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Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

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So I was suppose to actually make this dinner like a week ago.. but I had to stay late for work & then I just had a bunch of plans so anyway! My mother told me we had everything I needed for this recipe and I didn’t have to pick anything up on the way home from work. Oh wrongo was she. I needed basil, chicken broth, Bisquick and peas… so off to Albertsons I went. When I got home I started on the prep. Onions were chopped, with the practically useless chopper. Then the celery and cloves. I love putting my preped stuff in bowls so I feel like I’m on a cooking show! My mother was a sweetie and put my chicken in the fridge to defrost for me. It was to be cut it up in cubes. This went well ūüôā The chicken was perfect! Not to frozen not too thawed. I then realized that the recipe called for cooked chicken & didn’t walk you through that part so I just cooked it up in a pan. It was then brought to my attention that I needed two more cans of chicken broth. And I WAS NOT going back to the store. Will I ever learn?! So my mother got creative, she took the juices from the pan added it with some bullion and water and tada! Homemade chicken broth. I then got down to busniess…to sauteed… the onion ūüėČ and celery in the butter. It smelled and looked weird. After that was tender I added the garlic. And burnt it a little. Then came the flour, sugar ( yes sugar..) salt, pepper ad basil. When I cook I seriously thing I am doing it wrong the whole entire time.This was a huge blob. Not appetizing in any way. Then I added our homemade chicken broth and realized my pan was going to be way to small for what I needed to do. In the directions it says to pour all four cups into the pan, the peas and the chicken. So instead what I did was add half of the broth and the peas in the pan and cooked those as I was suppose to. With the rest of the broth and chicken I placed them into the casserole dish, and just mixing it this way. I was hoping that since I didn’t boil half of the broth it wasn’t going to become something nasty.So after I boiled the broth, the mixture and peas for five minutes I added it to the dish and mixed. We then thought to add some more celery since I think I chopped up mine too small. Now on for the dumplings! They were very simple. Just Bisquick, basil & milk. I plopped them on and baked it for 30 minutes, then for ten more covered with tin foil. My mama also made a yummy fruit salad to go with. She has some special idk spice (?) that she added to it (along with sugar). Very good. Chicken and Dumpling Casserole went over very well with the boys. I had to make sure there was some left over for my dads dinner. They were big fans of the broth. It smelled very good and tasted delicious! Lets see next time I make this (i say this every time) I will make sure I have everything….. Also I am going to have to buy a new chopper because ours is horrible! Yay! My mother always likes when I cook for two reasons, she doesn’t have to and we get to try out new things. Had a stress free cooking experience and had some nice hangout time with my Mama!¬† Message me if you want the recipe

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Chicken in Lemon & Garlic

Dinner! I had to go grocery shopping today for dinner. I picked up chicken breasts (I’m learning what is a good price per pound), an onion (I later found out we had some) two lemons & spanish olive oil. I couldn’t¬†find fresh flat leaf parsley. Also I learned there is a difference between spanish & regular¬†olive oil. Haha regular is healthier. Opps. I also picked up some bread. Before I started the chicken I used our special lemon tool. After that was done I started to cut up the chicken. I think I am getting better at cutting chicken. But I’m still paranoid that I’m going to cut my finger & get blood in the chicken. Ew. My dad asked for lots of chicken so I used the whole pack. It was a huge pile!I put rice in the rice cooker hoping everything would finish around the same time.¬†I then cut up half the onion. I cut it up with a knife and thought if I used the chopper it would get pretty small. The chopper kinda sucked ( I used my dads mallet¬†to chop¬†since¬†I have weak little¬†arms)¬†so I cut it up more with that knife then put it into a pan with the spanish olive oil & cooked that for 5 min. Then I added the chopped up garlic. Then added my beautiful chicken. I was supposed to¬† stir it untill all ingredients are lightly browned and then the issue. There was WAY too much liquid in the bottom so it wasn’t browning. So I tried to get some of it out with a turkey¬†

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¬† but it was taking too long. So my mom showed me how she gets rid of excess of liquid. During this I asked my brother to juice the lemons. He did it the ghetto way. I then added the lemon zest & juice and mixed everything together.¬† I buttered the bread & put it in the oven. I put salt & pepper on the chicken. Done! ūüėÄ I put everything on the table then realized I forgot the parsley. Opps. I always forget something. So I added it after. The chicken was very good! The whole family loved it. My moms only complaint was that I didn’t make a vegetable to go with dinner. I liked it, I just was stressed out while I was making it so that kinda was a bummer.

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Apricot- Stuffed Chicken

I should have been wise enough to not choose something “stuffed” so soon in my journey…. So I bought Chicken Dinners, a Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest magazine in hope of finding something interesting to make for dinner. I saw this recipe &¬†skimmed through¬†the directions¬†and it SEEMED simple enough. So I got my ingredients together, and began. I started¬† with chopping the onion & celery. I used the chopper.I chopped a one piece of celery & even that was too much,¬†the remainder went to the chickens. Then the onion, successfully¬†with no tears!¬†Then I put them aside. .¬†I then drained my canned¬†apricots. Let me tell you about these dang¬†apricots, I had to go to multiple¬†store to even find the stupid things. I knew it was going to be a bad idea, but I put a few pieces of apricot in the chopper. Mush. So for the rest of the apricots I hand chopped them. I put that aside. Then came the issue. The chicken. After I cut up the chicken I put the chicken in between¬†two pieces of plastic wrap. You were suppose to beat it with a meat mallet. But since we didn’t¬†have one sadly¬†I had to use my dad’s tile mallet…. don’t worry I washed & and since the plastic¬†wrap was on top it never touched it but still, I’m gonna buy me a meat mallet for next time. I beat them until I thought they were fine. Then I turned to what would be the stuffing. In a small saucepan I cooked the onion & celery in olive oil for about 5ish¬†minutes. I loved that smell!!! Then I added the apricots (both the chopped & smushed) & 1/2 cup of herb seasoned¬†stuffing mix. Then took it off the heat.I then put together the topping, just apricot jam & some vinegar. Then came the stuffing… it said spoon it evenly over chicken & wrap. So I attempted¬†this. Soooo¬†didn’t work. So my dad came in & beat the chicken. That was better. They needed to be thinner then I originally¬†beat them.¬†But let me tell you it makes it seem like the folding is easy. It so was not. I just winged it because every time I tried to fold it pretty didn’t work. So I gave up on the idea of it looking good & hoping it¬†tasted¬†good right there. I put them on the top rack of the bbq¬†& hoped for the best. Every couple of minutes I would spread the apricot jam mix on top¬†of it. After the first 10 minutes I flipped over the chicken & at this moment I realized I forgot to put in the ginger. It was supposed to¬†put 1/4 tsp of the ginger in with the stuffing. Opps. Whatever. Couldnt do anything about it. Then after the next 10 minutes the chicken was done. It looked a lot¬†better than¬†I thought it was¬†going to, like by a lot!¬†I cooked the remaining of the stuffing & got out the baked potatoes I started earlier in the day.¬†Let see my mom liked it but said she wanted more apricot jam on hers ( there was left over so she could have but didn’t.. don’t ask me why) Nick said it as really yummy, & my dad said it was good. Lets see things that I would do differently. First off I would add the ginger lol, then of course use an actual meat mallet. And as my dad said ” your breast are too small, I think

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that’s the issue”.¬† So yes I would pick out larger chicken breasts & hopefully it would be easier to roll. It turned out ok.¬† Tasted really good, hopefully the next time I try this recipe they will turn out prettier!

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The Perfect Meatloaf

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So I have had this recipe for this turkey meatloaf for years! It was actually part of my recipe box +recipe project from my senior year. Ok So I chopped up the garlic & onion. And yes my eyes watered like mad.gr.Then I saut√©ed both in olive oil. Then I cut my the zucchini (ew) then chopped it with the chopper. Not a big fan of the chopper, it hurts! I added it to the other things in the pan & added the dried thyme. At this point it smelled so yummy! After that simmered for a while I removed it from the heat & placed it onto a large bowl. I added the oats,turkey, yogurt (looked nasty), salt& pepper. I then whisked the eggs (brown of course) & added that to the big bowl of goop. Mixing this was not fun. It was kinda hard & the sounds kind made me want to hurl. Added a little bit of ketchup then spooned it into the casserole dish. At this point I wasn’t too confident that this was going to turn out good, or even eatable. I put it on the oven for 35 min.At this point I thought, I’m done? Wow that was easy! I then decided to watch Last Man Standing ( love Tim Allen). When the 35min were up I was happily surprised at how good it looked & smelled! I took it out, added more ketchup & put it back in for 15 min. This meatloaf was really good! My dad ate like over half, Nick only tried one bite that didn’t have ketchup & refused to even try it with ketchup but he liked it. Turned out A LOT better then I thought it would!!! ūüėÄ

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Balsamic Chicken

So I decided that tonight was I was going to make Balsamic chicken for dinner. This dish was introduced to my family¬†from my Aunt Mari years ago. I really liked it & took the initiative to write down the recipe so my family would make it. In the picture you can tell how lovely my handwriting used to be when I was like 11? Anyhow. So after a crazy day at work I rush home to start dinner. I had already put the chicken in the refrigerator to defrost (like your suppose to do, NOT LEAVE IT OUT ON THE COUNTER…) O

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k so I cut the chicken. Now always I feel like I don’t know how to cut chicken. I just want chicken to be a perfect square so I can cut them into perfect even pieces,but God did not make chickens square. Then I floured the chicken & started to fry the¬†it in olive oil (yum). I got burnt with the oil lots of times ūüė¶ After they were all done I put them in a glass casserole dish. I wanted to keep it warm & get it a little crispyer so I turned on the oven put it in¬†while¬† I did the other things. At this point I realized¬†had totally forgot to start the pasta (penne). lol. So I rushed to start that. While I was waiting for that to boil I cut up the red onion, the first couple cuts were a little off but by the end I had figured out to cut them into perfect little slits. I then saut√©ed the onions in a little bit of olive oil (yum) When they got lightly browned I poured in the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar & dried thyme. Brought that to a boil, added the penne (that I drained in a Micky Mouse strainer :D). And now the pan is too full but my mother wanted me to use that pan… I let that cook for a while,took the chicken out of the oven¬†and added the chicken & mixed it in.WAY too full at this point :)I think it turned out pretty well & was easy enough. Next time I will¬†definitely use a bigger pan!¬†This dinner was¬† a hit with the family. I really loved it too! My mother said the chicken was very good & tender, Nick also liked it but didn’t eat the onions.

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Hawaiian Chicken

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So today on my day off I decided to make a good homemade dinner. Since I only eat fish & fowl I decided to make some sort of chicken. My family has teased me that I am not a good cook so I decided to change that with the the time I do have off. So Hawaiian chicken is a meal my family has been making for years, the recipe given to my mother from my Aunt Patti. I first got all of my ingredients together.

Chicken legs ( I used skinned, boned chicken breasts), flour, shorting (I used olive oil), salt, pepper, chicken bullion cube (I used chicken stock from a jar, not it cube form), 1 can of pineapple slices, sugar, corn starch, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce & ginger.

Fortunately all I had to pick up from the store was the pineapple :).

So to start with the defrosted chicken I breaded it with the flour, salt & pepper. Easy enough, I didn’t use any eggs to make it stick it was fine without it. I fried the chicken with the olive oil. It wasn’t to cook, just to fry the skin & make it pretty. After the skin was golden brown I placed them into the glass dish. Then on to the sauce. Drained the pineapple juice from the can into a liquid measuring cup then added water to equal up to two cups. Then pour into medium sauce pan with the sugar, bullion,¬† corn starch, vinegar, soy sauce & ginger. Brought to a boil & let it for two minutes. Then after that was done poured over chicken. Baked for 30 min then added the pineapple slices & let it bake for another 30 min.

So for the next time I make this I’m pretty sure I will want more sauce. So make add 1/4th to the sauce because we wanted more for our rice. Also maybe to bake it 45 minutes & then 30 minutes. It was fully cooked but might have been even better if it was in for a little longer.

My mother & youngest brother thought it was pretty good. I personally didn’t enjoy attempting to get the chicken off the bone. But do they sell skinned boneless chicken? I will have to look into it for next time. ūüôā

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