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Monday, June 3, 2024

East Indian Chicken Recipe

 

Great taste of India!

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East Indian Chicken Recipe - (Indian Food)

Ingredients:

2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted (10 3/4 ounces each)
1 1/2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate, undiluted (6 ounces each)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 cup butter or margarine
8 whole chicken breasts (boneless & skinless)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup currants
Salt and pepper to your taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the soup, orange juice concentrate, and curry powder. Melt butter in a large shallow baking dish in the oven. Remove from oven, and coat chicken with melted butter. Arrange chicken in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with soup mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Baste with the sauce, and sprinkle with almonds. Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Sprinkle with currants, and continue baking for 15-20 minutes. This dish can be assembled early and baked just before serving. It is nice with wild rice and crisply cooked green vegetables.

Thoughts On East Indian Chicken:

If you've never had Indian food let this recipe be your introduction. Indian Chicken is delicious. I remember first tasting Indian food at a local Indian restaurant. It blew my mind! I had never tasted anything like it before. Maybe it was the curry. The curry spice in food was new to me. This was about 7 years ago. I actually asked myself why I had not tasted Indian food before. I was missing out. There is spicy Indian and non-spicy food with a creamy taste.

I recommend adding Basmati rice to this dish. Basmati is long and slender rice with a specific aroma you will love.

More Information For You:

East Indian Chicken originates from India. I want to share some information on curry. Curry is what gives East Indian Chicken its specific flavor and no other can compare. Curry reflects the Indian culture. It is a spice that is also very popular in American cooking culture. Curry has a very interesting history. FOOD&WINE wrote a very informative article called The Real Story of Curry that you will enjoy.

Some Questions For You:

Do you like Indian food? What is your favorite Indian dish? Do you remember the first time you tasted Indian food? Please share your experience here with other readers. Did you see yesterday's recipe? If you missed it, it's called Key West Salad Recipe and it is a delicious fruit salad that is very easy to make. Take a look at it and leave a comment.

My Thoughts For Today:

Marshmallows for the grand peeps!

Since I became a grandfather, known as "Papaw" to these sweet little ones, I have made it a ritual to bring marshmallows to my little grandchildren. I know sugar is not good for children. They do not get sugar all the time but I want them to always remember me bringing them marshmallows as a core memory. I try to find different flavors of marshmallows so they can try something new. Regular vanilla marshmallows are the best in my opinion.

I found these YUMMALLO Sour marshmallows and thought it would be fun for them to try. The flavors in this bag are strawberry, blue raspberry, and cherry. They are sugar-coated. There ya go again, Grandpa! Giving the grandbabies sugar. 

Have you seen or tried these marshmallows? I found them on the baking aisle alongside the regular marshmallows. Little children and grandchildren grow so fast. I think it's good to create as many good memories as possible for them. Food is a great way to create memories. Maybe I should try bringing them bags of carrots. That may be more healthy but I guess it is the mid-western upbringing in me.

What do you think about me bringing my grandchildren marshmallows? I don't do it very often. Let me know your thoughts.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Kahlua Cake Recipe

 

A great holiday cake! Easy recipe!

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Kahlua Cake Recipe - (Cakes)

Ingredients:

1 package (18.25 ounces) German chocolate cake mix
2/3 cup Kahlua liquor
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
3 eggs

Directions:

Combine the cake mix, Kahlua, oil, orange rind, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat for 2 minutes at the highest speed of the electric mixer. Line the bottom of 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans with waxed paper. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove the cake from the pans, and cool it on the rack. Spread the filling between the layers and frost the cake.

Thoughts On Kahlua Cake:

Did anyone say cake? Cake is one of my favorite desserts and it is very difficult for me to pass a piece of cake by. Even if it is the store-bought birthday cake for someone in the work breakroom, I must get a piece.

German chocolate cake is a great cake and this recipe calls for Kahlua. The Kahlua has a dark chocolate flavor, and other flavors such as sweet butter, black coffee, roasted chestnut, and vanilla. Kahlua is a great-tasting liquor and adds a nice flavor to the German chocolate cake. The alcohol cooks out but you know that.

More Interesting Information:

Kahlua is one of the most popular and well-known liquors in the market today. Kahlua dates back to the 1930s and its birthplace is Mexico. One bottle takes several years to produce. There are many cooking and baking recipes that include Kahlua. You can learn more about Kahlua by visiting VINEPAIR's article called 10 Things You Should Know About Kahlua.

A Few Questions For You:

How many baked goods have you tried that have Kahlua in them? Have you tried a drink or a particular baked item? Have you tried Kahlua cake before? Please let me know your experience with this popular liquor. Did you see my last recipe? If you missed it, it is called Cracker Jack Cookies Recipe. Either one of these recipes is worth trying and sharing.

My Thoughts For Today:

Box turtle

Living in Southwest Missouri it is not uncommon to see box turtles. They come out in the spring to forage and mate. They eat vegetation to prepare for their winter hibernation. They get on the roads a lot and often times I have to dodge them while driving.

My oldest granddaughter has been asking her mom for a turtle. Today this turtle showed up in my yard. I believe it is a male box turtle. From what I understand, the males have bright colors and the females are mostly brown. I know my granddaughter will be very excited to receive her new pet. It will be a great educational opportunity to learn about box turtles, how to care for them, and experience letting the turtle go for the winter hibernation. I kept box turtles during the warm months when I was young and it was always fun.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Beef Parmigiana Easy Recipe

 

Treat your tastebuds with this recipe!

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Beef Parmigiana Easy Recipe - (Main Dishes, Beef)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef round steak
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
1/2 teaspoon basil leaves
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
1 clove garlic (crushed) or 1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano leaf
4 slices (approximately 1 ounce each) Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Use round steak cut about 1/2 to 3/4 inches in thickness. Cut into 6 serving-size pieces.  Mix flour, salt and pepper. Dredge meat in seasoned flour and pound. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and basil leaves. Dip meat pieces in egg and water mixture, then dredge in crumb mixture, coating evenly. Brown in cooking oil. Place in a roasting pan or baking dish, 13 1/2 x 9 x 2 inches. Combine tomato sauce, garlic, sugar, and oregano; pour over meat. With a tight foil cover, cook in a moderate oven, 350 degrees, for 1 hour 10 minutes or until tender. Place a Mozzarella slice on each piece of meat. Sprinkle added oregano, if desired. Bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes until cheese melts. Serve sauce with meat. 

Serves: 6

My Thoughts About Beef Parmigiana:

Beef! You gotta love it! There are so many ways to cook beef. Beef Parmigiana is one of the tastiest ways to cook beef. I have always considered beef parmigiana an Italian recipe but no matter what type it is, I have always loved it. If you enjoy wine with your dinner, enjoy your favorite glass of red wine with this dish.

Growing up my mother mostly cooked chicken parmigiana but there is nothing like the beef taste with parmigian cheese. I do like a little extra cheese on my beef parmigiana, and sauce too. This recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. The sweet and salty combination makes you want to take one bite after another. To me, that is the secret of cooking great recipes.

Extra Information For You:

Okay, you know where beef comes from just like everyone else around the globe, but I wanted to share some information I found about specifically, parmigiana. This is another one of my Italian dishes and the word parmigiana strikes up a feeling of Italy for me. Well, it makes me think of Olive Garden mostly. I just love going to Olive Garden. When the server comes with that little cheese grater and asks if I want cheese, I feel bad to say yes but I just can't help myself sometimes. I am almost tempted to ask the server to just leave the grater at the table and I can do it myself because I am afraid they will judge me for how long I make theme crank on the dang thing.

There are several different locations in Italy that claim they originated parmigiana but there is really no way to tell exactly where this wonderful cheese came from. One thing is for sure, each location in Italy has its own version of Parmigiana. You can learn more about Parmigiana by visiting a great article by Tuscookany called Parmigiana, A classic Italian dish, where does it come from?

A Few Questions For You:

First of all, I just have to ask you, because I always do in all my posts, what is your favorite parmigiana dish? I know that eggplant parmigiana is very common, and even chicken, but there are other parmigiana dishes you might like. I'm gonna have to step out here and answer my own question. My favorite is beef parmigiana. Now, being from Missouri, and growing up eating deer meat, I will also add that deer parmigiana is very good. Especially because I love the taste of deer. I hope I didn't lose you on that comment. Some people are very touchy when it comes to deer meat. I really don't understand it other than they possibly did not grow up eating deer. 

Next question. Did you happen to see my last recipe? It is a dessert recipe and if you decide to cook beef parmigiana my last recipe will go well with this one. Trust me when I tell you, it is so delicious. It is called Blueberry Crisp Easy Recipe and I would love to know what you think of it. 

Personal Thoughts I'd Like To Share:

Over the past weekend, I decided to make chili. I used the recipe I shared in previous a previous post. As I mentioned I worked on it for a few years to get it just the way I like it. Do you like chili? God knows I could eat it just about every day. Maybe it's a "guy" thing. I have heard that stereotype in movies. I heard that about spaghetti too. "Men can live on chili and spaghetti." I've heard them say. I think there might be some truth to that. You can make a bunch of it and it lasts a long time. What are your thoughts?

Anyway, a friend of mine mentioned White Chicken Chili and that got my attention because I have never cooked it before. I did use chicken in my chili recipe instead of beef. It turned out pretty good and I think I will have some for lunch today. The White Chicken Chili has my attention because first of all, it's chili, and second of all there are different spices. I love spices and cooking with them.

The chicken chili I made this weekend.


You may notice I have corn in my chili in the picture I shared above. I love how the chicken looks in the chili and it tastes pretty good. I will have to admit I like beef just a little better in my chili and I am not just saying that because this is a post on beef. I genuinely like the taste a little better.

I think this is a good time to show you what I found at the local "Big Box" store while doing some shopping.

UNICORN POOP marshmallows by YUMMALLO


I was in the store and saw marshmallows called UNICORN POOP and I think it's beautiful marketing. It is so funny to me. I haven't looked into this company that makes these but they kind of make me think of marshmallow Peeps but not as cute. I didn't buy the Unicorn Poop but I did find another bag of marshmallows that I decided to get.

Yummallo POPCORN Marshmallows


I found Popcorn marshmallows and decided to get those for my two little granddaughters. I think those are a little more appropriate than Unicorn Poop. They are made by the same company and I was curious to know what they tasted like. I have tried popcorn flavor taffy and I really like taffy. I thought the popcorn marshmallows would taste the same but they didn't have the same popcorn taste as the taffy. There was just a hint of popcorn flavor. Have you tried any of these marshmallows?

After giving these marshmallows a taste I divided them up into sandwich bags for my granddaughters. When I took these marshmallows to them they seemed happy to have them. It's the little thing I do with my grandkids. I want them to always remember their "Papaw" giving them marshmallows. Is that silly?

Well, I want to finish up by saying I will probably give the White Chicken Chili a try this weekend. Maybe share it with family and see what they think of it. It has turned cold here in the Ozarks right now and soup and chili seem to hit the spot for me. 

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