Saturday, September 14, 2019

#Chicken Stir Fry with Bok Choy by @Denise Swanson

My husband and I love Chinese food, but we're trying to cut back on sodium and eliminate the MSG from our diets so we've been trying a lot of Asian inspired recipes at home. If your grocery store doesn’t carry baby bok choy you can substitute 1 lb. of chopped regular bok choy or even Napa cabbage. Serve this dish over rice noodles or steamed brown rice to soak up all the delicious sauce.


 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1-inch  pieces
 3 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. cornstarch, divided
 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
 1 teaspoon honey
 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
 4 baby bok choy, trimmed and halved 
 1/4 cup water
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
 3 large garlic cloves, minced
                                                                                    1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Sprinkle chicken with 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Heat 3 tablespoons canola oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over high. Add chicken and cook until browned (about 8 minutes). Set aside and wipe wok clean.

Combine orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, red pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch, then set aside. 

Heat wok to medium then add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and half of bok choy; cook until browned. Remove from wok; repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil and bok choy. Return all bok choy to wok. Reduce heat to low; add 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until tender (About 2 minutes). Sprinkle with salt. Set aside.
Add ginger, garlic, and remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil to wok. Cook on medium 2 minutes. Add orange juice mixture and cook until thickened. 

Stir in chicken. 

Divide among 4 plates; sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with bok choy.


A Call to Charms

Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?
     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    
     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.
     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?
     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.
     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.
     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    

Our Now! BOOK #2 IN THE Chef-to-Go SERIES

The back-to-school season can be murder

It's the beginning of the university's fall semester and Dani can't wait for the college students to return to Normalton, Illinois―after all, without them, there is no one to support her Lunch-to-Go service, which is a vital part of her Chef-to-Go business. But Normalton University's orientation week is marred by a mysterious murder, along with a series of car-jackings and sightings of a mysterious creature in a pond on campus. And with the whole town feeling unsettled, Dani finds herself dealing once again with the infuriatingly handsome Spencer Drake, the head of security at the university.

Although Dani vowed that her life would never again be boring and routine after she quit her stifling corporate job, she had no idea that she'd end up dealing with such strange happenings―not to mention murder. But as the trouble in Normalton draw worryingly close to home, Dani realizes that if the killer isn't caught soon, she may be the next one who is found scone cold dead.

Enjoy the occasional romance?


Take one dedicated wildlife veterinarian who treats her animals as if they were her babies, add an impossibly handsome nightclub manager who’s determined to open the hottest spot in Las Vegas, and what do you have? A sweet, sexy romance that proves that no matter how much a man and woman may snarl at the idea of a relationship, love always wins.

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Marco Thorne was hired by Club Wilde’s owner to open up the newest, most outrageous venue yet. He is absolutely certain that he can handle all the competition Las Vegas has to offer until his overbearing boss contracts with Lions and Tigers and More sanctuary to have live exotic animals present in the jungle-themed club. Still, he has no choice but to go along with his boss’s idiotic scheme, even if he thinks it’s the worst idea he’s ever heard.

Dr. Sage DeSantis’s entire life is devoted to keeping the animals under her care in the sanctuary healthy and happy. After the sanctuary’s owner announces that he’s renting out some of Sage’s babies to Club Wilde, she’s sickened that they will once again be exploited.

When Marco and Sage meet, the chemistry between them nearly knocks them off their feet. Although they both have experiences in their past that make them leery of love, and Sage is determined to guard her heart, Marco is all in. But will Marco be able to convince Sage to give them a chance?

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Publisher’s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes.

Series description:

Second in Denise Swanson’s new Delicious contemporary romance series. All books are complete with no cliffhangers and a guaranteed HEA!

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  1. This sounds delicious.

    1. Thanks! It turned out to be one of my favorites.

  2. Love this recipe. So often Chinese style recipes include a lot of ingredients that I'm not likely to have on hand. I'll be trying this one!