September 28, 2010

Spicy Chicken Chow Mein

Makes 4 Servings

1/2lb - Boneless skinless chicken
12oz - Egg noodles
4 Tbsp - Soy sauce
1 Tbsp - Chinese rice wine
1 Tbsp - Dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp - Vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
Fresh green beans, two handfuls
1 bag - Beansprouts
3 oz - Ham, finely chopped
4 - Green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp - Sriracha hot chili sauce (use more to kick up the spice)

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.

2. Shred chicken into fine slices then place in a bowl with the soy sauce (use only 2 Tbsp), rice wine, hot chili sauce, and sesame oil.

3. Add the vegetable oil into a wok and heat over high heat.  Once it starts smoking add the chicken, cook until done.

4. Once chicken is cooked add ham, green onion,  garlic, green beans, and sprouts.  Cover with lid and cook for 5 minutes or until green beans are tender.

5. Add a squirt more of the hot chili sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and the rest of the soy sauce.  Add the noodles into the mixture to warm then serve.

September 21, 2010

Crab & Artichoke Dip

This is an easy recipe that everyone can make, and everyone will LOVE it!

Makes 6 Servings

2 cups - Crab meat
1 cup - Sour cream
1 cup - Cream cheese
1 cup - Mayonnaise
1 cup - 1% milk
1 cup - Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup - Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz can - Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 Tbsp - Minced garlic
1/2 tsp - Fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp - Salt
1 tsp - Emeril's essence seasoning
1 tsp - chopped parsley
1/2 cup - Parmesan cheese (save 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. In a large bowl combine the crab meat, sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, milk, monterey jack cheese, sharp cheese, artichoke hearts, garlic, pepper, and salt.  Stir until mixed well.  Poor mixture into a greased 8x8 baking pan.

2. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese, parsley, and essence.

3. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Serve with sourdough or french bread!

September 17, 2010

Tangerine Flank Steak

Makes 4-6 Servings

2 lbs - Flank Steak
1 - Tangerine
5 - Scallions, sliced (use one for garnish)
1/3 cup - Soy sauce
2 Tbsp - Sesame oil
2 tsp - Sugar
2 Tbsp - Chopped peeled ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp - Orange juice

1. Use a fork to pierce the steak several times all over the steak.
2. Remove about a 2-inch strip of zest from the tangerine, then halve the fruit and squeeze the juice into a Ziploc plastic bag.
3. In addition to the juice add the following into your Ziploc bag: zest, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, sugar, pepper flakes, and garlic. Mix well!
4. Add your meat to the marinade, making sure to coat the meat.  Refrigerate overnight, make sure to flip the bag in the morning.
5. Preheat your BBQ to medium heat. Place your steak onto your BBQ for 10 minutes or until your thermometer says 130 degrees (medium-rare).
6. While your steak in cooking place your marinade into a sauce pan over medium-high heat then stir in the orange juice to make a yummy sauce!
7. Once your meat is done slice it against the grain and top with scallions.  Serve with the sauce.

September 15, 2010

Parmesan Risotto

Makes 4  servings.

1 cup - Arborio rice
2 Tbsp - Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp - Butter
1/2 cup - Walla walla onion (chopped)
3 cups - Chicken broth
1 cup - Parmesan cheese
3 slices - Bacon (cooked and chopped up)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute onion in oil and butter for around 3 minutes.
2. Add rice, stir additional 2 minutes.
3. Stir in 1 cup of broth.  Continue cooking and stir until liquid is absorbed.
4. Gradually stir in the remaining broth 1 cup at a time, until the liquid is absorbed before adding the final cup.
5. Add the butter, cheese, and bacon, stir until melted.
6. Add salt and pepper, the serve.

September 2, 2010

Chicken Tacos

Makes 4 servings

1 lb - Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 - Lime
1 - Walla walla onion, diced
1 cup - Fresh cilantro
8 - Tortilla shells (medium size)
Garlic powder and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Line a cookie sheet with foil.  Place your chicken on the cookie sheet and season with garlic powder and pepper.  Cook for 25 - 30 minutes or until no longer pink.

2. In a bowl add your chopped onion and cilantro; then squeeze the lime over the mixture.  Set aside.

3. Cut your chicken into strips for serving.  Take a tortilla shell and add sour cream, chicken, then a spoonful of the onion cilantro mixture and enjoy!!

For a wonderful addition, buy a can of refried beans and add one jalapeno (fresh without seeds) and a few slices of sharp cheese.  Make sure you use enough jalapeno to give it a good bite!!