Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Recipe adapted from:


  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggies (I used Kroger brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Cook chicken however you like. I steamed mine in my steamer from totally frozen with steak seasoning sprinkled on it for 30 mins.
  2. Shred chicken. (I used my Kitchenaid mixer to shred mine, just make sure you put a towel over the mixer so you don't have flying chicken).
  3. Add butter to a large pot, add celery, onion and carrots along with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add flour and spices. Cook and stir one minute.
  4. Stir in broth and milks, cover the pot, and bring soup to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
  5. Stir in chicken and let simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  6. Divide soup among serving bowls.

Notes & Tips:

The original recipe called for parsnips, which sounds good to me, but as I didn't have any I added the frozen veggies to bulk it up. You can also lower the fat in this by subbing the cream for whole milk and the whole milk for skim. I wouldn't use all skim milk though, I feel it would make the soup kinda watery. I served this with biscuits. The original recipe called for puff pastry adornments, but honestly if I was going to go that far, I'd just make chicken pot pie.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Beef Bourguignon

Recipe adapted from: Julia Child's Joy of Cooking


  • One 6-ounce piece of chunk bacon (or 6 slices of thick cut bacon)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups brown beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • A crumbled bay leaf
  • 18 to 24 white onions, small
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
  • 1 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered

  • Cooking Directions

    -Remove bacon rind and cut into lardons (sticks 1/4-inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). -Simmer rind and lardons for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts water. Drain and dry.
    -Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    -Sauté lardons in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.
    -Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides. -Add it to the lardons.
    -In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the excess fat.
    -Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    -Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.
    -Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and covers the meat with a light crust).
    -Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.
    -Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
    -Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs and bacon rind. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
    -Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 3 to 4 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.
    -While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.
    -Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with one and one-half tablespoons of the oil until bubbling in a skillet.
    -Add onions and sauté over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, rolling them so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect them to brown uniformly.
    -Add 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper to taste and the herb bouquet.
    -Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but hold their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet and set onions aside.
    -Wipe out skillet and heat remaining oil and butter over high heat. As soon as you see butter has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add mushrooms.
    -Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. As soon as they have begun to brown lightly, remove from heat.
    -When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan.
    -Wash out the casserole and return the beef and lardons to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms on top.
    -Skim fat off sauce in saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute or 2, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.
    -If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons stock. Taste carefully for seasoning.
    -Pour sauce over meat and vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times.
    -Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice, and decorated with parsley. 

    Notes & Tips:

    Ok... so where to start. I've always wanted to make this and have admittedly been a tad intimidated to make it. But I bought the ingredients because we thought we were going to have guests for dinner. That fell through and I almost backed out, but I figured I had all the good stuff so I'd go ahead and make tonight a special night anyway. I started this recipe at 11:50am, and we ate at 6pm. There was LOTS of hands on time, there was also a 3.5 hour period where it just simmered. It was very very good, you could taste the wine and the rich beef flavor. I'm not sure I will be making this anytime soon, but it is truly something every cook should attempt. I served this with roasted potatoes and crusty bread.

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

    Recipe adapted from: Six Sisters Blog

    1 (6 oz) pkg. chicken flavored low sodium stuffing mix
    1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
    1 tablespoon prepared, Dijon mustard
    3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces (I steamed mine)
    3 cups fresh broccoli florets
    2 cups cooked, chopped ham
    6 slices of extra thin Swiss cheese

    Preparation: Preheat oven to 375ºF.  Prepare stuffing as directed on package.  Mix soup and mustard in medium bowl; stir in chicken, broccoli and ham. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with cheese slices and stuffing.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through.

    Notes & Tips:
    The original recipe said to boil the chicken but I seasoned mine with garlic salt and pepper and steamed it. You could certainly use leftover chicken if you have it. Really any way you cook the chicken would be just fine. Also, I did not cover it while cooking so that the stuffing could get crispy. I served this with a chopped salad.

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Chilie Rellenos Casserole

    Recipe adapted from:

    3 7-oz. cans whole green chiles
    1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
    1 pound jack cheese, grated
    4 eggs
    1 13-oz. can evaporated milk
    3 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 6-oz. can tomato paste

    3/4 cup salsa

    Wash the chiles, removing the seeds, and dry on paper towels, (DON'T SKIP THIS STEP!). Grate the cheeses. Reserve 1/2 cup of each of the two cheeses, mixing them together in a small bowl. This will go on top of the casserole later, so you can place it in the refrigerator for now. In a medium-sized casserole dish, approximately 8 x 11 (9 x 13 is too big), layer 1/2 of the chiles, all of the cheddar cheese, the remaining chiles, then all of the jack cheese. Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks and add the evaporated milk, flour and salt, beating until frothy. Beat the whites separately for about a minute. Combine the two egg mixtures and beat for a few seconds longer so that they are well-mixed. Pour the egg mixture over the chiles and cheese. Bake at 300 for 1 hour. Then spread the tomato paste over the top. Sprinkle with the reserved cheese you placed in the refrigerator. Bake 1/2 hour longer. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    Notes & Tips:
    I added the salsa to this recipe because I felt like the tomato paste by itself was a little too thick. I really enjoyed this casserole. It came out looking different than I imagined, I think I thought it would look runnier, but really it was nice and firm. It does take a while to cook, but really I think it was worth it. You could certainly add meat if you wanted, but we used this for our meatless meal this week. I served this with Spanish rice.

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    Mustard Greens and Pumpkin Pasta

    Recipe Adapted From:

    • 1 cup sauteed chopped mustard greens
      pumpkin pasta with strip
    • 1 cup cooked pumpkin
    • 1 cup lowfat sour cream
    • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 16 oz pasta (I used Shells)

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Sauteed the greens with garlic and olive oil until wilted. Place the cooked greens, pumpkin, sour cream, cheddar and salt in pot and heat until cheese is melted and ingredients are well blended. Pour into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over pasta. Mix well and transfer to serving dish.


    I left my sauce ingredients in the pot and used an emulsion blender to get the sauce smooth. This was absolutely wonderful! Daven ate lots of it which is always good when he eats his veggies. I served it with oven fried chicken and mashed sweet potatoes. 

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    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Cream Cheese Mints

    Recipe adapted from: Reeves Danter


    • 4oz Cream Cheese
    • 2 1/4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
    • 1 tsp. Peppermint Extract
    • Food Coloring
    • Granulated Sugar

    Mix cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, peppermint extract and food coloring until VERY smooth. Put into piping bag. Pipe thumb nail size drops into bowl full of granulated sugar (I did 4 drops at a time). Roll them in granulated sugar. If using molds, coat the molds in sugar then press balls into them to shape. Drop the molded pieces out onto wax paper that has a coating of granulated sugar on it. If making them into free form "pillow" shapes, after rolling them in the sugar, place them on wax paper that has granulated sugar on it. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. Store in air tight container once completely dry.


    It may seem like you're using a lot of granulated sugar, but really it acts like flour so the mints don't stick. The mixture is really really sticky so you have to be careful to really coat the droplets in sugar. Make sure when you're rolling them to get your hands really dry. After about 8 hour of drying you can carefully flip them over to dry a little more on the other side. Serve them in a pretty dish. Can be made in any color. I made pink and blue for a baby shower.

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw

    Recipe adapted from: E-meals 

    • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced 
    • 1/2 tablespoon Creole seasoning 
    • 1/2 tablespoon Cilantro Mojo Seasoning (Tupperware)
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
    • 10 oz bag rainbow slaw mix
    • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro 
    • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced 
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
    • 1 teaspoon honey 
    • ¼ teaspoon salt 
    • 10-count package taco size flour tortillas 
    • Pico de gallo
    • Sour Cream

    Sprinkle chicken with Creole & Cilantro Mojo seasonings. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, stirring frequently, for 6 minutes, or until cooked through. Combine coleslaw mix, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, honey, and salt in a bowl. Serve chicken, pico, sour cream and slaw on tortillas.


    The original recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of Creole seasoning, but I just love the Mojo seasoning so much I had to use it. I was also surprised how much I liked the slaw. I didn't think it was going to have enough liquid but it really was very good and was not too spicy. I made the slaw in advance to let the ingredients marry before serving. I served this with Spanish rice.

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta

    Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home August/September 2013


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic cloves, minced
    • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/4 cup white wine
    • 1/4 water
    • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • Hot cooked rice


    • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add tomatoes, wine, oregano, salt, pepper flakes and paprika; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
    • Stir in shrimp and cheese; cook 5-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice. Serves 4


      YUM YUM YUM! How delish. I served this over hot rice. Daven even loved it, after I chopped up the shrimp. He ate two servings. I did use an Italian Seasoning blend that had red pepper flakes in it, so I omitted the red pepper flakes. 


      1 cup (calculated without rice) equals 261 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 191 mg cholesterol, 502 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.