Sugar Dish Me

"if you can read, you can cook" -my momma

Seven Things…

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I follow a handful of cooking blogs (okay, a really large handful) and sometimes a recipe post will roll around inside my head gaining momentum until I just HAVE to make it. Other times I read a post and mentally tabulate what’s in my pantry. If I have everything I need, I’ll make it right that minute. Some recipes make it into my monthly rotation and I carefully plan to include their ingredients on my grocery list.

I thought I’d take a minute to mention a handful of recipes that I’ve tried from blogs that I follow that, in this simple little house, bearing zero in the way of fancy kitchen gadgets, were a  huge phenomenal success. Follow the links provided to try these crazy good dishes yourself! The photo above was my first attempt at General Tso’s Chicken, shared by Tia at It was better than any take out I have ever had anywhere, I promise. ***Note: breading with cornstarch yields perfect results, but makes a sticky mess. Wear an apron and keep the water running*** Also from Tia, I made a blackened chicken rub for grilled chicken that was spicy and delicious. Chad brushed ours with a little sweet barbeque sauce before taking the chicken off the grill and laying it to rest on my plate.

This is how you feed a hungry man after work. I made Smothered Pork Chops, posted by Allison at Main St. Cuisine. Hers was an adaptation of a Good Housekeeping recipe. I saw that issue (February 2012), and Allison’s pork chops put theirs to shame. I was in a hurry that day and did not take any decent photographs of my creation, but it was a quick easy recipe and I highly recommend it.

The tomato sauce pictured here was a recipe from Creative Noshing. It was full of veggies and delicious tomato flavor and made this rigatoni so so happy. I used this tomato sauce for the mini pizzas my family made at our last birthday bash. From Creative Noshing’s site I have also made caesar dressing (which I pulled off without a food processor- it was super yum), and baked oatmeal (which was delicious and kin to having dessert for breakfast; next time I make it, it will be accompanied by a big scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt).

These recipes are totally copycat worthy. Try them! You’ll see!

On another note… last week I posted a handful of awards, but I felt like I was getting a little long winded. Awards come with a set rules for acceptance, and I postponed fulfilling the requirements for another day. Another day has arrived. The Beautiful and Kreativ Blogger Awards both required me to share with you seven things. And yesterday I received another Kreativ Blogger award from Tabkhet el yom who with her blog does some really amazing things! It’s traditional Lebanese cooking from a mother of four who posts recipes for things like biscuits with anise and falafel (my own personal favorite). So if we are keeping track here, I’m supposed to tell you 7…14…21 things. And that’s too many.

I’m gonna break it up…

This is my favorite picture of Chad & Me

2. I am totally opposed to having things on my feet. I prefer to be barefooted at all times and refuse to sleep in socks.

3. I used to sell and install cable tv.

4. I am terrified of spiders. Once when I was opening the store I worked in, a gigantic spider flew out of the light above me and landed in my hair. I have ALOT of hair and I just thought it was a moth buzzing around me until I got inside, locked the door behind me, and a spider the size of my fist crawled down my arm. I flung it into the floor and let out a blood curdling scream, and then left Chad a hysterical voice message at 6 o’clock in the morning. He still laughs at me about that.

5. The gum balls from two sweet gum trees in my front yard have become my natural enemy.

6. I live in a dry county. Prohibition is going strong down here, ya’ll.

This is my happy family.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

March 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

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  1. Awww Heather. Your General Tso’s chicken look superb!!!! You’re making me crave it again. Everything looks so yummy!!

    You and Chad look so cute together in picture 1. And I love the family photo. You, especially, look super happy! I like that.

    Hahaha @ that spider story!

    Wonderful post Heather. And thank you for trying the dishes and for the mention. I truly appreciate you.

    Simply Tia

    March 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • Thanks so much, Tia! That General Tso’s Chicken was amazing. I made A TON with steamed white rice and fresh broccoli & sauteed mushrooms, and I thought for sure there would be leftovers, but the male population in this house ate it ALL! Even my little one, who is usually too busy to have much appetite kept pushing his plate at me and saying, “Ummm, Mommy… can I have some more of that chicken?” I’ve decided that you’re a genius 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  2. The general’s chicken looks really, really good.

    Baker on the Rise

    March 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • Oh my word it was sinful. Like so good I would give up desert just to have some. You should try it; it was really a simple weeknight recipe (but leave a little extra time for frying the chicken pieces in batches, depending on how much you make). And save room for a fruit glazed white bean cupcake 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  3. I’m with you on the barefoot and sleeping in socks!

    Daily Dose of Fresh

    March 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    • Right? It’s so strange: I love to look at shoes, and shop for shoes, and sometimes I even like buying shoes, but I really really REALLY don’t like to wear them. I just had this conversation with a good friend the other day. She is in the barefoot club, too.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  4. It’s so nice to know more about you 😀
    Your family is adorably sweet!

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    March 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  5. Love love love the photos of you and your family. Your boys are too cute! Thanks so much for including me in your list of recipes. Pork chops are on the menu tonight too, but now I may want Tia’s chicken or that beautiful tomato sauce! Decisions decisions…

    Oh, and I’m ok with spiders. It’s those annoying sweet gum balls! Ahhhh, those things make me nuts. I think I scooped 100 of those awful things yesterday.

    Another great post, Heather!! 🙂

    {Main St. Cuisine}

    March 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    • Last year I paid the boys 5 cents per gumball to pick them up. And then I went broke.

      Seriously though, have you ever stepped on those things in barefeet? It’s worse than a lego.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      • Hmmm…great minds think alike. I payed mine $1.50 a bucket. After a couple of hours they needed a major rest (and a Popsicle).
        Oh yes ma’am, they hurt like stepping on a Chinese star. Never have stepped on a Chinese star but I sure have stepped on one of those round torture devices (thanks, Mother Nature) and many a Lego…

        {Main St. Cuisine}

        March 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  6. Cable installer? That’s impressive!!

    What a great family you have, Heather! Your boys will grow to be appreciative foodies, especially after being made meals like General Tso’s Chicken! I must try that recipe. It looks de-li-cious!!

    The Foodie Affair

    March 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    • Thanks so much! And Tia’s recipes are amazing– this one in particular! My boys do have a pretty expanded palate, but I probably take it for granted because they will devour sushi (both raw and cooked- my little one is a sashimi man) and gobble up things like eggplant parm, but then I get really annoyed when they turn their noses up at roasted brussels sprouts (they do love asparagus though!) or sauteed spinach. It’s a work in progress lol.

      And yes, I sold and installed cable for 4 years (in apartment buildings; I will NOT be crawling under a house). I don’t miss that job at all.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

  7. You are so wonderful! I think this is such a sweet idea.


    March 16, 2012 at 2:44 am

  8. Thanks for the mention. That general tsos looks amazing! Loved all of your facts. Cable installer? Wow, i would be afraid to knock on strangers doors. Your brave!


    March 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    • Oh the cable job. It didn’t really phase me then, but I don’t think I could do it now. I definitely don’t miss it. And thank You! The recipes of yours that I linked here were awesome.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

  9. Heather, what a lovely family you have! Strapping, bonny lads and a strong man 😉 Am most impressed with the cable TV bit! And, I was a former member of the barefoot club. Worse than having footwear on constantly, is having dust on your feet. Doha desert sand is in every nook and cranny!


    March 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

    • Thanks so much, Caroline! I am a lifelong member of the barefoot club. I don’t have to fight desert sand & dust, just the stupid sweet gum balls.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      March 19, 2012 at 7:25 am

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