Dec 072011
2 pounds sirloin cut in thin strips 1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup sherry
2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
3 carrots, chopped 3 Tablespoons almonds, slivered
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar 12 ounces hot cooked vermicelli

Combine all ingredients except noodles in Crockpot. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours. Serve over noodles.

Makes about 6 servings

Dec 072011

Happy National Cotton Candy Day!

Cotton Candy, sometimes called candy floss or fairy floss, is spun sugar. Sugar is melted to a liquid then spun in a machine and is served at faires, carnivals, circuses and theme parks. Part of the fun of cotton candy is watching while it’s made.

I remember the first time I saw cotton candy being made. I thought it was magic and still think there’s a bit of magic in the making. Cotton candy is one of my favorite faire and carnival treats second only to funnel cake.

December doesn’t come to mind when I think cotton candy, but maybe that’s the point of all these holidays that seem “out of season.” Maybe these holidays are a reminder of summer months and fun times spent doing summer events.

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