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Orange Fudge

 

Orange Fudge

This holiday season I’ve loved the chocolate and orange combination. I know the holidays are over, but I just had to share this delicious chocolate orange fudge recipe. It was a hit with everyone who tried it and I think it would be just perfect for a winter’s snack.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to spending this coming year with you. Happy New Year! 🙂

Chocolate Orange Fudge

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Chocolate Orange Cake

The holiday season is officially upon us! What better way to begin celebrating than by combining the chocolate and orange flavors into a delicious dessert? I’ve captured that classic chocolate orange taste and turned it into a cake.

Chocolate Orange Cake

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for me and I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. December is such a hectic, wonderful time of year! I hope to really dive into that holiday baking in the next couple weeks, but for now this cake will do quite well.

 

To make the cake you’ll need:

  • two boxes chocolate cake mix and the ingredients to make them (I used Glutino chocolate cake, each box made one round cake)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (1/2 tsp per cake)

Make the cake as usual, but add the teaspoon of orange extract. The Glutino cake calls for vanilla extract, but I just used the orange extract instead. Divide the batter into 2 round cake pans and bake as directed. Allow to cool completely.

 

The frosting is a wonderful piped chocolate orange ganache.

For the frosting:

  • 2 Cups whipping cream
  • 2 (12 oz) bags chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tsps orange extract

Heat the whipping cream until it nearly boils. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the hot cream over them. Let stand for a few minutes, then mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add the orange extract and stir. Refrigerate until it is somewhat solid and can hold its shape.

 

Once the cake is cooled, frost as desired. I added tangerine slices to the top of mine; orange candy slices could also be a wonderful addition!

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I hope you enjoy!

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Fried Rice

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Chinese food! Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out, or spending the time or money on it. This recipe is quick and easy, just perfect for a weeknight meal!

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Chop your carrots and onions.

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Then fry them up in a bit of olive oil.

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Add some peas.

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Push the veggies to the side once the peas are no longer frozen, and scramble an egg on the side.

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Mix it all together with some spices and gluten-free soy sauce (I’d suggest using the gluten-free soy sauce even if it isn’t needed).

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Enjoy this dish alone, or as a side to something like my orange chicken. Feel free to switch it up and use whatever veggies or other additions you want. Experiment!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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The Colors Of Fall – Gluten-Free Orange Chicken

Happy Monday, everyone!

What could be better than Chinese food? It’s definitely one of my favorite food categories, my husband’s too, so that works out quite nicely. Today I have one of our favorite Chinese dishes for you. Orange chicken. Yum! It goes perfectly with broccoli and rice.

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It also came to my attention that I had yet to make a pumpkin cheesecake this year, so I made one of those as well. Is it absolutely horrible of me that I ate half of it within two days?

Can you believe it’s already November? This year has just flown by! I have to say, I’m much happier where I am this year than where I was last year. We’re really settling in to our new home and it’s just all around an awesome thing for us.

Anyway, on to the food…

Orange chicken is a very social meal for me. I was first introduced to it in a mall with one of my best friends. Then, the first time I made it at home was with some of my other close friends.

Over the past few years I’ve been perfecting the recipe and have been using this one for awhile know. I have to say, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s perfect for a date night with a special someone as you cozy in and enjoy the cooler weather (and more dates in, perhaps?)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Although, around here, pretty much any Chinese dish will be widely accepted. Do you have any favorites? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments! I’m always up for trying new recipes.

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