Beef and Snow Peas Recipe

beef with snow peas recipe

I have never made it a secret.  I love Asian food.  Stir fry, dumplings, rice – pretty much any kind that is not fish or seafood, I’ll try.  I like making it at home rather than buying it.  It tastes better, costs less, and you can make a small, inexpensive cut of meat stretch a long way.

A wok and a super burner on your gas stove makes this go really well – but if you have a regular skillet and an electric cooktop, you can accomplish the same – just get your pan screaming hot and cook things in batches.  Veggie options are flexible – you don’t have to add the cabbage – I like to because it stretches the recipe.  You could double up the snow peas and leave it out.  I also love to stir fry longer pieces of scallion for this, getting a bit of a char on them.  They taste great.

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Cranberry Pecan Bread Recipe

cranberry pecan bread recipe

We are big fans of cranberry orange walnut bread here – and while perusing Pinterest during a recent outpatient procedure recover, I came across this Cranberry Bread recipe that features pecans – another fave – and had to try it.  This was a pretty simple quick bread, and tasty.  I kind of missed the orange though – maybe next time I’ll try the cranberry orange walnut bread with pecans instead of walnuts?  Let me know what you think of this one!

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Flourless Orange & Almond Cake

flourless orange almond cake

I wanted something yummy and fun for Easter Dinner dessert and ran across this cake on Pinterest.  Its pretty simple, but I had to do some finagling to convert it from European Measures to US.  I’ve NEVER heard of making a cake with boiled oranges but this worked well.  The icing sugar on top of the almonds is just the perfect touch of sweet.  I’d like to try this with a glaze on top as well – maybe add some poppy seeds?  

I added the almond extract to the original recipe as well, just an extra little kick of almond to go with all the orange.  Be sure you bake for the full time – at 1 hour, the toothpick came out clean – but the bottom/middle needed more time – especially when I used an 8″ pan.  I recommend 1 hr 20 minutes for the 9″ pan – 1 hour 35-40 min for the 8″ pan

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