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I'm Chio, I'm wife and mother to a family of 4. When I'm not busy making crafts, I'm cooking in the kitchen. These meals are designed for everything who wants to make a meal homemade quick. I'm not a trained chef, just a home cook who loves to cook and bake. I start my day with cooking for scratch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Chicken Adobo with Potatoes ft. HB Slow Cooker

       I've eaten many different kinds of Adobo, the Mexican food dish. But, I also enjoy the Filipino version as well. I decided to recreate a dish in the slow cooker. In fact, there are 3 things I love using to cook on a daily basis, the pressure cooker, my ninja blender, and the slow cooker. I  replaced my Original Crock-pot model  to a slow cooker from Hamilton Beach- Stay or Go Slow Cooker, I received as a house-warming present . The convenience of this slow cooker is you can travel without worrying about spilling on your way. I also love the sleek design, the grips on the sides are fold perfectly for easy storage, and reinforced lid lock all the heat trapped inside. It heats up so quickly, makes my meals I've prepared evenly cooked. The best part of having this slow cooker is that I can use the stoneware to serve at the dinner table.

I always thought the flavor of this were going to be so complicated, but they're even beginner friendly. Here it  is:

Using Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker (6 QT) Silver

8 or 10 Chicken Drumsticks, skin off
4-5 potatoes, cleaned and peeled
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 bay leaves
4 peppercorns
1 tablespoon of black pepper
2-4 tablespoons of cornstarch ( I used 2 1/2 for my desired thickness)
2/3 cup of soy sauce
2/3 cup of vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of sugar

Place chicken and potatoes in stoneware, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and let marinate for 30 mins of the counter top. While the chicken marinates you can heat up your slow cooker to low.  Cook for a 7-8.  Serve over white rice. Enjoy!

Pan-Fried Noodles+ Sauce

When I was a teen, I worked in an gourmet Chinese restaurant. I loved it there, I was a hostess and I love seeing the food creations the chefs would come up with. I got to taste a lot of dishes that were to be featured on their menus. But, my most favorite dish, was a mixed pan-fried noodles. It had a mixture of beef, chicken, shrimp, and the usual veggies in a stir- fry, peas, ribbon carrots, and water chestnuts. I absolutely loved the dish, while it was easy to buy when I was single, with a family now, I don't want to break the bank.

So, I went to the local grocery store and went through the pasta and "ethnic" food isles to see what I could find. I was disappointed, my "ethnic" food isle didn't have anything that I was interested in.  I went through the isle and picked up Vermicelli and Thin Spaghetti.

Following the boiling instructions, make the pasta. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Lightly oil a nonstick pan and set to med-high heat. When you place the noodles use circular motions. Cook for 5-8 minutes, dropping 1/2 a teaspoon of water to get them super crispy. Then in your skillet, place a plate on top and flip on the other side. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. I usually leave place them in the skillet and place in oven with a little sauce for flavor at 300 degrees for 5 minutes.

Now for the sauce.

2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced. or 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of garlic powder.
chives or scallions
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
4 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of cornstarch (mix well, until no bumps)

for a little heat, add 1 tablespoon of Sriracha Hot Sauce or Chili Oil

Mix together, sautee veggies with some sauce, bring sauce to a slight shimmer to thicken. Serve on top of noodles. Enjoy