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Chicken Cordon Bleu

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It's always nice when I can make a meal that satisfies the taste preferences of every palate living in my house. Chicken cordon bleu is just such a dish. It's fun, it's fancy, but the home run is all in the secret sauce. My standard recipe calls for lots of extra secret sauce for two reasons: #1. That volume of liquid keeps the chicken from burning on the bottom and sticking to the pan during cooking. #2. It makes a mean gravy for my mashed potato side dish! Or rice, or whatever. Ingredients 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 6 slices Swiss cheese 6-12 slices ham* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3 tsp paprika 1/2 cup butter 1 and 1/2 cup unsweetened white grape juice 3 tsp chicken bouillon granules 2 Tbs flour 1 and 1/4 cup half and half Directions Cut 12 pieces of baking string, each about 12 inches long. Set aside. Place chicken breasts one at a time inside a freezer bag and pound the heck out of them until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Fold the cheese into quart

Spanish Rice or Quinoa

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I was tasked with providing a Latin side dish for dinner with friends a few weeks ago. I was having a hankering for Spanish rice, so I tried a new recipe! Risky, but it paid off! I researched about a dozen different recipes and smashed them together with my fingers crossed. Savory, spicy, sassy success . I have added a few more spices since that first attempt and am now ready to share the recipe in its perfected-to-my-personal-tastes state! Now, before I unveil this masterpiece, I must also encourage you to eat the leftovers with breakfast. Yes, breakfast. I made two over-easy runny eggs and served them with half cup of rice. Yum. Yum. I tried it without realizing that this is actually a common dish! My natural culinary brilliance knows no cultural barriers. Cough, cough... I'm kidding. Ingredients: 2 Tbs butter 1 medium onion, diced 2 tsp minced garlic cloves 3 cups uncooked white rice*** 2 cans chicken broth (14.5 ounces each) 1 cup water 1 10-ounce can

Asian Honey Chicken Thighs

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I. love. this. chicken. This dish was inspired by the popular Spicy Honey Chicken at Our Best Bites. I messed around with the concept until I got just the gentle Asian flavor that I was looking for! Oh, and this isn't spicy. At all. I've had it with fried rice, on salad, and in a sandwich. It is Kinley's Most Favorite Chicken Ever, by a landslide. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 packages of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 4 pounds (16-20 thighs). Yes, do it with thighs . Really. 2 Tbs vegetable oil Rub: 4 tsp garlic powder 4 tsp chili powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp coriander 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cumin 2 tsp ground ginger Glaze: 1 C Honey 2 Tbs Rice Vinegar Directions: Unroll chicken thighs and use scissors to trim fat and other ickies. Drizzle 2 Tbs oil over the chicken and use your hands to make sure it lightly coats every piece. Put rub ingredients into small bowl, mix thoroughly. Use the rub to cover each chicken thigh. It's called a "r

Healthy Fried Brown Rice

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I was in the mood for fried rice recently, so I did a little google exploration. I inspected a few dozen different recipes and picked out the common denominators. I have tweaked the general recommendations to my liking and am very pleased with the end result. This is one half of my addiction-of-the-month. The other half is an Asian honey chicken recipe that comes right after this post. Ingredients: 6 cups cooked, cold, leftover brown rice* 2 cups frozen peas and carrots 1/2 cup diced green onions (about 3 stalks) 1 Tbs sesame oil 1 Tbs butter 6 Tbs soy sauce 2 large eggs** (optional) Directions: Melt butter in pan and add sesame oil. When pan is hot, add onions and stir for 30 seconds. Add frozen peas and carrots, and stir in pan until thoroughly warmed through. Add rice and stir until warm through. Add soy sauce and keep stirring until everything is completely warmed through. Yum! Total Calories (with eggs): 203 per cup *Leftover rice works a lot better than fresh, warm r

Sour Cream Banana Mini-Muffins

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Justin asks for banana bread weekly. I'm not sure why , considering my last attempt (7 years ago) was a total bust. Last week he came home from work carrying a bundle of bananas as a gift for me himself, begging me to transform them into baked goods. I took to the internet in search of a fail-proof recipe and hit the jackpot . I don't actually own a bread pan, but I do own mini-muffin tins ! I modified the recipe to suit my equipment and it was a super-success. These are the best banana muffins I have ever eaten. In fact, it's the best banana "bread" I have ever had (and I just paid $4.99 last week for a loaf from Kneaders). I realize they don't look very special, but they are insanely moist and uniformly delectable, with no "crust" to speak of. It's like 48 inside slices of banana bread with the crusts cut off... when you are only baking something for 15 minutes, there isn't time for the outsides to get extra crispy. Ingredients 1

Summer Cole Slaw

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I found a version of this recipe on Allrecipes.com . I used some of the reviewer recommendations to make a few changes to suit my palate (and calorie interests). I served it on top of Brushed and Baked BBQ Chicken Rolls and it was perfect! I served it to a crowd and it was a big hit! Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix 2 Tbs diced onion 2/3 cup Lite Miracle Whip (regular would be fine as well) 1/4 cup white sugar 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional) Directions Combine the coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl. Whisk together the salad dressing, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend or use hand mixer to combine thoroughly. Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Serve as a side dish or on top of your favorite hot sandwich.

Chicken Diablo

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Mmmmm..... chicken that is equally delectable as a main dish or salad fixin's. Home run. Ingredients 3.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of all yucky parts 4 Tbs butter 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp curry powder Directions: Melt butter in 9 x 13 pan. In separate bowl, mix butter, honey, mustard, salt, and curry powder. Pour all sauce into the pan with the butter. Roll chicken around in the pan, coating well. Arrange in single later. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for approximately 55 minutes, or until rich, glazed, and thoroughly cooked, basting every 20 minutes. To baste, I just take it out of the oven for a minute and use a spoon to re-douse the chicken with the juices/sauce. Be sure to use a clean spoon each time.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Syrup

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These two recipes are surprisingly easy and dangerously delicious -- they appeared on our breakfast table three times this week, to rave reviews and sloppy kisses from the troops. We first had them over the summer when my friend Missy made them for us. I squeezed her for the recipe. The pancakes are light, fluffy, cheap, and easy--like a few girls I knew in high school. They have a hint of pumpkin flavor, but are not overly... pumpkinny. I amazed myself with the apple syrup. It. was. excellent. Pumpkin Pancakes Beat 2 eggs, then add : 3/4 cup Pumpkin 2 Tbs Sugar 1/2 tsp each: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda , salt 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup apple sauce (I like cinnamon applesauce) Mix until smooth using a hand-mixer with beaters. Now add: 1 1/2 cups Flour (I used all-purpose; Missy uses whole wheat) 1 1/2 cups of milk (skim is ok) Mix until smooth. Batter is loose. Use a 1/3 cup scoop to measure. Cook on the griddle and serve! Makes about 15 pancakes, 98 cal

Cranberry Chicken

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If you like my Apricot Chicken recipe , here is a similar take with a recipe I received from my friend Susie. It's subtly different, a little less sweet, and was equally well-received by those who dine at my table. Like the Apricot Chicken recipe, this is very very fast to make! Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts 1 bottle french dressing (DO NOT use "creamy" french!! Don't even use "light" creamy french!) 1 can cranberry sauce (with or without whole berries -- I used without) 1 envelope lipton onion soup 1 can mandarin oranges Cooked rice Directions: Combine dressing, cranberry sauce, and soup mix together in a bowl. Fold in can of mandarin oranges (do not drain the oranges). Pour entire mixture over the chicken in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake covered on 350 for 60 minutes. Take chicken out and shred. Mix chicken back into sauce. Serve over rice.