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Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked) and cubed. (I cook chicken and always make extras to make this delicious health fast dinner) 2 cups veggies; julianne carrots, chopped broccoli, water chestnuts, peas, beans, baby corn, onions, mushrooms 3 c cooked rice (I use chicken broth instead of water to make the rice extra tasty. Teriyaki Sauce 1/2 c ketchup 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp soya sauce 1/2 tsp thai chili sauce 1 tbsp cornstarch 4 tbsphot water In a medium sauce pan, on medium heat, add garlic and ketchup and begin to whisk, when garlic is cooked (2 minutes) add rice wine vinegar, sugar, soya sauce, chili sauce. Whisk and simmer for 5 minutes. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and hot water . Stir well till lumps are gone and add to sauce. Continue to whisk for 10 minutes on and off till flavours meld. Place Chicken in large sauce pan with 2 tbsp EVOO. When chicken is browned add vegetables cook 5—7 minutes until veggies are tender, stir in sauce and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve on rice

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Chocolate M & M Peanut Cookies

1 c butter softened
1 c brown sugar, packed
1 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 c AP flour
1 1/2 c peanut M & M’s

In a large mixer cream butter and sugar and vanilla. Slowly beat in eggs one at a time.
Sift in baking powder, soda, salt and flour
Fold in M & M’s

Pre-heat oven to 300 F
Use an ice-cream scoop and drop cookies 6 per sheet on a cookie sheet using a sil-pat mat.
Bake at centre rack till just lightly brown.
Let rest 2 minutes then remove to rack to cool completely.
Serve with cold milk and a smile

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Thai Peanut Sauce Thai Peanut Stir Fry Sauce 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper (depends how hot you want it, I use 1 tsp) Directions: 1 Combine above ingredients and stir until creamy. (It helps to soften the peanut butter in the microwave.). 2 Add sauce to the stir-fry during the last minute of cooking, stirring to coat food evenly.

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SauceLemon Dill and Basil Cream Sauce Lemon, Dill and Basil Cream Sauce for Fish 2 Lemon, Dill and Basil Cream Sauce for Fish 2 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp AP flour The zest from 1 lemon Juice from 1 lemon 1 tbsp lemon pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 2 tsp fresh basil chopped 2 tsp fresh dill chopped 2 cups boiling water In a larges sauce pan on med. high place butter. Cook until the bubbles stop. Add flour, and whisk quickly, add water to thin out paste. (about 1 cup) Whisk in remaining ingredients and add water as needed. Turn heat to low and simmer till desired consistency. Serve on any seafood. Butter 2 Tbsp AP flour The zest from 1 lemon Juice from 1 lemon 1 tbsp lemon pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 2 tsp fresh basil chopped 2 tsp fresh dill chopped 2 cups boiling water In a larges sauce pan on med. high place butter. Cook until the bubbles stop. Add flour, and whisk quickly, add water to thin out paste. (about 1 cup) Whisk in remaining ingredients and add water as needed. Turn heat to low and simmer till desired consistency. Serve on any seafood. Lemon, Dill and Basil Cream Sauce for Fish 2 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp AP flour The zest from 1 lemon Juice from 1 lemon 1 tbsp lemon pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 2 tsp fresh basil chopped 2 tsp fresh dill chopped 2 cups boiling water In a larges sauce pan on med. high place butter. Cook until the bubbles stop. Add flour, and whisk quickly, add water to thin out paste. (about 1 cup) Whisk in remaining ingredients and add water as needed. Turn heat to low and simmer till desired consistend.

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Gnocchi with roasted garlic sauce

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Step #2- Clean out the Fridge!

Step #2-The Refrigerator

 
        Every Thursday is garbage day around my house, therefore every Wednesday is “Clean out the fridge” day. This means that all left-overs, as well as all products are checked. Left-overs  are what’s on the menu for supper, and all expired foods are recycled thrown out, or composted. Once the fridge is clear of old items, it is easier to wipe all the shelves, doors, walls down. Drawers removed and washed, and the outside of the fridge is wiped down, and handles disinfected. 
 
This also provides a great opportunity to start your weekly grocery list. Anything that needs to be replaced is than added to the weekly list, and then you never have to fear running out of eggs, etc.
 
If done on a regular basis this becomes a small weekly habit, instead of a large task of cleaning the entire fridge once everything has become nasty.
 
I have a list of great “Clean-out the fridge” supper solutions, taco’s, soup, chilli, stew, meat-pies, stir-fry’s etc.  These meals are great ways to use up left-overs as well as week old veggies. My family LOVES clean out the fridge meals. They feel as if they are getting some amazing meals, and yet, it is the easiest, and least time consuming of all the weekly meals, to prepare.
 
So, next week, start a new habit, day before garbage day, clean out your fridge!

 

Step #1 to a clean kitchen- The oven

Step #1 To Having a Clean Kitchen- the oven

 
It is always wise to start at the beginning. Any residual food that has made it’s way to the bottom of your range will cause smoke and smell, which in-turn is transferred onto your product in the oven. Have you ever eaten a dessert that smells slightly like garlic, or your food tasting burnt , and yet you did not burn the food, this is most likely caused from a dirty oven.
 
In todays appliance advancement, many of the ranges and ovens are self-cleaning. So before you head out for the day, turn on the clean, and when you come home, you will have a nice clean oven to work with.
 

Cleanliness in Cooking

So, I love to cook, and love to eat, but I am a tad bit fanatical that my kitchen, and any kitchen that makes the food that I eat is clean. So many people I meet don’t know how to clean, and truly don’t understand how important it is to keep your kitchen before, after and during clean.

Washing the fruit and vegetables, sanitizing fridge crispers which store the products, arranging food products so that the new products sit behind the older items.  Bag of carrots for example, first in, first out…ensuring against spoilage and waist.

I understand how many people look at all the cupboards, drawers, appliances, as a secondary cleaning job, and daily dishes, etc. are often the only cleaning that takes place. Many of us, me included don’t have four or five hours a day to clean all the nooks and crannies in the kitchen, that is why I developed a system that allows everyone to have a truly clean kitchen.

I would rather spend my time in the kitchen cooking, baking or eating rather than cleaning, so I tried numerous times to figure out HOW to clean my kitchen.

 

Pad Thai Recipe : The “Authentic” Version

Pad Thai Recipe : The “Authentic” Version.

This is an amazing recipe, never seen one as !!!

Designer Meatballs

 

Designer Meatballs

 
I did this with two different types of meat. One with a mixture of regular lean ground beef, and ground pork, and the other with ground turkey. So this recipe is great for those seeking deep flavour, and the other with a fat and calorie reduction.
 
Beef and Pork Meatballs
 
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb lean ground pork (Or two lbs ground lean turkey, instead of beef and pork)
 1 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 tsp each; oregano, basil, cumin
2 stalks celery, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 tsp each; salt, pepper
2 tsp garlic powder, divided
1/2 c sliced button mushrooms
1/2 c Philly shredded cheese
1/2 c cooked, crumbled bacon
1 Pkg Philo pastry
1 c melted butter divided
Freshly ground sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
 
Take Philo pastry out of freezer and place in fridge early in the day
Pre-heat oven to 35o F
In a large bowl combine meat, and eggs
In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, oregano, basil cumin, salt pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, and stir well
In a medium fry pan, add 2 tsps of butter, onions and celery. Cook till onions become translucent and slightly golden, set aside to cool slightly.
Return pan to stovetop and and add 2 tsp butter, and mushrooms, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
Add onions, celery and dry ingredients to meat, and mix. (Do not over mix). Shape into 1 1/2″ balls and place in an 8×10 aluminium pan.
Place meatballs in oven for 1 hr, turning them half-way.
Meanwhile, when mushrooms are golden, place on paper towels to cool. 
Sprinkle with just a little bit of freshly ground sea salt and pepper
When meatballs are done, place on a large platter with paper towels to cool.
Take Philo pastry out of fridge and place flat on counter top. Then take two large sheets of waxed paper and work with one sheet at a time. Brush sheet with melted butter and then add another on top, again brush with melted butter. Using a pizza cutter cut Philo pastry into three strips. Place mushrooms, Philly shredded cheese, and bacon. Make sure all sides are brushed with butter for the “glue”. Roll meatball with mushrooms, cheese and bacon all the way up the Philo pastry sheet, tucking in sides as you go.
 
Repeat with all meatballs. Place in a lightly greased cookie sheet in oven for 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden.
 
Serve with Gravy (see blog for recipe-wordpress.cookingwith joanne)
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