Posts from September 2014

Ginger Chicken with mushrooms

Easy enough for a weeknight meal even though it tastes like a fancy Saturday night dish!

1 cup fresh snow peas
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup milk
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
3 tsp canola oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 tsp minced fresh gingerroot
2 cups hot cooked brown rice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Place snow peas in a small saucepan; cover with water.  Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute.  Drain and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, salt, pepper and milk until smooth; set aside.

In a wok (or large saucepan) coated with cooking spray, stir-fry chicken in 1 tsp hot oil for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove and keep warm.  In the same pan, stir-fry mushrooms and ginger in remaining oil for 2 minutes.  Add snow peas; stir-fry 2 minutes longer.

Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan.  Return chicken to pan.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Serve with hot cooked rice.  Sprinkle with parsley.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 30

According to Men's Health Magazine, only 4% of guys across the world own one of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses:  onesie, dog, outhouse, airplane

Correct Answer:  a reptile
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Potato Soup with roasted red peppers

Simple soup for a Meat-Free Monday!  And it's fast too--on the table in 30 minutes.

2 medium onions, chopped
2 tbsp canola oil
1 jar (7 oz) roasted red peppers, undrained and chopped
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, drained
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
3 cups diced peeled potatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp minced fresh cliantro
1/2 cup cream cheese, cubed

In a large saucepan, saute onions in oil until tender.  Stir in roasted peppers, chilies, cumin, salt and coriander.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Stir in potatoes and broth; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Stir in cilantro.  Cool slightly.  In a blender, process the cream cheese and half of the soup until smooth.  Return all to the saucepan and heat through before serving.

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Brain Strain Monday 29

THIS was the #1 reason you fought with your siblings when you were a kid.

Incorrect Guess:  who's the favorite

Correct Answer:  where you sat in the car
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Rice Pudding

Swap savory for sweet...rice is very versatile!  Makes 4 servings; easy to double if you need more.

1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 cinnamon stick ( 3 inches)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp raisins

In a small saucepan, combine the water, rice and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Stir in milk and raisins.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring frequently.  Discard cinnamon.  Serve warm or cold.

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Brain Strain Friday 26

22% of workers have one of THESE

Incorrect Guesses:  Boss's son is a co-worker, uniform, work email account, badge for security, motorcycle, green card, calculator, key, company phone, office romance, crush on the boss, company credit card

Correct Answer:  candy jar
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Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake

So light, so airy, so good.

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
4 packages (8 oz each!) cream cheese, softened (32 oz total)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 lemon juice
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
5 eggs, beaten

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar.  Press onto the bottom and 2-in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan.  Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the cream, lemon juice, flour, lemon peel and extracts.  Add eggs, beat on low speed just until combined.  Pour into crust.  Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake for 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to lossen; cool one hour longer.  Refrigerate overnight.  Remove sides of pan.  Slice to serve.

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Brain Strain Thursday 25

1 in 10 women over the age of 35 think about THIS every single day.

Incorrect Guesses:  going bald, skin, sex

Correct Answer:  how old they look
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Thumbprint Cookies with jam

Your favorite jam is the star of the show!

1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1/3 cup apricot preserves (or your fav jam!)

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in flour.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

Place coconut in a bowl.  In another bowl, whisk egg and water.  Shape the cookie dough into 1-in. balls; dip tops in egg mixture, then in coconut, pressing to adhere.  Place balls 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, coconut side up.  Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle.  Fill holes with preserves.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are browned.
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Brain Strain Wednesday 24

More than two-thirds of people have a favorite one of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses:  pair of underwear, tv show, gum, pillow, blanket, Beatle, comfort food

Correct Answer:  coffee cup
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