Chicken piccata.Image via WikipediaThis is my take on chicken piccata. I make it in my electric skillet.. One of my son's favorite dishes.


1/2 lb mini penne .
1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast pounded 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil .
1/4 cup butter cut in pieces .
flour for dusting .
seasoning salt and pepper .
5 cloves garlic crushed .
1 15 oz can chicken broth .
1/2 cup white wine .
juice of 1/2 lemon .
1 tsp lemon zest .
1 tbsp capers .
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped
 Thin slices of lemon

How to make it

Cook penne in boiling salted water until al dente, drain and rinse in cool water
Combine seasoning salt and pepper with flour and dust the chicken
Heat electric skillet to 375
Heat olive oil in skillet until hot
Add chicken and brown well on both sides
Remove chicken from pan and keep warm,  add garlic  to pan and saute until fragrant
Deglaze skillet with white wine simmer until slightly reduced
Reduce heat to 350 add chicken broth , lemon juice, lemon zest, and  simmer on med-low for 10 minutes
Add cooked penne and simmer 5 more minutes until pasta absorbs some on the liquid
Add butter one piece at a time, stirring until combined with sauce
Add cooked chicken to reheat
Add capers and simmer 2 minutes
Serve chicken in bed of penne and top with chopped parsley and thin slices of lemon
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Honey Soy Glazed Chicken WingsImage by TheDeliciousLife via FlickrHere is another great recipe for your Super Bowl party... Hope you enjoy!

These wings really are yummy in your tummy!


5 lbs  chicken wing pieces
2 c sugar
3/4 c soy sauce.
1.5 oz whiskey(Southern Comfort or  Jack Daniels )
4 cloves garlic, minced .
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated .

How to make it

Par boil the wings for 10 minutes and let cool while preparing the sauce
Mix all other ingredients in a medium sauce pan and slowly bring to a boil
Don't leave the stove because it because it tends to boil over
Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until sauce thickens slightly
Arrange wings in a large disposable foil roaster (less clean up)
Pour sauce over wings and arrange on center rack in a 450 F oven
Bake for approx 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes until wings are dark, gooey and yummy
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SUPER BOWL XLV - Pittsburgh Vs. Green Bay | Do...Image by americanistadechiapas via FlickrThis is a quick and easy dip for any get together... great  for Super Bowl Sunday!!!

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts .
1 jar premium blue cheese or ranch dressing ( such as Marzettis or Marie's)
1/4 cup prepared buffalo wing sauce ( such as Franks or Wing it) mild or medium
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened
Tabasco sauce

Poach chicken in water till tender
Let cool and shred or chop finely
Mix dressing and buffalo sauce together.
Use Tabasco sauce to fire it up if desired
Spread cream cheese in a 13x9 baking dish
Mix chicken into dressing
Pour evenly over cream cheese
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes
Delicious served with tortilla chips
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Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Lime DressingImage by Another Pint Please... via FlickrIf your New Year’s resolution  is to eat healthier, this is a great recipe. The citrus marinade really enhances the flavor of the salmon. This is perfect served with a simple green salad and some brown rice.

2 tbsp Dijon mustard
juice of one freshly squeezed lime
2 tsp olive oil 
1 tbsp honey 
1 1/2 tsp dried tarragon 
2 tbsp dry sherry 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 1/4 lb salmon fillets 1/2 to 5/8 thick
non stick cooking spray 

How to make it
Combine marinade ingredients thoroughly
Place salmon fillets in shallow non metal dish and top with marinade turning to coat other side
Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour turning once or twice
Preheat broiler
Coat broiler pan with cooking spray
Broil fish 4-6 inches from heating element for 5-6 minutes until fish is done (no need to turn)
Serve with lime wedges (if desired)

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Turkey MeatloafImage by pcarpen via Flickr Now that the busy holiday season is over it's time again to focus on warming comfort foods for those cold winter nights.
This is a meatloaf that everyone will love.The grated apples keep it moist and give it a sweetness.  Mashed potatoes or mashed sweet  potatoes go well with it.


1 tsp oil 
1 cup chopped onions
1 stalk chopped celery
3/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 lb ground turkey
1 1/2 cups peeled grated apples
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs from firm bread
1 egg lightly beaten
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp cider vinegar 
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp Dijon mustard 
How to make it

Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat
Add onions and celery and saute 3 minutes until softened
Stir in thyme and sage and cool slightly
Combine onion mixture in large bowl with turkey, bread crumbs, apple, egg, parsley, mustard, salt and pepper
Mix well and pack into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Pour off accumulated fat
Combine glaze ingredients in small bowl and brush over top of loaf
Bake 30 minutes more or until golden and juices run clear when pierced
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A christmas tree.Image via WikipediaThis is a warm buttery delicious drink to curl up with in front of a roaring fire…. Perfect for Christmas Eve while singing carols or wrapping presents…. Merry Christmas everyone and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011 

8 cups cider
1 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 cup honey
8 cinnamon sticks and 16 whole cloves 
1 1/2 -2 cups dark rum
8 pats unsalted butter
How to make it

In a saucepan, heat cider, orange, honey, and cloves until bubbly.
Simmer, but do not boil, for 10 minutes
Pour cider into warm heat - proof mugs, adding a cinnamon stick for each serving
Add rum to mug as desired
Top with a pat of softened unsalted butter
Stir until butter is melted
Serve hot

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Beef StroganoffImage by cobalt123 via FlickrChristmas is around the corner!!!  I will be posting some easy and tasty recipes for those busy days leading up to Christmas.. Enjoy!

3 lb. beef round steak, 1/2 inch thick
1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 med. onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
2 (4 oz. each) cans sliced mushrooms, drained or 1/2 lb.
mushrooms, sliced
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can condensed beef broth
1/4 c. dry white wine (optional)
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. flour

Trim all excess fat from steak and cut meat into 3 inch
strips about 1/2 inch wide. Combine 1/2 cup flour, the
salt, pepper and dry mustard; toss with steak strips to
coat thoroughly. Place coated steak strips in crock pot;
stir in onion rings and mushrooms. Add beef broth and wine;
stir well. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
Before serving, combine sour cream with 1/4 cup flour; stir
into crock pot. Serve stroganoff over rice or noodles.

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