Wednesday, February 18, 2009

stri fry chicken and pineapple in sweet and sour sauce

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons orange juice
6 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large red onion, halved and sliced
1/4 inch thick
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (14 ounces)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 scallions, sliced thin
S & P
Directions: Whisk the vinegar, orange juice, sugar, ketchup, and cornstarch together in a small bowl and set aside.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and slice it into 1/2-inch wide strips, season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Whisk the vinegar mixture to recombine, then add with the chicken to the skillet. Toss until all the ingredients are well coated with sauce. Sprinkle with the scallions before serving. Serve over white rice.
using fresh pineapple is a must!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons olive oil

4 Tablespoons fresh chopped garlic

3 Cups heavy cream

1 Large pinch of salt

Fresh ground pepper

2 Cups Parmesan or Asiago cheese, finely grated

Place the butter & olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat & melt the butter. Add the garlic & turn heat down to low. Stirring often so the garlic doesn't brown, gently cook garlic until very aromatic & cooked through. Next, add cream, salt & pepper & turn heat to medium, bringing to a gentle simmer. Allow the cream to reduce by about one third. Whisk in the cheese & adjust seasonings if needed. Pour over just about anything!

Chopped Salad

Just made this the other night and it was so yummy. Actually, made it during the day while the kids were napping and chilled it until dinner.


green leaf lettuce
baby spinach
crisp bacon
hard boiled eggs
colby jack cheese, shredded
salad macaroni noodles

chop everything up into bite size pieces. toss. serve with your favorite dressing...I like Poppyseed the best with this.

other things to add are:
blue cheese
dried cranberries
mandarin oranges
green onions
frozen corn
pineapple tidbits
***you can really add anything you want and it will give you a little different flavor.