Monday, August 31, 2015

RED SUNSET CHICKEN over RICE



Today the artist in me came out in the kitchen. But rather than canvas and paint, my canvas was my pots and pans and my colors were the food. It was one of those times I thought, "What am I going to make that's different, and with these little bit of odd ingredients?"
I invented Red Sunset Chicken over Rice!
The veggies I had seemed like they may not really go together, but turns out they mixed wonderfully!

INGREDIENTS

2 large carrots shaved into 1  1/2" lengths
1 small to medium red beet julienned
1 medium white onion chopped small
1 can yellow corn drained
1  1/2 sticks real butter
 1  1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken cut in strips
seasoned salt and Italian seasoning for chicken
2 c. white minute rice
2  1/4 c. water
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. black pepper



Start by melting 3/4 stick of butter in a 5 qt. pot. Add the carrots, beets, onions and corn. Saute on medium low heat until tender. Stir frequently. This takes a total of about 1/2 hour.




As it slowly cooks, the color from the beets will overspread, turning everything a variety of red and orange colors.


In a large skillet, melt 3/4 stick of butter. Add the chicken, season with seasoned salt and Italian seasoning. Saute until done.



Remove the chicken and add it to the veggie combo. Stir together gently.



Add 2  1/4 c. water to the pan the chicken cooked in.
Do not rinse the pan first. Add the 4 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 T. Italian seasoning, 1 tsp. seasoned salt and 1 tsp. black pepper. Bring to boil while continuously stirring to dissolve cubes. Remove from heat. Add 2 c. white Minute Rice and cover tightly. 



Serve the chicken mixture over the rice when all liquid is absorbed.
Serves 4-5 people.



ENJOY! ENJOY!


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

FETTUCINE TUNA PASTA SALAD



I just threw together this "invention" and it turned out to be a HIT!

Ingredients
1 1/2 green pepper chopped in 1/8 to 1/4 inch chunks
2 medium onions chopped same as above
3 stalks celery chopped same as above
2 large tomatoes chopped same as above
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
one lb. Fettucine cooked and rinsed to very cold temp.
4 -6 HEAPING T. Mayonaise
3 HEAPING T. brown mustard
2-3 cans tuna in water(according to taste), drained
Paprika

Chop all your veggies, put in large mixing bowl.
Mix in S&P and Italian seasoning.

Add cold, cooked Fettucine.
Thoroughly mix in mayo and mustard.
Add tuna. Mix well.
Sprinkle with S&P and Paprika.

ENJOY ENJOY!!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christopher's Creamy Carrot and Potato Soup




Christopher's Creamy Carrot
and Potato Soup


When my now grown son Chris was in preschool, they were to print a recipe book based on the children and their parents' favorite recipes. Unfortunately it never became reality, but Chris, then age 4, and I, created a soup that has remained a family favorite.

As the cold weather approaches, this soup is sure to please.

Ingredients
(in the pictures I used my usual huge stock pot and doubled the ingredients...with these ingredients a pot a tad bigger than a Dutch Oven size will do)

5 c. chopped potatoes skins on
2 c. thin sliced celery
5 c. sliced carrots
1 1/2-2c. sliced onion
4 Tbl. flour
4 c. water
6 Tbl. softened butter
3 lb. ground beef cooked and drained
6 c. hot milk
S&P to taste

Prepare your potatoes, carrots, celery and onion, cover with water, and cook until tender. While doing that cook and drain the hamburger. When the veggies are getting tender, add the meat to the mixture and continue simmering.


Blend the butter and flour thoroughly. Then slowly add hot milk and continue stirring. Finally, add to the soup and as always when thickening something, stir very very frequently.

Continue simmering, season with S&P if desired. 



ENJOY ENJOY!!!!


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chicken Carrot Cacciatore over Noodles




Tangy with a hint of "hot," this is my Chicken Carrot Cacciatore over Noodles...


Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt & Pepper
2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 stalk Celery in 1/2" slices
3 large Carrots in 1/2" slices
2 med. Onions sliced semi-small
2 sixteen oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 four oz. can sliced mushrooms
4 tsp. minced garlic
4 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. ground red pepper
1 four oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 c. chicken broth
Egg Noodles


Place your sliced carrots and celery in a dutch oven size pot with just enough water to cover, bring to boiling, then simmer.

Saute your chicken pieces (best cut into strips) in the olive oil until done. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.


When the carrots are beginning to get slightly tender, add the sliced onions and continue cooking.

While waiting for the veggies to finish cooking, in a mixing bowl, place the diced tomatoes, mushrooms,minced garlic, parsley, ground red pepper, and tomato sauce. Mix thoroughly.

Drain the cooked veggies and return to pot. Add the tomato mixture, stir, and mix in the cup of broth.


Next add your cooked chicken, stir again well, and continue to simmer about another 20 minutes.

Serve over noodles.


ENJOY ENJOY!!


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Festive Cranberry Walnut Dessert



A wonderful dessert made with whole cranberries and walnuts...perfect for the Autumn and Winter holiday season!

Ingredients
1 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 heaping tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. melted butter
2 eggs
1 T. orange zest (grated outer rind)
3 c. whole berry cranberry sauce

First, place walnuts and graham crackers into seperate ziploc gallon storage bags. You are going to pound both with a mallet to crush.

Next mix 1/2 c. of the sugar, 1 1/2 c. of the graham cracker crumbs, the walnuts, cinnamon, butter and eggs, together thoroughly in a bowl.

Then spread TWO THIRDS of it over the bottom of a greased 8x13" baking pan.
Now, grate your orange rind. To do this keep rotating an orange over the fine grating portion of a grater, taking off only the orange colored outer layer.
In a bowl, mix together the 3 c. whole cranberry sauce and orange zest. Then spread it into the pan over the layer of graham/walnut batter.
To the 1/3 batter you have left, add the remaining 1 c. graham crumbs and 1/2 c. sugar and mix. It will start out dry but will return to a moist consistancy.
Spread over the top of the cranberry mixture. It is quite sticky and I actually had to use my fingers to place it all over the top.
Now pop it in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
ENJOY ENJOY!!!!!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Spicy Oyster Stew



Every now n then I get a hankering for a good oyster stew. Here is my recipe.  I add a good deal of onions and some celery.
...and of course it has a "zing"

Ingredients
2 8oz. jars of raw oysters
2 med. onions chopped small
3 stalks of celery sliced about 1/8"
1 T. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 stick (8 T.) real butter
4 cups whole milk

First, saute your chopped onions and celery in 4 T. of butter. While that is cooking drain the liquid off your oysters, and save it.


When the veggies are soft (but not mushy) add your oysters to the pan. My oysters were extremely large when I spilled them out to drain them, so you probably will have to cut them up a tad.
Continue to cook until the oysters curl and are cooked thoroughly, but do not overcook or they can become rather "rubbery" lol
Pour your 4 c. milk into a pot. Add the seasonings, the juice from your oysters, and the other 8T. of butter, and heat til JUST boiling.
(note: if you don't relish the spicy taste, you can either use LESS cayenne pepper, or a milder ground red pepper, or simply no pepper at all!!)
Then add your oyster/veggie mixture, stir, and simmer!
That's it!
Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh kale and oyster crackers.
(another note: This recipe can easily be transformed into an "oyster chowder" with the addition of diced potatoes and perhaps some corn!!)
ENJOY ENJOY!!!!



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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beef Broccoli Cheese Soup



The cool weather is upon us...the perfect season for tummy-pleasin' rich soups. This is my own yummy spin on broccoli cheese soup!  Its a pretty easy soup to make.

Ingredients
3 lb. browned ground beef
2 large heads of broccoli, chopped bite-size
4 medium onions, chopped
garlic salt
black pepper
dried parsley
6 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 lb. Velveeta, sliced into chunks
1 can cream of chicken soup
4 c. cold milk
2 T. flour

Begin by browning the ground beef. Sprinkle with garlic salt as it cooks.  Drain and set aside.
Next, chop your broccoli and onions. Place into your stock pot. Cover with water to about 1 1/2" over the veggies. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour and a half or until veggies are tender but not mushy.


When veggies are done, drain most but not all the water out, leaving the veggies barely covered. Next mix in your ground beef and 2 T. dried parsley.
Continue simmering on low heat while you now add your shredded cheddar and Velveeta. 

Keep stirring as it melts, being careful not to let it stick.  Next stir in the can of cream of chicken soup, blending everything to a smooth consistancy. Add garlic salt to taste, as well as black pepper.
Finally, wisk 2 heaping T. of flour into 4 c. of cold milk, making sure to eliminate lumps.
Pour into the soup, and continue stirring on low heat while it thickens.
ENJOY, ENJOY!!

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