Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cashew Chicken

This recipe came from my mother-in-law, who got it from my sister-in-law, who got it from her sister-in-law....LOL Isn't it amazing how quickly the good recipes can travel? I love it! Anyways, this was e-mailed to me a while back and I made it for dinner a couple of weeks ago. It was a HUGE hit. As an added bonus, as long as I buy gluten free soy sauce, it fits into my new eating habits just fine. These days, it just doesn't get much better than that! :-D

¾ cup Orange Juice

1/3 cup Honey

¼ cup Soy Sauce

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

½ tsp. Pepper

4 boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 1/2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Corn Starch

1 cup Cashews

4 green onion

1 lg, carrot sliced

1 celery stalk, sliced

Combine and set aside the OJ, Honey, Soy Sauce, Corn Starch, Garlic Powder, Pepper. In a large pan sauté the chicken. In a separate pan cook olive oil, green onions, carrot, and celery until softened. Add veggies, sauce, cashews to chicken and heat through.

After sauteing the chicken, I remove it from the pan and cut into bite size pieces. I then add the carrot, celery, and green onion to the same pan as the chicken. I basically turn it into a one pot meal. I guess I'm just lazy like that. ;)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Candy Apple Pie

I pulled this recipe out of an issue of Backyard Living quite a few years ago. As I've said before, with our kids having their birthdays so close together, we often have anything but cake to celebrate. Our son has asked for pie for his birthday...half apple & half cherry...when I think apple pie, this is the recipe that comes to mind. Enjoy!

6 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
2 Tablespoons lime juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
2 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, toss apples with lime juice. Combine dry ingredients; add to the apples and toss lightly. Line a 9-inch pie plate with bottom crust and trim even with edge; fill with apple mixture. Dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal, and flute edges high; cut slits in pastry. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and apples are tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and cream; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans. Pour over top crust. Bake 3-4 minutes longer or until bubbly. Serve warm.

*While you might be tempted to not use heavy whipping cream because it only calls for 2 Tablespoons, it is better if you do use it. Rather than having the remainder of the heavy cream go to waste, I whip it with a bit of sugar & vanilla and serve it with the pie. :)