Friends and Food
La Bella Vita, and I can tell you her posts will always make you happy. You'll find some awesome food posts there. As for Gera, he's the mind behind SweetsFoods. He posts some awesome weekly blog round ups I mean to tell you. Not only does he list the weeks best foodie posts from foodie blogs he follows, but also includes some great posts on social media, blogging and health & fitness well. Now this award comes with some terms, which I think is perfect for my 100th post. The rules are as follows: 1. Copy and paste the award on your blog. 2. List who gave the award to you and link to their blog.3. List 10 things that make you happy.4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know.
Ok here goes, ten things that make me happy....uuuummmm...... I'm thinking, do you smell the smoke?
1- Hanging out with my sons
2- Serving up a meal that even I am satisfied with the results.
3- Volunteering to help where children are the beneficiaries
4- Seeing my husband smile
5- Road trips
6- Playing with my grand puppy (no grand kids yet)
7- Talking to old friends from back home.
8- Family gatherings
9- Seeing my Dad laugh
10- Fellowship with bloggers from around the globe
Here are the 10 bloggers who I know will Make you Smile -
1. Mary at Foodo del Mundo
2-Stephanie at Dairy Free Diva
3-Angie at Southern Grace Gourmet
4-Reeni at Cinnamon and Spice
5- Claudia at What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine
6-Shelley at Wine at Five
7-Anamaris at Chef it Yourself
8- Mary at Deep South Dish
9-Melissa at Frugal Creativity
10- Pam at A Love for NEW recipes
Wow that was difficult, having to pick just ten bloggers, there are so many more!
And now for the food, yummy! Last weekend I made a really delicious Spinach Stuffing for the first time. My DH, aka 'The Carnivore' wasn't too excited about this. He's cut his carbs to almost nothing and lost about 30 pounds so far! I found the stuffing recipe online, altered it a bit...You know I use what I have on hand most of the time; it finished great.With that I served Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms. This was a recipe that came from mom, with a new twist added. Mom prepared this one in the oven, minus the vino, sometimes it was over potatoes. I did the stove top method, plus the vino! There are no finished pictures because a friend of mine, whom I haven't seen for about a year, stopped by right at dinner time. Knowing about her diet, we waited to eat. By the time I made it back to the kitchen, we were famished! My stomach said, "No time for pictures just dish up that food will ya!" After dinner I popped this photo of the leftover stuffing, to give you an idea of how it finished anyway.
2-16 ounce bags frozen spinach, thawed/drained (I used one)
1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped(I didn't have peppers, none used)
1 onion chopped (small onion)
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced or put through a garlic press (1 Tbsp minced)
4 Tablespoons butter
Season salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, chopped (Not used)
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 of a 16 ounce bag of Brownberry Herb Stuffing mix-I like the shredded (I used 1/2 package Rothbury Garlic and Cheese Croutons)
1. Saute the peppers, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat til soft. Season with seasoning salt and pepper.
2. Add the spinach and cook for about 5 minutes more.
3. Place in large bowl and cool to room temperature.
4. Add cilantro, cheese and stuffing mix. Let sit about 10 minutes or so until the bread absorbs the liquid from the veggies. If it's too dry, add chicken stock.(I added 3/4 cup)
5. Stuff into turkey or just place in a greased baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. (I baked in an 8 X 8 glass dish)
the original - http://www.grouprecipes.com/27782/spinach-stuffing.html
The stuffing was very moist and not in any way mushy.The cheese gave it a sharp flavor yet not overpowering the spinach. In fact, my son Red, who hates spinach, almost polished off the whole dish! Given that my family doesn't really like those slimy or mushy textures that vegetables like spinach have, this one is definitely a keeper!
5 chicken breasts, bone in
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped (I sliced them)
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup (I used cream of celery)
1/2 cup white wine, divided
1/2 can milk
1. Season chicken with salt, pepper to taste.
2. In a large skillet, brown the chicken over medium-high heat.
3. Wisk soup, remaining wine, and milk in a small bowl.
4. Remove chicken, deglaze pan with 1/4 cup of white wine.(Gotta incorporate those yummy brown bits of flavor)
5. Lower the heat, add the mushrooms, and saute for one minute, move to the side.
6. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the onions and scoop the mushrooms on top.
7. Pour cream of mushroom soup mix over chicken. Gently move the chicken pieces and swoosh the soup around to incorporate all ingredients. (a seen in photo)
8. When the soup begins to simmer, cover skillet, cook on medium-low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken are cooked through. I remove the lid for the last five minutes of cooking in order to allow the sauce to thicken.
This recipe produces a nice creamy
Thanks for stopping by to celebrate my 100th, hope you enjoyed my Friends and Food.
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