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Cooking Tips from Food Network Star Claire Robinson and more @JustAddOJ #JustAddOJ ST 4


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Plus: An Excellent Recipe for Balsamic Orange Citrunette Dressing from Florida Orange Juice

Claire Robinson Host of "5 Ingredient Fix"

Claire Robinson Host of “5 Ingredient Fix”

 Hey all!

Months ago I gave the Paleo lifestyle a whirl and was surprised to find out how much I enjoyed cooking with orange juice—they give my recipes a natural sweetness that is actually good for me. (I was a big of sugar-holic before.)

Well the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus asked me to be an ambassador to help promote the “Just Add OJ” program and it has been a total hoot so far!.  It’s been interesting checking out their official web site and try out the cool recipes such as this one for a crazy, delicious Balsamic Orange Citrunette.

Balsamic Orange Citrunette


1/2 cup Florida orange juice

1/4 cup vinegar

2 ounces balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil



Briefly mix the orange juice, vinegars, salt, mustard and garlic with an immersion blender, food processor or blender, or with a fork or wire whisk. Slowly add the oil in stream (drop by drop if whisking) until an emulsion forms; or just whisk everything together briefly. Add the remaining oil faster, but still in a stream.

Taste to adjust salt and add more oil, vinegar or freshly ground black pepper if needed.

Makes 1-1/4 cup

But wait—there’s more to this post!

Today I also have Food Network celebrity chef Claire Robinson (who also created recipes for the web site) on how you can add a little OJ to your daily meals and make them sweeter and sunnier than ever. (Couldn’t we all use some more sun?!)

Now, without further ado…

Culinary Tips from TV Chef Claire Robinson


  1. Grilling or Roasting: When grilling or roasting meat or vegetables, brush with Florida orange juice to keep moist and give your food an added layer of flavor.
  2. Poultry: Add Florida orange juice to the bottom of a pan to help steam and moisten poultry as it roasts. You can also reduce the drippings for a lovely orange-scented gravy.
  3. Fish: Poach fish, shrimp or salmon in Florida orange juice and water for a gourmet-tasting meal with little effort.
  4. Sauce: Make a quick sauce for almost any dish by pouring Florida orange juice into a pot, bringing it to simmer, and allowing it to naturally thicken as it reduces. Garlic, ginger, jalapeños, sugar, honey or fresh herbs are all nice additions to infuse flavor to a sauce as it reduces to the desired consistency.
  5. Dessert Glaze: Spruce up a plain cookie or cake with a quick, sweet glaze by adding a splash of Florida orange juice to powdered sugar. It can jazz up last-minute dessert preparations into something spectacular.
  6. Fruitful Marinades:  Simmer honey and Florida orange juice with any desired accompaniments, such as vanilla bean, mint or cinnamon, until the sugar dissolves. Toss seasonal fruit into the flavorful infusion for a delicious meal enhancer.

So check out the web site today and let me know what you think. (This is a sponsored post but do know I love OJ and cooking with it has been a boon to my daily meal plans.)

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Post 26 with @JustAddOJ Giveaway Claire Robinson Cookbook #JustAddOJ ST 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 26

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 26: Featuring My “Just Add OJ” Ambassadorship
Plus: Food Network’s Claire Robinson 5 Ingredient Fix Cookbook Giveaway!!

5 Ingredient Fix

5 Ingredient Fix

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Hello there! A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Fit Bottomed Girl & Fit Bottomed Eats about the “Just Add OJ” culinary competition (Link) that took place in New York and featured TV chef Claire Robinson (The Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix) and nutritional expert Heidi Skolnik. Well the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus offered me the opportunity to be an ambassador for their “Just Add OJ” campaign for the month of March and I immediately said “yes!”

So that means I will be posting some yummy recipes you can find at floridajuice.com including this one for a Zesty Citrus Dark Milkshake (link) that sounds amazing!

In the spirit of full disclosure I want to tell you that I am being compensated for my ambassadorship but let me state that I do indeed add 100% OJ to some of my favorite recipes and feel very good about this partnership. I will make this clear in all of my upcoming tweets on the topic which will go under the hashtag #JustAddOJ and will be indicated by the letters “ST” (sponsored tweet.) Cool?

On my Vlog today I talk about this sponsorship plus:
• My pal Toni Church of the Running, Living, Loving Blog (http://runninglovingliving.com/) and the video I will post on her site describing what I carry in my gym bags. (Yes, I carry two of them wherever I teach and the video is not as boring as it sounds like it should be.)
• The online course I took at NASM (link) to get my “Weight Loss Specialist” certification. (Online is the way to go, people!)
• My latest giveaway which includes a $20 gift card from Williams-Sonoma, a measuring cup plus a copy of Claire Robinson’s cookbook 5 Ingredient Fix Amazon.com link

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post! (Hopefully the thumnail photo is not the scary one of me!)

If you are interested this “Just Add OJ” Sponsored Giveaway (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @JustAddOJ
• Use the hastag #JustAddOJ

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, March 11th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,
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