How To Make Fried Rice

This authentic fried rice recipe is quick and easy to make; it only takes minutes to convert steamed rice to fried rice.  This fried rice is made with peas, carrots, and eggs. Really good fried rice is made with sesame oil.  The sesame oil adds a nutty-like flavor, much more flavorful than vegetable oil, and ties the dish together. About the Sesame Oil in Authentic Fried Rice Recipes Sesame oil is essential in much Asian cooking. It is fragrant and flavorful and usually only a little is used in a dish. Like olive oil, it comes in many different varieties. …

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Lemon Chicken

Forget those Chinese take-out menus in the drawer; you can make authentic Chinese lemon chicken in no time. It has just the right amount of crisp and zest to leave you licking your fingers and going back for more. It’s so easy, you can make it in just five steps. Crispy Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe For the Chicken 3-4 chicken breasts 2 eggs 2 tablespoons water 2 cups panko vegetable oil for frying Lemon Sauce 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 garlic …

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Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookies

These golden citrus no-bake cookies are made with crispy rice cereal, pecan pieces, orange zest, and golden raisins to give them the citrus punch that we’ve come to love. All you have to do is boil the wet ingredients, add the dry, and form the cookies into balls to set. “These are so good.” That was the word around the test kitchen. The orange zest adds just enough zip to make them sweetly refreshing. Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients 1 cup crispy rice cereal 1 cup pecan pieces zest from one large orange 1/2 cup butter 1 cup golden …

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Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats Recipe

Rice Krispies Treats are the king of no-bakes, in my book. These are simply Rice Krispies Treats with added chocolate. They’re nearly as simple as the original recipe, but the chocolate melts into the hot marshmallow. Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or equal Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large pan on the stovetop, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows. Stir until the mixture is hot, melted, and smooth. Add the chocolate chips …

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Five Easy Chinese Recipes to Make You an Authentic Chinese Cook

Written by Dennis Weaver and Casey Archibald We used to have a cook named April who taught classes for us and developed recipes. She loved to cook, loved food. She had served a mission in Hong Kong and had lived in China. And oh, did she make great Chinese, and we got her to share some of those recipes with us. Now we would like to share those recipes with you. But before we get into the recipes, let’s look at a couple primers for making authentic Chinese recipes like stir-fries and rice. (Let me give credit: Casey Archibald helped …

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How to Pack a Terrific Lunch for a Nature Hike

Several years ago, Merri Ann and I hiked up Burns Creek Canyon in the Big Hole Mountains and then up a side canyon called Hells Hole. (It’s not aptly named unless you’re trying to climb out the top of the canyon.) We found a beautiful meadow overlooking the canyon where we spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch from our daypacks. The Perfect Lunch for a Nature Hike To keep our food cool and safe in the summer sun, we packed insulated lunch bags, each with an ice a pack and then our food, and then buried them …

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Bacon Mashed Potato Salad

This is a scrumptious mashed potato salad—nothing too exotic but a great combination of flavors with the savory bacon, tangy pickles, and cider vinegar. The dressing is made with half sour cream and half mayonnaise. This recipe is a keeper. Ingredients 8 to 10 new red potatoes or russets 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 2 small sweet pickles, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 strips bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled Directions Cut the …

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Fiesta Mashed Potato Salad

This mashed potato salad is a must in the summertime. It includes peas, corn, and peppers to give the look of a fiesta in your potatoes. This recipe makes a large salad, enough to serve a group of eight to ten. Ingredients 2 pounds new red potatoes 1/3 cup chopped green onion 1 1/2 cups frozen peas 1 1/2 cups canned whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 cup red peppers, chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Directions Cut the potatoes into large chunks and boil them in salted water until they are tender …

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How to Use Spices in Everyday Meals

By Dennis Weaver   I like cooking with spices.   I like exploring and trying something new.  Of course, we’re all a bit reluctant to try something new if dinner is on the line.  What if I ruin it? What if my family doesn’t like it.  I understand that.  But in my experience, it’s rare that you make something that just plain doesn’t taste good.  The following guide will help you avoid major mistakes but yet give your family new flavors to enjoy.  Which Spice Should You Use?  What if your kids don’t like anything new? Then you have to stay with …

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A Lunch for a Mountain Hike

(Includes how to make a sandwich wrap) Last weekend Merri Ann and I went hiking with our 9-year old granddaughter, Anna. It was delightful. Anna and Merri Ann took pictures of flowers and landscapes. We explored seldom used trails and climbed a rocky outcropping to overlook the canyon. We think we’d like togo again this Saturday. Super! We’ll pack a lunch and throw in some marshmallows for roasting. We’ll keep the perishables cool in insulted lunch bags packed with ice packs. This is what I’m thinking for a menu: Crackers and cheese. I’ll choose a wax enclosed Gouda. The wax …

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Pannekoeken, German Pancakes, and Fruit

I’ve often referred to pannekoeken as a Dutch version of a German pancake.  That is, until some nice man said, “There is nothing German” about a pannekoeken! But you can use the same mix.   On our packaged mixes are instructions for both. How to Make Pannekoeken with Fruit Usually, we make pannekoeken and often load it with fruit after baking. It’s how to get the highest, most dramatic pannekoeken.  It’s also very quick—only eleven minutes in our oven. But Debbie in our test kitchen made the apple one above by pouring the batter over the fruit.  It works great but …

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Black Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

This thirty minute chili hits the spot on a cold winter day. It’s made with canned beans so it’s a snap to put together. We think you will love this hearty soup. As listed, this is a fairly mild chili. If you like it hot, add more spices. Ingredients 3/4 cup uncooked white rice 1 large onion, diced 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 29-ounce can tomato sauce 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained 2 25-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 cup …

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Granola Bars

Since this is a cousin to Rice Krispies® Treats, this is an easy recipe. Instead of melted marshmallows, you will cook a syrup with brown sugar and corn syrup but the concept is the same. To make this recipe, you can use commercial granola or make your own granola from a recipe. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5-6 cups of granola Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Preheat the …

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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

We love stir fries.  They are quick, tasty, and healthy.  This one is flavored with a combination of roast garlic and fresh ginger. Ingredients 3 cloves roasted garlic 1-inch piece ginger 5 green onions 1/2 small head Napa cabbage 2 large, boneless chicken breasts 1/2 of an 8-ounce package of sliced mushrooms 1/8 teaspoon coarse black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 to 3 tablespoons of soy sauce 1/4 cup roasted peanuts steamed rice or cooked spaghetti Directions To stage the ingredients:  Squeeze the garlic from cloves into a small bowl and mash into a paste with the flat of a …

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Chicken and Black Bean Chili

What could be better than chili on a cold winter day? Try this scrumptious chicken and black bean chili. Because it’s made with canned beans, it cooks up super quick and easy with left-over chicken or turkey. In the picture to the right, Boston Brown Bread is shown. For the recipe, click here. Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup white or brown rice 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 cubes chicken bouillon 1 tablespoon chili powder (you can add more later if you wish) 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes 3 cups cubed cooked …

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Crock Pot Chicken A La King

This is a recipe that we found at Nancy’s Kitchen. To see the original recipe or more like this, go to www.nancyskitchen.com Ingredients 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 2-ounce jar pimento or chopped red bell pepper 1 4-ounce can mushrooms pieces, drained 2 10-ounce cans cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup 1 10-ounce package frozen peas Directions 1. Combine all ingredients except peas in your crockpot. Stir to mix well. 2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. …

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Chicken Rice Soup

This is a great chicken soup.  It is much more flavorful than most and yet is easy to make—you can use leftover chicken or turkey and chicken broth. Ingredients 1 cup carrot, finely diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 5 tablespoons jalapeno pepper, finely diced 1 tablespoon butter 3/4 cup uncooked rice 4 cups canned chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger 1 bay leaf salt and pepper as needed 1 14-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained 2 cups cooked chicken meat, cubed fresh cilantro, snipped Directions In a …

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Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients 6 corn tortillas vegetable oil 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 small clove of garlic, minced 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning or to taste 1 cup grated mild cheddar 1 cup enchilada sauce sour cream More cheese for garnish Optional black olives for garnish Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly fry the tortillas on both sides until they just start to get brown spots. Do not overcook or they will be stiff and brittle. Sauté the garlic and onion until the onion is soft and translucent. For the filling, mix the chicken, taco …

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Lemon Chicken with Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup

This is a very good soup.  It will remind you of a chicken and rice soup but with bright orzo and a distinct lemon flavor.  If you would like a less intense lemon flavor, add only half of the lemon that we used. Ingredients 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed 1/4 cup flour 3 tablespoons butter 2 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth 1/3 cup lemon juice zest from one lemon 1/2 cup lemon garlic orzo pasta 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder salt and pepper Directions In a large pan, fry the chicken in olive oil …

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Easy Teriyaki Steak

Once marinated, this is a very easy main dish.   Simply grill the steak to the desired doneness using your grill, a grilling fry pan, or your broiler. You can use bottled marinade from the store but it is more fun to make your own.  We tried a number of teriyaki marinade recipes.  We cut the resulting steaks into cubes and paraded crew members (plus an appliance repairmen who was there to replace a microwave) by to try them out.  Everyone voted on the best steak.  The results were not unanimous so our top three are listed below. Ingredients 4 6-ounce …

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