Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chicken and Biscuits

Today I'm sharing with you some good old wholesome, home cooked comfort food.  Chicken and biscuits were always a special treat in our house.  (Click here to read the story.) And it's still a favorite now that I'm all grown up.  This meal is best made with homemade chicken stock - it really is worth the extra time.  We always had it with the basic chicken and gravy, but if you wanted to you could add some diced carrots, green beans, peas, and corn to the broth before making the gravy for additional flavor and nutrition.  Hope you enjoy it as much as my family always did!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Salmon Patties

In my kitchen, I try to make the right choices for healthy meals and snacks, but as I strive for "perfection" I realize that my efforts are limited by time and knowledge.  I've developed a good better, best scale which also includes special treats and those items that will never be found in my house.  The special treats include chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.  The forbidden items include margarine and store bought eggs.  The salmon patties featured in this post are a great example of how to use the good, better, best scale.  A good choice would be canned wild salmon, better would be fresh, wild salmon that you cook yourself, best would be going fishing in a salmon stream in the Pacific Northwest (my personal favorite for multiple reasons). The forbidden choice would be processed salmon cakes that you find in the frozen food aisle.  Another quick example: good - butter, better - organic butter, best - buy a cow and milk it, and make your own butter.  Never in my house - margarine.

Give it a try, one thing at a time, and do your best and as my friend Jane said... without driving yourself crazy.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cookie Dough Dip

Sometimes we just need to splurge.  There are many things that would not fall under the "health food" category, yet we eat them anyway.  Ice cream, pie, brownies, and this latest recipe fall into that category.  Sometimes we just have to satisfy that craving for something sweet, and let me tell you this will do the trick.  Welcome to the world of cookie dough dip.  All the wonderful flavor of cookie dough without the raw eggs.  (Although I never hesitate to sample some cookie dough before I make the cookies.) Enjoy this indulgence with vanilla wafers, graham crackers or pretzels.  Or just go for it with a spoon.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Here continues the saga of my bread making adventures.  I have mastered the basic recipe, and have moved on to whole grains.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t as successful with the whole grains.  But I’m not giving up… I just think I’ll stay away from pure whole wheat flour for a while.  The basic recipe on the other hand, is absolutely delicious, and like all the recipes require little preparation and few ingredients.  What takes the time is the rising, but if you plan ahead, and take the 5 minutes to shape the loaf and set it on the counter when you get home from work, you will have warm, delicious bread ready for dinner. It goes perfectly with a bowl of soup, or toasted for garlic bread.  And as the dough ages in the refrigerator, it sours slightly, and makes the most delicious sourdough bread.  It is wonderful as toast, a sandwich or a Panini.  Try it, and while you work on the basic recipe, I will work on the whole grain recipes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tortellini Soup

Tonight was Sunday soup for supper.  And Tortellini Soup was on the menu.  This is a great soup for a cozy winter meal.  It's so quick to throw together, and I'm sure you have most of the ingredients on hand, you'll have a weeknight dinner on the table in no time.  Topped with grated Parmesan cheese and a side of crusty bread, this soup is hard to beat.  Speaking of bread, my resolution to learn to make bread is going very well.  I will be working on the post this week, so stay tuned.  Learn how to make bread this way, and you'll never have to buy it at the store again. It has changed my life (dramatic, but true, at least in the bread department).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Roasted Carrots with Honey and Thyme

Have I mentioned that I'm addicted to roasted vegetables?  Well, I am.  And roasted carrots are at the top of my list right now.  Yummy! The roasting brings out their natural sweetness, and the addition of honey and thyme makes this the perfect side dish to any meal.  We had them Saturday night with brisket (click here to view recipe) and PW's roasted garlic mashed potatoes (click here to view recipe).

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Maple Pretzel Chicken and Roasted Potato Salad

The sweet of the chicken and the tang of the salad makes a quick and delicious week night meal.  It takes a few minutes to roast the potatoes for the salad, but it can always be done the night before and then mixed with the greens when you're ready to serve.  For the chicken, make sure the pretzel pieces are finely crushed.  The smaller the pieces the easier it will be to coat the chicken.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Potato Bread

Happy new year everyone!  At least those of you who still visit this blog occasionally.  I have two resolutions this year.   The first is to blog more often, at least once a week.  The hustle and bustle of the holidays kept me away, but I am back and have lots of good recipes to share.  The second resolution is to learn how to make bread.  I've tried and been less than successful in the past.  But this is a new year, and I'm going to give it another try.  I might even try some gluten free recipes, we'll see.  First up is potato bread, courtesy of my sister, Ruth.