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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.


Pork & Shrimp

ethnic, pork, chinese

1/4 lb pork fillet
1/4 lb smithfield ham
1/4 fresh shrimp
3 chinese mushrooms
1/2 cup bamboo shoots
1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon cornstarch
3 teaspoon water
1/4 cup unroasted peanuts
1/4 cup canned ginkgko nuts
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION: Cut pork and ham into 1/2-inch cubes. Wash, shell, and devein shrimp; cut into 1/2-inch cubes (or as close to this as possible). Soak mushrooms in warm water for 30 minutes; drain, remove stems, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut bamboo shoots into 1/2-inch cubes. (If you are using diced canned shoots, use whatever size they come in.) Combine broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sugar. In a separate cup, combine cornstarch and water. COOKING: In a skillet or wok, heat oil and salt until very hot. Add pork and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add ham, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, peanuts and gingko nuts, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add broth mixture, mix well, cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 3 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture, and cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. SOURCE: ORIENTAL COOKING by Shryver