Monthly Archives: November 2011

Chicken Piccata

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Chicken Piccata

This is a very quick and easy recipe to make.  Very delicious and impressive to serve guests.

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tbsp. butter and 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Place each piece of chicken between plastic wrap;  flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.  Combine flour, salt, and pepper;  dredge chicken in flour mixture.

Cook in batches with 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil for each batch in large skillet over medium heat.  Add chicken, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Remove chicken and keep warm in a 200 degree oven until they are all cooked.

Add lemon juice to pan drippings in skillet;  cook until thoroughly heated and reduced a little.  Pour lemon mixture over chicken and serve.

6 servings

“Christ gave everything to make something beautiful of His church.”

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Disappearing Snickerdoodles

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Disappearing Snickerdoodles

I made these cookies for my grandkids to sell at our garage sale this summer, among many other kinds.  They were gone before anything else and I wished I had made more.   I made them quite large, which besides being delicious, appealed to many and disappeared pretty fast.

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In large bowl, sift together the first 5 ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in mixer.  Add eggs, one at a time, until each is incorporated.  Add corn syrup and vanilla and mix well.

Set mixer on medium speed and add dry ingredients in three batches.  Mix just until they come together.

Mix sugar and cinnamon together in bowl.  Portion dough out in 2-inch balls and roll each in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Gently flatten out and place 3 inches apart on a  baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until light golden brown around the edges.  Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

DO NOT OVERBAKE

Note:  If you do not want to make gigantic cookies like these, make them normal size and do not bake them as long.

“Witness for Christ with your life as well as your lips.”

Family Favorite Mac and Cheese

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Family Favorite Mac and Cheese

This is another recipe that is made at our family gatherings.  My grandson, Drew, is a vegetarian, so it works out really well to have mac and cheese along with everything else.

This recipe makes quite a large amount, but can easily be cut in half to make a smaller amount.

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (16 oz) box pasta (I like elbows)
  • 4 cups (16 oz) cheddar cheese

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water.  Drain well and spoon into a large buttered casserole dish.  Make roux of butter and flour and then add milk.  Whisk until thickened.  Add cheese and mix well.  Add to pasta and stir well to combine.  Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Note:  If you like a nice crunchy topping on the mac and cheese, combine 1 cup breadcrumbs with 4 tablespoons melted butter and add to top of casserole the last 10 minutes of baking.

“Christ gave everything to make something beautiful of His church.”

Baked Spinach – Artichoke Dip

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Baked Spinach – Artichoke Dip

This appetizer is sooo good that it is requested (especially by my grandson, Nathan) at every family gathering we have.  Another word for it is “Fabulous”.

  • 1 (14-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Mix the above ingredients well, and spoon into a lightly greased 1-qt casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Wash-Day Peach Cobbler

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Wash-Day Peach Cobbler

This recipe could also be called “Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake”, but whatever you call it, it is yummy. You can use any kind of fruit you like, but peaches are my favorite. I have tried fruit cocktail before and that is yummy also.

  • 1 large can fruit, your choice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook fruit until boiling.  Set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, milk, baking powder, and salt.  In a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, melt butter.  Pour batter over butter.  Add hot fruit.  Do not stir.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over entire casserole.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”