Sunday, November 6, 2011

Inspired Dinner Plans for This Week

Chicken and Dumplings at Hubby's request

My Way: I boiled 6 pounds of chicken breast in 12 cups broth and one cup water with Garlic Salt and Thyme...I chopped 5 carrots, 5 stalks of celery, 3 yellow onions and sauteed them in oil in a skillet...while these were cooking I made the dumplings with 3 cups flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 2 heaping tablespoons baking powder and 2 teaspoons salt - mixing all these dry ingredients together, then added in 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1 1/2 cups whole milk...after the chicken cooked, I removed it from the broth, let it cool some, chopped it and then put it back in the broth with the veggies and 1 cup heavy cream...last, I dropped by tablespoons the dumpling mixture into the broth mixture, let it simmer covered on low for 10-15 minutes checking often to make sure it didn't scorch...then I carefully stirred it all mine didn't have distinct dumplings...they were all kind of mixed in with the broth, chicken and veggies...but my husband and in laws raved and raved about I was happy :)

Italian Sausage Burgers
Poppy Seed Chicken - a recipe I remember a friend making when I was a kid

My Way:  I boiled 6 pounds of chicken breasts until cooked through; while it was cooking, I mixed together 24 ounces of sour cream and a large/family size can of cream of chicken soup (and if I would have had my head on straight, I would have added garlic powder and fajita seasoning...I still can't believe I forgot to season...); then in a separate bowl, I mixed 3 sleeves of crushed Ritz (next time I will use 4) and 2 melted sticks of butter; after chicken cooked and cooled I chopped it up and mixed it into sour cream mixture; I sprinkled 1/2 Ritz mixture on bottom of 2 casserole dishes, scooped chicken/sour cream mixture on top then topped with the rest of Ritz mixture and baked at 325 degrees for 20 minutes...Big Hit with the in-laws, even though I forgot the seasoning...

Brats and Fries - a nice simple weekend quickie

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