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Chinese Five Spice Stir Fry

Stir fry is fast and easy, healthy, and almost always delicious. This recipe in particular is easy peasy.
Chinese Five Spice has hints of anise and other cinnamon-like flavors, and makes for an interestingly dynamic flavor when mixed with the basic onion/garlic seasonings.

Chinese Five Spice Stir Fry[Stir fry with a twist – Chinese Five Spice has hints of anise and other unexpected seasonings]

 You’ll need:

– 1 lb chicken breast
– 2 Tbsp sesame oil
– 3 Tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1 tsp ginger powder
– 2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
– salt & pepper to taste

Dice chicken into small pieces. Put in large Ziploc bag. Add all seasoning listed above and shake. Let sit for 30 minutes.

– 2 Tbsp light olive oil
– 1 yellow onion, diced
– 6 cremini mushrooms, sliced
– green onion, chopped
– 1/2 cup peanuts
– 3 Tbsp soy sauce
– 1/4 cup water

Heat oil in large skillet. Add marinated chicken and cook until 1/2 done. Add all vegetables, peanuts, soy sauce, and water. Stir until blended. Cook until veggies are soft and chicken is done (but not over done).

Top with sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

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Best Ever Carrot Cake

I am a HUGE carrot cake fan – so I don’t tread lightly when I say “best ever”. Secret ingredient? Crushed pineapple!

Unlike most recipes where I toy with proportions/ingredients to make them even better, nothing was adjusted in this recipe from Philodeau (except, I did omit the raisins).

You will need:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups carrot (grated)
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pineapple, crushed & drained
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup coconut (shredded)

Directions:

Head oven to 350F.

Filter & mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine fruit & nuts. To the fruit mixture, add remaining wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Add dry ingredients to wet, 1/3 at a time.
Pour batter into greased 9×13 baking pan.
Bake for ~45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool before frosting.

BEST EVER Cream Cheese Frosting

1, 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered suga

Place softened cream cheese in bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth and not stiff. Add the softened butter and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar, 1/4 at a time. Spread evenly over cooled cake, and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Enjoy! (Pictures to come)

Rachel’s Kaiser Rolls

Rachel hosted lunch for a few lucky Honors kids and prepared delicious BBQ chicken sandwiches on Kaiser rolls. What are Kaiser rolls you ask? Delicious fluffy buns. I have yet to try making these on my own (feasible without a KitchenAid?)

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Rachel and her Kaiser roll.

King Arthur Flour Kaiser rolls recipe

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Sage Bakery, Uniontown

We went for a drive to Uniontown, Wash. to visit Sage Bakery, a “local” bakery where the best restaurants in Pullman (Swilly’s, Black Cypress) buy bread. GB had a “savory” scone (ham, cheese) and I had a berry tart (chocolate chip scone to go). Sandwiches and coffee were also available.

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Patio Gardening

It’s finally that time of the year- patio gardening! (a.k.a. overnight lows no lower than 40F). Early-starters can find a surprisingly good selection at Walmart; late-goers resort to Crossroads nursery (significantly more pricey, and yet they carry little to no citrus/fruiting plants).

Current herbs: thyme, cilantro, basil, lavender

Current fruits: pepper plant, strawberry

Others- flowers, vines, grasses. Not nearly as exciting as the culinary items!

Future planting? Hopefully an oregano and mint.

(Inside thanks to the uncanny random Pullman weather- i.e., rain, wind)

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Easter Haystacks

You will need:

  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 bag of fiber one cereal
  • 1 bag of whoppers robins egg

Temper the chocolate until melted. Mix with cereal until well coated. Shape into nests on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Top with robins eggs and freeze for 30 minutes or until hard. Enjoy!