Zesty orange chicken

In my quest to make all my favorite dishes at home I came up with a fabulous orange chicken recipe :) I hope you like it!
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Ingredients
2 large chicken breasts cut into one inch pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup of cornstarch

Orange Chili oil ( 1/4 cup veg oil, 4 dried red chiles, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, zest of one orange combined and let sit over night)

Orange sauce ( juice of an orange plus 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tbsp corn starch, 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce, 3 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp fresh ginger shredded, 2 cloves of garlic minced)
3 green onions diced

Pour chili oil in a wok on medium heat and coat the chicken first in beaten egg and then in cornstarch.
Fry coated chicken in the chili oil until golden brown and cooked through.
Pour orange sauce mixture into hot pan and stir with the chicken until sauce is thick. Taste and if too thick add more orange juice. Some may like it sweeter so add more sugar to taste and let cook until dissolved on low heat.
Add diced green onions in the last few minutes of cooking right before serving.

Serve with fried or steamed rice.

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Fresh fruit pizza

This is a great dessert that is so easy to make using your favorite fresh fruits! We think it’s perfect for a brunch dessert :)
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Ingredients

Enough sugar cookie dough to make a 1/2 inch thick crust in a pie pan

Poke holes randomly in the crust and Cook crust in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes until firm.

For sauce take 1/2 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and enough milk to make it smooth and spreadable ( 2 tbsp should be enough) Whip using a hand mixer until fluffy.

Spread mixture evenly over cooled cookie crust

Sprinkle coconut over the sauce and add all your favorite berries on top in a thin layer all around

We used bananas dipped in lemon juice, raspberries, sliced strawberries and blackberries.

As a finishing touch we grated some white chocolate all over the top of the “pizza”

Have fun with it and use the fruits you enjoy the most!

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Warm Artichoke Party Dip

This is the ONLY way I like to eat artichokes! I got this great recipe from my friend Kimberly…we beg her to make it whenever we have a party and it’s the first thing everyone eats :) You will be a hit if you make this for your party!

2 cans of artichoke hearts-NOT marinated
8oz package of light cream cheese
1 cup of best foods mayonaise (NOT miracle whip)
1 cup lite sour cream
2 to 2 1/2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 mins and then sprinkle paprika on the top and serve with your favorite crackers or tortilla chips

Watch me cook it with Kendra from the Cher Rue Show below…The cooking segment starts at about 19 minutes into the show :) Enjoy!

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Potato Chip and Coconut Chicken Bites

This is a great home-made option instead of buying those awful pressed chicken nuggets at the store :) They are so easy and so yummy you will love them!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (can use shrimp also)
2 cups crushed ruffles potato chips
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp cajun seasoning or you can substitute 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper and a 1/2 tsp black pepper

In three large bowls place separately, the chips, coconut and buttermilk. Add cajun seasoning to the buttermilk and stir until blended. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes and dip chicken first into buttermilk, then into the coconut, back into the buttermilk and lastly into the potato chip crumbs. Place coated chicken onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed well with non-stick cooking spray. Repeat until all chicken has been coated. Place in oven on lower rack and bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked all the way through.

Serve with your favorite dips such as Kickin Ketchup, ranch dressing or sweet and sour sauce.

Watch us make this dish on the Cher Rue Show in the video below…the segment is about 27 minutes in…

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WATCH OUR LATEST COOKING SEGMENT ON THE CHER RUE SHOW

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Our Kickass Cinnamon Rolls!

These rolls are to die for!  If you have a bread maker it makes it so much easier to make the dough…but if you don’t just make the dough like any other bread and make sure you follow the ingredients exactly.  The combo makes everything perfect and sooo yummy!  Your family will thank you over and over for making these on Christmas morning!

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3 cups white bread flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (the kind made for bread machines works the best)
  • 1 egg yo
  • 3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
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Ingredients for cinnamon filling

  • 1/2 stick of softened butter (feel free to use more to make sure dough is covered in butter evenly)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Put dry ingredients in first and make a well for the wet ingredients and choose the dough setting on your bread machine.   Flatten out dough to about 1/2 inch thick all around in the shape of a rectangle.  Spread softened butter on the dough using your clean hands.  Once the dough is covered evely with butter, sprinkle the cinnamon on top until it looks like there is cinnamon over the entire surface of the dough.  Should be about 1 Tbsp total.  Spread your brown sugar evenly over the dough.  Roll up the dough longways as tight as possible until you have a tight tube of rolls.  Next up, cut them with a knife about every inch or so.  You will get about 10 or 12 rolls from this recipe.    Place in a baking dish that has about 1 Tbsp of canola oil spread on the bottom of it.  Make sure that you use a baking dish that is rather deep so you have room for the rolls to rise up.  Place the pan, covered with a thin towel or saran wrap,  in a warm place for about 20 minutes until they double in size.  We like to turn on the oven early and place the rolls on top of the oven to speed things up. 

Remove cover and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees and once cool add either butter cream or cream cheese frosting on top and enjoy!

Here is a video instruction of how we roll the dough and place them in the pan. It was done in our kitchen and my son had the tv on so I apologize for any background noise. We keep it real around here :)

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Molasses Wheat Bread

We have a bread machine that we LOVE LOVE LOVE!  It makes the task of homemade bread so much easier.  We don’t even buy store bought crappy bread anymore :)   We are spoiled rotten and love it.  It’s really nice to know EXACTLY what goes into the food that we eat!

Here is our recipe for THE BEST whole wheat bread EVER!  We took it out early and made ours into mini loaves and put them into our holiday goodie bags :)   They make perfect presents!

Ingredients

1 cup warm buttermilk (70 degrees)
2 Tablespoons real butter
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 cup wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached white flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Put into bread machine with the dry ingredients first and be careful not to overheat the buttermilk.

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Moroccan Kickin Chicken

Our friends have this amazing new ketchup called Kickin Ketchup. It has a great kick to it and we thought we would make something yummy with it! We put a third of a bottle of this yummy sauce and mixed it with a half-bottle of a non spicy red pepper and garlic salsa, poured it over seared chicken pieces and baked in the oven at 350 for an hour. It came out so amazing we had to share with you! To get your own bottle of Kickin Ketchup, check out their website at  www.kickinketchup.com or watch the shelves of Whole Foods!  (served with saffron rice)

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Italian Green Bean Salad

 

This one is my new favorite salad! First off…blanch your fresh green beans in salted boiling water until half way cooked. You want them to be a little crunchy. Take them out of the pot and put them into a bowl of ice water to stop the [...]
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