Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Birthday Ashley Girl!

Happy birthday to my beautiful oldest grandchild, Ashley. I love you from the bottom of my heart. 

February 19th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year for 2015. It is the Year of the Ram; an animal known for it calmness, strength and vitality.

Throughout Asia, families have scrupulously cleaned their houses to get rid of the “dust” and troubles of the previous year and to start off the new with a fresh and positive beginning. On this day and for the next fifteen, families and friends will gather to wish one another good health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. The children will receive red envelopes filled with money in even amounts; odd is for funerals. They will play games and if they are really lucky, a dragon will drop in for the festivities bringing, good luck and dignity to the celebration. 

One of the dishes enjoyed at Chinese New Year Feasts for over a thousand years is crunchy, yummy won ton. My recipe was published in the Salt Lake City Deseret News on February 18th, just in time for the party! 

1 pound lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
3 green onions, sliced into ¼-inch pieces
2 raw eggs, beaten
1 handful raw bean sprouts, chopped (rinsed canned bean sprouts can be substituted if you can’t find fresh)
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (Kimlan brand)
1 package won ton skins (available in the grocery store produce or deli section)
For the filling, brown the ground meat in a skillet. Remove from heat and add the green onions, eggs, bean sprouts and soy sauce.
Set aside filling. Lay out on dry surface a dozen won ton wrappers. Moisten the edges of two sides of each wrap with water, and place about 1 teaspoon of filling in center.
Fold in half diagonally to make a triangle and pinch the edges closed. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a skillet. Fry the won ton until light golden, turn and cook the other side, then drain on paper towels. Salt lightly. May be chilled, stored airtight and reheated in a 375-degree oven until sizzling. Serve hot with sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.

1 cup chicken broth
1½ cups pineapple juice
¾ cup vinegar
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup cornstarch
Whisk ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly until thickened. Serve hot or refrigerate and reheat before serving.

1 cup light soy sauce (Kimlan brand)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 or 3 drops hot sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Shake the ingredients together in a jar with a lid until combined. Refrigerate leftovers.

Thank you Deseret News for sharing these delicious recipes. 


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Please join Kim Power Stilson and me as we discuss creative ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day (and discover what to do with the grid below…)

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Here are comfort food recipes with a somewhat healthy twist for you to love this Valentine’s Day

Italian Meatloaf    
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl stir together
1 lb. ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey or a combination)
1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs 
1 cup marinara sauce
2 eggs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
2 TBSP dried minced onions
1/8 tsp pepper
      Form the mixture into a heart and place into a round cake pan of a loaf and place in a 8″ x 4″ bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, pour over 
1 cup marinara sauce 
      Return to oven and bake another 15 – 20 minutes until the meat is browned. Serve with spaghetti squash and salad.

Spaghetti Squash
     Cut a spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place cut side down in a baking dish. Add about an inch of water and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes with the meatloaf. Carefully scoop out the squash, serve with the meatloaf and added marinara sauce.

Add a loaf of crusty sourdough bread and this yummy green salad

Green Salad
      Toss together
2 green apples, cored and diced
¾ cup dried cranberries
½  head of Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup glazed nuts
1 wedge Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Light Lime salad dressing

Rich and Easy Fruity Cake
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish
2 cans of fruit pie filling or crushed pineapple (cherry and/or berry)
     Sprinkle over the top
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
      Melt and pour over the cake mix
3/4 cup butter
     Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


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