Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chow Mein

This is such a favorite meal of ours now, and it's one of those things that you can really through anything in, the best.  You can buy a bag of frozen mixed veges, which works great, and saves on the prep time!  But I really just use whatever I have in the fridge. :)

Chow Mein
serves 3-4
1 onion chopped
2 cups chopped bok chow
1-2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup spiralized or julienned carrots
6 ounces pasta (I used brown rice spaghetti noodles)
15 fresh/raw/cleaned shrimp 
soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallions

In a pot of water cook the pasta as directed, drain it, rinse it with cold water and set aside.  Saute your vegetables in the same pot, on a high heat, with a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  I like my vegetables a little crispy still, but cook as desired.  Transfer your cooked veges to your serving bowl and set aside. 
 In the same pan, on high heat, with a drizzle of olive oil, place all your shrimp (hopefully they all fit in the pan).  Salt and pepper your shimp, and if using fresh garlic or ginger you can add it now, but you can use dry garlic/ginger as well.  About 2-3 minutes on each side should give you a nice sear.  Transfer your shrimp to your serving bowl with the vegetables.  
In the same pan, on high heat, with a drizzle of olive oil, add your cooked and drained pasta. Get a good sear on your noodles before tossing, it should only take a few minutes to do the whole pan.  Add a few tablespoons of soysauce, toss, and add veges and shrimp to your pan.  On high heat, toss a few times, just to re-heat everything, and serve!  Top with scallions and serve with sriracha!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dreamy Lemon Bars


This is a recipe that my family, friends
and I have used and loved for years;
hope you enjoy it!

Lemon Bars

1 c. butter
½ c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour

3 eggs
2 c. sugar
8 T. lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon
4 T. flour
1 t. baking powder


  • cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add flour
  • press into a 9x13 buttered pan
  • bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden, not brown
  • beat eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and zest completely; gradually add in flour and baking powder
  • pour over crust, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes; the edges should be golden not brown
  • let the bars sit for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut once cool
Kristin's Tips
  • The most important part of this recipe is cooking time, all ovens and pans are different, so it's really hard to tell someone how long to cook something; the best thing I can do is to tell you what to look for. Make sure when you're only cooking the crust that you don't let it get too dark (it will take away from the flavor if it cooks too long) and if its undercooked, they'll be harder to keep intact, and they'll be more gooey than anything. Same thing goes for when you're cooking the bars with the filling; you want a golden color around the edges, nothing too dark, or they'll be too stiff, and if undercooked, too gooey. Hope I've helped!
P.S. Yes you have seen this recipe before. I cheated a little by reposting it, but it's because I now have beautiful pictures and I had it posted to foodgawker. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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