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Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Hey guys. I made this for dinner tonight. It was my first teriyaki chicken and it tasted fantastic!

I found this on Frugality Gal through Pinterest.

The author, Jazmin, says this dish only has 322 calories per serving.

I served mine over rice, which I started cooking right after I chopped up the chicken.

Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (serves 4)


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken (tenders or breasts)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds


1. Chop thawed, raw chicken tenders into 1-inch pieces.

2. Transfer chicken into a large bowl. Add the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic and salt and pepper (but NOT the sesame seeds yet!). Massage into chicken with hands. Then wash your hands.  🙂

3. Transfer chicken (liquid and all) into an oiled and heated pan. Place the stove on medium heat.

4. After about five minutes, crank the heat up to high. Stirring occasionally, cook until the sauce has reduced. It should take about 15 minutes.

5. When the sauce thickens up and starts sticking to the chicken, add sesame seeds. Stir.

6. Remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes before serving. Proudly show off your mad skills. 

Sticky delicious goodness. I made this because the mysterious grocery-giver also got us chicken and honey.

I hope you enjoy making this! Tell me how it went!


–The Mrs.

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Food (Noms)


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No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Artisan Bread for Busy People

So…I like to bake bread. And kneading dough by hand is okay. But with this bread, there is no need to knead! Ha. Lame. Anyway, with this,you make the dough, pull off enough for the day’s loaf, and stick the rest in a container in the fridge.  bread

From Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Yields about 4 one-pound loaves


3 cups lukewarm water (about 100°F)

1 ½ Tbls yeast

1 Tbls kosher salt

6 ½ cups unsifted unbleached all-purpose white flour

Additional flour for shaping loaves


Also helpful to have: pizza/baking stone, cookie pan with 1-inch rim for steam-making, pizza peel for transferring bread in and out of the oven


  • Combine the water, yeast, and salt in a 5-quart bowl or plastic food container with a lid. Stir to mix.  Add all of the flour at once and mix with a wooden spoon until the dough is wet and sticky with no dry patches. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap, but do not seal airtight. Let rise for about 2 hours at room temperature.  If you aren’t using it immediately, refrigerate the dough, covered, for up to 2 weeks.
  • To make a loaf, lightly sprinkle some flour onto the dough’s surface. Scoop up a handful the size of a grapefruit, and cut or tear it away from the remainder. Rub the dough with a layer of flour while gently stretching the top around to tuck the sides into the bottom to form a round, smooth loaf (This is the trickiest part, because your hands will get all gunky if they aren’t covered in flour). Put the loaf on a pizza peel or cutting board dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Let it rise, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. The loaf will plump but not change radically in size.
  • About 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a broiler tray or other metal pan on the bottom rack of the oven. Put the baking stone or cast iron skillet on the middle rack (I use my pizza stone).
  • Dust the loaf liberally with flour (You could sprinkle herbs on top here if you wanted). Slash the top with a cross or three lines with a sharp knife and slide it onto the preheated baking surface (VERY tricky if it was not sitting on enough cornflour). Carefully pour about 1 cup of hot water into the pan underneath and close the oven door to trap the steam. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is browned and the loaf feels light and hollow. Cool to room temperature and enjoy!

bread 2


Just a note: I usually make my dough into three loaves. The longer the dough sits in the fridge, the more it will taste like sourdough. But I wouldn’t wait more than five days to use up the last of the dough. Probably not healthy.

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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Food (Noms)


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My Last Meal

One thing I learned this year is that chefs love to ask each other this question:

If you were able to choose your last meal before death, what would you eat?

I don’t know why this is a big deal for them, but the last supper question comes up a lot. There is even a book with famous chefs’ answers to the question. Here is a link to a slideshow of their final meal ideas. As I read through them, I couldn’t help but think, “What in the world are some of these foods?” Even in our language, they sound foreign and exotic. Gigantic spider crabs? Black truffles? Seaweed soup? Snipes? (Those actually exist?!)

Just this year, I learned how to make tomato bisque, biscotti, and french bread. This year, I tasted creme brulee for the first time. I used a grill for the first time, and used the “broil” setting on my oven for the first time. I made whipped cream by hand and found out that the French way of cutting onions made me cry less.

Oh sweet advanced culinary experience, where have you been all of my life?

Because of exploring this new world of unusually delicious food, there are some new foods on my radar of things to cook someday: risotto, figs with goat cheese, souffle, and ratatouille.

But okay, I will answer the question myself. With my 20 closest friends/family, I would eat the following food:

I would want to eat pasta. Not just any pasta, but freshly-made angel hair noodles with shrimp, scallops, and crab in a cream sauce that is not too lemony. It would have tiny diced tomatoes in it, too. And be served with soft, hot bread with butter.

With it, I would drink orange koolaid.

For dessert, I would have a slice of the lemon-blueberry layer cake with buttercream icing that was served at my bridal shower.

I would finish it off with a small cup of tea. Rooibos with milk.

Quite filled and happy, I would die in peace.

What would you want your last meal to look like?

Who would be with you?

Bridal shower

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Food (Noms)


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Surely goodness and mercy are following me.


A few minutes ago, there was a knock on our door.

My husband looked at me and said, “Who could that be?” People don’t usually just pop over to see us (which reminds us of the time a policeman showed up at our door…I might tell you that story later). I answer it, and our associate pastor and his wife walk in, carrying boxes full of the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time.

Now, some of you know that my husband lost his job two months ago, and that it has been rather stressful to watch our carefully saved up emergency fund (thank you for baby step #1, Dave Ramsey!) slowly sink lower and lower. My husband, especially, has felt discouraged in job hunting for something suitable for him. This is what our fridge looked like today.


Not exactly as full as I, the chef of the house, like to keep it.

So imagine our surprise as we saw that the boxes were full of groceries. Really, SO much food!!! Groceries

There was chicken and beef, canned veggies, grapes, bananas, strawberries, blueberry muffin mix, mixed nuts, and so much more! God bless them, they even got us a bag of little chocolates filled with caramel. I’m sure by now my mother is crying as she reads this. I am pretty sure it was the equivalent of three weeks of groceries for us.

Apparently, someone in our church who knew we were going through a rough time wanted to help us. Anonymously.

To that person/couple/family, we say thanks.

And I think God is smiling.


“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
All the days of my life,
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” ~Psalm 23:6



Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Vibrant Life


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