Saturday, February 28, 2015

coming soon - fire roasted pepper salsa

No I did not mess up. Fire roasted really means scorched and burned. Try this deliciously sweet and spicy dip that'll spice up your party spread. Coming soon!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

fried shrimp w/ sweet & spicy blood orange sauce - happy chinese new year!

As many of you know, my mom, a.k.a. Munchy, a.k.a. Momma, a.k.a. Eileen from accounting, is the best chef I know in the entire world. Although my older posts (because they're blurry, dull, poorly written, and structured) do not exemplify the true quality of her cooking, you can click here for more of Munchy's signature dishes. Not only are her favorite recipes delicious, but they're also quick, often times requiring less than 20 minutes to put together. Straight from the cookbook of a working parent, rest assured this recipe is simple, quick, and super delicious, tailored to the busy parent lifestyle. 

So as you might have guessed, yes, I'm disclosing another chowfidential family recipe. This time I'm showing you how to make the most delicate fried shrimp, and a sweet and spicy blood orange dipping/drenching/drinking/socially acceptable to chugging sauce. Traditionally, this recipe doesn't have any blood oranges in it, but I had them and I thought, what the heck. Shrimp look orange (actually they're more like pink, but who cares), citrus and seafood go well together, this could work. Even without the orange, whenever my mom makes this it's instantly gone the second she turns her back. This recipe is a killer for any of you in the market for a delicious party hors d'oeuvre, or if you're looking for something a little more adventurous for Chinese New Year. Nevertheless, you don't really need a special occasion to make this. I don't care if today is a tuesday in the middle of a cloudless day in Kansas, go buy yourself a bag of oranges and a sack of shrimp cause it's fried shrimp w/ sweet & spicy blood orange sauce time. I've got to learn how to shorten my titles. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

coming soon - fried shrimp w/ sweet & spicy blood orange sauce

Not only am I going to show you one of mom's signature recipes, but the sauce--previously chowfidential--is also part of that deal. Check back regularly, I'll have the recipe out soon. Like in less than a week. Really soon. Fine, three days. You want shorter. Okay two, tops, that's it. Count it down like it's New Years. See you soon. :-)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

mini pear 'n banana breads // for ALOHA

I was inspired by ALOHA to write a post about staying healthy throughout the colder months, but I have to be honest I was genuinely stumped. One has to realize that the healthiest post I've ever written is probably the time when I made that chocolate chip cookie cake. Nonetheless, it posed a serious culinary question to me. Can something be easy and healthy, and taste good at the same time? The surprising answer is...yes! I know, I was skeptical at first too. 

In this week's post, Chow Creations is teaming up with ALOHA to spread the happiness of healthy eating via banana bread. Not only do these mini pear 'n banana breads taste and look amazing, but they have no butter in them, 50% less sugar, and are laced with flavor packing nutrition bombs such as ginger and cinnamon. Benefits of which I'll go more into detail down below. 

coming soon - mini pear 'n banana breads

Coming from the blog that brought to you white chocolate oreo cheesecake bars and portuguese egg custard tarts, the latter actually fried in it's own fat, comes a recipe that is actually good for you! These individual/mini pear 'n banana breads are packed with fruit and require no butter and 50% less sugar than the traditional banana bread! The post will be out soon!