Teriyaki Noodles

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I really, really love the site Budget Bytes and I made another recipe from it.

Any kind of oriental noodles are right up my alley so I had to try the teriyaki noodles on Budget Bytes.  They are awesome!  Making the teriyaki sauce from scratch is a huge plus to me since it tastes so much better than bottled sauce.  Plus it make just enough for the recipe so I don’t have extra hanging around in my fridge.  It’s also a very easy recipe to make, which is always a plus!

Teriyaki Noodles

Teriyaki Noodles

Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsps rice vinegar
2 tbsps brown sugar
1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 inches fresh ginger, minced
red pepper flakes, pinch
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsps water

Vegetables and Noodles:
1 lb frozen stir fry vegetables
8 ozs buckwheat soba noodles ~ I used linguine
1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

To make the sauce: Mix all the sauce ingredients and whisk to completely combine. I make this ahead and keep in the fridge until I need it making sure to whisk it well before using in the recipe since it separates a bit.

Boil the noodles; drain. Set aside.

In a wok or large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the vegetables and stir for several minutes to heat up the vegetables. Whisk the teriyaki sauce and pour over vegetables in pan. Let it come up to temperature and it will thicken at this point. The vegetables will be warmed through as the sauce thickens. Once the sauce is thickened and vegetables warm, turn off the heat.

Add the noodles to the pan and mix. I found that using a pair of tongs is the easiest way to mix it all up.

If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge and reheat in your microwave.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Budget Bytes

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Teriyaki Burgers and a NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

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Yup!  A brand spanking new Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway.  I’ll be giving away one copy of the new GP cookbook Game Day Fan Fare Cookbook.  The book is full of delicious recipes perfect for tailgating or sitting at home watching your favorite team!  Scroll down past the recipe for all the contest particulars!

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I absolutely LOVE teriyaki burgers.  When we lived in Hawaii, I ordered them all the time in restaurants so I am a bit particular about my teri burgers.  That being said, I loved this recipe.  The flavor is out of this world good and it’s very easy to put together with no weird ingredients.

I did make the mayo/soy sauce mixture as directed in the recipe but I didn’t use it.  Mr. Meat Eater did and he gave it two thumbs up.  I run hot and cold on mayo-based sauces on my burgers so I just left it off.  We grilled pineapple slices from a can (you can use fresh) and added a slice to each burger.  I poured a little bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce in the hole in the pineapple slice.  If you like the Banzai burger at Red Robin, this one is very, very similar.  Just add lettuce and tomato if you want.

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Teriyaki Burgers
Submitted by Connie McKone, Fort Atkinson, IA

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 lbs ground beef (I use 85%)
1/8 salt
1/8 pepper
6 hamburger buns, split ~ I toast on the grill

In a large bowl, stir together the soy, honey garlic, and ginger. Place 2 tbsps of this mixture in a small bowl and add the mayo and stir until well mixed and put in the fridge until ready to use.

Add the meat, salt and pepper to the large bowl with the rest of the sauce mixture and mix until well combined.

Shape into 6 patties. Press down in the middle of each burger to make a dent so that when they grill, they won’t get that annoying hump. Grill over medium heat until no pink remains in the middle.

Spread the mayo mixture on the bottom bun and top with a patty,

Makes 6 burgers.

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Emeril’s Roasted Asian-Style Chicken Wings

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Wow were these wings delicious!  I’m sorry to say I made them for the Super Bowl and it’s taken me this long to post them.  I can be a  terrible procrastinator!

These were not hard to make but did take some time and planning around the other things I had in the oven.  The only ingredient that might be difficult to find is the mirin.  My grocery store happens to have a well-stocked Asian foods section so it was easy for me to find.  If you can’t find it, I would just leave it out.

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Emeril’s Roasted Asian-Style Chicken Wings

5 lbs chicken drummettes
1 tbsp Emeril’s Original Essence
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce (use low sodium if you can)
1/2 cup mirin
2 tbsps grated orange peel
2 tbsps minced garlic
2 tbsps minced fresh garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsps minced green onions
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsps sesame seeds
2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro (I left this out because it tastes like soap to me)

Preheat oven to 425º. Line a baking sheet with 1-inch sides with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, season the wings with the Emeril’s Essence, salt and pepper. Toss to coat the wings all over. Place the wings evenly in the foil-lined pan and bake until brown, about 15 minutes.

While the wings are baking, in a large skillet, combine the orange juice, pineapple juice, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, orange zest, garlic, ginger, oil, green onion and red pepper. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the liquid has become syrup-y, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and cover the pan with foil.

Remove wings from oven and reduce temperature to 350º. Place wings in a large, heatproof bowl. Drizzle half the prepared sauce over the wings and set the other half aside. Toss the wings in the bowl to coat and toss with sesame seeds. Take the old foil off the baking sheet, reline with foil, place a wire rack on top of the foil, and place the coated wings on the rack. Return to the oven and bake 20-25 more minutes or until cooked through and crispy.

Arrange wings on a serving platter; top with cilantro.

Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Adapted from Emeril Legasse in Parade Magazine.

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Chinese-Style Noodles

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Happy New Year!

New year ~ new start on my blog.  After a loooooong time away with a never-ending headache and some other problems, I’m back.

A couple of housekeeping things:

My daughter may be making some posts here this year.  She is an awesome baker and wonderful cook.  I don’t know what I would have done without her over Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We would have been eating TV dinners, I think.

I turned A Recipe A Day off on Facebook when I started getting notices from Facebook that I should pay to promote my page.  I posted there a day or two ago so we’ll see how it goes.  If you want to post there, it’s back up 🙂

I like this blog to be a positive place and only once in a great while do I rant on something food related.  From now on, nasty comments will be automatically deleted.  Questions about the recipes here are always welcome and I can be reached at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com with anything you don’t want to put in the comment section.  Nastiness in my email will be deleted as well.

I will be having some new Gooseberry Patch giveaways this year!  There will be TWO giveaways at the end of January.

I still get emails asking about our dogs so here are a couple of new pictures:

A Zippy Mad Dog #2

I have not been doing much cooking for the past couple of months.  It was really the last thing I wanted to do, so I didn’t.  I started feeling better around Christmas and I received a bunch of new cookbooks that I have been pouring through.  I am also really, really addicted to Pinterest and I spend lots of time there.

When we lived in Hawaii and Mr. Meat Eater was out to sea all the time, the kids and I ate very little meat.  I used to throw together Chinese noodles and whatever I had on hand and stir fry it all up.  I have a bunch of ham leftover from Christmas so I was trying to think of a way to use it other than things I usually make.  I came across a recipe on Pinterest from a site called foodreviews.info that I used as a guide and made my old Chinese-style noodles but I made them spicy.

As with all stir fry recipes, get all the chopping done and gather all ingredients BEFORE starting to cook.  Yes, I know that linguine is NOT a Chinese noodle but it works for me 🙂   Use whatever makes you happy!

Chinese-Style Noodles

Spicy Chinese-Style Noodles

1/2 box linguine ~ you can use spaghetti
1 large carrot cut into matchsticks about 1 inch long
a couple of handfuls of shredded napa cabbage or regular green cabbage ~ I used regular
any cooked, leftover meat cut in small pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
2 tbsps oyster sauce
4 tbsps soy sauce ~ I used more
2 tbsps chili and garlic sauce ~ can be found in the Asian section at the grocery store; this is SPICY so use less if you don’t like spicy or leave it out altogether;  I think there is also a sweet chili sauce version so that is an alternative

Boil the linguine until done, drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan or wok, put a couple of tbsps of oil in the pan (I used olive) and let it get hot. Turn heat down a bit and put the garlic and meat in the pan and stir until meat is heated up. Be careful not to let the garlic burn or it will taste awful.

Add the cabbage and the carrots and half of the green onion and stir until crisp tender.

Add noodles, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili sauce and stir until well mixed.

Plate and sprinkle the rest of the green onions over the top.

Serve with extra soy sauce.

Makes 2 lunch/dinner main servings or 3/4 side servings.  This is an easy recipe to scale up.

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Oven Baked Bourbon Chicken

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We made it back in one piece!  We had a great vacation ~ it was great seeing our son and our daughter ran her first half marathon and did a great job!  We are glad to be home and trying to get back in our routines.  The biggest lesson we learned is that Mr. Meat Eater and I are too old to make a 12 hour drive in one day anymore 😦  I will probably not be posting every day this week but will be soon.

I love bourbon chicken but for some reason haven’t made it in a long time.    I saw a recipe recently calling itself Bourbon Chicken but it doesn’t even have bourbon in it.  I would have thought that was a prerequisite.

This recipe is very easy but does need time to marinate.  Make sure you use the chicken thighs as I think they taste best in this recipe. as the white meat would dry out too much.  I have made this using Splenda brown sugar instead of regular and I have made about half the marinade but if you do make half the marinade, make sure to use the full 2 tbsps. of bourbon.  I usually serve with rice and stir fry vegetables.

Oven Baked Bourbon Chicken

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 lb dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons bourbon

Make marinade and add chicken. Pour into a large ziplock bag, and refrigerate several hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

Pour contents into a baking dish, cover, and bake at 350º for 45 to 60 minutes.

Serve over rice if desired.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai ~ Wishing You To Be Prosperous in the Coming Year

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Today begins the year of the Rabbit in Chinese tradition.  Chinese new year was a huge deal when we lived in Hawaii and Chinatown in NYC was fun, too.  Here in Virginia, not so much.  I’m hoping that I wrote it out correctly in my title ~ if not, someone will let me know I’m sure, LOL!.

Since I am just cooking for myself this week, I am not going all out as I usually do.  I just made egg rolls and noodles ~ carbs are my friend!

In researching egg rolls to see if they were even a Chinese tradition, it seems there are many Asian countries that claim egg rolls as their own, including China.  There are as many names for egg rolls as there are fillings to use.  The recipe I use is really an Americanized version that I have tweaked a bit to make it easy and less meat-filled than some.  The recipe was posted on Food.com by Charmie777 .

The noodles are really good and easy to toss together.  I left out the chicken but they are yum with or without it.  The recipe was posted on Food.com by papergoddess .

I have some other Asian inspired dishes here on my blog ~ Asian Recipes

Chinese Noodles

3 tbsps vegetable oil
1 -2 tbsp sesame oil (I used 2 tbsps)
2 cups shredded cabbage or Chinese cabbage (I used cole slaw mix)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 -4 tbsps soy sauce (I used more than 4 tbsps)
4 ounces sliced cooked chicken breasts (optional)
1 can bean sprouts, drained (optional) (I used the entire can)

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

Heat oil and sesame oil in skillet ~ I used my wok. Saute cabbage, green onion and bean sprouts (if using) for about 5 minutes. Add pasta and soy sauce (also chicken if desired) and heat through.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Egg Rolls

12 egg roll wraps
1/2-1 lb ground pork (or chicken or beef) ~ I used about 1/3 lb of pork
2 tsps chopped fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 (16 ounce) bags shredded cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix ~ I used about 2/3 of the bag, the whole bag is too much
4 green onions, sliced ~ I used the whole bunch, chopped
1 eggs, beaten with ~ I didn’t use this at all
1 teaspoon water
oil (for frying)

Brown pork with ginger and garlic in pan; drain any grease.

Mix salt, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add to pork and mix well.

In large bowl combine cabbage mix and green onions. Pour hot meat over vegetables and stir well. Let cool slightly.

Lay wrap in front of you so that it looks like a diamond. Place 3 tablespoons pork filling in center of egg roll wrapper. Fold bottom point up over filling and roll once. Fold in right and left points. Brush beaten egg on top point ~ I just use some water on finger. Finish rolling. Set aside and repeat with remaining filling.

Heat 2-3 inches oil in large frying pan to very hot (350ºF). Fry a few egg rolls in pan at a time, 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Serve with your favorite sauce.

COOK’S NOTE: I have made these egg rolls earlier in the day and cooked them, let them cool, wrap, and put in the fridge. At dinnertime, I took them out and put them on a parchment paper lined sheet and baked them at 350º until heated through. Worked great!

Makes 12 egg rolls.

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Teriyaki Snow Peas and Mushrooms

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I think if it weren’t for Mr. Meat Eater, I could cheerfully never eat meat again.  I crave veggies and I am always on the prowl for something new to do with them because I’m not a fan of “plain” veggies when I can have “fancier” veggies.

Super easy recipe and it’s easy enough to make at the last minute.  I think it works with just about any main dish.

Teriyaki Snow Peas and Mushrooms

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 lb snow peas
8 ozs mushrooms, sliced ~ use your favorite
2 tbsps teriyaki sauce

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the snow peas and the mushrooms and cook until they are tender, about 4 minutes or so.

Place the cooked veggies in a serving bowl and pour over the teriyaki sauce and toss to distribute the sauce evenly and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Cooking!