Chicken Thighs

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I almost always opt for thighs over breast – the just taste better! This is a simple recipe that the kids love. I usually double the batch so we have plenty of leftovers for lunch during the week.

Ingredients:
4 small skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 12 ounces)
1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
3/4 c orange juice
3/4 c canned low-salt chicken broth
1/4 c whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 TBSP honey
1 tsp hot pepper sauce

Sprinkle chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until brown, about 6 minutes per side. Add orange juice and broth to skillet. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Transfer chicken to plate. Add mustard, honey and pepper sauce to skillet. Increase heat and boil until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, whisking occasionally, about 7 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet. Simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Transfer chicken to plates; top with sauce and serve.

Serves 4.

L’Orientale Cocktail

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It’s Friday Night, which means cocktail night! I love Domaine de Canton – ginger flavored liquor!! I found this recipe on their website – the slash of chambord & oj are perfect! It is the perfect way to start the weekend!

Ingredients:
1 part Domaine de Canton
1 part Vodka
Splash Chambord
Splash Orange Juice

Combine over ice in cocktail shaker. Shake & serve.

Orange Margaritas

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I found this one in Food & Wine and had to try it. Well except I had oranges and not tangerines, so I improvised. These are the yummiest margaritas I’ve ever had.

2 orange wedges
Kosher salt
7 oz silver tequila
4 TBSP fresh lime juice
4 TBSP fresh orange juice
1 oz orange liqueur
Ice

Rub lime on 4 small margarita glasses with the line. Spread salt in a saucer and dip in the glass rims. In a shaker, mix 1/2 the ingredients, shake vigorously. Strain into glasses. Make remaining drinks.

The Bronx Cocktail

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Tonight I had no idea what I wanted for our Saturday cocktail, so I hit one of many cocktail books and headed up to the liquor cabinet and this is what I decided on. A strong drink with a hint of orange, perfect for a tired mommy and daddy.

Ingredients:
2 parts Gin
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part dry vermouth
Juice of one orange
Orange curls for the glass

Pour all but orange curls into cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake for 1 minute and serve. I make mine in advance pour out of the cocktail shaker into a measuring cup – discard the ice and pour the cocktail back into the shaker and put it in the fridge until it is time to drink.