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Life and Orange Chicken

5 Sep

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As easy as it was for me to delete my last post, it’s not so easy to delete from my life. I started the business with a partner, and as it often times goes, our creative visions ended up being very different. After a few months of trial and error and weighing it out in my head, I had to decide to let The Bus Stop Diner continue without me. I am still looking for my food truck, and still building my own ideas.

In the mean time, my fella and I have purchased our very first house! A charming three bedroom, two bathroom cottage with a fenced in yard for the dog friend to run.  It’s in town, and there is plenty of room for gardening. We will be closing next month and moving in November. I can’t even convey our excitement!

I’ve been busy with work, web design classes, playing my drums, searching for new ideas to decorate our house and doing a lot of cooking. While saving for our house we have discovered all kinds of ways to cut unnecessary costs from our budget. We have both been eating breakfast and having coffee at home. I discovered an amazing granola bar recipe that I can’t wait to share with you! We have been taking our lunch to work, and going out less. We were struggling with dinner though. It’s so easy to just slip on down to our favorite bar and let someone else feed us. I have searched out meals, and planned dinners and tried new dishes to keep us from getting bored with the routine.

I happened to discover a tasty little dish that I got from a pile of old recipe cards that my sister was throwing away. It called for a some chicken pieces, so I bought a whole raw chicken and watched an amazing YouTube video on how to cut it.

It is absolutely not for the squeamish, but the result was plenty of chicken for dinner and next day lunch and two large breasts to put in the freezer. I took the chicken guy’s advice and used the carcass to make about 6 cups of broth that I portioned and froze. I stretched that little chicken just as far as I could! Thanks chicken!

Orange Chicken

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350°  1 hour

1 frying chicken (3 – 3 1/2 lbs)

1 clove of garlic minced

2 Tbsp butter chopped into little pieces

tsp black pepper

4 Tbsp fresh orange juice

2 tsp grated orange rind (I used 1 orange for this recipe)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

After you dismember your chicken, or buy chicken like a normal person, put enough in a baking dish with a lid. I used the legs with the thighs attached, and the two wings so I could send leftovers with my fella.

Sprinkle the soy sauce, garlic and black pepper over the chicken and then drop the little chunks of butter on top. Cover and cook for 30 minutes at 350°.

While this was happening I cooked some rice and put some brussel sprouts and butter in a pan with a lid. I cooked the brussel sprouts on low for about 40 minutes and the result was tender amazingness.

When the timer goes off pull out the chicken and pour the orange juice and some rind over the chicken. Spoon all the juices over the chicken then sprinkle the brown sugar on top and put the lid on. Cook for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

When serving, garnish with a little more rind and a few orange slices. The sweet orange went perfectly with the bitterness of the brussel sprouts, and the rice kept it simple. This is one of my new favorite meals!

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Meatless Burger Recipe

30 Jun

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My love of vegetables and my hatred of processed food led me to the quest for the perfect homemade meatless burgers. This is my newest recipe, created in my kitchen and eaten for lunch today. Happy tummies all around.

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Lettuce, Fear and Growth

14 May

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The Mesclun mix of lettuce really is growing! It’s doing so well that I planted more! It’s my dream to grow most of my food. I get so freaked out when I read the ingredients lists on packaged food or when I think about the chemicals that could be involved when growing produce on enormous farms. I try not to buy things that are not from the United States, but only because I only know that we regulate the amount of chemicals in our food and food from out of the country has different regulations. There was a time a few months ago when the citizens of the United States were instructed by the news/media not to buy orange juice from out of the country. Not because there were chemicals in it, but because the chemicals were higher than the amount that we legally allow into our food. It’s scary, really scary. I even worry about the safety of the food that I grow because I live in the city, with all the pollution and emissions and such.

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Spaghetti Squash Recipes

2 May

How is it that I only found out about the miracle of spaghetti squash in the past couple of years? I bet some of you still don’t know what it is, the shame. The spaghetti squash is an amazing vegetable that looks and almost tastes just like SPAGHETTI!

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I know, it’s fantastic.

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My Lettuce Is Growing!

1 May

Quite a few weeks ago I planted some lettuce. I have never had much success with lettuce and I thought I would give it a shot just like I do every year. This is my progress.

Last week

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Pretty puny huh? 

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Hodgepodge Dinner And A Brand New Apron

29 Apr

After drinking all night at a comedy and burlesque show where Screaming Names played until almost 3am, we woke up late and had a heavy lunch to help absorb the alcohol. We went to The Dog of Nashville where I had the special, an around the world dog. A Wisconsin beer brat with sauerkraut and spicy mustard, a light german beer that I can’t remember the name of and we shared chili cheese fries. Dinner was going to have to consist of something with some actual ingredients.

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Stuffed Cabbage Woes

18 Apr

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I’ve been talking about stuffed cabbage for at least six months. It’s an old recipe of my mom’s and I just haven’t made it in years. No clue why, things just happen I suppose. So last night I go to the grocery store and get all the fixins’. I came home, cleaned out my fridge, like I do every time I go to the grocery store, washed my dishes and got started. I like to begin with a clean kitchen if possible.

I was happily prepping and taking pictures of everything when my fella arrived. Before I knew what had happened I had stuffed all the cabbage and put it in the pot. I absolutely forgot to take a picture of the stuffing process, that’s probably the most important part. Blame it on the booze, or the good conversation. I like to drink while I cook, and I really like to cook.

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Lemon Pie With Graham Cracker Crust

31 Mar

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This is my sister’s recipe, she was nice enough to share it with me so I could make a pie for my fella’s birthday. He loved the pie so much that he ate it for breakfast the next day.

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart

31 Mar

I stole this recipe.

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Penne a la Vodka and Chicken Cutlets

24 Mar

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Queen of the late night dinners here with penne a la vodka and chicken cutlets. Tonight we ate dinner at midnight, that’s normal ’round here.

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