Thursday, June 22, 2017

Antipasto: Easy steps to the finished product

If you want to impress the heck out of your guests, family included? You must try your hand at making an antipasto. It's not as hard as you may think and it's not only the greatest idea since white bread...wait get some good Italian bread and make this one of your favorite meals.


Not too much time to get this post up for you last minute foodies but if I'm too late on this bookmark it and keep it for your next gathering!

Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours,

From my kitchen to yours,


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick Cookin Combo Meal!

Tonight's Quick dinner combo! Chicken, beef or ground turkey can be used with any of these!

 Using a slow cooker or deep skillet, on top of stove brown chicken (that's what I'm using today) in olive oil with chopped scallions and celery, added a little salt and pepper. I added:

1 can chicken broth and 1 can cream of chicken soup and let simmer until broth is bubbling. I place mine on the slow cooker plate and let simmer for a while. When I feel the chicken is cooked I add 1 pkg. frozen mixed veggies and 1 pkg. frozen brown rice and cook until all are soft and thickened slightly. Serve with a salad and you've a easy meal.

 This combo can be altered to your,at the moment desire or what you have in your pantry. It's as easy as that! Here's your choices for changing it up a bit!

 Basic start is the meat/poultry of choice, oo and onion and celery. The rest is up to you! Hope this is of help to busy Mom's and Dad's! You can have this dish ready to serve in 30 to 45 minutes depending on what meat/chicken etc you start with. :)♥ I'm using my slow cooker today.

Options!  You can use chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and any chicken, meat or ground meat mixture to the above and make your own creation.

From my kitchen to yours,


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chicken Cacciatore!!! It's Italian

Recipe Rewind or you can call it seconds are best!

OK so I mix em up a bit..Italian not Italian , whatever hits me that day or better yet when I'm at the market.

  I just love this blogging,  it sure gets my hubby a lot of time in the kitchen.  Sometimes he helps with the pictures but most time it is me one hand on camera and one hand preparing food.  Gotta love it!

Here's my Chicken Cacciatore Recipe.

 I am not one to put mushrooms in anything (hubby and kids don't like em) but this is where I just have to put a few.  I think it's a pretty good recipe and feel free to use chicken parts if you wish.  We prefer chicken breasts but you use the chicken your family likes.  Note: I am sure you can cook this recipe in a crock pot.  Make sure you brown your chicken first.  I cooked mine on top of the stove in a deep skillet and within an hour or so it was ready. Check it ou

Happy Baking and Cooking from my kitchen to yours,

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lbs. chicken breasts or parts
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. basil
1-15 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes
1/2 lb. mushrooms(you can use up to 1 lb. cut in half)
1 onion chopped
1 medium green pepper (sliced)
sprinkle red crushed pepper (optional)
1  1/2 cups chicken broth (canned or homemade)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 lb. pasta  (I like Mafalda, Fettuccine or Farfalle)

Heat oil in  deep skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook until browned on both sides.  Add garlic, basil, tomatoes, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, salt and pepper and 1 cup chicken broth.  Simmer slowly..Cook until chicken and vegetables are tender.

This meal can be made easily in a crockpot. Brown your chicken in a little olive oil first and then place in crockpot. add other ingredients, except mushrooms if you are using them. Add them the last 10 minutes. Cook on low for 8 hours, high 4 hours.

Stir cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup broth in a small bowl until mixture is smooth.  Add to chicken vegetable mix.  Cook until mixture starts to thicken.  While mixture is thickening cook pasta according to directions.  Drain.  Ladle Sauce over pasta.  Top with a little Pecorino Romano Cheese. Bon Appetit!!

All the good stuff!!!

Add tomatoes , peppers and mushrooms.  Cook until vegetables are tender.(I added  a red pepper only because I had one and didn't want to waste it.)

From my healthy kitchen to yours,


Monday, June 19, 2017

Turkey Chili: Low in calories and fat!

I posted this recipe several years ago. I think you'll enjoy it!

It's cold, cold, cold here in Pittsburgh and I wanted to make something to warm me up. I thought soup or chili and chili won out for the dish of the day.  I'm trying to make more healthy salads but not all days are salad friendly; those days that are really bone chilling, soup or chili does come to my mind..

 I haven't been very cheery the last month so today I decided it was time to PICK MYSELF UP, BRUSH MYSELF OFF AND START ALL OVER AGAIN! 

Here's an easy chili recipe using ground turkey.


From my kitchen to yours,


1 lb. ground turkey
2 T olive oil
1 large onion
1 -15 oz can dark kidney beans rinsed and drained
1-46 oz. can tomato juice
3 T chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Saute turkey and onion in olive oil until lightly browned.  Add tomato juice, chili powder, salt and pepper and drained beans. ** I prefer to rinse and drain my beans before adding to mixture.  Cook until mixture thickens slightly, approximately 1 hour.  Serve with crackers or bread.....Yum

From my healthy kitchen to yours,

1/3/13 Original

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maple Coated Salmon

I don't care for fish of any kind. It can be given to me the day it was caught cleaned and filet but no thanks but to one very nice foodie I was willing to give it another try. This time it's salmon!

I keep trying so to like it. 

I don't have to love it but only to like it on occasion. That's what I keep telling myself. It's healthy, it's healthy, it's healthy and I like maple syrup occasionally on pancakes so it was worth a try.

It's good and hubby liked it but me eh! Thanks Linda. It's a start!

Salmon today for dinner.

1lb. Fresh salmon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 clove minced garlic
2 T soy sauce
Pinch salt and pepper

In a small bowl place maple syrup, garlic and soy sauce. Also a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk thoroughly and with a silicone brush make sure you give the salmon a good coat.  If there is any left pour over salmon. 

P.S. I place the salmon on a large piece of foil , tucked it slightly around edges and baked at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes depending on oven temperature. I then unwrapped slightly and broiled another 3 minutes or so.

From my healthy kitchen to yours,