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Orange Chicken, Green Recycling

Seems to be a green world we live in and while I’m not totally into the ‘green thing’ I do like to recycle when possible. When we lived in Houston, we had a plastic bin we put paper, plastic and glass into for garbage/recycle pick-up. Now that we’re in the country when we take stuff to the County Dump – we still separate and recycle some of the trash. However, my favorite is to see what I can do with stuff around the house – kind of think outside the box – and save some money at the same time.

For example, we enjoy eating the Hillshire Farms Deli-slice meats. They come in a nifty little container that looks just like some of the ones you’d buy at the store for a couple of bucks or so. I’ve found unlimited uses for these little jewels – as has David.   There great for freezing, storing left-overs, stashing craft supplies, holding nails and screws, and just about anything else. They stack really well and the clear bottom lets me see whats in side.

This weekend David laid piping for well water to the other side of the yard while I weeded and trimmed around the flower beds. The beds in the back are edged with borders David made out of the tops of boards.

When we were building the deck we had a stack of wood cuts about 6-8 inches long that were too good to throw out – but what do you do with them????

David came up with the idea of ‘dog earring’ one end and then stapling heavy plastic line on the back so as to hold about 5 or 6 of them together in a section. He then stained them with a Cape Cod Gray color to help preserve them. Once they had dried, I could use them for a flower bed border.   The line kept them from falling over and the stain gave them a quaint, country look.

One of my favorite things to recycle is food – if you can call it that. I like to take the little portions that are leftover and make something new out of them. The Penne Pasta Casserole is a favorite make from leftover spaghetti sauce; another is to take left over chicken and dumplin’s (sans dumplings) and add shrimp, a little white wine, couple of chopped garlic cloves and serve over fettuccine. Really good.

One meal where we never have any leftovers is Orange Chicken. It’s a quick dish to make and if you have company it makes a nice colorful presentation.

Orange Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast cut in strips
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (use the real stuff)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water*
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bullion base*
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 green onion chopped

* Water and chicken bullion base can be replaced with canned chicken broth


  1. In a large skillet place the olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted put in the chicken strips and cook over medium heat until lightly browned.
  2. Remove chicken to a plate. Pour the water into the buttery-oil and add in the bullion base (or broth). Add in the corn starch and use a whisk to stir. (Using a whisk will eliminate any lumps.)
  3. Add in the orange marmalade and stir until well mixed and lightly boiling.
  4. (Taste the sauce, if you want it sweeter add in a little more orange marmalade)
  5. Add chicken to the sauce.
  6. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for about another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve with a side dish of wild rice mix and a green vegetable. Sprinkle the chopped green onions over the chicken before serving. Enjoy. (This recipe serves 2-3)

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