I know there are several Buche de Noel recipes on the 'Zaar, but none are as elaborate as my mom's - maybe I'll take a picture of it this year and post it. The effect is a log with mushrooms - this is a "new classic" family Christmas recipe. Prep time is just a guess, because this is a dessert I make part at a time.
This is a sauce I found as part of a tempura recipe. I don't really care for breaded fish, so I just made the sauce and tried it with fish. Very tangy and flavorful. I also tried it with chicken - I haven't tried it with beef or pork, but if anyone does, let us know what you think!
This is a classic summertime dish in my family - great on hot summer days. We usually had this with sliced tomatoes (eat them raw with salt and pepper) and sliced cucumbers in vinegar with pepper. I don't use mayonnaise enough to have gotten used to fat free mayo, but if you're used to it, please feel free to substitute. I usually cook the pasta in a pot with a lid, then mix the salad in the cooking pot to save cleanup time. Cook time is just for the pasta; prep time does not include chilling.
Here's another recipe with chicken thighs, which are actually considered one of the favorite parts of the chicken in Chinese cooking, as they aren't as dry as the breast. (This recipe isn't particularly Chinese; I'm just going off on tangents.) Enjoy!
These Chinese appetizers are fantastic! I first made them for a birthday, and they were very well received. Despite the list of ingredients, they're easy to make; the filling can be prepared by dumping all ingredients in a food processor, and the coating doesn't take much more effort. The prep time includes time for the coating to sit, and the cook time assumes about 3 batches of blossoms.
Another family recipe - I noticed that all of the recipes for porcupines use a tomato sauce, and thought I'd post our alternative. Cooking the meatballs in the microwave gets rid of a lot of fat - I also cook meatballs for spaghetti in this fashion. I've made this with reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup and with ground turkey - both work well, and don't have much effect on the final dish. Prep time includes time to microwave the meatballs
A delicate Chinese dish that's available at many Chinese restaurants; unfortunately, if I get take out and bring it home, the snow peas continue to cook in the heat, and lose their crunch by the time I eat it. This sauce is a bit darker in color, but the taste is the same. Make sure you have everything measured, cut, and ready to go before starting - this is one of those Chinese dishes that must be cooked fast and served immediately.
Cha siu bao are a traditional Chinese dish and one of my fiancee's favorites - she introduced me to them. Bao is the Chinese word for bun; cha siu describes the filling. I had several recipes, none of which turned out perfectly; this is a composite of 2 recipes, and I think I've got it. These are somewhat time-consuming to make, but are well worth it on special occasions. Prep time includes time for the bao to rise.
I'm actually going to "The Little House on the Prairie cookbook with this one. I was threshing hay the other day (ok, actually I was mowing the lawn, but close enough), and thought I'd try it - the ginger and the vinegar give it a nice tang. If the vinegar is a bit much, you can add less vinegar or mix it with ginger ale.
This is a traditional Chinese recipe for pork - the pork is very flavorful and fairly sweet. I had never heard of this until my first trip to Hawaii; now I know what I was missing. I'm posting a companion recipe for this (Cha Siu Bao - barbecued pork buns) in a few days. Prep time includes marinating time.
This is a recipe from a chef at Commander's Kitchen in New Orleans. I've got this perking, but haven't yet tried it - the 2 month aging makes this a recipe that you can't really whip up at the last minute. This will keep for quite a while, so once it's done, you can use it for some time (any bacteria that can survive these peppers deserves to take over the planet).
My mom used to make these for us in the summer. Very easy - the syrup can be made in advance, and the limes and carbonated water purchased and used as desired. The servings are the number of phosphates made with 1 quart syrup (ballpark).
Another Christmas cookie. These are very fragile, and the yield depends on how carefully you roll them out and whether any break - trust me, they're worth it. Prep time includes mixing, cooling, and assembling time.(Oh, and pay no attention to the nutritional information behind the curtain - you're happier not knowing).