Thursday, January 21, 2016

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings



1 whole chicken, quartered and skinned
2~14 oz cans chicken broth, recommended: Swanson's
1~ 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
1 t poultry seasoning*
1/2 lb carrots, sliced
4 ribs celery with leaves, sliced
1/2 one white onion
Dumpling recipe:
1 1/2 c unbleached flour 
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
6 T cold butter
3/4 t sugar
2/3 c milk

Place chicken in crock pot, season with chicken seasoning, salt and pepper. Place carrots, celery, and onion on top of chicken. Whisk together broth and cream of chicken soup and pour over chicken and vegetables. Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours. 

Remove chicken from crock pot, replace lid.  Shred and debone chicken, return to crock pot. Set temperature to high (if on low). 

Prepare dumplings by combining dry ingredients in medium bowl. Cut in butter until fine crumbs form. Add milk and stir just until incorporated.  

Drop dumplings by spoonful into crock pot. Return lid and cook dumplings with chicken additional 20 minutes. Serves 8.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Candied Ginger Scones ~ adapted from Williams Sonoma


2 c unbleached wheat flour
1/4 c sugar
3 t baking powder
1/2 c butter (one stick), very cold
1/3 c candied ginger, chopped
1 egg
1/2 c heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350. Line large baking sheet with parchment and set aside. 

In food processor, add flour, sugar, and baking powder. Pulse several times to combine. Cut cold butter into chunks and add to flour mixture. Pulse several times until coarse crumbs form. 

Transfer flour and butter to large mixing bowl, add ginger and stir gently. In separate bowl or measuring cup, add egg to cream and whisk well. Add wet ingredients to flour and butter and mix just until combined. 

Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Pat into a disk, about 1/4" thick, using lightly floured hands if nessecary. Using biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out approximately 15 scones and place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake in center of oven 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool on rack. Serve warm with butter or lemon curd. Yield 15 scones. 




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Covered Pretzel Nice Cream




2 frozen bananas
2 T natural peanut butter
2 t chocolate chips, melted
1/2 t vanilla
6-8 mini pretzel twists

Peel frozen bananas and chop into chunks. Add to food processor along with vanilla and whip until completely smooth. Add peanut butter, melted chocolate, and pretzels. Pulse just to combine and pretzels are roughly chopped. Spoon into bowls and top with additional pretzels if desired. Serve immediately or place in freezer in airtight container. Microwave 15 seconds to soften.

Yield 2 servings.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Flourless Peanut Butter Mini Muffins ~ adapted from Avery Cooks




1 over ripe banana
1/2 c natural peanut butter, no added sugar
1 egg
2 T honey (optional)
1 t vanilla
1/4 t baking soda
pinch salt (optional)
chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray, set aside. 

Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and puree until very smooth, approximately 1 minute. Using a small cookie scoop, fill each muffin cup 3/4 with peanut butter mixture. Top each with 4 or 5 chocolate chips.

Bake 8-9 minutes until tops are puffed and set and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Yield 18-20 mini muffins.

Note: If omitting honey, also omit salt. 

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese



2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
16 oz plain greek yogurt, recommended: Fage 2%
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 c lowfat milk
1 stick salted butter, melted
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 t mustard powder
1/2 t salt, to taste

Cook macaroni in boiling water for 6 minutes. Drain, do not rinse.

While macaroni is cooking, in medium size crock pot add all remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. Add drained macaroni and mix well. Cover and turn crock pot to high for 30 minutes. Stir and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened and macaroni is done.

Serve with additional shredded cheese or other toppings.