Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chicken Georgia

When I see or hear about a Paula Deen recipe, I don't have a doubt in my mind that it will be yummy - anything with a stick of butter or more can't be bad!  I read about this dish on Tiffany's blog and it sounded easy enough for me on a quick meal night.  That night was last night and it was pretty good!

Chicken Georgia

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 ounce grated mozerella cheese

Melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 10 minutes. Remove vegetables with slotted spoon. Add chicken to pan and cook 10 minutes on each side, or until tender. Transfer chicken to platter and sprinkle with grated cheese. Top with mushroom mixture. Let stand 5 minutes before serving or just until the cheese has melted.

**I'm not sure our small town grocery store even knows what shallots are!  I used onions instead.
**I have to admit that I read the recipe wrong on my phone as I glanced down and used more than 1/2 stick of butter!  No wonder it was so good ;)
**The recipe doesn't call for seasoning the chicken, but I was a seasoning queen while it was cooking.  The tastier the better!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

sweet zoe

A week after little Zoe was born the farmer and I went to Texas to visit and see Scott and Amy.  While the boys talked about farming and sports, Amy and I spent some time putting Zoe through a little photo shoot.  Birth announcements were ordered today!  I've been a little sad that they moved to Shreveport, LA, but now every trip I make back home I will have to fit in a little road trip to get my Zoe time :) Love this girl like she's my own!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Summer Tea

My mom gets all the credit for this recipe. She has made it at showers and I snagged the recipe. Summer Tea has gotten nothing but good reviews. I am not a big tea drinker, but I love this! I have a friend that always requests the leftovers because she loves it so much!

Summer Tea

2 quarts boiling water
8 small tea bags or 4 large tea bags
8 large mint leaves
2 cups sugar
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice, undiluted
1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade, undiluted

Bring water to a boil. Add tea bags and boil one minute. Add mint leaves and steep 15 minutes. Add sugar to dissolve. Add orange juice and lemonade. Mix well. Add water to make 1 gallon.

Yields: 18 Servings

**I omit the mint leaves (not a mint person!) and it is wonderful!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 minute chicken - in the microwave!

Like I don't have enough to do - teaching, photography, the shop, and life - I decided to add something else to my list!  You are looking at the newest....

I am excited about becoming a Pampered Chef consultant!  There are a few perks such as tons of new kitchen products and recipes, but I also get to travel around and cook while showing off some really neat kitchen products - it's a pretty fun job!  I was slightly worried when I became a consultant because you must have $1250 in guest sales in your first 3 months or you have to pay that amount back -  yikes!  Well, that worry has faded because my first party did over $1250 in guest sales!

Throughout my Pampered Chef journey I will share with you some of my favorite products and recipes.  Lucky you!  If anyone is ever interested in hosting a Pampered Chef cooking show party or catalog party, please let me know!  Pampered Chef is now available as a fundraiser so keep me in mind when your business or organization is looking to do a fundraiser.  If you are the host, you get lots of free product which is a huge perk for you! 

Speaking of recipes, this one might be too good to be true, but I cooked it last night and yes, you are reading right - a whole chicken cooked in the microwave in 30 minutes!  You may want a Deep Covered Baker after you read this recipe! You can eat the chicken as is or use the chicken for tacos, enchiladas, salad - the options are endless :)

30 Minute Chicken
Our Deep Covered Baker and a flavorful seasoning mixture make this chicken easy and irresistable. Unglazed on the inside for perfect baking, glazed on the outside for perfect presentation.  A member of the Pampered Chef Stoneware collection.

1 whole chicken (3 1/2-4 lb)
1 tbsp olive oil

Seasoning Mixture
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves

For chicken, lightly spray Deep Covered Baker with oil.  Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.  Trim excess fat if necessary.  Tie ends of legs with cotton string.  Lift wings up towards neck, then tuck under back of chicken. Place chicken on cutting board; brush with oil.

For seasoning mixture, combine ingredients in prep bowl.  Mix well.  Completely coat outside of chicken with seasoning mixture.  Place chicken, breast side up, in baker.

Microwave, uncovered, on high for 25-30 minutes or until thermometer registers at 165 degrees in thickest part of breast and juices run clear.  Remove from microwave.  Cover with lid and let rest 10 minutes.



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