Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More recipes!

Ainsley honestly hasn't had anything interesting to eat lately -- we have been living on leftovers for several days -- BUT I do have a few recipes that I have either tried or want to try ....

Chicken & Dumplings -- Version 1

My mom made this for us a while back. I have 2 alternate versions of the recipe:

1/2 C celery, chopped (optional)
1 med. onion, chopped
1 lb. chicken pieces, cut up (my mom used chicken tenders)
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 C flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbl. nondairy margarine
salt & pepper to taste

Boil celery and onion in enough water to cover them, until tender. Add (raw) chicken. Boil until cooked. Add chicken bouillion cubes, continue to boil until melted. Set aside to cool.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in margarine. Add 1/2 C of the broth from the above chicken/bouillion mixture. Knead dough on a floured board. Roll very thin (1/4 inch) and cut into 2-inch strips. Sprinkle dumplings lightly on the top with flour and let sit at least 2 hours.

Bring chicken and broth back to a boil. Add dumplings (important -- do not add dumplings until water is boiling).

After all the dumplings are in, cover, turn off, and let sit at least 15 minutes before serving. Add black pepper just before serving. Don't stir -- just lift dumplings out of pot and put in bowl.

Version 2

As an alternative to the above chicken recipe, you can do this:

1 lb. chicken pieces, cut up
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 med. onion, chopped
1/2 C chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in oil. Add bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic, and cook until wilted. Cover with water and simmer until tender. Then proceed with making the dumplings from Version #1.

Caramel Corn

I want to try this recipe soon, because Ainsley loves popcorn and she can't have Cracker Jacks, etc., because of the nuts.

1 C margarine
2 C firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 C corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
6 quarts popped corn

Melt margarine, stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil w/o stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over corn, mixing well. Turn into 2 shallow baking pans. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break apart and store in air-tight container.

Heavenly Apple Salad

Another recipe I'm going to try soon!

2 packages lemon Jell-O
2 C mini-marshmallows (I use Kraft Jet-Puffed)
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple
2 C apples, peeled and diced

Dissolve Jell-O in 2 C of boiling water. Add marshmallows. Stir until melted. Add 1 C cold water. Chill until thickened. Add remaining ingredients. Chill until firm.

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