Christmas Party 2016

Had a lot of fun with a few friends in my resurrected Christmas Party. I tried a few new recipes/ideas that worked well. The cranberry -cilantro dip, steamed broccoli Christmas tree, chocolate mint and chocolate snickers cupcakes, dressing balls and cranberry sauce, marshmallows with cookies and cream and milk chocolate drizzle, chicken fajita tacos, and bbq chicken. We designed Christmas ornaments and has a Jenga championship. The winner took home a chocolate covered apple. 



Babysitting tonight – Asparagus Rice Pilaf and Orange Chicken

A delicious and deceivingly simple recipe where brown rice, sweet onions, fresh Asparagus are the main ingredients. This compliments the orange chicken made with fresh Florida navel oranges and chicken breast.  So good that even a 9 year old devoured it!  😬

Cook the chicken with first cold pressed olive oil and butter, fresh garlic and ginger minced on 400 degrees until cooked on the outside using a covered casserole dish- add the juice from 2 oranges, add spring water about 1/2 cup and a about a level teaspoon of cornstarch. Remember to salt and pepper to taste. I like McCormick peppercorn medley and pink Himalayan salt.  Stir vigorously and pop it back in the oven covered for another 20 minutes more or less uncover and bake another 10 or 15, just until the sauce is bubbly and charred along the edges. Remove from the over, cover and let rest for about 10 minutes. Remember to turn the breast to allow it to soak up the orange sauce and oils all throughout.  This will also keep well in the sauce. 

The rice is brown, buttered and oiled, (I know but it’s so good!) and moist, folded into the cooking chopped asparagus, sausage -I used Chappell Hill pork and venison sausage – sweet onions, first cold pressed olive oil. Add chopped greeen pepper and yummy, yum, yum!!  

Bon appetite!  😋

Oatmeal and hot coffee for a cold morning. 

First official day of vacation and I’ve lazed in bed until after 10. Wow. Very late for me. I need a hearty and healthy breakfast, heavy on the healthy. 🙂. My choice. Quaker old fashion oats, apples, pecans and brown sugar and Community Cafe Special decaf coffee. Hey!  This would make a great breakfast bread!   Now for vacation behavior. Lol. 

Yummy, Quick and healthy – crab salad 

Quick dinner before running , made from things on hand. Raw and pure ingredients as much as possible. Crab meat previously sautéed in lemon slices, garlic and butter – on  romaine topped with pink Himalayan salt and pepper from  McCormick Peppercorn Medley and my favorite, ranch dressing.