Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: February 2009

Frosted Banana Bars with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

For anyone who knows my kids, they actually allowed three bananas to turn brown. Shocking I know. I was faced with the dilemma of what to with them. Banana bread was out of the question. Muffins and cookies maybe. I settled on the banana bars […]

More Salad and Peas, Please!

Often on game nights we have pizza for dinner. The kids are so excited they forgo the veggies and salad filling up on pizza. Tonight the kids were outside playing and were grimy from the mud as well as exhausted. I packed them all into […]

Springtime Lemon Muffins

A few years ago I attended a bake off held to raise money for a girls youth group. It was a yearly event many residents looked forward to as they stuffed their wallets with cash hoping to snag one of Mrs. A’s delectable delights. Lemon bars were on the block. The gavel rang at $72.00. Mrs. A is what I call her because I cannot for the life of me remember her name. She was a petite older woman but full of spunk. I asked her what the attraction was as I had never tried her lemon bars before. She pulled me closer and whispered in my ear, “I only use real lemon.” I supposed she was not about to give up the recipe but I have followed her rule of always using real lemon juice. Not the stuff from a bottle.

Source: Michelle Christensen
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 egg
3/4 cups, plus 1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp lemon zest, grated

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, lemon juice, and egg. Sift together dry ingredients. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to make a thick batter. Stir in lemon zest. Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins (2/3 full) or loaf pan. Bake muffins at 350 degrees for 10–15 minutes or until golden brown. Bake loaf at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Just before the muffins or bread come out of the oven, combine syrup ingredients in medium saucepan.

Syrup:
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Combine and heat just until sugar is dissolved. Prick small holes in top of baked bread or muffins with toothpick, then gently pour lemon syrup into holes. Cool. Makes 12 muffins or 1 loaf.

Spinach Salad with Pears

My mother-n-law introduced me to the Partridge in a Pear Tree ornaments from USA pears. My Christmas tree has a Twelve Days of Christmas theme so the pear ornaments fit right in. The cost for a single ornament has been $7.50 plus a store receipt […]

Lemon Angel Food Layer Cake

I made this cake last year for a luncheon I threw for a few friends; along with my favorite southwestern chicken salad. I used a small loaf of angel food cake making three layers rather than six. I tried to find lemon curd in the […]

Lemony Grilled Chicken Without the Sauce

I tried a recipe last week entitled Broccoli and Butternut Squash Fettuccini and Lemon Chicken. It was a little gormet for the kids and Stephen. I liked the idea but do not think I will ever make it again unless I make a few changes. The lemon chicken however was a hit.

1-2 tbsp Olive oil
Zest of half a lemon
Juice of a whole lemon, or to taste
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 chicken breast or thighs
Salt and pepper

Season the chicken with the salt and pepper. Slice chicken into bit sized strips.

Heat oil in the pan. Add the garlic, chicken and lemon zest. Cook until no longer pink in the center. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

BeaterBlade for Kitchen Aide Mixers

Years ago my mother-n-law handed down her Kitchen Aide mixer, to me. Stephen thinks she has had the mixer for at least 30 years. That is what I call a wives tale or excellent quality. A few weeks ago the wire whisk attachment broke. I […]

Peanut Butter Cookies

I admit I am not the best baker. Baking is too precise for me. I enjoy throwing things like vegetables and herbs in a pot and hoping for the best. Movie night came and the gang wanted cookies. I wanted to oblige them, however, we […]

Asian Orange Chicken

We really enjoyed this version of orange chicken. Last year my sister-n-law Jennifer sent me a wok that I am so in love with. It makes sauteing a cinch. Most of the prep work is all about the marinade which needs to be done at least two hours in advance. I skipped on the breaded chicken. Instead I sauteed the chicken in my wok. If you are a traditionalist definitely use breaded chicken. We served ours with stir-fry vegetables.

Source: Harry Wetzel the holiday spot
Sauce:
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Chicken:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

Pour into saucepan 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce; and set over medium-high heat. Stir in orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chopped onion. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 to 15 minutes.

Place chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve remaining sauce. Seal bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add marinated chicken pieces, and shake to coat.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet, and brown on both sides. Remove to paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil.

Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, and stir into sauce. Reduce heat to medium low; stir in chicken pieces, and simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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