Shangai Soup Dumplings November 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jb @ 11:56 pm

I found this great recipe here (or to copy paste  Once I try it (hopefully in a couple weeks) then I’ll update with the full recipe and what not.  One thing I do know, Drink with a straw and then eat bao (steamed dough).


Pear Fritters September 30, 2008

Filed under: dessert,side dish — jb @ 5:24 pm

2 – 3 pears peeled and cored and sliced into 1 inch pieces

1 tablespoon oil

1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar or more if needed

oil for frying

For Batter:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

2 eggs

1/2 to 1 cup milk as needed to make a smooth batter


Sautee pear pieces in oil.  Add sugar and caramelize.  Set aside when done.  Caramel will dry and stick together so be sure to separate the pieces as well as possible.

Combine all dry ingredients for batter.

Beat egg in 1/4 cup of milk and add to dry ingredients.

Add remainder of milk until a smooth but thick batter is formed.

Heat oil in pot or deep fryer to around 350 degrees.

Coat caramelized pear pieces in batter and fry until golden brown.  They will float so they will have to be turned to brown both sides evenly.

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

Top with powdered sugar if desired, however, caramelizing the pears with sugar creates a sweet enough mix so as powdered sugar is not needed.

Take leftover batter and drizzle back and forth off of a fork into the hot oil to form funnel cakes.  Top with powdered sugar.

*A word of warning: In a deep fryer the batter wraps around the gaps in the basket and causes the batter to cook on both sides of the basket making removal impossible without destroying them*



Filed under: classic southern food,main dish — jb @ 5:15 pm

Here’s a simple meatloaf recipe I concocted.  Enjoy

Meatloaf Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1/4 – 1/2 cup bread crumbs

1-4 tbsp dried onions to taste

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup ketchup

Sauce Ingredients

1/2 cup ketchup

6 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar


Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and pour into a loaf pan and smooth to to a relatively flat surface.

Combine ingredients for sauce and pour over top of meatloaf.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — K @ 4:52 pm

I took this recipe and modified it a little bit.  The result was fantastic, I baked 2 batches of cookies and they are all gone!   The recipe below includes my modifications.  I read somewhere that butter burns easily in cookies and that the shortening does better.  I have to agree that all the cookies I’ve used the shortening with come out perfect and not burnt.

  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs (I used one duck egg and one chicken egg) 🙂
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (mmm)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 335 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chicken in Balsamic Vinegar and Raspberry Sauce June 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jb @ 9:12 pm

12 oz Balsamic vinegar
12 oz Raspberries at room temperature
2 tblsp brown sugar
12 Chicken tenderloins
1/2 – 3/4 stick butter melted and heated for pan frying

Combine vinegar, raspberries and brown sugar then blend or puree.
Heat to a simmer and allow to cook down
Meanwhile sautee chicken in butter.
Add about 1/4 cup of raspberry sauce in with chicken after turning
To serve place chicken on a plate and spoon raspberry sauce over the top


Beer Battered Fish

Filed under: Uncategorized — jb @ 9:03 pm

1 cup flour
2 eggs
6 oz beer
2-4 fish portions
salt as needed
Oil for frying

Combine flour eggs and beer well
Dredge fish in batter
Fry until golden brown


Easy Alfredo Sauce

Filed under: Uncategorized — jb @ 9:02 pm

1 cup butter
6 cloves minced garlic
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
one 5-8oz packaged shredded parmesan cheese

Sautee garlic in melted butter
Add cream cheese and whisk until smooth
Slowly whisk in milk and cream
Add parmesan cheese and melt
Cook until thickened slightly
If desired add one 10oz package frozen spinach (thawed and drained) after parmesan cheese
Serve over hot pasta immediately
Sauce will thicken as it cools.