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Another New Pot?

YUP !!

I have been ogling this pot for a long time now, and a gal on one of the Food Forums that I participate in had posted that she found this at a bargain-basement price.

I ordered this Tramontina 3.5-Quart Enameled Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven from Walmart.com for $35.97.  Now, I had seen this same sized pot in the store for $25.00 but NOT in this gorgeous red.

I’m not sure what I’ll cook first in this beauty as yet, but it’ll look pretty, that’s for sure.

 

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Hawaiian-Chinese Style Chicken Noodle Soup

I know that I’ve talked about this soup in the past, but it’s been a while and seeing as it’s still kinda cold here, let’s make soup!  This is a super easy, old favorite of mine from Hawaii.

 

Chicken Long Rice

1 boneless-skinless Chicken thigh

2 C. Chicken Broth (I tried Swanson’s Cooking Stock, I really liked it)

2 C. Water

1 Garlic clove, peeled and smashed

½ inch piece of fresh Ginger Root, cut into matchsticks (I used more like an inch)

A pinch of Sea Salt (taste before adding, you may not need it)

1/3 of a package of SaiFun or Bean Threads (Long Rice)

3 Green Onions, cut into 1 inch pieces

In a medium-sized pot, add the water, broth, chicken, ginger and garlic; cook until the chicken is very tender.  Remove the chicken to a bowl and allow to cool slightly.  Shred the meat and return it to the pot.  While the chicken is cooking, place the bean threads into a large bowl of hot tap water to soak for 30 minutes.  Strain the long rice and place into the soup; simmer partially covered for about 30 minutes, until the long rice is also tender.  Add the salt, if needed,  and the greens onions just before serving.

This is my favorite brand of Long Rice

YUM! Chicken Long Rice

This recipe will make 2 very large bowls or 4 small servings.  The dish also freezes very well.  Go ahead and eat those little bits of fresh ginger, this is really good for you, especially when you’re not feeling well, oh and the garlic too.   A trick I learned a long time ago was to take your kitchen shears and cut up the Long Rice in the pot, they are very long.

There are other variations to this recipe, such as adding Black Mushrooms or Hot Chili Peppers.  Some folks do not care for the garlic, others the green onions.  You take this recipe and make it your own, but do try it and let me know what you thought.

Hawaiian comfort food, Chicken Long Rice

Comfort food

My most recent batch of Chicken Long Rice

Aaahhh!

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

I haven’t made Guava Chicken in for-ever !!

Mostly because, I couldn’t get the frozen Guava Juice Concentrate any longer.

WELL!

On our last trip through Las Vegas I found the International Market, YAY!!

So let’s go!

 

Wow, I had to think about this one.  I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice and  I have yet to find Guava Chicken anywhere but Hawaii.

I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.

Guava Chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after Body Surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s Beach Food.

So years later, here we are In The Middle Of The Desert and I NEED  to have little pieces of home every so often.

Guava Chicken

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken

1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate

(if you can find the brands from Hawaii, that’s best, but Goya will do)

1 Garlic clove, crushed

1/2 C. Oyster Sauce

1/2 C. lightly packed Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Soy Sauce (I prefer low sodium Aloha Brand)

1/2 C. Ketchup

1/4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice

5 lbs. Chicken thighs (we buy boneless-skinless)

Combine all ingredients and allow to marinade for at least 24 hours, the longer the better. Grill (or bake or broil, I like the charred bits, it’s more like going to the beach) until the meat is completely done, an internal temperature of 165º on an insta-read thermometer

Fried Rice

Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice

this ain’t rocket science! it’s all just leftovers…

start off with steamed White Rice that’s leftover for maybe 2-3 days in the `fridge to dry out

add whatever ‘Goodies’  you like:

scrambled Eggs or that Omelet you didn’t finish

Breakfast Meat (we use Linguica or Portuguese sausage), chopped**

Spam, yup, that’s right Hawaii’s favorite meat!**

Green onions

White onions

IF you must, frozen Peas and Carrots

Soy Sauce (we prefer Aloha Brand)

Sesame Oil

Toasted Sesame Seeds to make it all pretty at the end

 

Preheat a large fry pan, or Wok if you have it, with some neutral oil like canola.

Once you see wisps of smoke coming off the pan, you gotta move fast

Throw in the rice, stir it around until it’s hot

Add in your Goodies, stir again

Pour in enough Soy Sauce to just color the rice, barely

Stir; cover and cook for a few minutes

Dish it up with a drizzle of Sesame Oil and some Sesame Seeds, maybe some more

chopped Green Onions too

Hawaiian Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

**Tip – the Spam and the Linguica really make it, or some Teriyaki Chicken, SIL uses Turkey Hotdogs and Bacon**

ALOHA

 

Never Have I Ever …

… Shoveled snow, in my entire life, ever, never … until now! 😀

We got dumped on, big time!

The snow started to come down Wednesday night and kept on coming until Friday night.  All said and done, the official number was TWENTY THREE inches. 😮

 

My husband and I took turns shoveling the drive and sidewalks, so that once the snow plows came through, we’d be able to get out.  Mind you now, we knew this was coming and stocked up on supplies so that we were prepared for at least a week of being snowed in.

Never have I ever …

… Made a snowman!

THAT was fun:!::!::!:

Never have I ever …

… seen a snow plow in action.

WOW!

That was a lot of firsts for me.  I’d been in snow before, many times, just not this much ^^’

But we made it through and ate well along the way

New And Improved Homemade Cheese Raviolis

Below is a copy of a previous post from my blog, well actually this is the third ‘recycle’ of this blog post.

What I wanted to add to this post is that I finally bought a set of Ravioli Cutters.  One is round and one is square, and they make hefty sized Ravs!

I’d never tried to make Ravioli using this technique before, and I found it much more satisfying then using the Ravioli Maker and Press.  I’m not really sure why, but it wasn’t as stressful.  No, I do know why … I didn’t have to worry about the dough sticking to the maker and falling apart!

I rolled out the Pasta Dough using my Kitchen Aid attachments, laid each sheet on the counter, used my teaspoon disher to load the filling, topped it with a second sheet of pasta and cut.

I also tried a different recipe for the filling with this first go-around of Large-Round cutter, Spinach and Cheese Ravs.  They were delicious!! I don’t remember the recipe I used but you can search the WWW for one that you’re family would like.

 

January 21, 2018

*Edit*

Originally this post was published back a year ago.  I had been looking through my recipe binder to make a batch of ravs and decided just to pull this up instead.

WHAT!?

I messed up on this recipe guys, big time!

Please note that the filling is missing EGGS!  I’ve rectified this and would like to re-post this with the correction added below.  This really is a wonderful dish that is time consuming, but well worth it, ask my husband 😀

 

One of my long time followers, Krystle, who also blogs at Pictures And Plane Tickets (please check out her blog) requested my recipe for Cheese Raviolis.

Ya know, I could have sworn that I’d posted this recipe previously, but I guess not, just mouth watering photographs of the end product… sorry, my bad.  So with no further ado, here we go.

Auntie’s Cheese Raviolis

Dough:

3 1/2 – 4 C. All Purpose Flour (or Semolina)

1 1/2 tsp. Table Salt

4 large Eggs, beaten

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Water

Filling:

1 lb. Ricotta Cheese (I get the Whole Milk, go for it I say 😉 )

1 C. Parmesan Cheese, grated (buy the best quality you can find)

3 large Eggs, beaten

1/4 C. Flat Leaf Italian Parsley, chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

Now, let’s get to it.

For the dough:

In a food processor combine the dry ingredients; with the machine running add the Eggs and Oil. Pulse in enough Water for the dough to JUST come together, you don’t want it too wet or sticky but firm and smooth to the touch.  Turn the dough out to a large piece of plastic wrap, bringing all bits together into a ball; cover well and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 24 hours, it turns a funny looking grey, unappetizing color.

For the filling:

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Take a zip-top baggie, fill about half way (not too full as it makes it unyielding when it comes time to fill the raviolis).  Snip a smallish hole in one corner, this makes the filling process much easier; close up the bag and place in a small bowl to keep everything contained for now.

To assemble:

Divide the dough into about 12 pieces, being sure to keep the dough covered in the plastic so that it doesn’t dry out.  Dust your counter top with a small amount of flour, then with a rolling pin, flatten out 1 piece of dough into a rectangular shape, thin enough to go through a Pasta Sheet Roller on the first setting. Dust the dough lightly and run it through as many settings as you like, I go from #1 to #4 on my KitchenAid attachment.  Set aside and repeat a second sheet.  Using a Ravioli Mold makes life easy.  Place one sheet over the flour dusted mold, make the rounded indentations and fill by squeezing that baggie of goodness in to that spot, not too much though; very lightly moisten all edges of the form with your finger dipped in some water.  Place the second sheet over the top, starting from on end and gently pressing out any air.  With the rolling pin provided (or your own) seal and cut all edges well (you’ll see the metal edges come through), peel away the excess dough (save that under the plastic wrap) and turn the Raviolis out on to a floured sheet pan.

Repeat

I get anywhere from 6 to 7 dozen Raviolis with this recipe.  Allow the Raviolis to rest for at least 3 hours on the kitchen counter, uncovered.

To Cook:

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add the appropriate amount of salt and stir.  Gently drop your desired amount of Raviolis into the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes or to your preferred doneness.

Now that’s just one technique of assembly Raviolis, you could go without the mold and simply roll out the sheet of pasta, squirt on some filling, fold over the dough and cut as desired.  I have a hard time with that, they wind up exploding in the boiling process, not good eats.

I like to make a large batch of Raviolis and once dried, I pop the entire sheet pan into the freezer overnight, dust off the flour and place in a zip-top bag for later consumption… I mean 84 Raviolis are ALOT!!! 

*Added bonus – if you like, this dough makes wonderful fresh Fettuccine or Spaghetti or really any shape you like.  I do this with the leftover scrapes of from the Raviolis.  I gather them all up into a ball, sheet it out and cut as desired.  I roll the sheets up into a “cigar shape” and use my parring knife, unfurl each strand into that sheet pan of flour, toss to coat in the flour and allow to dry a bit.  You can freeze the fresh pasta for next Sunday’s Supper.

homemade pasta

ENJOY!

SNOW!!!

I get so excited when it snows here In The Middle Of The Desert, mostly because we don’t get a whole lot of it.  But, this was a doozy!

I went out back with my trusty ruler from the 3rd grade that I still have and measured a tick more than 4 inches… AND IT WAS’NT DONE!

This is in back of our house, looking to the road that leads in… you can’t see the road! 😀

WOW!!!

This is our street, I think 😮

My husband looked out front and said, “Come on!  We gotta get out there and clear the snow from the driveway before it gets dark.  It’ll freeze solid and we won’t be able to get out!  I thought I’d never have to do this again, DANG!!” (DH is from the East Coast and said the reason that he moved to Hawaii was to get away from snow 😐 )

Here we thought that living in Arizona we’d never have to do this.  Now mind you, we don’t own a Snow Shovel!  So we used our large headed Broom and metal Bow Rake to break the forming ICE!!! :/

But we got it done!!  ^^’

Gee, I did wonder when I went to the market a few days earlier, why they had Snow Shovels on sale out front. o_O

WELL!

Guess what I bought? 😉

I’ve never, ever in my entire life owned a Snow Shovel, EVER!! But we’re ready now… Sunday’s forecast is for SNOW!!!! 🙄

Non-Scratch Baking

Today, I did something that I don’t  normally do, I made a baked good from a box…  😮

I know, but I wanted to try something different that I saw at the Mega-Mart the other day.

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Sam’s Choice™ Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix.

I had been thinking of Wild Blueberry Muffins for a few weeks, and this seemed to fit the bill.

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Not bad lookin’ or smelling for that matter.

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I served them up this morning with some scrambled Eggs, Turkey Sausage, Cantaloupe and juice.  Now I’d say that’s a filling brunch; I give it a four star rating  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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This kit comes with canned Wild Blueberries, you just add water, oil and 2 eggs.  It’ll bake up 6 jumbo Muffins that I think came out tender, with a nice crumb and we have plenty leftover for tomorrow.   That’s a win/win in my book.  😉