I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our Chinese Dinner Party

My parents came over for a really yummy Chinese dinner.  The kids and I prepared all day for our “Chinese Dinner Party” and it was a definite success.  I thought we would have leftovers for tomorrow night, but it doesn’t look like it.  Maybe Chinese appetizers? ;)

I love Chinese food, but most of it gets prepared right before serving and involves a lot of chopping and mincing.  I stayed up late last night chopping vegetables and mincing a lot of garlic and ginger.  I started cooking right away this morning and had the chicken wings done by 8:30am and had the egg roll filling in the fridge by 10:00am.  All my marinades and sauces were ready and waiting for me and then had a busy 30 minutes or so at the end getting everything (stir) fried up and ready for the table.  I love to cook, but know my limits with three kids underfoot.  I have come up with ways to get around that and, even though I was a little tired today, I was way more relaxed knowing that dinner was going to happen no matter what my kids pulled!
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Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Sticky-Sesame-Chicken-Wings-234650

This recipe is pretty self explanatory.  I had full sodium soy sauce, so I cut it in half, and didn’t use scallions or sesame seeds.  I reheated the wings right before dinner, but they can be served cold, hot or in between.

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Orange Beef

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/beef/orange_beef_recipe.html

I have had this recipe in my files for years and have made it only a few times because it does have a lot of ingredients and many steps.  With the prep-ahead it was a lot easier and much more economical than getting Kosher Chinese take out. 

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Duck Sauce

http://www.ehow.com/how_2097780_duck-sauce.html

When I was finished with this recipe and tried it, my eyes almost popped out because of the intense vinegar taste.  I had to come up with something because I was looking very forward to the egg rolls I had spent so long on.  All the hours I have logged on the Food Network seemed to have paid off because the ketchup and brown sugar I added was just the trick.  I didn’t measure, just kept on tasting.  It was actually really good!

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Egg Rolls

http://steamykitchen.com/65-my-mothers-famous-chinese-egg-rolls.html

I didn’t make all 50, like the recipe called for.  I only made however many skins were in the package – maybe 12? I have the rest of the filling in the fridge to add to some fried rice for tomorrow’s dinner.  These fried up really nicely and were the prefect beginning to our party.  My dad loved them so much, he insisted on this photo! ;)

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These are a secret recipe ;) The decorations were done by Amelia and Leo with the new Wilton squeeze bottles I bought them.   So good ;)

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