What’s cookin’ south of the border?

So, a few months ago I was at this business expo for work (also promoting this organization I’m in called Tech Marketing Association). My boss and I were just walking around meeting new people, and enjoying the sights and sounds. That is until we hit the food area. It smelled sooooo good! Pizza, pasta, baked goods, and others. I knew that something smelled good when I walked in, but I like to say I have a crazy sense of imagination. Anyway, we ran into this booth called “Go Texan”. Basically promoting buying local (oops…sorry…walmart is my friend right now) and how it effects us. At the booth there were recipe cards of all sorts, so I grabbed a few. Again, me being me, I forgot where I put the cards until now. So, I am proud to present: South of the Border Chicken Breasts by Go Texan.

Ingredients:
1/4 C vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Method:
1. Heat broiler
2. Spray broiler pan with nonstick spray
3. In a small bowl, blend oil, garlic, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne
4. Place chicken on pan and spoon/brush half of the seasoning mixture over the chicken
5. Broil chicken for 6 minutes 4-6 inches from heat
6. Turn chicken and brush/spoon remaining mixture onto the chicken
7. Broil for 4-6 minutes more, or until internal juices run clear

Notes:
I really liked this. It was spicy and savory. Definitely something to make for a mass amount of people. The recipe is so easy, and you can definitely put some twists here and there. I think adding lime juice or a lime when serving would be a great addition. It says to serve with hot black beans and corn (so I did…I’ll show you later what I did). Anyway, cook it up and happy Nom Noms 😀

 

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one of my flavorites

Ahhh…I love summer. The sun, the pool days, and most of all the food. Today’s recipe comes from my sister who is visiting for a month to take some summer classes. I love when family comes to town :D. Anyway, if I were to have to take one food to a deserted island it would have to be pizza. The problem is that I am trying to diet by reducing the amount of carbs and calories I take in. So, when my sister said she wanted to make me a pizza I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t want to break what I started, but then I realized I was limiting food. BLAH! I want to taste EVERYTHING! Sure, I may get a little chubby, but everything is okay in moderation…right?

Ingredients:

5 tbs olive oil

1 medium tomato, sliced and quartered

1 tbs garlic (minced)

2 tbs rosemary

2 tbs thyme

2 tbs oregano

2 tbs parsley

2 tbs crushed red peppers

2 tbs basil

1 cup of cheese (we used a Mexican mix)

1 premade pizza crust (wheat if you can find it)

 

Method:

First slice the tomato and cut the slices into quarters. Place about two tbs of olive oil and mix with the garlic. Let the tomatoes quarters marinade in the mixture while preparing the crust. Preheat the oven to 425F. Drizzle the crust with about 3 tbs olive oil, then use a brush to spread it evenly. Cover the crush with cheese, then sprinkle the oregano, parsley, crushed red peppers, thyme, basil, and rosemary over the cheese evenly. Next spread the tomatoes on. You can drizzle the marinade over the pizza after the tomatoes are placed. Bake for about 10-15 mins, and then enjoy.

Notes:

This probably is one of the best and healthiest pizzas I have had. I would probably add some salt and pepper to taste, but other than that this is something that you need to try!

 

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PS: I’ve lost 3 lbs 😀

Moving to once a week?

I found a recipe for frying string cheese. YUM! I am still being healthy (I only ate 2), so now I have the rest of them to worry about. Somehow….I will disperse them. Updating twice a week has become so hard… I don’t know why either? I think it is because I want to post in the morning, but I also have to work in the morning. Productivity or fun? Fun makes me fat and productivity gets me moneys. I really need to money and not the latter. Haha. One of my best friends is getting married in 3 weeks! I am so happy for her, but I’m kind of sad because that means she’s going to move! Lucky for you though because when I get sad I tend to eat, and to eat I have to cook! I will have to post the website later, but the recipe was pretty easy.

 http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2010/01/fried-string-cheese-sticks-recipe.html 😀

Ingredients:

24 sticks of cheese (I used mozzarella and a cheddar twist one)

3 plates or pan pans

flour

italian style bread crumbs

2 eggs

1 tbs of water

Frying oil (Vegetable/Canola/etc)

Method:

1. Scramble eggs and tbs of water, then place this mixture in one of the pans

2. In another pan put some flour

3. In the last pan place your breadcrumbs

4. roll the cheese stick in the flour, eggwash, and then the breadcrumbs

5. Heat the oil to high/medium-high heat. When the oil is heated fry the sticks for about 15sec-20sec on each side.

6. Drain them on some paper towels and enjoy

Notes:

I dip these in ranch, but since I don’t have any ranch I improvised with some pizza sauce I had leftover. I put basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and some garlic into the sauce. It was pretty good. I made about 24 sticks of cheese with plenty leftover to make more. So, if you want to cook less you should definitely tweak the recipe. I think next time I am going to add some cajun powder to the bread crumbs or something because I like that kick. Did you know that humans are the one of the only animals (if not THE only) that actively seek out spicy things? Spicy isn’t a flavor…it is a feeling. So, we actively seek out pain. LOL. Isn’t that crazy? Anyway, next time I am going to make a ranch dip to go along with these…actually I may do that later because I only ate two of them. Gotta watch that waistline. Happy Nom noms!

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PS: as you can see by the title I am going to be moving to once a week posts. I don’t want blogging to feel like a chore, so I will fit it into my fun time *im updating at work*….but it will be our little secret…that I share with facebook, twitter, and the rest of the internet 😛

http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2010/01/fried-string-cheese-sticks-recipe.html

In Need of Inspiration

So, I am back from VEGAS! It was a lot of fun. I’ll post some pictures at some point. I went to 2 Cirque du Soleil shows (Zumanity and Mystere). I don’t recommend Zumanity for those who are…easily made uncomfortable. lol. I love it though :D. Also, EVERYONE needs to see Mystere. It was so good! I was on the edge of my seat (could have been because I was in the nosebleed section) the whole time, and I would see it again if I had to money to go back to Vegas. It is definitely something that will make you laugh, gasp, and smile. It made me miss the days of gymnastics. 😦

Anyway, that’s where I have been and I will have a new recipe up tomorrow or the day after. Although, I am running out of things to cook. I mean, not running out of because stumbleupon makes it easy to find recipes, but everything that I have been stumblingupon has crazy ingredients that would be one time use. I don’t want to go buy a bottle of something that isn’t used (I don’t know anyone who would). I like it when the recipe calls for things that are already lying around the house. Easy ingredients makes it that much more appetizing. Okay, well this was just a random life post. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any ideas for something that I should try to cook just leave me a comment or email me at:

jeffrey.chui@gmail.com
Happy Nom Noms

Tasty Tofu Edit

Okay, so a few posts ago I tried to make pineapple chipotle tofu. It was good, but the taste just wasn’t there for me. I recently remade it with the advice of some of my friend on facebook (shout out to Carolyn). Anyway, it was so much better. The first time I didn’t dry the tofu out enough I guess, and I also marinated it in the sauce this time. Here is the post with the recipe:

https://thestumbleuponchef.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/is-that-food/
Things I did differently:

I cut the tofu into small pieces and let them lay on a towel to dry out for about an hour.

Marinated the tofu in the sauce for about an hour and a half.

Made a little extra sauce because it is hard to see the sauce thicken.

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Celebrating Qing Ming

This last week we celebrated Qing Ming (Clean and Bright). Qing Ming is a Chinese holiday for grave cleaning, which we celebrated by doing so. We went to the mausoleum with flowers and cleaned up around around my mom. It was nice to go since I haven’t been in a while, although I guess it should take a holiday to get me to go there. Anyway, for dinner we had a ghost feast and burnt ghost money. You can read more about the holiday here:

http://www.kidzworld.com/article/1993-ching-ming-festival-a-chinese-tradition

We had a lot on the menu, at least a lot for 2 people, but we still managed to eat it all. I have this problem where if there is food in front of me…it disappears :P. Anyways, today you get 2 posts! Sweet Chili Sauce and Chicken and Rice Pudding.

Chicken:

http://www.sidewalkshoes.com/2008/11/chicken-with-sweet-chili-sauce.html

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup of soy sauce
peanut oil (or whatever you want to use for sauteing)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Method:
Mix 1/4 cup chili sauce and 1/4 cup soy sauce in a shall glass dish or zip lock bag, add chicken and turn to coat. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Add a tablespoon or two of oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat. Lift chicken from marinade and brown on one side for about 2-3 minutes (it may smoke a little from the sweet marinade). Turn the chicken over and brown for 2 minutes per this side. Cover with a lid, turn the heat to low and let it finish cooking for about 8 minutes.

Mix remaining chili sauce and soy sauce in a small pot and heat over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve over chicken.

Notes:

I really like this sauce! LIKE REALLY LIKE IT! Haha, and for once I actually followed the recipe as written! I have some left over and I want to try to mix it in with fried rice instead of just  soy sauce. I’ll let you know how it turns out :D. The sauce can get a bit thick, so you may want to thin it out with a touch of water.

Rice Pudding:

http://wordstoeatby.blogspot.com/2009/06/rice-pudding-and-mango-parfait-modern.html

Ingredients:
3 cups whole milk [I used 2%]
2 to 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (see Note)
1⁄4 cup white basmati rice, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

Method:

In a deep saucepan, bring the whole milk and condensed milk to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the rice and cardamom and mix well. Continue to cook for about 50 minutes, until the milk has reduced by half and you obtain a creamy consistency [mine was done in about 35 minutes]. Stir frequently while cooking.

Remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature.

Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour.

Notes:

I really like rice pudding with mango. I’ve had it before at a restaurant, and even though I didn’t make it as a parfait it still came out really well. I tasted it with 2 tbs of sweetened condensed milk and thought it needed a little more sweetness, so I added another table spoon. I also put in about 3-5 tsp of vanilla because I accidentally poured too much in :). It burned a little bit on the bottom, but I found I like the burnt bits a little more :D. MmmMmm..burnty… Anyway, I served it immediately after with mango because when I ate it at the restaurant it was warm, so I figured this is what they did. Oh, and mangoes are my favorite fruit… you’ll have to guess the 2nd and 3rd 😉

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