Cashew Chicken for Lovers

Cashew Chicken with Bell Pepper Hearts
Hunan Hot Sauce – Yowza!

Bell Pepper Love.
Cut out the hearts with a cookie cutter.

Chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces, is marinated for about 20 minutes in a mixture of about 1 T. each:
  • Low-sodium Soy Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Dry Sherry
  • Mirin
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Cornstarch
Stir fry chicken with the sauce. Set aside. In the same pan (or wok) stir fry chopped onions and red bell pepper hearts with a small amount of peanut oil, add finely chopped ginger. Combine with chicken, add cashews, and heat through. Toss gently to preserve the heart shape. Serve over yakisoba noodles or steamed white rice. And don’t forget to turn up the heat with hot sauce, my favorite is Hunan Red Chile Sauce.

Cashew Chicken, to Share with Your Lover
My Canine Valentine
A Tribute to Homer

Meet Homer. I rescued my little Valentine in February of 2001 and he was with us until June of 2005. When I met him at the Rescue, he jumped up and split my lip open.  Was it love at first sight?
His previous owners had put a harness on him when he was young, and never took it off. So his body grew around the harness. Finally, a veterinarian recognized this abuse as well as others, operated on Homer to remove the harness, then confiscated the little dog. He was at the Rescue all stapled back together when I called looking to rescue an adult male Boston Terrier. They told me they just picked up a sweet little guy from a vet. They knew me as I had previously rescued Mrs. O’Mally. “Come and get him,” they said. “His name is Homer!”

In his later years, Homer could not walk very far nor see very well. But he loved the breeze and sun on his face.  I found this stroller on Craig’s List, took out the seat and replaced it with pillows. Now he could still go for walks with Mally. You could tell he was so content by the way he lifted his head toward the sun.

He was only with us for four years, in that time we tried very hard to make up for his early life. Rest in Peace, Little Buddy.

May Your Heart Be Full
Happy Valentine’s Day!

39 thoughts on “Cashew Chicken for Lovers”

  1. Those bell pepper hearts will win me over for sure….I love chicken livers…..delicious!!!! Sorry about Homer…..

  2. There is a special place in my heart for people who rescue older adult dogs. They are always the best kind of people – those who are willing to suffer the heartbreak in order to make those last few years the most wonderful in a dog’s life.

  3. Hope Homer enjoys a peaceful rest.

    That looks like a delicious fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I’m sorry about the dog, we put ours to sleep over a year ago and I still miss her. Those red pepper hearts are so cute.

  5. I love the hearts and I LOVE little sweet Homer.
    You are such a good egg to have given him a GREAT home for those years!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  6. It’s so upsetting to hear about animals being abused. I’m glad the vet recognized it and put a stop to it. Poor little guy.

    Sounds like he lived out the rest of his years in bliss with you.

    The cut out bell peppers are such a good idea! Something I would never think of, but it makes for such an easy nice touch. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  7. that is such a sweet story. what a lucky little buddy to have found a great home, even though it took a while. I think the stroller photo is especially sweet.

  8. What a fantastic idea to make bell pepper hearts! Thank you for sharing that. And Homer seems like such an adorable bundle of love. I’m sure you were happy to have him in your life! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day.

  9. The hearts really are adorable.

    And thank you for sharing the story about Homer. The shot of him in the modified stroller is heartwarming. He was lucky to have you guys, and you him.

  10. I love heart shapes. That is supper clever. Ok, you are an extremely generous and kind individual to adopt these dogs in need. Homer looks like the sweetest, spunkiest dog I know. Your dog post always brings tears to my eyes.

  11. What a beautiful tribute to Homer.I love your creativty with the cutput bell peppers. Hope V Day was wonderful for you.

  12. Valentines day is extra special for JV and I too. Our fourth daughter was born on Feb. 14th. 🙂 She is now five. I love your cashew chicken, you must have a really good cookie cutter! 🙂

  13. I have to try cutting out some red pepper hearts, I just love that! My heart goes out to you my friend, so sorry about little Homer.

  14. You’re a good soul LL – Homer was so very lucky to have someone like you in his life I refuse to show my dogs the carriage becuz you know what kind of hell I’ll have in my house.

  15. Lori Lynn, I love the recipe, you are so clever! and the tribute to Homer made my heart smile and my eyes tear. You are an angel. Thank you for the Valentine’s Day wish, I know I’m late but I wish the same to you!
    love, lori

  16. Bless your heart, Lori,
    Homer’s story made me cry. How sweet that he met an angel like you to enjoy a better life. You are truly special.

    I never manage to cook with cashew nuts because I end up eating them before I get to cook with them. I may just succeed with your recipe, buying all the ingredients at once, hiding the cashews until their time in the pan has arrived. 😉

    The roses are gorgeous!

  17. Oh My God…(sniff sniff), I was following the cute pics of Homer and then, he’s gone. The little fella had some good final years (and delish table scraps).

    I hope you’ll get another doggy soon.

  18. OMG….Those bell peppers cute in this sharp are lovely . And I feel sad about Homer. We rescue our dogie in 2003 after saw him in the street, suffering serious injuries in his front leg;we take care of him , and now he is fine, old and little buddy…always with us, including in our vacations 🙂 So, I Know what you feel. Nice and lovely tribute

  19. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments about my little guy, Homer. Since I got him in the month of February, he was always my little Valentine. I’m grateful for the opportunity to tell you about him and share his story.

    I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

    Regarding the bell pepper hearts: You might have noticed that I am not a baker, no cookies here, but I did receive a nice collection of heart-shaped cookie cutters from my friend Gina last year. She knew I would find a good use for them! So first of all, the cutter was sharp, never used. Second, I cut the four sides off the pepper and used the cutter to cut from the inside of the flesh to make the hearts, it worked very well. Let me know if you try it!

    Thanks again for all your comments, they are truly appreciated.

    Lori Lynn

  20. I’m glad Homer got to stay with your guys during his last years! That photo with the stroller warms my heart…I can tell he was happy.

  21. I’m really glad that both Mrs. O’Mally and Homer found a good home with you. They both look like sweethearts. One of my dogs is sick and can’t walk and see in one eye. It’s been very hard trying to walk her and her mom who is healthier. i like your idea of buying the stroller. Perhaps, I’ll do the same. Wonderful post.


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