Thursday, May 14, 2020

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

20 servings 160 calories per serving

1 (1 pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
3 tablespoons butter, melted 
⅔ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon water, or as needed
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
⅔ cup sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk 
1 dash vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350

Lightly grease 2 round cake pans with butter.

Roll bread dough out to a 6x18-inch rectangle.
Brush with melted butter.
Combine brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Sprinkle over butter.
Roll dough into a log, starting at the long edge. Moisten edge with water and seal.
Cut log into 20 slices.
Arrange rolls, cut sides down, in prepared cake pans.
Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 90 minutes.

Pour heavy cream over dough.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Mix confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl; drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls to serve.

Denise: I made these Christmas 2018, very good and not too difficult.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Chicken Enchiladas by Rachael Ray

8 soft corn tortillas

3 cups chicken broth
4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breast, 6 to 8 ounces
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
2 sprigs fresh oregano
1 small onion, quartered
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/3 palm full
1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups tomato sauce
2 teaspoons hot cayenne pepper sauce, several drops
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 pinches
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 1/2 cups Monterey Jack shredded cheese, available on dairy aisle

Directions:Preheat the oven to 275

Wrap corn tortillas in foil and warm in the oven. Bring broth to a boil in a saute pan. Set chicken into broth with bay and oregano and onion. Return to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Poach chicken in broth 10 minutes. Remove chicken breasts to a bowl and shred with 2 forks. Add 1/2 cup of cooking liquid and tomato paste, spices and salt and work through the chicken using the forks.

Combine all sauce ingredients and heat through, keeping warm until needed.

Remove tortillas from oven and switch broiler on high.

Pile chicken mixture into warm corn tortillas and roll. Line enchiladas up in baking dish, seam side down. Pour sauce over the enchiladas and top with cheese. Place in hot oven 6 inches from broiler and broil 5 minutes to melt cheese and set enchiladas.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Banana Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter 
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 ⅓ cups mashed overripe bananas


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala


1 cup plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
3 tablespoons Ginger-Garlic Paste, recipe follows (or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger and 3 cloves garlic put through a garlic press or finely minced)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, poked with a fork, and cut into large bite-sized chunks

2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup Ginger-Garlic Paste, recipe follows (or 6 cloves garlic and 2-inch thumb ginger minced)
2 serrano peppers, minced (seeds removed if you don't want it spicy)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons paprika
8 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 to 2 cups water
Oil, for grilling
1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Minced fresh cilantro, for garnish
Cooked rice, naan, or crusty piece of bread, for serving

Ginger-Garlic Paste:
1/2 cup cloves garlic, whole
1/2 cup fresh ginger, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup canola oil


For the marinade: In a large bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Marinate at least 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator up to overnight.

For the sauce: When you're ready to make the curry, place a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has melted, add the Ginger-Garlic Paste and serrano peppers. Saute until lightly browned around the edges. Add the tomato paste and cook until the tomato has darkened in color, about 3 minutes. Add the garam masala and the paprika and saute for about 1 minute to draw out their flavors.

Add the tomatoes, salt, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes. You may need more water depending on how much liquid the tomatoes give off.

Meanwhile, fire up your grill. When it is nice and hot, lightly brush it with oil. Place the chicken on the grill, shaking off some of the excess marinade. Cook until it's charred, about 2 minutes on each side. (Don't worry that the chicken will still be a little uncooked, it finishes cooking in the sauce).

Pour the sauce into a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender, and process until smooth. Pour back into the skillet and bring back up to a boil. Add the chicken and fenugreek leaves, if using. Take the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the cream and stir through. Garnish with minced fresh cilantro, and serve over rice, with naan, or a crusty piece of bread!

Ginger-Garlic Paste

Throw the garlic, ginger, and canola oil in a mini-food processor and let it go until it forms a semi-smooth paste. There will still be tiny little pieces in there, but overall, it should resemble a paste.

Save what you don't use in a small glass jar. It should last in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. It's a delicious addition to marinades, pasta sauces, stir fry sauces, slow-cooker recipes, gravy etc. We always had a jar of this stuff in our fridge growing up.

Butter Chicken (Indian Chicken in Tomato Cream Sauce) f

1 tablespoon garam masala seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 skinless rotisserie chicken, boned out and pulled into 1 1/2 by 1/2-inch chunks
1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas, placed in a colander and run under hot water to thaw
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Hot basmati rice, for serving


To make the spice blend: Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the pieces just begin to turn gold, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste and spice blend, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning. The spices will be fragrant. Add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir will. Add the chicken pieces, spoon the sauce over the top and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to low and cook, uncovered, until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce is flavorful, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove the chicken to a serving dish and cover to keep warm.

Shake any excess water from the peas. Add the peas and cream to the sauce in the pan, stir well and heat through. Do not boil. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Serve over rice.

Kitchen Sink Chili Mac

Coarse salt
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 celery stalks, finely sliced
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean grass-fed ground beef
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes (not drained)
8 ounces shredded mozzarella


Preheat the oven to 350

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the elbow macaroni until just shy of al dente, about 5 minutes.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the celery, carrot, bell pepper and red onion. Season with a pinch of salt and saute until the veggies begin to get tender. About 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, another 30 seconds.

Add the ground beef and brown it with the veggies, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Season with the cumin, chili powder and a pinch of salt; toss the beef and veggies around in the skillet another minute or two. Add the diced tomatoes and stir into the mix. Transfer the mostly-cooked elbow macaroni to the skillet and stir to combine.

Transfer the chili mac to any casserole dish you want! Sprinkle with the mozzarella and bake, uncovered, until the cheese is browned and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.

Cooks note: Mix some of the cheese into the pasta. Put the rest on top.

Down South Pinto Beans

2 cups dried pinto beans
4 quarts water (more or less)
Ham bone and scraps
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Wash pinto beans thoroughly and place in a large stockpot. Add water to cover beans. Let them sit overnight. Drain, rinse, repeat.

Add water to beans in stock pot, pork jowl, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook until beans are tender and tasty, 3 to 4 hours. Add water throughout cooking as needed; do not let the beans cook dry.

These beans can also be prepared in a slow cooker. Add all ingredients and set on High. They'll be ready to eat at suppertime.

Nutrition Facts
272 calories per serving