Grand Prix Gourmet: Chinese Walnut Chicken

 Taking an authentic recipe from 1941 to 2015 Walnut Chicken is an “authentic recipe from Shanghai”  that was found in an old edition of the Milwaukee Sentinel (April 21, 1941).  Back then the article spoke of how few recipes Americans used for Chinese cooking, the main one being Chop Suey.  They introduced this recipe as a delightful way to combine of egg with chicken.  Thankfully, we have come a long way since then! If...

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Chicken Dijon with Snap Peas

A Delicious, Fast Chicken Dijon Dinner Tender, moist chicken breast with fresh sugar snap peas and mushrooms in a tasty light sauce. Sound interesting? It tastes wonderful! My husband was the creative cook in our household. He made a dish very similar to this. We would seriously sigh through every bite, it was so delicious. This recipe is similar only I’ve added vegetables and a slightly different flavor with dijon. I was so...

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Barbecued Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Are you barbecuing chicken this weekend?  Just the thought of it brings to mind summer picnics, with potato salad of course, after a swim in the lake. If you have any leftover, here is a very tasty use for them.  You could use any leftovers actually, from hamburgers to the potato salad.  Anything tastes yummy in a lettuce wrap. Rotisserie chicken is wonderful fixed this way too.  Seems every time I get one there is a little bit left....

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Grand Prix Gourmet: Austrian Schnitzel with Chicken

When you think of Austrian food, what comes to mind?  Sacher Torte?  Knodel?  Perhaps one of the delicious cookies, like the linzer tarts with jam filling?  At our house Austrian meant Schnitzel with red cabbage. Most commonly made with pork or veal, we eventually switched to chicken.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cook in just a few minutes. My husband was the master of this process. One of the secrets is slicing the chicken...

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Lamb & Chicken Gabonais Recipe from Marion Preminger

Lamb & Chicken Gabonais Recipe from Marion Mill Preminger Before we get to this African recipe,I’ll just explain first that Marion Mill was the one-time wife of movie director and producer, Otto Preminger. She then fell in love with a suspected Nazi spy, unsuccessfully, and then spent many years working with Albert Schweitzer in his hospital in Africa. By 1964, she was living in New York with her husband Albert Mayer, a...

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Chicken and Turkey Recipes

Chicken & turkey recipes for Poultry Day Yes, there is an official Poultry Day. That’s hardly surprising when you consider that chicken and turkey recipes are popular throughout the world. Did you know that the United States produces 20% of the world’s poultry? And that there are sixteen billion birds produced as food every year? It’s hardly surprising that chicken and turkey recipes are so very popular –...

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Bourbon Chicken

It is said that Bourbon Chicken, a New Orleans favorite, is named after Bourbon Street there.  Could be, though the ingredient certainly adds meaning to the title. While that may be subject to dispute, either way, with a half cup of the whiskey included, you can imagine the rich, delicious flavor.  Sweet and spicy, it’s best when marinated overnight so the flavor (and the Bourbon) can seep in to every scrumptious chicken bite. The...

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Avocado Chicken Quesadillas

 Avocado Chicken Quesadillas Avocado Quesadillas with Chicken are another San Diego County favorite.  There was a little local restaurant on the coast that served them.  It wasn’t fast food, but it was very casual dining frequented by locals.  Fresh avocados grow in many backyards there, so we ate them often. The dish  was always so good that it was hard to order anything different. Since it is far away now, I had to try to copy it. ...

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Chicken Florentine Pasta

Ah…Pasta!  Seems I can never have noodles often enough.  Sometimes I’ll mix zucchini noodles in with it.  Sometimes long skinny angel hair sounds best, other times ziti or rigatoni.  Anyway you serve it, it’s a favorite choice. That being the case, it is a continual challenge finding ways to lighten up the topping I serve with it.  As you see in this recipe.  Spinach is a must, along with chopped onion.  This time I...

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How to Lighten Up a Chicken Salad

How to Lighten Up a Chicken Salad Chicken salad has been a favorite of our family since the late 70’s. A good friend and I would stop at a deli called Kaplan’s for lunch quite often mostly because I would crave their chicken salad. I don’t know if the restaurant still exists, but my chicken salad recipes still does. It took years of testing and tasting to come up with a recipe I thought was similar. We used it for years. These day I...

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Citrus chicken recipe

Citrus chicken recipe This is a recipe that I’ve had for ages and although we no longer eat meat,I often use this recipe to make the yummy sauce when we are having guests for a barbecued meal. The recipe is very tasty when made exactly as you see it below. When I’m making it as is, I just make a couple of changes — but it’s up to you. I serve the grapefruit and kiwi in separate bowls rather than using the fruit...

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Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables

Stir Fried Chicken and Vegetables Stir fry is such a fast and nutritious way to serve up a colorful meal. This recipe came from just that need the other night, and I had dinner on the table in less than a half hour. You can save even more time if you slice the chicken and prep the veggies early. I’ll do that often, putting the onions and celery into a baggy, and the other veggies in another. Then they are ready to pour into the...

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Chicken Brunswick Stew

A New Twist for the Traditional Brunswick Stew Brunswick Stew is one of my most popular recipes. It’s also one of my personal favorite soups made with chicken. It’s always on the menu during the winter months, but I love to keep some in the freezer to grab for an easy, filling meal any time of year.  It is such a  satisfying meal loaded with vegetables, chicken and a tasty broth. Usually Brunswick stew calls for pork, but we...

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Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap

A chicken salad is perfect in a lettuce wrap!  Doesn’t it look like it belongs there?  Chicken salad has been a family favorite for years and years.   Today we still love it, but my recipe has changed to so be so much lighter and more nutritional besides.   Often I’ll serve it on a bed of greens for a satisfying dinner. The difference today?  Far less mayonnaise and a couple of my favorite ingredients lately: spinach and...

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French Lemon Chicken recipe

French Lemon Chicken recipe This recipe comes from the delightful book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits and is authentically modern French. This is not one of those classic French dishes that will have you slaving over a hot stove all day. This is the sort of food that today’s Parisian woman – stylish, busy and entertaining – cooks for her dinner party guests. This is so simple to...

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Noodles with Ground Turkey, a Stroganoff Substitute

Noodles with Ground Turkey, a Stroganoff Substitute Ever feel like a stroganoff dish without the rich sauce?  That is why this dish was created.  Calling it non-Stroganoff doesn’t quite cover it though. While I was having one of my marathon cooking days, I had a some ground turkey leftover.  So I decided to saute it with veggies for an easy dinner.  While stroganoff is always a hit, it’s often nice to have the pasta without a creamy,...

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Cauliflower, Spinach and Turkey Meatballs

 Cauliflower, Spinach and Turkey Meatballs One of my favorite ways to play in the kitchen is finding ways to include vegetables like spinach and cauliflower in recipes.  It still surprises me how easy it is to do.  These meatballs are one of the most popular options. Perhaps the easiest method is to include both in ground meat of any kind.  Since I rarely use beef, my choice for this recipe was ground turkey.  Whether a meat loaf,...

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Chicken with Toasted Barley

Chicken with Toasted Barley Toasted barley has become a comfort food. Put it with chicken and you have double comfort in a satisfying, tasty dinner. I put this together one day recently trying to use up odds and ends I had. I had a little barley left, and two frozen chicken thighs, and the last of some veggies. Fortunately the ingredients were some of my favorites. It takes a bit of time for the cooking, but it’s really a simple and...

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Brunswick Stew, the Recipe and the Controversy

Brunswick Stew, the Recipe and the Controversy Who would expect a simple stew to have a debate over its origination? If you know anything about Brunswick Stew, you are probably aware that it does. Virginia and Georgia each claim it was first prepared in their fine state in the 1800’s, but some think it began in the first Brunswick city of Braunschweig, Germany. It was also said to be a favorite of Queen Victoria which would also mean...

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