Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkey Pot Pie (sort of)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken bouillon (4tsp with 4 cups water as package says)
  • 2 big red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 package of cresount roll dough
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic seasoning


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in a pot and cook chopped onion until tender put in a pinch of salt. Stir in celery and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken bouillon, and spices and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and simmer until tender. Stir in turkey, parsley and corn. Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan. Top with unrolled crossaunts, cook for about 15 minutes or until the crossaunts are light brown and done.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Apricot Jello

Because we all know jello is the best part of Thanksgiving...
1 - 8oz package cream cheese
2 - small apricot jello
1 - can crushed pineapple
1 - cup hot water
1 - 12 or 16 oz coolwhip
1 - cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
In a saucepan, mix water, jello and pineapple over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Take off stove and cool slightly. Mix in softened cream cheese (if cold then warm slightly in microwave) with beaters. Put in frige or freezer (my usual choice but do not let freeze and stir it occasionally) till thickened like jello. Mix in coolwhip and nuts. Pour into serving bowel and refrigerate.
(from mom)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chicken with Lemon and Olives

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
11 fresh garlic cloves chopped in large pieces
4 bone in chicken thighs skinned
6 boiler onions peeled and halved with roots still intact (could use 3 small onions quartered)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
about 20 green olives cut in half
1 lemon (sliced all the way through NOT in wedges)
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Combine first 7 ingredients; and marinate for 30 minutes
3. Pour marinade in a 9x9 baking dish and put in oven doesnt matter if its preheated yet.
4. Heat large frying pan up at med high then place chicken on it (no oil or anything) cook 3 minutes on each side or until it is browned. put aside and put the onions in the pan to brown the edges so they are looking good (they do NOT need to be cooked through)
5. Put chicken in 9x9 pan, as wells as onions, lemon slices, olives, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange it nicely.
6. Bake for 35 minutes
7. Eat (the parsley is for the table in case someone wants to sprinkle some on their dish)

I made it with brown rice and it was amazing. Although right now I do have a fondness for green olives and garlic. Oh and it is potent smelling.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sun-dried Tomato Tilapia


· k 4 tablespoons olive oil

k f 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic

k 1/2 tsp fennel seeds

· 1 1 small white onion, thinly diced

· 1 1 pinch of thyme

k 1 pinch of rosemary

k 2 strips lemon peel (make them big so you can pick them out when eating)

k 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

·k 1/ 3 cup black olives

· 1/ k 2 cup roughly chopped sun-dried tomatoes

k 2-3 Tilapia fillets

k Salt and pepper


Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet with the garlic for about 30 secs. Then put in the fennel and onions and cook until brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, rosemary, lemon peel, crushed pepper, olives, and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes more. Set aside covered.

Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet over high heat and sprinkle the tilapia with salt and pepper. Cook until it looks about cooked through 1/2 way. Turn the fish over and cook another 2 minutes, until just firm and not see through. Put the tomato mix on top of the fish and serve.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pick me up Chicken.

With all the fresh ingredients its perfect to make when you have a cold or sore throat.

1 lemon
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp soy sauce
4 chicken thighs with skin and bone
1 tbsp olive oil

Sliced green onions and lemons.

1. Finely grate the peel from the lemon and put in a bowl with the ginger and salt. Mix. Juice the lemon and put juice in a separate bowl with soy sauce and honey and 1 tbsp water.

2. Rub lemon peel mixture underneath the skin of the chicken. Keep skin on. In a large frying pan heat the oil on med. put the chicken on skin side down for 7 minutes. Turn chicken over, add soy sauce mix over chicken and cook covered for 17 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

3. Put chicken on table, may top with green onions, lemon, and some of the pan drippings. I like to serve it with rice and squash/zucchini.

This was awsome and I'll definitely be cooking it again. Everyone loved it even the babes.

Recipe based on one from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine September 2010 Called Lemon Ginger Chicken Highs. Slightly modified by me.

Apple Butter Crock Style


Approximately 3 lb. apples
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
Dash of salt
1/2 apple cider 100% juice

Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with peeled, cored and sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed. Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency.

If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.

Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.

To can the apple butter, pack into hot jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Base Recipe found on on 11/1/10 Revised be me.