The Ultimate Vegetable Stir-Fry Tower
Pea Sprouts, Shiitake, Soybean Sprouts, Pickled Japanese Cucumber & Red Jalapeño
Chinese Chives, Tofu, Ginger, Cilantro
Over an Organic Short Grain Rice Timbale
With Three Vibrant Sauces: Cilantro Juice, Chile Oil, Miso Sauce
Another Sublime Dish Inspired by Charlie Trotter
“The recipes… are only a guide. You can use any or all of a recipe, deviate wherever you like, or indeed substitute ingredients completely if it suits your desires. In fact, you may want to forget about the recipe specifics and use the photographs alone as your inspiration,” penned Charlie Trotter in 1994. Thank you, Chef! No wonder you are my hero. Your words written 17 years ago perfectly describe my cooking style and blog: where the image is meant to titillate and inspire the cook!
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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
- Toasted Sesame Oil
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!