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Mary's Recipe: Chow Mein, Sweet and Sour Sauce and Orange Chicken Recipes


Sweet-and-sour pork from China Star in Roosevelt

As promised in our May/June 2015 issue, here are writer Billy Yang’s recipes for chow mein and sweet-and-sour sauce, along with editor Mary Brown Malouf’s go-to recipe for orange chicken.

Chow Mein

2 tsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
12 oz. chow mein noodles, cooked
2 Tbsp oil
1 small nappa cabbage, cut into thin strips
2 baby bok choy, cut into thin strips
5 oz. water chestnuts, drained and sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
2 green onions, chopped

Combine the 2 tsp. soy sauce, the rice vinegar, and the sesame oil in a small bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat thoroughly. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a wok or large skillet. Add the chicken and stir fry until cooked, then remove it.

Add the rest of the oil, then add the cabbage, bok choy, water chestnuts and garlic. Stir until vegetables start to wilt. Add the chow mein noodles and cook until hot, then add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and toss well. Add the chicken and toss to combine.


Sweet and Sour Sauce

Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
4 tsp. cornstarch, mixed with 4 teaspoons water
1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained with 1/2 cup reserved juice
3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup onions

Cook red and green peppers for about 1 minute. Stir in pineapple chunks, juice, sugar, vinegar and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce begins to reduce. Stir in cornstarch mixture and bring liquid to a simmer. Cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Toss with cooked chicken or pork chunks and serve over rice.


Orange Chicken 

(4 servings)

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1 green onion, sliced
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. orange zest
1 tsp. Sriracha or chili oil
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

In a large bowl, whisk together chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, hot sauce and ginger.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup of the marinade; marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to an hour. Then drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.

Heat remaining marinade in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir together 2 tablespoons cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water. Bring marinade to a boil and stir in cornstarch mixture gradually. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened about 1-2 minutes; keep warm.

Working one at a time, dip the chicken into the eggs, then dredge in remaining 1 cup cornstarch, pressing to coat.

Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or wok. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; discard excess oil.

Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onion. Serve with rice.

Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.⁠

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📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

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Our Jan/Feb issue is out on stands now! This issue means so much to us. Made with lots of love and tears. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it. ❤️ ...

Here's one from our upcoming Jan/Feb issue out on stands in just a few days. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it.⁠

Mary photobombs Lisa Barlow at the premiere party for Real Housewives of Salt Lake. Below is a snippet from Mary's last editor's letter:⁠

"It’s all a little crazy.⁠
Sometime in 2020, the world stopped making sense for a lot of us. Between one of the ugliest election cycles the U.S. has ever been through and the most mysterious disease most of us have ever experienced, normal was canceled. We can’t get together with friends, hug our loved ones, be in the room with them when they die. But somehow we have to go on, right? Somehow we have to continue to work and love and laugh. This issue of Salt Lake magazine holds a lot of frivolity, the main one being an extremely silly TV show, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. There I am in a pink fur coat in a car with our cover housewife, Lisa Barlow and her boys."⁠

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We love you so much, Salt Lake ❤️⁠

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Be merry, be bright and be good for goodness sake! ✨

Skip the milk and cookies this holiday and leave out something that Santa really wants 🍺😉🎅⁠

Check out our local holiday beer round up for last minute gift ideas! Link in bio!

Mary's last-minute holiday gift ideas from last year are still as true and relevant today...⁠

"The planet we live with and the creatures on it need all kinds of things. Polar bears need presents, tree frogs in the Amazon need gifts, our Utah canyons and our national parks need help."⁠

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There was never a time there wasn’t Mary Malouf. Until now. Today, Mary died when a rogue wave swept her out to sea off the coast of Northern California. Only she – perhaps the world’s foremost lover of Bronte, BBC mysteries and, of course, Moby Dick – would appreciate such poetic drama.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” — Mary Brown Malouf. Ooops. Herman Mellville.