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Food and Wine's Chicken with Creamy Tomato Gravy

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The original recipe called for drumsticks, but we prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs, and for milk, but I used heavy cream instead.

vegetable oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 slice bacon, chopped
1 1/2 T flour
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup canned diced tomato
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken broth

In a large cast iron skillet or frying pan, heat 1 T of the oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook til golden brown. Remove and set aside to keep warm.

Add the bacon to the skillet and cook, stirring, til the fat is rendered, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining oil to the skillet and whisk in the flour. Add the onion and garlic and reduce heat to medium, cooking til softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and broth and bring to a boil, cooking til thickened, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover the…

Slow Cooker Minestrone

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Easy, healthy and perfect for a fall day!

6 cups beef broth
1 cup each: chopped celery and onion
1 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup each: dried garbanzo and kidney beans
1/2 cup frozen green beans
mixed herbs to taste: I used basil, oregano and lemon pepper
hot cooked elbow macaroni
Parmesan cheese

Add everything to the slow cooker and cook on high 4-5 hours (or low 6-8) til the beans are tender.

I served the soup with elbow mac garnished with Parmesan cheese.

Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce

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The other day I was discussing a dish like this with someone here on Gather, but I can't recall who it was!

If you like a lot of mushrooms like we do, use a large can.

olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper
1 can mushrooms, drained and liquid reserved
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
pinch tarragon
hot cooked pasta (I used tri colore rotini)

In a large frying pan over medium high heat, add a little oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the pan. Cook chicken til golden brown on both sides. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm.

Add the mushrooms and garlic to the pan and saute a couple minutes. Stir in cream, mustard and reserved mushroom liquid and bring to a boil. Cook til the sauce reduces, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan and heat through.

I served the chicken and sauce over pasta garnished with tarragon.

Yummy!


Oat Topped Choco-Peanut Butter Bars

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This recipe is adapted from my Food Now newsletter. These were SO good!

1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour, sifted
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 cup oats

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13×9" baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and peanut butter. Beat in egg and vanilla. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt; stir into peanut butter mixture, stirring just til blended. Stir in oats.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring halfway.

Spread 3/4 of oat topping into prepared pan. Spread with melted chocolate. Dollop with remaining oat topping.

Bake 25 minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Lentil and Rice Soup

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I got the idea for this soup from Elaine A. from a discussion we had on an article. I wish I would have had spinach to add to it though!

This turned out pretty thick, but I didn't want to add more broth to it since it made plenty for just me.

oil
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup rice
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
your favorite seasonings (I used Mrs Dash and lemon pepper)

Heat a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute carrot and onion til softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook another minute or so.

Stir in remaining ingredients and cover and cook til lentils are tender, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Easy Goulash

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This has always been one of my favorite pasta meals and lends itself well to adding and subtracting your favorite veggies, seasonings, cheeses and pasta type.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 t Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup your favorite shredded cheese (I used co jack)
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked according to package

In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat. Add onions and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook another minute or so. Stir in remaining ingredients (except cheese and macaroni) and simmer about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust as desired. Remove bay leaf.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese and elbow macaroni and serve.

My Favorite Tuna Pasta Salad

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This is my favorite way to do tuna and pasta. It is also one of the few ways I eat peas.

2 cups dried pasta (I used elbow macaroni)
1 small can tuna, lightly drained
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup mayo
splash of milk
seasoned salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Prepare pasta according to package, adding peas during last 5 minutes of cook time.

Meanwhile, in a bowl or container with a tightly covered lid, mix tuna, mayo, milk and seasonings to taste.

When pasta is cooked rinse under cold water til cooled. Drain well. Add to tuna mixture and blend well.

Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

I served the salad with additional black pepper.

Delish!

Ham Gumbo

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Gumbo is one of my absolute favorite kind of soups. It can be made with chicken, seafood, sausage, whatever you like! I never make mine without gumbo file powder, however. This powder thickened my soup without the need for adding flour.

oil
1 thick slice smoked ham (about 2 cups), diced
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
Creole or Cajun seasoning to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 t gumbo file powder (sassafras)
hot sauce

Heat a little oil in a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add ham and veggies and cook til veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients except rice; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in rice and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or til rice is tender.

I served the gumbo with hot sauce.

Easy Creamy Salsa Chicken

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I created this recipe to use up salsa that Matt made this past weekend. Since Matt is gone, this recipe only serves one.

Measurements are approximate.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup your favorite salsa
1/4 cup shredded or grated cheese (your favorite). I used co jack
sliced black olives
homemade tortilla strips
Marinate chicken 2 hours and up to 8 in the salsa.

Creamy Sauce
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 salsa
pinch garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Blend sauce ingredients to taste. Place chicken in a small high sided baking pan. Cover with sauce, cheese and olives and bake 20 minutes (will depend on size of chicken breast).

Serve chicken and sauce over tortilla strips.

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

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These turned out so good! In fact, Matt had seconds and he almost never does that.

6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 thick slice ham, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small can (10 1/2 ounces) cream of mushroom, chicken or celery soup
1 soup can milk
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup (4 T) butter

Spray a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Layer in half of potatoes. Cover with half of ham and onion. Top with half of cheese. Layer again with potatoes, ham, cheese and onion.

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a small bowl combine soup, milk and salt and pepper; pour over potatoes. Dot with butter. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Remove top; bake 30 to 45 minutes longer, or til potatoes are tender.

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

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The other day, someone on gather mentioned this soup and it sounded so good, I whipped up a batch!
This turned out so yummy!


olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups beef broth
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 T parsley
1/2 lb spaghetti, broken in half
pinch oregano, basil, whatever herbs you like

Preheat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add oil and saute veggies til softened, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth and increase heat to high.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix ground beef with cheese, egg and parsley. Roll into small balls.

Add balls, spaghetti and herbs to broth mixture. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15 minutes, or til spaghetti is tender.

Serve soup with additional parmesan.

Emeril's Red Beans and Rice Soup

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I have had this recipe forever; I can't believe I haven't made it and posted it on Gather yet.
This is a delicious soup!

oil
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
creole seasoning to taste
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 thick slice good quality ham, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cup dried red beans
4-6 cups chicken broth or stock
hot cooked white rice
hot sauce to serve

In a large soup pot, heat a little oil over medium high heat.

Sprinkle the chicken liberally with seasoning.

When the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pot and sear on each side til light brown.

Add veggies. Sauté veggies til softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, bay leaves and beans and sauté another minute.

Add the broth and ham and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook uncovered til the beans are tender, about 2 hours.

Remove the chicken and shred. Return to the pot and heat through. Remove bay leaf.

I served the soup topped with rice an…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Stew

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This is based on a recipe I recently made for chicken curry. It was so good, I decided to make something similar again, but with chickpeas instead of rice.

ghee
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced
salt to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 2" piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1 t  ground turmeric
chicken broth to cover
1 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 cup plain yogurt

In a large frying pan over medium high heat, add ghee. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Brown chicken and remove to slow cooker.

Add onions, and sauté til golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and sauté til fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in spices and saute another 30 seconds or so. Pour in broth and raise heat to high; when broth comes to a boil, add mixture to slow cooker along with chickpeas. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours, or til chickpeas are tender.

Just before serving, whisk in yogurt.

Ground Beef Enchiladas with Chili Gravy

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One of my favorite Mexican meals!

1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup water
2 T Mexican chili powder (I used hot)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4-1/2 t oregano or marjoram, rubbed
1/2 t salt
12 corn tortillas, fried til softened

2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese


Brown ground beef; drain. Stir in water and spices and simmer 10 minutes.


Add a little scoop of beef to each tortilla and roll. Place in 9 x 13" baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with gravy, add cheese.

Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes or til hot and bubbly.

Chili Gravy
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour

2 T Mexican chili powder
1 t cumin

1 t garlic powder

1 t salt

2 cups beef broth

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.


Whisk in flour. Cooking, stirring constantly, til mixture is light brown. Be careful NOT TO BURN!


Whisk in spices. Slowly add broth while whisking. Simmer gravy 30 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust as desired.

I served the enchiladas with homemade refried pinto beans, black olives and homema…

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

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This hearty soup is perfect for a chilly fall day!

oil
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 cups chicken broth
1 fresh tomato, chopped
1 cup lentils
1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and cooked til browned.

Stir in onion and cook til softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cook another minute or so. Increase heat to high and add broth, tomato, lentils, bay leaf and salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil; cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer til lentils are tender, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove and discard bay leaf.


Apple-Cran Crisp

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This easy recipe, adapted from my Self magazine, made such a delicious crisp! Next time, however, I will follow my instincts and cut down on the amount of sugar called for. It was a little too sweet.

1 cup each: brown sugar and flour
1/2 cup each: chopped walnuts and old fashioned oats
1 t ground cinnamon
8 T (1/2 cup) butter
5 cups cored, peeled and sliced apples
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 T fresh lemon juice

Heat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, nuts, oats and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, melt butter; pour over dry ingredients. Stir til large crumbs form. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, toss apples and cranberries with sugar and lemon juice. Pour fruit mixture into a 2 quart baking dish; sprinkle with topping.

Bake 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bean Soup with Ham and Bacon

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The other day someone on Gather mentioned they had had this soup, and it made me crave it.

1 cup dried navy beans
1/4 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 slice good quality ham, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain and cover once again with water.

Meanwhile, cook onion, celery and bacon til bacon is cooked. Add to pot of beans with salt and pepper. Cook 2 hours or til beans are nice and tender.

I served the soup with a splash of vinegar.

Greek Style Ground Beef and Eggplant Casserole

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The original recipe, from my Prevention magazine, called for orzo pasta, which I didn't have on hand. I substituted ditalini, another small pasta. This turned out quite good.

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 large or 2 small white eggplant, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t dried Greek oregano
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup pureed fresh tomatoes
1 cup uncooked small pasta (I used ditalini)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup fresh parsley, snipped

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat a large Dutch oven or other ovenproof frying pan over medium high heat. Add beef and brown. Stir in onions and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic and eggplant and cook another minute or so.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Cover the pan and transfer it to the oven; bake 20 minutes, or til the pasta is tender and all the liquid has The original recipe, from my Prevention magazine, called for orzo pasta, which I didn't have on hand. I substituted d…

Baked Ham and Cheesy

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I bought a half ham today and baked it in the oven along with the potatoes. It will serve to make several meals!

Cheesy Potatoes
about 4 cups diced peeled potatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz Veleveeta, diced
1 8 oz container sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 2 qt baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix all cheesy potato ingredients together. Scoop into prepared baking dish.
Cover and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir. Uncover and bake 15-30 minutes more, or til potatoes are tender.

I served a slice of ham and scoop of potatoes with horseradish cream. Delish!

Slow Cooker Beef Roast

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I needed something easy and this really fit the bill.

The beef cooks down and with the canned mushrooms, makes a nice sauce.

1 small beef chuck roast
2 carrots, cut up
1 stalk celery, cut up
1 can mushrooms
1/2 cup beef broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sour cream (optional)

Add everything to the slow cooker and cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. During the last hour or so, whisk in sour cream, if using.

I served the roast, sauce and veggies with pierogies.

Easy Ground Beef Nachos

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I almost always have ground beef on hand, and this was an easy (and delicious) way to use it up. Use as much or as little chips and extras as you like.

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup taco seasoning
tortilla chips
shredded cheese
minced onion
sliced fresh jalapenos
sliced black olives
your favorite salsa

Prepare ground beef and taco seasoning according to package.

Spread tortilla chips over a baking pan. Sprinkle with ground beef mixture and cheese. Top with onion and jalapenos.

Bake at 350° til cheese is melted.

Serve topped with olives or any of your favorite garnishes.

Pasta with Chicken Florentine Alfredo Sauce

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For this recipe, I combined my favorite recipe for alfredo sauce with some fresh spinach. It turned out absolutely wonderfully!

1/4 cup butter
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup heavy cream
pinch each: pepper and nutmeg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 6 oz bag fresh spinach
hot cooked pasta

In a large frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chicken and brown. Stir in garlic,  cream, pepper and nutmeg. Simmer til cream thickens. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and spinach, stirring til spinach wilts.

I served the chicken and sauce over cooked spaghetti alongside homemade bread with butter and parmesan.

Pasta with Arrabbiata Sauce

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I am still trying to get rid of tomatoes. This used up quite a few.

olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T snipped fresh basil
1 t red pepper flakes
sugar to taste
squirt fresh lemon juice
pinch dried oregano
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 T chopped fresh parsley
hot cooked pasta (I used mostaccioli)

Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.

Stir in basil, hot pepper flakes,sugar,lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper and tomatoes; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium, and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes.

Stir in parsley.

I served the sauce over pasta alongside a thick sliced of Italian bread with parmesan garlic butter.


Bread Machine Italian Bread with Parmesan Garlic Butter

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This was a wonderful bread and we both loved the butter!

This recipe is adapted from my BH & G cookbook.

1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup water
4 t butter
4 cups flour
3/4 t salt
1 1/4 t active dry or bread machine yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine in order directed by manufacturer's specifications. Process on White Bread Cycle.

Turn out onto a rack and cool before slicing.

Makes one 2 pound loaf.

Parmesan Garlic Butter
1/4 cup softened butter
1 T grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 t garlic powder (or to taste)
1 T snipped fresh parsley

In a small bowl, blend butter, cheese and garlic powder. Stir in parsley. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

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I haven't made this in a long while, it was about time!

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 cup dried white beans (I used Great Northern)

2 garlic cloves,chopped
2 t ground cumin

ground black pepper to taste

chicken brothto cover

Add ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on high 4-5 hours, or on low 6-8 hours, or til beans are tender.



Remove chicken to a plate or platter and discard any gristle, bones or fat. Shred. Return to pot and heat through.

Potato Sausage Skillet

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I love these easy one dish dinners!
I just sauteed 1 pound of sliced smoked sausage, a couple sliced potatoes, 1/2 an onion and a couple pinches of Old Bay in some oil til the potatoes were tender and served it with some hot sauce.
Voila!

Making Piccalilli (Mustard Sauce)

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This is the sauce we served on our Kern's bratwurst. It would also be fantastic on hot dogs or any other German style sausage.

3/4 cup sauerkraut, well drained
1/2 cup regular mustard
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
1/4 cup onion, minced (I used Vidalia)
1-2 T brown sugar
1 large dill pickle, finely diced
splash light beer or white wine
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, mix together ingredients.
Taste and adjust as desired.

Cover tightly and refrigerate at least one hour.

Mom and Dad's Pear Sauce

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My parents have pear trees and this is one of the recipes they made last season to use them up. They brought us a huge container of it.

This is like a delicious and chunky applesauce. Feel to add and subtract ingredients as desired.

10 lbs fresh pears, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
water just to cover
sugar to taste
ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks to taste
fresh lemon juice to taste

Combine pears and water in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer, stirring often, til pears are soft, about 15 minutes.

Stir in sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and simmer, uncovered, til thickened.

At this point the mixture can be frozen, refrigerated or canned. My parents chose to freeze their sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

I usually do not use iceburg lettuce, preferring romaine or others with more nutrition and better flavor. However, I think iceburg lettuce works better in this particular recipe.

To save time, skip the buttermilk marinade step.

1 cup buttermilk
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 T hot sauce
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut lengthwise into thick strips
flour for coating chicken
oil for frying
iceburg lettuce, torn into small pieces
1 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped carrot (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onion (use your favorite variety)
1/2 cup sliced cucumer
your favorite bleu cheese dressing (I like Sue * recipe)

In a large ziploc bag, combine buttermilk, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Add the chicken and toss. Marinate for at least four hours.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or pan.

Meanwhile, while oil heats, remove chicken from marinade. Dredge in flour. Let chicken rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes. When oil is very hot, add chicken pieces. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or til…

Potato Bacon Chowder

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I've adapted this recipe from a cookbook received by DD. It was so easy and so good!

2 T butter
4-6 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6 slices lean bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup dry white wine
pinch thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add potato, onion, celery and bacon and saute about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and saute another minute or so.

Add cream, wine, thyme, bay and salt and pepper and cook til potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

I served the chowder with toasted parmesan cornbread.

Cream of Tomato Soup

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This was wonderful soup! Thanks Risa!

olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 t sugar
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, packed and chopped
3 cups chicken broth
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cup heavy cream

Drizzle a little oil in a large soup pot over medium low heat. Add onion and carrot and saute for about 10 minutes, or til softened, being careful not to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, sugar, basil, broth and salt and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or til the tomatoes are very tender.

Stir in cream; puree with a handheld blender til as smooth or as chunky as you like.

Reheat soup just til heated through.

I served the soup with homemade parmesan cornbread.

Parmesan Basil Cornbread

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This bread turned out sooo good!

This is adapted from my BH & G bread machine cookbook.

1 1/3 cups water
1 T olive oil
3 2/3 cups flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1 t dried basil or 1 T fresh snipped (I used fresh)
1 1/4 t active dry or bread machine yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer's specifications. Process on Basic White Bread cycle.

Turn out onto a rack and cool before slicing.

Makes one 2 pound loaf.

Beef and Tomatillo Stew

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This was actually supposed to be ropa vieja, but since we had so many tomatillos to use up, I decided to whip up a stew with them and a chuck roast instead.

oil (I used leftover bacon grease)
1 (2 1/2 lb) beef chuck roast, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 t ground cumin
1 ground coriander
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 lb tomatillos, quartered
water or broth just to cover
2-3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

Heat a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Drizzle with a little oil and brown beef. Stir in onion and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook another minute or so. Add seasonings and stir. Add to slow cooker. Top with tomatillos and water.


Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7 to 8 hours, ortil the beef is tender. Add potato during last hour or so.

Carefully remove beef pieces and shred. Return to cooker to heat through.

I served the stew with biscuits.


Zucchini Nut Bread

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Delicious! One of my favorite quick breads of them all!

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and oil. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Set aside.

In a separate large bowl mix flour, soda, cinnamon, salt and powder. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture til ingredients are just moistened. Fold in zucchini and nuts.

Pour batter into pan. Bake for about 55 minutes, or til a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a rack to cool completely before slicing.