Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Home Made Egg Rolls

I actually made home made egg rolls last night for dinner! They were much better than any I've ever had at a restaurant. I bought the ingredients at The Andersons Market http://www.andersonsmarket.com/ in Sylvania which is a great shopping experience. They always have the best samples and plenty of them. It is wonderful to be able to taste a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, dips, meats from House of Meats http://www.houseofmeats.com/ counter, Honeybaked Ham http://www.honeybaked.com/ , and many snacks throughout the aisles. This store also has a great selection of beers and wines.
Here's the recipe I used, it is from the Nasoya egg roll wrapper package:
1 lb ground beef, pork, chicken or 1 pkg of firm tofu, crumbled
1 tsp minced ginger
2 cups finely chopped cabbage
1/4 lb bean sprouts
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 TBSP oyster sauce
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 pkg egg roll wrappers
vegetable oil for frying
Stir-fry meat or tofu and ginger in wide skillet over high heat until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add cabbage, bean sprouts, carrot and green onions; cook 2 minutes. Stir in oyster sauce. Let mixture cool. Use 2 tbsp filling for each egg roll. place filling diagonally on wrapper, fold corner over filling; roll snugly half-way to cover filling, fold up both sides snugly against filling; moisten edges of last flap, roll over flap to seal; lay flap-side down until read to cook. Deep-fry at 350 degrees a few at a time, turning occassionally, until golden, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
I also added some minced garlic to the filling and I fried the egg rolls in about 1 inch of oil rather than deep fry. They were fabulous!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Toledo Area Bread

Toledo Area Bread
We are so very fortunate to have an amazing artisan bread bakery in the Toledo Area! Country Grains prepares fresh bread, using whole grains, in a large variety of flavors. Some of my favorites are Grains Galore (with flax and pumpkin seeds), Honey Whole Wheat, Dakota – I have a friend in Cleveland who requests this every time we get together! Other delicious breads include Raisin Walnut and Cinnamon, Garlic Cheese, Strawberry, Blueberry and Apricot - three fruits in one bread! The Challah bread compares to some I've had from great New York bakeries - now if we can only convince them to make bagels...

The store located at 6808 Sylvania Ave also carries organic milk at the lowest prices, farm-fresh eggs, and a deli full of meats, cheeses, salads and dips. Scrumptious cookies (including my favorite, cranberry coconut walnut) and muffins, and a myriad of other treats can be found there. Friendly staff greet you and make you feel like part of the family.

Oh, be sure to get the loyalty card – buy twelve loaves of bread and you get one free!