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Everything Lo Mein!

Denise and Tom wanted to cook something with me so I chose a good looking recipe from my new Rachael Ray cookbook! Everything Lo Mein. We fired up the laptops and cooked over skype. I only cooked half a recipe and they made a whole one. If you follow the recipe exactly, I would double the amount of sauce you make. Otherwise, the pasta will be a bit dry. I also will probably add a little more garlic next time I make it. Shrimp would be really good in this as well as fried tofu.

Everything Lo Mein
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:

Sauce:
* 3 rounded tablespoons hoisin sauce
* 3 tablespoons dark soy, eyeball it
* 3 tablespoons water, eyeball it
* 2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it

Everything Lo Mein:
* 1 pound spaghetti
* Salt
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
* 2 large eggs, beaten
* 3 chicken breast cutlets, thinly sliced into strips
* 3 thin cut pork chops, thinly sliced into strips
* Black pepper
* 2 teaspoons ground coriander
* 2 inches fresh ginger, chopped or grated
* 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 6 scallions, cut into 3-inch lengths then sliced lengthwise
* 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, cut into quarters, seeded, then sliced
* 1 small can sliced water chestnuts
* 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, 4 generous handfuls or 1/2 pound shredded cabbage, your choice

Directions:
Mix together sauce ingredients and reserve.

Bring pasta water to a boil, salt water and cook spaghetti to al dente.

While pasta cooks, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. When oil ripples, add beaten eggs and scramble them to light golden brown, remove and reserve.

Season the meat with salt, pepper and coriander. Heat the remaining vegetable oil to a ripple, then add meat and stir-fry 4 minutes, push meat to the side and add ginger, garlic and veggies. Stir-fry veggies 2 minutes, then drain and add pasta and eggs back to skillet. Pour sauce over the spaghetti and toss to combine. Turn off pan. Toss 30 seconds and let the liquids absorb.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Calzones

So i bought some pizza dough with the intention of using it for making cheese calzones. I can’t order them at any of the pizza places around town so I thought I should make it myself.

I used whole milk ricotta cheese with a little garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese mixed in. I do it to taste so I don’t have any measurements. I split a pre-made pizza dough into 4 pieces and rolled out 2 of them and saved 2 of them. I rolled them thin and put a spoonful of ricotta cheese on each one and put some mozzarella cheese on top of that. I closed them up and baked them at 400F for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and delicious. 😀 I made a romaine salad with oil and vinegar as a side dish as well.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Shrimpies and salad

I was watching “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” on the Food Network this afternoon and I just had to try the panzanella salad that he made. The recipe looked really simple but delicious. It turns out that it really was DELICIOUS. I served it with shrimp cooked in the same mixture that the bread is tossed in (I made a second batch of the butter/garlic/oil mix while the bread was toasting in the oven.) I used regular olives because that’s what I had in the house. I also used Apple Cider vinegar for the same reason.

Ingredients:
* 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into small cubes
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 2 pints red and yellow, grape and pear tomatoes, sliced in 1/2
* 1 cup halved, sliced kalamata olives
* 1/2 pound perlini mozzarella
* 8 basil leaves, chopped

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, the butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to infuse the butter and oil with the garlic, about 4 minutes.

Add the cubed bread to a large bowl, pour the butter and garlic mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet tray and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining olive oil and red wine vinegar and set aside.

In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, croutons, basil, and the oil and vinegar mixture. Gently toss to coat all the tomatoes and croutons. Let the salad sit for 10 minutes before serving.

At first I thought the show was going to be lame but he is just so adorable! It is one of those shows that I will just HAVE to see on the weekends now. Incredible!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Ladybugs!

We played with the fondant again today! Tomorrow is my sister in law’s birthday so we decided to make ladybugs for her!

We used a boxed angel food cake mix and followed the directions on it for the cupcakes.

The fondant we colored red and black and we used white sprinkles for eyes.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2009 in The Bakery!

 

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