Quick Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Uses rotisserie chicken, easy and fast. You can see the original recipe here: https://www.galonamission.com/20-minute-tuscan-chicken-with-penne-pasta/

I had modify it with what I had. I didn’t measure the herbs, but I included the original recipe’s measurements.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 cups of chopped greens, like spinach or other salad greens
  • some onion powder (I would have used onion if I had it)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 2 15 oz can diced tomatoes (I did not drain)
  • 1-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped up
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • parmesan cheese to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Decide how you want to serve with pasta. I served with ravioli, but mixing penne is would be great. Plan your pasta’s cooking time accordingly.
  2. Sauté oil, garlic, spinach, and onion/onion powder in a large pot or dutch oven.
  3. Add the oregano, thyme, pepper, salt, basil, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock to the dutch oven. Allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  4. Add the chicken.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream/milk and flour together, making sure there are no clumps. Stir the flour mixture into the sauce, stirring continuously well mixture is combined.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer 5-10 minutes.
  7. Either stir in pasta, or serve sauce on top of pasta.
  8. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Farmer’s Night Cap

Recipe is from Ledgerock Distillery. Www.ledgerockdistillery.com

  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • white soda
  • orange peel
  • cherry
  1. Pour bourbon, syrup, and juice in shaker.
  2. Shake and pour into glass of ice.
  3. Top with white soda and add bitters.
  4. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream butter, Crisco, and sugar together.

Sift together four, baking powder, and salt.

Mix well. Roll into ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Roll out to 1/4 inch and cut into shapes. Bake 6 minutes at 350 degrees until just set but not brown.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, beat until fluffy. Add molasses, orange peel, and juice. Mix well.

in a separate bowl mix flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to liquid mixture and stir thoroughly. Chill (sometimes we do it over night).

on lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with gingerbread cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased sheet 1 inch apart. Bake at 375 degrees 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on sheet 1 minute before removing to rack to cool Refrigerate.

Chicken and Chickpea MaSala

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper plus more to taste
  • About 28oz cans of cut up tomatoes of some sort. Chopped, crushed, whatever
  • Spinach. I used fresh and chopped in to thin strips. You could probably use frozen.
  • Some ground sumac. You could just add lemon instead.
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves plus more for serving
  • Chopped Brussels sprouts
  • Chopped cauliflower
  • Rotisserie chicken. Precooked is wonderful
  • Optionally add some tofu
  • Cup of chicken stock or broth. Veggie broth is fine too
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala

Directions

  1. Heat butter. Sauté onions, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili pepper stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 30-60 seconds.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes and spinach. I also added a bit of flour to thicken. Maybe that’s crazy.
  4. Add cilantro (leave some to top for serving), the chicken stock, and the chicken. Cook for some time to let flavors develop and cook in to the chicken. 5-10 minutes?
  5. Add chickpeas, sumac/lemon. Simmer a few minutes for peas to pick up flavor.
  6. Add garam masala. And you’re done! Serve with remaining cilantro leaves. 

Crawfish Fettuccini

Uh I hope I remember what I did. No Velveeta in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium or large onion, chopped
  • Some chopped celery. 3-4 ribs
  • 1 Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 Green onions, chopped
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Some chopped parsley. I did 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup
  • 1-2 Pounds crawfish tails. I used frozen crawfish as that was already shelled and cooked.
  • Option – chicken. I used rotisserie chicken and cut the crawfish to 1 pound. Precooked chicken is awesome.
  • 1 chopped jalapeño. If you want it less spicy, don’t include seeds
  • 1/2 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Pint Half-and-Half
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons creole or Cajun seasoning. I used Tony’s Creole Seasoning.
  • 1 Pound Fettuccine
  • Parmesan for topping

Directions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté onions, celery, bell pepper and green onions in butter until tender.
  2. Now is probably a good time to get your water started for the pasta.
  3. Add flour, parsley, crawfish, and chicken. Cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add relish, cheese, half-and-half and garlic.
  5. Simmer until it thickens. I would start your pasta during this time, but make sure to give your crawfish sauce time to simmer and thicken.
  6. Add Cajun/creole seasoning. Add any extra salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve sauce on top of pasta and sprinkle on parmesan.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds.
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds.
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds.
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic.
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried minced onion.
  • 2 teaspoons flaked sea salt or course salt.

Got it from this website: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/everything-bagel-seasoning/

Hidden Valley Ranch Crackers

Ted style. Based on this recipe: https://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/hidden-valley-oyster-crackers/

  • 2 packages of oyster crackers
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch
  • 2-3 tablespoons of dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Mix seasoning and oil together. Mix with crackers in a bowl.

Bake on 1 or 2 cookie sheets at 250F. Bake 10 minutes, stir, then bake another 5-10 minutes.