Easy Eats – Oven Poached Salmon

Easy Eats - Oven Poached Salmon

Ingredients

3 cups broccoli florets 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes 1 lb. salmon fillets (cut into 4-4oz. pieces) 1 TB. olive oil 1 TB. soy sauce salt & pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut 4 long pieces of aluminum foil and lay flat on the counter. Add equal amount of broccoli and cherry tomatoes to each piece of aluminum foil. Add salt/pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil and soy sauce. Place salmon piece on top of each broccoli cherry parcel. Add salt/pepper to taste. Seal the aluminum foil parcels. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.

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Easy Eats – Strawberry-Chocolate Parfait

Easy Eats - Strawberry-Chocolate Parfait Ingredients Strawberries (or raspberries, blueberries) Brownies, crumbled Chocolate Ice Cream Whipped Cream Chocolate Liqueur (optional)

Directions

Toss 1/2 cup strawberries (or berries of choice) with 1 TB chocolate liqueur (optional), layer with crumbled brownies and chocolate ice cream into 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream and more berries. Enjoy!

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Easy Eats – BBQ Chicken Nachos

Easy Eats - BBQ Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

Half a bag of Tortilla Chips 2 cups grated cheddar 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 1/3 cup BBQ sauce 4 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

Heat oven to 450° F. On a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, layer the chips, Cheddar, and chicken. Bake until the Cheddar is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Top with the barbecue sauce and scallions.

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Easy Eats – Chicken Pot Pie

Easy Eats - Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cubed 1 TB vegetable oil 1 cup carrots, diced 1/2 cup celery, diced 1/3 cup onion, diced 1 cup frozen peas 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp celery seed 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning 1 3/4 cups chicken broth 2/3 cup milk Refrigerated pie crust (2 ct)

Directions

In a large pan, saute the chicken in vegetable oil over medium high heat until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the pan.  Add the carrots, onions and celery and saute until soft, about five minutes. Add the flour, salt, pepper, celery seed and poultry seasoning to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Slowly add the chicken broth and milk to the pan, stirring constantly. Add the chicken and the peas. Simmer until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 425. Line a pie pan with one of the crusts and add the filling. Cut several slits into the other crust BEFORE topping the pie.  Tuck the top crust under the bottom one around the edges and pinch to seal. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.EasyEats_EmailBlock_01_26_chickenpotpie

Easy Eats – Baked Spaghetti

Easy Eats - Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients

12 oz. spaghetti 4 eggs, beaten 2 TB. butter 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese 2 TB. butter 1 cup cottage cheese 1 (28 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mix eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter with the spaghetti to coat pasta completely; spread into the prepared baking dish. Spread cottage cheese over the spaghetti to cover completely. Spread spaghetti sauce over the cottage cheese; top with a layer of mozzarella cheese.Bake until hot in the center, about 30 minutes.

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Easy Eats – Slow Cooker Steak & Potato Soup

Easy Eats - Slow Cooker Steak & Potato Soup

Ingredients

1-1/4 lb stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 tsp salt 3 cups cubed and peeled Yukon gold potatoes 4 cups beef broth 1 cup steak sauce 1 TB chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 TB minced fresh parsley

Directions

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

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Mary’s Memo – January 2nd

BEST RECIPES OF 2016


DILL PICKLE SOUP


• 5½ cup Swanson Chicken Stock
• 1¾ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered (5 to 6 medium)
• 2 cups chopped carrots (2 to 3 large ones
• 1 cup chopped dill pickles (small dice …. about 3large whole dills)
• ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
• 1 cup reduced-fat Daisy brand sour cream
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 cups dill pickle juice
• 1½ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
• ½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

In large pot, combine stock, potatoes, carrots and butter. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Add pickles and continue to boil. In medium bowl, stir together flour, sour cream and water, making a paste. Vigorously whisk sour cream mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, into soup. This will also break up some of the potatoes which is fine. You will see some initial little balls form, but between whisking and boiling al will disappear. Don’t panic! Add pickle juice, Old Bay, salt (*see below), pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 minutes more and remove from heat.Serve immediately.

*All pickle juice is not created equal so taste before you add salt. You may not need any.

Source: Recipe adapted from http:noblepig.com)

Quick egg drop soup was another 2016 favorite. If you’re looking for a light, easy-to-digest soup, this is for you.

QUICK EGG DROP SOUP


• 3 cups Swanson’s Chicken Stock
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
• 1 medium scallion (green onion)
• 2 large eggs, slightly beaten

Heat chicken stock, salt and white pepper to boiling. Stir scallion into eggs. Pour egg mixture slowly into stock, stirring constantly with fork or whisk to form shreds of egg. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Source: Adapted from my daily moment.com recipe.

MY FRIEND, THE SLOW COOKER


• 1 sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
• 1 5-pound Miller whole chicken
• 1 20-ounce jar Pace medium salsa
• ½ cup butter (1 stick)

It’s no secret that I use my 5-quart slow cooker to make a variety of dishes. It includes this 3-ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa. Note: Onions are added for flavor but too fatty to eat.
For easy clean-up, line cooker with Our Family Slow Cooker bag. Spread onion rings in bottom of the cooker. Place chicken on top of onion layer breast side down. Pour salsa over the chicken. Cook on high until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 4½ hours. An instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thickest part of the thigh near bone should read 165ºF. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before cutting.

Source: Used with permission of www.allrecipes.com, the world’s favorite recipe web site.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN FOIL PACKETS


• 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks canned in juice, drained and juice reserved
• ¼ cup water
• 2 cups Minute Instant-Whole Grain Brown Rice
• 2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1½ chunks (about 2 cups)
• 3 cups fresh sugar snap peas
• ¾ cup La Choy Teriyaki Baste and Glaze Sauce
• 1 pound chicken tenders (you need 12 tenders so that each packet has 3 tenders).

Heat a gas or charcoal grill. Cut 4 18x2-inch sheets of heavy duty foil. Spray each with cooking spray. Pour reserved pineapple and water ln 4-cup measuring cup. Add brown rice; stir and let stand about 10 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, in large bowl, toss pineapple, bell pepper chunks, sugar snap peas and ½ cup teriyaki sauce until well blended. Place 3 chicken tenders on each foil sheet. Divide rice mixture and remaining liquid evenly over chicken and vegetables; stir gently. Spoon 1 tablespoon glaze; stir gently. Bring up 2 sides of foil so edges meet. Seal edges, and expansion. Fold other sides to seal. Place packs over medium heat. Cook for 12 to 14 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and vegetables are crisp-cooked. Remove packets from grill. Carefully fold back foil; open one end and spoon onto serving plates. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Source: Adapted from Pillsbury recipe.

Finally, our last best recipe of 2016 has to be Katharine Hepburn’s Brownie recipe, found among her belongings after she died.

KATHARINE HEPBURN’S BROWNIES


• ½ cup butter (1 stick)
• 2 1-ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 large eggs
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup chopped walnuts

Melt together butter and chocolate and take saucepan off the heat. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla and bet mixture well. Stir in flour, and walnuts. Spoon into greased and floured baking pan. Bake in preheated 325ºF oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into squares and eat out of pan or arrange on serving dish. Yummy and moist.
Adapted from Bon Appetite recipe.

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Easy Eats – Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Easy Eats - Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Ingredients

16 large shrimp, peeled & deveined 8 slices bacon Barbeque seasoning, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wrap shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Be sure and use the large shrimp--the cooking time for the shrimp and the bacon is similar. If you use medium-sized shrimp, you might want to precook the bacon a little--over cooked shrimp are tough and rubbery--and a real shame. Line a jelly roll pan with extra heavy duty foil, and place baking rack in pan. Place the shrimp on the rack, and sprinkle heavily with the barbecue seasoning, turn and sprinkle second side. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes. The bacon will turn from creamy white to a little opaque, and the seasonings will soak in. Cook the bacon for 10 to 15 minutes. The rack keeps the shrimp from sitting in the draining bacon fat. With a little luck, you won’t tear the foil -- you can throw that away and only have to scrub the rack.

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Mary’s Memo – December 26th

The 12 days of Christmas are here in my world, ending with the Feast of Epiphany on January 8, 2017. Many of you will be celebrating on the 31st so were featuring appetizers for you to make. We’re also including non-alcoholic beverages, especially for designated drivers because we want it to be a safe holiday.

DIP INTO THESE TREATS


My all-time favorite vegetable dip was given to me by Mrs. Dale Rupp of Bryan.

BEST VEGETABLE DIP


• 1 cup light mayonnaise
• 2 tablespoons finely mince scallions
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light La Choy soy sauce (gluten free)

Whisk ingredients together. Store in the refrigerator. Dip keeps for several days. Serve with relishes.

BAKED ARTICHOKE


• 114-ounce can artichokes, drained well and chopped
• 1 cup light mayonnaise
• 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine in a small, oven-proof baking dish. Bake in 350ºF oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

MICROWAVE HONEY-GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS


• 3 pounds chicken wings
• ½ cup honey
• ¼ cup La Choy light soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• ½ teaspoon dry mustard
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon McCormick California garlic powder

Cut through each chicken wing at 2 joints. Discard tip (or freeze to make chicken broth later). Arrange other sections in 8x12-inch glass baking dish. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in 2-cup glass measuring container. Microwave on high, uncovered, 2 to 2½ minutes or until mixture boils, stirring once. Spoon over chicken wings. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high for 10 minutes. Rearrange and turn chicken pieces. Recover with waxed paper and microwave on high an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is tender and glazed.

APPETIZER CHICKEN SPREAD


• 1 5-ounce can boned chicken
• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
• 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon minced onion
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¾ teaspoon reduced-sodium La Choy soy sauce
Mix ingredients together until well blended. Chill. Garnish with a sprig of parsley and serve with crackers. Note: Chicken can be replaced with same amount of canned tuna, if you prefer.

CHEERS EVERYONE!


This punch was new to me when I moved to Bryan and so I refer to it as Bryan punch. A word of caution, be sure to make it with Canada Dry Ginger Ale, not Vernor's because it will not taste the same.

WHITE GRAPE JUICE PUNCH


• 2 parts white grape juice, chilled
• 1 part Canada Dry ginger ale, chilled

Pour white grape juice into punch bowl. Slowly add ginger ale. Add ice ring made of white grape juice.

RED HOT PUNCH


• 1 cup water
• 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons red hots
• ½ cup sugar
• 2 46-ounce cans unsweetened pineapple juice
• 8 cups ginger ale, chilled
• 1 quart vanilla ice cream

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS


Resolutions are apparently made to be broken because I resolve each year to waste as little food as possible by not buying foods that are on sale unless I know that they’ll be used within a few days. It isn’t a bargain if it spoils, not to mention the food value it loses in storage.

WINTER DRY SKIN PROBLEMS?


A few suggestions from Consumer Reports on Health are to turn down the thermostat a few degrees because cooler air is less likely to aggravate your itch. Bathe briefly and use tepid water because the hotter the water, the more skin oils you strip away. Moisturize after bathing, while you’re slightly damp, using a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion for sensitive skin and stick to fragrance-free soaps.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!



• 3 pounds chicken wings
• ½ cup honey
• ¼ cup La Choy light soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• ½ teaspoon dry mustard
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon McCormick California garlic powder

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Easy Eats – Pork & Sauerkraut

Easy Eats - Pork & Sauerkraut

Ingredients

2 large onions, chopped 6 TB butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 lb bag of sauerkraut 3-4 lb pork roast salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 250. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a saute pan. Add onions and saute until golden brown, about 10- 15 minutes. Empty sauerkraut into a colander. Rinse it and squeeze out all the liquid a few times. Set aside. Add garlic to onions, saute for a minute or two. Add sauerkraut to saute pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 15 minutes, mixing often, until everything is well blended. Add a bit more butter if mixture seems too dry. Generously salt and pepper all sides of a pork roast. Place into a roasting pan. Spoon sauerkraut over roast. Cover with lid and cook for 5-6 hours or until pork is fork tender. If using a lean roast, check pan after an hour. If everything seems to be drying out, add a cup of water. When pork is tender, shred/chunk pork, remove any bones, salt & pepper to taste and mix pork and sauerkraut together. Serve over mashed potatoes, spaetzle, noodles or potato chunks. Enjoy : )

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