All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

To die for...

Found a Sesame Chicken recipe in a Chinese Cookbook that I've had for many, many years, and was finally brave enough to try it tonight. I got rave reviews from my whole family, even Kristen, who swore she didn't like it before she tried it.
Sesame Chicken
If not using boneless chicken breasts, remove all bones & skin; cut chicken into strips (2-3 lbs).
In a bowl, mix well:
1 egg
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. white pepper
Place chicken in bowl or bag, and cover with sauce. Let sit in fridge for 20 minutes.
Mix 1/2 c. water & 1/4 c. cornstarch; set aside.
In saucepan, heat and mix well:
1 c. sugar
1 c. broth (I added some ground ginger to it too)
3/4 c. vinegar
2 tsp. dark soy sauce
2-3 dashes of chili or cheyenne pepper (or more)
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
After it has come to a boil, add cornstarch mix, and stir until thickened. Remove from heat; keep warm.
Heat 1 1/2 inches vegetable oil in wok to 350. Add some of the chicken to it, and fry for 3 minutes, or until starting to get brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining chicken until all done.
Heat more oil to 375. Add 1/2 of chicken, and fry for 2 minutes or until done and lightly browned. Remove with slotted spoon and drain. Place on a heated platter. Repeat until all chicken is done.
Heat sauce again. Immediately pour over chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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