Thursday, August 4, 2011

You all ROCK! Here are some recipes. . . :)

Thank you for all the responses to my last post! Not only here on the blog, but on facebook too! I really appreciate them all! Here's to hoping Lincoln's and my solo flight goes smoothly! *Fingers, toes and eyes crossed . . .*  I'm in the middle of my last minute preparations to leave right now, but I thought I'd post this real quick!
As a big THANK YOU, I'm going to share a few favorite recipes with you all right now! :)

Squire's last "real" meal until I return! Haha. He'll be fine with pasta/red sauce and hamburger/beans. . .
Parmesan Chicken - a winner every time.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips - my favorite)
  • (OR 6-8 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
In a pie plate, combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire and salt. In a gallon-sized plastic bag, combine crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip chicken in butter mix then shake in crumb mixture. Place in ungreased 9x13-inch pan. Drizzle with any remaining butter. Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.

Delicious. Flavorful. Just the right texture.
 Awesome Asparagus
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Some olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • Some lemon juice
  • Some sea salt
  • Some regular salt
Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil into skillet with chopped garlic. Turn the heat on medium. Put asparagus in with oil and garlic. When asparagus gets to be bright green, add a big swig of lemon juice (~1 TBL.) and sea/regular salts to taste. Cook, frequently stirring(?) asparagus for about 1 1/2 minutes after they turn the bright green color. (About 7 minutes total cook time.)

Skins and all!
Garlic Red Mashed Potatoes
  • 4-6 large red potatoes
  • (Real!) Butter ~ 2-3 TBL.
  • Milk ~ 1 TBL.
  • Garlic salt
  • Regular salt
Chop up red potatoes in halves or quarters. Boil until you can easily stick a fork inside the potatoes. Drain the water. Mash up the potatoes while adding butter, milk, garlic salt and salt to taste. Tip: More butter, a lot less milk. Taste/mash as you go! :)

Lazymom's bread. Yes please!
No-Knead Bread (Peasant Bread)
  • 1 heaping TBL. dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 TBL. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups flour
Stir yeast, sugar, and salt with warm water until dissolved. Add flour and stir until blended. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Flour hands, remove and place in 2 rounds on oiled cookie sheet w/ cornmeal. Let rise additional hour. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt before baking. Bake at 425* for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325* and bake another 15 minutes or until done. Brush once more with olive oil. Serve warm with your favorite jam (or dip in balsamic vinegar and olive oil - yum!)

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