Apr 27, 2010
Chicken with Tomatoes and Garlic
8 pieces chicken legs or thighs (I actually used chicken breasts (or, sawdust, as my Dad likes to call them) I used 3 breasts, and cut them in half
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbl olive oil
1 Tbl butter
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can whole tomatoes- I had a large jar of canned diced tomatoes from our garden that I used
2 Tbl tomato paste
Fresh herbs: Basil, Parsley,Sage, Rosemary
8 cloves of garlic
1/2 C white cooking wine- you could also use red, if I had Marsala wine on hand, I would have used that
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400, salt and pepper your chicken.
Melt oil and butter in a large pan, brown chicken on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, and add cooking wine; scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the bits up. Cook for one minute, then add the tomatoes, with their juice and the paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Add plenty of fresh herbs, and the 8 cloves of garlic. Add the chicken and transfer to a baking dish (covered) and cook for one hour.
Remove from oven, and take the lid off. In the meantime, cook pasta to al dente. Drain pasta and add to a large serving dish. Check the sauce, if it is too thin, you can a bit more paste to thicken it up.
To serve, place pasta on a plate, add chicken with sauce over the top, and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley!
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Apr 25, 2010
Of course my favorite part of the party was the CAKE!!!
This was my first time using fondant, and let me tell you, I cannot wait to use it again! Very easy to make and easy to use.
Apr 19, 2010
Now, at home I will try anything. So, in one of my Taste of Home magazines, I found this recipe for Chicken Korma and thought I would give it a try. I thought it was AMAZING!!! Definitely comfort food for me, I loved the cinnamon and curry flavors and how well it meshed with the chicken. The only change I made was that I used sweet potatoes instead of white, only because that was all I had. I LOVED it with the sweet potatoes.
Apr 18, 2010
On Saturday, Rachel and I went to the Grande Depot which is a home decor/gourmet foods type of place. It's the kind of place that when you open the doors, you hear the angels singing. Until you realize it's just Muzak piped outside. Oh well. So Rachel and I head in, looking for nothing in particular, but have some birthday money to spend. Yippee!! I found this spice rack in the clearance section for $16. It was a light oak color that I promptly spray painted black and distressed the edges. I love it when your daughter sees something she likes and then exclaims how she can just spray paint it different! I also found the spice bottles for $2 a piece. And no, I won't leave them this way, silly! I plan on wrapping them with ribbon and creating tags for them. I needed something for my dining room table, but didn't want anything big. I had a vase ($1.75 at Crafts Direct) on hand that I hot glued some ribbon and paper flowers on, and added rock from the side of our house and fake flowers that I got on clearance. I love how this turned out, especially since I am soooooo not ok with fake flowers. Don't know why, I have just never gotten into them.
Apr 14, 2010
P.S. I'll be spending my time cleaning up my basement that flooded. AGAIN. Grrrr....
Apr 11, 2010
These were supposed to be peanut butter, but being that we have a nut allergy in the family, I improvised with sunbutter. We give these two thumbs up!
1 C. flour
2 Tbl. sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. baking powder
1 large egg
1/3 C. sunbutter
1 C. milk
2 Tbl canola oil
Whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk egg and sunbutter, add milk and oil and add to dry ingredients.
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Apr 9, 2010
2 cups steel cut oats
2 cups diced apples
1 cup dried cranberries
3 cups water
1 cup milk
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp butter
Combine ingredients in your slow cooker, set on low and let cook overnight!
Verdict? Delicious! Alayna and Emma loved it, Rachel didn't think there was much flavor. I will absolutely be making this again:)
Apr 5, 2010
Feeling a bit of an after-vacation let down, I found this recipe on allrecipes.com. It is made in the slow cooker which works PERFECT for me! And the Mexican Rice is so tasty with the fajitas, even the girls loved it!
Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas
1 (1 1/2 pound) beef flank steak
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green pepper, julienned
1 Tbl. fresh minced cilantro
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbl water
flour tortillas, sour cream, salsa
Thinly slice steak across the grain into strips; place in 5 qt. slow cooker. Add tomatoes, garlic, cumin, chili powder and salt. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Add onion, peppers and cilantro Cover and cook 1-2 hours longer or until meat is tender.
Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fill tortilla up with meat mixture, sour cream and salsa.
And just for the record, this picture doesn't do it justice, lol!
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Apr 1, 2010
Oh the fun of trickery....