Thursday, February 14, 2019

Winner, Winner. Romantic Chicken Dinner

This is perfect for date night or anytime.

I've used dry white wine, but you can also use a sparkling wine if desired.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper (adjust to taste)
1 - 2 T. fresh lemon juice, oil
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. dried parsley, 
1 clove chopped and crushed garlic
1/2 c. chopped onions
1/3 - 3/4 c. dry white wine


Peel, rinse, chop onions, garlic, place in bowl and set aside.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add oil. 

Add chicken, salt, pepper and some of the wine.

Cook on one side for 7 - 12 min or until desired doneness. 

Flip chicken over and repeat on other side until done. 

Remove chicken from pan when done.

Add wine, onions and garlic to pan.

Stir with a whisk and let reduce for a few minutes.

When sauce is reduced, pour over chicken.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lunar New Year Martini

Happy Lunar New Year!

Today marks the start of the Chinese Year Of The Pig.

This is a great cocktail to toast the Lunar New Year, while watching the Grammys or anytime. You can adjust the amount of liquor and food coloring, if desired.

4 - 6 oz. of each: gin, sake
1 - 2 drops red food coloring
Ice

Place 4 clean martini glasses into the freezer for a few minutes to chill.

In a cocktail shaker combine: sake, gin, ice, food coloring (adjust amount of food coloring).

Shake for 10 - 20 seconds to blend.

Remove glasses from the freezer and pour martini into glasses.

Serves 4.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Big Game Cannoli Cups ™

This is perfect for watching the big game, company or anytime.

12 wonton wrappers
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch if cinnamon
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 - 2 T. sugar (adjust amount)
1/2 - 1 c. each: marscapone cheese, ricotta cheese

In a bowl combine marscapone cheese, ricotta cheese, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla mix with a fork.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
Place in refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Place wontons into muffin tin and bake for 8 - 12 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and let cool.

To serve: Remove bowl from refrigerator.

Spoon cheese mixture evenly into each of the wonton cups.

Serves 3 - 4. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Game Day Venison Tenderloins™

This is an excellent, easy recipe for venison. But it works for beef too.

 I've used merlot wine for this, but you can use a dry red wine that you like. 

1 -  1 1/2 lb. venison tenderloin
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper (adjust to taste)
1 T. each: butter, Worcestershire sauce
1/8 - 1/2 tsp. each: dried parsley, granulated garlic, red wine or balsamic vinegar
Pinch each: red pepper flakes, turmeric (optional)
1/3 - 1/2 c. each: chopped onions, chopped shallots, sliced mushrooms
1 - 2 T. olive oil
1/3 - 3/4 c. dry red wine


In a bowl, combine tenderloins, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, oil, red pepper flakes, vinegar and turmeric.

Toss to coat tenderloins on both sides. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for a few hr. or overnight.

Peel, rinse, chop onions and shallots, place in bowl and set aside.

Rinse and slice mushrooms, add to bowl with onions, set aside.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add butter. 

Add tenderloins and cook on one side for 6 - 9 min or until desired doneness.

Flip tenderloins over and repeat on other side until done. 

Remove tenderloins from pan when done.

Reduce heat to medium low.

Very carefully add wine, onions, shallots and mushrooms to pan.

Stir with a rubber scraper or whisk and let reduce for a few minutes.

When sauce is reduced, pour over tenderloins.

Serves 4. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Picadillo

This is great for 3 Kings Day or anytime.

1 lb ground beef (ground round)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1 - 2 T fresh or dried parlsey
2 - 3 T. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic chopped
1 - 2 cans diced tomatoes,
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1 bag of boil in bag rice

Peel, rinse and chop onion, set aside.
Rinse, seed and chop bell pepper, set aside.

Preheat skillet over medium high heat, lower heat to medium heat and add oil.

Add beef, and brown or 8 -10 min and drain off meat if needed.

While meat is cooking, put rice and water in the microwave safe bowl. Put bowl in the microwave and cook for 5 - 6 minutes or until done.

Add, onions and peppers. Saute for 8 - 10 minutes. 

Add tomatoes, herbs and spices. Let simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally.

Serve over rice.

Serves 4.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Fried Rice

This is great for holiday leftovers or anytime.

I've used a can of mixed vegetables but you can also use frozen vegetables instead.

You can adjust amount of ham and vegetables as needed.

1 - 2 c. each: chopped cooked ham, mixed vegetables
1/4 c. chopped green onions
2 - 3 T. canola or safflower oil
1 bag of boil in bag
1/4 tsp. each salt, pepper
2 - 3 c. water

Remove ham from refrigerator and chop.

Open can of mixed vegetables and drain.

Rinse green onions and chop, set aside.

Place bag of rice in a microwave safe bowl, add water.

Microwave for 5 - 6 minutes or according to package instructions.

Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. 
Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Combine vegetables, salt, pepper and ham and cook for 7 - 10 minutes.

Remove rice from microwave and drain. 

Cut bag and pour rice into skillet. 

Cook the fried rice for another few minutes or until done.

Remove fried rice from heat and sprinkle green onions over fried rice before serving.

Serves 4.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Daisys' Stained Glass Holiday Candies™

Who doesn't love treats this time of the year.

This is a great recipe for the holidays or anytime.

One bag minature marshmallows
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 c. chopped gumdrops
1 T. butter
2 - 3 T. powdered sugar

Line a cookie sheet with foil, shiny side down.

Butter the foil and sprinkle it with powdered sugar.

Chop gumdrops on a clean cutting board.

Preheat saucepan to medium high heat, lower the heat to medium low.

Combine the marshmallows, butter chocolate chips. Cook for 5 - 7 min or until melted, mix well.

Add the cut up fruit gumdrops and spread evenly on the buttered cookie sheets.

Cover with foil and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

Cut candy into pieces and wrap with wax paper to make individual candy pieces.

Serves 6 (4 candy pieces each).

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