Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Generic Asian White Sauce Recipe

This one is pretty simple to throw together and it gives a characteristic sweetness that you find in many Hong Kong influenced Chinese Dishes. Adding this to your traditional stir fries can add a whole new level of flavor to your food. It works really well with savory vegetables like celery and carrots and can give chicken a completely different depth, especially if you like to add chile peppers to your food too. Nothing beats hot and sweet. This recipes makes a little over a gallon of sauce, you can scale it down for your own personal use if you like.

Asian White Sauce

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Ingredients

  • Water: 1 Gallon
  • Table Salt: 10 ounces
  • Chicken Broth Powder: 1.25 pounds
  • Granulated White Sugar: 10 ounces
Method

Simply combine the dry ingredients in the bottom of a bowl and add the cold water.
Stir the mixture well.
Add the sauce to your dish right before it's finisehd in the pan or wok you are using.
Let it come to a light boil and add a tablespoon of cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.
Spoon your dish onto plate or bowl and serve with pride.

I hope that if you use this recipe that you enjoy it. If you have any questions, just leave a comment.


Friday, May 13, 2005

If Insanity had a Holiday...

Today would be the day. I came in to work today and it was like someone had blown the doors off. Business was slow and everyone tried to take a nap or something because one good push was all it took for everyone to get caught with their pants down. It was ok since I helped motivate them to succeed. But still, it never should have happened. What a long shift! on the plus side, I managed to squeeze a couple of basic sauce recipes from one of our Asian chefs. You see, I am helping put together a recipe database that is supposed to tie in to the company's inventory management system. Naturally since I have to deal with the most Asian employees in my four kitchens I was given the task of putting in the Asian Recipes! Wheeeeee! I've learned some valuble stuff though. I'll put up the Asian versions of brown and white sauces later...when I'm not so wound up. Catch you on the flip side.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Here's to the Mothers Day Weekend!

What a mother it was. We served over 6000 people just at the Buffet yesterday, 1700 of them for breakfast. The men and women that work for me really know how to get the job done. I remember thinking that the level of dedication I saw from my cooks when I was a Banquet Chef was hard to top, but the cooks I have in that Buffet also have that same stubborn streak that won't let them die, no matter how busy or short handed we are. They are an amazing crew. I remembered my wife on Mother's Day and managed to give my own mother a ring on the phone. I hope all of you were able to do the same.

I tried my hand at putting a counter on this site, but the image locations were different in IE and in Firefox and I don't know why. Hopefully I will have it figured out and ready to roll shortly. On that note, I was searching for other restuarant blogs on Google and I came across Horsefeathers. This site is really well done, and I hope that eventually my own site is as well regarded as that one. Once I learn how to write HTML anyway.

Cheers.

Friday, May 06, 2005

It's been 38 Days Since I've had a Cigarette...

What a time it's been. The highs, the lows, the strange looking crud I've started coughing up in the morning. Even though I have felt better at times, I find that I am inordinately proud of myself for making it this long. I haven't assualted or slain anyone this whole time althoug I would be lying if I say the thought hasn't frequently crossed my mind. My two kids are supportive. My nine year old daughter has been on my case about my smoking for the last couple of years. She doesn't seem to understand why cola isn't an acceptable substitute for any other beverage known to man, but she does support Daddy being smoke free. It's nice not being "Stinky Daddy" anymore.

In addition to giving up one addiction, it turns out I have lost another. I find that I can't stand the taste of black coffee anymore. I had given it up on the supposition that I was unable to drink coffee without having a cigarette and last week I finally tried a cup at work (good coffee too) and the taste was absolutely horrid. fortunately I have discovered the joyness (my word, deal) of green tea. Although I have to recommend that you stay away from Lipton Iced Green Tea. It is horribly sweet from that corn syrup they put in there. Make your own, with a little bit of clover honey and some fresh lemon slices. It's worth the effort.

Welcome to the Frying Pan, don't mind the fire.

Here it is, the obligatory first post, not terribly insightful or dramatic. Perhaps this will be but the first drop amongst the flood perhaps just a trickle in the stream. I'm a chef by profession (a good one I believe), loving husband, and doting (still) dad. I love politics, news, science fiction, and sex...amongst a multitude of questionable interests. There is no doubt in my mind that I will touch on all these areas in the weeks to come. I have taken my hand at writing in the past and hope to continue in the future. That's pretty much all there is. The pleasure is mine.