I have been crazy busy with work . . . so here is a cake I made last week for a darling little girls first birthday!!! I have to say . . . if you have never made your own marshmallow fondant it is crazy easy to make and work with . . . plus it is super cheap and tastes WAY better than the box mixes!
We love anything at our house that has a little heat and spice to it . . . so curry is always a favorite! I loved the addition of baby corn in this recipe and the garam masala made it amazing! Chicken Peanut Curry with Baby Corn Recipe by: Emily
1 lb Chicken- boneless and skinless, cut into bite sized pieces, I used thigh meat1 Tbsp Canola Oil
1/2 cup Red Onion, chopped
1/3 cup Peanut Butter
1 can Baby Corn, drained
1/2 can Evaporated Milk
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Chili Garlic Paste
1 cup Chicken stock
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp Ginger, minced
1.Heat one tablespoon of canola oil in a large skillet to over medium high heat. Add the chicken and onion and cook for 5 minutes until the chicken begins to brown and the onions are translucent. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the garlic, ginger, garam masala, and chili garlic paste and cook for one minute.
2. Add the peanut butter and chicken stock to the chicken and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the stock has reduced down and is thick. Add the baby corn and evaporated milk and simmer until the sauce thickens and becomes creamy. Taste for seasoning and add salt and/or more chili garlic paste if desired. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with roasted peanuts. Enjoy!
This dish is simple and fast to make . . . and is also a favorite or mine. I love the combination of the clams, mushrooms, garlic, and shallots. I think this is a salute to my stuffed mushroom recipe in the from of pasta . . . it would be good with toasted bread crumbs topping it off too.Mushroom and Clam Spaghetti Recipe by: Emily
1 Package Spaghetti
8 0z Mushrooms, sliced
2 cans Chopped or Minced Clams
1/3 cup Shallots, minced
2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
3 Tbsp Butter
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions until just al dente. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons of butter then add the chopped shallots and mushrooms to pan. Cook the shallots and mushrooms for 6-7 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the shallots and cook for another minute. Add the clam juice from the canned clams. Allow the shallot mixture to reduce to 1/3 then add the cooked spaghetti to the pan. Toss to coat and add the remaining butter, clams, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Add some of the pasta water if needed then serve. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!
I just can't get enough of lettuce wraps lately!!! They are so fast and easy to make, fun to eat and delish!!! You can also add mushrooms, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, . . . whatever you have on hand that you think will be tasty to the dish! Spicy Turkey-Spinach Lettuce Wraps Recipe by: Emily
1 lb Ground Turkey
2 tsp Sesame Oil
2 tsp Canola Oil
1-2 tsp Garlic Chili Paste
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 tsp Ginger, minced
4 Green Onions, Chopped
2 cups Baby Spinach
1/2 cup Carrots, shredded or minced
1-2 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1. Heat the sesame and canola oil in a wok over medium high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, garlic chili paste, carrots and green onions to the wok. Cook for 1 minute, add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is no longer pink. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and spinach. Toss together, cook for 1 more minute and remove from heat. Serve turkey mixture with red lettuce leaves as wraps and top with spicy/sweet soy sauce and peanuts. Enjoy!
To make wraps scoop about 1 tablespoon of filling into a lettuce leaf, drizzle a little spicy sweet soy sauce over the turkey and sprinkle with chopped peanuts, fold lettuce over meat and eat!
Spicy/Sweet Soy Sauce 1/3 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1-2 tsp Garlic Chili Paste
Bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve.
This is a great dish to enjoy for a wonderful new year!!! I am holding out that this year will be marvelous and filled to the brim with tasty recipes and lovely days! I hope that you and yours had/have a wonderful new year! Happy Cooking! Black Pepper Beef Recipe by: Emily
1. Toss the sliced beef in a bowl with the cornstarch to coat. Heat the 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a wok over medium high heat. Cook the beef in the oil in 2 batches for 2-3 minutes and set aside in a bowl.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok and add the garlic and onions, cook for 2 minutes then add the sugar snap peas. Cook for 2-3 minutes then set aside with the beef.
3. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper to the wok. Bring to a boil and allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes. Add the beef and vegetables to the wok and toss in the sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
Welcome to my kitchen! Pull up a chair and settle in. I love to cook and this is a fun and easy way to keep track of my recipes. I wish you success in your kitchen and many happy meals spent with those that you love!
Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment!
Pirate Cake- Marshmallow Fondant
Pink Birthday Cake
Chocolate Cupcakes with Penuche Frosting
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Angel Food Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberries
Double Chocolate Whopper Pie
By:Emily I am thankful for the times when our dinner table is surrounded by familiar faces, where extra chairs are brought in and the place settings vary due to the great number gathered. I am grateful for the stories reminisced and the examples set for posterity. I marvel at the spread before us and smile knowing that it was made with love from recipes shared and passed around for generations. It is moments like this where the sound of laughter bouncing off the walls and excited voices ringing throughout the room make me most thankful for what I have and who I am.
"As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey." - Marjorie Pay Hinkley
Black Pepper Beef
6 Ingredient Chicken Enchiladas
Spicy Turkey, Spinach Lettuce Wraps
Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Lasagna
Warm Goat Cheese, Asian Pear, Crispy Prosciutto and Leek Salad
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be along time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
In an authentic Chinese meal, the last course is soup because it allows the roast duck entree to "swim" toward digestion.
When a source of Vitamin C (orange, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, tomato, potato, etc.) is eaten with meat or cooked dry beans, the body makes better use of the iron in the protein food.
Within 2 hours of standing in daylight, milk loses between half and two-thirds of its vitamin B content
In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, and it's still growing.
The dye used to stamp the grade on meat is edible. It's made from grape skins.
The colour of a chilli is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
Eating an apple will wake you up better and give you more energy than caffine will.
Each American eats approximately 22 pounds of tomatoes yearly. Over ½ of the tomato consumption is in the form of catsup and tomato sauce.
We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago . . .In 1970, consumption of broccoli was only a half a pound per person. Today, the average person in the United States eats four and one half pounds a year.
Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables and were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites! Also In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
Pasta made its way to the New World through the English who found it while traveling through Italy. The English made pasta by cooking it for about a half an hour and then smothering it with cream sauce and cheese. This was the beginning of Macaroni and Cheese!
Frankfurter sausages were first created in China
In total there have been 37 different kinds of animals in animal crackers since 1902. The current crackers are tiger, cougar, camel, rhinoceros, kangaroo, hippopotamus, bison, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep, bear, gorilla, monkey, seal and giraffe.
Bananas are about 99.5% fat free and the inside of a banana is a berry.
The first strawberries were discovered in Virginia.
Apples are a member of the rose family and there are 7,500 apple varieties grown in the world.
There are about 600 kernels on each ear of corn and a cob of corn ALWAYS has an even number of rows on it. Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
The average person in the United States eats 140 pounds of potatoes every year. Bet you didn't realize that the potato was the first vegetable to be grown in space!
The Average Person Eats Almost 1500 Pounds Of Food A Year!
It has been traditional to serve fish with a slice of lemon since the Middle Ages, when people believed that the fruit's juice would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed
Bakers used to be fined if their loaves were under weight, so they used to add an extra loaf to every dozen, just in case -- hence, the expression "baker's dozen"
A portion of the water you drink has already been drunk by someone else, maybe several times over
There are about 100,000 bacteria in one litre of drinking water
Peanuts are used in the manufacture of dynamite
In France, people eat approximately 500,000,000 snails each year
Did you know that cream is lighter than milk and that it takes about 10 lbs of milk to make 1 lb of cheese. Also straight from the cow, the temperature of cow's milk is about 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your more likely to be hungry if you are cold.
A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen and this kitchen is delirious!
Countless numbers of people have eaten in this kitchen and went on to live perfectly normal lives!
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner... that in the dinner, the sweets don't last. - Robert Louis Stevenson