Monday, December 29, 2014
Vegetable or Peanut Oil for frying
5 boneless Chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
4 whole Egg whites
2 tbsps. Cornstarch
1/2 cups Orange Juice
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. packed Brown Sugar (white sugar or honey will work too)
1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar (or regular distilled vinegar)
1/4 tsp. Sesame Seed oil
Dash of Salt
Dash of Crushed Red Pepper flakes, more to taste
1 clove Garlic,, minced
2 tsps. fresh Ginger, minced
Zest of 1 Orange
1 tsp. Cornstarch (additional)
1/4 cups water
2 Green Onions, sliced
For the sauce:
8 oz. Chinese noodles
1 tbsp. Peanut oil
1 Carrot, julienned
1 head napa cabbage, sliced thin
1/2 Onion, sliced
1/4 cup low sodium Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Sesame Seed oil
Sliced Green onions for topping
You might need to make more just in case your neighbors accidentally mistake your house for a Chinese restaurant. The aromas coming from the kitchen are out of this world!!
Until next time,
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
I used Pioneer Women's "Perfect Pie Crust" x 2 = a total of FOUR pie crusts. Making homemade from scratch pie crusts will definitely win you lots of points!! So worth it!!
Once I made the pie crusts. I used two for the following:
While the Mincemeat Pie was baking, I started on the Tart Cherry Pie
TART CHERRY PIE by Love & Olive Oil
Prepare pie crust using the bottom crust first then according to the Pioneer Woman's directions. Set aside.
- 6 cups (2 pounds) frozen tart cherries
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg mixed with 1 tbsp. milk
- Turbinado or raw sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Let sit, stirring occasionally to redistribute the juices, for about 1 hour or until cherries are mostly thawed and 1/4-1/2 cup of liquid has drained out the bottom.
Place drained cherries is medium pot. Add lemon juice.
Whisk the reserved cherry juice, other 1/2 cup of sugar and cornstarch. Mix until there are no clumps
On medium high heat, pour cherry juices into cherry mixture. Stir constantly with a silicone spatula making sure to scrape up sides and bottom of pot. Bring to a boil until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add Almond extract.
Pour cherry mixture into chilled pie crust and return to refrigerator to chill again.
While the cherry mixture is chilling, roll out the top crust. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1/2 inch wide slices.
Remove chilled cherry mixture from refrigerator. Wet edges with milk/egg wash.
This is how I started to weave the lattice top crust. Don't know for sure if I'm doing it right.
Very difficult for me to try to explain how it's done so perhaps you can understand Lindsay's instructions "Love and Olive Oil" .
Wet the lattice top crust with the milk/egg mixture and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar. Bake in 400F degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Whew! I'm so glad these are done. This lattice pie crust was quite the challenge. I loved making them but did not realize I would be on my feet for almost five hours straight. I realize I need to work on presentation so practice makes perfect. I have never made Mincemeat pie from scratch, has anyone reading this? I was so glad I still had enough frozen cherries leftover from this past Summer. These are real Michigan cherries, freshly picked by a friend named Carol and her kids. Thanks Carol!!
Hubby was very sad I didn't let him dig into either one of these because I'm saving them for our Christmas Eve dinner. I like making my pies and cookies ahead of time. The day before Christmas Eve I will work on a Cheeseball, prep two vegetable dishes and as well as prep Tom Turkey.
Here's to more good baking and good cooking for those of you who have the honor this holiday. Merry Christmas to all!! Until next time,