Monthly Archives: January 2015

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!! 🙂