01.06.14

Sesame Chicken Recipe

When I was in college there was a Chinese restaurant called Old Peking. They had THE BEST sesame chicken. I used to order take out from them at least once a week. A lot of places have a really sweet sesame sauce and I prefer the more vinegar tasting sauces. After trying many recipes I decided to make my own and I’ve used this recipe for 6 years now.

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You’ll Need:

Green Onions
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
A Chicken Breast per person
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce
Chicken Broth
Water
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Corn Starch
Flour
Rice Vinegar
Baking Powder

Start by chopping your green onions. Chop your chicken breasts into little cubes.

To make the batter get a medium size bowl and mix – 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp baking powder, add water until its a batter consistency. Coat the chicken in the batter and cook in a pot of hot vegetable oil. I like my oil to be 375 degrees.

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Cook the chicken until the pieces are a nice crispy brown.

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While the chicken is cooking you can start the sauce. In a medium sauce pan add 1 – 2 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 cup chicken broth mixed with 1 Tbsp corn starch. Bring the sauce to a boil for 1 minute and then let it cool. The last step is to add a handful of shopped green onion. *******THIS SAUCE WILL BE NOT BE SWEET, IT WILL TASTE MORE LIKE VINEGAR. IF YOU WANT IT SWEET ADD EXTRA SUGAR*******

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I always serve my sesame chicken with brown rice. Top the chicken with sesame sauce and green onions. ENJOY!

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09.10.13

Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Almost everything I used was Great Value brand by Wal-Mart.

2 – 25 oz. Cans Of Chicken (Great Value)
7 oz. Canned Green Chili (Great Value)
1 White Onion Chopped

SAUCE
26 oz. Can Cream Of Chicken (Great Value)
16 oz. Sour Cream (I use ‘Great Value’ light sour cream)
2 – 10 oz. cans of Enchilada Sauce (Great Value)
16 oz. or 4 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese ADD MORE CHEESE IF YOU LIKE EXTRA CHEESE (Great Value)
1 Bunch Of Green Onions Chopped
12 Flour Tortillas

2 – 9×13 Baking Dishes

In a large skillet cook the chicken (don’t drain the canned chicken), white onion, and green chilis. Add 1 TBSP of taco seasoning. Cook all of this together until the broth from the canned chicken has almost evaporated.

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While the chicken is cooking, get another large skillet. Empty the can of cream of chicken and 1 1/2 cups of sour cream into the skillet. Add 2 TSP of Taco Seasoning to the thick sauce. Stir regularly and cook until it starts bubbling then set aside.

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Spoon 1 – 1 1/2 cups of the sauce into the chicken

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Take the rest of the sauce and spread a layer on the bottom of your 9×13 baking pans
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Sprinkle a little bit of cheddar cheese onto a tortilla then put a spoonful of the chicken mixture over it.
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Roll your enchilada and set it in the baking dish. Make sure you wrap it up nice and secure and put the flap side down in the sauce so it doesn’t open up.

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Pour your enchilada sauce over enchiladas. I like the Great Value Mild enchilada sauce.
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Sprinkle the tops of the enchiladas with cheddar cheese and top with chopped green onions.
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Pre-heat your oven to 415 degrees and cook your enchiladas until the cheese is all melted and tops begin to brown a little. 10-13 minutes
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08.28.13

Pulled Pork Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • 1 White Onion
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Broth
  • Pork Shoulder Bone In
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Cinnamon 
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Powder

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Chop your onions and garlic the spread them on the bottom of your crock pot.

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Now we have to make a dry rub for the pork.

1 TBSP Chili Powder
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Salt
1/2 TSP Ground Cumin
1/4 TSP Cinnamon or 1/2 TSP if you like Cinnamon

Mix all these ingredients together and rub it all over your pork shoulder. Then set your pork shoulder in the crock pot.

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Cooking time varies but I usually cook it 6-8 hours on high. Once it is soft I pull the bone and the fat out of the crock pot. We keep the bones for our dog 🙂 He loves them. Take two forks and shred the meat. You can take the meat out of the crock pot to do this, but I just do it in the crock pot. Now ENJOY it with your favorite BBQ Sauce. I find that the meat is flavored enough to eat it without BBQ sauce. My family likes Famous Daves Original Recipe sauce.

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08.26.13

Guacamole Recipe

I like Guacamole a certain way. I don’t like mayo or anything like that in it because I really like the avocado flavor. If you are like me, you may like this Guac recipe I made. It’s so easy and its so yummy!

Here’s What You Need:

3 Ripe Avocados
Salt
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Fresh Cilantro
Ground Cumin

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Cut the Avocados in half and de-pit them. Use a spoon to scrape out the inside.

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Use a fork to mash your avocados up. I like mine a little chunky so I don’t mash it TOO much.

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Chop your cilantro into little pieces. I LOVE cilantro and I can eat it plain, but I know a lot of people don’t like it. I use about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of chopped cilantro.

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Add
1/4 TSP Ground Cumin
1/4 TSP Garlic Powder
1/4 TSP Onion Powder
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1/2 TSP Salt

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Mix Mix Mix

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DONE! Add more or less of the ingredients to make it your own.