Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

A question which often plagues parents at dinner time, is how to create appeal to a vegetable staple like green beens? Well as a father, this version of green beans will be devoured by your wife. Imagine the best oriental green beans you have tasted at home.
This recipe is courtesy of Kathleen Daelemans' cooking book, Getting Thin and Loving Food.


1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon sesame seeds


1. Boil green beans in a large pot of water over high heat for 5 minutes, or until al dente. Drain green beans in colander in sink, and set aside.

2. While the green beans are boiling, toast the sesame seeds in a nonstick pan or wok over meduim high heat for about 3 minutes until lightly golden in color. Then place sesame seeds in small bowl till ready to use later.

3. In large nonstick pan or wok, heat soy sauce and brown sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

4. Add green beans, toss until well coated, cook until sauce thickens slightly - about 2 minutes.

5. Add sesame seeds, toss once more, and serve.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Parmesan Chicken Fingers

Who hasn't eaten chicken fingers which at times taste like dried-out processed food? Become a a king for the day by preparing and serving these Parmesan Chicken Strips. The strips are tasty and moist. Charmie777 contributed this recipe to Recipezaar . Easiest method is buying a pack of skinless chicken breasts and cutting them into strips on a cutting board.


1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted


1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Make sure your rack is in the center in oven.
2. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel.
3. Cut chicken breasts into strips lengthwise.
4. For ease of use, arrange from right to left on your kitchen counter the following which you'll need - strips of chicken, small bowl of melted butter, large bowl of dry ingredients, and cooking pan sprayed with Pam.
5. Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.
6. Dip each chicken strip into small bowl of melted butter, then into dry mix bowl.
7. Place each chicken strip onto greased pan.
8. Bake on greased pan, uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Like most families, one of my children is a picky eater. However, this child will eat cookies left and right. So I searched for a cookie recipe which tastes good and which also has some healthy ingredients. I have baked this cookies several times and they disappear very quickly.
This recipe was submitted by Dr Amy to AllRecipes. The only alteration to the original recipe is that I substitute raisins for chopped walnuts and I added cinnamon. The kids do not like nuts in their cookies and the raisins add to the chewiness of the cookie.

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the soften butter sticks, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. For myself, I use an electric mixer for this step.
3. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir well.
4. Combine with wooden spoon, the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Stir into mixture until just blended.
5. Mix in quick oats, raisins, and chocolate chips with wooden spoon.
6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for approximately 11 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown.
8. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack.
9. According to recipe, makes about 4 dozen. Howver, since my rounded teaspoons are somewhat odd shaped and large, it makes about 39 cookies for myself. *** On my cookie sheet, I place about 15 cookies at a time. So, this recipe amounts to about 3 separate times placing cookie sheet into oven.***

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sweet Tea - a Southern Thing

Every since I was exposed to sweet tea at Auburn University and at Ross L.'s family in Hoover,Alabama, I was hooked. The funny thing about sweet tea is that one can tell where you are geographically located by an eating establishment's response when you request sweet tea.
When you order tea in the South, it's assume to be sweet. However, if you are in Maryland (my home state) or above, if you order sweet tea, then they hand you a glass of unsweet tea and two packets of sugar - definitely not the same taste.
So here's the recipe for sweet tea to place in a pitcher of your refrigerator. Originally, I found this recipe posted by Blink on Recipezaar

Ingredients List
8 bags of normal size tea bags
1 and 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
8 cups of boiling water

1. Boil 8 cups of water in good size pot on stove.
2. Add 8 regular size tea bags and steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. I generally steep for 5 minutes to maximize the tea flavor.
3. Remove tea bags, then pour hot tea into pitcher.
4. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of granulated sugar to pitcher of tea and stir well.
5. Place pitcher into refrigerator to cool.
6. When ready to serve sweet tea, pour into glass with lots of ice.

I have made the sweet tea with three different choices for mixture of tea bags as follows:
1. use all 8 Lipton tea bags
2. or use 4 Lipton tea bags and 4 Salada green tea bags
3. or use 8 Salada green tea bags
I would recommend experimenting with all three mixes to determine which one you like best or depending on the day which one you prefer.

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