Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thai Peanut Noodles

This recipe comes from Our Best Bites cook book! I made it twice in one week because it was so good and my family LOVED it! Great flavors and kid friendly!

16 oz. package linguine noodles
1 C chicken broth
6 T peanut butter
1-2 t chili sauce (found in Asian section at grocery store) add to taste.
3 T honey
6 T soy sauce
3 T minced ginger
4-6 cloves garlic, pressed
chopped green onion
2-3 chicken breasts boiled and chopped
chopped cilantro
chopped dry roasted peanuts
2 limes for garnish

Cook noodles. Make sauce-throw all ingredients into med. sauce pan except your chopped toppings (onion, peanuts, cilantro, lime). Stir and heat till smooth and hot. Pour over noodles and mix in chopped chicken breast. Add toppings to plated noodles.

Best sugar cookies EVER!

I made these for Valentines Day this year and I think I'll make them every year from now on! They are amazingly soft and delish! They make a beautiful jam filled heart cookie! You must make these! Seriously!

2 C unsalted butter
2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 t almond extract
6 C flour
3 t baking powder
1 t salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, extract. Add dry ingred. If the dough is a little dry, add more butter, maybe 1/2 a cube. You want dough to be soft not dry. Roll out dough using a 1/4 of the dough at a time. Roll between 2 sheets of parchment and use two books 1/4 inch thick on each side of the dough to get a perfectly uniform cookie. Cut out shapes. Use a metal spactula sprayed lightly with cooking spray to lift cookies to tray without breaking them. If making a window cookie, use a large cookie cutter for base cookie and a small cutter for the window cookie. Lay window cookie on top of base cookie and fill with raspberry jam. Fill completely full because jam will shrink! Bake at 350 for 10 minutes-or until just set-not cracking or golden brown. Let sit on cookie sheet to cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

*sorry I don't have a photo but I will add one later!

Jumbo Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the cookies I sold at the yard sale forever ago. They are my all time favorite peanut butter cookie! If you can find peanut butter filled kisses, you HAVE to use those for the top!

31/4 C Flour
1 C Cake flour
1 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 C unsalted butter
1 1/4 C brown sugar
1 1/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
1 C oatmeal, blended in food processor
2 C peanut butter

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. Add peanut butter. Add dry ingred. Then milk. Put LARGE balls of dough on parchment lined cookie sheet. They don't spread out while cooking so you can put them closer together. Bake 375 for 10 min. If using peanut butter kisses, put one in center of each cookie while warm. Drizzle with melted kisses or milk chocolate.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

 Started craving this within an hour after dinner!!

1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 onion
3 chicken breasts
1 T oil
Teriyaki sauce of choice ( Soy Vay brand from costco is good)
3 pkgs Top Ramen noodles
Cut chicken into small thin strips. Let soak in a bowl with Teriyaki sauce- I used about 1/2 cup, but use as much or as little to your taste. Meanwhile, cut bell peppers and onion into thin strips. Heat oil in large skillet or wok. Over med-high heat stir-fry chicken, stirring until just barely done. Put chicken in a bowl and cover to keep warm, but leave drippings in pan. With leftover drippings, add onion and peppers. Stir-fry till softened and cooked to liking (may need additional oil). I seasoned them while cooking with salt and pepper. Cook Ramen noodles according to pkg using seasoning packet or not, doesnt need it but up to you. Add chicken back to pan and add drained noodles. Stir to combine and serve immediately with water chestnuts and crunchy chow mein noodles on top if desired!! Serves 4-6