Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu

In the spirit of make-ahead meals for the busy work week, add this slow cooker chicken cordon bleu recipe to your favorites.  It’s super easy to make and everyone loves it, kids and grown-ups alike.  There’s nothing like coming home from work after a busy day and smell a delicious dinner, ready to be eaten.  Mmmm….  I like to make this with a little extra cream of mushroom soup and milk so that it’s very wet and saucy and then you use the sauce as a kind of gravy over some white rice.  You could also use this is a gravy over biscuits, making this a sort of France meets the South fusion dish.  If you’d like to do that, just double the amount of soup and milk.  It will make your chicken kind of soupy when it’s ready.  If you prefer a thicker sauce, keep the recipe as-is.  It’s delightful both ways. Read more

Quick Lemony Orzo with Shrimp

Quick Lemony Orzo with Shrimp

This quick lemony orzo with shrimp recipe is a really great weeknight dinner.  Super easy to make, fast, healthy, and not a lot of clean-up.  You can add any veggies you want to the orzo, like frozen peas, lima beans, green beans, whatever floats your boat.  Or, leave out the veggies and make a quick veggie side dish like sauteed spinach.  Easy peasy.  Dinner is done. Read more

New England Clam Chowder

Growing up in New York, one of my favorite comfort foods was New England clam chowder.  The smell of little neck clams steaming open, the wafting aroma of a roux made with freshly cut bacon fat and flour.  Sigh.  Now that I live in the middle of the desert, I can still cook the same delicious foods, with a little bit of adaptation.  Gone are the freshly cut bacon slabs (my dad was a butcher) and fresh clams just brought to the docks.  But I have to say, quality packaged bacon and frozen clam meat have saved the day!  

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Walnuts

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Walnuts

This oatmeal raisin cookies with walnuts recipe is almost identical to the recipe you find under the lid for Quaker oats.  No matter how much I mess with it, I think it’s the best.  The only slight changes I make are adding a little more cinnamon, soaking the raisins beforehand, and adding the chopped walnuts.  These cookies are super easy to make and they stay fresher longer than most cookies.   Not sure why but they do.  Not like they are going to last very long around the house.  They are too delicious to let them sit around.   Read more

Mongolian Beef in the Slow Cooker

Mongolian Beef in the Slow Cooker

Mongolian Beef in the Slow Cooker is an easy weeknight dinner that you can prep the night before or in the morning before you head out the door.  When I make this, I prep it all the night before, including measuring and putting the rice into the rice cooker.  I measure and set the water for the rice aside so I can just throw it in and turn on the rice cooker when I walk through the door.

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