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I’m trying out a new recipe later this week, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes. In the meantime, it gave me the chance to use a recipe I have for homemade condensed cream of chicken soup. I’m really not a fan of the gunk you can buy in a can, and this recipe is simple to amend to suit your needs.
1. In a medium-sized saucepan, boil the chicken broth, 1/2 cup of the milk, and the seasonings. You can use fresh onions and garlic here if you’d like, but you should cook it a bit longer than with the dried/powder stuff.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and the rest of the milk.
3. Pour the flour mixture into the boiling broth mixture and whisk over heat until it is bubbly and thick and smooth.
That’s it. You now have the equivalent of about 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup. If you want to make other varieties, like cream of celery, saute diced celery first, and then continue with the recipe. You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken. Depending on how flavorful your chicken broth already is, you may or may not have to add more seasonings. For example, if you are using homemade chicken broth (which is really rich with layered flavors from your chicken), you will have really flavorful condensed soup. But, if you are using broth from a can or a box or jar, it all depends on how flavorful THAT is. Make sense? For all of my condensed soup purposes, I’m using it as a binding agent, so as long as it’s chicken-y and doesn’t taste like paste, I’m good to go.
If you received a box of treats from me at Christmastime, it likely contained some of this honeycomb brittle. And yes, I made it myself (thank you, thank you). It was SO EASY, and so many people raved about how wonderful it was, so here is the magical recipe.
1. Lay parchment paper on a cooking sheet and spray parchment with your cooking spray.
2. Bring the sugar, honey and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly.
3. Reduce heat to medium-high and insert a candy thermometer. Cook, without stirring, until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
4. Remove thermometer and remove the saucepan from the heat.
5. Whisk in the baking soda rapidly until combined and fluffy. Do not over-whisk. It will immediately get fluffy and golden, and that’s when it’s perfect.
6. Pour mixture onto the baking sheet without spreading it.
7. Let cool and then break into pieces.
You can be done now, or you can take it one step further. While the candy is cooling, gently melt your chocolate. Then, when the candy is cooled and you’ve broken it into manageable pieces (with your hands – nothing fancy), dip half of each piece into the dark chocolate and replace on the parchment paper. When you’re done, put the entire baking sheet into the fridge to set the chocolate. Viola! You have AWESOME homemade candy. It’s light, airy, melts in your mouth, and my family thinks it tastes like roasted marshmallows. I think it’s heavenly. I hope you do too!
Want to do the work once and dine twice? After the chicken is cooked, cool the drumsticks in the fridge. When they are completely cooled, put them into a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. When you are ready for them later, take your frozen drumsticks and put them back on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
If I’m going to pull skin off of chicken, I’m going to do it once. So, I tend to double or triple this recipe and then enjoy my efforts time and again.
When I make these for my kids, I don’t call them Tuna Croquettes. They are just “Croquettes.” Sometimes they refer to them as chicken, and I pretend like I don’t hear them. I just know the second they find out they are eating tuna, they won’t be eating these anymore. In the meantime, this is a sure-fire hit with the kiddos, and I like them too!
1. Drain the tuna. If you have a cat, he/she will be there immediately. I give the water to my kitties because I am nice.
2. Combine the tuna with the beaten eggs and bread crumbs in a medium-sized bowl. Get your hands in there and moosh. If it feels too wet, add more breadcrumbs. Season with a pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper.
3. In a skillet, heat olive oil (enough to coat the bottom of your skillet) over medium heat.
4. Shape your tuna/breadcrumb mixture into small hockey puck-type croquettes.
5. When the oil is hot, place croquettes in the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
6. Remove croquettes and place on a cooling rack with paper towels underneath (to catch any excess oil)
This will feed my kids and I. If I was going to try to feed another adult, I would double the amount of tuna and add 1 egg. You’ll have to feel for the breadcrumbs. You’ll know when you do it. You want the mixture to stick together and not fall apart in the pan, but you don’t want it to be too dry.
My kids pick these up in their hands and dip them in ketchup. Michael will eat them topped with cheese and hot sauce. I’ve done both, but you can also serve them on top of a bed of greens with a splash of your favorite salad dressing. Or, on a bun like a sandwich.
Once you learn the basics of making risotto, it’s really fun to make new creations based on what you have on hand. I whipped this dish up this evening, and it was delicious!
Michael added a dash of Cholula hot sauce to his dish … to each his own!
1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle it with the curry and cinnamon, toss, and set aside.
2. Heat 1 T of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Add the broth, cream, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer. Return the onion and zucchini to the skillet until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Place cooked rice in individual bowls and top with your chicken curry. If desired, sprinkle with basil and almonds.
You can substitute coconut milk for the cream …. eggplant for the zucchini … cilantro for the basil … and cashews for the almonds.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Place the butter in a large, oven-proof saute pan. Put into the oven and melt butter.
3. Meanwhile, in a blender combine the eggs, flour, milk, 1 T sugar, vanilla and salt; blend until uniform.
4. Carefully remove the hot saute pan from the oven. Don’t forget that the handle is HOT. Somehow, I forget this and reach for the handle. Every time. 😦
5. Swirl the melted butter around in the pan to coat completely, then pour any excess butter into the blender and pulse gently.
6. Pour the batter into the hot pan and return the pan to the oven.
7. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until it begins to puff in the center and the edges turn golden brown.
8. While cooking, in a small bowl combine the 1 t sugar with the blueberries and lemon zest. Set aside.
9. Again, remembering that the saute pan handle is HOT (seriously), remove the pan from the oven and use a spatula to lift the Dutch Baby out of the pan and onto a cooling rack for just a few minutes. This allows the steam to escape and keeps the Dutch Baby from getting soggy.
10. Put the Dutch Baby on a large plate and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
11. Cut into wedges and serve with spoonfuls of your blueberry mixture.
I have also made this with fresh strawberries AND with a strawberry syrup. Delicious!
Michael is from Yuma, Arizona. From what I can gather, the only good thing about being from Yuma is a little restaurant there called Chile Pepper. Whenever Michael’s mom travels to Yuma and back, she brings back bags of burritos, rolled tacos, and containers of their signature salsa. A friend of the family developed a knock-off recipe that I have since improved slightly. Here it is:
I’ve only been able to find the chile de arbol as dried whole chilies, so I disintegrate those first in the blender. Then, I add the remaining ingredients and blend until the sauce is completely smooth. When I make this, I triple or quadruple the recipe, and it maybe lasts the week. Maybe.
After I have had a very long day at work, it’s a glorious feeling to walk through the door and smell dinner being cooked. In my house, the only way THAT will happen is if I have something going in the slow-cooker. I love my husband, but unless you want him to make you a simple quesadilla, dinner’s not going to be ready and waiting.
1. Place the chicken in your slow cooker (3 1/2 – 4 quart size). Sprinkle with taco seasoning mix and top with green chiles.
2. Mix tomato sauce, cumin and coriander in a bowl and then pour over chicken.
3. Top with beans.
4. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
5. Shred chicken in cooker and mix with beans.
6. Serve as you like! Soft tortillas or crunchy – or even with chips like nachos.
It’s really SO easy and very delicious.