Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 10, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Sear chicken breast and finish in oven……..

Sear a piece of meat, poultry, or fish in a pan and then place it in the oven. Not only does this free up burners, it results in a much moister result. I use Buffalo instead of Beef. Buffalo or Bison cooks up a lot quicker than Beef. So using the Sear and to the oven works perfect for all Buffalo Steaks and Roasts.

One of America’s Favorites – Roasting

December 9, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Tudor style roasting meat on a spit

Roasting is a cooking method that uses dry heat where hot air covers the food, cooking it evenly on all sides with temperatures of at least 150 °C (300 °F) from an open flame, oven, or other heat source. Roasting can enhance the flavor through caramelization and Maillard browning on the surface of the food. Roasting uses indirect, diffused heat (as in an oven), and is suitable for slower cooking of meat in a larger, whole piece. Meats and most root and bulb vegetables can be roasted. Any piece of meat, especially red meat, that has been cooked in this fashion is called a roast. Meats and vegetables prepared in this way are described as “roasted”, e.g., roasted chicken or roasted squash.

For roasting, the food may be placed on a rack, in a roasting pan or, to ensure even application of heat, may be rotated on a spit or rotisserie. If a pan is used, the juice can be retained for use in gravy, Yorkshire pudding, etc. During oven roasting, hot air circulates around the meat, cooking all sides evenly. There are several plans for roasting meat: low-temperature cooking, high-temperature cooking, and a combination of both. Each method can be suitable, depending on the food and the tastes of the people.

* A low-temperature oven, 95 to 160 °C (200 to 320 °F), is best when cooking with large cuts of meat, turkey and whole chickens. This is not technically roasting temperature, but it is called slow-roasting. The benefit of slow-roasting an item is less moisture loss and a more tender product. More of the collagen that makes meat tough is dissolved in slow cooking. At true roasting temperatures, 200 °C (390 °F) or more, the water inside the muscle is lost at a high rate.

A Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, potatoes, vegetables……..

* Cooking at high temperatures is beneficial if the cut is tender enough—as in fillet Mignon or strip loin—to be finished cooking before the juices escape. A reason for high temperature roasting is to brown the outside of the food, similar to browning food in a pan before pot roasting or stewing it. Fast cooking gives more variety of flavor, because the outside is brown while the center is much less done.
* The combination method uses high heat just at either the beginning or the end of the cooking process, with most of the cooking at a low temperature. This method produces the golden-brown texture and crust, but maintains more of the moisture than simply cooking at a high temperature, although the product will not be as moist as low-temperature cooking the whole time. Searing and then turning down to low is also beneficial when a dark crust and caramelized flavor is desired for the finished product.
In general, in either case, the meat is removed from the heat before it has finished cooking and left to sit for a few minutes, while the inside cooks further from the residual heat content, known as carry over cooking.

The objective in any case is to retain as much moisture as possible, while providing the texture and color. As meat cooks, the structure and especially the collagen breaks down, allowing juice to come out of the meat. So meat is juiciest at about medium rare while the juice is coming out. During roasting, meats and vegetables are frequently basted on the surface with butter, lard, or oil to reduce the loss of moisture by evaporation. In recent times, plastic oven bags have become popular for roasts. These cut cooking times and reduce the loss of moisture during roasting, but reduce flavor development from Maillard browning, somewhat more like (boiled or steamed) stew or pot roast. They are particularly popular for turkeys.

Until the late 19th century, roasting by dry heat in an oven was called baking. Roasting originally meant turning meat or a bird on a spit in front of a fire. It is one of the oldest forms of cooking known.

Whole roast chicken

Traditionally recognized roasting methods consist only of baking and cooking over or near an open fire. Grilling is normally not technically a roast, since a grill (gridiron) is used. Barbecuing and smoking differ from roasting because of the lower temperature and controlled smoke application. Grilling can be considered as a low-fat food preparation, as it allows any fat in the food to drip away.

Before the invention and widespread use of stoves, food was primarily cooked over open flames from a hearth. To roast meat, racks with skewers, or, if accessible, complicated gear arrangements, would be utilized to turn the piece(s). In the past, this method was often associated with the upper class and special occasions, rather than customary mealtimes, because it required freshly killed meat and close attention during cooking. It was easy to ruin the meat’s taste with a smoky fire or negligence to rotate it at regular intervals. Thus, elite families, who were able to afford quality meat, appointed this task to servants or invested in technology like automatic turning devices. With further technological advances, cooking came to accommodate new opportunities. By the 1860s, working families were able to afford low-priced stove models that became sufficiently available. However, the key element of observation during roasting became difficult and dangerous to do with the coal oven. Hence, traditional roasting disappeared as kitchens became no longer equipped for this custom and soon thereafter, “baking” came to be “roasting”.

Roasting can be applied to a wide variety of meat. In general, it works best for cooking whole chickens, turkey, and leaner cuts of lamb, pork, and beef. The aim is to highlight the flavor of the meat itself rather than a sauce or stew, as it is done in braising or other moist-heat methods. Many roasts are tied with string prior to roasting, often using the reef knot or the packer’s knot. Tying holds them together during roasting, keeping any stuffing inside, and keeps the roast in a round profile, which promotes even cooking.

Red meats such as beef, lamb, and venison, and certain game birds are often roasted to be “pink” or “rare”, meaning that the center of the roast is still red. Roasting is a preferred method of cooking for most poultry, and certain cuts of beef, pork, or lamb. Although there is a growing fashion in some restaurants to serve “rose pork”, temperature monitoring of the center of the roast is the only sure way to avoid foodborne disease.

In Britain, Ireland, and Australia, a roast of meat may be referred to as a joint, or a leg, if it is a leg.

Some vegetables, such as potatoes, zucchini, pumpkin, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, cauliflower, asparagus, squash, and peppers, yam and plantain lend themselves to roasting as well. Roasted chestnuts are also a popular snack in winter.

It is also possible to roast fish as meat.

 

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Autumn Chicken Pot Pie

December 8, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | 1 Comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Autumn Chicken Pot Pie. To make this Classic Comfort Food some of the ingredients you’ll need are Cooked Chicken, Pearl Onions, Carrots, Granny Smith Apple, and Dried Cranberries and more all in a Lemon-Ginger Pastry Crust. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a fantastic selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Autumn Chicken Pot Pie
A buttery, lemon-ginger pastry crust covers a filling with tender pieces of chicken, pearl onions, carrots, chunks of Granny Smith apple and dried cranberries.

Recipe Ingredients:
Dough:
1 cup all purpose-flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
1 cup pearl onions, peeled and steamed until tender
2 medium carrots, cut into slices and steamed until tender
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (leftover from roast chicken or freshly poached)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Dough: In large bowl combine flour, ginger, lemon zest and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of water over the mixture and toss with fork. The dough should be just barely moistened, enough to hold together when formed into a ball. Add more water if needed. Form the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate while making the filling.
2 – Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
3 – For Filling: Drop pearl onions into boiling water for 30 seconds; drain, peel. Steam pearl onions and carrots until tender.
4 – In large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and ginger until smooth. Reduce heat to low and gradually whisk in chicken broth. Stir in pearl onions, carrots, apples, cranberries, lemon juice and chicken. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon filling into deep, 10-inch ceramic or glass pie dish.
5 – On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a circle, about 12-inches in diameter. Lay the dough over the top of pie dish. Trim and crimp edges. Use a small knife to cut several slits in the center of pie. (Alternatively, make decorative cuts in pie crust before setting it on top of pie.)
6 – Set the pie on a baking sheet and place in oven on middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°F (205°C) and continue baking for additional 20 minutes, until pie bubbles around edges and top is nicely browned. Serve while piping hot.

Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/autumn_chicken_pot_pie_recipe.html

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes

December 8, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From thge EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes. Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner Recipes with recipes like Slow-Cooker Chicken and Honey-Glazed Root Vegetables, Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken, and Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken main dish recipes including chicken and pasta, easy chicken casseroles, low-calorie chicken recipes, and chicken pot pie. Healthier Recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Honey-Glazed Root Vegetables
This beautiful slow-cooker chicken dish should be a standby for day-of decisions to host dinner. In the spring, substitute baby white turnips and baby carrots for the regular varieties. To reduce prep time, cut the vegetables the night before; refrigerate. Place in the slow cooker with the browned chicken the next day…………………

Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken
You can fully indulge in the sticky-sweetness this slow-cooker chicken dish offers when you know that calories, saturated fat, carbs and sugar are in check……………..

Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies
This easy chicken cacciatore, the Italian braised hunter’s dish, gets a touch of Philly when you turn it into a sandwich and call it a hoagie. This is a chicken sandwich recipe to remember………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17932/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/

Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

November 26, 2019 at 6:38 PM | Posted in chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Mostly cloudy and 60 degrees outside today. After Breakfast I went to Meijer for a few items and stopped at McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. After Lunch I went to see a neighbor of ours that’s in the hospital. He had to Vein Surgery on his left leg. He seems to be doing good, he’ll be home Wednesday. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans.

 

 

 

I had a bought package of the Simple Truth Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs from Kroger and had them in the freezer. Laid the package in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare them I’ll just need Flour, Morton’s Lite Salt, Ground Pepper, and Extra Light Olive Oil. I think the trio of Fried Chicken Thighs, Fried Potatoes, and Canned Green Beans were meant to be together, one of our favorite meals!

 

 

 

 

 

I got a large Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non Stick Spray, added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil, and heated it on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I got a pie pan out and put 2 tablespoons of Flour in it. Next I got the Chicken Thighs out of the package and seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and rolled them in the Flour. With the skillet heated I added the Thighs to the skillet and put a lid on the skillet. Fried the Thighs for about 9 minutes and then flipped them over, put the lid back on the skillet to cook another 7 minutes. As the Chicken Thighs were cooking I got out a second Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it, added the Olive Oil and let it preheat on medium heat. Then I washed and cut the Potatoes for the Fried Potatoes.

 

 

For one side we had Fried Potatoes, which I picked up at Kroger yesterday also. I love these and Mom makes the best! I bought a bag of Medium Size Red Potatoes, which we’ll be using. To prepare them; first wash the Whole Potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Next grab a Cast Iron Skillet and add 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heat the Skillet on medium high.

 

 

 

 

As the Potatoes were cooking I had also opened up a quart jar of Canned Green Beans and had them on already cooking. I love these, always taste so fresh! Just heat them up in a large sauce pan and serve. One delicious Dinner as always when having the Chicken Thighs! For Dessert tonight I had a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels with a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chicken Thighs – One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.

Kitchen Hint of the Week!

November 24, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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It’s all in the temperature……………..

Cooking Chicken – They always say that chicken is fully cooked when the juices run clear, the meat is no longer pink, and the internal temperature is 165 degrees. The real way should be on the temperature — that’s the safest indicator of doneness.

Low-Calorie Fall Recipes

November 23, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Low-Calorie Fall Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Low-Calorie Fall Recipes with recipes including Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder, Rib Roast with Dijon-Sour Cream Sauce, and Apple-Cranberry Cobbler. Find these delicious Fall recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Also you can subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Each issue full of healthy tips and healthy recipes. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Low-Calorie Fall Recipes
Find healthy, delicious low-calorie fall recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder
Plan to make this slow-cooker chowder recipe when you have a busy day at work. Put in just a few minutes of prep in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with a hearty clam chowder come dinnertime…………….

Rib Roast with Dijon-Sour Cream Sauce
This classic rib roast is seasoned with rosemary and marjoram and served with an incredibly simple—yet divine—mustard and sour cream sauce……………..

Apple-Cranberry Cobbler
Topped with a crunchy, low-fat granola, this warm, fruity cobbler recipe is loaded with apples, cranberries and spices. It serves 2 and can be on the table in just 40 minutes………….

* Click the link below to get all the Low-Calorie Fall Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/20161/low-calorie/seasons/fall/

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes

November 20, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes. Finger licking good and Delicious – Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes. Find recipes including; Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies, Spice-Rubbed Grilled Whole Chicken, and Skillet Chicken Potpie. Find these recipes and many more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken main dish recipes including chicken and pasta, easy chicken casseroles, low-calorie chicken recipes, and chicken pot pie. Healthier Recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies
This easy chicken cacciatore, the Italian braised hunter’s dish, gets a touch of Philly when you turn it into a sandwich and call it a hoagie. This is a chicken sandwich recipe to remember………

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Whole Chicken
Crispy skin, tender meat and charred skin make for a delicious dinner main. Plus, the blend of paprika, cumin and cinnamon match deliciously with the chicken. You can eat this grilled chicken as-is—perhaps with a side of grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes—or shred it and put it in a salad……….

Skillet Chicken Potpie
A store-bought pie crust, frozen veggies and precooked chicken simplify the prep for this easy potpie. This healthy dinner recipe is comfort food at its best…………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17932/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/

Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries

November 14, 2019 at 6:46 PM | Posted in Alexia Potato Products, Pilgrim's Chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries

 

 

To start this morning off I prepared a Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles Cup – Crumbled Turkey Sausage, Egg Whites, and Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Love these, so easy to prepare and only 150 calories and 3 carbs per serving (1 cup). 42 degrees and mostly sunny out today. Big improvement on the weather! After Breakfast I went to Meijer for a few things and then stopped by McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. I had sanded down a small storage shelf some time back and today I finally got around to varnish it. It turned out pretty good! I wanted something light and easy to prepare for Dinner tonight. So for Dinner tonight its Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

I love the Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips, it’s always a great go to when you want that easy to prepare meal that still delicious! To prepare them; Preheat the oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast strips in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the Chicken Strip . And Chicken is served! It’s some of the best frozen Chicken you can find! Excellent seasoned breading and very meaty, and easy to prepare. Served it with a side of Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

 

To go with my Chicken I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Bag of Snyder’s Mini Pretzels and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips

Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips evoke memories of growing up in a sleepy southern town. The crickets chirping, the moss hanging from the trees, the air humid and everything moving slow in the heat. And your grandmother’s delicious home cooking brought the entire family around the table on the weekends.

Our Southern Style Breast Strips feature a juicy piece of chicken with a breading just right to deliver that southern flair. Our special blend of spices and seasonings with the whole muscle goodness of white breast meat will please kids and old-timers alike.

Ideal as:
* Appetizers
* Snacks
* Lunch or Dinner Entrées
* Crowd Pleasers

Cooking Instructions:
Oven: Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast fritters in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until no pink remains or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Fryer: Heat oil to 350° F. Fry frozen chicken breast fritters for 6 minutes or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Due to variations in equipment, heating times and/or temperature may require adjustment. DO NOT MICROWAVE.

Nutritional Guide
Serving Size: 4 oz. (112g)
Calories per Serving: 190

Servings per Container: About 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
Sodium 940 mg 39 %
Total Carbs 17 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 17 g
http://www.pilgrims.com/products/productinfo.aspx?id=10

 

 

Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries

Lightly seasoned with sea salt, these Julienne Fries make your everyday French fry wonder where it went wrong.

Ingredients: Organic Potatoes, Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 oz (84 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 36
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
https://www.alexiafoods.com/products/fries/yukon-gold-julienne-fries

Kitchen Hint of the Week!

November 10, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Winner, Winner,………………….

Health Benefits of Chicken Breast – Chicken breast is an excellent source of low-fat protein. Protein helps your body to maintain muscle mass and also helps you to build muscle if you are participating in a strength program. Chicken breast is also a very good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and niacin.

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