Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

This Sesame Chicken recipe is so flavorful and delicious, you’ll want to add it to your meal plans. It’s one of those favorite take-out meals that can be made right at home. Pair with some vegetables and steamed rice or quinoa and you’ll have a simple, complete, and tasty meal that is budget friendly as well. You’ll love adding this easy recipe to your weekly meal plans.


This Sesame Chicken starts with pieces of chicken, I generally use chicken tenderloins or breasts and cut into bite size pieces. The pieces are then simply coated with eggs and corn starch/flour, then fried to crispy perfection and golden brown.

After the chicken is done, it is tossed in the delightful sesame sauce to create our dish and ready to serve. For best dish results, you’ll want to serve the chicken immediately, as the crispy coating will start to soften after it has been coated in the sauce.

Enjoy the sesame chicken over steamed rice with some of your favorite vegetables.

Sesame Chicken 

Ingredients:

For the chicken: 

1 lb. boneless chicken, tenderloin or breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 Tbsp. olive oil 

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch 

1 lg. egg

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 C. cooked rice

Sauce: 

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. sesame seeds

1/2 C. chicken stock 

3 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed

1/2 C. low sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch 

Garnish:

1- 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, optional

1-2 Tbsp. diced green onions, top part only, optional

Directions for Sesame Chicken 

In a small bowl, add the egg and pepper and stir to combine. Add the flour and corn starch into another bowl and stir to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then roll into the flour mixture. Repeat with all the chicken pieces so they are all coated. 

In a pan, heat the olive oil. Add the coated chicken pieces to the pan. Cook until each piece is crispy and golden brown, for 5 minutes or until the middle reaches an internal temperature of 165° F. Drain the chicken on paper towels to remove any excess oil and remove any extra oil from the pan.

For the sauce, add all the sauce ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the corn starch until the mixture is well combined. 

Place the crispy chicken back into the pan and pour the sauce over top in the pan. Bring the mixture in the pan to a quick boil, and then simmer for 3 to 4 minute or until the sauce has just thickened. 

Served the sesame chicken over steamed rice with your favorite vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve. 

Guinness Pie

We’ve featured Guinness Pie in cooking classes and our First Friday local events. Our executive chef, Mandy Shook, walks you through making this pie at home. At heart, it is really a beef stew sealed inside flaky puff pastry-making a savory main dish your family will line up for!

  • 3 med. onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 stalks celery, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 C. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. top sirloin
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) Guinness® Beer
  • 2 C. white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

Saute onions in a large pan at medium high heat with a little salt, and pepper until slightly browned. Stir in the rosemary and the minced garlic. Add 1 Tbsp. butter. Add celery, carrots and mushrooms. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add the beef. Stir in 1 heaping Tbsp. flour. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and pour in the Guinness. Cook over medium heat for about 2 hours until cooked down and beef is tender.

Remove from heat. Stir in 1 C. of shredded white cheddar cheese.

Roll out puff pastry to about 1/4-thick. Line the bottom of an oven safe bowl or pie pan that is about 4 inches deep and 8-10 inches in diameter with the puff pastry. Pour in the stew filling. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of stew filling. Cover with another piece of puff pastry. Press around the edges so the top puff pastry is sealed to the bottom puff pastry. Score the top of the pie to vent. Brush with beaten egg.

Bake the pie at 350° F. for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Recipe by Executive Chef Mandy Shook. Watch the video on how to make Guinness Pie on our YouTube channel!

Chicken Pot Pie with a Cornbread Crust

Are you looking for an easy and comforting meal to make for dinner? A meal that is warm, creamy and delicious? Packed full of hearty filling of vegetables and chicken and topped with the sweet cornbread topping? This Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie is made from scratch and large enough to feed a large family with some leftovers to spare. Perfect for those cooler months when you’re craving comfort food!

Pot pies are a classic great comfort food to enjoy during the fall and winter months! The savory goodness of gravy, a mixture of vegetables, and chicken all baked together under fulfilling crust.

We are in the heart of winter here in Indiana with this unusual Polar Vortex going through. This week we have had cold temperatures reaching in the -40/-50s with the wind chill. School has been canceled, my husband’s work has been closed. We haven’t left the farm. It’s a great time to spend cooking, and we have done a lot of it. 

This homemade Cornbread Chicken Pot pie doesn’t disappoint. Quick. Simple. Tasty. A delicious all-in-one meal. 

Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

Filling:

 

  • 14 oz. frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1 C. chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
  • 1 C. heavy cream
  • 1/4 C. chopped onion
  • 2 C. cubed or shredded cooked chicken
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    Cornbread Topping:

     

  • 1 C. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. milk
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 lg. eggs
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Directions:

For the Filling

Place the frozen vegetables in a large sauce pan and cover with water. Over medium high heat, bring to a boil. Cook vegetables until they are tender, about 5-10 minutes. Drain and set the vegetables aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until just barely tender. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, flour and corn starch. Stir until well combined. Then add the cream and stir continually while cooking until the mixture thickens, about 4-5 minutes.

Pour sauce mixture over vegetables, add the cooked chicken and stir everything together until coated well with the sauce mixture. Spoon the vegetable mixture into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.

For the Cornbread Topping

In a large mixing bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, and stir to combine together. Add the milk, melted butter and eggs. Stir together just until mixture is well blended and smooth, there may still be small lumps in the batter. Be careful not to overmix.

Spoon the cornbread mixture on top of the vegetable mixture in the baking dish. Spread out the cornbread mixture to cover the filling. Bake at 400° F. for 20 -24 minutes, until the cornbread is golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy this Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie next time you’re looking for a hearty meal!

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

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Are you looking for an easy casserole dish to take to your next pot luck dinner? This Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is super easy and flavorful! It is sure to be a favorite for broccoli lovers at your next get together.

With the holiday season upon us, it is time to start thinking about what you might plan to make for your holiday meals.

I know at my family holiday meals, there is a big array of casseroles. I am a big fan of all the different casseroles and have more of those than the main turkey or ham served at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You can’t go wrong with this Broccoli Cheddar Casserole!

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Ingredients for Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli florets
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar
  • 4 C. cooked white rice
  • 1 sm. yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
  • 2 C. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper

Directions for Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Chop the frozen broccoli into bite size pieces, it will thaw out some with handling during the casserole preparation.

Add the broccoli pieces, the cooked white rice, and about 3/4 of the shredded sharp cheddar to a medium mixing bowl. Set the remaining cheese aside to use later. Stir it together until evenly blended together. Set aside.

In a small pan, to make the sauce, add the diced yellow onion, the minced garlic and the butter. Cook on medium heat until the butter is melted and the onions become translucent.

Add the milk and corn starch and whisk together continuously until sauce mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Sauce mixture will thicken.

Add the salt, paprika and pepper to the sauce mixture and stir together until well mixed in.

Add the sauce mixture to the broccoli mixture and mix together until coated well.

Pour the casserole ingredients in to a well greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Then add the remaining cheese over top of the casserole.

Bake at 350° F. for 35 to 40 minutes.

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Corn Starch Crafts

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Corn starch is a simple and pure ingredient found in almost every kitchen. It’s made from corn kernels, specifically the starchy part known as the endosperm. Most people use it to thicken soups, sauces, gravies or for batters used in frying (think chicken or tofu). Aside from being a common ingredient in recipes, corn starch is a versatile component in crafts. We have a wide variety of homemade crafts and fun ideas to share with your family in the four blog posts below. From homemade dough ornaments to bouncing balls and pudding popsicles, try our fun recipes and tell us which was your favorite in the comments below!

 

  1. Corn Starch Dough Ornaments
  2. Top Ten STEM Activities with Oobleck Goo (Corn Starch and Water)
  3. Top 5 Kids Activities 2017: Clay Ornaments, Color Run Powder, Soft Dough, Bouncing Balls, Aloe Dough, Sidewalk Chalk
  4. Top 5 Kids Activities 2016: Play Clay, Fizzing Flour, Big Bubbles, Silly Dough, Pudding Popsicles

Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Are you looking for a simple side dish that is flavorful and able to feed a crowd? This Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout dish is packed full of flavor. Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, bacon, a hint of apple and thyme come together so nicely in this delicious and savory side dish. This dish is everything you’re craving for the fall season, or anytime really.

The garden changes so many times throughout the growing season. Fall is one of my favorite times to harvest some of the finest vegetables from the garden. Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts grow all season long and it’s so rewarding to harvest them in the fall.

This Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout recipe is super easy to prepare and make. It makes for a great side dish for any meal, as well as can feed a crowd for your next holiday gathering. It’s a colorful dish loaded with flavor that is sure to impress.

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Harvest Hash, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprout

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
  • 1 sm. onion, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and cubed
  • 5 slices of bacon, browned and crumbled
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

Directions

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is crisp and browned. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool, set aside.

Using a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and onion. Cook until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender with a fork, and onion is looking translucent.

Stir in apples, thyme, garlic and cook for about a minute more.

Add in the reserved crumbled bacon pieces and stir in all together. Serve warm.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

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Ingredients:

  • 1 C. unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 2/3 C. smooth peanut butter
  • 1 3/4 C. packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. light or dark corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Davis Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 2/3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 9 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 9 oz. peanut butter chips
  • 3/4 C. finely chopped salted peanuts, optional
  • chocolate frosting
  • Mini marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray, then set aside.

In a large mixer bowl with the mixer on low, then medium speed, beat together the butter, peanut butter, sugar, eggs, corn syrup, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended and lightened in color, about 2 minutes. Working on low speed, beat in half the flour. Stir in the remaining flour, chocolate, peanut butter morsels and peanuts (if using) just until thoroughly incorporated. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes to firm up slightly.

Divide the dough into quarters. Then divide each quarter into 9 balls; space them about 3 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. With the heel of the hand, press down on the balls until about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Finish each cookie by adding crisscross marks with the tines of a large dinner fork.

Bake in the middle third of the oven for 9 to 14 minutes or until the cookies are just tinged with brown and barely firm when tapped in the center; be careful not to over-bake. Remove the pans from the oven. Let the cookies firm up several minutes. Using a wide-bladed spatula, transfer the cookies to racks and let cool completely.

To assemble:

Spread or pipe frosting on bottom of one cookie. Lay another cookie on top of frosting, leaving room for the marshmallow teeth.

Use scissors to cut marshmallows into triangle shapes for teeth (you’ll need enough teeth for 18 cookie sandwiches). For the eyes, use scissors to cut marshmallows in half. Use a toothpick to add a chocolate eye in the center of each.

Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. softened butter
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 C. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Add creamed mixture and mix until smooth. Cover the bowl and chill for at least two hours.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. On a floured workspace, roll out the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with cookie cutters.

Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies are firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 Tbsp. meringue powder, sifted
  • 6 C. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract, optional
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. Whisk meringue powder and powdered sugar together in a bowl. Stir in extract (if using).
  2. With a kitchen faucet turned on very low, slowly add water while stirring until icing reaches the desired consistency.

To test consistency:

  • Drizzle some icing with your spatula into the bowl of icing
  • The drizzles should “melt” back into the icing in 5-10 seconds
  • Less than 5 seconds – it’s too thin; add sifted powdered sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time until correct consistency
  • More than 10 seconds – it’s too thick; add water until correct consistency

Adding Color:

Lastly, stir in food coloring, if using a brown base on the cookies (recommended). For dark pigments, you may want to make the icing a day in advance for a brighter color. Stir day-old icing vigorously to re-incorporate.

Decorating Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies:

  1. Use an offset spatula and spread brown base of icing over cookie then let the icing fully dry.
  2. Use a #3 tip and pipe white icing to form outlines of skull and bones shape. Fill the outlines and use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly in your shapes.
  3. Use a #2 tip and pipe white icing dots for teeth and toes.

German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes

Are you looking for a flavorful cupcake with the delicious flavors of a classic cake? These German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes are just that. Enjoy the flavors of German chocolate cake in cupcake form! Because cupcakes are ALWAYS fun!

They are a delicious mix of light chocolate cake paired with an ooey-gooey coconut and pecan topping.

If you’re like me, you’ll be hooked on them. The whole salty nutty caramel chocolate combination is just too good, you’ll definitely have to have more than one!

Enjoy!

German Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate
  • 2 1/3 C. cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 lg. eggs

Frosting:

  • 1 C. evaporated milk
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C. pecans, chopped
  • 2 C. flaked coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two muffin pans with paper baking cups, then set aside.

To make the cake:

Break the chocolate bar into pieces. Melt over low heat and set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, stir the butter or margarine to soften. Add the flour mixture, 3/4 C. of buttermilk and vanilla. Mix together just slightly to dampen the flour, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the melted chocolate, eggs and remaining buttermilk. Beat for 1 minute more, making sure everything is mixed well together.

Scoop cake batter into each cupcake liner in the prepared pans. Bake at 350° F. for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from cupcake pan and cool on wire racks.

To make the frosting:

In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine or butter and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans and coconut. Set aside to cool to get to a good spreading consistency, mixing occasionally.

Add the frosting to the cupcakes after they are completely cooled.

Recipe makes 2 doz. cupcakes

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is a classic made-from-scratch cake. The delicious layers of moist, light chocolate cake are topped with a signature coconut-nut frosting.

German Chocolate Cake takes me back to family dinners at my grandma’s house. She is always baking up yummy desserts! German Chocolate Cake is definitely a popular favorite at family occasions.

The cake itself is moist, dense and a light chocolate flavor. It pairs wonderfully with the filling and frosting. The frosting is packed full of flavors!! Sweet with a creamy, milky texture, nutty with the tastes of coconut and pecans, and a sweet hint of vanilla.

Grab a glass of milk or cup of coffee and enjoy a slice!

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for German Chocolate Cake

Cake:

  • 4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate
  • 2 1/3 C. cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 C. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. buttermilk, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 lg. eggs

Coconut Pecan Filling and Frosting:

  • 2 C. evaporated milk
  • 2 C. granulated sugar
  • 6 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 C. butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C. pecans, chopped
  • 2 C. flaked coconut

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To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line bottoms of three 9-inch round pans with parchment paper, then set aside.

Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt over low heat, then set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a separate large mixing bowl, stir the butter to soften. Add the flour mixture, 3/4 C. of buttermilk and vanilla. Mix together just slightly to dampen the flour, beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the melted chocolate, eggs and remaining buttermilk. Beat for 1 minute more, making sure to mix well together.

Pour batter into prepared layer pans. Bake at 350° F. for 35 minutes, or when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake layers and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool the rest of the way on wire racks.

To make the frosting:

In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans and coconut. Set aside to cool to get to a good spreading consistency, mixing occasionally.

To assemble:

When the cake layers are cooled completely, spread the frosting on top of each layer and stack together.