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Better Then Take-Out Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fries are great because they are easy and fast and can be made with just about anything you have laying around or customized to whatever you are in the mood for right now.  This one is influenced by the Cantonese style with the use of hoisin sauce* as the base sauce.  This was better than anything I have taken out in a long time.  Feel free to swap out veggies you like or sub tofu for the chicken.

3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut thin or cubed 1” of fresh ginger peeled and julienned  2 cloves garlic diced Hand

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup:

Although wild rice is not directly related to Asian rice it is a close cousin.  It is really healthy containing a lot of potion, B vitamins and diet fiber.  To learn more go here.

This version is a much healthier version since it used a margarine spread substitute that is made with yogurt.  Because of the yogurt spread there is no compromise to the flavor, creaminess or richness of the soup, just a lack of a lot of trans-fats.  Feel free to go back for seconds!

1 medium onion, chopped 2 celery ribs, diced 2 carrots, diced ½

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Stormin’ Norman’s Midwest Chop Suey (Stuey):

My dad was a wonderful cook albeit not overly adventurous, he loved his meat and potatoes, that is how he grew up on his grandpa’s farm after all.  This dish is one of his and was one of my favorites as a kid and still is.  It was something he would throw together if I was coming down to help around the house or just visit.  I was not sure why he called it Chop Suey since it isn’t anything like the Asian Chop Suey so I asked my mom.  She said he liked the name and made the

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Chicken Fennel Soup

This is a simple slow cooking soup that only gets better with time and packs a punch of flavor.  I love to make this on cold rainy or snowy days where I get it going and let it slowly cook down for hours as I watch football or putz around the house.  Oh and if picky Shae loves this you know it is good, it is one of her all time favorites!

First off, what is fennel?  Fennel is a plant with a bulbous bottom with fine green frowns that look a lot like dill’s frowns but smaller.  It

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Update on Mom's Apple Waldorf Salad

This is a lighter, thus healthier version of a salad my Mom makes for most Holidays. Her version is dressed with Mayonnaise and Heavy Cream. She would also use raisins instead of dates and sometimes add Miniature Marshmallows! I truly loved my Midwest upbringing.

Apple Salad before Dressing

 

I’ve chopped into bite size pieces two large Red Apples, one Green Apple and about six stalks of Celery Root. I sprinkle over the Apples Lime or an other Citrus Juice, this helps keep the fruit from turning brown.  Add about one cup of Walnut pieces which you have

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