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My Super Duper Panda Express Orange Chicken

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

For Christmas I was given a deep fryer. I have spent quite a bit of time perfecting the usage of this tool. As a result, I have received several requests for my Orange Chicken Recipe. So here it is:

BATTERED CHICKEN:

2 lbs. boneless chicken pieces, skinned

1 egg

1 1/2 teas. salt

white pepper

oil (for frying)

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbl. cornstarch

1/4 cup flour

1 Tbl. minced ginger root

1 teas. minced garlic

dash crushed hot red chiles

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 Tbl. rice wine

1/4 cup water

1/2 to 1 teas. sesame oil

ORANGE SAUCE FOR STIR FRY:

2 teas. Minced zest and

1/4 c Juice from

1 lg Orange

1/2 teas. Sugar

2 Tbl. Chicken stock

1 Tbl. Light soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.

Cut chicken pieces in 2″ squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg,

salt, pepper, and 1 T oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour

together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.

Heat oil for deep−frying in wok or deep−fryer to 375. Add chicken pieces,

a small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp.

(Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with

slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 T oil. Add ginger

and garlic and stir−fry until fragrant. Add and stir−fry crushed chiles

and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce

and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.

Stir water into remaining 1 T cornstarch until smooth.

Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thick. Stir in 1 teas. sesame oil.

My Orange Chicken

Jonesbuster needs our help!!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In an unfortunate turn of events, the owners of Jonesbuster are having financial difficulties. As a result the service that they have offered called Jonesbuster has now gone from being free to costing one dollar.

As someone who loves this service (and enjoys it quite often) I feel that it is my duty to help keep Jonesbuster alive! Therefore I am starting a donation fund. All proceeds to this donation fund will be given to the Jonesbuster Fondation to allow the continue of free rentals. Please help us keep this precious resource alive, click the donate button on the right! Every little bit helps!

Time machine: Crime In Cascade Canyon

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I was rumaging around my collection of school projects when I came across this one. My group of friends all had the same English class. In this class we were assigned to make a radio mystery theater. Part of the requirements were that it include commercials. I have compiled the original (which was originally six different pieces) into one nice easy to listen to, assuming you think this kind of thing is easy to listen to, file. You can check out all of our other high school work at www.nikksbasement.com

Click below to listen to the story:

The Adventures of Dixon Hill in Crime in Cascade Canyon

A transcript is available at Nikk’s Basement Productions website.

A long time coming

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I have finally gotten back to writing entries on my blog. I haven’t had much time, but now that I have finished my degree in Computer Science Networking so I will have some more time to write. So come back often.

Our new baby girl!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Today my wife had the ultra-sound for week #20. For those of you not as familiar with having children, this means that we were able to find out what the gender of the baby is! We are having a baby girl! The ultra-sound was quite clear. It is a girl without doubt.

I am also pleased to say that everything looks normal and our baby appears to be in the 50th-70th percentile for size. So we are having a nice normal/average sized baby.

Here is a picture!

Baby Girl Jones

Her head is on the right side of the image, you can also see one of her legs and one arm. You can also see her left hand. Isn’t she just adorable?


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