Showing posts with label chinese food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chinese food. Show all posts

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Knock-off Chinese-Style Sesame Green Beans #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE:  Fact--I cannot resist sesame green beans in a Chinese restaurant, even though I know they are loaded with fat and salt. When I saw the colander full of beans that my hub had picked in our garden last week, I knew I would attempt my own version.

But first, I should tell you that these beans were hard fought treasures. A family of woodchucks moved in across the road and decimated our crops three times over. Finally Farmer John's layers of netting and booby traps including hot sauce and cayenne pepper kept them out, barely averting disaster: He insisted I order a trap and threatened to send me and Tonka out there with a gun to spend the night. (Ha!)


2 handfuls of fresh green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
dash of sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Cut the ends off the green beans, break into 2-inch pieces, blanch quickly in boiling water. 

Heat the three oils together. Stir-fry the blanched beans in the oil for several minutes. Add the sesame seeds and continue to stir. Add the soy sauce and stir until the liquid is slightly reduced. Turn the heat off and cover the pan.


Pretty darned good! We ate every one that same night. Oh so delicious, Mr. Woodchuck, so sorry you couldn't make it to dinner...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Stir-Fry

LUCY BURDETTE: I love Chinese and Japanese food but somehow I'm never able to replicate what they do in a restaurant. This dish approximates something I had years ago in a Japanese restaurant--the spicy shrimp pairs so well with the sweetness of the avocado. And of course, you can vary the hotness and the vegetables to your taste. (I found the beans, peas, and pepper in our garden.)

When I asked my husband if the dinner was blog-worthy, he said "definitely." 

But then looked down in dismay at our empty plates. 

"I hope you already took a picture!"

Stir-fried Spicy Shrimp with Avocado


3/4 cup long grain brown rice
1 and 1/2 cups water

6-8 shrimp, depending on size, peeled and deveined (If I was in Key West, I would use Key West pinks. But these I found in the frozen food section at the Stop and Shop and they were pretty darned good.)

1 tsp spicy chili sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
dash of soy sauce

Marinate the shrimp in the above mixture while you chop the veggies and cook the rice. (The rice takes about 1/2 an hour.)


a handful of green beans or snow peas 
1 small zucchini
1 small red onion
1 green pepper
1/2 ripe avocado

Sauce: mix 1/2 cup chicken broth with 1 more tsp chili sauce and 1 tsp cornstarch

Flash fry the vegetables in a hot pan with canola or peanut oil until partly tender. Set them aside while you fry the shrimp for a minute over high heat until beginning to turn pink. 


Return the vegetables to the pan with the shrimp and cook another minute. Then add the sauce, stir until thickened. Finally add the avocado chunks and heat through. Serve over brown rice.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Welcome, guest author Kate Carlisle with Asian Chicken Salad

Guest Author Kate Carlisle with Asian Chicken Salad

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mystery series, which launched in 2009 with HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER. The latest Bibliophile Mystery is ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE (Bibliophile Mystery book 5). The Bibliophile Mystery series follows book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to restore classic texts to their former glory, and to solve the contemporary murders that are linked to each book.

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit Mystery Lovers Kitchen again! As always, I’m wildly intimidated by having a blog full of cooks judge me based on my recipe. It tastes good, I promise, but please, judge me based on ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, the latest book of my Bibliophile Mystery series. I’m much more comfortable being evaluated based on my mystery novels than I am based upon my kitchen prowess.

I only love cooking as a spectator sport. An armchair head chef, if you will. My true sport is eating, and I’m a champ. Wherever I travel, I find delicious food.

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world, which is why I chose to set the Bibliophile Mystery series there. I love heading north to “do research.” (That’s what we call it these days. I love my life!) One of the greatest things about San Francisco is its multicultural atmosphere. The whole world is in that one city.

Chinatown is one of the most well known neighborhoods. If you haven’t been there, you really need to go. You turn a corner, and suddenly, you feel like you’re in Asia. Vibrantly colored silk kimonos hang from clothes racks along the sidewalk. Elegant and whimsical figurines peek out at you from behind delicate ceramic vases in the window displays you pass. And the food! Oh, the food! The Asian restaurants in SFO are the best in the country. Which is why you’ll never find a salad on the menu that uses bottled teriyaki sauce. But hey, it’s good!

Asian Chicken Salad ala Kate Carlisle

½ head of cabbage, sliced thin
½ C bottled teriyaki sauce
1 C cooked chicken, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 large carrots, shredded
4 green onions, julienned

Mix together all the ingredients, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve cold. Even better if you make it an hour or two ahead.

Have you ever been to San Francisco, or to another city with a Chinatown? What’s your favorite thing to order when you go to an Asian restaurant? Are you pro-sushi or anti-?

By the way, I’m holding a contest right now on my website. Two lucky members of my mailing list will win this 513-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the beautiful cover of ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE! 

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