Many years ago I found a recipe by Marian Burros for a white chicken chili done with bite size boneless chicken breasts. The other night while channel surfing, I came upon “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and Sara was preparing white chicken chili with ground chicken. I have never tried ground chicken, but have numerous recipes for ground turkey. Her recipe was quite easy and used pantry staples. The recipe calls for an onion, garlic, all-purpose flour, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, chicken stock, white wine, ground chicken, two cans of cannellini beans and either sour cream or yogurt. I’m now counting leftover white wine as a pantry staple for me.
Did you ever purchase apple cider for a holiday then discover there’s still some left. You may not feel like having another cup of mulled cider, so how about something different, an apple cider sour cocktail? I read about this drink in a “20 Odd Questions” column in the December 21st issue of the Wall Street Journal in which Martha Stewart says this is her favorite holiday drink. The drink contains apple cider, a piece of fresh ginger, lemon juice and bourbon.
Mother’s Day is a few short weeks away. You could take mom out on her special day, but do you want to spend it with hundreds of other families in a crowded restaurant? One thought is to treat mom to a special meal at home. I know, you don’t cook, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to try. I think any mom would be thrilled if someone cooked for her for a change!
Back in December 2012, Southern Living Magazine had an article entitled “All I Want for Christmas is a Magical Morning.” The magazine took classic southern cake recipes and turned them into layered pancake recipes. The recipes included Hummingbird, Italian Cream, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, German Chocolate and Caramel Cake pancakes. The only one that I have tried so far is the red velvet and my, oh my, are they decadent!
My last post to this blog was November 22nd and then month of December flew by. I spent early December being a nanny to my granddaughter while my daughter navigated her return to the work force. It was delightful to spend one on one time with her.
During this time, meal preparation had to be done beforehand or ingredients had to be on hand to prepare a nutritious, healthy meal and prepared in under an hour. This became a challenge, so I relied on recipes that I have made [and posted] in the past and occasionally was able to find a new one that worked out. I found a stuffed pepper recipe by Lidia Bastianich. Lidia’s recipe called for ground pork, however, I used ground beef. The dish was very flavorful worked out well as a do ahead meal.
Last week when we had dinner at my girlfriend's house, she made sangria, but a white sangria, as she knows I prefer white wine.
When I got home, it got me thinking about a sangria recipe that I had in my files. I haven't made it in a long time. However, with the heatwave that we're having, I'm going to have to locate a fruity white wine. By the way, my girlfriend was able to find a red wine sangria mix at the Wine Outlet in Manasquan. Recipe after the jump.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.