Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Most Requested Recipe - Chicken Strips Marinade

I am not one of the best cooks out there, but I do have a few dishes that always earn requests for my recipe. I just thought I 'd share one of those today.

A little background: I used to be in a food group that met once a month and did once-a- month cooking. It was GREAT! We did this for quite a few years, but somehow it fell by the wayside a couple of years ago, and I just haven't created a new group. There were usually five or six of us in the group (some months just didn't work out for everyone for one reason or another) and we would meet together with some tried and true recipes and create our menu for the month.

We would then divide the recipes between us so that we each had four main dishes that we would make. We each would go home, buy the ingredients for each main dish (times 5 or 6 depending on the number of members that month), and create 5 or 6 of each of the main dishes. So, if there were six of us in the group, I would go home and make four different main dishes, but I would make six of each one. Get it?

Anyway, after we had all created our four main dishes times 6, we would meet together and swap meals. This meant that we came home with 24 different main dishes! That would last us more than a month usually, and when we were running low, we'd get together to plan our menu again. We learned some tricks along the way; we deleted some recipes that just didn't work out; we came up with some new recipes that were great; and most importantly, we had fun doing it and helping one another out.

So................all that to say that this recipe comes from that group. It was one that we did EVERY month because EVERYONE liked it! (Now that was rare in a group that included six families representing thirty people!)

Be warned! This recipe makes enough for two families. You can cut this in half, or do what I do: use half for that evening's meal and then freeze chicken or turkey strips in the other half so that you have another meal ready to go down the road!

Chicken Strips Marinade (also works well for turkey and beef)

1 pint canola oil
1 C. lemon juice
1 pint soy sauce
3 Tbsp. sherry
3 cloves garlic
1/2 C. dried onions
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour over chicken or turkey strips and freeze in a ziploc. Defrost and grill.

Marinade can be cooked separately to serve over the grilled chicken. Serve with rice and vegetables.

Well, there you have it! My most requested recipe. Let me know what you think of it if you try it out.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mish Mash Mondays

Hello, again, Hello. (Isn't that a Barry Manilow song?)

My summer hiatus was just what I needed. To be honest, I still didn't connect with my kids as much as I would have liked, but we did have some fun time together on vacations and such. Even just days around home are good for us all now and again. Summers are always busier than I think they will/should be, however, and this summer was no different. Weddings, conferences, birthdays, vacations, sleepovers, work, appointment, movies nights..........yeah, the days just seem to slip away faster than I'd like them to.

Anywhoooo..........it's been a while since I've posted, but I only have one thought for Mish Mash Monday this week.

I wanted to share a new internet site that I've found. (In)courage.me launched a new site this summer, and I think we all can use a little more encouragement in our lives. I check in often to get a little encouragement boost. In fact, I added it to my RSS feed so that I always see new posts.

What encourages you? I think it's important to know the answer to that because then you can actively work at having those things in your life. And goodness knows, we all need encouragement, don't we?

What encourages me? Well, seeing my children love one another and do well in relationships with other people encourages me that perhaps, just perhaps, in spite of all my imperfect parenting, my kids are doing okay after all. I am also encouraged when I can fix something or organize something. (I'm weird, I know.) Notes and prayers from friends also encourage me greatly and mean so much to me. And......staying in God's Word and in prayer encourages me and give me the courage to be who He made me to be and to fulfill His purposes for me.

Just a thought this morning. Hope this finds you well.