Chinese Lunar New Year – Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable lo mein is one the simplest dishes to me in Chinese cuisine. There is plenty of flavors. You can add whatever you would like IE: mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, peas, celery, or whatever meat you choose. If I do add meat to my vegetable lo mein I like roast duck. It’s tender and dark but full of flavor. To be specific I love orange duck paired with it. It something about the combination of all the flavors. 

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Generally every Chinese lunar new year I make an entire feast. This year however we are going out to a nice steak restaurant with the family since we have been cooking so much lately. We have also been working on the house and everyone seems to be in two different places. It’s the first night we are all together. I love going to restaurants because it gives me time to visit with the family while getting updated on all that is happening in their lives. Sometimes I do miss things.

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Do you go out with your family to eat? What are your favorite places? We go out on date nights at least once a month. It’s a great break for V and I. We also like to take the family out once in awhile to play catch up and just enough time with them. Although, I didn’t get to do my huge feast I truly enjoyed lunch with Tommy. Once Chancelor came in the door I handed him a bowl also. He was pretty excited! They love this dish; it is so simple to make. This time all I had on hand was carrots and celery. I generally put spring onions also but I was out. Ginger, soy and garlic accompany it perfectly.  Most of the items I keep on hand at all times for a quick lunch or easy dinner before my favorite shows come on. 

Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 3
Lo mein noodles tossed with celery, carrots, ginger and garlic.
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; diced
  2. 4 stalks of celery; diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic; minced
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger; minced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 package of lo mein noodles
  7. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  8. Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil with one tablespoon soy sauce. Add noodles and cook as directed on package. Usually 4 minutes does the trick.
  2. In a saute pan or wok add in vegetables, garlic, and ginger with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on high until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables from heat and put in a small bowl.
  3. In saute pan, add cooked noodles and one tablespoon soy sauce. Toss well and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove noodles and toss with vegetables.
  4. Top with fresh cracked pepper. Serve with spring onions for garnish.
Notes
  1. You may add any meat or other vegetables you like.
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Smucker’s Naturals – Peanut Butter Rolls

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Smucker’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Growing up near Knott’s Berry Farm meant Smucker’s all the time. They have since become separate entities but I still love their jam and even more so their all natural peanut butter. When I first encountered Smucker’s natural peanut butter on the shelf my thought’s were “They make peanut butter?” and in the basket it went. I am a serious Californian based in Texas and you just don’t get those goodies here all the time. Now that it’s a regular on the shelf here I have to say the coolest treat we’ve made with it is peanut butter rolls. You can add jelly or mayo, if you swing that way, to it or just have them by themselves.  The daughter likes hazelnut spread on them. 

Smucker's Peanut Butter Rolls

When  I first made these a few years ago the boys took them to school. All of the teenagers are their school wanted to trade lunches with them. After that my cap’n crunch cookies were the big cheese. It’s nice to have people appreciate your food along with your talent too. Just as much as I appreciate the outdoors. I have my days where watching a movie with beautiful forests in them make me feel like I could go live in the trees. Other days I don’t want to even walk outside. That being said this January, Smucker’sLaura Scudder’s and Adams Natural Peanut Butter have teamed up to support the national parks through a $100,000 donation to the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) America’s Great Waters Program. Starting in January, look for the .25 cent-off coupons on shelves in your local stores towards the purchase of a jar of natural peanut butter. For every coupon redeemed by March 24, 2014, Smucker’s will donate $1 to the NPCA, up to an additional $50,000.

Smucker's Peanut Butter Rolls

In the meantime, check out the Smucker’s Facebook page for ways you can make a difference in your community this year. Here is the recipe for Smucker’s Peanut Butter Rolls.

Peanut Butter Rolls
Serves 2
Bread rolled flat slathered with peanut butter and rolled to look like sushi.
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup Smucker's peanut butter
  2. 4 slices of bread
Instructions
  1. Lay bread flat and cut off crust. Using a rolling pin roll the bread flat. Lightly layer bread with peanut butter. Roll from top to bottom. Slice into threes.
Notes
  1. You can use any fillings you would like including jelly, hazelnut spread, chocolate spread, and mayo.
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Chicken Lime Soup

Fall is here and it’s soup season! It’s the time of year where I try to come up with as many soup recipes that will feed for less cash with tasty ingredients. The soup must also be fulfilling as a dinner. Chicken lime soup resembles the idea of tortilla soup and hot and sour soup combined. The fresh avocado on top is a must to add the creamy texture to the soup that is so deserves.

chicken lime soup

If your not a fan of rice the rice in this recipe can be replaced with corn. Roasted corn would be an especially delicious option. The other half thinks corn doesn’t belong in soup; I think he’s crazy! Corn chowder is another soup I love. I can eat corn cold out of a can.

I really think this soup fits well with some fresh tortillas for dipping and paired with a good beer.  I really think slow cooking the chicken helps this recipe for the broth but if your in a rush you can always use a roasted chicken and some extra broth. I know I cheat sometimes when there is too much going on.

Chicken Lime Soup

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 8 - 10 bowls of soup

Chicken Lime Soup

Ingredients

1 large white onion; diced
6 stalks celery; diced
1/2 jalapeno; seeds & rib removed and diced
6 cloves garlic; minced
5 chicken drumstick legs or thighs
1 - 32 oz. container of chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with chiles
2 tablespoons cumin
3 limes
1 bundle of cilantro
1 large avocado
Salt and cracked black pepper
1 cup pre-cooked white rice

Instructions

In a large pot, add in chicken and cover with water at about half full. Add a little salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer for about an hour until chicken is cooked and falling off the bone.

Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Add diced onion, garlic, celery, and jalapeno to the pot. Stir well. Add two cans of diced tomatoes with chiles. Add salt, pepper, and cumin. Stir and bring to a low boil. Remove meat from chicken bones and add it back to the pot. Add chicken broth. Simmer until all vegetables are tender. Add in pre-cooked white rice. If you don't want mushy rice under cook it a little before adding to the pot. It will soften. Stir well.

Once vegetables are tender add the juice of two limes to the pot and cook for about 8 minutes. Add chopped cilantro to pot and cook for about 2 minutes. Serve soup with sliced avocado.

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Do you have a favorite soup? I have a few I have made on the blog here under the Soup section. Although, I would like to make a few more. I need to update some of the pictures here. I’d like to make taco soup again. I think I will add it to my menu for next week. Do you keep a menu for the week or do you do a fly by the seat of you pants?

I find I spent less when making a menu. Reusing some of the ingredients like spices through out the week helps that nothing will go to waste. Cincinnati chili is on the menu this week which is another favorite of mine. What’s on your menu to-do list this week?

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

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Today, my son and his friend Tristan took a ride up to Sam’s Club to grab some Tyson crispy chicken strips so I can make them some after school snacks. Lately, I have been trying different ideas with the Tyson’s chicken since my kids love it so much. I created a simple dish from a demo idea at Sam’s Club. It’s Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce. Turns out my kids love the combination of the Tone’s chili powder, mayo, garlic, and lime. It’s something different for your chicken then plan old ketchup.

Chancelor pointing out the Tone's #shop #cbias #SamsDemo

He told me how he wanted the Italian seasoning to add on to what his bread and in sauce. He truly loves his Italian food. I was surprised tonight both my daughter and son pictured above loved the chicken dippers on the skewer with the chili lime sauce. It took a bit of coaxing to get them to try it but once they did it was over. They even tried it with the sunburst tomatoes.

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce #shop #cbias #SamsDemo

It’s such a great afternoon snack and possible with another side a simple dinner. I can’t wait to check out the demo on the Chicken Dippers next week on September 24th at Sam’s Club. I know I will have to drag all the teenagers with me so they can test it out. My son said I am not going with out him. He calls himself the Fat Guy and that he loves food. He makes me laugh! :) I wonder whom he took after.

Look how pretty those sunburst tomatoes are and go with the chicken perfectly. To see our shopping experience check out my Google + album here.

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 4 skewers

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

Ingredients

5 to 6 Tyson crispy chicken strips; sliced into sections
1 package sunburst tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Tone's chili powder
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
Metal or wood skewers

Instructions

Bake or microwave Tyson Crispy Chicken strips as directed on the package. Slice into sections to put on skewers. Alternate chicken and tomatoes onto the skewers.

In a small ramekin, add mayo and mix in garlic powder, Tone's chili powder, and lime juice. Mix well and serve with fresh lime.

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Summer Chicken Soup

Summer chicken soup is for those days you want to stay inside, curl up on your couch, and watch movies with your teenagers. Sometimes we will do movie marathons like all Harry Potter films, Pirates of the Caribbean films, or Lord of the Rings films.  Once in a awhile, it is a two day fest and we do all Star Wars films.

Films are a huge past time in our home and we completely enjoy group outings to the movies. My middle son, Chancelor, is a movie connoisseur and we share many movie moments. With the release of last Harry Potter film he said it was like the ending of his childhood. Super sad!

summerchickensoup

Today is Harry Potter & J.K. Rowling’s birthday and I didn’t even know it until after I started this post! Happy Birthday to both of them. Looks like some lunch and Potter movies are in order for my daughter and I. Wish we still had some of this soup left over but they devoured it. She just tried to snag me and watch The Fosters but instead we are watching Catfish temporarily then some HP.

summer chicken soup

Enough about movies and TV shows. I want to tell you about this amazing summer chicken soup! Total comfort food and light for the summer time. I used stelline pasta and peas to round off taste and color. The chicken is slow cooked first and then vegetables are added in. Lastly the pasta and peas. This summer chicken soup is a simple dish to make. However, it does take some time to slow boil the chicken.

Is there a favorite pasta you like in your chicken soup? Or are you the big dumpling fan? Personally, I am fan of orzo’s or stelline because small pasta to me allows for more juice and carrots! I am interested to know what you like in your soup.

Summer Chicken Soup

Cook Time: 4 hours

Serving Size: 6 to 8 bowls

Summer Chicken Soup

Ingredients

5 chicken leg drumsticks
1 lb carrots
1 cup peas
4 cloves garlic
1 large white onion
1 container of chicken broth
1 package of stelline pasta (stars)
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and pepper

Instructions

In a large stock pot, add in chicken legs and cover with water 3/4 of the way full. Add cumin to pot. Bring water to a boil and lower heat to low and simmer for about two hours until the water looks like a broth. It will be darker with oils.

Bring the chicken back up to boiling for about 20 minutes. Reduce to low heat again. Remove chicken from the pot. Remove meat from the bones and add the meat back to the pot. Make sure that all bones even small are removed from the pot. Remove chicken skin also.

Once all meat is added back cut tops and bottoms off the carrots, cut in half, and add them to the pot. They do not need to be diced as you will mash them later. Add diced onion and minced garlic to the pot. Cook until vegetables are soft. Pull out carrots and mash them with a fork and add them back to the pot. Add in extra chicken broth. Add salt and pepper. Bring back to a low boil.

Add three handfuls of stelline pasta and 1 cup of peas. Cook until pasta is almost completely soft. Turn off pot and serve with french bread.

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Lake Grapevine & Chicken Wraps #ChickenFryTime

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Summer time is here and for us that means visits to lakes and pools. Sometimes you just have enough of grilled food. My family insists that BBQ grilled chicken is am absolute no in our house at the moment. Though, chicken is healthy and needs to be a part of your weekly meal planning. Chicken wraps are fantastic with Tyson’s Chicken Fries used with dips and perfect for a chicken dinner.

Instead of cooking up some grilled chicken or another style of hot dog Tyson’s Homestyle Chicken Fries are perfect for a lunch or dinner on the go out to the lake. Simple to heat up in the oven and toss them in to a delicious chicken wrap. Tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, lettuce, or cheese the fillings are endless and full nutrients that are needed when your out in this summer heat.

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We like our chicken wraps with sun dried tomato wraps along with cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and zesty Italian dressing. A little fresh Parmesan cheese adds an extra kick of flavor to the wrap.

You can find other great recipes on Tyson’s Twitter account or through #ChickenFryTime.

She really loves these chicken wraps when we go to the lake! Easy to wrap with foil and just toss in a bag off in the cooler. What’s great about chicken is it is edible cold or hot.

chicken dinner, chicken wrap

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chicken wrap with dressing

Here is a few more pictures on Google Plus from our adventure to the lake. Below is the recipe on how to make these simple chicken wraps that are a perfect on the go chicken dinner.

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Ingredients

Tyson Chicken Fries
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 head of lettuce
1 package of sun dried tomato wrap tortillas
1 small bottle of zesty Italian dressing

Instructions

Preheat oven as directed on the back of the Tyson package. Cook chicken until done as directed.

Wash lettuce while separating and set aside. Wash tomatoes. Slice tomatoes in halves and set aside. Lay out wrap and fill with chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, and drizzle with dressing. Roll up wrap and enjoy!

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Blueberry Lemon Balsamic Dressing

With the official day of summer starting tomorrow, although we have summer weather now, the need to unearth some fruit friendly recipes is here. The lovely Sundi Jo passed along  three great balsamic’s to taste and one will be featured here today with along with a giveaway of my favorite of the three. Today, the plan is to share with you a blueberry lemon balsamic dressing made with Devo Olive Oils  Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar.  I will also be giving away a 200 ml bottle of the blueberry balsamic vinegar below!  Though first it would be great to share with you how to best pair this recipe with a dish along with the recipe too.

blueberry lemon balsamic dressing

 

Love to pair this recipe with boiled eggs, fresh blueberries, tomatoes, bacon cut bites, and if there is a chance fried chicken chucks. This dressing is simple and can be used for more then just salads. It is great over meat after it is cooked. Another fabulous way to use this dressing is over onions, cucumbers, and blueberries as a great side dish or perfect addition to a picnic. Drizzle it over a honey ham sandwich for wicked flavor!

Here is the recipe for Blueberry Lemon Balsamic Dressing. You can always simply add yogurt to this dressing for thickness.

Blueberry Lemon Balsamic Dressing

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: About six individual salads.

Blueberry Lemon Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

2 packages of Blueberries
3 lemons; juiced
1 cup blueberry balsamic vinegar (Devo Olive Olis)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Water; if needed to thin dressing or yogurt to thicken dressing

Instructions

Cut lemons in half and juice with hand juicer. Set juice aside.

In a blender or food processor, add in blueberries, blueberry balsamic, and lemon juice. Blend until for about one to two minutes. Add in the two tablespoons of olive oil and the one tablespoon of honey. Blend again for about 30 seconds. If you would like a thin dressing add a few tablespoons of water. If you would like a thicker dressing add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of yogurt.

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Plněná paprika polévka – Stuffed pepper soup

This plnena paprika polevka also know as stuffed pepper soup has been lurking in my folder for about two weeks now. I held off on it to finish the boards to photograph it on and once I finally photographed it I realized I left thick soup all along the edge and it looks horrible; well to me it looks horrible.  The plan to remake the soup continued to be put off since the weather is considerably hot here for this time of year. It probably just best to go ahead and share it. If we end up with another cold and rainy day I can always remake the soup and get some gorgeous shots.

Stuffed Pepper Soup - Plnena Paprika Polevka

Czechs generally make stuffed bell peppers a bit different then Italians do. My other half and I figured that out the first time we decided to make stuffed peppers together. He is full blooded Czech and well I’m Italian with other heritage but more prone to the Italian as I was raised with that cuisine and values. Czech stuffed peppers are simmered on a stove with paprika, rice, and ground beef  while Italian stuffed pepper are baked in the oven without paprika and a small amount of tomato sauce. This stuffed pepper soup is a rendition of Czech stuffed peppers turned inside out to make a soup. Love Czech stuffed peppers with dumplings also known as knedliky. We just had garlic bread at the time but it would have been nice to pair them with this soup.

The board turned out nice in the photograph. I am working on several others and thinking about a DIY post. Anyone that would be interested? The boards I am working on are going to be chalkboard, crackled,  and stained. Most of them will be painted with basic cheap acrylic paints you can pick up at any hobby store. Hoping to get the rest of them cut tonight so I can work on them over the next few days.  Also in some serious need for heavy poster board. Looks like another run to the Dollar Tree.

Plněná paprika polévka – Stuffed pepper soup

Plněná paprika polévka – Stuffed pepper soup

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers; diced
2 yellow bell peppers; diced
2 orange bell peppers; diced
1 white onion; diced
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 cup of white long grain rice
2 large cans of tomato sauce
3 regular sized cans of stewed tomatoes or diced
3 tablespoons paprika
salt and pepper

Instructions

In a large pot, on medium high heat, add in diced onion, garlic, and peppers. Add in two tablespoons of olive oil and saute for about 2 minutes. Add in ground beef and cook with vegetables until meat is browned.

Add paprika to the beef once browned and stir well incorporating all of the paprika. Add in the rice, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Using the tomato cans put in a little water to clean off sides and add that water to the pot. Bring the heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you would like the soup thinner just add any broth of choice. Garnish soup with parsley, dumplings, and fresh bell pepper.

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And now I am off to cut those boards… well make the other half do it while I eat fresh tortillas with salsa and butter. Guilty pleasure!

Baked Potato Soup

I have two favorite soups. Minestrone and baked potato soup! Just love all the toppings you can add to baked potato soup :)

baked potato soup topped with cheese and spring onions

One week till the last Twilight Saga film Breaking Dawn Part II. How many of you plan to go see it? I’m definitely NOT doing the midnight showing. Might be a Saturday morning flick. It’s the start of Thanksgiving vacation and I am just counting the days till that week gets here.

I thought this might help warm up those that are freezing on the East coast. I feel for you all.

Next week I have a Fall festival to attend and I plan to bring 48 cupcakes and 2- 3 dozen cookies. Any suggestions?

Baked Potato Soup

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 7

Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

1 bag of russet potatoes; peeled and cubed
1 large container heavy whipping cream
1 32 oz box chicken broth
1 tablespoon flour
3 cloves of garlic; diced
Salt and pepper
1 bag grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 bundle of spring onions; chopped
6 to 8 stripes of cooked bacon; crumbled

Instructions

Peel all potatoes and dice them into 1/2 inch cubes. Add them to a large pot and cover with water. Salt and pepper the water. Cook on medium/high heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a simmer, and let cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. After potatoes are tender drain off water and reserve a small amount to add thickness to your soup.

Replace pot on stove and add 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir in flour and add two cups of chicken broth. On a low heat, mash potatoes, and add more chicken broth as the potatoes are being mashed. The soup should be a thick consistency. Add one large container of heavy whipping cream and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for about ten to twenty minutes until soup thickens.

Once the soup has thickened it is ready to serve. Top with crumbled bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and spring onions. Side with garlic bread.

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Hearty Dinner: Chicken, Pepper & Potato Brown Rice Soup

This is an argument that my other half and I have constantly. He swears there is a difference n rice brands. I used to disagree; however, recently we’ve tried all sorts of difference brands and blends. His favorite is Uncle Ben’s. I was not sold until I tried the brown rice. It goes perfect with jalapeno’s and red onions. I prefer to serve it with fish or chicken.

Though last night was one of those what I have in my arsenal is what I’m cooking tonight. I had a bag of Uncle Ben’s whole grain brown rice and since I am horrible at cooking rice and usually make the other half do it, this stuff comes in handy. I like to add it to soups cause it make the soup more hearty and filling. Brown rice is a great protein which makes it perfect to add to soups with just vegetables or those with meat too. hearty dinners are just up my alley when the colder weather comes in and the teen boys think they need to bear up for the winter. Do you have any brown rice recipes?

Hearty Dinner: Chicken, Pepper & Potato Brown Rice Soup

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Hearty Dinner: Chicken, Pepper & Potato Brown Rice Soup

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts; diced; small
1 onion; diced
3 cloves of garlic; chopped
1 red bell pepper; chopped
1 yellow bell pepper; chopped
1 green bell pepper; chopped
1 orange bell pepper; chopped
6 potatoes; peeled and diced
2- 32 oz containers of chicken broth
1 cup Uncle Ben's brown rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large pot, add in diced chicken, onion, bell peppers, and garlic. Add olive oil and fry till the chicken is cooked. Add a bit of salt and pepper. Add in potatoes. Add chicken broth and water till pot is three quarters full. Bring to a boil and lower to a slow simmer for about an hour until potatoes are soft.

After cooking for an hour, add in cooked brown rice per the package directions. Cook for 15 minutes. Serve with fresh French bread or garlic bread.

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I make this soup with or without brown rice. I enjoy both!