Chinese Chicken Salad

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I work from home!   I am very grateful that I get to work from home.  One reason is that I get to make my lunch fresh each day!   It also means that I tend to eat the same things over and over.  I love salads.  And I usually will have a lettuce salad about 4 times per week.  And it gets really old.  I’ve tried making my own dressing to just so that I’m using something on a more healthy side, but still.  It gets to be boring.

I’m a follower of the Chef in Training on Facebook, so when I saw her post, I thought, huh, I have to try this.  I know my family may not eat it, but I will.  And I can have this instead of salad every day this week!  Well a regular salad.

In a large bowl add the  sunflower seeds, coleslaw, chopped green onions and chicken.

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Break apart Ramon packets until they are crushed into small pieces. Reserve beef packets for sauce. Add Top Ramon pieces to salad and mix together well.

This next part required me to get out the blender!!!

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In blender, combine almond oil, sugar, vinegar and beef packets. Blend until evenly mixed.

The original recipe calls for Peanut Oil.  I shop at Target Super Store and they don’t always carry things that I need.  They had the peanut oil but in a huge gallon jug that I didn’t need.  I looked through the different types of oils and came across the Almond Oil.  It says it gives a sweet flavor for salad dressings so that’s what I went with.  Great flavor.  I have a new favorite lunch (besides Zantigo!!).

 

Chinese Chicken Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 (16 oz) bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 packages Beef Top Ramon dry, save the packets
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 2 cups cooked and diced/shredded chicken
  • SAUCE . .
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 packets beef seasoning from Top Ramon packages listed above
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add sunflower seeds, coleslaw, chopped green onions and chicken.
  2. Break apart Ramon packets with until they are crushed into small pieces. Reserve beef packets for sauce. Add Top Ramon pieces to salad and toss to evenly distribute.
  3. In blender, add almond oil, sugar, vinegar and beef packets. Blend until evenly mixed.

We have had not much of a Spring here in MN.  This past weekend it got into the 70s and we got to use our grill!!!!!  It’s supposed to drop back into winter again but I’m holding firm on the no socks with shoes from here on out!!!

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Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Chef in Training

Cinnamon Twist Bread

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I know it’s that time of the year where most people are baking Easter goodies to put on display.  I have a couple of those that I want to try too, but bread. Bread came to my mind yesterday when I was on Pinterest looking for Easter fun things and I saw a tomato basil twist flavored.  Then cinnamon was on my mind.  Why?  Well because I’m not a tomato fan.   Though I’m sure it would be just fine, I chose the sweet bread instead.

Making bread takes a long time.  You have sit and wait for it to rise.  Not once but twice.  Now how does that work with a person that is working on their patience skills?  Not well.  I have to set the timer and walk away.  Good thing The Voice was on last night!  I loved seeing Usher on there!!!!  Ok, here’s what you do!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Preparation:

  1. In small saucepan, warm milk and 1 tbsp butter until butter is melted. Set aside until lukewarm.
  2. In small bowl, mix water and yeast until yeast is dissolved.
  3. In large bowl, add 2 tbsp sugar, salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Pour in lukewarm milk and butter. Mix until sugar and salt is dissolved. Stir in yeast and water.
  4. Mix in 2-1/2 cups flour. Turn out onto floured board and knead in the remaining half cup of flour or until the dough is soft and smooth.
  5. Put dough in greased bowl and turn dough so that the top is greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.
  6. Punch down dough with your fist. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 1 minute.
  7. Roll dough out into a basic rectangular shape. Use a butter knife or fingers to spread 2 tbsp softened butter on the top of rectangular dough. Evenly spread about 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon on top of butter.
  8. Roll up the dough into a log shape and connect both ends by putting a bit of water on the ends and push together into a wreath shape.
  9. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
  10. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.  (Mine was done in 30 minutes)
  11. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack.

I took the bread out and placed it on my baking rack to cool and to take photos.  Before I knew it someone was in the kitchen trying to cut it apart.  Goodness sakes I about had a fit!  And I kind of wanted to taste it first!!!

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I’m feeling a bit more comfortable with my bread baking!  I got this one down the first try!!

Have a great week.

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Bread Baking

Reece’s Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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This past weekend I was in the mood to do baking.  I had seen a picture online somewhere of pull apart cookies.  I googled and searched all over for a recipe and could not find one.  I thought I had saved the recipe to my bookmarks, but I did not.

I went to the store and was trying to think of what type of cookie to make.  I saw the Reece’s bag and thought this was a good one to try.  I did use my first batch in a glass baking dish for the pull apart cookies.

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They looked as though they turned out good, but when I tried to pull them apart, the middle was a bit undercooked or gooey!!  So I made the rest of the dough into cookies!!!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup Hershey Cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 and 1/4 cup (2 – 1/2 sticks)butter  or margarine, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 and 2/3 cups (10 0z pkg) Reece’s Peanut Butter Chips

How to:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  Gradually add flour mixture, beating well.   Stir in peanut butter chips.

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Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased  cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes (do not overbake, cookies will be soft).  They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling (which I didn’t realize until reading through the package directions the 2nd time).  Cool completely.

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This was a great chocolate cookie.  I wondered what it would taste like without the cocoa in it.  I’ll try next time and see what the outcome is.  I know I’ve searched for white cocoa (not even sure if it exists – the baker that I am) but I bet it’s just as good!

 I felt like I was dipping my chocolate in a jar of peanut butter.  These were pretty good.

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Great treat.  They were nice and chewy too!  I hope I run across the pull apart cookie recipe again.  Or if someone knows of a recipe, let me know.

Have a great week.

Two Girls Cooking – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Reece’s Peanut Butter Chip package

My Sister’s Bean Salsa

This past weekend I went to my brother’s house to watch the Superbowl, but more importantly to celebrate my 22.5 birthday for the 2nd time with him!!

My sister brought this salsa and I HAD to have the recipe for this.  It was so good.  I mean really good!

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I made this and ate it along side of the Creamy Chicken Cups that we had for dinner.  Oh my goodness.  I can’t get over the flavor of this.  I took out a couple of ingredients that I didn’t care for, but it was still pretty good.  This will be made over and over.  And I’m so glad that I have a huge bowl left to have some during the day for a light snack!  Or lunch..

Ingredients

Drain:
One can white corn
One can black beans
One can pinto beans
Chop:
One small onion
One small green pepper
Two jalapeño
I left out the red peppers and tomatoes – it’s well known I’m not a tomato fan!
2tbs of cilantro
It also calls for pimentos which I did not use.

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Boil:
1 cup sugar,

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

Then pour over top ingredients and cool.

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There isn’t one thing in this salsa that is bad for you.  I love the Organic White Tortilla chips that I buy from Target.  I have actually been to Target almost every single day this week so far.  And since I don’t have any of those chips left to dip into the large bowl of salsa, I’ll be going again!

This will be my lunch for the rest of the week!  Words can’t even describe how good this is.  If you’re a salsa fan and want to try out something new, then this is for you!!!

Happy Birthday to my brother last weekend.  Glad we got together to celebrate another year!  AND that I got to taste this stuff my sister made!  Yay!

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Every time I want to take a picture with my brother, he always, says:  “What are you doing?  NO pictures.”  But you always see the smile in the picture!!  He tells me not to post it on Facebook.  I did.  But now he’ll be on my blog too!!!!  Love ya bro!

Enjoy this.   You’re gonna love it.  Trust me.

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Have a great weekend.

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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My sister, Kari

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

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Last week I made Brown Eyed Bakers Snickers Rice Krispies Bars and they were soooo good.  I had gone out of town a couple of days after making these and I hoped that there would be at least one bar left for me (yay there was)!!

Then I saw these Oreo Cheesecake Bars on Michelle’s site and I so had to try these too!  My family likes (okay I like) the yellow Oreo cookies more than the chocolate ones, so I thought I’d change it up a bit and use those instead!

I’m thinking I should have doubled the recipe so that  I would have enough of these to feed all of the sweet tooth eaters in the house.  Once I tend to get my picture down for the blog, these types of treats seem to disappear.

INGREDIENTS:

For the Crust:
23 Oreo cookies (store-bought or homemade)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sour cream
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
12 Oreo cookies (store-bought or homemade), coarsely chopped

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, allowing it to hang over two of the sides.

2. Make the Crust: Process the Oreo cookies in a food processor until they are turned into fine crumbs. Drizzle the melted butter over top and pulse a handful of times until the butter is evenly distributed and all of the crumbs are moist. Dump the crumbs into the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes (leave the oven on).

3. Make the Cheesecake: Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat until incorporated.

4. Slowly add the eggs, beating well after each addition, and mix until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sour cream and vanilla, beating until incorporated.

5. Gently fold in the chopped Oreos, then pour the batter over the prepared crust, smoothing it into an even layer. Bake until the edges are set but the middle still jiggles slightly, about 40 to 50 minutes.

6. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or up to 24 hours) before serving.

7. To serve, lift the cheesecake out of the pan using the parchment or foil handles. Slice into bars and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. (I can’t believe I have to wait this long.  This is not a good thing for me!!)

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(Recipe adapted from Table for Two)

I’m so thankful that there are so many great bloggers out there to share their fun with us!  Not only do I learn from them but I get to share their great recipes.

Have a great week and enjoy the treat coming from your kitchen

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Brown Eyed Baker