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Panda Express Orange Chicken

Panda Express Orange Chicken

Ingredients

Servings: 6

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
white pepper
oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch, plus
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red chili pepper
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Orange Sauce for Stir Fry
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar
1 orange, zest of

Directions

1 Place chicken pieces in large bowl.

2 Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well.

3 Stir cornstarch and flour together.

4 Mix flour mixture and egg mixture.

5 Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.

6 Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees.

7 Add chicken, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp.

8 (Do not overcook chicken).

9 Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.

10 Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat.

11 Add 1 tablespoon oil.

12 Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds.

13 Add and stir-fry crushed chiles and green onions.

14 Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds.

15 Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil.

16 Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.

17 Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth and add to chicken.

18 Heat until sauce is thickened.

19 Stir in sesame oil and orange zest if desired.

20 Serve over jasmine rice.

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Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients
2 cups buttermilk baking mix (small box equals 2 cups, Bisquick or Jiffy Mix)
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (extra sharp best)
1/4 cup butter
1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Combine mix, milk and cheese with a wooden spoon until soft dough forms

Beat vigorously 30 seconds.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet

Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown

Combine butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet

Serve warm. Makes 10 large biscuits

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Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 pint heavy cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt
black pepper
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (preferably fresh)
1 lb fettuccine, prepared as directed

Directions:
1 In a medium saucepan, melt butter.

2 When butter is melted, add cream cheese.

3 When the cream cheese is softened, add heavy cream.

4 Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

5 Simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly.

6 Remove from heat and stir in parmesan.

7 Serve over hot fettucine noodles.

Servings: 6

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Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

Ingredients
1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined smaller shrimp works best
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
3 -5 drops hot chili sauce, just a few drops
1/2-3/4 cup cornstarch, to coat the shrimp in

Directions:
1 Mix mayo and sauces for coating.

2 Bread shrimp in cornstarch.

3 Deep fat fry the shrimp until lightly brown.

4 Drain on paper towel, put shrimp in a bowl and coat with the sauce.

5 Serve in a lettuce lined bowl, top with chopped scallions.

Recipe found here: Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

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seafood chowder

Durty Nelly’s Seafood Chowder

2 large boiling potatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 1/2 cups diced carrot
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 quart water
1 1/2 tablespoons fish base, preferably Minor’s
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup flour
8 ounces boneless firm white fish fillet, such as haddock or cod,
cut into bite-sized pieces
6 ounces shrimp
6 ounces scallops
Salt and pepper

In a large pot of simmering water, boil the potatoes just until tender. Drain and set aside.

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepot, sauté the diced onion, carrot and celery in 2 tablespoons butter until the vegetables are softened, stirring constantly to avoid coloring. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and whisk in the fish base. Add the potatoes, cream, dill, thyme and pepper.

In a separate pan, melt the remaining one-fourth cup butter over medium heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes to make a roux. Whisk the roux into the chowder and continue to cook until thickened over medium high heat, approximately 2 to 4 minutes after the mixture has reached a boil.

Add the haddock, shrimp and scallops to the chowder just before serving, and simmer until the seafood is fully cooked, about 5
minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 8

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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Ingredients
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1½ tsp crushed red peppers
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbsp bacon pieces
2 tsp garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
¼ of a bunch of kale

Directions

Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.

Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.

Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.

Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.

Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!

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panda express sweet and sour pork

Copycat Panda Express Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients
5 cups salad oil (for deep frying)
16 ounces diced pork
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch (divided use)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon water
5 ounces diced pineapple
12 ounces peas

Directions
Heat a clean wok on high heat for at least 10 seconds and add the oil. Heat oil until it flows like water when the wok is moved.

Mix the diced pork with 1 cup of cornstarch, then deep fry the pork pieces in the oil for 5 minutes. Remove oil and pork and drain well, saving the leftover oil.

Return 1 tablespoon oil to the wok, and add ketchup, sugar and vinegar. Stir until sauce boils.

Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and the water to the wok; this will help thicken the sauce. Mix the sauce; and when it comes to a boil again, add the pineapple and return the pork to the wok. Stir well.

Sprinkle the peas on top, then serve. Enjoy!

Serves 2-3

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