Beef Stir Fry with Tomatoes and Peppers


I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with stir fry recipes. Beef, chicken and pork are my proteins of choice, we don’t do much seafood here. I love how easy stir fry is and the different combinations of sauces, vegetables and meats are like picking out Garanimals. Anyone remember those? ;) In my humble opinion, the best beef for stir fry   Read More »

Chicken Scallion Stir Fry

I’m always up for a new chicken recipe, especially one that’s fairly easy. I’m also a big stir fry fan and use my wok often. I have several stir fry recipes in my arsenal, and this one just got added to the permanent library. This makes a delicious gravy and the ingredient list is short and simple. The only adjustment   Read More »

Peppercorn Pork Stir Fry

It’s no secret that we love stir fry in this house. I love the versatility of Chinese food. You can substitute whatever vegetables suit your fancy and even the type of meat you use. The grocery store had a sale on marinated pork tenderloins, buy one get one free. Couldn’t pass us that deal! Pork tenderloin is an ideal meat   Read More »

Stir Fried Spicy Beef

I love stir fry. This particular dish is one of our absolute favorites. You can add other vegetables to it if you like, but the simplicity of it is what I like best. The beef takes center stage in this dish. Remember when you stir fry it’s a super fast process. To stir fry successfully you must have all of   Read More »

Beef and Sugar Snap Stir Fry

The other day I mentioned on Facebook that the Beef and Sugar Snap Stir Fry recipe I made was really tasty, it just needed a bit more sauce in my opinion. However, keep in mind this was from a Cooking Light cookbook, therefore the goal is to maintain as much flavor as possible while cutting calories. They’ve really achieved that   Read More »

Chinese Pepper Steak

I love stir fry. If ordering out I would rather get Chinese food than anything else. I’ve been experimenting with several different stir fry recipes lately and will be trying more. I’ve shared recipes for Moo Goo Gai Pan and Thai Garlic Chicken, and have yet to post Mongolian Beef and Kung Pao Chicken. Today I am sharing a very   Read More »

Peppered Pork Stir Fry with Sweet Peppers

Peppered Pork Stir Fry with Sweet Peppers - AmandasCookin.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love stir fry. It’s so simple! Fresh vegetables, tender meat and delicious sauce. What could be better? I’m always trying new recipes. I don’t mean looking them up, I mean coming up with them myself. I’ve made so many stir fry dinners that it’s almost second nature now. Quite often   Read More »

Cashew Chicken

It’s no secret that I have a love for stir fry. I have a growing collection of pork, chicken and beef stir fry recipes on this blog, and I’m sure it will continue to grow as I experiment. I’ve created several recipes myself, most of which are already posted. This time however, I chose a recipe from a friend’s blog.   Read More »

Black Pepper Beef in Peanut Sauce

The other night I wanted stir fry, but wanted to try something a little different. I had heard of using a bit of peanut butter to create a tasty peanut sauce so I winged it and came up with this recipe. I am really happy with how it turned out and everyone raved about the flavor. I love stir fry   Read More »

Mongolian Beef

You know I love stir fry. :) I’ve already posted Chinese Pepper Steak, Moo Goo Gai Pan, and Thai Garlic Chicken. I’ve mentioned Mongolian Beef before but hadn’t yet posted the recipe. This is one of my favorites, I’ve made it several times and there’s never any leftovers. Finally we have some daylight at dinnertime so I can get fairly   Read More »

My New Favorite Pan: ManPans

I make a lot of stir fry recipes as well as pasta recipes. We have 6 people in our family, the youngest being 12. That said, you can imagine that when I make dinner I have to make enough to feed several hungry bellies, no little kids here anymore! I used to use a large saute pan for my pastas   Read More »

Thai-Garlic Chicken

A while ago, while searching out recipes, I stumbled across a video cook on You Tube. He has a great series of videos called Cooking With Kai. I’ve made his Mongolian Beef several times (it’s very good), last night we had his Kung Pao Chicken (another winner), and here’s the Thai Garlic Chicken I made last week. You can check   Read More »

Sesame Chicken

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while now. We love stir fry and I usually make some sort of Chinese dish 3-4 times a month. This is a delicious recipe I had bookmarked from ages ago, I found it on You Tube. That’s why I am entering this into the Bookmarked Recipe event guest hosted this week   Read More »

Cashew Chicken

I’ll admit, while this was cooking I wasn’t too happy. The aroma wasn’t one that I enjoyed, so I was really worried the flavor was going to be awful. I pressed on though and boy I am so glad that I did! It was absolutely delicious! I found this recipe in Midwest Living magazine. I used a sesame chili oil   Read More »

Moo Goo Gai Pan

Well the recipe is for Moo Goo Gai Pan, but I substituted other vegetables for the mushrooms, which is a main ingredient. But hubby and children won’t eat anything with mushroom (grrr) so I must improvise ;-) This is quite tasty served on a bed of white rice. Just be sure to get all of your ingredients ready ahead of   Read More »

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken at AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

If you love stir fry like I do, then a recipe for Kung Pao Chicken is most likely at the top of your to-make list. This recipe does not disappoint and uses only fresh ingredients, making it not only delicious but better for you than using premade bottled sauces. Using low-sodium soy sauce and fat free broth makes it even   Read More »

Homemade Doughnuts


I’ve always wanted to make homemade doughnuts. I’ve made apple cider doughnuts before, but they were of the cake variety. Yeast doughnuts, however, have been on my baking to do list for quite some time. So on Mother’s Day my kids and I made the most amazing homemade doughnuts with several glazes, including maple, buttery vanilla, chocolate, white, powdered sugar   Read More »

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

I’m guessing that there’s a dessert table in Heaven and that it’s lined with all sorts of cheesecake. These creamy luscious treats are one of my all time favorite desserts and I have tried many different flavors, all of which I’ve loved. Recently I bought a mini cheesecake pan with those little removable bottoms and have been dying to use   Read More »

Chicken in Walnut Sauce

Other than Asian dishes, I haven’t experimented much with nuts in cooking. Baking yes, of course, but not in savory dishes. The title of the recipe intrigued me immediately. After all, since becoming a “grown up”, walnuts have become a favorite of mine. I remember thinking how awful they tasted as a kid, but now I love them. Once I   Read More »

Steak Soft Tacos

Steak Soft Tacos

If you asked my kids what they wanted for dinner, every night they would answer “tacos”. It’s probably the most requested meal in this house. I like to try variations, dabble in different ingredients, and prove to my kids that onions and peppers are not the enemy. Flank steak is a great cut of meat when making stir fries, or   Read More »

White Chocolate Ice Cream

White Chocolate Ice Cream

I’m still working on my one year blogaversary post. I was going to hastily put it together due to my current insane workload, but changed my mind. There are soooo many things I have learned this year that I don’t want to short change that lovely anniversary and then regret it. So instead, I will try to catch up on   Read More »

Savory Chicken with Onion Thyme Sauce

It’s no secret that I love chicken dishes. I’ve also made it very clear that my husband does not share my enthusiasm. *sigh* So whenever I can put together a chicken dish that does not involve barbecue sauce (yes, hubby’s favorite way to enjoy chicken aside from a stir fry) and hubby will eat it, I know I have a   Read More »

Farfalle with Green Beans and Pecans in Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce


I’m in love with these flavors! I really wanted to make something a little different for dinner, but was determined to use items from my pantry instead of hitting the grocery store. I had just bought some fresh green beans from the produce section a couple days before, and everything else I had on hand. The roasted tomato flavor pairs   Read More »

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

I have this problem with my freezer. There isn’t enough room. My chest freezer in the garage is full with a side of beef and a side of pork. It’s amazing how long it takes to make a dent! The freezer in my side by side refrigerator is stuffed full with overflow meat from the chest freezer, frozen homemade chicken   Read More »