Chai Tea Rice

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Here's a special side dish that is super flavorful and easy to make! You can serve it as a side dish or throw in some chicken or shrimp and it makes a great entree. This dish makes me think of Angel Taylors Song "Chai Tea Latte" so listen if you'd like, its very pretty.

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Chai Tea Rice

Serves 6

5 cups water (Tea may boil down)
5 chai tea bags (I used Celestial Sweet Coconut Thai)
2 cups jasmine rice(or regular white rice)
1 medium purple onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, smashed
4 green onion tops, chopped
½ cup coconut milk
2tbl. Oil
3tsp. salt
½ tsp. red pepper flakes

1. In a pot bring water and tea bags to a boil.
2. In a separate pot over medium heat add oil and rice until rice is toasted.
3. Add both onions and garlic until softened. (Add more oil if needed)
4. Add 4 cups of tea, coconut milk, salt, and red pepper flakes.
5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed.

*Variation- Once rice is cooked, fold in 4 oz. of Philadelphia's Pineapple Cream Cheese spread. Its to die for!!

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Fusion Fun Egg rolls

Makes 13-15 eggrolls

1 pkg. Egg roll wrappers
1lb. Italian Sausage
6 oz. Cole Slaw Mix(I used broccoli Slaw)
2tbl. Peanut Butter
1 tbl. Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbl. Soy sauce
1/2 tbl. Oil( I used Sesame)

In a skillet, brown and cook your Italian sausage
Toss in your slaw mix and cook for 2 minutes
In a small bowl mix the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and oil
Add sauce to your meat and slaw mixture.

Follow your egg roll wrappers "how to fill and wrap" on the package. Its a snap!

Fry in hot oil until golden delicious!

Serve with your favorite sweet and sour sauce and hot mustard.

Keep it Hip and Fresh!

Crockpots You Say?

Monday, July 26, 2010


Hey everyone! So last week my mom made the most delicious country style ribs! Oh my goodness they melt in your mouth they're so good. This is our first Crock pot meal and you will definitely enjoy it. The meat was cheap and the salad was super fresh! Perfect for anyone on the go who wants an easy meal. I love the days when me and my mother cook together but this day she did everything and all I made was white rice. Haha. What can I say? I just have it like that sometimes. So Enjoy this fabulous Hipstir Fresh recipe made by Mrs.Chatman.

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Heavenly Crockpot Ribs
Serves 5-6

2 1/2 pds. Country Style Ribs
1 bottle Teriyaki Sauce
onion powder
garlic powder
salt pepper

Place ribs in your Crockpot and season with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder.
Cover ribs with Teriyaki sauce.
Cover with lid and set your Crockpot on High for 5 to 6 hours.

Tomato Cucumber Salad

3 Tomatoes, chopped
1 Cucumber, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1/4 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2tbl. sugar
salt/pepper to taste

In a medium bowl combine ingredients and toss! Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Chill

Serve with White Rice and enjoy that gravy from your ribs. Yum!!

Shes Such a Charmer

Thursday, July 22, 2010

One of the things I really want to do with Hipstir Fresh is to create meals for singles and couples to enjoy. Guys, if you want to impress your girlfriend one evening with an easy fresh meal you can do so! And of course ladies, if you don't know how to cook, this can be a great start for you, because lets face it, Men LOVE to eat. =]

So Im absolutely in love with Kings of Leon and I will be seeing them in concert this Saturday. So they are my inspiration for our first Hipstir Fresh Recipe. Charmer is one of the funniest songs Ive ever heard and it might startle you when it first begins. But one way I like to charm someone is when I make a delicious pasta. Pasta is easy and oh so yummy!! I encourage you if you have an Aldi's Store close to you....Make use of it. I can buy a 16 oz. bag of medium raw shrimp for $3.99 and I used their bag of fresh spinach also which is very affordable.

Charmers Shrimp Zinger Pasta

For 3-4 servings

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound pasta( I chose linguine this time!)
Olive oil
Small onion, chopped
1tsp. garlic, chopped
3 tbl. Butter
1 lemon, juiced
8 oz. Spinach
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, boil pasta with salt and a touch of olive oil
Cook pasta according to the box.
Meanwhile, over medium heat, add 4tbl olive oil and butter. Toss in onion and garlic and cook until tender.
Add spinach,lemon juice, and about a 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.
Toss in shrimp, cook until pink. Season with salt and pepper.
Add pasta! Finish with some cheese if you'd like.
You're such a Charmer =]

Serve with warm crusty bread and don't forget the Butter!!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hey everyone! My name is Jacqui' Nicholson but alot of people know me as Kiwi. I'm 21 years old and I have a serious passion for cooking. I graduated from Robert Morris in Culinary arts and just came back from an awesome cooking competition with the lovely Paula Deen!! So how did this love for whipping up fab dishes start? My mother has been my biggest inspiration, I loved seeing her make comforting meals for my family, so i followed suit and now I want to pass it on to others. But I don't want to share this with just anyone....... but for our younger generation. Yes, I mean all of you awesome people that are kids, teenagers, college students, singles, and young professionals. I want to introduce you to a new world of hip cooking that is easy, affordable, and most of all FRESH! You'd be surprised what you can make with a few fresh ingredients and an electric skillet or crock pot. I know we don't all have the money or time because we're always on the go, so join me as we go on this adventure together. I promise you'll enjoy the ride.