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Food by the Howells for the Howells...and anybody remotely related to a Howell, or who may have met a Howell at one point in their life, or...yeah, pretty-much anybody.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Welcome to the Howell Family Food Blog!

So I was thinking today that we ought to do a family cookbook. Then I thought how much time and effort that would take, and how many trees would have to die if we were to pursue that endeavor. So then I thought, "I know! We'll do a Howell Family cooking blog!" (I'm brilliant, I know). The idea is that anyone can post their most favorite recipes, and then when we need a little inspiration for dinner or we want something that will really wow the crowd at the next ward potluck, we can come here, where all our culinary dreams will come true! If you have not been invited to post to this blog and would like to, just leave a comment on here and I'll send you an invite. Please note the rules for posting on the sidebar, and happy eating!

To start us off, I'll post a favorite dinner recipe--Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Stir Fry
2 cups chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tsp. garlic or 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed (can use less if desired)
1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
1 red bell pepper, sliced
6 green onions cut at an angle in 2-inch pieces
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup snow peas

8 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
6 Tbsp soy sauce
6 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic (or one clove, minced or pressed)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (I used red pepper flakes)

For stir fry, heat skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, garlic and onion for 3 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes or until cooked to desired doneness. For sauce, heat in a separate pan over low heat until combined. Pour over stir fry just before serving. Serve over rice.

This recipe is easily adaptable to include vegetables you have on hand. I rarely use snow peas because I rarely have them, and it's just as good!

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, this was one of the first recipes that came to my mind when I first read this blog. My husband is one of the pickiest eaters, but he LOVES this Satay Chicken dish. I usually leave out the green onions, snow peas and red pepper (I don't like any one of these cooked!) and replace them with green pepper and edamame (soy beans). It doesn't matter what veggies you use because it's the sauce that makes it so good. However, I usually use about half of the sauce and save the other half in the frig or freezer for the next time--then it's even quicker to make. (Be careful not to burn the sauce--yuck! Trust me, I know. You can also use creamy peanut butter, if you prefer. Almond butter would probably be fine too.) I would be interested to know any other variations on this recipe, so please share.