Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Fast Chicken Fettuccine

Here's a healthful chicken recipe with some major bonuses: rich Parmesan cheese, savory fresh zucchini, and zesty dried tomatoes. With a mere 20-minute prep time, it's an easy dinner recipe you can count on for quick gratification after a long, busy day. 


Fast Chicken Fettuccine (Makes 4 servings)

  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • ¼ 7-ounce jar oil-packed, dried tomato strips or pieces
  • 1 large zucchini or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces chicken breast meat, cut in cubes
  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • Black pepper, freshly ground

Directions:

Cook in lightly salted boiling water according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to hot pan.

Meanwhile, drain tomato strips, reserving 2 tablespoons oil from jar; set aside. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon reserved oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from skillet. Add remaining reserved oil to skillet. Add chicken and herbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken no longer pink. Gently toss zucchini, chicken, and tomato with cooked pasta. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and season to taste with pepper.

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cinnamon Roasted Chicken - Theme Recipe

This is a great roasted chicken recipe with deep spicy flavors and a crunchy outer layer that makes it a great evening meal when served with hashbrowns and side of green beans.  If you are feeling adventuresome, serve with polenta and harissa sauce. You can substitute 1 ½ Tablespoons of Cinnful Dessert Blend for the cinnamon and ginger in this recipe if you have some on hand.

Cinnamon Roasted Chicken

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 whole chicken legs with thighs attached (2 1/2 pounds)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the chicken and stir to make a paste.

Rub spice paste onto chicken legs and let stand on a parchment-lined baking sheet 15 minutes. Roast until skin crisps, 40 to 45 minutes; serve. 


RECIPE THEME

Each month a theme is chosen and a number of recipes on that theme from my massive archive will be shared.  This year we have 12 new topics, different from the topics of last year.  

To find the recipes of last year, check out this recipe link or search the blog with the topic Recipe2018, Recipe2019, or Recipe2020.

 
You can search the monthly theme by looking for the theme keyword in the search box and it will pull up the recipes on that theme as posted, so look at the bottom of the recipe in each posting for the KEYWORD for each month.  All recipes this year will be tagged Recipe2021 so you can find them all.

The themes are:
Jan 2021 – Baked Items
Feb 2021 – Breakfast Dishes
March 2021 – Italian Dishes
April 2021 - Chicken Recipes
May 2021 - Appetizers
June 2021 – Mediterranean Dishes
July 2021 – Pork Recipes
August 2021 - Seafood
September 2021 - Pizzas
October 2021 – Mexican Dishes
November 2021 - Cookies
December 2021 – Gift Recipes

Monday, April 5, 2021

Rose Dusting Powder - Bath Blend of the Month

It may be a bit early for blooming roses, but spring rain and I am am thinking of ways to use flowers. In fact I dedicated this month's newsletter to information on Edible Flowers, so if you are interested in receiving the Monthly Newsletter, please sign up here.



This after shower powder is great for softening and soothing skin and smells great!

Rose Dusting Powder

  • Petals from 4 roses (medium size)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbls baking soda
  • 3 dried rose heads

Directions:

1.    In a small cardboard box, layer the petals and cornstarch. Fit the cover on but don’t seal tight, you want the contents to still have a bit of air. Leave for 24 to 36 hours.

2.    Sift the pieces from cornstarch then add the baking soda (you may have to sift a few times to remove all the petals). Mix well then split the powder mixture into two batches. *See tip below

3.    Next take the dried roses, remove the stem and leaves and add the rose heads to one half of the powder mixture. Pour into a blender and mix until the dried flowers are finely ground.

4.    Add the fine ground powder mixture to the other half of the powder mixture, use a wooden spoon to blend the powder by hand.

5.    Pour the scented powder into a decorative box or shaker jar, allow to sit for a day before using.

Tips:

If you prefer a stronger scented dusting powder, you can add another batch of fresh petals and allow the powder to sit another 24 hours (first sift out the initial batch of petals).

You can use lavender or other scented flowers if you prefer.

To Use:  Dust skin with a powder puff after bathing or showering.  Lightly sprinkle on bedding for a nicely scented sleep.  Use to scent lingerie drawers or closets. Great to give as homemade gifts

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Skewers - Recipe theme

This month the recipe theme is Chicken.  I love chicken, fried, baked, broiled, grilled, roasted, poached, sauced or pretty much any other way you can make it. You will probably see a few extra recipes this month as a result. This month I am starting out with a grilled recipe which is quick and easy.



With it getting warm it is so tempting to get out the grill and try something.  This simple recipe makes it easy to enjoy the grill with some great fresh pineapple, easily available this time of year. And it might be a different dish to serve on Easter.

 Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Skewers 

  • 2/3 cup sweet-and-sour sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Thai basil or basil
  • 1 teaspoon Backyard Patch 4 Spice Meat Rub
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar (optional)*
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted1 small fresh pineapple
  • Nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice (optional)


Directions:

For Thai sauce, in a small bowl combine sweet-and-sour sauce, snipped basil, BYP 4 Spice seasoning, and garlic. Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce to use for basting. Stir brown sugar (if desired) and melted butter into the remaining sauce; cover and set aside.

Cut ends off pineapple, exposing the flesh. Cut pineapple in half lengthwise; cut each half crosswise into four slices. Lightly coat pineapple slices with cooking spray or brush with oil. Set aside.

Thread chicken onto four 10- to 12-inch metal skewers, leaving 1/4 inch between pieces.

For a charcoal grill, grill skewers on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning occasionally and brushing with the 1/4 cup reserved sauce during the first half of grilling. Discard any remaining reserved sauce.

Grill pineapple slices for 6 to 8 minutes or until warm and grill marks appear, turning once halfway through grilling.

For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place skewers, then pineapple on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.

Serve chicken and pineapple with the reserved Thai sauce and hot cooked rice, if desired. If desired, garnish with basil shreds and chile pepper slices.

*Tip:

Bottled sweet-and-sour sauces vary in sweetness and thickness. If you use a less sweet sauce, add the brown sugar to the Thai sauce. If you use a thick sweet-and-sour sauce, adjust the consistency of the Thai sauce by adding a little water.


RECIPE THEME

Each month a theme is chosen and a number of recipes on that theme from my massive archive will be shared.  This year we have 12 new topics, different from the topics of last year.  

To find the recipes of last year, check out this recipe link or search the blog with the topic Recipe2018, Recipe2019, or Recipe2020.

 
You can search the monthly theme by looking for the theme keyword in the search box and it will pull up the recipes on that theme as posted, so look at the bottom of the recipe in each posting for the KEYWORD for each month.  All recipes this year will be tagged Recipe2021 so you can find them all.

The themes are:
Jan 2021 – Baked Items
Feb 2021 – Breakfast Dishes
March 2021 – Italian Dishes
April 2021 - Chicken Recipes
May 2021 - Appetizers
June 2021 – Mediterranean Dishes
July 2021 – Pork Recipes
August 2021 - Seafood
September 2021 - Pizzas
October 2021 – Mexican Dishes
November 2021 - Cookies
December 2021 – Gift Recipes
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