Slow Cooker Asian Style Chicken

Slow Cooker Asian Style Chicken

For years I have loved the taste of Asian style cooked chicken. I make sure that when I frequent restaurants that have it on the menu I order it.  So it is odd to me that it has taken me this long to figure out the recipe. This recipe is now a staple in our home. The use of a slow cooker makes this dish a great one to make on days I will be away from the house. Give it a try and see what you think.

Slow Cooker Asian Style Chicken
1/2 Cup Yoshida Sauce
1 Cup Honey
2 (12oz.) Can of Coke a Cola Soda
1 Cup Brown Sugar~ packed
1 Cup Aloha Soy Sauce
1-1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
3 TBSP Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce
2 tsp. Black Pepper
10-12 Skinless Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks
Green onions, Sesame Seeds for garnish

In a saucepan combine all ingredients together except the chicken. Stir over med.-high heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to thicken. Lower heat and continue cooking for another 6 minutes.  In the mean time spray the bottom of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken in the bottom of cooker. Once the sauce is cooked, pour over the chicken. Cook on high setting for 5 hours.
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I like to serve this over a hot bed of rice, and pour a little bit of the sauce over top.  It is AMAZING! ~ Lark


Super Easy Chicken ala King

Super Easy Chicken ala King
I never thought that I would be as busy as I am at this age of my life….not to say that I am “old”, it is just I had the vision in my head that at this age I would be having lunch dates with my girl friends. Perhaps go window shopping at a moment’s notice, or even have the time to read a book when I choose.  Well I can do these things now, it just takes a lot of preparation and scheduling to actually get to do it.  I know that it wont always be this way. In fact I have heard time and time again that I will one day miss being this busy. As for this day….I look forward to that time. (lol)  For day’s that I am away from the house all day I like to turn to a simple, fast and easy recipe to prepare for dinner. My super easy Chicken ala King is filling and a family favorite.  It takes just a few ingredients that most have in the pantry.

Super Easy Chicken ala King
4 Cups Cooked Chicken Cubed
1 Cup Frozen Pea’s
1 1/2 tsp. Chicken Bullion granules
6 Cups Milk
2/3 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Butter
1 tsp. Pepper
1/8 tsp. Celery Salt
You can make your own of use those in the can.
In a large Sauce pan melt butter with bouillon, pepper, celery seed and flour. Mix well to make a roux, cooking until brown in color and thick. Slowly whisk in the milk, and stir until thickens. Add in pea’s and chicken. Lower heat to low and let the peas become fork tender. Serve over warm from the oven biscuits.
Enjoy this quick Dinner~ Lark

My Southern Adventure~ Sight Seeing…

My Southern Adventure was full of Sight Seeing…. However it wasn’t  to any of the normal “tourist hot spots”. I was lucky enough to have a personal tour guide that catered my trip to items of my own interest’s.  Jyl had made a list of things I had mentioned that I wanted to see or do. And Boy was it a list!  Everything from seeing a real live Piggly Wiggly Store~
Piggly Wiggly
To looking through a Old Time General Store like Huck’s~
Or how about all those old time vintage Five and Dime stores?~
Noblet's Five & Dime
All three of these stores scream of old times in the south, your neighborhood stores where you could find anything from food, candy, silk flowers to fabric. It was a treasured memory to take a step back in time looking through these stores. One place I was really looking forward to going to was Mckay’s Book Store. Jyl has told me about this magical place a couple of times and I was eager to see it for myself. McKays is a two story Used Book Store! Needless to tell y’all, because I am sure I have mentioned once…okay maybe more than once just how much I love books. Especially Cook Books! I LOVED this store. I have to admit I made Jyl take me back for a second visit before I left. (lol)
~I may or may not have mailed home 3 boxes of books….just saying ;)  *Note that Jyl is standing in the cook book section. The whole isle on both sides all the way down were only cook books! I about died!
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I hope you will continue to visit and read along as I share more about my Southern Adventure in the coming days. ~Lark

Tart & Tangy Lemon Pie Pudding

Tart and Tangy Lemon Pie Pudding

I never tire of the flavor of Lemon. It is  refreshing, sweet, tart and tangy all rolled into one flavor. I promise if you will take the time to make this homemade tart and tangy lemon pudding you will never make it from a box again.  This pudding can be used as a filling for a pie, cupcakes, cakes or even freeze for a flavorful pudding popsicle.

Tart & Tangy Lemon Pie Pudding
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/8 tsp. Salt
4 Egg Yolks
1 3/4 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
3 TBSP. Butter
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Zest

In a medium sauce pan whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add in the egg yolks, milk and lemon juice. Stirring continuously over med.-high heat until thickens, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and zest. Pour directly into small cups so set and chill. *if you don’t want the pudding to have that thin “skin” on top, cover with a small piece of wax paper before chilling. If you are wanting to use this as a filling for cakes, you will want to make sure it cools completely.  Happy Summer! ~ Lark 

Fried Green Tomatoes

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While in the South I HAD to make sure that I had Fried Green Tomatoes prepared by a true Southerner! My friend Jyl was more than happy to teach me how to make them “the right way”.  Now the seasoning brand she recommends is called Autry House Hush Puppie Mix with Onion. (I cant buy this in Nevada, so of course I bought some to take home with me. However you can order it on line. Also if you don’t want to do that you can use a flour/ cornmeal blend. I will list the amounts below) The great thing about making these are that you don’t have to worry about exact amounts. Some tomatoes are larger than others and will take more mixture, some less. So if you feel like you need more, just add in a small amount of each ingredient to supplement the remaining mixture. It is a very forgiving recipe, you can’t get it wrong.

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup House Autry Hush Puppie Mix OR Corn Meal
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
3 Eggs~ beaten
Green Tomatoes
**if you like more of a “crunch”, use more cornmeal than flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet, over med. heat.
Slice your tomatoes semi thick….not to thick or they wont cook through to be tender.
Mix all the dry ingredients together, place in a shallow dish.  Place the beaten eggs into a shallow pan.  Dip each slice of tomato into  the egg and then into the dry mix. You might need to press the mixture into the tomato. Place into heated oil.  You will let the tomatoes fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Be sure to keep an eye on the tempature  of the oil. The longer you cook, the oil will continue to get hotter and hotter. You will want to turn the heat down to a med.-low
~If the oil is too hot  the tomatoes will not cook, and the batter will burn.
They are so addicting….I am pretty sure that I ate 3 whole tomatoes worth!  :)

ENJOY!!! ~Lark

My Southern Adventure

When I started the Lark’s Country Heart Blog I never would have guessed the many places it would allow me. to visit. Or all of the opportunities it has given me and my family. I LOVE being a Blogger! I just wished I would have figured it all out a whole lot sooner. (lol)
As a Blogger, I know just how important social media is. It really connects you with your readers, fellow bloggers, brands, company’s and of course family & friends.  You never know just how influential it can be. That being said,  is how I came to be sitting in a friends kitchen clear across the Country typing up a post to share with you all. I meet Jyl through Face Book. She is a fellow blogger & reader of mine, who reached out to me one day. Needless to say we became fast friends. Jyl is wonderful!  Very giving of her time, is willing to help you with anything, Goes out of her way to call or text you just to say hi. I am very honored to call her a close friend!  Seeing how she lives in the South and I am in Nevada I knew it wasn’t very likely that we would ever meet in person.
Well wishes can come true….. 6 months ago I called Jyl telling her I was going to be able to come for a short visit. Things just “snowballed” from there. I think Jyl and I talked or texted everyday planning things to do and see on my trip out South.  As the list grew longer and longer I just knew we wouldn’t be able to do it all in the short amount of time I could afford to stay.  So of course Jyl being Jyl  let me know I was more than welcome to stay as long as I wanted.  So plans were made, that I would come for a 2 week visit to the South. I thought this day would never come. The anticipation was overwhelming. You see I have never been to the South before.
(This is where Jyl would add a “Bless your heart” comment…) All I knew for certain was that it was going to be humid.
The very first night I was here I already knew what I wanted to do…..See and Catch Lightening Bugs! Nevada does not have lightening bugs, and I have always wondered if they really do look like the fake ones they have in Disneyland. And guess what? THEY DO!
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They are a lot bigger than I thought they would be. They are so neat to watch as the sky turns dark, it makes you feel as if you are in the set of a Disney Movie watching them twinkle in the night sky. I have sat outside on the porch every night. And I am sure I will continue to do so for the remainder of my stay. ~ I am LOVING my Southern Adventure, Lark


Mocha Chocolate Layer Torte with Cookie Dough Filling

Mocha Chocolate Torte with Cookie Dough Filling

This tastes as good as it looks….. Light, moist layers of mocha flavored cake topped with the best egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough filling I have ever tasted. Y’all are going to LOVE it!

Mocha Chocolate Torte with Cookie Dough Filling
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1 1/4 Cup Water
1/3 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Mocha Extract

Cookie Dough Filling~
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Milk
12 oz. Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350
In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the cake batter. Beat on medium until smooth. Divide batter between (3) 8 inch square or round pans that have been light greased and lined with parchment paper. Cook for 18-22 minutes or until the center of each cake is cooked through. Remove cake from pans, removing parchment paper from the bottom. Let cool completely. **I like to place them into the freezer, this will help the cake from tearing when you spread on the filling.  While cake is cooling you can mix together the cookie dough filling. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter, sugar’s and vanilla until light and fluffy about 4 minutes. Add in the flour and salt, mix on low speed. Slowly pour in milk. Mix to incorporate all ingredients together, then fold in chocolate chips.
 (Keep soft until the cake is ready to frost. If you place the filling into the fridge, you will want to allow it to come to room temperature before spreading it on the cake. Otherwise it will be to stiff.)


Now pour yourself a large glass of milk and dig in! ~ Lark