This spicy orange beef can actually be served two ways For an Asian meal serve the spicy orange beef over rice and garnish with fresh orange slices. For more of a western meal serve the spicy orange beef in warmed flour tortillas. Either way it’s delicious. Serve it over rice for dinner and enjoy the leftovers the next day in a flour tortilla.Spicy Orange Beef

 

Spicy Orange Beef with Vegetables

 

Ingredients:

 

¾ pound beef top round, cut into thin strips

2 Tbsp cornstarch (divided)

2 tsp grated orange rind

½ cup beef broth

¼ cup ornge juice (from an orange)

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp sugar

1 ½ tsp chili garlic sauce

4 tsp oil

1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

¼ pound green beans, halved crosswise

1 red pepper, seeded and cut into strips

1 carrot, cut into matchstick thin strips

 

Directions:

 

Combine the beef, 1 TBSP of the cornstarch and the orange rind in a medium bowl. Toss well to coat the beef and set aside. Combine the remaining 1 TBSP cornstarch, the broth, the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar and chili garlic sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

 

Heat your wok over high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Swirl 2 tsp of oil in the wok and then add the beef. Stir fry until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Swirl the remaining 2 tsp oil in the wok and add the ginger. Stir fry just until fragrant or about 10 seconds. Add the green beans, bell pepper and carrot. Stir-fry until crisp tender about 2-3 minutes. Add the broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils and thickens. Add the beef and cook until hot, about one more minutes.Spicy Orange Beef Serve hot over rice.Spicy Orange Beef Enjoy the leftover the next day by serving them in a warm flour tortilla

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I’ve been working on de-cluttering our home in preparation for an eventual move. Even if you aren’t preparing for a move spring is a great time to do some spring-cleaning. Do you have clothes cluttering up your closet? Clothes that you’re just hanging on to because of a memory associated with them? Or perhaps it’s a favorite pair of jeans that used to fit and almost fits now but you haven’t worn them for ages. I have numerous things in my closet that I haven’t worn in some time for various reasons. For example a sweater that my mom knit more than 50 years ago! That is so hard for me to throw out but I haven’t worn it in years. Maybe it’s time to donate?

 

I’ve read about tips like putting your clothes on hangers and then hanging the hangers backwards in your closet. After a year throw out all the clothes that you haven’t touched and the hangers are still backwards! Great idea but I’ve never done it.

 

Recently a company called Tommy John created this amazing graphic to help you purge your closet of unwanted clothes. Tommy John is a men’s underwear company, but the graphic works equally as well for a woman! If I follow these simple steps I will definitely have fewer clothes hanging in my closet! I love the fact that I can answer a few simple yes and no questions and have a cleaner closet! I definitely hold on to too many clothes.spring cleaning

 

How is your closet? Do you regularly clean it out and get rid of or donate clothes you don’t wear? I’m not encouraging you to go spend more, but to take the steps to have a manageable wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love meat loaf and make several different kinds from healthy versions made only with ground turkey, quinoa and zucchini to more indulgent recipes with a nice sauce on the top or even topped with bacon. The Market Street Meat Loaf is from one of my favorite cookbooks called The New Basics Cookbook written by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins.Meatloaf

 

This meat loaf has an assortment of chopped vegetables added as well as some spices that you might not normally put in your meatloaf. The original recipe calls for cooking the meat loaf in a baking dish, which is then placed in a larger pan, and boiling water is poured into the larger pan before baking. I’m sure that’s a wonderful way to cook it but the several times I have made the meat loaf I have either cooked it in my normal meat loaf pan or made an oval and placed it on a pan and cooked it free form. Both ways have come out perfectly.

 

Not only it this meatloaf delicious when warm but it makes wonderful meat loaf sandwiches especially with my homemade bread! There is a bit of chopping involved in this recipe but it is more than worth it! Meat Loaf

 

Market Street Meat Loaf

 

Ingredients:

 

3 Tbsp butter

¾ cup chopped onion

¾ cup chopped scallions

½ cup chopped carrot

¼ cup chopped celery

¼ cup chopped red pepper

¼ cup chopped green pepper

2 tsp minced garlic

Salt, to taste

1 tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp ground white pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp nutmeg

3 eggs, well beaten

½ cup ketchup

½ cup half and half

2 pounds lean ground beef chuck

12 oz sausage meat (not fennel flavored)

¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs

 

Directions:

 

meatloafPreheat oven to 375.

Melt the butter in a heavy skillet and add the onion, scallions, carrots, celery, peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the moisture from the vegetables has evaporated, about ten minutes. Set aside to cool; then refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 1 hour.

 

Combine the salt, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, cumin, nutmeg and eggs in a bowl, and beat well. Add the ketchup and half and half. Blend thoroughly.

 

Add the chuck, sausage, and breadcrumbs to the egg mixture. Then add the chilled vegetables and mix thoroughly with you hands, kneading for five minutes.

 

With damp hand, form the mixture into an oval approximately 17 x 4 x 1, resembling a long loaf of bread.

 

Place the meatloaf in a baking dish and place the dish inside a larger pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove the baking dish front the water bath, and let the meat loaf sit for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.meat loaf

 

Makes 8-10 portions.meat loaf

 

Note: As I mentioned above I have cooked the meat loaf both times without using the water bath.

 

 

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As spring rolls around we start to think of being outside, enjoying the wonderful weather. Now is also the time to think about planning your vegetable garden – it’s a wonderful way to save money, get exercise, and help your family to eat healthy.planning your vegetable garden And taking care of a garden is a never-ending and rewarding learning experience.planning your vegetable garden

 

The most important thing to consider is where your garden will be located. Gardens need sun, the more the better. Locate your garden away from any shadows cast by large trees or buildings. Ideally, you would like to have level ground. If the garden is on too steep a slope, the soil will erode and nutrients will be washed away, unless you are able to create several terraces, which is a lot more work than most home gardeners want to do.planning your vegetable garden

 

If this is your first year gardening, you also want to consider the size. It is better to start small and increase your garden size year by year. A 15 x 15 foot plot would be a good size to start with.planning your vegetable garden

 

 

Once you have decided where to place your garden, the next thing to consider is the soil preparation. Well-prepared soil will help you have a successful garden. And any soil can be improved. Soil quality is determined by three characteristics: composition, pH (its acidity), and fertility.soil tests, vegetable gardening, home front

 

  • Composition: If the soil is too loose and sandy, or too heavy and clayish, aeration, drainage and nutrient retention will suffer.
  • pH: Vegetables require a pH range of 6.0 – 7.0, anything above or below that and optimal growth will be affected
  • Fertility: The fertility of the soil also affects plant growth; insufficient fertility cannot support healthy crops.
  • A simple soil test will help you to determine the level of major nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – each important for healthy plant growth. A soil test will also help you determine the pH of your garden soil, and to improve it if necessary.soil, testing, gardening
  • Now that your garden plot is laid out and the soil is ready, it is time to decide what vegetables you want to plant. If you want a rewarding, productive garden, do some research to find out what grows well in your area. An excellent resource is your state’s agricultural extension office. You want to make sure you know what growing zone you are living in, when your last frost date is expected in the spring, and when the first date of frost in the fall is expected. These dates will determine when you can plant outdoors, what you should try to grow (since the days to maturation will need to fit in this last frost to first frost window, and when you should be harvesting your vegetables.gardening, prudent livingSome vegetable seeds are planted directly into the garden soil while others have such a long growth period they must be either started indoors or the young seedlings purchased at a local nursery.
  • Usually I have my seeds started by now, but with our house going back on the market I will be purchasing young seedlings from a neighbor who grows a wonderful selection of heirloom vegetables.
  • Whatever you decide to do now is the time to plan for this years garden! Planning your vegetable garden now will insure that you have a successful harvest this year!

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