Posts Tagged ‘parsley flakes’

On our return from Hawai’i, we were to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. However, our plane was late in taking off, and the airline was a bit disorganized with where our bag could be found. Needless to say, my favorite restaurant was closed by the time we got there. So we ended up eating at a place called “Original Joe’s.” I ordered their Chicken Saute Sec, and it was absolutely yummy! So, I had to try making this myself. Here is what I came up with!

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup of flour
4 good shakes of garlic powder
2 good shakes of Hungarian paprika
2 good twists on your salt and pepper mills
1/2 cup butter, divided in half
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup white wine (I used the Lava Cap Chardonnay)
1 cup chicken broth
8 oz. thickly sliced mushrooms
2 good shakes of dried parsley flakes

Ingredients are ready

I started by pounding the chicken breasts to about 1/3 of an inch thick. Then I got my pan ready and added 1/2 of the butter. I put the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper into a bag and then shook it to mix. The I added the chicken breasts. Heat up the pan until the butter has melted and make sure that you coat the pan. When the butter bubbles, add the chicken breasts. Cook until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan.

Browned chicken

Add the remaining butter to the pan along with the shallots and the garlic. Cook until just soft. Then deglaze the pan with the wine. Make sure you get up the bits left by the chicken. Let this cook down until it reduces by half. Then add the chicken broth.

Sauce is cooking

Bring this up to a boil, and then place the chicken back into the pan. Top with the mushrooms and parsley.

Add the mushrooms and parsley

Cover and turn the heat down to low. Let this cook for about 30 minutes.

Serve this with rice and a vegetable.

Dinner is served!

And, don’t forget the wine used in this recipe…pour a glass or two!

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I love pizza! Of all the foods out there I can eat pizza every day, as well as Chinese and Mexican foods. Oh and Italian too! I was inspired to try making this myself after having a pizza like this from a little place that was in San Carlos, CA called Cheshire. This pizza uses tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. Are you ready for some pizza!

Would you like some pizza?

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

Pizza Dough, I use a pre-made dough in this recipe
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Basil and Oregano, dried
1 huge ripe tomato
5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Prosciutto – You can buy this in a thick slice, or some brands offer this already chopped
Black Olives
Parsley flakes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take your pizza stone, brush it with a bit of non-stick cooking spray. Then spread out the dough to the edges.

Spread out the pizza dough

Brush on EVOO and sprinkle with basil and oregano

Top with most of the cheese

Follow with tomato slices

Next sprinkle with finely chopped garlic

Next is the prosciutto

Add the olives

Follow with capers

Add remaining cheese

Put this into the oven and bake until the bottom side of the crust is browned, about 12 – 18 minutes.

Pizza right out of the oven!

Remove from the oven and let this sit for a minute or two, if you can, then slice and serve!

Dinner is served!

I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did.  This is a 2 – 4 serving pizza, depending on whether you want to share it!

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Last night we were having dinner with friends Gene and Betsy followed by a game of progressive rummy! So much has been going on lately that we had not had a dinner and card night for a long time! There were two challenges for the evening. The first challenge for was to come up with a vegetarian dinner; the second was to beat Betsy at cards!

Thinking about dinner I wanted to do something that I could prepare ahead, and that is pretty simple to make. So last night I hoped to win at cards and I made Manicotti!

For the stuffing:
2 Eggs
1 1/4 containers of Ricotta cheese
1 15 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and the water squeezed out
2/3 cup of finely minced onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup grated Mozzarella

Manicotti Shells – uncooked
Tomato Basil Sauce – 24 oz. jar + cups of water
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella

Beat the eggs until well blended. Add the ricotta and mix well with the eggs until the mixture no longer has lumps. Add the spinach, the onion and the spices. Combine. Then add in the cheese.

Manicotti filling

Everything is ready to go!

Next take the Manicotti shells and with your hands stuff the shells until tightly packed. Next mix the water and the sauce together, and add one cup to a 9×13 baking pan. Shake the pan from side to side to spread it out evenly. Lay the Manicotti in the pan. Cover with the remaining sauce and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Ready to cook

I got this ready ahead of time and then set it in the refrigerator until I am ready to start cooking. When ready to bake, turn the oven on to 350 degrees and bake for 45-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

I served dinner fresh steamed asparagus, and Texas toast.

Dinner is served!

We followed this with a salad.

Spring mix salad with raw sunflower seeds

After dinner we shared a Port wine with some really excellent chocolate!

Port and chocolate for dessert

Dinner was a hit!

We played progressive rummy

Card game

and I think someone was cheating!

Someone could be cheating

Needless to say I did not win. Betsy took the game again!

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