Sweet and crispy chicken salad


1 tbsp miso paste

1 tbsp grated ginger

Juice of 2 limes (and zest if you like it really filled with lime!)

½ garlic clove, minced

1 chopped scallion

1 tbsp sriracha sauce

1 tsp raw sugar

1 tbsp fish sauce

½ tsp kosher salt

Blend well, and gradually stir in:  ½ – ¾ cup of vegetable oil – to taste



1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

2 tbsp chili paste

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp grated ginger

1 minced garlic clove


2 good size chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

Thin cut Chinese egg noodles (fresh is best)

Green Salad

Sesame seeds


Bean sprouts


Cut chicken into bite size pieces and allow to marinate for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.

A few minutes before frying stir in 1 tbsp corn starch.


Make a green salad using whatever ingredients are jumping out at you – make it nice and crunchy!


Cook the egg noodles according to package directions and allow to cool – rinse with warm water if they end up in a clump – the water always brings them back.


Toast the sesame seeds and peanuts


The chicken needs to be cooked fairly quickly so it gets nice and crispy – you can do this in a wok using a bit of peanut oil, in a fry pan, a deep fryer, or on the grill with a wok basket. 


While the chicken is cooking, bring the rest of the marinade to a boil – allow to boil for a few minutes until it is thick and has reduced slightly.  Stir warm into the salad dressing and allow to sit while you assemble the salad:


Noodles on the bottom – drizzle with a bit of the dressing



Top with bean sprouts, peanuts and sesame seeds

Drizzle more salad dressing over top

Best & Easiest Brownies


Best & Easiest Brownies

This brownie recipe is simply the easiest, quickest, and most kid friendly brownie I have found. Really – one pot, one spoon, a measuring unit or two and the baking pan … all done before you know it.

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
(optional – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)
(optional – 1/2 cup chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350
Grease 8 x 8 x 2 square pan

In medium saucepan melt the butter and cocoa. Remove from heat, stir in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each one. Add vanilla. Stir in flour and the walnuts (if using).

Bake for aproximately 30 minutes – test at 25 minutes to see if a toothpick comes out cleanly. Do not overbake.

Remove from oven, cool and eat – they won’t last long! If you chose to use the chocolate chips – I put them on top as soon as it comes out of the oven, allow to sit for a minute then spread until smooth. The chips melt pretty quickly.

By the time you think you are having a chocolate craving, these can be in the oven before you change your mind! Easy clean up too. The kids learned to make these on their own in elementary school and it is still a quick favorite around our house.

Chocolatey Chew Turtle Brownies


These brownies are for those days when you have a little extra time, or really want to impress someone that loves chocolate.

6 tbsp unsalted butter

6 oz coarsely chopped good quality semi sweet chocolate

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Not Dutch process)

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350

Line a buttered 8 inch square baking pan wiht foil or parchment paper, letting enough hang over to make it easy to lift the brownies out later.  Butter lining too! 

Heat butter, chocolate and cocoa in either a heatproof medium bowl over warm water, or in a microwave, stirring at 10 second intervals.  If you choose the microwave be careful – they can be over heated in a few seconds.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in another bowl and set aside.

Put sugar, eggs and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment and beat on medium speed until pale, golden and fluffy – about 4 minutes.  Add chocolate mixture, and beat until combined.  Add flour, beat again scraping down sides of bowl until well mixed.

Pour batter into prepped pan, smooth top with spatula.  Bake until a tester comes out with a few crumbs but not wet – around 35 minutes.  Let cool for about 15 minutes in pan.  Lift out brownies and allow to cool completely on wire rack before adding topping.


1 cup sugar

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 tsp pure vanilla extract1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans

Using medium saucepan combine water and sugar – bring to a boil over med-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved.  When syrup starts to boil – QUIT stirring and wash down your sides with a wet pastry brush.  Continue to cook, swirling pan every so often, until a medium amber – again – this is the place to watch carefully because it will go from a rich amber color to burnt pretty quickly.  Remove from the heat, and quickly add cream, vanilla and salt.  Stir very gently until mixture is smooth.  Add pecans and stir until caramel begins to cool and thicken.  A couple of minutes will do it.

Pour caramel over cooled brownies and spread with an offset spatula.  Refridgerate until cool – at least 30 min to an hour.

Let brownies stand at room temperature at least 15 minutes before serving.  If doing this for a dessert wipe knife with a hot damp cloth between each cut to get a smooth line.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.