sesame chicken with snow peas

Sep 30, 2010 by

if you’re faithful to my blog, you know that i’m not a huge fan of asian food.  it’s growing on me, but i’m still not giddy over it.  well, the point of this blog, for me, is to try new recipes/cooking styles and so i’m  charging forward with all things new.  this recipe scored a 6.5/10 on the tom scale for lack of flavor and choice of vegetable.  i think i would give it a 7, because i did like the crunchiness of the peas, but this wasn’t my favorite asian dish that i’ve made.  that honor goes to orange chicken. slightly adapted from food network magazine 5 tbsp soy sauce 4 tsp toasted sesame oil 3 tbsp honey 1 lb. boneless chicken tenderloins, cut into chunks 6 tsp canola oil 2 scallions, thinly...

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yum yum sauce

Jun 20, 2010 by

one of my favorite staples of hibachi grill is yum yum sauce.  it’s not asian at all, and it isn’t really that healthy  but it is so stinkin good.   it’s pretty simple to make at home, as long as you let it refrigerate over night. first off, this sauce compliments fried rice really well.  the first thing to do is cook up some rice.  take it out of the pan and allow it to cool.  in the same pan, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and cook 1 scrambled egg per every 2 servings.  break up the egg into very small pieces.  return the rice to the pan, add soy sauce and you have fried rice. now on to the yum yum sauce! 1 1/4 c hellman’s real mayonnaise (do not use light or...

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asian coleslaw

Jun 11, 2010 by

we had paul and brandy over for dinner the other night.  it’s just getting too hot to have egg rolls with chinese dishes, so this looked like an acceptable summer swap!  it kind of reminds me of salad and dressing that you would get at a hibachi grill.  it’s a winner! 6 tbsp rice wine vinegar 6 tbsp vegetable oil 5 tbsp creamy peanut butter 3 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic 1 bag of shredded cabbage 6 green onions, chopped in a medium bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients. toss cabbage and green onions with the mixture just before serving....

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chicken stir fry

May 14, 2010 by

i’m a huge fan of ikea.  unfortunately in nashville, the closest ikea is four hours away in atlanta.   nashvillians are crazy about ikea.  there is a rumor that one is coming to nashville, and there is also a company that specializes in personalized ikea shopping for nashvillians.  anyways,  we took a road trip there a few weeks back and i picked up one of these bad boys.  honestly, i think i’m most excited about making homemade mac n’ cheese in it.  but i broke it in making chicken stir fry. i’m not sure what to think of my first wok experience.  it did produce a tasty result and it was a lot less messier than cramming all of the ingredients into a 12″ non-stick pan.  but the shape of the pan made it...

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orange chicken

Mar 5, 2010 by

i was so pleased with the outcome of my kung pao chicken, i decided to try my hand at another asian dish.  one of the mall food court variety. i really liked the sauce and the chicken coating.  it is shown above, served on a bed of white rice with egg rolls, fresh from the freezer section. 🙂 source 1 1/2 c water 2 tbsp orange juice 1/4 c lemon juice 1/3 c rice vinegar 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp grated orange zest 1 c packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger root 1/2 tsp minced garlic 2 tbsp chopped green onion 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 3 tbsp cornstarch 2 tbsp water 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ pieces 1 c all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp...

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kung pao chicken

Feb 6, 2010 by

i’ve never cooked an asian dish before.  ever.  i even have this rule, that i will only go out for asian food four times a year.  in the past year, restaurants such as stir crazy, pei wei and sagano’s have made me change the rule a little bit and this dish is definitely an exception, too! source 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ pieces 1 tbsp cornstarch 2 tsp sesame oil (do not use a substitute for this!) 3 tbsp green onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp powdered ginger 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (i couldn’t find rice wine vinegar and rice vinegar worked just fine.) 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp sugar 1/3 c dry roasted peanuts 1 10 oz. can bamboo...

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