Apple Curried Chicken

Apple Curried Chicken is made with apples and spices layered over tender chicken breasts – a quick and easy, delicious dinner for the family. Serve with Basmati rice and buttered steamed broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts (~5 ounces each)
  • (I recommend Red Bird from Colorado if you can find them.)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 medium onion – peeled and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup raisins

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl combine chicken broth, salt, curry, ginger, turmeric and pepper – set aside.
  3. Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry, and dredge in flour.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. (Optional: Coat skillet with vegetable cooking spray)
  6. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 4 minutes total
  7. Layer the chicken in a baking dish.
  8. In the same skillet over medium heat, add the water and sauté the onion for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the apple and cook 1 minute longer and spread evenly over the chicken.
  10. Pour the broth and spice mixture over the chicken.
  11. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Add raisins, replace cover, and bake for 5 minutes more.
  13. Serve immediately over hot Basmati rice.

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies – YUM!  Butterscotch has always been one of my favorite dessert flavors. So, this was a recipe I had to try. Some members of my family actually prefer these to traditional chocolate chip cookies. I have to admit, they are mighty tasty. Try them, and see if you agree.

 

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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  • 1 cup butter, softened (do not use margarine)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups butterscotch chips

 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt – set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla – mix with electric hand-held mixer until smooth.
  5. In 3 parts, add the flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture – mixing well after each addition until all ingredients are well blended.
  6. Add the oats and butterscotch chips – stir until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Drop rounded tablespoonsful (large balls) of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie to allow for spread.
  8. Bake for ~10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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Use oat flour instead of regular flour, or use a food processor to grind the oats to right consistency. It will give the cookies an interesting texture and nice flavor.

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Cookie Recipes for Cooking with Children

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Below are three excellent cookie recipes to make with children. They are well-tested by my granddaughter, Bella. She loves them.

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Ingredients:

1 cup flour

½ cup corn starch

½ cup powdered sugar

¾ cup (1½cubes) butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flour, corn starch and powdered sugar in medium bowl – set aside.
  3. Beat butter in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add flour mixture and vanilla; beat until well blended.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  7. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with floured fork.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Remove from baking tin and cool completely on wire rack..
  10. Store in a tightly covered container.

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  10 to 12 minutes
Chill Time:  30 minutes
Yield:  3 dozen cookies

 

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Quick Oatmeal Cookies

These are wonderful, quick cookies. It is one of the first things my children learned to “cook.” You can add more or less oats. I have found that the weather makes a difference on the consistency. It is very important not to boil them for longer than a minute.

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

½ cup Nestle Quik©

½ cup milk

1 cube butter

2 cups uncooked oatmeal

1 cup nuts, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar, Nestle Quik, milk and butter in a sauce pan – boil for one minute (no longer than 1 minute)
  2. Remove from the heat and add the oatmeal, nuts and vanilla
  3. Drop on waxed paper – let cool

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

 

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Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 pound (4 cubes) unsalted butter, softened

1½ cups granulated sugar

1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted

4 tablespoons lemon juice (~3 lemons)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper – set aside.
  3. Sift flour – set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  5. Add lemon juice, vanilla, and salt – beat until well combined.
  6. Stir in flour – 1 cup at a time.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon for each cookie onto prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until very light brown around the edges.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on cooling rack.

Yield:  5 1/2 dozen cookies

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Family Fun – Baking Cookies with Children

Share your love of cooking with your children – and grandchildren.  Baking cookies with children is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime.

More and more people are discovering the joy of baking cookies with children. It is not only fun, it is one of the best ways to start teaching your children how to cook – for several reasons:

  1. Cookies are sweet, portable (good for lunches), and easy to make.
  2. Everyone loves the end result – who can resist warm cookies from the oven?
  3. You get to spend time with your children.
  4. You are teaching them a skill that will last a lifetime.
  5. Everyone has a good time.

The cooking-making process can be very flexible. If you are a very busy mom or dad who thinks this is a great idea, but has limited time, try making the cookies in stages.

  1. Set out all the ingredients and tools you will need – placing them in the right order.
  2. Prepare the dough.
  3. Bake the cookies

These three steps can be done hours apart.  For example, set out everything whenever you have a chance during the day; make the dough in the evening; and bake the cookies the next morning.

Divide up the responsibilities.

  • Include all the children in the organization process.
  • Older children can read the recipe and do the measuring and mixing.
  • Smaller children can pour the measured ingredients into the bowl and stir gently to begin the mixing process of the dry ingredients while the butter, sugar and eggs are being creamed together.
  • When the dough is ready, children of any age can roll the dough into balls and flatten it with a fork.

When baking cookies with children, there are enough things to do and plenty of fun for everyone.  The keys to success are patience and remembering that having fun is the goal – not a perfect, tidy process.

Cooking hint:  Add a little corn starch to the dry ingredient mix (replace a little of the flour).  It gives the cookies a finer texture and a more tender crumb than cookies made with just flour.  You can also use whole wheat flour for most cookie recipes, if you prefer.

Watch for three cookie recipes that are perfect for cooking with children.

 

Cookie Baking Secrets

You may shy away from baking cookies from scratch because you think it is too complicated or that it takes too much time. You may even tell yourself that it is just not worth it. I am here to tell you that none of that is true. There are some simple cookie baking secrets that will make it easy and fun.

Cookie baking is a great family project.  PLUS – homemade cookies can be much healthier for your family than store-bought cookies that are overly processed and filled with additives.

Once you get the hang of it, you will wonder why you haven’t always baked cookies! There are some basic best practices that you need to follow and success will be guaranteed.

  1. Find well-tested recipes that appeal to your family’s taste and matched to your skill level.
  2. Purchase quality, fresh ingredients.
  3. Measure carefully – be exact (a little extra flour can be a huge problem).
  4. Follow the directions, step-by-step – no shortcuts or improvisation.

If you do those four things, the result will be delicious cookies that will please every member of your family, including you!

Cookies literally come in all shapes and sizes and are made with a wide variety of ingredients – chocolate being the favorite, of course; but there are recipes that call for granola, zucchini, oatmeal, pumpkin, etc.

There are great cookie recipes everywhere, but I would suggest you ask your mom, your grandmother, your favorite aunt, and the best cook you know for their favorite cookie recipes (and, of course, check back here regularly – LOL).  Also be on the lookout for the no-bake recipes, which are fast and extremely easy to prepare.  To get started check out my cookbook:  DESSERT – 60 Scrumptious Recipes, which has some wonderful cookie recipes for you to try.

One of the fringe benefits of baking cookies is enjoying the wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen as they bake. For most people wonderful childhood memories rise to the surface . . . and then there is the delightful experience of the first bite of a warm cookie fresh from the oven.

Start baking today and enjoy every minute of it.

Eat Well – Be Well – Live Well

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