Corie and Melissa asked if I would like to write posts for our new blog here at CorComm Creative. I told them I would be happy to, but I have not had much experience in the writing department.
(Note from Corie: We want our blog to be a place for our entire team, not just our “professional” writers! We know Kirsten’s posts will be personal and conversational, adding a heart-felt, family-centered touch to our blog that is representative of our office culture. Please, Kirsten, write away!)
I would like to start off by sharing easy, inexpensive recipes that families could cook quickly on busy nights — among the rest of the night’s activities, like running the kids around, homework and trying to catch up on the many things we seem to never catch up on.
A cooking class with a bonus feature
My daughter Julia brought home this recipe when she was in second grade. She was taking a cooking class from one of our native Danville people, who also (at the time) was a teacher at my daughter’s school. Her after-school cooking program consisted of theme nights. She would teach the children to cook different kinds of desserts, main courses and appetizers.
The class’ bonus feature was that my child was not only learning how to cook, she was bringing home her very delicious creations for all of us to taste and eat!
(This course was great for her, because it taught her something new and built her confidence on so many different levels. Win-win!)
Recipe #1: Easy Egg Rolls with Simon Sauce
The egg roll is one of my family’s favorite recipes. We cook up a batch of them once a week, because it’s a simple and nutritious meal.
What to buy
- 1 package Nasoya all-natural egg roll wraps (find it by the eggs, near other Asian wraps)
- 1 tube of your favorite brand of sausage (I use Jimmy Dean.)
- 2 bags of coleslaw (I'll edit soon with the total number of ounces!)
- Green onions
- Powdered ginger in the spice section
- Garlic salt
What to do
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Thoroughly cook the sausage and four or five green onions (chopped) on the stove in a large, deep pan.
- Add1 tsp of ginger and 1 tsp of garlic salt and stir. Feel free to add more or less depending on preference.
- Add 1 1/2 bags of coleslaw, and stir until the mixture is mixed evenly. Take the mixture off of the heat.
- Cover a cookie sheet lightly with butter.
- Add the mixture to each wrap, shape and place on the cookie sheet one at a time until you have used all of the wraps.
- Melt butter and brush it on the top of the wraps.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned to your liking.
You can use soy sauce for dipping your egg rolls, but we invented our own Simon Egg Roll Sauce at home.
Simon Egg Roll Sauce
What to buy
- ½ cup of ranch dressing
- 1 1/2 TBLS of BBQ sauce
- 1 tsp of soy sauce
- 1 - 2 tsp of Franks buffalo wing sauce
What to do
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy with your egg rolls.
I hope you enjoy this easy recipe and our family’s dipping sauce. If you give it a try, we would love to hear how you like it. Please share a comment below!