Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baked Chicken Cacciatore


   1. 1 chicken, cut up
   2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
   3. 2 tablespoons flour
   4. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
   5. 1 teaspoon oregano
   6. 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
   7. 12 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
   8. 1 large red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
   9. 3/4 cup chopped onion
   10. 14 1/2 ounces Italian-style stewed tomatoes, canned
   11. 1/3 cup white wine
   12. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


    1.Heat oven to 400°F
    2.Remove skin from all chicken pieces except wings; trim any visible fat.
    3.Cut chicken breasts crosswise in half.
    4.Heat oil in large roasting pan in oven 2 minutes.
    5.Combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, oregano and pepper in large resealable plastic bag; add chicken pieces, tossing to coat well with flour mixture.
    6.Arrange chicken in hot oil in roasting pan; roast 20 minutes.
    7.Stir mushrooms, red pepper and onions into roasting pan with chicken; roast 15 minutes more, stirring once.
    8.Add tomatoes with their liquid, wine and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, breaking up tomatoes with spoon.
    9.Roast 10 minutes longer until chicken is cooked through.
    10.Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Classic Chicken Pot Pie


1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 3/4 cups Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey
2 cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables, thawed


1.Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.
2.In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.
3.Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust.
4.Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water chestnut
2/3 cup mushroom
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 -5 leaves iceberg lettuce

Special Sauce

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot mustard
2 teaspoons water
1 -2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste

Stir Fry Sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar


Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl.

Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil.

Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you're ready to serve.

Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well.

Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps.

Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.

Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done.

Remove chicken from the pan and cool.

Keep oil in the pan, keep hot.

As chicken cools mince water chestnuts and mushrooms to about the size of small peas.

Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.

When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are.

With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil.

Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.

Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce"cups".

Top with"Special Sauce".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Crockpot


3-4 pounds of chicken (I used a large pack of legs.  You could use any cut you like)

1 large onion, sliced

1 Tbs. olive oil

2 tsps. paprika

2 tsps. kosher salt

1 tsp. pepper

20-40 garlic cloved, peeled but left whole (I used 1 bulb of garlic)


Toss the onions in the bottom of the crockpot.  In a large bowl, mix the chicken with the other ingredients.  I used my hands to mix it all up.  Put the chicken in the crockpot on top of the onions.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

Because of the paprika, the chicken turns out an appetizing color, something I find unusual in crockpot cooking.  Still, chicken legs are not very photogenic.  (Neither are my own legs though, so I shouldn’t point fingers.  Okay, that’s enough appendage talk.)  I served the garlic and onions over angel hair pasta and it was perfectly yum.  The garlic would also be good smeared on hot bread.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe


    1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders
    1/3 cup honey
    1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp minced garlic
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    1/4 tsp. Salt
    2 tbsp. sesame seeds


1. Chop chicken tenders into 1 inch pieces. I think it looks prettier when you vary the shapes between rectangular chunks and triangles. It just gives it a more "restaurant" look.

2. Transfer chicken into a large bowl. Add the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic and salt and pepper. Massage into chicken with hands.

3. Transfer chicken (liquid and all) into an oiled and heated pan. Place the stove on medium heat, if you put it any higher the juices will jump out of the pan and burn you (don't ask me how I know that ;) )

4. After about five minutes, crank the heat up to medium high. Stirring occasionally. Cook until sauce has reduced. Trust me, the sauce will reduce... even if it looks like you're going to be serving teriyaki soup for dinner. It took about 15 to 20 minutes of total cooking time for the sauce to thicken up. However, I'm not including a specific time frame because it can vary according to your stove and your definition of “medium high.”

5. When the sauce thickens up and starts sticking to the chicken, add sesame seeds. Stir.

6. Remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes before serving.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mini Corn Dog Muffins


1   1kg corn muffin mix
1   2oz. velveeta( cut into 20 small pieces)
4   oscar mayer beef franks
1/2 cup gray poupon savory honey musatrd


1.Heat oven to 375F.
2.Spoon muffin batter into 20 mini muffin pan cups
3.spray them with cooking spray
4.press each velveeta cube and hot dog slice into center of each muffin cup.
5.bake util golden brown.serve warm with the mustard.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Dip

recipe makes 10 cups

4 (20 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
4 (16 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 cup Ranch dressing
1 2/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 8 inch pieces
2 (10 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers


Heat chicken and sauce in an exceedingly frying pan over medium heat, till heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring till well mixed and warm. combine in 1/2 the chopped cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting till hot and bubbly.Serve then.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ice Cream Cake Recipe


    Cooking spray
¼    cup light corn syrup
1¾    cups heavy cream, divided
½    stick unsalted butter
⅔    cup granulated sugar
½    cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for serving
3    pints vanilla ice cream
18    graham crackers
1    tablespoon confectioners' sugar
    Unsweetened cocoa powder


1. Lightly coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray; line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 6-inch overhang on two sides. Freeze pan at least 10 minutes.
2. In a medium pot, combine corn syrup, 1/4 cup cream, butter, granulated sugar, cocoa, and pinch of salt; bring to a boil, whisking, over medium-high. Remove from heat and let fudge sauce cool. Meanwhile, remove 1 pint ice cream from freezer and let soften, about 15 minutes.

3. Evenly press softened ice cream into pan. Top with a single layer of graham crackers, breaking to fit. Drizzle with 1/4 cup fudge sauce and freeze 15 minutes. Repeat twice, omitting sauce on final layer. Wrap in plastic and freeze until firm, 8 hours (or up to 3 days). Cover and refrigerate remaining fudge sauce.

4. To serve, invert pan and run under tepid water to loosen cake. Invert onto a platter and remove plastic. Microwave fudge sauce in 30-second increments until pourable. Pour over cake and freeze to solidify, 5 minutes.

5. In a large bowl, using a mixer, whip 1 1/2 cups cream and confectioners’ sugar on high until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Dollop cake with whipped cream and dust with cocoa.
Serve immediately.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Smoked Wonton Ranch Chicken Appetizers


1 lb. ground turkey or chicken breast
2 cups Colby/Jack cheese
½ cup finely diced carrots, celery, red and green bell pepper, and green onions (I put small amounts of each together in the food processor to make a total of ½ cup)
1 cup lite sour cream
1 envelope of ranch dressing mix


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray miniature muffin pan with cooking spray.

2) Insert wonton wrappers into the muffin pan to form small cups. Bake 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow the baked wrappers to cool. Remove from pan.

3) In a medium bowl, mix the ground chicken or turkey, cheese, vegetable mixture, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix. Fill the baked wonton wrappers cups with mixture.

4) Get the smoker going. I used plum wood for this, but you can use any wood of your choice. But I do recommend using a light wood so you don’t over-power it with smoke favor. Get the smoker temperature up to about 275 degrees F.

5) Once the smoker is settled in at around 275 degrees F, place them in a foil baking pan and place this into the smoker. Cook until the meat is bubbly and slightly brown. This will take almost 1 hour. Check it at about 45 minutes.