Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chicken BLT Wedge Salad

This recipe was an instant hit at my house. Talk about yummy. I served this with cut up pita bread to round out the meal. To make it super simple use prepared bleu cheese dressing.

  • 1 cup buttermilk, divided
  • large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko 
  • (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • medium head iceberg lettuce, cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomato
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (1/2 cup)
  • slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. 2. Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk and egg white in a shallow dish. Place panko in a shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg white mixture; dredge in panko. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  3. 3. Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken. Cook 4 minutes; turn over. Bake at 425° for 14 minutes or until done. Let chicken stand 10 minutes; slice crosswise.
  4. 4. Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, mayonnaise, dill, chives, and vinegar. Place garlic on a cutting board; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Chop until a paste forms, scraping with the flat side of knife to mash. Add garlic to dressing.
  5. 5. Place 1 lettuce wedge on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with chicken, 1/3 cup tomato, and 2 1/2 tablespoons dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and crumbled bacon.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cream of _____ Soup

If you are like me, you run out of stuff and it drives me crazy! I love this recipe to use in a pinch or to save money. It can be used in any recipe for cream of chicken, mushroom, celery, whatever.

2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup corn starch
1/4 instant chicken bouillon granules
2 tsp onion flakes
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix well and store in airtight container

To make 1 can cream of ____ soup:
Mix 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until thick. Use in your favorite recipe.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bratten's Clam chowder

1c. finely chopped onion
1c finely chopped celery
2c potatoes diced
16 oz cans minced, juice from clams
3/4 c butter
3/4 c flour
1qt half and half (or milk if you want)
dash of pepper
1/2 t sugar or honey
2T red wine vinegar, optional

drain juice from clams and pour over 
vegetables in a very small sauce pan. 
Reserve clams for later.  Add enough 
water to barely cover and simmer, 
covered over medium heat until barely 
tender.  in the meantime, make a roux 
by melting butter and adding flour, blend. 
cook stirring constantly.  Add cream and 
stir with a whip till smooth and thick. 
This is important.  Add undrained vegetables 
and reserved clams, heat through.  
Season with salt, sugar and pepper.   8-10 servings

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hamburger Stroganoff

This recipe warms my soul on a cold winter day.
This can be made as healthy (or as unhealthy) as you want. This is my version and is a staple at our house.

1 lb ground meat (beef, buffalo, turkey)
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp garlic salt
2 tbsp flour
1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
Noodles (I use whole wheat rotini)

Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, brown meat in a skillet until done. Add mushrooms and cook about 2 minutes. Add flour and garlic salt until well mixed. Add yogurt and soup. Cook until ingredients and blended, smooth, thick and bubbly. Serve over warm noodles.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gail's Lentil Soup


2 c dry lentils
2 slices bacon or leftover ham
1 small onion, diced finely
1/2 c. celery diced finely
3T parsley
1 clove garlic minced 
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t oregano
1lb can tomatoes chopped with liquid
2T red wine vinegar

rinse lentils and drain. Place in soup kettle add 8 c water and 
remaining ingredients except tomatoes and vinegar.  
Cover and simmer 1.5 hours add tomatoes and vinegar.  
Simmer covered 30 min. Season to taste.  8-10 servings