Tropical Traditions sent me out a large jar of coconut oil, so my daughter and I sat thinking of what recipes we could use it in. Of course I went right to curries with fresh mango. My daughter on the other hand loves chow mein noodles and she mentioned how it would be cool to incorporate the coconut into a dish with chow mein. After suggestions of pineapple and mango we moved on to citrus. She hands down said lime. Next, it was time to head to the store and get a new wok! We brought the new wok home and decided to experiment. The recipe turned out wonderful! I am excited to share the recipe for coconut lime chicken chow mein with you below along with a giveaway!
The chicken look a little dry in the pictures because I photographed it the next day due to lighting. I need to get some lights and a tripod!
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After months of searching and preparing to make a decent Chili Con Carne (sauce/chili) I finally decided to give it a shot. I wanted the taste to be similar to what Taco Cabana uses on their enchiladas and what Sonic uses on their frito pie. Well folks, I have to admit my family said it tastes just like Sonic’s frito pie which is a plus; however, they never eat the enchiladas at Taco Cabana so that was up to my taste buds and it is pretty close.
On another note, who’s planning on seeing Ice Age this weekend? My daughter and I are thinking of going Friday morning. I love Diego! Who’s your favorite character? My daughter says I’m five. Oh well! She’s twelve and still wants to see it, so I will be five and take her
If you like it with more heat then just add more cayenne and chili powder; just reverse it for less heat.
Although I made a few changes, this recipe for peppercorn ranch salad my Mom makes for barbecues . It’s a simple salad with very little effort. I put this one together for my son’s 15th birthday. It was interesting because I found most teenage boys do not like canned corn. So strange! Yet they all admitted they like grilled corn on the cob but it has to be only grilled corn on the cob not boiled. Odd! Lesson learned not to make anything with corn in it for teen males.
It’s Summer BBQ season with the 4th right around the corner many of us are getting ready to light up the grill. Just like me, I am sure many of you have a go-to Summer salad recipe. For a little fun for the 4th, I invite all of my blogging friends to share their favorite Summer salad recipes. This can be a new or old post just has to be a Summer salad recipe.
Here is a simple Summer salad recipe for Italian garden pasta salad that I use when the last minute BBQ happens. To share your recipe click the “add your link” button below.
My son always challenges me for his birthday to create a new cupcake with a liquor flavor and no alcohol in it. I have a feeling this will change on his 21st. Until then I get to be creative. This year he asked for a Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcake with a cream cheese icing.
Here you can see his birthday blow out and display of my cool chalkboard wall and the strawberry daiquiri cupcakes.
And here is a picture of the cupcakes with out the top ice cream cake.
Strawberry cupcake recipe adapted from Bakingdom’s Strawberry Cake recipe.
To be brutally honest, I am a peanut butter snob, so when Jen at Juanita’s Cocina mentioned PB Crave my interest sparked. Who’s interest would not when someone mentions cookie dough peanut butter or Razzle Dazzle with white chocolate and raspberries. Luckily, the nice group over at PB Crave sent me out four jars to try. Initially we tried it on crackers and bread to get the basic taste of each of these fantastic renditions on the typical peanut butter. Not only did I think the PB Crave pack was wonderful but it was completely approved by all three teenagers. Best of all it’s all natural!
After wondering what to make with these delicious peanut butters I realized my son’s birthday was up and coming. Why not a beautiful ice cream cake. My first task was to decide which icing I was going to use. After a bit of surfing on the net I found that whipping cream was generally used for ice cream cakes. I’ve never before made my own whipped topping. Task two was to make whipped topping for frosting the cake but also infusing PB Crave’s Choco Choco Peanut Butter into the frosting. Turns out it was simple, heavy cream, kitchenaid, powdered sugar, and choco choco peanut butter. The rest is a no fail process and I hope all of you will try it especially in these super hot Summer days.
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This really is a crazy week between Summer college classes starting, birthday planning for my son, and the kids grandmother in the hospital for gall stones not sure how everything is going to get accomplished. My “go to” recipes when the week is super busy and it is HOT outside, IE: TX, is grilled food. Vegetables are the simplest to grill and full of nutrients that everyone needs to keep on moving.
ALWAYS keep potatoes on hand! You can grill them, smash them, fry them, and bake them. They are, in my opinion, the perfect side dish to any recipe. When buying asparagus I never grill the whole bundle. Half the bundle is perfect for one meal and this recipe is what I used the second half in. Mixing in the greens for the other half and teenagers (boys -_-) they will eat the greens this way but alone never!
This recipe can be spiced up by adding paprika and cayenne pepper.
Three day weekend and three more days until school is out for Summer. At this point it’s all about grilling food for quick dinners! Here is an uber easy quick dinner. Tip: Leave the peppers a little bit crisp for more flavor.
Do you have a Memorial weekend project? I do! I hope to achieve it this weekend, or well maybe even next Thursday, is painting my kitchen wall with chalkboard paint. The wall sits behind the kitchen table. It should be perfect for displaying the weekly menu and chores. It can even be a cool background display in birthday party pictures. No more banners, just chalk up the wall with a creative “Happy Birthday” and let all the guests sign the wall. Yes, I am currently still a 5 year old inside but who doesn’t love some chalk!
Now, if I could just find a creative way to store my cookbooks. Any ideas? If you have an idea please comment below and leave me links if you have pictures.
Asparagus is my most favorite vegetable on the grill. Many cooks like to pair it with Parmesan and I do like it that way, though it gets boring! I want more flavor! With Spring here, though it feels like Summer, it’s fun to bring produce that is in season. Lemons or Meyer Lemons are fantastic with asparagus. Just slice a few rounds and layer it over the asparagus to add a tangy flavor.
My recipe for Lemon Asparagus:
It’s a great side dish for Memorial weekend!
Before the weekend I had the coolest event happen. We sometimes get a late night visitor in the neighborhood and his name is Jake. He is an Australian Shepherd that gets loose from his home and comes from the ranch houses to visit us. After calling his owner to come pick him up, I found out the owner is a bee keeper; just a street over. I was so stoked! Nothing is better then really close local honey during allergy season. He was nice enough to bring us a jar. Just super neat to hear of a bee keeper so close to home!
Memorial weekend is soon to be upon us. Many of you are looking for recipes to share with friends and family when remembering our loved ones. I really want to share a few healthy recipes that I grew up eating on the beach during Memorial Day weekend. Growing up near the ocean, you find that, fish becomes such a great option when grilling. Then you move to Texas and the closest thing to fresh fish is Catfish; it really sucks! I prefer ocean fish or river fish. Mostly, it’s swordfish for me. Although, my oldest teenager loves all styles of fish and has decided to have me prepare every style in different ways for him. This helps everyone else in the family eat healthier, so I am all for it!
Lemons are traditional to the California coastline, in which, that is why we incorporate them into almost every dish with fish. Topping fish with lemon removes some of the fishy taste and will make it more handle-able for most to consume it. When in doubt use lemon!
This citrus dill salmon is so pretty!