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Pasta with Chicken, Garlic, Red Peppers, Broccoli, and Fresh Oregano

It has been a long time since I have posted a recipe, and an even longer time since I have made this dish for dinner.   This is an easy, healthy, and quick meal to make on a busy night.  I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

4 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 whole Sweet red peppers, sliced

1/2 pound broccoli florets

8 ounces Fettucine noodles, cooked and drained

2 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano, chopped

pinch dried red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

1. Cut broccoli.  Boil in water for 3 minutes.  Drain, and set aside

2. Slice chicken breasts into strips . Heat olive oil in large skillet. add chicken and cook until they are no longer translucent.  Add peppers and saute about 4 minutes.  Add garlic, cook 2 minutes.  Add broccoli season with salt and pepper

3. Combine chicken and vegetable mix with cooked noodles.  Add oregano, red pepper flakes.  Toss with cheese.  Serve.

4. Add a little more olive oil and cheese if desired.

 

 

 

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Spiced Pumpkin Bread (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

Perfect bread for the Season!  Pack in lunch boxes or serve as an after-school snack.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup pumpkin

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup apple juice

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Directions:

1.   PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

 2.   SIFT flour, Pumpkin Spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Combine pumpkin, sugar, Apple Juice, eggs, oil and vanilla extract in large bowl; stir well. Stir in flour mixture just until moistened.  Spoon into lined 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. (Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick foil)

 3.   BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Take out of pan and cool with foil still on bread for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. 

 

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Honey Blueberry Muffins

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Blueberry Muffins are one of my favorite morning grabs. Blueberries were on special at the grocery store, and I purchased too many to eat all by myself. This recipe will be a perfect use for all those blueberries. Romancing the Bee always shares great recipes with her readers. Go and visit her site and see for yourself. You will Bee impressed, honey. :)

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I’ve loved blueberry muffins since I was a girl.  They’re even better made with honey!

2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk or buttermilk
6 tbsp. honey
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. butter or melted shortening

Wash blueberries and toss in sugar enough to coat (about 1 tablespoon). Sift flour with salt and baking powder.

Combine milk, honey, egg, blueberries and shortening. Add to dry ingredients, stirring quickly just long enough to moisten dry ingredients. Fill lined muffin pans half full.

Bake in 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Yield: 12 muffins.

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I am always looking for a good salad for BBQ’s, get-togethers, and potlucks. This looks like a winner! Check it out! :)

Originally posted on Jennirific:

April showers bring us May flowers, so the saying goes.  The month of May also kicks off the outdoor party season!  Graduations, Communions, Wedding Festivities, Summer Holidays, and my favorite type of party; the Just Because start in earnest this month.  Many of the shindigs I attend are potluck style, with the host providing the main course eats and us lucky guests providing sides and appetizers.  It is always interesting to see what others bring to share and of course swapping recipes and getting clued into the ingredient lists behind the tasty, but often heavily processed dishes. 
Antipasto, meaning “before the meal” classically is the first course in a formal Italian meal.  Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, anchovies, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, various cheeses, pickled meats and vegetables (either in oil or in vinegar).  I was introduced to this collection of yumminess in grade school by an Italian classmate and eagerly…

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A perfect Vinaigrette for light and easy summer salad and more.

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Use this simple dressing on salads, veggies, sandwiches, and even as a quick and easy marinade for proteins.  The accepted ratio of oil to vinegar is 3:1, feel free to substitute different types of oils (grapeseed, sunflower, peanut) and vinegars (red wine, balsamic) to achieve different flavor profiles. Be sure to check out the video below for a visual on making vinaigrette without a blender for those days when you don’t want to pull out the heavy equipment.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, and beau monde seasoning.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until emulsified.  Other methods include shaking ingredients in a jar or using a blender.

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Time to Make the Buttermilk Doughnuts

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I woke up this morning to dreams of summer and Paul Bunyan doughnuts.  Warm, dense, and delightfully spiced these buttermilk confections have been making mouths drool for decades in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  The opportunity to enjoy a fresh made doughnut at the cook shanty may be months off, but my desire to attempt to recreate this classic was today.

Get out your cast iron skillet and throw healthy breakfast concerns out the window, today we make doughnuts!

Buttermilk Doughnuts

Click the link to visit the Jennerific blog for how to do the donut making:

Time to Make the Buttermilk Doughnuts.

Pizza Minus the Box

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Great recipe for those who are allergic to tomatoes, but still love pizza.

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When I was diagnosed with a food allergy to tomatoes, I thought my life would never include pizza again.  It was a sad day in the jennirific world, but luckily it was a short lived break up.  Discovering a wide variety of ways to concoct alternative pizza creations impossible to eat from a box put Pizza Night right back in the weekly rotation! 

To get the Jennirific Pizza Party rolling, let’s start with the all important crust. This dough acts as a vehicle to the flavors of the toppings; great dough equals a great slice. If you are super cool and have a stand mixer, please utilize it and know the whole time that I am green with envy ;) 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 3 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil

 

Method

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Place the dough blade on your food processor. Add Flour and Salt and pulse a few times to aerate. Slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour with the food processor on and mixing. Allow each addition of the yeast mixture to be fully absorbed before adding more.

Continue processing until the dough forms a ball and cleans the sides of the bowl, about 1 minute, then process for 1 minute more.

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Putter…Putter…Putter…

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I am a putterer.  A putterer, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.  I have named myself this because it is impossible to keep my mind from flitting from one subject to the next.  Where some people have the ability to focus on one thing exclusively and become good at it, I on the other hand, flit about, or putter with hundreds of things.  I guess I get bored or maybe I have adult ADHD and this is what it looks like.  Who knows?  All I know is that I cannot stick with any one thing so diligently, that I actually succeed at that one thing in a big way.  I guess I am the epitome of the quote, “Jack of all Trades; master of none”.

Here are some things that I have puttered with…

Singing.  I have always wanted to be a singer.  As a little girl, I stood in the bathroom mirror and sang to Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson songs.  At 17, I joined a band for about six months and lost my voice singing “Highway to Hell” by AC-DC.  I have sung at karaoke night, been in a talent show, and even tried out for “The Voice”.

At one point in my early years, I was not happy with myself; and I hated the way I spoke.  Following this further, I went to the library, picked up some English workbooks, and taught myself proper English.  It was not that hard, I had learned English in school. I just used too much slang when I spoke.  This helped me talk better and made me feel comfortable around others.

When my children were young, my family needed another income, but I did not want to get a job outside the home and leave my kids with strangers.  So I opened up my own daycare. It was a legitimate business with a license and a food program.  I had many clients with many babies who came and went through my home while my kids were growing up.  I even claimed it on my taxes.  Nevertheless, I got bored and it was hard always having your home as a place of business. Consequently, daycare led to going back to school full-time and working part-time to become a teacher.  After all, I still enjoyed kids; I just did not want to have them in my house.  With my own children older and in school all day, I could now focus on getting a BA in Education.

However, that still was not enough for me.  I then began reading about alternative medicine. No, I didn’t become a doctor! However, I did learn some interesting things about supplements, and ailments, and different cures for everyday things.  I also learned how eating affects your health, which lead to cooking!

Trying out different and healthy recipes became a new hobby of mine.  I took old recipes and adjusted them to the new and improved recipes.  I collected recipe books from garage sales and thrift stores.  I made some delicious meals and a few duds that even the dog would not eat.

I took up hobbies like sewing, woodworking, and gardening.  I collected books on each of those subjects, too.  I have made curtains for my whole house and for a few family members’ homes. One Easter Break, I decided to make a queen-sized bed out of pine. (I still sleep on this bed.) In addition, every spring I plant my garden of tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers.  I still have not perfected a good gardening technique.

When my bathroom desperately needed to be gutted and redone, I convinced my husband we could DIY it.  That too began on an Easter Break and lasted a few weeks after break to my husband’s dismay.  I have since, challenged myself to redo a room for under $500, laid two laminate floors, and painted every room in my house twice.

Then there is writing….  I have always, as long as I can remember, written: Diaries, journals, stories, jokes, articles, poems, and now, blogs.  I have tried to write novels, without much luck, because, I believe, I cannot stick with anything that long.  However, short blogs, short anything, I can do.

I am not sure if I will ever find one thing, I can stick with long enough to be good at it. I guess I really like to putter.  Oh, did I mention that I have been married 31 years?  Maybe I am a star at marriage.  Who knew???

Are you a putterer or dabbler like me?  Tell us about the puttering you do in your daily life.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Grandmother’s Chicken Pasta Primavera

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Spaghetti with chicken, garlic, peppers, onions, carrots, pea pods, and broccoli. Spiced with Parmesan cheese, red pepper, and garlic.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

3 breast boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small onion, sliced and quartered

1 medium green pepper, sliced in strips

1/4 pound fresh pea pods

1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets

2 whole carrots, julienned

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, fresh or powdered

16 ounces Whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to package

DIRECTIONS:

1. Add olive oil and butter to a large skillet, heat to medium. Add chicken breasts and saute until done.  Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks.

2. While chicken is cooking, prepare the spaghetti according to package directions. Add broccoli to boiling spaghetti water in the last two minutes of cooking.  Drain and set aside.

3. Add green pepper, garlic and onion to chicken and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent.  Add carrots and pea pods, cook for 3 minutes or until pea pods are tender.  Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Heat until boiling.

4. Add spaghetti,  broccoli, and Parmesan cheese to chicken mixture.  Toss until well combined.

5. Serve immediately.  Add a little more Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes on top, if desired.

Servings: 6

Serving Ideas: Serve with Grandma’s Garlic Bread.

Categories: Main Dishes & Meats

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Grandmother’s Garlic Bread

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Homemade Garlic Delight to serve with pasta, steak, or eat alone.

Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS:

2 rolls Turano French Bread Rolls , Sliced in half

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 Tablespoon oregano, dried leaves

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Slice two French bread rolls in half.

2. Butter the four slices generously.Place on a baking sheet.

3. Sprinkle the garlic powder evenly on each roll.  Then, top each roll with oregano.

4. Bake for 5-10 minutes in the oven, until tops are browned but not burnt.

5. Remove from oven and slice each half in half. There will be eight halves to serve with you meal.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
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