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Tasty Tuesday’s – Homemade Ginger Sauces

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Have you ever gone out to eat somewhere and developed a craving to have that certain food prepared exactly as that particular restaurant could make it.  Then you go other places and find yourself being disappointed over and over again.  We have such a food from such a restaurant.  When we lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina, we had one of the best Japanese Steak Houses.  We would go in every year for Valentine’s Day, typically with my husband’s brother, his wife, my husband’s best friend along with his wife and typically one other couple.

Dennis and I always ordered two separate meals – one of us would get the Hibachi Steak and the other would get the Hibachi Chicken and we would share.  My favorite part of the meal was the Ginger salad dressing and the ginger dipping sauce.  Since we left North Carolina, almost 9 years ago, we have not been able another restaraunt that is as good.

As a result, I have been on the hunt for a good recipe online to make the salad dressing and the dipping sauce.  This weekend, we made both using fresh ginger root.  The two recipes I tried (one was from Allrecipes) and the other I found on another site online.  They came out amazing.

 

We planned on fixing sushi, however, my husband is not a fan of the seaweed used.  So we thought about using cucumbers to wrap them.  However, we did not have a sushi mat to roll the sushi with, so we made a “sushi” bowl instead.  I used the basic ingredients of a California roll – including sushi rice, avocados, carrots, cumbers, imitation crab sticks, and cream cheese.  I was pleased with how they turned out.  We used the ginger salad dressing for this.  Also, we had egg rolls, Teriyaki chicken, Stir-fried cabbage and Zucchini stir-fried with onions.

So what have you been cooking at your house?  I would love to hear from you.

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Tasty Tuesday – For February 20, 2018

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I am back again today with another Tasty Tuesday installment.  This past Friday my husband had off for a long weekend for President’s Day.  We had to drive to Corpus Christi for a doctor’s appointment for me.  When we do day excursions like this we tend to take one of our children with us for one-on-one time.  Our youngest son who is seventeen went along for the ride this time.  We tend to try to pick places to eat that suit the personality and tastes of the child/children we have with us.  So this time, we saw a sign for CiCi’s Pizza and decided that was a good place to stop.

With three sons in our family, we have found buffets tend to be the perfect place to come.  Unfortunately, this time, a school bus full of other teenagers arrived at the same time we did.  Now having three sons of my own, I know teenage boys can eat a lot! I repeat teenage boys can eat A LOT!  The food was okay but not as great as we remembered.  Our son loves to get the Hawaiian pizza from CiCi’s that has ham and pineapple on it.  They had a Hawaiian pizza, but unfortunately, it did not have one of the two required ingredients, which mad our son disappointed.

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For one of our other meals, we had my husband’s fried chicken.  This is something he has mastered the art of cooking.  We take a pack of drumsticks, all-purpose flour and some cornmeal for the coating.  He mixes it together, coats the chicken and proceeds to fry it in a cast iron fry pan.  It comes out amazing.  We served it with Western Beans from Aldi’s, mashed potatoes (that I added some of the sauce from the beans to my potatoes), and green beans.  All in all, it was a really good meal.

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Tonight we are having Mexican for dinner.  What are you cooking at your house?  I would love to hear from you.

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Tasty Tuesday – Some Meals

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Here is one of our meals from the past week. We had salmon, purchased from Sam’s Club, a blend of Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots, which we steamed, seasoned with salt and pepper and butter. The salmon was cooked in the broiler for roughly ten minutes on each side.

Then tonight we had the Pioneer Woman’s Spicy Pulled Pork.  I added some more brown sugar than the recipe called for to help counteract the effects of the Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.

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So what are you eating this week?  I would love to hear from you.

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Tasty Tuesday for January 30, 2018

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So I am back with another post for my Tasty Tuesday’s series. Today I will not be really sharing any recipes, but I will be sharing pictures of some of the food we have eaten over the last week. My favorite meal was our scallops wrapped in bacon that we broiled in the oven. We bought a bag of scallops from our local Sam’s Club.  We defrosted them, dried them good, wrapped them in bacon, seasoned them with salt and pepper and garlic and then placed them in the broiler for roughly five minutes on each side.  Then I fixed drawn butter – which is melted butter, garlic powder, and lemon juice.  Each family member was given their own dish of this tasty side.

The second dish I want to share is Italian Subs.  I grew up in New Jersey and nothing beats a good Jersey sub, except perhaps an incredible Philly Cheesesteak.  However, finding true subs in the heart of Texas is not easy, so we have taken to making our own.  We buy our sub rolls at H-E-B, our local grocery store, the Italian lunch meat from Sam’s Club and typically the cheese comes from H-E-B also.  We add shredded lettuce, thinly sliced onions, thinly sliced tomatoes, mild banana pepper rings, along with a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, and Italian seasoning. The results are delicious.

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Tasty Tuesday -Baked Chicken and More

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My tasty Tuesday meal this time included baked chicken, stuffing, steam broccoli, deviled eggs and mashed potatoes. I want to focus on the chicken, however.

 

We purchased our whole chicken at Aldi since it will be lactose-free. My husband or my oldest son always rinse the outside and inside well before we season it, We first coat the inside with olive oil and herbs and spices. I used a blend of Kick’n Chicken seasoning from Weber, salt, pepper, and parsley, This time I also added rosemary to the blend.

 

Then we repeat the process for the outside of the chicken. We lay the chicken breast side down in a cast iron Dutch oven and then either cook using coals or in the oven for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  We like the skin to be crispy, which is why we tend to cook it outside using coals – where the coals are placed under the Dutch oven and on top of it as well.  But the oven works when the weather is not the best for cooking outside.

To save time, I use stuffing mix I buy at Aldi as well.  But I kick it up by sauteeing onions and celery that have been diced (about 1/2 of a white onion and about 2-4 stalks of celery depending on the size.  I use lactose-free butter that we buy at Sprouts, which my children call ice cream butter because of the wrapper.

So what is one of your family’s favorite meals to have or what is one of your favorite meals to prepare?  I would love to hear from you.

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Tasty Tuesdays – Oriental Food

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Today I am starting something new on the blog – Tasty Tuesdays, where I will share some of our favorite foods along with some recipes occasionally.  For this first installment, I am going to share some of our favorite oriental food.

Over the weekend, our daughter stated she wanted to have teriyaki chicken on a stick.  So being the dutiful mother I am, I immediately went online to find a recipe for Chicken Teriyaki.  I found a recipe and we bought a family pack of chicken tenders to use.  Of course, when we got home I discovered we did not have any teriyaki sauce.  So again, I went online to see if I could find a recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce.  I had all the ingredients so I whisked up a batch and started marinating the chicken. Then yesterday, we started the rest of the preparations. Here is the chicken on the skewers we were going to cook them on in the broiler.

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One of the other things my husband and I were really wanting to eat was egg rolls.  So a month or so ago, when we were in the commissary, we bought egg roll wrappers.  We used bacon, shredded some cabbage and thinly sliced carrots to put in them.  We took some flour and water to make a paste to seal them.  I wrapped them and my husband did an amazing job of flying them.  They turned out delicious.

We also took cabbage that was finely chopped and diced some onion and stir-fried it as well with some soy sauce.  We also took onions that were thinly sliced and sliced some zucchini and stir-fried it to make what our favorite Japanese Steak House in Jacksonville, North Carolina calls Japanese french fries.  Both of these dishes also turned out amazing.

Finally, we made stir-fried rice with rice, onions, carrots, garden peas, and scrambled eggs along with soy sauce.  We used three cups of rice, one bag of garden peas and approximately 3 carrots.  This also turned out amazing.

We used teriyaki sauce that we bought at Aldi after we made the homemade sauce.  The only thing I wish we could have had was chinese mustard and duck sauce for the egg rolls. Otherwise, the meal was fantastic.

So what are some of your favorite things to eat?  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read other posts from members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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