Chipotle Orange Glazed Chicken Wings

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I love chicken,I love oranges so what I did I combined the two and I made an orange glaze with a bit of other goodies such as chipotle powder for that extra zip of heat and brown sugar for sweetness ,orange marmalade for that hint of orange.This chicken dish reminded me of chicken a l’Orange I haven’t had that since I was a kid that was many moons ago.I wanted to make this because I saw one of my friends make some chicken with orange juice that’s how I became inspired .I have sort of twisted it to be more of my taste and I am ready to share this lovely chicken inspiration here I go.This chicken makes a good main dish or as a appetizer at a holiday party they are cute ,little and finger friendly easy to hold.Believe me they are good. They will keep you wanting more.

Ingredients:

1 pack of chicken drummies or breast,thighs,wings

1/2 cup of orange juice

2 tbsps orange marmalade

2 tbsps brown sugar

1 cup  of ketchup

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsps olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp chipotle  powder

2 tsps cornstarch

1/3 cup water

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:For The Chicken

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

1. Put chicken on a foiled lined sheet pan.

2. Season the chicken with  salt and pepper on both sides

3. Now place the chicken in the oven and bake for 50 minutes .

Directions The Glaze:

1.In a small to med sauce pan add the orange juice,lemon juice,orange marmalade,ketchup,olive oil,brown sugar,garlic powder,ground chipotle powder, cornstarch, water ,salt and pepper

2. Now stir the mixture over medium heat bring to a boil  for about 5 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken.Now reduce heat and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes. when glaze has thickened turn off heat and set aside.

3.When chicken is done baking, spoon the glaze onto the chicken and put it  back in the oven for 5 minutes .Repeat this 2 more times until the chicken start to char a little at the bottom .

4. Now you can plate the chicken and serve .Let me tell you this chicken is awesomely delicious and  I hope you enjoy making this chicken as much as I did.

Simplylicious Baked Buffalo Wings!!!

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I have made one of  favorite appetizers they are Buffalo Chicken Wings.I remember the first time I had Buffalo wings I think I was 15 yrs old it was at restaurant near my Dad’s house .The Chicken wings were so good. I had to  order them every time I went to there to eat.I also have another memory for the wings it was 1996 a friend of mine showed how to make these and from there I was hooked.These Buffalo wings are baked not like ones I made years ago which  were deep fried .I made these a little healthier but with the same way that we made them.These are simple and quick to make.These are  good with fries and a salad too.I hope you enjoy them.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken wings

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 tbsp butter-melted

1 tsp lemon juice

2 pinches of dried parsley

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.Put the chicken on a foil lined sheet pan.

3. Place the chicken in heated oven and bake f0r 45-50 minutes.

4.In  a small or medium sauce put the hot sauce,butter,lemon juice and parsley.Now stir.

5.Take chicken wings out of oven and place them in a bowl.

6. Now pour the buffalo sauce over chicken and stir with a spoon until fully covered.

7. Transfer wings to a serving dish and accompany the wings with blue cheese dip or any dip you have.

Eat Up and Enjoy!!

 

 

Maple Pumpkin Spiced Pecans

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Here is a little autumn treat just for you.Nice and sweet with lil’ surprise of pumpkin spice you’ll just love.This is a simple recipe .It takes no longer than 45 minutes to make.You can make this throughout the fall season and even make little gift bags for your Halloween Party or as a  Thanksgiving snack.

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Ingredients:

1 cup pecans

2 tbsps unsalted butter

3 tbsps maple syrup

2 tbsps light brown sugar

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Pinch of  salt

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 325.

2.In a medium pan melt the butter.

3. Add in pumpkin spice,sugar and vanilla.

4. Mix the ingredients with a whisk for 3-5 minutes.

5.Now add the pecans and stir with a spatula until pecans are thoroughly covered.

6. Pour pecan mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

7.Place into the oven and bake for 4-8 minutes.

8. Take out of oven and let cool for 15-25 minutes.

9. Transfer to a serving bowl or place into gift bags.

Happy Fall & Enjoy!!!

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Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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Here is a delicious meatball appetizers to serve at your holiday parties .These meatballs are so flavorful and moist you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds.They are made with ground turkey,stuffing mix and best of all dried cranberries.The cranberries add a tarty sweetness that stands out in the meatballs.These one bite appetizers are my favorite because just pick it up and enjoy it without all of the guilt because they are healthy.Great for vegetarians whole still eat chicken and turkey .You can use other types of ground meats such as pork,chicken or beef if you like and change up the spices and herbs to suit your tastes.I think your going to like these because they Nicole approved and I wouldn’t lie to you .So please give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!!

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Ingredients:

1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter-for pan

1 tab

1 cup stuffing cubes-moistened with 2 tbsps of water

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 small onion finely diced

2 garlic cloves finely minced

1 egg

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp poultry seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.Turn stove onto medium high heat.Put butter into pan.

3.Put onions and garlic into pan  for 3-6 minutes until translucent.

4.Remove onions and garlic from pan .Set Aside.

5.In a medium or large bowl add all of ingredients and stir with a spatula until completely mixed.

6.With a small ice cream scoop or spoon and drop the meatballs on a foil lined sheet pan.

7.Place meatball into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

8.Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a serving dish.

9.Drizzle gravy over meatballs and serve and Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

Apple Jelly Glazed Jalapeno Meatballs

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I made these meatballs  for a Christmas party as one of my appetizers and they were a hit .This time I made these a little different I roasted the Jalapeno pepper and added it to the beef.I added some other stuff like spices and herbs.I made sure these bad boys had some flavor .So the next time your throwing a party or a get together make sure you make these apart of your shindig and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

2/3 cup red pepper – chopped

1 jalapeno pepper roasted seeded and chopped

1-1/2 tbsps   onion -chopped

1 medium garlic clove -minced

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 tbsps  milk

2 tsps Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1-1/2 tbsps olive oil ( I used light olive oil)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

For The Glaze:

3 tbsps apple jelly

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Sauteing the onions ,garlic and bell pepper:

1. Pour olive oil in a heat skilled .

2. Now add the red bell pepper,onions and garlic.

3.Saute for 3-5 minutes or until mixture  becomes tender.

 

Making  The  Meatballs:

 

1. In a  large bowl add the ground beef,moistened bread crumbs , chopped onion,red bell pepper, jalapeno and minced garlic.Now add  the   Italian seasoning,thyme ,parsley and salt and pepper.

2.Using your hands or a Spatula mix the ground beef mixture thoroughly until everything is combined.

3.On a  parchment lined sheet pan shape the into 1″  meatballs  and make them an 1″ apart.

4. Place in into a 350 degree oven and bake for  25 minutes.

5. When the meatballs are done cooking, let them rest for 5-10 minute to reabsorb their juices lost during baking

Making the glaze:

1.Put the apple jelly into  small sauce pan.

2.Whisk the apple jelly until fully melted.

3.Once jelly has melted, pour the mixture over the meatballs and stir with a spatula to cover the meatballs.

4.Once the jelly glaze has been added ,now you finally finish by adding the tooth picks to meatballs.

Once you make these you’ll be hooked .

So  have fun making great appetizers and eat on dude.

Roasted Potatoes and Green Bean Salad

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Here is another dish with green beans in it .I love how green versatile green beans are it sure make my creative mind blossom.This my green bean and roasted potato salad .This salad isn’t your typical mayo based salad. It’s dressing in a sweet mustard dressing to give it that bit of tang with the sweet .I like to tell you it compliments the pallet very well and its not that strong of a flavor. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly so you don’t have to worry. This salad can be served ribs,chicken or fish.You can make it for Barbecues,Picnics or for any occasions.It a great side dish that you will enjoy.

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Ingredients:

1/2 lb green beans- clean and steams trimmed

1/2 cup red potatoes- rinsed and cut in half

2 tbsps sliced red onions

1 large clove garlic -minced

Ingredients for sweet mustard dressing:

1-1/2 tbsps yellow mustard

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 tsps granulated sugar

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Directions:

1.In a medium or large bowl place green beans,roasted potatoes,onions and garlic.Now set aside.

2.In a small bowl put olive oil, vinegar,mustard,Italian seasoning and sugar.With a small whisk or fork mix thoroughly.

3.Pour sweet mustard mixture over potatoes and green beans.Stir with a fork until covered.

4.Now transfer to a serving dish and place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.

5.Eat and Enjoy!!!

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Cheddar Ciabatta Roll Garlic Bread

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When it comes to garlic bread I wish I can step back into time.I remember my mother’s neighbor she made the best garlic bread oh boy it was good.The best part was the cheese I love the way it tasted.I would eat this with a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s every child’s dream to never to wake up from.I wanted to make a version of that garlic bread from the past and put a little twist to it.Her garlic bread was made with french bread and yellow american cheese. I used Ciabatta Rolls , Cheddar Cheese and added a little red pepper flakes for a hint of surprise.I’d like to thank her for the inspiration and those we’re the good ole’ times.Just me and my Spaghetti-O’s.

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Ingredients:

2 Ciabatta Roll- Slice in half

Cheddar Cheese

4 garlic cloves-roasted

2-1/2  tbsps salted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1.Set oven to 350 degrees

2.With a bread knife slice the Ciabatta rolls in half and toast for 2-4 minutes .Take out of oven and set aside

3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and now add the oil.

4.Pour butter mixture  in into a bowl and  smashed the garlic until it looks paste.

5.Add in the parsley and red pepper flakes,Now stir until combined.

6.Spoon butter mixture onto bread cover evenly.

7.Top with the cheese and place back into oven  for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Serve this with pasta,seafood or a salad.

Now Enjoy!!

 

Parmesan Garlic Bread Croutons

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These croutons goes well with soup .The croutons can also be use as apart of appetizers like  Crostini or Bruschetta .Great for the holidays ,you can also use many shapes like stars,letters,moons, the sky is the limit.I hope you have making these croutons. I did…”LOL”

 

Ingredients:

3 pieces of whole or white bead

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2  tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp dried or fresh parsley

1 tsp grated parmesan cheese

small oval cookie cutter

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees.

2. Put the bread on a plate and using the oval cookie cutter  press down to make the oval shapes.On a lined foiled sheet pan,put the bread  in the oven .Bake for 4-7 minutes on one side .Repeat for the other side. When done take out and let cool.

3. In  a small bowl mix together the olive oil,garlic powder,  salt,parsley flakes,parmesan cheese.

4.Spread mixture on the croutons and return back to the oven for 2-4 minutes

5. Croutons will yield 6 croutons.

Maple Spiced Pecan Pie Bites

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I am excited to share some of my dishes and desserts.I am starting with these pecan bites that I had made once before for one my Christmas parties they were a hit.They are easy to make and made with maple syrup instead of corn syrup I am not a fan .I added a cinnamon and ground ginger to add a little extra flavor.I made them with a store bought crust to make things easier if you prefer to make your own  crust that is fine too.

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Ingredients:

2 eggs at room temp

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 light brown sugar

2 tsps vanilla paste or vanilla extra

2 tbsps melted  unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 ground ginger

1 store bought or homemade pie crust

 

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.In a medium or large  mixing bowl place all of  the ingredients. Mix with a whisk or spatula until thoroughly combined.Place aside.

3.Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Take a 3 inch round cookie cutter and cut out as many circles as you can.

4.Place the cut out dough into a mini muffin pan and gently press into pan.

5.Spoon 2 tsps of the pecan filling in each pie shell.(try not to over fill)

6.Place into oven and bake  for 15- 25 mins or until filling is set and  crust is golden brown.

7.Let cool pecan bites cool on a bakers rack and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan.Now remove from pan with a butter knife carefully .Cool completely .

Now transfer the pecan bites to a  serving dish and Enjoy!!!

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Spinach Watermelon Blueberry Salad

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I love salads especially during the summer when days are hot.Here is a healthy salad that is good for vegans and vegetarians.I first served this salad at a party I threw.It was a hit I have always wanted to post this cause it’s a good tasting salad for everyone.The Watermelon and Blueberries make this salad go up another notch really tasty.I am sharing this recipe because its a season of Watermelon and Blueberries too.This dish is great for picnics,barbecues and for the summertime holidays.Kids would even like it so they can help make it .Its quick and  easy to make takes less than 30 minutes.Please try this salad and let me know what you think.I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup cubed watermelon

1/4 cup blueberries

2 tbsps sliced red onions

Handful of pecans chopped

2 tbsps crumbled feta cheese

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl place the spinach and watermelon.

2.Now add in the rest of the ingredients.

3.Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.(I didn’t put the dressing on it will be in another post.