Cashew Chicken with Spinach

cashew chicken with spinach

The Southern husband and I are trying to stay on the healthy and delicious road we were on last summer when the Southern daughter was around, eating good and good for you chicken and fish and eggs with lots of delectable veggies, and only a little detouring here and there for bowls of ramen noodles in cheese broth (don't tell her!).  And high on my list was figuring out a stir-fry recipe that didn't call out for being poured over a nice big mound of rice.  With this conglomeration of chicken and cashews in a scrumptious sauce poured over baby spinach, I am here to tell you that we didn't miss the rice One Little Bit. Read More & Get the Recipe

Honey Chicken Stir-Fry


I love a good stir-fry!  They are usually quick (yay!), reasonably healthy (yay!) and scrumptious (triple yay!).  The perfect quick/healthy/scrumptious thing to make at the end of a long and not so scrumptious day.  So break out the skillet (or if you are fancier than me, kitchen equipement-wise, the wok) and away we go! Read More & Get the Recipe

Bittersweet Chocolate and Cashew Cookie Brittle


There is something about the words "cookie" and "brittle" that just mesmerize me.  Throw in "chocolate" and "cashews" and I am helpless...I walk directly into my kitchen and start making it.  Luckily for me it was somebody's birthday (I won't say whose birthday in order to protect the innocent), and so right after they were ready I put them all in a nice gift basket and whisked them out of the house. Well, maybe not ALL of them.  Maybe I held back just a few.  Purely in the name of science, and chocolate, and cookie brittle. Here's what you need to know: this is basically a spin on chocolate chip cookie dough, but because of the particular mixture of ingredients, it cooks up to be a little crunchier and more, well, brittle-like.  Once you have mixed up all the ingredients you press it into one thin layer onto a foil-lined cookie sheet (the foil will both make the brittle pop up easily and if you are really lucky, save you from washing the cookie sheet.  Things like that are my Read More & Get the Recipe

Bacon Cashew Caramel Popcorn


Now you have to admit, I have been very well-behaved in terms of the bacon recipes lately.  I didn't put any bacon in the pumpkin granola, or the marshmallow frosted cupcakes, or even in the spaghetti tacos.  I am practically going through bacon withdrawel over here.  And the only antidote might be this CRAZILY good popcorn.  Bacon, cashews and popcorn, all held together with just a little bit of caramel and with a little red pepper tossed in just to keep you on your toes.  It's hard to describe how completely, totally, addictively good this is.  All I will say is, one minute that jar was full up with popcorn, and the next it was empty.  It's all kind of a blur to me.  A happy, sweet, salty blur. Read More & Get the Recipe

Sesame Noodles with Cucumber Cashew Salad


I can't remember the first time I discovered soba noodles, but once I did I kinda felt like I had won the food lottery. Soba noodles are made of buckwheat, and addition to being really, really tasty, they are actually pretty good for you, as far as pasta goes. And when you pair them with a scrumptious sauce and nestle a delicious cucumber cashew salad next to them...well, it's a good day when you can say you are having a super-delicious dinner and being virtuously healthy all at the same time. Right?This quick cold noodle salad is another one from my week-long celebration of one of my new favorite cookbooks, STONEWALL KITCHEN FAVORITES, and if you haven't yet entered the giveaway for a signed copy of this fantastic book, click here. In the meantime, here's the scoop on this salad. The sauce is a speedy combo of garlic, ginger, scallions, tahini, chili paste, soy sauce and my personal favorite kitchen ingredient, peanut butter. You thin it down a little with some hot water from the Read More & Get the Recipe

Cashew Brittle Chunks


This is one recipe that almost didn't get posted here, because it just didn't turn out the way I expected it to. The title of the original recipe was "No-Bake Cashew Brittle Bars," and the picture of them showed these nice neat little bars. Yes, there was a crumb or two in the picture, but overall? Nice organized little bar cookies.Now, I am a cashew fiend, and I always have them around. And anything with the word "brittle" in it has me at hello. These also have a good amount of oatmeal in them, along with one of my all-time flavorings in the world, and that is molasses. I heart molasses. My grandmother's molasses cookies (which you can find here) are the single most popular item on this blog by a country mile, so I think a lot of you are with me on the whole molasses thing. Plus I like the bunny on the molasses bottle cap. Anyway, I made these things last weekend and followed all the directions, and they looked and smelled just heavenly, and then came time to cut them into the Read More & Get the Recipe