Chicken Comfort Food

Simple Chicken and Rice

If you are looking for a simple and quick dinner recipe to fix on a busy weekday night, try this boneless chicken recipe. It was handed down from my mother and I have proven its goodness many times as my family always enjoys it.

You will need:

4 boneless chicken thighs

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup rice (uncooked)

Mix soups and rice in casserole dish. Place chicken breasts on top. I put bread crumbs and a few dots of butter on chicken for browning and to prevent drying out. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with vegetable and crusty bread. Delicious!

" Fried" Chicken

Everyone has their favorite fried chicken recipe. I have tried to create an updated healthy version that will be popular with everyone including the kids.

You will need:

4 boneless chicken breasts

1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

flour

cracker crumbs

olive oil

With rolling pin, crush cracker crumbs to fine consistency. Place on a platter.

Beat egg and add milk in a bowl.

Put flour on piece of plastic wrap

Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap. Pound with a mallet until thin, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If chicken .breasts are large, you can use one for 2 people and cut it in half.

Dredge chicken breasts in flour. Dip in egg and milk mixture. Coat with cracker crumbs both sides. Place in heated olive oil. Watch olive oil so that it's not too hot as it fries quickly.

Brown on both side until golden and crunchy and chicken is cooked through.

You can serve as chicken fried steak with gravy or on a large bun as fried chicken sandwich. Easy and delicious.

"Sweet Chicken"

This is a favorite of my granddaughter. I have adapted it for home preparation and it is easy and quick

You will need:

Chicken nuggets, frozen from grocery

Sweet & Sour Sauce, bottled or your own recipe

1 Tbsp olive oil

Long grain rice

Buy chicken nuggets from the freezer compartment at your grocery. Use as many as you like for each serving. Heat olive oil in large skillet. Brown chicken nuggets until golden brown on both sides and add sweet & sour sauce. Add sauce according to your taste. Some like it sweet so add more sauce. Cook until sauce coats chicken.

Cook rice according to directions and serve chicken alongside or on top.

Variation: You can add chopped red peppers, pineapple and green onions to chicken & sauce mixture.

Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue Food

Memorial Day is a time for family and friends to gather together for lots of food and fun. Although barbecue is usually the featured dish of the hour, there is also other fare that can add to your table appeal and enhance your reputation as the cook with the most claim to fame.

Recipe #1-Strawberry Lemon Tea

A unique and tasty beverage is always a hit, and this one is no exception. I created this recipe many years ago. Easy to make from scratch, it always garners repeat requests.

Fill a large pot with water and add 10 to 12 standard size tea bags of black/orange pekoe blend. Allow water to come to a boil and steep for 20 minutes.

Remove leaves and clean and slice a bushel of strawberries. Also clean and slice four lemons. Add the strawberries and lemons to the pot while the tea is steeping.

Add ½ cup of honey and five cups of sugar (more or less depending on desired sweetness) while the water is still hot. Stir well until honey and sugar dissolve in water.

Let sit until cool.

Fill glasses with ice and ladle tea into glasses. Garnish glasses with a slice of lemon and a strawberry.

Enjoy!

 

Recipe #2-Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Breasts

This is another oldie but goodie from my personal family archives. Simple to make and delicious.

Buy a bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Place six of them in a large Dutch oven.

Season to taste with seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, poultry seasoning, and paprika. Cover.

Heat oven to 450 degrees and cook for an hour and a half.

Remove from oven (not Dutch oven) and pour one to two bottles of Sweet and Tangy barbecue sauce over the chicken until completely covered.

Add pineapple chunks (either fresh or canned).

Add ½ cup of cherries.

Reduce heat to 400 degrees and cook uncovered for another 30 to 40 minutes. Watch carefully as sauce will have a tendency to burn if cooked too long. Adjust temperature downward if it appears that it's cooking too fast.

Remove from oven (not Dutch oven) after cooking for specified time and allow to sit covered for 30 to 45 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Serve and enjoy.

 

Recipe #3-Grilled Pineapple and Cranberries

A simple and low-calorie dessert treat!

Place fresh sliced pineapples and cranberries on a George Foreman grill and cook until slightly browned.

Remove from grill and drizzle with agave nectar.

Optional: Serve with low-calorie whipped cream.

 

Source: Personal experience

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  1. Epicurious.com. Operated by Conde Nast, publishers of Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, Epicurious is a treasure trove of fabulous recipes. Search recipes by name (like "chocolate cake") and refine those searches by ingredients. Or, browse dish categories and menus for ideas. You'll also find cooking articles and forums.
  2. FoodNetwork.com. The archives of t.v.'s The Food Network, this website has recipes and video clips from television shows, a good search feature, plus the ability to browse recipes by chef, show, season, and type.
  3. AllRecipes.com. Perhaps the easiest recipe website to navigate, this site allows you to browse major types of dishes (like "pork recipes" or "kid-friendly recipes"), lets you search for recipes by ingredient, has an interactive recipe exchange area, plus sections on holiday and healthy cooking.
  4. Gourmandia.com. If you're looking for recipes from the world's top chefs and want gourmet ideas you can really use at home, Gourmandia is for you. Search for recipes by name or click links for broad categories of food (like "chocolate dessert recipes"). You'll also find information about fine restaurants and videos of great chefs showing you their stuff.
  5. Recipezaar.com. A good basic recipe website, Recipezaar allows you to search by recipe name, browse menus, and view entirely reprinted cookbooks.
  6. Cooks.com. If you like the simplicity of Cooks magazine, you'll love Cooks.com. You'll find basic, step by step articles (such as "How to Cook a Ham"), as well as browsing categories, a search feature, and cooking time charts.
  7. TopSecretRecipes.com. If you like the idea of recreating Kentucky Fried Chicken or Applebee's Honey Grilled Salmon at home, you'll have lots of fun at TopSecretRecipes. None of the recipes here are stolen; it takes time and experimentation to figure out these clones. Search by brand (such as "Cracker Barrel" or "Taco Bell"), or dish name.
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Cinco De Mayo Menu: Mexican Food Ideas and Recipes

Ah, Cinco de Mayo, no better excuse to cook up some Mexican food and enjoy a round of margaritas with friends, but if you're not frequently a host, you may be a little lost when it comes to planning a Cinco de Mayo menu for your guests. Luckily, Mexican food is generally easy to cook and the majority of dishes are universally loved, but here's some ideas to get your Cinco de Mayo menu to get you started. Keep in mind that you don't have to go strict traditional Mexican food.

Cinco de Mayo appetizers:

Appetizers are great way to start off any Cinco de Mayo menu. Aim for finger foods that aren't going to fill everyone up for the main event and are easy to make. These can also help prevent folks from drinking on an empty stomach. Some ideas for Cinco de Mayo appetizers include:

-Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno rolls

-Seven Layer Dip with corn chips

-A Salsa sampler with chips (A few salsa choices: mango salsa, tomato salsa, black bean salsa)

-Quesadillas

-Taquitos

-Nachos

Cinco de Mayo main course ideas:

The main course is, of course, the next logical step in your road to an awesome Cinco de Mayo menu. Mexican main dishes abound, typically involving some delicious slosh of tortilla, cheese, veggies, and meat, but, again, a few ideas to get you started:

-Enchiladas

-Tacos or Taco Salads

-Mexican Lasagna

-Chimichangas or Burritos (The only difference really is one is deep fried the other is not)

-Fajitas

Cinco de Mayo Desserts:

Finally, finish off your Cinco de Mayo menu with a little something sweet. You could go with a traditional Mexican choices below or something a little less conventional like Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas.

-Flan

-Tres Leches Cake (three milk cake)

-Empanadas

You can pair Mexican drinks with your Cinco de Mayo menu as well, such as Margaritas, tequila-based cocktails, mojitos, and Mexican beers, such as Tecate or Corona. Don't forget to include a few non-alcoholic selections as well for children or adults who don't wish to drink. Mexican hot chocolate, Horchata, Sangaria, or the Mexican soda, Jarritos. Many of these also can easily have alcohol added to effectively quench all your guests thirsts.

Spring Food Fever

With the arrival of spring, family holidays such as Easter are right around the corner. When families come together, food is usually at the heart of any meeting. Good food can truly enhance any family gathering. Therefore, I offer some of my own family's favorite recipes.

For Easter, ham is the traditional meat of choice. While I stayed within this tradition last year, I put a kid-friendly, modern spin on this meat with a Pinterest recipe featured on Six Sister's Stuff. My two young children, and all the adults in attendance, absolutely adored this fun recipe for Dr. Pepper pineapple glazed ham. The ham is cooked in a roasting pan with a glaze of Dijon mustard, brown sugar, Dr. Pepper, and crushed pineapple.

Serve your favorite vegetable as a side. I make green beans with lemon pepper, olive oil, and garlic. I also made these delicious roasted apple potatoes from baked bree. However, to make the recipe more kid-friendly, I substituted parmesan for the blue cheese. These potatoes were so delicious that there was not a single spoonful left over. If you find you have left-over ham, it can be used for these ham & pineapple sandwiches.

If you have a large family, you know you never want to let left-over food go to waste. Often individuals are left wondering just what to do with all those dyed hard-boiled Easter eggs. You can make an easy and delicious deviled egg pasta salad. For the salad, follow these instructions:

  1. Prepare one box of elbow macaroni according to directions on box. Drain and set aside.
  2. Peel and dice your leftover Easter eggs.
  3. Make your salad sauce using 2 cups of mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons of yellow mustard, ¼ cup sweet pickle relish, and chopped celery and red onion to your liking.
  4. Mix the pasta and prepared sauce together.
  5. Add the diced eggs last so that you can gently fold them in.
  6. Refrigerate and enjoy.

In spring, salads are also a welcome and delicious dish. My favorite spring salad features romaine lettuce and fresh spinach. I add one diced apple, one diced pear, cashews, red onions, and feta crumbles. If you don't like feta, you can easily eliminate the cheese or choose another variety. This is best served with poppy seed dressing. A variation of this is to remove the apple and pear and add fresh strawberries.

Recipes from Wales 3 – Birdie Food

Article 3 Birdie Food

Featured Recipes: Pwdin Watcyn Wynne, Seed Loaf and Seed Cake

This week we are going to the birds! Or at least what they eat! This weeks featured recipes are made with seed and breadcrumbs, a bird's favorite foodstuffs. So get out your baking pans and tweet a happy tune while you create a yummy treat! And yes you can eat these as well!!!

Pwdin Watcyn Wynne
Ingredients: 10 oz breadcrumbs, 8 oz, chopped suet, 3 oz sugar, 3 eggs, pinch of salt, juice and grated rinds of two lemons

Mix ingredients together and boil in a covered pot for three hours. Serve with the following sauce:
Melt a bit of butter with some brown sugar and lemon zest, along with nutmeg and a glass of sherry or Madeira. Get the mixture hot but do not boil. Serve
immediately.

Bara Carawe – Seed Loaf
Ingredients: 1 lb self-raising flour, a teaspoonful salt, ½ teaspoon caraway seeds, 1 oz sugar, 2 ½ oz margarine, 1 egg and ¼ pint of milk or water.

Sift flour and salt in a bowl, blend in the margarine and add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix to a soft dough adding the well beaten milk and egg. Place in a well- greased dish and bake for 1 hour in a moderate oven. Serve while warm

Seed Cake
Ingredients: 2 ½ lbs flour, 2 lbs refined sugar, 12 oz caraway seeds, 2 lbs margarine, 4 teaspoons orange flower water, 10 eggs, ½ pound candied peel from your fruit of choice

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs alternating one by one with the flour, then add the orange flower water, caraway seeds and candied peel. Put in tins and place in a warm over for an hour, then take the temperature down a bit for another hours and then leave on the lowest oven setting until the cake is cooled. This recipe is well over 200 years old, so the terms and ingredients are a bit outdated. Just use your common sense and a bit of imagination and you will have a wonderful dish.

Chinese Food Recipes – Delicious Almond Jelly Desssert

Chinese Food Recipes

Chinese Almond Jelly

This is a really interesting Chinese Food dessert recipe. It is a very refreshing dessert served after a hot and spicy Szechwan dish.

You can choose to make the jelly either soft and spoonable or hard and cuttable into shapes. If you cut the Jelly into diamond shapes you can, for example, present your Chinese Food recipe as a flower, using the diamonds as petals and fruit such as strawberries, lychees or raspberries as the middle of the flower. It makes a stunning table centrepiece and its very edible too!!.

For a vegetarian version of this Chinese Food recipe you can substitute the gelatine with agar – agar. This is a processed gelatine derived from dried seaweed. It is a bit more difficult to work with than gelatine as it has to be dissolved very slowly in boiling water.

Ingredients

For a firm jelly – 6 teaspoons gelatine
For a soft jelly – 4 teaspoons gelatine

800 ml boiling water
200 ml evaporated milk
Half cup sugar
2 teaspoons almond essence (don't use artificial flavour)

Fruit to decorate – try strawberries, lychees, blueberries or raspberries. Or a few slivers of crystallised ginger.

Method

Boil the water. Put 200 ml of the boiling water in a glass measuring jug. Add the gelatine. Stir until completely dissolved. Add the rest of the water, the sugar, and the evaporated milk. Stir thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add one teaspoon of the almond essence and stir. Taste. Add another teaspoon of essence if desired.

Pour into a shallow bowl – so that jelly is about 1 inch deep. Chill in refrigerator until the jelly is set.

Once set remove the jelly from the fridge. Using a sharp knife cut the jelly in to diamond shapes. Assemble these in the shape of flower on a flat plate.

Fill the center of the flower with your choice of fruit.

Admire your handiwork and enjoy your Chinese Food Recipe Dessert.

Mexican Food Recipes- Homemade Mexican Pizzas

Mexican Food Recipe

Mexican Pizza in under 5 minutes.

Here is an easy Mexican food recipe you can cook up with no stove, no pots, no pans and no big clean up in under 5 minutes. This is a simple Mexican food recipe with plenty of flavor that will add a serious punch to your home Mexican lunch or dinner menu. These Mexican pizzas are easy, great tasting and kids love them!

Ingredients:

1 can Refried Beans (makes more than 1 Mexican pizza)

Taco bell sauce (use desired amount)

Cheddar Cheese (use desired amount)

Mozzarella Cheese (use desired amount)

Olives (use desired amount)

2 Pre fried flat corn tortillas (per Mexican pizza)

How to prepare ingredients:

Beans: I recommend fat free either "Rosa Rita" or "Taco Bell" are excellent fat free brands. The only difference between "regular" and "fat free" is that there is no lard added in the "fat free" reducing fat and calorie content.

Taco bell sauce: I personally make use of the extra packets I get from the drive through,

or you can buy it at the grocery store.

Cheddar Cheese: grated

Mozzarella Cheese: grated

Olives: chopped

Pre fried flat corn tortillas: These are bought already prepared. Do not try and fry up a corn tortilla at home this will not taste nearly as good.

Building the pizza:

Heat the refried beans in a microwave safe bowl for 2 ½ to 3 minutes and then spread on a pre fried flat corn tortilla.

Spread "Taco Bell" sauce over beans.

Add desired amount of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Place another pre fried tortilla on top.

Spread desired amount of cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top.

Spread Taco Bell sauce on top

Place chopped olives on top.

Heat in microwave 30-45 seconds.

Cut into 4 pizza slices up and down and then across.

Enjoy

There you have it a totally new Mexican food recipe you can easily make at home. That wasn't hard now was it =)

Irish Food Recipes for St. Patrick's Day – Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Recipe. Corned beef and cabbage has become a St. Patrick's day staple in the United States! Although, its not quite as popular in Ireland as many would think, corned beef is one dish that many will eat on our around March 17th! The following is a recipe that I've used for cooking corned beef and cabbage. Feel free to improvise and enjoy!

St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Ingredients

– 4 lbs Corned Beef

-1 Bottle of Irish Stout

-1 Onion – Halved and Cut in Wedges

-3 Garlic Cloves – Minced

-1 Bay leaf

-1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves

-1/4 Tsp Ground Allspice

-1/4 Tsp Pepper

-1 Head Cabbage (cut into wedges)


St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Cooking Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheight. Cook the corned beef for 8-10 minutes. Once browned, pour the stout over the meat and then add the onion, bay leaf, garlic, cloves, allspice, and pepper and then cover and cook over a medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. At this point, add the cabbage and cook an additional 30 minutes. THen, remove the meat and cabbage and let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Next, bring the remainder of the stout mix to a boil and cook for approximately 10 minutes and use as broth after removing the bay leaf. This recipe makes approximiately eight servings.

Big Chef Takes on Little Chef: Heston Blumenthal Tries to Spice Up an out-of-date Menu

Little Chef is in trouble and in their desperation they have called in Heston Blumenthal, he of the bacon and egg ice-cream fame, to turn around the fortunes of the company by completely redesigning the entire menu and bringing it into the 21st century.

Little Chef vs. The Fat Duck

Little Chef is a quintessential British eatery, everyone has memories of visiting one on a long drive on holiday and the symbol was one of the most recognisable road signs on the motorway. But it is quickly losing appeal and in 2007 the company went bust and had to be rescued by a new investment.

On the contrary The Fat Duck restaurant is considered one of the top eating establishments in the world and Blumenthal is often regarded as the most inventive and exciting chefs in Britain and his scientific approach to cooking means that anyone wanting to eat at his restaurant has to book months in advance.

But is a man renowned for unusual and expensive food the correct choice to help a place that for decades has sold cheap but filling meals?

British Twist – Lancashire Hotpot with Oysters and Meat Cooked in Hay

Although he was filled with energy and enthusiasm to rise to the challenge, the mission of trying to make eye catching food but on a commercial scale that can be produced quickly and cheaply soon looked like an impossible feat. Especially as he only has six months to finish it and he usually takes two years to perfect one dish.

The first problem he notices is that not only is the menu enormous but it has more reference to Asian and European food than it does British. So Heston’s idea is to create British classics with a twist, foods that people recognise but will still be exciting enough to rope in the punters. So he came up with cooking scrambled egg in water bath, Lancashire Hotpot with oysters and meat cooked in hay.

Britain’s Top Cook Defeated at the First Hurdle

The initial trial didn’t go down well as both the company and the customers did not seem impressed with the menu Heston has spent weeks creating. This almost went against everything the research had suggested as the people interviewed seemed to say that they preferred the original selection. So after the opening episode it’s now back to the drawing board for Britain’s top cook as he is defeated at the first hurdle.

For what could have been a very dull nostalgia trip Big Chef Takes on Little Chef was surprisingly pleasant viewing. If there’s any downside it’s that you don’t really get to see the thought process that goes into making a new dish, which is a let down for a mind that must be so interesting. Also those who are used to constant confrontations one these types of documentaries would have been let down.

As the bald one isn’t as foul mouthed or intense as his contemporaries there were few fireworks in the first 60 minutes, apart from his occasional discussions with the company owner. By the end a culture clash had been sparked between the Little Chef employees and Heston’s head chefs while he was away for the day that was quite exciting.

The James May of the Cooking World and a Swearing Scotsman to come

Parts two and three might raise the stakes a little and as a way of starting the Great British Food Fight season this was a good choice. The schedules also have back to basic chef turned slobbering food nazi Jamie Oliver and the James May of the cooking world Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall launching new campaigns on pork and chickens respectively.

Then there’s swearing Scotsman Gordon Ramsey who will no doubt be doing more of his monosyllabic instructional recipes (Mince. Basil. Pan. Chop. Cook. Eat. Now) and probably going for a record attempt for the most four letter tirades in one minute.