I love this time of year – the holidays! I am a firm believer though in waiting until after Thanksgiving to start decorating etc. so usually the day after Thanksgiving, instead of hitting the stores, I get busy decorating. Due to the flu this was postponed a few days but it’s done! My house is ready for the holidays. (this is no small job as all my decorations are housed in more than 35 large boxes!)
I had to share with you my favorite new addition to my holiday decorating this year! I applied some gold vinyl lettering to my hallway wall – Joy…to the world! Who knows, I may just leave it up permanently because we need Joy all year long! I saw the idea in a magazine and my niece, who has a homebased vinyl lettering business, made it for me. (If you are interested in one just email her at email@example.com - Michelle Bueler)
Along with the holidays comes a calendar stuffed full of concerts, programs, parties, activities etc. Eating dinner, let alone finding time to cook dinner can be even more of a challenge than it usually is!
My neighbor Sheri stopped by the other night while I was decorating. One of our standard questions for each other when we see one another is – “What are you having for dinner tonight?” Sheri’s reply was – “the old standby – Sesame Chicken”! Sesame Chicken is a recipe I shared with Sheri, that is one of our “Family Standards” too. It is one of those meals that take very few ingredients and not much time to prepare. Just keep a couple of chicken breasts in the freezer and some sesame oil and soy sauce in the fridge and you are good to go.
The best thing about Sesame Chicken (besides being easy to prepare) is that everyone LOVES IT!
I serve it with rice (I like jasmine or basmati) and a vegetable and you are good to go! Enjoy and Happy Dinner Time!
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
2 Tbsp. cooking wine or chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. sliced green onion, optional
1-2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
Thinly slice chicken breasts diagonally across grain. Put 2 Tbsp. oil in frying pan. Add chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through. Remove from pan and keep warm. Stir together sugar, vinegar, wine or broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions and sesame seed. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce thickens and becomes sticky (this could take 10-15 minutes). Watch the sauce as it can burn easily. Add chicken to sauce and mix well. Serve over rice. Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry they are!)