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Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

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In this post we will explore how to cook a perfect chicken breast. We will explore traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu filling and try a new, melty, and delightful alternative recipe. And, perhaps most importantly, we shall splurge and top it all off with a new heavenly cheesy, garlic-y sauce which will change your life forever. Amen.

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Cooking a perfect chicken breast comes from three very important steps:

  1. Lay chicken breast on counter and cut your chicken breast in half. the long way so that when you unfold it, it will look like a butterfly (thus the “butterfly cut”). Then, using a meat hammer, pound chicken until it it pretty much level all the way across. This will promote even cooking which will lesson dry or under-cooked areas.
  2. Soak in buttermilk. Many chicken recipes benefit from being soaked in buttermilk overnight (or around 8 hours) to help make for moist chicken. This isn’t a must, but it is another way to be sure your chicken turns out amazing.
  3. Cook to 165F in the thickest part of the piece of chicken. This is crucial for food safety and for creating moist chicken. Undercook, and that flu you thought your family had is actually food poisoning. Over-cook and you get chicken jerky. Cook to 165F, and you’ll have perfectly moist chicken every time. Meat thermometers can be testy, though, so be sure you get a reliable one. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just do. I find that digital ones seem to work best. My favorite is the iDevices brand but there are less fancified ones you can start with too.

Now that we have explored chicken breast basics, let’s get rolling with this amazing recipe.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 fresh chicken breasts
  • 4-8 pieces sliced smoked ham (not honey ham)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces gruyere, grated (or you can go traditional with swiss cheese)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 – 5 ounce package croutons, ground (or Panko crumbs)
  • 1 recipe of cheese sauce (this recipe from above is below)

Pour buttermilk in 9X13 pan. Set aside.

Butterfly cut and then pound evenly chicken breasts.

Place cream cheese, grated gruyere (or swiss), minced garlic, diced onion, and a dash of sea salt & pepper into mixing bowl. Mix until well-combined.

Roll about 3 ounces of cream cheese mixture into each piece of ham (or you can use 2 slices of ham per piece if you like to be generous).

Place a ham bundle inside of each chicken breast. Coat all chicken breasts in buttermilk and leave in 9X13 pan covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator overnight. (Chicken is okay to leave in buttermilk for up to about 48 hours if you have delays that change your plans.)

When you are ready to bake, remove chicken from buttermilk, salt & pepper top of each chicken breast, coat with ground croutons (or Panko crumbs), and place in a greased pan. Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes or until chicken reaches 165F in thickest part of breast. Let chicken rest for about 15 minutes before serving.

Cheese Sauce Recipe

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup mustard (regular or dijon work well)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Place all ingredients in a medium size saucepan. Stirring continually, cook over medium heat until cheese melts and then incorporates into the heavy cream.

Pour sauce generously over your Chicken Cordon Bleu – reinvented. Breaking the cheese-y rules never tasted so good.

 

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Hawaiian Barbecue Pizza Recipe

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One of my very favorite things to make is pizza crust. It is easy to work with, opens the doors to so many flavors, and makes everyone oh so happy. This luau on a flatbread is so refreshing yet comforting – the best of both worlds with chicken, pineapple, melt-y mozzarella, and cilantro. And, yes. It includes bacon. Because, well, bacon.

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Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine yeast and water in a mixing bowl. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Add olive oil. Measure out flour and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and add dry ingredients. (Adding salt first can kill the yeast so be sure to add at same time as flour.)

Stop mixing when everything comes together. Remove dough from beater and cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Place in a warm location and allow to rise for one hour. Preheat oven to 450F. Roll out dough as thin (or thick) as you like. Adjust baking time accordingly as a thin crust will not take as long to bake as a thick one.

Pizza Toppings

  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 can diced pineapple, drained (save pineapple juice to enjoy later in a cocktail or pineapple dessert, perhaps)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts – grilled, baked, or slow-cooked
  • 1 cup bacon bits
  • 1 jalepeno minced
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

Place rolled-out unbaked crust on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. Brush crust with barbecue sauce. Top sauce with pineapple pieces, chicken, minced jalepeno, and then mozzarella cheese. Bake on lowest shelf if you have a thick-crust pizza. Bake until cheese is melted fully and crust is golden brown (about 10- 15 minutes).

Another fun option, is to grill your pizza dough on both sides and then add toppings after crust is almost fully baked. Bake until cheese is fully melted.

After pizza is done, remove from oven and top with remaining ingredients.

A lot easier than cooking a 180-pound pig in the ground and will still have you doing the hula in no time.

 

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Chicken Makhani AKA Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

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When my kids were little, they learned about various countries by studying not just the history of the country, but the foods. Son and Dotter had to cook dinners that represented the country they had been learning about. In my home? Imagine that. I wish I had found my love for Indian food back then. I suppose this time mom is the student.

I know I’m a little late to the game, but I have finally figured out which Indian foods I can eat and still have taste buds left after trying them. I had to ask a nice lady at our favorite Indian restaurant which dishes were hot and which were not after a few visits of dead buds tuckered out from all the heat. One bite of the super spicy stuff and I can’t taste anything else.

Butter Chicken has a little zing to it but not much. If you like things really spicy, you can add more green chilis or just leave the seeds in. Me? I’ll be the one with the taste buds in tact, thanks.

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Indian Butter Chicken Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 green chiles (jalapeno or serrano) stems removed, cut in half, and middles removed
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, roasted in oven for 20 minutes then remove skin
  • 5 tablespoons kasoori methi
  • 2 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 4 whole green cardamom seeds (husks can be left on)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (add a little more if finished product is too acidic)
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, diced into large bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Place two tablespoons of the butter and olive oil into a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add diced tomatoes. Cook tomatoes down for about 10-15 minutes. Stir in ginger, chiles, garlic cloves, kasoori methi, red chili powder, paprika, cardamom seeds, and honey. Simmer for about 5 more minutes.

Carefully pour sauce into a blender. Cover lightly and blend on the lowest setting. Work blender up to medium speed until sauce is smooth. Set aside.

Clean large sauce pan.

Place last two tablespoons of butter the in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute chicken pieces in butter until cooked through to 165°F on inside and light golden brown the on the outside. Pour sauce over chicken. Stir in cream.

Continue to simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. The sauce will thicken and spices will settle, making this a dish you will adore.

Serve with Basmati rice (with some peas & carrots mixed in) and naan bread.

I couldn’t have been whiter in that moment I asked for help, but it has allowed me to find a love for Indian food. And by Indian food, I mean Butter Chicken and rice and naan bread. Happy buds.

 

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Southwest Salad Recipe

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I’ve had some fantastic Southwest salads and I’ve had some horrible ones. One restaurant served theirs covered in a vinaigrette – heavy on the vinegar. I couldn’t eat it. I puckered up, pecked at it like an Old Hen would, cut my losses, and left the place $18 poorer and pretty darn hungry.

So, because I love you, I present thee with a Southwest Salad which will be more pleasing than a prissy plate of lettuce & vinegar every single time.

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Makes two large salads or 4 medium salads.

Ingredients

  • 1 small can black beans
  • 1 recipe of Southwest Rub
  • 2 chicken breasts, butterfly cut in half
  • 1 cup Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped into about 1-inch squares
  • 1 ear corn on the cob
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalepeno, minced
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced fine
  • 8-10 stalks cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated cheddar
  • 4 tablespoons grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Tri-color tortilla strips (or regular tortilla chips will do)

Rinse black beans well and place in saucepan in water. Boil for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

Turn on grill (or oven to 350F. Prepare Southwest Rub and set aside. Butterfly cut chicken breasts and coat with Southwest Rub. Allow chicken to sit for about 20 minutes then grill until middle of thickest part reaches 165F.

It is wise to invest in a good meat thermometer to be sure any meats you cook reach their safe temperature for eating. 

Place corn cob in a pot of boiling water. Leave in water for three minutes and then place in a bowl of ice cold water for a few minutes. After corn is cool enough to handle, cut corn off of cob.

Place lettuce on plates. Top each plate of lettuce with corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, red onion, cilantro, cheddar and pepper jack cheese.

Slice chicken at a slant for an extra stylish look and place on top of salad.

Drizzle with desired amount of ranch dressing.

Dice avocado right before serving (so it won’t brown). If preparing in advance for a crowd, you can drizzle and toss avocado with fresh lime juice. Keep everything except chicken refrigerated until ready to use.

Decorate sides of each plate with tortilla strips and a couple of lime wedges. Lime wedges are ever so delightful squeezed upon your salad.

Budget-friendly, fresh, flavorful, and comforting. Eating out (on the patio) is so very perfect.

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Ground Turkey Tamales With Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Tamale. Tamale. I love ya’ tamale. Only, you know, today is tamale. And tamale is today.  Oh, who am I tryin’ to kid? I love tamales today. And every day. And tomorrow. And you will too… especially making them at home. This is a great recipe to make with friends or family. It is the social Mexican equivalent of snapping beans on the front porch in rocking chairs.

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Prep:

Soak 20 large corn husks in water (there are usually about 40-50 to a bag sold in grocery stores). Place a clean plate or tray upon them to keep them from floating out of the water.

Ground Turkey Tamale Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 20 ounces ground turkey 
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon leaves from 2 sprigs fresh oregano, minced

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Add diced onions and fry until translucent then add ground turkey. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, oregano powder, cumin, chipotle powder and plenty of  salt & pepper. Cook until done then set aside.

Enchilada Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 – 5 cups chicken stock and/or water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Seas salt & pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk continually while cooking for a couple of minutes. Whisk in chili powder and then pour in 4 cups of chicken stock and/or water. Sauce will thicken as it heats. Evaluate thickness of sauce and add 1 more cup of water or broth if desired. Cook down for a few minutes again and then turn heat to low. Stir in remaining ingredients. If you don’t think sauce is flavorful enough, it probably needs a bit more salt. Add salt just until you experience all the wonderful flavors. Stir 2/3 of the sauce into the ground turkey set remaining sauce aside for serving.

Masa Dough:

  • 2 cups masa
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • Sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. Taste and stir in additional salt of needed.

Assembling the Tamales:

Place about 6 cups of water in steaming pot and turn on high. Bring to a boil & turn heat down to medium to simmer. Don’t let the water get so high that it rises to the steaming rack as to not get the tamales wet.

Lay a softened corn husk out with top facing away from you. Press about 2-3 tablespoons of masa dough on the upper left side. Pressing with fingers, cover about 2/3 across the husk, leaving about 2-3 inches free at the bottom of the husk. It helps to pretend your making it the shape of the blue corner on the American flag.

Place a line of about 2-3 tablespoons of ground turkey filling straight up & down the middle of the masa dough. Turn corn husk so the left masa edge is facing you. Roll tamale away from yourself. Fold the bottom (which has no masa dough on it) up toward the top of the tamale. Repeat and place tamales on a tray.

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour.

To Serve:

It is most fun to place tamales in or on a pretty dish and serve in husks, allowing each guest to unroll their own. Of course, they will be very hot & steamy, so everyone will need to be careful. Serve with sauce and, if desired, grated cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro and maybe diced tomatoes. The possibilities are limitless.

And to my friend, Roz, who recently sat with me, patiently picking cilantro leaves, let us make tamales next time and pick cilantro on the front porch together in rocking chairs. Today, tamale, or whenever you’d like to pretend we’re in an Anne of Green Gables movie – only, you know, based in Tijuana.

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Parmesan Chicken Recipe

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We all need more crowd-pleasing recipes. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to have more dinner parties, please allow me to entertain you. This recipe is winner, winner chicken dinner every time. Literally. It’s just too bad the chicken had to become dinner to win this race.

It’s loaded with flavor when the chicken is cooked to the perfect temperature and the topping uses salad croutons instead of plain bread crumbs, so everyone will be asking you for more dinner parties. Be careful what you wish for.

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PARMESAN CHICKEN RECIPE:

  • 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  •  1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups salad croutons (garlic or italian flavored recommended), ground up in food processor
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Raw marinara topping (optional for a refreshing, healthy twist) – see recipe below

Preheat oven to 350F.

If using chicken breasts, it’s best to butterfly pieces & pound to make them all a similar size which will allow for them to bake evenly. To butterfly, lay piece of chicken out flat onto cutting board. Cut from thickest side, inward until almost all the way through the piece. After cutting, lay out flat onto a piece of handiwrap, covered loosely (allowing for room to spread when pounded). Place on a cutting board and pound with a kitchen mallot until all parts of the chicken breast are about the same thickness.

Dip chicken pieces in melted butter. Toss parmesan cheese and  ground up salad croutons together into a bowl. Coat buttered chicken with breading mixture. Place on a baking sheet – half sheet pan works well). Bake in preheated oven until chicken is 165 degrees in thickest parts (usually about 30 minutes).

RAW MARINARA TOPPING RECIPE:

  • 5 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped finely
  • 3 sprigs fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper

Stir together all ingredients. Salt & pepper to taste, stir and set aside while baking chicken. Place topping in a serving bowl so dinner guests can top chicken right before eating.

Lovely pairings: Beautiful World Bread, Northwest Summer Salad or Perfect Mushroom Risotto.

This recipe served with side dishes will feed about 8 people and is easy to multiply when word gets out about your crazy yummy dinner parties. You’re welcome. I’m sorry. You’re welcome.

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Braised Chicken With Dried Cherry Compote

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What is gorgeous and festive and scrumptious and festive? Why, braised chicken with dried cherry compote, of course. She is sexy upon a plate of arugula and impressive for your guests. Doubled or tripled, she is perfect for a shindig – for she is a party on a plate and in your mouth.

Braised Chicken With Dried Cherry Compote

Braised Chicken Recipe

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 chicken, fabricated (cut into pieces)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Leaves from about 8 fresh thyme stems
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large, oven-safe pot over medium heat. Brown the chicken pieces a few pieces at a time. After skin is golden brown on all sides, set chicken pieces aside.

Add onion to remaining olive oil and cook until somewhat translucent. Add the chicken back into the pan and enough chicken stock to come to about 1/2 the way up the chicken. Sprinkle with thyme leaves, salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer, cover lightly with foil and bake at 350F for about 60 minutes or until middle of the breasts are 165 degrees on meat thermometer. Remove from oven when done.

Dried Cherry Compote Recipe

  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chardonnay wine
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

Cook onion in oil in saucepan over medium heat until somewhat translucent. Add sugar and balsamic vinegar. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes while stirring until sugar mixture turns a golden caramel. Carefully add  wine and salt. Continue to boil, stirring for a minute or so. Add dried cherries and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally, until liquid has reduced down to become syrupy, about 45 minutes. Add water. For a sweet and spicy zing, add a 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper to compote at the same time as adding the water. Cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When chicken is done baking, place on a platter and top with dried cherry compote. ‘Tis lovely served with Swedish rye bread.

She is sweet and saucy.  She will not disappoint. Plus, you get to use the word “compote” when telling your guests about her and that is always most impressive.

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Turkey Salad Recipe

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Done with your hot turkey sandwich, turkey noodle soupturkey fajita and turkey pot pie? If you don’t want to freeze the leftover turkey, maybe something a little lighter and refreshing is in order. Da da da daaaaa I present thee with turkey salad on, well, a salad. Use dressing if you must but it may not even be necessary when you taste this yummy turkey salad. For it alone packs a tasty punch.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups diced freshly cooked, chilled turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon yellow onion, fine diced
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, cut into quarters (optional)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • Lemon Pepper

FOR SANDWICHES: Stir turkey, celery, onion, water chestnuts, mayonnaise, almonds, lemon pepper, salt & pepper together. Spread turkey salad on bread, add lettuce or sprouts and sliced tomatoes. Makes about 4 sandwiches.

FOR SALADS: Stir turkey, celery, onion, water chestnuts, mayonnaise, salt & pepper together. Place about 1 & 1/2 cups of lettuce on each plate. Place 1/4 of turkey salad on top of lettuce. Sprinkle with the almonds and lemon pepper. Add diced tomatoes and a little salad dressing if desired.

And, although I doubt it’s an issue, you can always freeze the leftovers if the extra turkey just won’t disappear after five turkey-filled days to save for the fun Snow on the Mountain tradition.

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Sweet and Spicy Cornish Game Hens With Cornbread Stuffing

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When I was single, I used to go for long drives in my pumpkin-orange, 76 Chevette. I would drive until I got lost and then find my way back, making stops along the way to experience new stores and new restaurants. In losing myself, I would always find a new side of myself. A sexier, spicier version of me – one who had interesting stories to share. One who could find her way around because she was no longer apt to get lost.

Somehow, stepping out of the traditional makes life a little sexier. If you haven’t taken a different route to work for years, I prescribe for you the freedom to leave early and take the backroads. If you are in need of a vacation and cannot gather the funds to take one, sneak away for a movie at a theater you’ve never tried with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long. Go to a crazy musical. Visit the zoo. Do something… anything you’ve never done before that is wild and good for your soul. Do it today. Add a little sweet and spicy to your life.

And then celebrate your break-thru to a sexier life by making this dinner for yourself and five other people who you love hanging out with.

This recipe makes dinner for six… perfect served with a gorgeous salad.

STUFFING:

  • 1 batch of Jalapeno Cornbread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound country sausage
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 leaves fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 stalk fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 celery stalks
The day before: Bake jalapeno cornbread and place a clean paper towel on top overnight. The day of, pour olive oil in hot pan over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage and add to pan. Add salt & pepper. Cook sausage until browned. Add diced onion. Cook until sausage is done and onions are golden. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Allow to cook down for a few minutes then turn off heat and add chopped herbs. Break cornbread into about 1-inch chunks and place in bowl. Add celery, butter and sausage mixture (including juices). Using hands, gently toss stuffing until mixed together well.
For gluten free option: Use 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill GF Cornbread Mix and use 1 1/2 cups chicken broth in stuffing recipe instead of 1.
GLAZE:
  • 1 – 10-ounce jar apricot jam (preferably not preserves)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon)
Whisk all ingredients together until sauce forms. Set aside until ready to use.

ASSEMBLING & BAKING CORNISH GAME HENS:

  • 6 Cornish game hens
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375F.

Rub game hens with salt & pepper inside and out.

Fill Cornish game hens with stuffing mixture.

Prepare roasting pan by placing rack inside. Pour chicken stock into roasting pan.

Coat outside of game hens completely with glaze and place on baking rack with legs upward. Place foil over game hens about half way through baking time (or after they are golden brown).

Bake for about 1 hour to an 1 hour and 15 minutes or until game hens register on meat thermometer at 165 degrees in the thickest part of the bird (the thigh).

Remove game hens from pan and place on a platter. Reduce remaining sauce by cooking over medium heat (if needed) to thicken. Salt & pepper to taste and serve on the side.

While enjoying your friends, be sure to pass on your sweet & spicy challenge to them for a sexier life. Be sure to come back and comment after you have successfully lost and found yourself, Sexy You.

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Mediterranean Chicken with Quinoa Recipe

The first time I ever met Lorraine, I didn’t. Our friendship started when we met through a cream cheese contest. We both love to cook and bake so we found an instant online connection because of our hobbies. Over time we learned of many other things we shared, like our love for our pet wiener dogs and God and stuff. We have dreamed of her coming to visit my inn, The Old Hen B&B, or of me visiting Chicago so I can enjoy some of her Mediterranean Chicken with Quinoa.

Little did we know that we would both meet Joey Fatone before we would even meet one another. Lorraine was one of the original guests on Joey’s show “My Family Recipe Rocks”. She wrote me a little note afterward telling me that I just had to do the show as well. She must have left a good impression because they contacted me saying they would love to do a show with me. I may or may not have broken a bed while sharing the exciting news with my family. Joey and his amazing team (make-up artist included) made their way to the Great Northwest to my lil’ ol’ B&B this summer and our episode will air this weekend.

Lorraine and I? Well, we are still waiting until we get to meet one another in person and I cannot wait. She has changed my life for the better with her fun sense of humor, love for people and listening ear… even long before we shared an experience of being on the same cooking show with our buddy Joey Fatone. Be sure to try her dish, Mediterranean Chicken with Quinoa Recipe, and sneak a sip of white wine straight from the bottle just like Joey did while at her home.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • Approx. 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • approx. 1 cup green olives (sliced into thirds)
  • approx. 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric (according to your taste preference)
  • dash black pepper
  • 2 cups Quinoa and 4 cups water

Cook the quinoa according to the package.

In large skillet with olive oil, saute garlic, onion and chicken until no pink remains and chicken begins to brown. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Add white wine while scraping browned bits from pan.

Stir in tomatoes, olives, oregano and turmeric. Cover and simmer on low heat (with the lid vented slightly) for approx. 15 minutes.

When quinoa is ready, spoon into serving bowls and top with chicken mixture and serve immediately.

If desired sprinkle a little asiago or parmesan cheese on top.

It’s great accompanied with a green salad or a side of steamed broccoli (or both). It is also great for leftovers — the flavors intensify!

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Lorraine Brown’s  love for cooking began with her close relationship with her mom and she shares some of her touching memories of those precious times during her episode with Joey. 

A Midwest native and Chicagoan for many years, she has multiple interests ranging from cooking, to design, to writing poetry,short stories and song lyrics.   She has featured many of her published poems on her blog (along with her 1st place winning poems “Cheaters” and “Looking Back At Me”).  It seems that many of us wear many hats these days. Lorraine has done so all her life. She’s an Actress; Co-Founder of the Chicago Bulls Cheerleaders (The Luv-A-Bulls); Former NFL-Chicago Bears Cheerleader (The Honeybears); Writer; Decorator; Cook; Photographer; Proud owner of her beloved and talented Abby the wonderdog – (a.k.a. Abigail Von Rawhide); Blessed wife to the love of her life, Greg.” 

She shares some of her many interests on her blog, “A Multi-dimensional Life.” 

 

 

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