Tag Archives: Sauce

Wontons

12 Nov

Sometimes when I look up recipes, I find typos. Gasp! It is true…even though I read and re-read every post I do, I occasionally miss things. Have I mentioned that I have four kids? And I’m pretty sure that I’m living proof that you lose brain cells with every child born. But they are just cute enough that I’m pretty sure it’s worth no longer being able to carry on intelligent conversation, let alone manage a blog with no typos. The funny thing is that you’d think that I’d fix them when I see them. It’s my blog. I can do that. But…wait for it…I forget where they are. I remember that there was a typo somewhere, but I have no idea where. In between, “Mom, I need more juice,” cleaning up said juice when it spills, keeping the dog from eating the food from the table, tripping over toys, giving tastes on spoons, trying to remember which spoons were used for tastes and which ones were used for stirring, stealing tastes myself…I can’t even remember what it was I was making when I saw the mistake. I’m lucky to remember my name most days. So, if you see one do share. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll manage to get it fixed. 🙂

This recipe is a no-brainer. Phew.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken or pork, cubed

1 1/2 cups soy sauce

2/3 cup brown sugar

won ton wrappers

Cube chicken and place in sauce pan. Add soy sauce and brown sugar and cook until meat is cooked through and sauce is thickened (can adjust soy sauce and brown sugar to taste). Lay out won ton wrappers. Place 2-3 pieces of chicken in each wrapper making sure not to fill too full or wrapper will tear. Wet sides with water and fold into a triangle. Bring bottom 2 corners up to meet top corner. Fry in hot oil until light brown and crispy; flip and cook other side. Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce and rice.

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Marinara Sauce

25 Sep

Sometimes jarred spaghetti sauce is a little disappointing when it comes to flavor. If I wanted to eat straight tomato sauce, that’s what I’d buy. It’s great when homemade can taste so much better and not really take much more effort!

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Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) can of crushed tomatoes in puree

1/4 cup water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp oregano

1/8 tsp basil

1/8 tsp thyme

1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Adapted from: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/05/copycat-papa-johns-pizza-recipe.html

Teriyaki Stir Fry

12 Aug

I am convinced: head colds are of the Devil. Seriously. You feel so terrible that you don’t want to function, and yet not quite terrible enough to justify it. So, you just end up plodding through your day, grumping and growling and blowing your poor, red nose and coughing pitifully. Not cool. And not conducive to creative cooking. It’s really kind of awesome that there are recipes that don’t require much brain power just in case those nasty head colds strike – they don’t require too much prep, but they taste and look like they did. Huzzah. I would add an exclamation mark at the end of that ‘huzzah,’ but I just don’t have the energy. Sniff, cough, cough. The Devil made me do it.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp oil

1 lb chicken or beef, cubed

vegetables of choice – I am lazy and usually use frozen mixed vegetables, and frozen sweet corn; this time we had some fresh peas from the garden!

In a small bowl, whisk together teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and vinegar. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 Tbsp water and stir into the sauce mixture; set aside. In a wok or large skillet, heat oil and stir fry chicken until cooked through. Add vegetables and cook about 2 minutes more until vegetables soften. Add sauce to wok and stir until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

14 Jul

Way back when, in college, I took a cooking class. Mostly, because my boyfriend kept teasing me that he could cook better than me (and I still married him…aren’t I nice?). I really enjoyed the class, whatever my original motives for attending had been, and I came away with a book of recipes that my teacher swore were all fool proof. “You cannot mess them up,” she said – and so far I have only proven her wrong on one recipe and that was entirely my fault. Turns out, having a thermometer is pretty important when making candy – guessing really doesn’t produce the desired results. This sauce is one of her recipes and I find that it gives my meat so much more flavor than the bottled kinds. Another reason why I love it is because I have two sisters who have to eat gluten-free. Not the worst thing in the world, but after attending a gluten-free fair with one of them, I discovered how truly terrible some gluten-free things can taste (there are some equally tasty things too!) and that most BBQ sauces are off limits because they contain gluten. Since I’m not a gluten-free eater, when my sisters come over, it’s a little hard to make sure there are things they can eat just because I don’t typically stock the substitution ingredients that I would need to make recipes gluten-free. This is a very long way to tell you that this BBQ sauce is gluten-free and doesn’t require a trip to the store to make it that way. So, it’s a great dinner fix – whether you use it on chicken, pulled pork, ribs, or whatever.

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

1 medium onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 cup water

1 cup catsup

2 Tbsp vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp dry mustard

2 tsp Liquid Smoke (you can find this by BBQ sauces and other marinades at the grocery store)

Saute onion and garlic in melted butter. Add other ingredients and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Yield: 2 cups