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Friday, May 31, 2019

General Tso Chicken

Do you have a favorite Chinese take-out? This General Tso Chicken is so yummy and SO easy to make at home! It's a crisp and tender chicken coated with a tangy sauce. A simple and flavorful meal that is ready in 20 minutes.


General Tso Chicken 


Ingredients for General Tso Chicken 

For the Chicken Batter: 
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenderloin, cut into small cube pieces 
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper 
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup Clabber Girl Corn Starch 

For the sauce: 
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 chicken broth
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 1/2 Tbsp Clabber Girl Corn Starch 
5 Tbsp water 
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 

Directions for General Tso Chicken 

1. Prepare the chicken by cutting it into bite size cube pieces and place pieces in a mixing bowl. 

2. Add the low-sodium soy sauce, salt, pepper to the mixing bowl and mix well together. 

3. Add the beaten egg to the chicken mixture bowl and stir well so all pieces of chicken are coated in egg. 

4. Add the 2/3 cup Clabber Girl Corn Starch to the mixing bowl of chicken mixture. Stir together until mixed well and all pieces of chicken are coated with a layer of corn startch. Set aside and let chicken marinate for about 5 mintues. 

5. For the sauce, combine the low-sodium soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, and sugar into a medium size mixing bowl and stir together until well blended and set aside. 

6. Create a slurry but combining the Clabber Girl Corn Starch with the water. Using a whisk , stir it together until well blended and set aside. 

7. In a large sauce pan, heat 2 Tbsp olve oil. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilis and stir together. Once the sauce  Once you are able to smell ginger and the ginger, its time to move on. 

8. When sauce mixture boils, add the corn starch slurry and stir it in well. The sauce will thicken. 

9. In a large pan, add about 1 1/2 in. of oil. Heat on high. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken one on one to the the pan. 

10. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove chicken and drain and cool on a paper towel.

11. Add the fried chicken to the sauce mixture and toss until all the chicken pieces are well coated. 

12. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over cooked rice and with broccoli and/or carrots. 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mixed Berry Shortcake

These Mixed Berry Shortcake are such a beautiful and delicious summer dessert. A fun way to enjoy all the summer berries in a dessert as a shortcake. A classic dessert that is prepared in a unique way, in the jelly jars, to have a whole summertime feel to it!

Shortcake desserts are one of my favorites! I love the combination of the fruit, the juices, shortcake and whipped topping all in one! For this recipe, Mixed Berry Shortcake, what a fun way to celebrate so many types of berries that are ready for picking in the summer!

I love taking my kids to local berry farms and picking fresh berries right from the plants. I think it sort of stems back to when I was growing up too, my mom and grandma took us kids to the berry farms to pick often. Of course its always fun to taste a few while you're picking!

For this recipe, I am using strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, for the mixed berries. They are mixed with just a little sugar and lemon juice to be slightly sweeter for our dessert.

The shortcake is made from scratch, dense with a sweet flavor, that really soaks up the delicious juices from the berries.

This Mixed Berry Shortcake is paired with whipped topping layers to really finish off the dessert!

Preparing these Mixed Berry Shortcakes in jelly jars really gives a fun unique feel to dessert and is perfect for summer picnics! Made to perfection showing all the delicious layers of the bright mixed berries, the dense shortcake, and the fluffy whipped topping. Your mouth will be watering just looking at them! So good!

Mixed Berry Shortcake

Ingredients for Mixed Berry Shortcake

1 1/2 cups flour 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 Tbsp milk 
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla 
Coarse sugar sprinkled on top 

Mixed Berries: 
4 pints of each different berry, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cut and hulled. 
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Whipped topping 

Directions for Mixed Berry Shortcake 

1. In a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, Clabber Girl baking powder, Clabber Girl baking soda, and salt and mix together until well blended. 

2. Add the cubed butter to the mixer bowl and mix into the flour mixture. 

3. In a small bowl, add the plain yogurt, milk, egg, and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients together until well blended. 

4. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour/butter mixture in the stand mixer gradually and mix together on low speed until everything is blended well together. 

5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and using a large scoop, portion out the dough for the shortbread. One scoop of dough from the large scoop, make a nice size shortbread for jelly jars. 

6. Bake shortbread at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes or until golden. Remove and place on cooling rack to cool completely.

7. While the shortbread is baking, prepare the berries. Place the berries all together in a small bowl and add the sugar and lemon juice. Stir together well. Let sit until the shortbread is baked and completely cooled. The berry juices will come out. 

8. When the shortbread is cooled, it is time to prepare the mixed berry shortcakes in the jelly jars. 
Cut each shortcake in half. I did have to trim down each half slightly to fit better into the jar. I saved the trimmings for a middle layer of shortbread. 

9. Add the whipped topping to a piping bag to add it to the mason jar easily. You can also use a Ziplock bag and cut the tip off to pipe it out of the bag. 

10. Layer the shortcake, mixed berries, and whipped topping in the jelly jars and then add additional berries and whipped topping to the very top of the dessert. 

Recipe makes 10 Mixed Berry Shortcakes in jelly jar size jars. 

Now that they're all put together, let's enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own
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