Diner a Deux

I’ve been getting so bored with meals these days because my husband is home for a bit and always wants beef. We eat for two so there is no prime rib here. Just skirt steak with chimichurri, a burger, meat loaf or an occasional NY Strip.

Today I resurrected a thought, a recipe my mother had in my childhood (Dad hated it). Orange chicken. She made a complicated recipe using part of a can of frozen orange juice.

Today, I took a cup of rice and put it on to simmer. Sliced one chicken breast on the diagonal. Then I asked my husband (he’s in town today) to juice three California Clementines (often called cuties). He ate the next one so zested the rind and juiced the last.

I sauteed the chicken pieces while getting the sauce started. Everything was going well. I needed a bit of a cornstarch slurry, a couple of teaspoons of water and cornstarch, mixed. It thickened up right away, and I re-seasoned and placed it over the cooked rice. Salad was plain green arugula with his favorite dressing. I can make many, he grew up with and likes bottled dressing. I can make my own. I can also eat fish when he’s out of town for a few days.

We have a small freezer and much of it is taken up with dog food. Most of the things I cook are last-minute and should not be frozen after they’re cooked. Perhaps I can do more stews and chili over the winter. I think it’s going to be a cold one. Cheers! Dee




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