Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beef and Broccoli

Oh how I love Chinese food – so yummy!!!  But boy does it get expensive for my family of six!  Especially when everyone wants a different entree and then we have TONS of leftovers.  So I am starting to perfect my chinese food cooking abilities.  And lets just say – it pays to buy the authentic ingredients in the Oriental section of your grocery store!  And sugar – all recipes include sugar  ;)
1.5-2 lb package of sliced beef for stir fry (or slice your own from your favorite cut of steak)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tsp corn starch
1 TBl oil
* 3 Tbl oyster sauce (found in the Oriental section)
* 2 TBl rice vinegar (found in the Oriental section)
1-2 tsp of brown sugar
1 Tbl garlic
1 10 oz bag of frozen broccoli florets

** instead of using oyster sauce and rice vinegar, there is a bottle labeled ‘Stir Fry’ sauce in my oriental section that I just noticed! DUH! I looked at the ingredients and it has these as well as some others that will add to the flavor.  I will be substituting that next time!

Mix the soy sauce, cornstarch and oil in a bowl, toss in the beef and mix to coat.  Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
Place frozen broccoli in a glass bowl, cover and cook in microwave for about 6 minutes.
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large skillet.  Add the garlic and meat and saute. 
Pour in oyster sauce, rice vinegar and sugar, simmer until thickened. 
Add broccoli to the skillet and toss to coat with sauce.  Serve over rice!  YUM!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu
My Husband said I needed another recipe – so here you go!
Chicken Cordon Bleu (serves 4)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¾ cup of Italian bread crumbs
4 slices of deli ham
6 slices of swiss cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with Pam.
2. Place one chicken breast in a plastic bag and pound with a rolling pin until ½ inch thick. Do not seal the bag, it will burst, just hold the end closed.
3. Spread bread crumbs out on a large plate. Place chicken breast on top of bread crumbs and press. Flip over, and press into bread crumbs again.  Now layer one slice of ham and one slice of swiss cheese on top of chicken.
4. Roll up and place seam side down in the pan. Top with ½ slice of cheese.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 with remaining chicken breasts
6. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through

Friday, February 12, 2010

Chocolate Crinkles

I’m craving chocolate this week – so I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up the ingredients to make these this weekend! They are so simple and CHEAP to make
1 box cake mix (any flavor – chocolate and lemon are my favorite!)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil - batter will be somewhat stiff
3. Place powdered sugar into a bowl. Roll cookie mix into one inch balls and drop into the powdered sugar. Use a spoon to really cover the cookie.
4. Remove and place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Cookies will expand and crinkle while cooking. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
6. Keep in a sealed bag or tupperware - if they last that long!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Okay, I have officially started a recipe blog – yeah, I know, ANOTHER blog – its addicting!

But I am forever getting requests for recipes so I decided to get them down all in one place!

So welcome – feel free to share any recipes you may be looking for!