, apple, or triple berry pie.

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne

My daughter can eat a pumpkin pie to herself. My son and husband are big pecan pie fans. They always end up eating all the pie. This year that won’t be the case.

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne This cranberry pie will be all mine :D I wish but I know I will end up sharing it with all of them. A good lump of ice cream with warm cranberry pie who doesn’t love that combination! What kind of pie do you make for Thanksgiving? Do you do something other than pie?

Another Thanksgiving favorite is cranberry sauce. The process isn’t much different between these two so I thought I would put them together with a little video for both! The only difference in the pie is you add vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and a bit more sugar. 

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie
Serves 8
Recipe to make cranberry sauce and add a few more ingredients to make it a pie.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
For Cranberry Sauce
  1. 2 bags of fresh cranberries
  2. 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  3. 1 orange; juiced
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
For Cranberry Pie
  1. 1 1/2 bag of cranberries
  2. 1 orange; juiced
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 graham cracker pie crust
For Cranberry Sauce
  1. In a large pot, add in cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and water.
  2. Bring to a medium heat. Cook until all cranberries have popped and mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour in a jar to store.
For Cranberry Pie
  1. In a large pot, add in cranberries, sugar, orange juice, ginger, cinnamon, and water.
  2. Bring to a medium heat. Boil until all cranberries have popped and mixture thickens.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into the crust. Let cool.
  4. When ready to serve put into the oven at 350 degree F for 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
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25 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes can be anything from delicious fruit salads, pasta salads, potatoes, sweet or not, and freshly baked vegetables. Our family favorites have always been mashed potatoes, fruit salad, and green salad; it’s not your traditional house salad. My husband’s mashed potatoes are like whipped topping they are so smooth. I could eat bundles of them.

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Though, sometimes you need a dish that looks just as good as tastes for those work Thanksgiving gatherings or the ones at formal dinner party. This Paprika Scalloped Potato recipe is simple, pretty, and can be just elegant. 

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It’s great to just lay out into a big pie dish, top with paprika, Greek olive oil, and bake. It’s a one dish ordeal which makes it so much easier for the person cooking. It’s serves up in the same dish. We all like less dishes to clean when we are planning such a feast!

Paprika Scalloped Potatoes
Serves 5
Potatoes sliced thinly and topped with paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 red skinned potatoes
  2. 1 1/4 tablespoon paprika
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  5. 1/4 tablespoon Mediterranean salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes. Slice into scalloped rounds.
  3. Layer into pie dish. Top with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika over the oiled potatoes. Top with pepper and Mediterranean salt.
  4. Bake for one hour covered with foil. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes until tops and edges are crispy brown.
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Easy Green Beans – I Eat Therefore I Cook

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash – Sparkles and Glue

Butternut Pear Soup – From Scratch

Easy Dirty Rice – Texas Type A Mom

Steamed Honey Glazed Carrot Medallions – It Happens in a Blink

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Arlington Mommy

Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette - Stuck on Sweet

Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes – Home Cooking Memories

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Gal On A  Mission

Quick Dinner Rolls – Love To Be In The Kitchen

Copycat Lambert Rolls – SMSL with Heidi

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad - Gal On A Mission

Zesty Green Salad – Mooshu Jenne

Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil - Bakes In Slippers

Zucchini Au Gratin - Mrs. Criddles Kitchen

Old School Butter Yeast Rolls – Bakes In Slippers

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Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots – The Baking Fairy

Acorn Squash with Rice and Sausage Stuffing – The Baking Fairy 

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Toasted Reese’s Spreads Fruit Skewers

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There is a new spread out called Reese’s Spreads! It’s my new go to for snacking in my house. My daughter is the biggest snacker in our house. Due to color guard practice she burns out all her energy telling me she is always hungry! She said food is her boyfriend, her bae. Yes, she obviously gets it from me :) We made these Toasted Reese’s Fruit Skewers.

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While we were shopping at Walmart she was like LOOK mom they have Reese’s Spreads. Of course, we chowed down on the apples they paired it with for the demo. I knew right away what I would make with the Reese’s Spreads. They are brand new but the ideas just started to flow the minute I saw them. I went with a snack here though as I wanted something simple and fun that you make as a snack or appetizer year round or for the holidays. 

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Reese’s Spreads is a perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors in spreadable form. From toast to waffles, apples and bananas to pretzels and vanilla wafers, the new spread brings endless opportunities to enjoy the distinct taste that only Reese’s provides. Enjoy an authentic Reese’s experience in a new and enticing way. Based on the iconic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, new Reese’s Spreads will make snacking even more delicious by adding the unique, one-of-a-kind combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors to any food, anytime, anywhere. 

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Can you imagine the possibilities with this peanut butter and chocolate spread? I know I can. Simple snacks like celery or these Toasted Reese’s Fruit Skewers. What would you make with it? I would love to know :) Just tell me in the comments. I enjoy new recipes! #AnySnackPerfect

Toasted Reese's Fruit Skewers
Yields 6
Fruit skewers with banana's, oranges, and cranberries with Reese's Spreads and toast.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas; sliced in thirds
  2. 1 orange; peeled
  3. 6 cranberries
  4. 2 pieces of white bread toast
  5. 2 tablespoons Reese's Spreads
  6. Skewers
Instructions
  1. Toast two sliced of bread and cut diagonally and cut again the same to make four small pieces. Spread on the Reese's Spreads.
  2. Peel the orange and separate the slices. Peel banana and cut into thirds. Wash the cranberries.
  3. Slide bananas, oranges, and then slices of toast on the ends. Serve with cranberries decorated around the plate.
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Tex Mex Tostada

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My teenagers love Wolf® Brand Chili and so does my hubby. It is what I have to keep on hand for those times when I don’t want to cook but they do. The love to make recipes like chili mac, Tex Mex Tostadas, and of course chili cheese dogs. It is a pantry staple in our house. I buy them in bulk otherwise I would be at store every few days while they insist I buy some. 

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They will usually just tell me not to worry about dinner so they can make their own chili mac. I am always trying to invent new ways to utilize Wolf® Brand Chili. We’ve used it in quesadilla’s also. Makes for a perfect week night dinner. They also great by the pool in the summer. Summer is over here though. We are all glad for that!

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Tonight we are watching our daughter competition for state championships. In between the breaks I ran to the kitchen and whipped up these Tex Mex Tostadas. Don’t they look amazing?

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We topped them with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. You can also add sour cream, cheese, and/or avocado. We just kept it simple tonight. As Texas’ #1 chili, Wolf® Brand Chili has a bold and flavorful reputation throughout the great state of Texas. Share your bold and flavorful recipes and images with them on their Facebook page. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious addition to your down-home favorites like Corn Chip Pie, Frito Pie, and even Taco Pizza.

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I would love to know what you use your Wolf® Brand Chili in or on. Comment below and recipe links are always welcome.

Tex Mex Tostada
Serves 4
Tostada topped with Wolf® Brand Chili, lettuce, tomato, and red onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef
  2. 1 can Wolf® Brand Chili No Beans
  3. 1 can diced red and green chilies
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 8 corn tortillas
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  8. 1/2 red onion; diced
  9. 1 hot house tomato; diced
  10. 1/3 head of lettuce; chopped
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, add ground beef, olive oil, and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add in can of diced chilies. Stir well and turn to low heat. Add in Wolf® Brand Chili and stir well.
  2. Dice tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry tortillas for about 1 minute each until crispy. Put on plate to cool and drain.
  4. Top tortilla with meat mixture, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Serve.
Notes
  1. You may add sour cream, fresh avocado, or cheese to the top.
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Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein

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I just love simple dinners don’t you? Something not completely loaded down with meat but spicy enough to clear your nose from the allergies in the air. This Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein will do just that.

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From the fragrant ginger to the spicy chili sauce it is packed with a punch of flavor. The sauce for this only takes four ingredients including some De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar

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This is a go to dinner for me. Very simple, healthy, and perfect for movie night. I usually like to eat this when I just want to stay in bed and catch up on all the shows I missed. I always end up getting behind by a few episodes on each. Eventually though I catch up and gab about it online.

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The teens just love this recipe too. Both the spicy and non spicy versions. They always beg me to make this for a lunch on a movie day. I think the Italian vinegar, which is made in Italy, has much more flavor then using a basic rice vinegar. It just adds that something extra to the recipe. I picked it up at Walmart on the aisle with the ketchup. While I was there I grabbed a bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables so I don’t have to do all that cutting. It makes dinner just that much more simple!

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Their favorite part is when I fry up the noodles in the sauce because it helps stick to the pasta. It also takes away any slime texture from boiling the noodles. De Nigris Seasoned White Wine Vinegars have all natural ingredients and are healthy. They have a De Nigris Seasoned Italian Herb White Wine Vinegar that I like to use to dunk my bread into or even pour over a bread salad. #LoveMyVinegar It’s family owned which in my book is pretty darn awesome!

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My son is scarfing this down right now. He is on his iPad, with headphones in, and stuffing his face with a bowl full of this spicy vegetable lo mein. I am no different. I have my bowl next to me with my chop sticks chowing down as I type this post. I guess I should just share the recipe so I can go finish my dinner :)

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 4
Lo mein noodles tossed in a sauce made from De Nigris white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
  2. 1 package lo mein noodles
  3. 1/3 cup De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon chili sauce (red pepper flakes in it)
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  7. 2 cloves of garlic; minced
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  9. 1 tablespoon greek olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, add in Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, ginger, olive oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the vegetables become tender. Push to one side of the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, chili sauce, De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour into the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add noodles to the sauce.
  5. Toss noddles, sauce, and vegetables together. Serve in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Body Part Cupcakes

Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to picking out items to make for Halloween. These Body Part Cupcakes have to be the funniest cupcakes I have created in awhile. They received a few ohh’s and ahh’s but I loved the “Oh my god they are what?” comments. Yes, I said body part cupcakes.

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

I wanted to add slime to the center but I think I would have freaked people out even more. Maybe I will do it for the fun of it next year. I do know that I will definitely be making mini versions of these next year for trunk or treat. Might have to make two huge pots of chili too. I think it would be great if I can pair up with someone else while they do chips for mini homemade frito pies. :)

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

I didn’t get to do my normal party this year but I do know next year is going to be off the hook! It’s going to be a wedding full of creepy fun. I am just so beyond myself thinking of all the amazing things I get to create. Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? I would love to see what it is in the comments below. I am creating a menu for the wedding and any help I can get would be fabulous!

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

After all it is going to be on Halloween night and I now have less then a year to plan. Yikes! The only thing I dread is wedding dress shopping. I am not the hugest fan of shopping stores like that. I like dress shopping for my daughter but definitely not for myself. Can you feel my pain? We picked a new theme so it’s back to the drawing board with the dress and everything. Oh how fun! I am going to go enjoy some dinner now. I hope you enjoy these Body Part Cupcakes :)

Body Part Cupcakes
Yields 12
Cupcakes topped with green whipped topping and body part gummies.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
42 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
42 min
For Cupcakes
  1. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon table salt
  5. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  6. ½ cup Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage)
  7. 3 eggs; room temperature
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla (or flavoring of choice)
For Whipped Frosting
  1. 1 - 32 oz container heavy whipping
  2. 1 Americolor electric green food coloring
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 package body part gummies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, Greek yogurt, egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix for another 10 seconds.
  3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared cupcake tin using a small ice cream scoop. Bake until cupcake tops are a pale gold; about 22 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.
  4. In a stand mixer, add in heavy whipping cream and shift in powdered sugar over top. Turn mixer on 2 and run for about 2 minutes until cream thickens a little. Move the speed up to a 4. Add in food coloring to desired color. Run on 4 until the cream thickens more. Move to a 6 and as it thickens move it up until your at the highest speed. The cream should thicken to resemble cool whip.
  5. Put in fridge for a few minutes, pipe into your pastry bag, and decorate your cupcakes. Add body part gummies to top.
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