Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quick Dessert For Grandma

When Grandma comes over for dinner I make a special dessert. Grandma loves dessert so its become apart of our tradition when she comes over. The last time she came over I was not feeling that well so I did not make anything but then felt guilty because I wanted to make her something for dessert. I had ice cream which is always a winner then I remembered...
I had a box of fudge rounds in the pantry too so I pulled out my trusty parfait glasses, layered them with ice cream and fudge rounds, topped with a little chocolate syrup and.....
poof quick and easy dessert that was a winner with everyone!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chicken Salad

When the weather starts warming up I enjoy making cool dishes and this week its Chicken Salad! Finding chicken on sale last week just opened the door for a good chicken salad dish.

When starting my chicken I like to flavor the water so it gives the chicken even more flavoring.
I like to add 6 bouillon cubes to the water.

Bring chicken to a boil. For this serving I cooked 5lb of boneless/skinless chicken breast. I like to save my broth and use it for another recipe or another batch of Chicken Salad. I drain the chicken and put the broth into a container and freeze till ready to use again. Its a great soup starter!

I don't like to hand cut the chicken so I place it in the food processor and simply pulse it about 10 times. It leaves it chunky (which is the way my husband likes it) but makes it quick and easy to use the food processor.

After chopping up the meat add seasonings. I like to uses 1 tsp Onion Onion, 1 tsp Garlic Garlic and 2 tsp Seasoned Salt

Since one of the main ingredients is mayonnaise, you can win or loose your chicken salad if you don't use a good quality mayonnaise. I've tried several brands of mayonnaise and my favorite is Duke's. I like to use the spicy brown mustard instead of yellow mustard because I like the flavoring a little better. For this salad I used 1 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 2 tbsp mustard.
Again using the food processor chop celery and onion

Once everything is mixed I like to add chopped purple grapes and boiled eggs.

This is a great recipe for any gathering or just a summer day at home!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family enjoys it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

How To Boil & Peel An Egg

When I was first married I wanted to make deviled eggs but could not master the simple task of making a great boiled egg. Now, I could boil water but making a great boiled egg was another story! I set out to find the perfect way to make a boiled egg that would not end up green around the edge or fall apart when I tried to peel it! After I learned to make a good boiled egg, I had to master the peeling!! So again, I set out to master this task as well. To boil eggs place them in cold water and bring to a rolling boil. When the water starts to boil, set the timer for 7 minutes and let them boil. After 7 minutes turn the burner off and let them sit for another 15 minutes.
When its time to peel them simply fill your pan with cold water

crack the eggs, then the trick....

peel them under running water. I've tried several different tricks like adding salt to the water or baking soda but I've found that peeling them under running water works the best.
Try it, I bet it will work for you too and you'll have beautiful boiled eggs!