Jambalaya is one of those dishes that has almost as many versions as there are people who cook it. I grew up eating my aunt’s jambalaya at her big house in little Mamou, LA and her version will forever live in my mind as the classic Cajun recipe. Fresh gulf shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken jambalaya was her South Louisiana answer to “surf and turf,” with a little “sky” thrown in for good measure. Continue reading
This so happens to be one of our favorite stir fry recipes that I adapted from a Better Homes And Gardens article a number of years ago. What can I say about stir fry that I haven’t already said except to reintegrate the ease and flavors of these main dishes. You’ll find that oriental
cooking has several techniques aside from stir fry such as firepot cooking, tempura, steaming, grilling and etc. A good oriental cookbook on this subject is great fun and very educational. You’ll soon find so many wonderful, healthy recipes to indulge in and enjoy.
I like Japanese cooking as well. The main difference between Chinese and Japanese is in Japanese cooking the sauce is not thick such as in Sukiyaki. Continue reading
For a long time this stuffed bone-in chicken breast was one of my go-to recipes whenever I cooked for friends. It’s so easy to make that I’ve cooked it over a campfire on several occasions, and so adaptable that I’ve done many different versions.
This chicken sausage is very lean and is wonderful swimming in homemade barbecue sauce. Put it on a bun with sautéed onions and or pickles or alone for that matter and you have a feast for a king. A least my King seems to loves it! Continue reading
We love Chinese food, especially stir fry. In a typical week we’ll make stir fry two or three times, and Jan will occasionally ask me if I’m getting tired of having it for dinner. The answer is always “no.” Continue reading
Pretty much the only complaint we’ve ever heard anyone make about eating organic is the expense. Yes, it costs more, but it still isn’t as expensive as you think. This is the third dish we’ve gotten out of one organic chicken. First we made homemade stock for soup, and then we used some of the meat to make two other dishes; egg rolls to accompany a stir fry dish or appetizers and lastly, Will’s favorite of the three. This chicken salad is wonderful on a croissant or just on a bed of lettuce with a few slices of avocado.
This is so easy and everyone alway raves about it. If you don’t care for dried cranberries you can substitute grapes and do the same for the nuts, add your favorite. I like walnuts as they are so good for you and nuts always have that great crunch, the texture gives us a more satisfied feeling, I think. This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled for larger groups.
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
- ½ cup celery, split and chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans are good, chopped
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries, I purchase the ones with half the sugar or substitute sliced grapes
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- ½ cup mayo
- ¼ cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine and chill until ready to serve. Serve on a croissant with sliced avocado or on a bed of lettuce.
We enjoy stir fry and these accompany the meal well. Also, I’ve served these in smaller size as appetizers and they were always a hit. In fact, when we would have a get together I actually had requests to serve them. You can pair them up with a sweet and sour sauce, mustard sauce or any other you may like. They are a big hit at Super Bowl Parties! Continue reading
I love yogurt, when I was younger I liked the fruit filled ones. However, after being ill and turning to clean eating I dropped the fruit filled ones because they just were not healthy. Now I add my own fruit and etc. This recipe is a bit different in that it’s a savory yogurt dish. One that I think you will love and it’s ideal for guests. Plus, you know how sometimes it’s hard to get together with friends and relatives for Thanksgiving when everyone is going somewhere else or there just isn’t enough time to fly in or fly out? Well this makes a great substitution for that great big “Tom Turkey” when there are just a few people for dinner. Continue reading
Today one basic preparation is going to be the base for three different recipes. I’m making homemade organic chicken stock with a whole organic chicken and from that I will have the major ingredients to make homemade chicken soup, chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts, and homemade egg rolls.
This stock is amazing. If you buy chicken stock at the store and compare it to this beautiful creation you’ll never go back to store bought. They don’t add spices and vegetable to theirs Continue reading
I really should have baked a baguette for this one. Chicken Dijonnaise, or Poulet à la Moutarde, begs to have its tangy, creamy sauce soaked into a fresh hunk of warm bread.
It could be argued that Jean Naigeon is the father of this dish, as well as a few others. In 1856 in Dijon, Burgundy, Naigeon substituted the acidic juice of unripe grapes (verjuice) for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe. Now white wine is used to make Dijon mustard instead of verjuice and Naigeon is barely a footnote in gastronomic history. That doesn’t seem fair… Continue reading