Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Hey...0* this morning in Indy...don't know about you but I am ready for some sun. Today's recipe has the "sweet and salty" combination that we all love. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:  2 cups cooked/shredded chicken
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup apricot preserves
1 20oz. can pineapple chunks
1 pkg. sugar snap peas (produce section)
1 bell pepper chopped
1 minced garlic
Worcestershire sauce

Saute garlic in olive oil until tender. Add chopped bell peppers and saute until tender. Add shredded chicken with 1/2 cup of chicken stock and cook until chicken is heated through. Stirring constantly. Stir in sugar snap peas and season with 3-4 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Saute for about 10 minutes adding chicken stock if needed. Now add your apricot preserves and stir well/simmer for about 10 minutes longer to bring the flavors together. Serve over pineapple rice. Garnish with a orange twist and parsley if you desire. Delish!

Pineapple Rice...drain pineapple juice in a glass measuring cup. Add enough water for the directions for the amount of rice you are cooking. Add in your pineapple chunks and cook to directions of rice.
HINT:  due to the pineapple juice you need to be careful of the water not boiling over when preparing rice.

TOMORROW:  "Chicken n Dumplings"

DESIGN TIP:  Lighting...I have to say as a designer this is one of my favorite applications during the design aspect of your home. Here's a couple of ways to get creative while being energy efficient. Have your connections installed with light dimmers. Gives you the control of the amount of light you need/saving money. Closet doors can be installed with on/off switch controls. Great for people like me that tend to be in a rush at times. Recessed cans are an excellent way for "task lighting" especially in reading/office areas. Under cabinet lighting in kitchen and game rooms gives you the extra light that we need when preparing meals, computers, etc. Wall sconces in hallways creates a warm ambiance when entertaining as well. Your entry chandelier is a warm welcome to your home but at the same time can use a lot of energy depending on scale of fixture. I always recommend an accent table in the entry of your home for the use of a table lamp for lighting. Again a warm touch to your entry without having your chandelier on. As always, bring your floor plan with you even if your just window shopping. Sales people will be able to advise you better with your floor plan. Enjoy and be creative while saving money.
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