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Household Chicken Soup

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Today has been a little unusual. I thought that I would be celebrating the anniversary of my birthday, however, almost everyone in my home has the flu.  I decided to make chicken soup.  It turned out pretty good, was very soothing and, I pray, therapeutic.

 

 

 

Here’s the recipe. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in Chicken, Soup, Uncategorized

 

Pace-Setting Enchilada Casserole

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This recipe was adapted from a recipe that I clipped from the Houston Chronicle more than 10 years ago.  It is simply scrumptious and will definitely be a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups picante sauce
  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1  tab. lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 3/4 cup 3-oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup 3-oz. shredded cheddar or additional Monterey Jack
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 c sliced black olives

Directions:

  1. Brown meat with onion and garlic; drain
  2. Add picante sauce, spinach, tomato sauce, tomatoes, bell pepper, lime juice and salt.
  3. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Arrange 6 tortillas on bottom and up sides of lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish, overlapping as necessary
  5. Top with half the meat mixture
  6. Arrange remaining tortillas overlapping as necessary
  7. Spread sour cream evenly over tortillas
  8. Top with remaining meat mixture
  9. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 min or until hot and bubbly
  10. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheeses
  11. Let stand 10 min; cut into squares  to serve
  12. Garnish with lettuce, if desired, and olives
  13. Serve with additional picante sauce

Twist:  Ground Turkey as opposed to ground beef, black olives, omitted tomato sauce, poblano peppers instead of red bell pepper

 

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

I received an email from a young lady who asked me to put something on my blog that was easy and red and white. As a result, I will add at least three recipes this week in recognition of Valentine’s Day. I actually went out and purchased some Bisquick.  As some of you know, most of my cooking and all of my baking is from scratch.

I used a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the pancakes.  I didn’t have any strawberry syrup, so I made a little simple syrup and added some strawberry preserves and allowed it to reduce down.  Finally, I garnished the pancakes with pecans.

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Breakfast, Valentine's Day

 

Black-eyed Peas and Mustard Greens

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A Great Combination!

African cow peas also know as black-eyed peas, are filled with nutritional benefits.  Several years ago I visited a very popular restaurant in New York.  I don’t really remember my entrée but I do remember that my sister had black-eyed peas and some type of greens.  It looked awesome and according to her, it was delicious. I had to try this dish; and here is my twist:

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in vegetables

 

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Salmon Sliders

When I was growing up, we consumed a lot of fried foods; fried chicken, fried fish, fried pork chops, fried okra, fried tomatoes, French fried potatoes, etc., etc.  Need I say more?  Now that we are more aware of our bodies and the role that good nutrition plays, more and more we are looking for healthier choices in preparing and selecting our foods.  Which brings me to the subject matter; my mother always fried her salmon patties.  As I recall the oil reached at least the half way mark of the patties; and as always they were delicious.  For years now, I still struggle with eliminating fried foods from my diet and in preparing meals for my family.
This recipe may be used for March Madness and it’s also a healthier way to prepare salmon.I prepared this recipe with the intention of eliminating almost all of the cooking oil.
 
 

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Curried Chicken

Last month I had to take a family member to the doctor’s office.  While sitting in the waiting room, I did as usual, reached for the magazines relating to food or recipes.  I came across a Better Homes and Garden magazine dated December 2011.  My attention was drawn to a recipe for Curried Chicken Stew.  Immediately, I thought about the fact that I had a can of coconut milk that I had purchased to prepare Indian Fried Rice, a recipe that one of my sisters had shared with me.  The chicken stew looked so scrumptious, that I decided to try it at home.  It was very different from the flavors that I generally taste in my chicken dishes but still very appealing.

Well, here’s my twist:

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Chicken, Curry, main dishes

 

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Tuna Casserole

Some years ago, I recall having tuna casserole for dinner at least twice a month.  My family and I always enjoyed it.  Now it’s hard for me to recall the last time that I prepared this little tasty dish.  I’ve never been fun of using cream of mushroom soup so this recipe was perfect for me.  I really would like for you to share your tuna casserole dish with us.  I know that there are many variations out there.  By the way, is it something that you prepare on a regular basis, or every now and then?

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in main dishes, Pasta, seafood