Friday, July 11, 2014

Sauteed Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce

This delicious chicken can really be done and on the table with simple sides in 30 minutes. Not to bad for a weeknight meal. But this weeknight meal is good enough for Sunday Dinner or company. You will probably have everything in the fridge/freezer to made this great dish.

Sauteed Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce
2-3 small boneless skinless chicken breast
(1 used one large breast and pounded it to a uniform thickness--not necessary with smaller pieces of meat. You want meat close to the same thickness so it will cook uniform--you your good judgement.)
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chicken broth--I didn't have any open so I used hot water and 1/4 teaspoon concentrated chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 scant tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon dried tarragon--a yummy underused spice. 2 tablespoons of garden fresh basil would have been yummy instead of the dried tarragon

Assemble all ingredient before beginning. Add oil to skillet, I used a heavy stainless steel skillet, set at medium heat for about 2 minutes till oil is smoking. Add chicken that has been salted and peppered to hot pan. Reduce heat to a medium low and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. You want the chicken nice and brown and about 165 degrees. Remember meat continues to cook a few degrees after you take it off the heat. Remove the chicken to a warm plate and tent with foil.
Add chicken broth to hot pan stir up browned bits on the bottom of the pan, this is where the flavor hangs out.continue to stir and to reduce by half, it happens quickly. Add cream, desired herb, Dijon Mustard stir and reduce till slightly thick--it will also thicken as it cools Check for seasonings.. Slice your meat in serving size portions. Drizzle mustard cream over chicken.
I served this quick meal with microwaved carrots,sprinkled with a little brown sugar, butter and an oh so small amount of fresh Rosemary. Steamed baby spinach just needed a few drops of red wine vinegar.
One excellent meal in just 30 minutes.
Printable Recipe
This recipe comes from Everyday Food--Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart
Also on one of my favorite Blogs Let's Dish, Danelle always has something yummy on her blog--check it out.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chopped Summer Salad

I pinned this salad ages ago--it looked so fresh and good. It's a perfect mix of a chopped salad and a pasta salad. I took it to dinner group and it was a hit. I picked our first ripe tomato today--perfect timing for this summer salad.
Chopped Summer Salad
4 cups cooked Ditalini pasta, chilled
1 cup crisp cooked and crumbled bacon
6 cups sliced romaine lettuce
2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 carrots, julienne sliced
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bunch sliced green onions
4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or Feta cheese
2 cups diced cooked chicken (optional)
Sweet Italian Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Cook pasta in salted water, drain and chill. I added a few tablespoons of the dressing to the pasta as it chilled, it made it more flavorful. Mix salad ingredients in a large bowl or platter. Dress the salad just before serving--no one likes a soggy salad! For the dressing mix the vinegar and seasonings together, slowly add olive oil--I used an immersion blender to mix the dressing. A food processor or blender would also work. This dressing is amazing, it will keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator so you might want to make extra. I tasted this dressing and imagined dipping warm Rosemary Bread in it. It is yummy.
Inspired by a recipe from the blog of The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's a Quilt!

Sweet Lydia turned 8 a few months ago. She has patiently waited for me to finish this quilt. I purchased a yard of cute dog fabric years ago--thinking I would make a boy quilt with it. Lydia saw the fabric and fell in love with it (she is a dog lover), she wanted her quilt to include this fabric.
The challenge began--how do I turn a small amount of doggie fabric into a quilt for a cute 8 year old gal. Thanks to the help of my friends at The Quiltmakers this is what I came up with. I'm happy with it and I think Miss Lydia will love it!
Several years ago after a back surgery my sweet friend Linda stopped by. She gave me a beautiful quilt, I have loved it every day. It says 'comfort' every time I snuggle up in it. This quilt provided the inspiration for Lydia's quilt.
Finished quilt is 40x60 inches. Fabric and long arm quilting from The Quiltmakers. Soft minky fabric is on the back and I love the striped bias binding. I had to refer to the binding tutorial on The Old Red Barn Co. This step by step tutorial helped me achieve beautiful mitered corners.  Oh it is good to finish a project!


Lydia is on the right--quite grown up! At Uncle Packers Wedding in Utah, 2014