Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thai Peanut Chicken

Ingredients Needed:

-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/2 lb
[If you get the flat cutlets you don't have to pound em]
-1/2 cup panko crispy bread crumbs
-1/2 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
-1/4 cup purchased peanut sauce
[extra if you want some for dipping sauce]
-2 tablespoons mayo 

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray. If you bought regular chicken breasts place them smooth side down between baking paper or plastic wrap. Gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/2-inch thick.
 2. In a shallow dish, mix together 1/4 cup peanut sauce and 2 tablespoons mayo.
 3.  In another shallow dish, mix together panko and peanuts. Dip chicken in sauce mixture, then dip in panko mixture. Place on baking sheet.

4. Bake 15-20, turning once, until juice is clear when center of the thickest part is cut and coating is golden brown.
[Recipe from]

Monday, August 22, 2011

Zombies in the Pool Hall: Birthday Cake!

Earlier that day...
Heroes & Villains
The Aftermath
  This excellent cake was the work of the birthday boy/man's mother, son, girlfriend and myself. My main contributtions were the twisted barbies, the Joe/Ken Doll, and decorating cupcakes. Other than that I just assisted and consulted. It's a tradition for his mom and son to make awesome cakes for him every year. This was only my second year being involved but it definately beats last years cake.
  Oh and if anyone was wondering the green on the pool table is 2 sugar sheets from JoAnn's. You just peel off the backing and stick em on to the frosting. The pool balls are Nerd's gumballs dipped in white chocolate. The numbers and letters also from the JoAnn's sugar sheet section but the numbers had to be cut with an exacto knife to fit properly on the gumballs.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thai Steak Salad

I forget what food magazine this came from but it was really good.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice[1/4cup], vegetable oil[1/4cup], fish sauce[1T], and sugar[1T], until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Season skirt steak[1pound] patted dry and cut into 4 pieces with coarse salt and ground pepper. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high. Cook steak 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss romaine lettuce [pre washed bag to save time], 1 medium cucumber cut into half moons, grape tomatoes [cut in half], roasted/salted peanuts [1/4 cup chopped]. Drizzle with dressing and toss again. Thinly slice steak and serve on salad.
You can also add fresh mint and 1 red chile thinly sliced. I didn't because I don't care for mint and I didn't see any chiles at the store. I did find out that Zephyrhills makes sparkling water now. It's way cheaper that S.Pellegrino and Perrier.

Monday, August 15, 2011

S'mores Cupcakes

Made some S'mores cupcakes from scratch this weekend. Pretty proud of how they turned out. The frosting was just store bought buttercream frosting. Next time I want to try my hand at making marshmellow fluff frosting, to make it more S'mores like. Sunday I got to give Jenny her going away gift. She really loved it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bracelets & Super Yummy Salmon

I've been lazy about updating my blog during the week and last weekend was busy, busy, busy. So i'm playing catch up right now. Last Saturday I hung out with my bestfriend Jess because she was in town a day before she had to leave for Colombia. We did our usual Dexter marathon with some crafting thrown into the mix. I made her and myself a bracelet, then taught her how to make one. 
She made us matching friendship bracelets. Pretty cute [=
 Super Yummy Salmon
TND [Thursday Night Dinner]
I may not have posted it on Friday, but I did cook on Thursday. And it was the best thing I’ve cooked since I started doing TND’s. There’s a sauce I make that I usually use on wraps. It’s just soy sauce, honey, and minced or chopped garlic heated up on the stove but it’s delicious. I found a recipe for Orange-Pecan Salmon but decided that I would try Honey/Soy/Garlic Salmon.  For this I marinated Salmon in the soy, honey and garlic for 20-30 minutes in the fridge. Put the salmon in a greased baking dish and baked it uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Then in a small sauce pan I heated up the soy/garlic/honey mixture and drizzled it on the salmon. The potatoes were honestly just quickie potatoes from the freezer section. They weren’t that great but the Salmon was so good it didn’t matter.


So it's been ages since my Snarky Bookworms post but the views have sure shot up today... by 139! I got the kit from the Subversive Cross Stitch Etsy shop. I don't know if any of you are familiar with but it' amazing. After you buy stuff it will give you an option of sending and appreciation photo to the seller. So I figured since I was already taking a picture for my blog I might as well send in an appreciation photo. Then the other day I got an e-mail from her asking if she could use it... then one thing lead to another and... 139! I think before today it was around 20 views. So needless to say, I'm excited!
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