Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yummy Mustard Chicken Thighs

I have been working on ways to prepare chicken without breading it, to keep the calories down.  This one tasted so yummy, I decided to put it on the blog.  I used chicken thighs, but I am sure you could use chicken breasts or tenders and still be good.

Place 4 or 5 boneless chicken thighs in a plastic zip lock bag.

Add to the bag:
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        1/2 teaspoon Seasonal Salt
        1 teaspoon olive oil
        1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
        1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Mix it around in the bag until all the pieces have been coated well.  Let them sit in the bag for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Dump the chicken and all the sauce in an open baking dish.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Banana Bread

This is a very flavorful bread that we have loved for a long time.  You can leave out the nuts if you don't like them (unfortunately several of my children don't...sigh)
Banana Bread

Cream together:  1/2 C. butter
                          1-1/3 C sugar

Slice:      2 Large Bananas
Add bananas and 2 T. milk

Mix well with mixer and add:
             2 eggs

Mix and add:
             1 3/4 C. flour
             1/2 tsp. soda
             1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
             1 tsp. salt
             1 tsp. nutmeg

Fold in nuts.  Bake at 350o for 30 min then reduce heat to 325o for 15-20 min. or until done.  1 Loaf.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chicken (or Turkey) a la King

As requested, here is an old stand-by of mine for leftover chicken or turkey.

Chicken - You can use either fresh chicken or leftover.  If you use fresh chicken, cut it in bite size pieces and cook in Olive oil, stirring to lightly brown it.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Then add the vegetables and saute for a few minutes until they are the right crispness.

If you are using left over chicken, start by sauteing the vegetables and wait to add the chicken when the vegetables are almost cooked.

Vegetables = You can use a variety of vegetables.  If you are pressed for time, you can use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and just add them to the cooked fresh chicken or cook in some water and then add to the chicken.

Vegetables I like to use: Celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, peas, carrots, corn, onion.

After you have the chicken and vegetables together, add a can of cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, garlic salt, parsley, (basil is also a good flavor) and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat it all together and serve over noodles or rice.