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Crockpot Juicy Lemon Chicken and Vegetables October 1, 2013

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This dish was sort of a last minute thought that I just threw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and let go. It turned to to be delicious and easy and I didn’t need to buy anything! I love that! A little back story, we raised chickens for the first time this summer and nobody told us we were supposed to hang them to tenderize before freezing after they were slaughtered. The meat was so tough and awful it was difficult to eat. I have been desperately trying to come up with ways to cook the chicken we have and make it tender and moist. So far I have come up with cooking low and slow with PLENTY of liquid. When you make this, you can pretty much throw in whatever vegetables you want or have around, I just happened to only have carrots and onions. Also, When I made this I did not measure and I typically don’t measure anything so the amounts are approximate. I used a whole frozen chicken for this, however the chicken was the smallest at  just over 2 lbs.

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken (2-3 lbs)

1 1/2 32oz Box Chicken Broth

1 TBSP Oregano

1 TBSP Rosemary

2 TBSP Minced Garlic

2 Lemons, Sliced

1/8 C Lemon Juice

Carrots, Peeled and Cut to Desired Size

Onions, Chopped or Sliced

Salt and Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

I used frozen chicken, so I put that and the chicken stock and lemon juice in first and turned the crockpot on high. I added the spices once it started to warm. Once all the spices were in I started peeling the carrots and chopping the onions and lemons. I added the lemons first and then waited about an hour to add the onions and carrots. Once everything was in I covered it and set the crockpot for 6 hours on high. If the chicken is not frozen I would probably use the medium setting at first. After about 4 to 5 hours I checked on it and the chicken was fully cooked so I put it on warm/low for the last hour before my husband came home. The chicken was very flavorful and perfectly cooked, falling off the bone. I have never had chicken fall off the bone and be so tender and juicy. Andrew thought it was great and we definitely will be having this again!

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Cranberry Vanilla Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting February 22, 2013

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I spent so long drooling over this cake in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine until I finally had a reason to make it. I decided that since we were having Thanksgiving at our new home this year, this would be the perfect dessert for our dinner. I had so much to do, as it was my very first Thanksgiving dinner, so I stayed up all night the night before and prepared it. It really wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of steps. I prepared everything the night before and then frosted and put together the cake in the morning. I waited until just before we ate to sugar the cranberries so the sugar wouldn’t melt off. It was probably one of the best cakes I have ever had, or made, and I was shocked because the cranberries really didn’t excite me at all. I was thinking of switching to raspberry instead, but I decided against it. I would, however, recommend using raspberries another time because it would be fantastic both ways. I linked the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, however I did change a few things and I think next time I may just use box cake, as it is just as moist and much quicker. I think box cake is just as good, if not better than homemade. Maybe the ease of only adding egg and water makes it seem better, but I see no significant difference aside from preparation. I hope you all find the time to make this delightful treat and enjoy it as much as all of us did, it definitely got rave reviews.

Cranberry Vanilla Cake

Ingredients:

6 egg whites

1/2 Cup White Vinegar, 1/2 Cup Milk Mixed, OR 1 Cup Buttermilk

2 1/4 Cups Cake Flour OR Reduce All Purpose Flour by 2 TBSP and add 2 TBSP of cornstarch. Mix well.

1 3/4 Cups Sugar

4 TSP Baking Powder

1 TBSP Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

1  12 OZ  Package Frozen Cranberries, Thawed

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 TBSP Orange Juice

1/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon

1/8 TSP Ground Ginger

1/8 TSP Ground Cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine egg whites and buttermilk mixture and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Grease and flour cake pans. Mix together flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and baking powder.

Stir vanilla into buttermilk and egg mixture.

Beat butter, stir in flour mixture.

Stir in buttermilk mixture and mix well until smooth.

Pour batter into cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until done.

Cranberry Filling: Combine cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and orange juice in saucepan. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and filling starts to thicken. Mash cranberries and transfer to a bowl to cool.

To assemble cake: Cut top from first cake layer so it’s flat. Spread cranberry filling into middle leaving approximately 1/4-1/2 inch around edges of cake. Top with second cake layer. Spread Cream cheese frosting over entire cake.

Garnish with sugared cranberries and lemon peel spirals.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:

2  8 OZ Packages of Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and lemon juice. At this time, you may also beat in milk to desired consistency. I peronally, did not have to add any milk, although I tend to not measure, so if you measure you may come out with a different consistency, or, some people desire a thicker or thinner version. It really just depends on how you like it, it does not change the flavor. If you add milk, beat in 1 TBSP at a time until you are happy with it.

 

I know it seems like an extensive cake, but like I said, if you decide to use a boxed cake just add in the few ingredients that are not in a box cake normally, and it will cut it down. The cranberry filling was quick and easy and delicious and if you use raspberry follow the same instructions and same ingredients.

PLEASE find time to make this delicious cake and ENJOY!

 

Juicy And Delicious Lemon Chicken Piccata February 21, 2013

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This recipe is more or less a family recipe mixed with a recipe from the restaurant I used to work at with a little of my own little touches. My husband usually doesn’t show much emotion…about anything, much less, food. When I told him I was making that lemon chicken stuff with those green caper things on it, to my surprise he practically jumped for joy. Shocking. Andrew usually just says okay or asks for something else when I tell him the nightly dinners and if he likes something it’s hard telling. Katie and I just about keeled over when we saw his reaction to this chicken. Naturally, this got me really excited to make it. I would usually double or even triple the sauce recipe for this and serve it over pasta, but while looking through my recipe box I found a recipe for Hot Cheesy Reuben Dip, and I couldn’t resist. I know it’s not a very traditional combination, but I couldn’t resist, and I couldn’t decide. So I decided to just go without the pasta this time and enjoy some delicious reuben dip instead, after all, you only live once, right! The chicken came out so juicy and delicious and I LOVE capers, they just add SO MUCH flavor and give a nice look to the dish. Keep in mind, this recipe is for two chicken breasts, if you are feeding four you should double it. I personally like a lot of sauce because it’s so delicious, so I double it just for the two.

Juicy And Delicious Lemon Chicken Piccata

Ingredients:

2 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast Halves

Salt and Pepper

Flour for Dredging

Butter

1/2 Cup White Wine, I used Pinot Grigio, but anything will work fine

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Orange Juice

Approximately 2-3 TBSP Capers

1/2 TSP Sugar

Directions:

Dredge cutlets in flour and salt and pepper.

Melt butter in skillet, add 2 cutlets and saute, approximately 2 minutes, until cooked and browned on both sides. Set aside and repeat for all cutlets.

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Remove all cutlets, cover, and set aside. I like to cover them and put them in the microwave to stay warm, then when I’m finished with the sauce I zap them for about 20-30 seconds so they are nice and hot to be served.

Add wine to skillet with remaining butter and chicken flavorings, cook until liquid decreases by about half. Stir in chicken broth and boil. Cook sauce until reduced about half again and stir in juices. Cook about one minute on low heat and add in capers and sugar.

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Serve over Chicken and ENJOY!

 

Lemon Pepper Crusted Chicken With Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Grilled Asparagus January 30, 2013

This delicious meal was light and healthy and at the same time very quick and easy. It was kind of a last minute decision and it came out great! It was SO flavorful and so perfectly cooked. I can’t wait to make it again!! I bought fresh Asparagus and fresh Potatoes and I had some Organic Chicken in the freezer that I took out this morning. I cooked the Chicken and Asparagus right in the same pan and I roasted the Potatoes in the oven, and then gave them a quick broil to give them a little crunch.

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Ingredients:

Lemon Juice

Butter

Chicken

Potatoes, Chopped

Fresh Asparagus

Oil

Adobo Seasoning

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Minced Garlic

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop Potatoes into Medium-Large cubes, oil the pan, and spread potatoes evenly on pan. Drizzle oil over all potatoes and sprinkle Adobo Seasoning generously over potatoes. Place in oven.

Place approximately 3-6 tbsp butter into a pan and melt. Put chicken in pan, drizzle lemon juice over chicken, and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Let cook on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Turn over chicken and drizzle with lemon juice, then sprinkle again with lemon pepper seasoning. Continue adding butter if pan starts to get dry. You should have a good amount of liquid at all times. Sprinkle minced garlic around chicken in pan.

Clean ends off asparagus and place in pan with chicken. Add lemon juice and butter if needed. Let cook until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Leave on burner, turn off heat and let sit.

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Just as your chicken is about done cooking, turn oven off and turn broiler on high. Let everything stand approximately 5 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.

Enjoy!

 

 
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