Sticky Chicken Wings

These are the best fried sticky chicken wings ever. Well, at least that I’ve ever made ;). This is obviously a cheat treat for my little guy, but it sure beats frozen chicken wings. Plus, if you’re on the organic train you can make these 100% organic. Sticky Chicken Wings

So here’s the back story. My best friend and I used to eat chicken wings in Koreatown all the time. These days we both have two kids, and it’s nearly impossible to get out. I’m not really sure how to explain the taste of this.  It’s not teriyaki and it’s not barbecue. I call it incredibly delicious. Fast forward to today, while deleting stuff off my phone, I  recently found a note listing possible ingredients to my favorite chicken wings. The last time I ate this at a restaurant, I basically sat and tasted every morsel very slowly  trying to figure out the ingredients.  And then today I tried it!

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 18-20 chicken drumettes
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbs. water
  • 2 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbs. ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. corn starch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sesame seed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry
  2. In a large bowl, add corn starch, flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder
  3. Add chicken in flour mixture. Make sure all parts are coated. Should be lightly coated not clumpy.
  4. In a deep dutch oven, add enough vegetable oil to cover drummette
  5. When oil is hot (about 350F) or when it bubbles when tested, add chicken
  6. Set aside when cooked and place on baking rack to drain oil
  7. Cook for 15 minutes on medium-high, until brown and crispy
  8. In a small saucepan on medium low, combine ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, corn starch and water.
  9. Stir until thickened.
  10. Coat cooked chicken with sauce thoroughly and serve.
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Creamy Tomato Pasta

I came up with this creamy tomato pasta recipe because we were a little bored of plain red sauce and plain Alfredo sauce. I looked in my refrigerator and put stuff together. That said, I’m not always successful, but sometimes I hit the foodie jackpot! This was the outcome, such deliciousness.

In case you were wondering, I have no culinary background just a home cook eager to feed my hungry family! A huge plus, the toddler didn’t pick out his spinach. That in my book is kind of a big deal these days. My oldest now has an opinion on which green stuff he will eat. Unfortunately,  large pieces of spinach is not part of his desired food options. Where’s my rolling eyes emoji when I need one. This time however, he gobbled it up!

Creamy Tomato Pasta

A beautiful marriage between red and white sauce makes for a tasty dish!

Tomato Creamy Pasta

 

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • For Chicken:
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional, to taste)
  • For Sauce:
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 1/2 c. spinach, raw
  • 1/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. half and half
  • 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breast and season with Italian seasoning, paprika, salt
  2. In a large pot cook penne per box instructions, drain and set aside
  3. In a large pan, add olive oil
  4. On medium-high heat cook chicken until it's not pink
  5. Set aside and keep warm
  6. In the same pan or another, add garlic, chopped tomato, tomato sauce, spinach, then half and half
  7. Once half and half mixture is boiling, bring down heat to low and add parmesan cheese
  8. Cook until cheese is melted
  9. Add salt if desired, to taste
  10. Mix in chicken and pasta and serve hot
  11. Garnish with chopped chives and/or parmesan cheese
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Blooming Spinach

We love to host get togethers at our house and enjoy feeding a pack.  This always makes the cut when I choose my appetizers. It’s fast easy and delicious. I’m sure this Blooming Spinach will be a hit for the upcoming Superbowl Sunday .  It takes just 15 minutes to make. If entertaining isn’t your thing, this also makes for a great side dish for any meal. We have it with spaghetti and tomato chicken.

Blooming Spinach

You can reduce the garlic or spinach if you’d like.

Make sure you bake it uncovered after the first round of baking to get it extra cheesy!

Picky eater tip: If you have a child who likes bread and/or cheese. This may be a good option to try. Yes, they may pick off the spinach, but they may not and hopefully they will realize it’s not that bad. If you’re shaking your head right now, you can always leave the green stuff out.

blooming spinach Recipe

Blooming Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 Unsliced Sourdough Bread Round
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 8 tbs-10 tbs. melted butter
  • 10 oz sliced cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 3705F
  2. Using a knife, cut sourdough bread in squares (see video). Start cutting lines lengthwise, then width wise through the crust, but not all the way through.
  3. In a bowl, mix melted butter, garlic, and chopped spinach. Set aside
  4. Fill each cut with cheese.
  5. Pour butter mixture on top of the bread.
  6. Place foil on baking sheet. Use another piece of foil to cover bread. Bake covered at  350F for 15 minutes.
  7. Uncover, and bake again for about 6-7 minutes or until cheese melts.
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Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

My kids are relatively decent eaters but some days they won’t eat all the veggies on their plate. It’s probably because I serve some type of vegetable at every meal. Like adults though, they get bored too! By the way, if you’re wondering, they will only eat a select number of vegetables so trust me I have some battles too. I’m now hooked after making this hidden veggie alfredo sauce.

I gave this a try thinking it may not turn out so great, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I now personally won’t have alfredo sauce any other way, at least at home anyway. The cauliflower flavor is definitely there so if you have a super picky eater, i suggest blending the floral shaped veggie into regular alfredo sauce.  Give this a try, my family loved it!

Top it on some fettuccini, spaghetti or whatever pasta your pint sized dictator wants! You can even add chicken.

 

Hidden Veggie Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. cauliflower florets (about 1.5 c. raw)
  • 1tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 c. whole milk

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil cauliflower florets until soft
  2. While still hot, blend in butter, salt, garlic, and onion powder
  3. Add milk, and blend until smooth
  4. Serve on pasta.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add chicken optional
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