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General Tso’s Chicken…possibly the best food ever.

General Tso’s Chicken…possibly the best food ever.
A recipe! Can you believe it? The last couple of posts were just chatting chatting chatting. What happened to the food on this food blog? It is here. Waiting. I must warn you…they are coming for my ghetto computer today. Ok, enough bitching and moaning. How about now? Ingredients: 2 pounds (1kilo) boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite sized cubes 2 eggs 1/4 cup cornstarch (or a little more) salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup soy sauce 5 cloves garlic, minced a generous knob of ginger, minced (about 2-3 tablespoons or so, to taste) 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon mirin or sherry or white wine (whatever you have on hand) 1 cup cornstarch thai birds’ eye chilies to taste 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 head broccoli florets, steamed 6 cups steamed rice (more or less) Preparation: Beat the egg with the salt and pepper and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pollo al estilo “General Tso” Ingredientes: Elaboración:

Scallops and Chick Pea Puree Luck. You know, I’ve never thought of myself as a lucky person. I mean, I’ve never won any kind of prize. Never won even a small lottery prize, never won anything from Publisher’s clearing house. I don’t care. The day began (for us) with lunch. It was a wonderful day. There was lots of wonderful conversation and wonderful food and we hated it when we had to leave. These scallops came from Brittany, fresh frozen and brought carefully in the van or the trailer (I’m not sure which), still frozen. Since they had been frozen, I had to use them quickly. Who needs Lotto luck, eh? This recipe would make a nice appetizer. This recipe might look familiar to you. Scallops and Chickpea Puree 1 can chick peas 4-5 sage leaves 2 Tablespoons olive oil 4 bay leaves 1 small shallot, chopped fine 1 dried hot pepper 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup white wine or tart apple juice 4 large scallops chopped parsley to serve Heat the chick peas with the sage leaves in a pan. Enough for 4. Notes:

Buffalo Wild Wings Recipes I’m more of a classic buffalo sauce(Frank’s, butter, and vinegar) man myself, but I had these recipes for my favorite wings at Buffalo Wings Wings, so I thought I would share. Some of these may seem a little labor intensive, but they definitely taste a lot better with fresh ingredients. Enjoy. updated: November 21st, 2009 Parmesan Garlic 1/2 cup butter, melted1 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated Spicy Garlic 1 Cup Frank’s cayenne pepper sauce1/3 Cup vegetable oil1 Teaspoon granulated sugar1 Teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon course ground black pepper½ teaspoon cayenne pepper½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Medium Wing Sauce 1 cup Frank’s cayenne pepper sauce1/3 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper Hot Wing Sauce Blazin’ Mango Habanero Asian Zing Carribean Jerk Cooking Instructions:

Garlicky Lemon-Pepper Chicken A lot of folks have asked me for this recipe. It’s one of The Angry Chef’s signature dishes, and I was lucky to pry it away from him. This recipe is a dream come true for garlic lovers like me. It’s tart and garlick-y and oh-so-fragrant in all the right ways. The instructions below are one part recipe, one part technique. Basically, the chicken breast is dredged in flour, then shallow fried in a bath of bubbling golden olive oil. Lemon juice, powdered peel, and fresh zest provide a triple dose of bright citrus flavor right near the end of cooking. Enjoy this chicken with any sort of hot, spicy rice (I have yet to get the recipe for the Demon Saffron Rice that he made around Halloween), some warm, buttered noodles, or grilled asparagus sprinkled with Parmesan. The Angry Chef’s Garlicky Lemon-Pepper Chicken: A note on ingredients This recipe calls for three different types of garlic—garlic salt, fresh elephant garlic, and jarred minced garlic. The Angry Chef’s Garlicky Lemon-Pepper Chicken

Queso Blanco I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m a fan of cheese. Cheese pizza, cheesecake, cheese fries, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, cheese and crackers…the list goes on and on. But melted cheese in particular definitely holds a special place in my heart. This dip takes only minutes to prepare and it is an addicting appetizer, snack, or side dish to your dinner. Better yet, pass on dinner and just munch on this dip. It’s irresistibly good. The heat from the jalapeno is subtle, definitely not too intense. Note: You’ll see that one of the ingredients is white American Cheese. Here’s what you’ll need. Start by dicing an onion. Then seed and devein your jalapeno, the heat is mostly in the seeds and ribs. Remove the seeds from a tomato. Chop the tomato up Ok now it’s time to grate the cheese. Heat oil in a pan and start cooking the onion and jalapeno until tender, about 5 minutes Then pour in the milk Add in the star of your show next- CHEESE! Roughly chop some cilantro. Yield: 2 cups

The Traveler's Lunchbox - Journal Robin’s Healthy Take: Fast, Fiery and Under $5 Make this whole quick, spicy meal for less than $15. Robin cooked up these healthy, budget-friendly recipes this morning on the Today Show! When I was deciding what recipes to cook for my Today Show appearance, the producer suggested something “fast and fiery.” Even better, the ingredient lists are super-short and each dish comes together in a flash. Spicy Fettuccine AlfredoServes 4 Ingredients: 1 pound fettuccine 2 cups low-fat or fat-free milk 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons extra-spicy seasoning blend 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: Cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Garlic Parmesan Broiled TomatoesServes 4 Ingredients: 4 beefsteak or other vine-ripened tomatoes 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and black pepper to taste 8 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons chopped parsley Directions: Preheat broiler. Coconut MacaroonsMakes 24 cookies Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Dim Sum?? No! Well, maybe? But not traditional by any means. We took 2 dim sum methods and made one with Italian ingredients, and one with taco leftovers! Fresh tomatoes make food taste better. The dough recipe calls for hot water. Wide angle shot of the new kitchen. This is tomatoes and red peppers, can you tell what's what? Wonton filling minus the sausage. take the ground sausage meat out of the casing. This is tomatoes, onions, parsley, red peppers, garlic, sausage, and parmesan. Cilantro, garlic, and green onions for the taco one. Add some cheese, then roll it up. In my experience, one of the main differences in Italian ravioli and Asian wontons, is that the meat in Italian ones is usually pre cooked. A bit of tomato sauce left over. These were excellent. This is how a gangsta eats wontons. Now back to the other one. These had a very liquidy salsa for dipping. Look at that oozy cheese! Torti-tons Dice and mix tomatoes, onions, parsley, red peppers, garlic, sausage, and parmesan. Dim-Mexi-Sum

Hot Buttered Soft Baked Pretzels Have you ever waited in one of those really long lines at the mall for a soft pretzel? You know…the ones for Auntie Anne’s, or Wetzel’s Pretzels? You just can’t help it, right? Well try these at home, and you’ll never buy those mall pretzels ever again. Start by making a simple yeasted dough, and shape it into a ball. Let the yeast work its magic and create these gorgeous bubbles. Sometimes I just stare at the dough because it’s sooooo prettyyyyyy… Divide up the dough into pieces, and roll each into a long rope. Shape into pretzels by looping the rope through. Sprinkle each pretzel with coarse sea salt and send them into the oven. Bake until golden and puffed, then brush with butter. Enjoy while they are hot! UPDATE: I have posted a 100% Whole Wheat Version of these pretzels (cinnamon sugar ones!) Click here to check it out. Copyright Notice: Fifteen Spatulas images and content are copyright protected. Hot Buttered Fluffy Pretzels Ingredients: For the Dough: For the Topping: Directions: Notes

Cherry Almond Rolls Recipe and Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! The boys are anxious as can be, especially after waking up to lots of presents that Kevin and I wrapped last night. They have been asking all day when they get to open one, because we always open one on Christmas Eve. This morning I woke up and decided to make cinnamon rolls (a simple, frequent task for me when I use my 30 Minute Rolls Recipe) for breakfast. 30 Minute Rolls for Cherry Almond Rolls or Cinnamon Rolls, by Katrina Smith Mix together and let rise 15 minutes: 1 3/4 cups warm water 3 tablespoons active dry yeast (one packet of yeast would work fine, which is 2 1/4 teaspoons) 1/2 cup vegetable oil 6 tablespoons sugar The yeast mixture should get foamy during the 15 minutes. 1/2 tablespoon salt 1 1/2 large eggs, beaten (2 tablespoons of a beaten egg is about half an egg) 5-6 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup softened butter (for spreading on dough rolled for cherry or cinnamon rolls) 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted Cherry Filling: Cream Cheese Frosting

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