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1/2 c flour

1/2 c water

1/4 c cornstarch

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp dark soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Combine with a whisk and coat vegetables then deep fry in hot oil

when golden brown remove and drain on paper towel  serve hot.

Vegetable that can be used for frying:

sweet potato slices celery sticks

carrot sticks zucchini slices

mushrooms parsnip slices

green pepper strips water chestnut slices

sweet onion slices green beans

Sweet and Sour Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 lbs broiler-frying chicken, cut up into small pieces

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 Tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp light soy sauce

1 tsp salt

dash of white pepper

2 tomatoes

1 green pepper

Vegetable oil


see above tempura recipe

1 1/4 c sugar

1 c chicken broth

3/4 c white vinegar

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp dark soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 c cornstarch

1/4 c cold water

1 can (8 1/4 oz) pineapple chucks, drained

Prepare chicken by removing bones and cutting into 1″ pieces mix next five ingredients in a glass or plastic bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Cut each tomato into 8 wedges

Cut green pepper into 1″ pieces

Heat vegetable oil 1 1/2 inches deep in wok to 350º

Mix the batter ingredients stirring in chicken and coat pieces well fry chicken 15 pieces at a time until golden brown, about 1 minute drain on paper towel.

Heat sugar. chicken broth, vinegar , 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tsp soy sauce,  1/2 tsp salt and garlic to boiling in a saucepan.

Mix 1/4 c cornstarch and 1/4 c water, stir into sauce to thicken it, about 10 seconds Stir in tomatoes, green pepper and pineapple. Heat to boiling and pour over chicken.

serves 6

Do ahead directions:

After frying chicken for 3 minutes wrap and freeze no longer then 1 week.

Prepare sauce as directed except omit tomatoes and green peppers. Freeze no longer then 1 week.

Dip container of sauce in hot water to loosen. Place frozen block in saucepan cover tightly. Heat stirring occasionally until thawed.

Heat frozen chicken in oven 400º until hot about 25 minutes.

Stir tomatoes and green peppers into sauce. Heat to boiling, pour over chicken.

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Beef Stew Recipes

Irish Stew recipe
1 cup Burgundy or other dry red wine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried whole thyme
3 pounds lean beef for stewing, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans condensed beef broth, undiluted
6 carrots, scraped and cut into 2-inch slices
12 small boiling onions
6 medium potatoes, peeled and halved

Combine first 6 ingredients; pour over beef in a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. Drain meat, reserving marinade. Remove and discard bay leaves. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; brown beef in oil. Add broth and reserved marinade; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Add carrots, onions and potatoes. Cover and cook 30 minutes.

Makes 2 1/2 quarts.

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Carnival of the Recipes #175

New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve Traditions

Cooking for New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve tends to be a random affair punctuated by comfort food and easy to prepare meals to be eaten at parties and in front of the television.

One of the most well-known traditions is that Black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day, often with collard greens or mustard greens. The tradition indicates that the eating of black eyed peas will bring good luck and fortune.

With that in mind, we have a couple of Black Eyed Peas Recipes submitted by various members of the Carnival of the Recipes.

Shawn Lea presents her Recipe for good luck in the new year with … Stewed Black-Eyed Peas posted at Everything And Nothing.

Black Eyed Peas

Famous Recipes presents new year’s eve recipes – New Year’s Eve Black-Eyed Peas Recipe | World Famous Recipes posted at Famous Recipes.

And here are a couple of more Black Eyed Pea Recipes for good measure:

Black-Eyed Peas with Garlic and Kale Recipe

1 1/2 lbs. kale, washed and drained
1 T. olive or other vegetable oil
1 T. chopped fresh garlic, or more to taste Pinch of dried red pepper
2 C. canned or cooked black-eyed peas
1 T. cider vinegar, or to taste

Pull the kale leaves from the tough stems. Discard the stems and chop the leaves into one-inch pieces. Place about two inches of water in a large pot and heat to boiling. Add the kale, cover and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain. Reserve the water for soup, if desired. In a large non-stick skillet, combine the oil and garlic. Cook the garlic over low heat, stirring, until it begins to sizzle, about two minutes. Add the peas and red pepper and cook until blended, stirring, about three minutes. Add the kale and stir to blend over low heat. Add the cider vinegar just before serving. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Serves 6.

Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Eve is supposed to bring you luck, or so says Southern tradition. Why leave it to chance when you can cook up a delicious pot of black eyed peas instead?

Cooking black eyed peas at a low simmer instead of a boil will keep the skins from bursting and give the dish a better appearance. Also add salt after cooking is complete as it can make the beans tough.

3 1/2 C canned or frozen (and thawed) black-eyed peas thawed
3 C chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
4 oz finely chopped ham
1 C onion, chopped
2 T balsamic or red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp (more to taste) crushed red pepper
pepper to taste

Serves 6

Bring all ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 

And now for the rest of the New Year’s Eve and New Years Day Holiday Traditional  Recipes

Michele presents Sausage and Cabbage Casserole posted at Meanderings.

Slow Cooker Recipes presents Slow Cooker Recipes – Crockpot Scallop Potato-Tomato Pot posted at Slow Cooker Recipes.

Bill presents Surprise Dessert posted at Recipes – World Famous Recipes.

Carl Chapman presents The Best Turkey You Ever Ate! posted at Confessions of an Executive Restaurant Recruiter.

Laura Williams presents Chocolate Extract Coffee posted at Laura Williams’ Musings.

Famous Recipes presents Vanilla Cream Frosting posted at Famous Recipes.

Diabetic Recipes presents Diabetic Recipes – Vegetable-Barley Pilaf posted at Diabetic Recipes.

Crock Pot Recipes presents Chili-Cheese Taco Dip posted at Crock Pot Recipes.

Kevin P Menard presents Midnight Meat Pie aka Tourtierre posted at technogypsy.

Martin Lindeskog presents EGO: PIZZA SLICE posted at EGO.

Kevin P Menard also presents some traditional recipes left over from last week … Holy Supper Recipes – Pirogi, Pagachi, Mushroom Barley Soup, & Bobalky posted at technogypsy.

Easter Recipes presents Blueberry Dumplin’s posted at Easter Recipes.

Thelly presents Chicken Recipes – Chicken Biryiani Recipe posted at Chicken Recipes.

Famous Recipes presents Peanut Busters posted at Famous Recipes.

Marsha Hudnall presents Healthy Recipe: Tomato Basil Squares posted at A Weight Lifted.

Pancake Recipes presents Pancake Recipes – Deli-Cakes posted at Pancake Recipes.

Sarah presents Historic recipe for homemade PB cups! posted at SARAHSPY.

Akumakann Recipes presents Amaretto Almonds posted at Akumakann Recipes.

PabloPabla presents Chinese Stewed Duck posted at Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food.

Turkey Recipes presents Turkey Tamale Pie posted at Turkey Recipes.

Thai Recipes presents Vegetarian Thai Red Curry with Eggplant posted at Thai Recipes.

Free Recipes presents Confetti Appetizers – New Year Recipe posted at Free Recipes Online.

Recipes presents Saturday Night Chicken posted at Recipes.

World Famous Recipes presents Red Velvet Cake Recipes – Velvet Flag Cake Recipe | World Famous Recipes posted at World Famous Recipes.

Famous Recipes presents Crazy Crust Apple Pie posted at Famous Recipes.

Next week The Carnival of the Recipes will be hosted at TechnoGypsy and will be dedicated to “Russian Christmas or 12th Night.”

You can send recipes or links to by noon CST on Saturday.

For a line-up of future Carnivals, visit our Carnival of the Recipes page on Blog Carnival.

You can submit to the next Carnival of the Recipes using this form

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Hypertension and Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes

Doctor Jane Delagado, one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics,” Demonstrates Healthy Holiday CookingNew Survey Results on the State of Hypertension in Hispanic CommunitiesWith the holidays just around the corner, food temptations abound on dinner tables across the country. Although this is a common time when people end up straying from their healthy diet, it is important to stay on track and enjoy healthy, tasty, and low-sodium meals. Findings from hypertension screenings by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health demonstrate a need for awareness about steps to take to lower blood pressure, including lower sodium (salt) intake. Salt is a contributor to higher blood pressure and is pervasive in much of the North American diet that has been adopted by the Hispanic community.Did you know?•The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found Hispanics with hypertension are less likely to be aware of their condition
•Among Mexican American adults with hypertension, only about half (49.8%) are aware of their condition and are less likely to have their hypertension under control (17.3%) compared to non-Hispanic blacks (29.8%) and non-Hispanic whites (29.8%) with high blood pressure
•The age-adjusted prevalence of hypertension is 40.5% among non-Hispanic blacks, 27.4% for non-Hispanic whites, and 25.1% among Mexican Americans
Talent/Guest: Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic HealthThe nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics, Alliance members provide services to over 14 million persons annually. The award-winning author of SALUD – A Latina’s Guide to Total Health, Dr. Delgado this year was named one of “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by People en Español magazine. Her most recent TV appearance was a live national interview on CNN on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).For more information, go to:

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Thai Pea Soup


2 cups vegetable stock

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

3/4 tsp. curry paste

1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. fresh mint, chopped or 1-1/4 tsp. dried

13 oz. frozen peas, thawed

3/4 tsp. canola oil

1/4 tsp. black mustard seeds


Boil stock in a large pan over high heat. Add next 3

ingredients. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer 4 – 5 minutes.

Add peas and simmer another 4 -7 minutes. Transfer mixture to a

blender or food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt

and pepper to taste. Heat oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium

high heat. Sauté mustard seeds until they start to pop. Pour oil

spice mixture over soup.

Nutritional Info Per Serving: Per serving: calories 89, fat 1.5g, 15%

calories from fat, protein 5.1g, carbohydrates 14.5g, fiber 5.3g,

sugar 5.2g, sodium 220mg, diet points 1.4.

Diebetic Exchanges: Bread: 0.9, Fat: 0.1.

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