Growing up in Michigan I always thought that one of my favorite Chinese food dishes, Almond Boneless Chicken was a Chinese take-out staple. Nope. I moved to Orlando 20 years ago and searched in vain for this awesome dish. I always ended up finding chicken and vegetables with almonds mixed in. Not what I had in mind. Then on a visit up my dad says he was making it. I was so happy. He got the base of this recipe from a Test Kitchen. He modified it suit his tastes and it turned out wonderful.
Thanks to this article I learned that Almond Boneless Chicken is Cantonese Style! In Michigan we call it ABC for short and it’s a yummy endulgent fried breast of chicken served over lettuce and sometimes rice and covered in gravy. Ingredients for gravy include low-sodium options as the usual versions make the gravy way too salt forward. This recipe serves 3-4 people. Enjoy!
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, homemade or store-bought
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken flavor
- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 tablespoons Water
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 3 cups of Jasmine rice
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds (toasting is optional)
- 2 green onions, finely chopped (both green and white parts)
- Oil for frying chicken, as needed
- Toast slivered almonds in a dry pan over medium heat until they are golden.
- If preparing rice in a rice cooker add equal amounts of Jasmine Rice and water to your cooker and start the machine. It should cook for about 20 minutes and rest for 10. You can also make rice on the stove top. I recommend against Minute Rice as it doesn’t have the texture to compliment the dish .
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and sherry and marinate on a plate for 15 minutes.
- While chicken is marinating, prepare the gravy. Mix together the cornstarch and water in a small saucepan until smooth. Gradually mix in the chicken broth, butter, soy sauce, Better Than Bouillon, and bouillon granules. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for 1 minute, then turn down the heat to very low and keep warm.
- Pat dry chicken with paper towels, then drop them into a plastic bag with a small amount of flour. Coat chicken, then shake off excess flour and place floured chicken on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. A hard flour glue will harden on the chicken (it later helps the batter stick).
- Heat large skillet and add oil to a depth of 1/2-inch. Heat on medium-high to 375 degrees.
- To prepare batter, beat together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder, egg, and enough water that the batter is smooth and looks like pancake batter. Coat each piece of chicken with the batter individually and drop them gently in the pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan with too many pieces at once.
- Be careful as some pans require a lower heat setting. Check the oil temperature with a thermometer to be sure. Drop chicken into batter and cook coated chicken pieces in oil until they are golden, turning them once. This should take about 5 – 7 minutes. Drain the chicken on paper towels. If making a double batch you can keep the chicken warm in a 200 degree oven.
- Cut the chicken diagonally into strips. Reassemble the strips into chicken breast shapes and place on a bed of lettuce covered with rice. Spoon the gravy over the chicken. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and green onion and serve immediately.
So I set about doing this post specifically for a young lady who didn’t have the best guidance. Her lack of parental interest left this huge gap in her understanding of how the world worked. It then occurred to me that we only know as much as we are subjected to. My parents never invested in the stock market so I never understood it until I was older.
This goes for taking care of yourself, fixing things and generally navigating the world. So I wrote down some things that “I wish someone would have told me” and then I reached out to friends on Facebook and asked them what life advice they would have for a young person just starting out on their own. Then I copied the sentiments of a few of those inspirational quotes and here we are. This is the result.
Feel free to comment the thing you wish someone would have told you.
- Whatever skincare you do to your face do to your chest as well.
- Never try waxing hair at home.
- Never get your hair cut the day before a big event.
- Better to be a little overdressed than a little underdressed. This goes for fashion and temperature.
- Ladies, keep two tampons in your bag at all times – periods love surprises.
- Losing weight will be twice as hard 10 years from now.
- No one is going to notice your pimple and if they do, they don’t care.
- Exercise. Being lazy ages you more quickly. Even if it’s a daily walk around the block or a bike ride.
- Don’t start smoking.
- Take care of your health! Before you leave your parents insurance, schedule everything; physical, ladies exam, eye doctor and dentist. Prevention is the best way to protect your health.
- If you find a shirt or jeans you absolutely love, go back to the store ASAP and buy another.
- Drink lots of water and curb the sodas, you’ll feel way better.
- The guy in the video is right. Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen.
- Don’t wear shoes that hurt no matter how great they look.
- Don’t eat just because you’re bored.
- Sometimes the best makeup can be found at the drugstore, and sometimes expensive lipstick tastes terrible.
- Don’t wear makeup to the beach, it will bake into your pores. Use SPF, tinted chapstick, a hair tie and some rocking sunglasses.
- Wash your hands often.
- If you’re invited to do something nice, wear a clean shirt, take a shower and run a comb through your hair. If you don’t you’re guaranteed to run into your ex or your crush.
- There’s only one person who will travel this whole life with you, yourself. So be good. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Love who you are.
- It’s hard, but know when to ask for help.
- If you’re blocked on a decision, start writing down the elements in pros/cons fashion. Flip a coin, whatever you hope it will be in midair is what you should do.
- Rushing into something usually ends up being a bad decision.
- Find a place that makes you happy. Return as often as you can.
- Be brave. Try the weird food, sing karaoke, ask out your crush.
- Meditating isn’t for everyone but find that one practice where you can zone out.
- A fulfilling hobby brings joy, try a few to see what suits you.
- Keep your dreams in front of you. Start an inspiration board or a list of goals. Refer to it often.
- Life isn’t fair. Get over your disappointment and keep marching forward. Life gets more fair when you stack the odds in your favor. Work hard towards what you desire. Hard work in itself is gratifying and makes you a better person.
- Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for what you truly want. Make sure what you want is worth it.
- Most people won’t ever be rich or famous. It’s OK to want to join that club but remember there are sacrifices that have to be made to get there and there are downsides to all things. Famous people can’t just go get dinner out, they’ll have no privacy.
- Bullies are making up for their own inadequacies and they pick on you to feel better. There will always be bullies, learn to defend yourself physically and emotionally.
- Take a break each day to just enjoy and be grateful. Spend a few minutes breathing in the smell of a bakery, ask to pet a dog, get your favorite chips. Find joy each day.
- If you’re feeling vulnerable roll up like an armadillo. Take care of yourself. Nurture your wounds. But don’t stay there. Pretty soon you have to unroll and start moving forward in order to regain your strength.
- Getting high and playing video games all day in your mom’s basement might seem cool but you’re burning daylight.
- No one likes a downer. We all get sad. But if you are constantly negative and creating drama no one will want to be around you. Seek professional therapy.
- Stay away from toxic people.
- There will be people who don’t like you. That’s their problem not yours, unless you’ve wronged them. Then make it right if you can.
- Look for the bad in things and you will find it.
- No one’s perfect, everyone messes up, just try not to do it publicly.
- Don’t take anyone’s shit. Take their advice, take their feedback, but no shit.
- Treat yourself. But only occasionally or its not a treat.
- Don’t be envious of another person’s life, you have no idea what they deal with.
- We are not the sum of our missteps, our feeling of self worth comes from our ability to see our own strengths.
- Operate with an attitude of gratitude. Many dream of what you take for granted.
- Go out to eat/ to the museum by yourself. It’s empowering and allows you to go at your own pace.
- Don’t let people tell you what to believe.
- Don’t focus on Bob and Jane’s business. Life’s too short, focus on yourself!
- Not returning clothes that didn’t fit in time is a giant waste of money.
- Don’t let a salesperson pressure you into spending more than you are comfortable with. This goes for the makeup counter, car dealerships, day spas and Bass Pro Shop.
- Don’t buy an ill fitted item just because you love the brand. Never buy a too small item with the intention to fit in it one day.
- Don’t put silly things on a credit card.
- If you don’t understand personal finance, get a book about it. Mastering this will change your life.
- Start adding to a retirement account as soon as it is made available to you. Even if it’s only a few dollars a week.
- Unless you have a lot of big ticket items, having a yard sale isn’t worth it. Donate or list online.
- The stuff you own won’t care for you when you’re sick, or cheer you up when you’re down. Stuff is a burden. It takes up space and doesn’t pay rent. Only keep the stuff you need and a few things you want.
- It’s fine to play lotto occasionally for fun but don’t let the dream get in the way of practicality. Don’t spend too much hard-earned money on a pipe dream.
- Invest your spending money where you spend your time. Good shoes, a good mattress, a good work chair. You get what you pay for with these type of things – get the best you can afford and don’t fall for brand names.
- Care Credit allows you to visit certain doctors, dentists and vets and pay 0% interest on money borrowed over $200.
- Don’t be dazzled by discounts on things you don’t need.
- Sometimes credit card companies will lower your interest rate if you ask. Can’t hurt.
- Check the “unit price” when shopping at the grocery store. Bigger packages don’t necessarily mean best value.
- Impulsiveness will leave you broke.
- Plot a budget. There are great free apps you can use to monitor your spending.
- If you live like you’re poor you’ll stay rich, if you live like you’re rich you’ll stay poor.
- If you’re tight on money don’t set up your bills to auto draft. Pay them individually and you can move things around. An overdraft fee is the dumbest way to lose money.
- If you are not completely alone, don’t talk on speakerphone.
- Don’t go to class or work or anywhere if you have the flu.
- If you think someone’s hat is awesome, tell them. Everyone likes a genuine compliment, and it could make their day.
- No one likes the person that is always late. Even if they love you they resent your tardiness and will quit inviting you to things.
- Learn to politely decline any unwanted gifts, invitations, and overtures. Peer pressure doesn’t go away, it just changes tactics as adults.
- No one has ever been upset at receiving a thank you note.
- If someone else is buying, don’t order the most expensive thing on the menu.
- Tip well. If you can’t afford to tip for great service you can’t afford to eat at restaurants.
- Don’t try to get people to do free for you, what they do for a living. Pay them for their work.
- Unless you are physically needful, move your butt out of a bench or bus seat for elderly folks and pregnant ladies.
- Don’t put drinks on wood furniture without a coaster.
- Don’t be on your phone when you’re driving. It’s dangerous and illegal and you’re gonna hurt yourself or others. Plus you are driving like crap.
- If you get a flat tire, watch how to fix it instead of just standing by, you might need to know one day.
- Spare tires are usually smaller, called donut tires. They are only good for a limited distance and at low speeds. They are meant to get you to the tire store and not much more. Don’t be booking down the interstate on a donut.
- Never drive on a flat tire, you will bend the rim and now you’re talking big money. Pull over in the first safe space and call someone.
- Junkyards usually have the same fancy parts your car needs for 1/8 the price of the auto parts store, including batteries.
- Carry jumper cables and learn to use them. Also a safety kit and first aid kit.
- If you live in cold weather keep your gas tank above 1/4 tank.
- If it can be avoided don’t get a car from a ‘buy here, pay here’. Their interest rates are outrageous.
- If you let your gas tank get low too often, you’ll be investing in a fuel pump soon.
- Make sure you keep the right amount of air in your tires, it’s safer and will cost you less in gas.
- Do not use “fix-a-flat” it doesn’t work half the time and if you have tire pressure sensors it will kill them and you will be looking at about 100 bucks or more to install a new one.
- If you spin out into a snowbank you can’t get out of, dig out your tailpipe so your car doesn’t fill with carbon monoxide.
- Keep old shingles in your trunk for winter in case you get stuck. Put them under your tires to get traction.
- Change your oil. A well maintained car will last forever.
- Don’t go bananas in the summer and crank your air conditioning too cold. It’ll freeze up.
- If your A/C quits check the thermostat. The batteries might be dead.
- If you have a regular stove with coils, you can remove the coils and pans and the top lifts up like a car hood to make cleaning easier.
- If you have a septic tank, flush a pack of yeast down the toilet once a month.
- If you’ve never made a fire in a fireplace, you need to open the flue.
- Wash your lint trap, fabric softeners build up and make the dryer less effective.
- Clean the ducts attached to your dryer to prevent fires.
- The Magic eraser really is magic. But don’t use it on surfaces that scratch easily like car paint.
- Use parchment paper when you can instead of aluminum foil. You’ll get no stick pizza, anything with cheese or baked goods and makes cleaning the pan super easy.
- If there’s someone in your life who fixes stuff, cars, plumbing, motors, etc . Watch them and learn. Most people are happy to show off what they know to an eager onlooker. Hold the flashlight.
- Never stop learning. It helps you to relate to the world and gives you a sense of being well-rounded.
- Be a student to everyone. Each individual knows something you don’t. Let them tell you what it is.
- Research what your dream job pays before you pick a school. Ask people with your ideal job how happy they are.
- Study like you’re paying for the privilege because in college, you are.
- Learn to do your own laundry.
- Learn to cook, at least the basics. Food is something you will always need and doing it yourself is way cheaper than take out. You have YouTube with the greatest chefs in the world at your disposal and cookbooks are cheap at the thrift shop.
- Always follow an opportunity to learn another language.
- If college is your plan, investigate every grant, scholarship program, and work benefit option out there.
- Turning your passion in to a career isn’t always a great idea. Being told how and when you should do what you love might ruin your love for it.
- Be a mentor, some people don’t have the great environment you do and could use your expertise.
- At work you may be invaluable but you are not irreplaceable. If you suck they will find a way to do without you.
- Apply for the job even if you don’t have 100% of what they’re asking. You take yourself out of the running if you don’t try.
- Don’t call in sick and have your friends post pictures of you boating on social media.
- Don’t take the last cup of coffee in the break room without starting a new pot.
- Don’t steal other people’s food.
- Bosses notice when you do what is best for the company and not just yourself/your team.
- If you go home crying regularly, quit that job.
- Never quit a job without lining up another.
- Every great professional has been fired at least once.
- Never put up with harassment or abuse. Report it or leave.
- Learn to delegate – you don’t have to do everything yourself.
- Don’t be a kiss ass. No one but stupid bosses like a kiss ass.
- Assume no malice. People don’t generally do things to make others lives more difficult, only theirs simpler.
- When looking for a job, benefits are import. Health benefits, sick time, vacation, 401K and paid holidays are great additions to a job. Factor in the cost when negotiating a salary.
It’s all about you:
- The city/religion/job where your parents found happiness may be the one that stifles you. Go explore.
- Don’t stop doing something you enjoy just because someone else doesn’t find it cool.
- Conversely, don’t get in to something just because someone you like is in to it. I mean try, but don’t buy the team jersey if you hate the game.
- Don’t let laziness or fear snowball your problems. If you get a traffic ticket, fight it or pay it. If you don’t you could get your license suspended, then you can’t renew your title and if you’re caught, even more problems. Deal with the problem while it is still small.
- If you mess up, fess up. I have found this is a good guiding principle for work, relationships and everything else.
- Don’t get a dog unless you have the time, love and money to give it the best life for 15+ years. Basic vet visits can be hundreds of dollars a year.
- Don’t yuk someone else’s yum.
- Mastery over your weakness is one of the greatest accomplishments most of us will achieve.
- Some things you just aren’t going to be good at no matter how hard you try. That’s OK no one gets it all.
- Don’t let anyone tell you how to run your home, your marriage, or your parenting if you didn’t ask for advice (If you have read this far you’re asking me).
- Break the rules but not the law. – Ross Ledehrman. Breaking the law has serious consequences. Taking your dog to the sidewalk cafe doesn’t. They’ll just ask you to leave if it’s a No Dog place.
- If you don’t ask for it, you’ll never get it.
- Jump at any chance to travel if you can afford it. Travel broadens the mind.
- There is an unmatchable joy in giving back selflessly to others in need.
- Luck is when preparation and opportunity meet – Oprah Winfrey.
- There’s no such thing as over-prepared.
- Other people’s expectations of you shouldn’t guide you. You guide you. But if you trust and respect a person, trust and respect their intention for you.
- There’s a lot to be said for momentum when it comes to reaching goals. Sometimes there’s no helping a sidetrack, just get back on the main line as quickly as possible.
- Do some crazy stuff when you’re young so you have something to talk about when you are older.
- Don’t let anyone diss your taste in music.
- What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
- It’s scary to start over but sometimes it’s the only good option.
- Ignoring problems does not make them go away, it just makes them worse.
- Stop procrastinating, you’re just stealing time from your future over and over.
- Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but grossly underestimate what they can accomplish in ten.
- Don’t wish your life away. “I can’t wait for graduation” “I’ll be so happy when I retire” “Is it Friday yet?” Make the most of the Mid-winter Tuesdays in your life.
- Always have something to look forward to. If there’s nothing in your calendar – plan something.
- Always keep $5 hidden in your car, it has saved me multiple times at toll booths, gas stations and any place cash-only.
- No one likes a mooch. Whether it’s borrowing tools or favors or a few dollars.
- Never approach a horse from behind and never turn your back on a playful goat.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car, it’s easy to smash a window.
- The library is not just books. It has free DVD rentals, free wifi and sometimes classes and events.
- Don’t pee on an electric fence.
- Don’t feed bread to ducks. It’s bad for them. Feed them corn or halved grapes.
- A large pizza is more pizza than 2 mediums. Choose wisely.
- Don’t hang your damp shirts on wire hangers, in fact don’t use wire hangers they damage clothes.
- Don’t try the frozen flagpole with your tongue like in the movie.
- Practice spatial awareness. Not only will it keep you safer because you are alert but it will also ensure you aren’t blocking someone’s path.
Finally, get off your phone. There’s a whole world out there waiting to be conquered!
No seriously, this the end of the article. Put down your phone and go do something awesome.
So I recently purchased a replacement heating element for my old dryer. Model of the dryer is a Kenmore 86870100. I looked at a bunch of YouTube videos and none of them showed me how to properly remove the outside housing of the heating element in order to swap it out. Through a little trial and error I was able to find a Bracket that was holding the housing assembly to the machine. It looks like this:
It is in a decidedly tricky place too. It’s behind the non-removable panel
Once you loosen the bracket, you can lift up the metal housing and slide it out. Then remove the screw attaching the element to the housing. Hope I saved someone some trouble
With Polska Kielbasa and a few simple ingredients, you can make a quick and delicious dinner that everyone will love. At one point in life I was in between houses and my BFF was kind enough to let me crash on the futon in her spare room. During this extended sleepover, my bestie Laura introduced me to her Kielbasa Pasta and I’ve been a fan ever since. A simple fresh meal that tastes great and makes awesome leftovers.
1 13 oz. package of Polska Kielbasa
Large Onion (chopped)
2 cloves of Garlic minced
Large Green pepper (chopped)
Large Tomato (chopped)
One box of dry Pasta (Rotini works best)
Colby jack cheese shredded
Slice sausage on the bias and chop onion into medium sized pieces. Heat a large frying pan or dutch oven with a bit of olive oil. Cook sausage, onion, garlic, covered until onion is translucent. Add chopped up green pepper. Start the water for noodles. Add diced up tomatoes to the sausage pan when you add the pasta to to the water. Stir sausage mix while pasta cooks. When pasta is finished, drain and add to the sausage mix and remove from heat. stir to coat pasta. Plate pasta and sprinkle cheese on top. (I’m a cheese hound and get generous with it).
Sometimes you gotta go with whatever pasta you have on hand. Bowties are OK but Rotini is better.Also fresh mozzarella works great in lieu of shredded cheese. Laura says you can swap out pasta for potatoes too. This is just one of those great recipes you can make your own.
Kristmas Krak was my dad’s favorite Christmas snack. He would make a huge batch and bring it to every party and give it out as gifts. Enjoy your new addiction!
1 box of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal (12 oz.)
12 oz. (2 – 6 oz. tins) of cashews
1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter (do not use margarine!)
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup light Karo syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking soda
- Pre-heat oven to 250 °
- Mix dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
- In a large sauce pan, slowly melt butter then whisk in Karo syrup, and finally, the brown sugar.
- When well blended, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Add vanilla and baking soda
- Beat vigorously until light and frothy.
- Pour Saucepan mixture over the cereal/nut mixture and gently stir to thoroughly mix together all the ingredients .
- Spread mixture onto two large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper; gently breaking up the large clumps until you have a fairly uniformed layer on each pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes. Swap the rack position of the pans each time you return them to the oven. Not doing so may result in one tray over-baked and one tray under-baked.
- When mixture is completely cooled, transfer to the Krak to air-tight storage containers.
I’m thinking about doing cute mason jars full of the stuff as gifts for my UPS guy, folks at work and other friends. Merry Christmas everyone!