CHORIZO RISOTTO!

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Chorizo Risotto is an easy one pot preparation! 1) Start by sautéing one diced sweet onion and one diced bell pepper in 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large, deep pot over med/high heat.
2) Add a half lb. of Pork Chorizo and a half lb. of Beef Chorizo into the pot. Cook thoroughly, stirring constantly for a few minutes.
4) Add 1.5 cups of Arborio rice and stir.
5) Add one cup of Chicken Stock and stir, lower the temp to low/med. and add tight fitting lid. Stir every 5 minutes.
6) When the liquid has been fully absorbed, add another cup of stock, put the lid back on, stir every five minutes until liquid is absorbed.
7) Repeat process, adding a third cup of stock, lid, and stir every five minutes until liquid is absorbed
8) Repeat process, adding a fourth cup of stock, lid, and stir every five minutes until liquid is absorbed! By now, your rice should be thoroughly cooked to perfection! Enjoy!!
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Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Pizza Dip!

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OhMyGoodness, PIZZA DIP, y’all!
Easily make this in just one glass pie dish:

*First soften a block of cream cheese, then mash a Tbsp of Dried Oregano, Parsley, Garlic Powder, and 1/2 Tbsp Dried Basil into the cream cheese.
*Stir in 4-6 cups of finely shredded Italian cheese blend (mozzarella, Asiago, Parmesan, etc)
*Fold in one pint of grape tomatoes that have each been cut in half and 12oz of pepperoni (each slice cut into 1/4s)
*Bake at 350*F for half hour and serve with crunchy, garlic Crostini!
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Enjoy!
Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Coconut Shrimp and Spicy Orange Marmalade Dip!

Happy New Year!!
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First, let’s make the dip, so it can refrigerate while you prepare and cook shrimp in a few minutes! The dip is easy! I use sweet orange marmalade, spicy brown mustard, and hot horseradish! (1 cup, 4 teaspoons, 2 teaspoons)
See? Easy! Just stir well and pop that bowl in the ‘fridge. ;)
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Now, let’s put these shrimp together!

1) Get out three cereal size bowls. In first bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, 2/3 cup of beer and 1.5 teaspoons baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour in a second bowl, and coconut in a third bowl.

2) Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer.

3) Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on size of your shrimp), or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your spicy orange dipping sauce!
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The temp of the oil is important. If it’s not hot enough, your batter will be greasy and they’ll take longer to cook. If your oil is too hot, your batter, especially coconut will burn before the shrimp cooks through to the middle.
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Photos: (click on photo to enlarge)

See? Here is a photo showing on the left what happens if oil is 400*F for 3 minutes, on the right is 350*F for 4 minutes.

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Don’t do what I did with my first batch! Deal? Deal!
Do this:

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Your Friend,
~ Amber Hamilton Henson

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(Quote: Your True Nature Is Luminous!)
Love that!! :)

Cheesy Olive Puff hors devours

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If you’re looking for simple but flavorful easy finger food to offer your guests at your next gathering, look no further! These Cheesy Mayo and Olive bites are sure to please!

They take only a few minutes to make; you can serve them warm or cooled to room temperature.

Makes 16!

Ingredients:
1 package of crescent roll dough (8)
small can of sliced black olives
3-4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
4oz or so of mixed, shredded cheese
Green olive with pimento, for the top!

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375*F
Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray
Open your can of dough and cut into 16 pieces.
Place a piece of dough into each muffin cup.
Mix together sliced black olives and mayo.
Put a bit of the mix into each of the 16 muffin cups.
Sprinkle each with cheese.
Top each with an olive.
Bake at 375*F for 11-12 minutes.
Promptly remove from muffin pan by using a small spoon!
Enjoy!

Photos: (click on photos to enlarge)
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:)
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Kids’ Choice: Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole!

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Sometimes, it’s time to indulge and let the kids pick what’s for dinner! Balance this dish by serving with a salad! ;) #doritos #casserole

The recipe is really simple, the instructions are all on the photo: (click on photo to enlarge)

1) Sauté boneless skinless chicken thighs with salt & pepper in a little butter, until done. Then, cut into small pieces.
2) In a small bowl mix a can of Campbell’s nacho cheese sauce, can of mild Rotel, and two cans of Mexicorn.
3) In a large casserole dish, make layers: Doritos, chicken, mix of cans, cheese, and repeat layers!
4) Bake at 350*F for about 30-40 minutes, ’til it is bubbly!
5) Enjoy! ;) Happy, Happy kids I have tonight!

~Amber Hamilton Henson

Salt Block Shrimp = BEST shrimp EVER!

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Salt Block Shrimp = BEST shrimp EVER!

First, you need a Himalayan Salt Block, a gas cooktop or gas grill, and an infrared thermometer.

Second, slowly raise the temperature of your salt block. We were working indoors on our gas cooktop, and we spent about 35 minutes raising the temperature to 500*F.

Raw, deveined and peeled shrimp
Marinated in:
3 Tbsp of lime juice
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 Tbsp of dry Sriracha

We cooked them about 3 minutes, then flipped them, and cooked 2 more minutes!

They are AMAZING!! Seriously. AMAZING.
They are seasoned perfectly!
Try it!! You’ll wonder why you waited so long to buy a Salt Block of your own!

Photos: (click on photo to enlarge it)
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I’ve had a few questions via Facebook, so to answer, especially for my Little Rock, AR, friends:
*I bought my block via Amazon, but they’re also available locally at Dandelion Tea on Clinton Ave and at Eggshells Kitchen Co in the Heights!
*I bought the infrared thermometer for around $10 at Home Depot, near welding supplies. Knowing the temp is pretty essential. If your block isn’t hot enough, your food may become too salty, I read.
*If you’re on Pinterest, find me (@amberhh) I have a whole board dedicated to just the Himalayan Salt Block!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

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Merry Christmas! 2014

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Merry Christmas! Love!

Easy Brunch Casserole Recipe!

SAUSAGE & WILD RICE BRUNCH:
1 box Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (cooked according to package directions)
1 lb hot pork breakfast sausage (cooked and drained)
1 can Golden Mushroom soup, not cream of mushroom soup!!
2 cups Sharp cheddar cheese
*combine and bake at 350*F for 20-30 minutes!
*enjoy!
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Best WILD RICE side dish, ever!

This is my favorite wild rice side dish!
It is a great companion to pork chops, baked chicken, or your holiday turkey!
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Some side dishes are best served at room temp after flavors have chance to meld. Since I volunteered at Robinson Band Boosters’ Concession Stand at the high school basketball game last night, I made this ahead of time for my family to eat with baked chicken! It takes awhile to cook, then cool, but it is not fussy. It really doesn’t require your attention much during the process!

Basically, it’s wild rice cooked in vegetable broth. Add salt, raisins, and orange zest. Then, when it’s done cooking add the juice of the Orange, a cup of pecans, and fresh herbs: chives and mint (from my garden!) Its heavenly!! It’s a pretty versatile dish! I think it would be great to add a few hot red pepper flakes, if you like heat!

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4 cups of unsalted vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon salt
1.5 cups uncooked wild rice
Ground/grated peel of one fresh orange
Juice of one orange
1.5 cups golden raisins
1.5 cups pecan pieces
Fresh mint, coarsely chopped
Fresh chives, coarse my chopped
*Red pepper flakes, or my house pepper flakes

1) Bring veg broth to a boil. Add salt and rice. Boil for 10 minutes, covered. Reduce heat to simmer, add raisins, orange peel, and optional pepper flakes. Simmer, covered, for one hour.
2) Remove from heat. Squeeze juice from one orange into the pot and fold in pecans, mint, and chives. Allow it to it to cool about an hour, melding flavors, to room temperature before serving.
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I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Feel free to leave a comment if you try this one! You can find more of my recipes on my this site by clicking, here!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

Happy Halloween!

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These little beauties brought home bags FULL of candy from their trick-or-treating tonight! The full bowls that we left on the front step have been emptied by other costumed little cuties! I think a great time was had by all!

Love.

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