Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

A Blog of Recipes We Love and Enjoy!

Amazing Dinner, Lettice Wraps and Baked Beans May 29, 2012

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner,Grandma D.,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 6:02 am

I hope everyone has had a great Memorial weekend. This post combines a couple different cultural foods. The first is Lettuce wraps and the second is baked beans. My sister suggested we do breadsticks with our lettuce wraps; however, I was feeling lazy, so I suggested we try baked beans.

Our family loves lettuce wraps, because they are so good and simple to make. The baked beans came from our grandma D. I don’t remember my grandma’s cooking; however, everyone else remembers and says she was an amazing cook and baker.

Last summer, my sister and I found a box of recipes my grandma made and we decided to type them out and send the book to our cousins. It was a great project for us to do because I felt a stronger connection to my grandma. I suddenly wished I had gone into her kitchen when I was little and watched her cook. Funny thing, when my sister and I were making the baked beans, she told me she wished she had watched our grandma cook. I don’t believe it’s ironic that my sister said that. We will try to do justice to her food as we make it now.

Nothing like combining Chinese and Southern cookin to make one amazing meal! Everyone loved this meal. The lettuce wraps were full of flavor, the right blend of sweet and sour. The baked beans were a hit! I’m sure grandma was smiling tonight.
Sorry about the overlapping categories. If you are gluten free be careful with the sauces for the lettuce wraps, some may not be gluten free.

 

Low Carb Chicken Lettice Wraps

62 calories in one serving

1 pound ground chicken or ground turkey

8 scallion’s white and green parts chopped

1 8 ounce can water chess nuts drained, rinsed, and finely chopped

1 red bell pepper finely chopped

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (gluten free)

2 and 1/2 Tbsps hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp ginger or fresh grated ginger

1 Tbsp water

2 tsps sesame oil

1 large head of lettuce washed, dried, and leaves separated

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (gluten free)

2 Tbsps seasoned rice vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 Tbsp ginger or fresh grated ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp garlic or fresh minced garlic

In a large pan, brown the ground chicken onmed high heat. Breaking up the pieces. Pour into colander in the sink and drain fat. Return chicken to pan or rack.  When cool, break up the chicken pieces until minced.

Add scallions, water chess nuts, red pepper, and soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and ginger, water, and sesame oil. Cook for a few minutes until the scallions and red pepper are soft. Keep warm.

In a small bowl, add all the dipping sauce ingredients and mix well.

To assemble each chicken wrap; spoon a third cup of chicken filling onto the lettuce leaf and roll it up. Serve the dipping sauce on the side because the sauce can be strong. Makes about 16 lettuce wraps.

 

Baked Beans

Before the OvenAfter the Oven

2 large cans pork and beans

1 and ½ Tbsps dry mustard

1 cup brown sugar

1 large chopped onion

½ cup ketchup

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 stalks chopped celery

Several slices of bacon crumbled

Combine all ingredients and bake in covered dish at 300 degrees for 3-4 hours. We made the beans the night before nad let them hang out in the fridge. They are really good that way. Also, be sure to put the beans in a very deep covered dish and put the beans on a cookie sheet lined with foil, the beans may boil over and you don’t want a messy oven.

Enjoy!

 

Microwave Fudge May 26, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Fudge,Gluten Free,Omega — lewissisters @ 3:36 pm

Does anyone believe that fudge can be made in the microwave with only a cooking time of 2 minutes and actually taste good? I can honestly say, this afternoon, I didn’t believe it was possible.  Now, however; I am a believer!

Microwave fudge is simple to make and tastes exactly like that fancy made fudge we all buy at the gourmet candy stores. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and the results are delicious!

I have always wanted to make fudge, but the recipes I have found are complicated and time consuming. I found this recipe in one of my Omega cookbooks. Omega is the Latter-Day Saint Surority I attended during college .
All you need are basic ingredients from the pantry. I would recommend preparing the batter in a large bowl and using a hand mixer to really get things incorporated. You don’t’ have to use a hand mixer, I didn’t use one, and we are going for minimal clean up with this recipe. After the fudge is heated, you can transfer the fudge into your pie plate. I mixed the fudge in the pie plate and it got a little messy in my kitchen. A little mess is good right? That’s why vacuums were invented… 🙂

So here it is folks, the easiest tastiest microwave fudge!

Microwave Fudge

Ingredients

4 cups powdered sugar

½ cup cocoa

¼ cup milk

¼ lb butter/margarine (That is 1 stick of butter)

1 Tbsp vanilla

Nuts (optional)

Blend powdered sugar and cocoa in glass pie dish. Pour in milk and butter.  Before mixing cook 2 minutes 30 seconds.  Then, mix well and add in vanilla and nuts.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

                                                                                       

Side note from the big Sis:  I would suggest you mix everything in a large bowl and then poor it into the glass bowl.  This way you can ensure everything is mixed well, and you have no bumps 🙂

 

Chicken Salad and Homemade Oreo Cookies May 20, 2012

Filed under: Chicken,Cookies,Dessert,Dinner,Gluten Free,Omega — lewissisters @ 1:53 am

You will soon find out this blog focuses on great food. My sister and I love to cook and bake. Every week or so, we will try to share a fun recipe or meal we have made. This week is no exception. For our first meal, we would like to share two amazing recipes. 
The first recipe is for chicken salad; from our friend Annette. The second recipe is for homemade Oreo cookies. The cookies are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint surority I attended in college. The name of the surority was Omega. My Omega sisters and I made two cookbooks; this recipe is from the second book. Just a side note, the LDS surorities and fraturnities are no longer running.
The chicken salad is full of flavor and very tasty. (It is also Gluten Free!)
The Oreo cookies are simple to make; yet they are packed with a chocolate punch, ready to satisfy any chocolate craving!
Sorry about the overlapping categories.

Chicken Salad

Ingredients

4 cups diced cooked chicken

1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice

4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or fresh dill

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise

2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

red grapes!

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes, in half an avocado or on a bun!.  We used croissants. The longer the salad sits, the better!

 

Homemade Oreos
Ingredients

1 devil’s food cake mix (gluten free)
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs

Mix the above ingredients together. Roll the dough into dime-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool cookies.

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 square butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 to 4 c. powdered sugar

Mix all of frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost backs of cookies and place together to make sandwich cookies.

ENJOY!!!

 

 

Confessions May 19, 2012

First off, I would like to welcome you to our new blog. I hope everyone enjoys our adventures as much as we do. Second, I need to explain something. I always swore to myself I would never start a blog. “Why not,” you ask, the answer is plain and simple. I new it would be a distraction and something else to waste time with. A few weeks ago, my sister came to me and suggested we start a blog, recording our many fun adventures we have. I finally agreed to it and the idea kind of formed itself.
I would like to thank our family, friends, and the internet for helping us find the following recipes.
Some recipes are gluten free and some are not. (as of 2014) I have done my best to adapt things, but I urge everyone who eats gluten free to please read closely, in case I have missed something. I do not want anyone getting sick.
Also, check out the categories, they are new as of 2014 and pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.
🙂  So here it is folks! Welcome to our adventures, they will be funny and full of great food. Thanks for reading!