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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.

 

Tomato Beef Stir-fry


main dish, beef

----STIRFRY----
3/4 lb lean beef, sirloin, flank
2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup salad oil
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 each clove fresh garlic
2 each large stalk, celery
1 each medium onion
1 each green bell pepper
3 each medium tomatoes, wedged
1 dash salt
----COOKING SAUCE----
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoon catsup
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 cup water

CUT EACH TOMATO INTO 6 WEDGES. CUT PEPPER INTO 1" SQUARES. CUT CELERY INTO 1/4" SLANTED SLICES. CUT BEEF INTO 1 1/2" WIDE STRIPS WITH THE GRAIN, THEN CUT INTO 1/8" SLICES ACROSS THE GRAIN. IN A BOWL, STIR TOGETHER CORNSTARCH, SOY, SHERRY, AND WATER. ADD MEAT AND STIR TO COAT, THEN STIR IN 1 1/2 TEASPOONS OF OIL AND MARINATE FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES. MEANWHILE PREPARE COOKING SAUCE AND SET ASIDE. PLACE STIR-FRY PAN OVER HIGH HEAT, WHEN HOT ADD 2 TABLESPOONS OF OIL. WHEN OIL BEGINS TO HEAT, ADD GINGER AND GARLIC AND STIR ONCE. ADD MEAT MIXTURE AND STIR FRY UNTIL MEAT IS BROWNED (1 1/2 TO 2 MINUTES). REMOVE FROM PAN AND SET ASIDE. POUR REMAINING OIL INTO PAN. WHEN HOT, ADD CELERY AND ONION AND STIR FRY FOR 1 MINUTE. ADD BELL PEPPER AND STIR FRY FOR ONE MORE MINUTE. ADD A FEW DROPS OF WATER IF PAN LOOKS DRY. ADD TOMATOES AND STIR FRY FOR 1 MINUTE. RETURN MEAT TO PAN AND ADD COOKING SAUCE. STIR UNTIL SAUCE THICKENS. SEASON TO TASTE WITH SALT. MAKES 4 SERVINGS