RECIPES FOR LIFE: My Memories (giveaway)

I love to find new recipes to try, especially in unexpected places.  “RECIPES FOR LIFE: My Memories” by Linda Evans combines stories from her life as an actress (you probably remember her best as Krystle Carrington on “Dynasty”) with the recipes that remind her of those times.  I’m dying to try out some from John Wayne!

Recipes for Life is Linda’s second book and you can purchase a copy here.  You can also enter to win one of three copies at the bottom of this post!

Linda’s book will be released on October 11th.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at one of her favourite Recipes for Life, from Linda’s time on “The Love Boat”.


This is one of my favorite Chinese recipes that I found in The Classic Chinese Cook Book.  I am very grateful that Mai Leung has been gracious enough to allow me to share it with you.  Mai Leung mentions you can cut down on the hot chili pepper; I use just a little and it is delicious.



2 cups oil

1/3 cup raw skinless peanuts


1 1/2 boned, skinless chicken breasts: cut into 1?3-inch cubes (to make 1 cup)

1/4 teaspoon MSG (optional)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/2 egg white

4 dried chili peppers: tear into small pieces, do not discard seeds

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger root

2 scallions: cut into pea-sized pieces, including green part


2 tablespoons black soy sauce

1 tablespoon Chinese Shaohsing wine or pale dry sherry

2 teaspoons Chinese red vinegar or cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons sesame seed oil

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Heat oil in wok and deep-fry peanuts until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Reheat oil in wok and add chicken mixture. Stir to separate pieces. Briskly blanch chicken pieces until they just turn white. Remove with a drainer or slotted spoon to a bowl.

Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the wok. Heat oil. Slightly brown chili peppers. Add ginger and scallions, and stir-fry until they turn golden. Stir in sauce mixture. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened.  Put the chicken back into the wok. Mix well. Stir-fry briefly to reheat.  Add the peanuts. Mix well and put on a serving platter. Serve hot.

*This sign means that portion of the recipe can be prepared several hours in advance.



2 cups long-grain rice: wash and rinse in cold water until water is not cloudy, drain

3 cups cold water

Use a 3-quart pot with a tight lid. Put in the washed rice and add the water. Cook over medium heat without a cover. When it is boiling, you will see that the water is very foamy, almost obscuring the rice.  Do not go away! Stand by and watch it closely. You will see the water evaporating to the point where many small holes (like craters) appear in the rice. The Chinese call them rice eyes.

Put the lid on, turn heat to very low, and cook for 10 minutes. Then turn off heat, but do not remove the pot or uncover it. Let it stay covered for 15 minutes or more. (Do not peek during this 25 minutes! Otherwise the magic steam will escape; you will have half-cooked rice for not having faith!)

Remove the cover. Loosen the rice with a fork or chopsticks. Serve hot.



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30 Comments on RECIPES FOR LIFE: My Memories (giveaway)

  1. Caitlin
    October 5, 2011 at 11:48 PM (6 years ago)

    My favourite recipe is for Mexican lasagne.

  2. Caitlin
    October 5, 2011 at 11:49 PM (6 years ago)

    I follow you with GFC

  3. Caitlin
    October 5, 2011 at 11:49 PM (6 years ago)

    I like Not Just Baby Brain on FB

    Caitlin S

  4. corey
    October 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM (6 years ago)

    Looked on the Linda E. site and found that she includes a recipe for “John Wayne “The Duke’s” Crab Dip.” I’d like to try that one for sure!

  5. corey
    October 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM (6 years ago)

    email subscriber

  6. andalene
    October 9, 2011 at 2:35 AM (6 years ago)

    I think my kids would like the “Mom’s Hot Dog Stew.”

  7. andalene
    October 9, 2011 at 2:36 AM (6 years ago)

    subscribe via email

  8. emily l
    October 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM (6 years ago)

    My Mom’s taco dip. Never fails to please. :)

  9. Charlene Vidal
    October 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM (6 years ago)

    My favorite recipe would be Tuna Noodle Casserole. I am so excited to see this on your blog. I am going to try your recipe out this weekend. Yummy.

  10. Charlene Vidal
    October 21, 2011 at 9:43 PM (6 years ago)

    Following with Google Friend Connect.

  11. Charlene Vidal
    October 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM (6 years ago)

    Subscriber to my feed via email.

  12. Charlene Vidal
    October 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM (6 years ago)

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