Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Chocolate Goodness

What do you get when you mix 1 bag microwave popcorn with 1 packet of hot chocolate mix?

Chocolate Goodness.

Just pop your bag of popcorn in the micro. Then toss with 1 packet of hot chocolate powder.

Your children will rise up and call you blessed.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


My parents made this recipe tonight and called me down to their house for a little sampling...3 lettuce wraps later both Aaron and I were hooked! He even said he'd take me out at the knees for the last wrap!

Oh also my dad used fresh garlic and fresh ginger. I think the fresh ingredients makes a big difference. Did I mention he went to 2 different grocery stores in one day to make this recipe for my mom, who has become quite the recipe hunter. Hope you enjoy!

Dave's tweaked recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps
head of lettuce and use the large 3-6 outside layers
1 pound chicken breast diced up into small pieces
1 large onion -- chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
dash red pepper
1 can (8 ounce size) sliced water chestnuts -- drained, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
chinese rice noodles
Rinse lettuce leaves, keeping them whole. Set aside to drain. Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often to break up the meat.

Add onion, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar and red pepper. Cook until the meat is crumbled and brown. Add water chestnuts. Cook about 2 minutes.
Stir in sesame oil. Arrange lettuce leaves on the outer edge of a platter. Spoon meat mixture in center. Eat like a taco. Top with the rice noodles.
As my Dad said, "Think of it as a chinese taco!"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

chocolate chip pie

sparky emailed this today and it just sounds divine...

Chocolate Chip Pie
1 unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie shell thawed completely
2 large eggs
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup butter softened1 cup (or more) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (or more) chopped nuts (i would skip the nuts...but that is just me)
Whipped cream or ice cream (optional) (whipped cream is never optional in my humble opinion!)

PREHEAT oven to 325
BEAT eggs in large mixing bowl on high speed until foamy.
Beat in flour, sugars and butter. S
tir in chips and nuts.
Spoon into pie shell.
BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between outside edge and center comes out clean.
Serve warm.
Makes 8 servings