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Shop the Sale: Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried Chicken


Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried ChickenI won’t lie: there’s been a national chain fast-food chicken restaurant commercial on lately that has me drooling.

I don’t eat fried food. I really don’t, but oh my goodness, this fried chicken looks good.

It’s a good thing that Brookshire’s has leg quarters on sale this week because they’re the perfect piece for frying up some nice, juicy chicken this week.

Every time I’ve had really outstanding fried chicken, the secret has been buttermilk. Soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk, and you’re almost guaranteed a beautiful finished product. It makes the chicken meat melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

The peanut oil is the key for frying. It gets hot enough to get a nice, crisp skin on the chicken without burning, while imparting an important part of the flavor profile.

Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried Chicken

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce
4 cups flour
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk
salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
1 to 2 1/2 lb chicken leg quarters
peanut oil, for frying

Directions:
Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours or overnight.

In a large bowl, add eggs, water and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.

In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika and cayenne.

Remove chicken from buttermilk and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.

Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking off excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of chicken have been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.

Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350° F. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 701, Calories from Fat: 236, Fat: 26 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 229 mg, Sodium: 2066 mg, Potassium: 409 mg, Carbohydrates: 74 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 41 g.

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Healthy Living: Crunchy Corn


Crunchy CornIt’s the season for candy corn. However, this is the Healthy Living blog, and we don’t recommend serving up a side of candy corn along with dinner. Yummy, yes. Healthy, no.

This roasted corn snack isn’t bad for your waistline, and it provides a big, bold taste and a satisfying crunch. I have a weakness for chips, and this is a great treat to have in place of calorie-laden potato chips or corn chips.

Of course, it’s gluten and dairy-free, as well.

Crunchy Corn

Ingredients:
2 cups dried corn
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp salt

Directions:
Soak dried corn in water overnight and then cook in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes.

Pat corn dry well.

Heat a nonstick pan and add olive oil.

Toss in corn and sprinkle chili powder and salt over corn.

Roast corn over high heat until crunchy and golden, shaking the pan occasionally.

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 512, Calories from Fat: 281, Fat: 31 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 2405 mg, Potassium: 862 mg, Carbohydrates: 64 g, Fiber: 10 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 9 g.

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Product talk: Hershey’s Hot Cocoa


Hershey CocoaIt’s that time of year when hot chocolate goes hand in hand with football, hoodies and Halloween.

Hershey’s Cocoa is the gold standard of cocoas.

For many years, Hershey’s Cocoa unsweetened, natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder has been ideal for hot cocoa, frostings, cakes, brownies and other chocolate desserts.

Sold in 8-ounce containers of fine powder, Hershey’s Cocoa also comes in a Special Dark chocolate variety.

Hershey’s Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:
2 Tbs sugar
2 to 3 tsp Hershey’s Cocoa
dash of salt
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in large mug.

Heat milk in microwave at HIGH (100%) for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot.

Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well-blended.

Stir in vanilla.

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 222, Calories from Fat: 48, Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 115 mg, Potassium: 142 mg, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 35 g, Protein: 8 g.

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Dine In: Grilled Chicken Nachos


Grilled Chicken NachosI was sitting out on the back porch a few Thursday nights ago with my girlfriends. We’ve transitioned our weekly “Girls Night Out” to “Girls Night In.” It’s just less expensive – and more fun – that way. We love the back porch. It’s covered. I have a fan for when it’s hot and a chiminea for when it’s chilly, and, most importantly, I have a grill.

On Thursday nights, we usually cook out, so we can all stay in the same place and socialize. We’ve gotten pretty creative with our meals on the grill. That week, I really wowed the girls with Grilled Chicken Nachos.

My sons, who were not there for the Thursday festivities, were envious, so I made them again on Friday night. 

Grilled Chicken Nachos

Ingredients:
1 (24 oz) bag tortilla chips
salt and pepper, to taste
sour cream, for serving
salsa, for serving
guacamole, for serving
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup Mexican blend cheese
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup plum or cherry tomatoes, diced
1/2 onion, diced and caramelized
1 Tbs taco seasoning

Directions:
Mix chicken with spices, salsa and tomatoes. Heat on stovetop until warm. 

In a separate pan, heat the black beans and caramelize the onions.

Preheat the grill for indirect grilling over medium-high heat.

Spray grill pan with cooking spray.

Place a single layer of tortilla chips on the bottom of a grill tray. Sprinkle with cheese and then a layer of the chicken and other toppings, topping with more cheese.

Place grill tray on the grill over indirect heat. Cover for 5 minutes, then turn and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the grill and use a spatula to cut and serve. Serve with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

Serves 4
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1252, Calories from Fat: 483, Fat: 54 g, Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 1210 mg, Potassium: 878 mg, Carbohydrates: 154 g, Fiber: 20 g, Sugar: 22 g, Protein: 46 g.

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Family Matters: Healthy Snacking


Healthy SnacksWhen your baby becomes a toddler, they are in full-on snack attack mode! I could never keep the diaper bag stocked with enough snacks, it seemed, even for a short outing.

Because toddlers do love to snack, it’s important to make sure they are getting appropriate snacks.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins are always good for a snack between meals. I used to carry bananas with me for a fast sugar but a good carbohydrate. Whole-grain crackers with peanut butter or another nut butter are also a great choice. Veggies with hummus are also yummy.

What you don’t want to do is load up on junk and processed foods. Keep it to the basics, if you can. Small chunks of ham with string cheese are delicious. A fruit salad with many small pieces of chewable fruits transports well and keeps your toddler satisfied. Roll cheese or peanut butter inside a whole-grain tortilla. Easy for your toddler to hold and chew.



Family Matters: Teething


Teething BabySome babies are easy; some aren’t.

When it comes to teething, there’s no exception to that rule. Some little ones will have a hard time with it, and some won’t.

The range of normal teething is huge. There are babies born with teeth, and there are babies who don’t sprout that first pearly bud until closer to nine months to a year old. Either way is okay. Just know that the earlier they start teething, the earlier they might lose their first baby tooth.

  • So-called symptoms of teething include:
  • Increased drooling
  • Gum swelling and tenderness
  • General crankiness
  • Gnawing or biting
  • Refusing food
  • Sleep problems
  • They may or may not exhibit any of these symptoms.

Keeping a soft, cold compress in the freezer (dampen a clean washcloth and place in freezer) can help relieve some of the pain. If baby is very fussy, a small dose of over-the-counter ibuprofen might help.



Healthy Living: Sweet Potatoes


Sweet PotatoesIf you could only eat one thing again and still stay healthy, a sweet potato is a pretty good bet.

Often called nature’s perfect food, sweet potatoes have a significant amount of beta carotene and can provide almost a day’s worth of the U. S. Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin A.

They are a complex carbohydrate and a good source of dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes also contain vitamin B5, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium.

You probably don’t want to eat a sweet potato raw, but that’s okay because cooking them actually gives them a higher level of vitamin C.

Sweet potatoes are great baked, roasted, sautéed and pureed for soups and stews.



Product Talk: Slow Cooker Cube Steak with Gravy


Slow Cooker Cube Steak with GravyFor a long time, I had no idea what a cube steak was, so I never cooked with it. Then, I found out that it’s the most commonly used cut of meat for chicken fried steak, so if it’s used for that, it can’t be all that bad, right?

Cube steak is a simple cut of beef, usually a top round or top sirloin, that’s been tenderized using a meat tenderizer or an electric meat tenderizer. The name refers to the shape of the indentations left by that process, which is called “cubing.” See? Nothing to be afraid of.

A top round or top sirloin isn’t the most tender cut of beef to begin with, so this process helps things along. Slow cooking also helps tenderize the meat, as in this recipe for a slow cooked cube steak with gravy. You can serve this over rice or mashed potatoes like the recipe calls for, but my boys also like it over egg noodles.

Slow Cooker Cube Steak with Gravy

Ingredients:
1 cube steak family pack (includes about 6)
2 cans reduced fat and/or low-sodium cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
3/4 cup water
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place cube steaks in a slow cooker. Stir all other ingredients together and pour over meat. Cover and cook on low setting all day. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 643, Calories from Fat: 155, Fat: 17 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 258 mg, Sodium: 1347 mg, Potassium: 1048 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 104 mg.

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Dine In: Fettuccine with Goat Cheese, Bacon and Cherry Tomatoes


Fettuccine with Goat Cheese, Bacon & Cherry TomatoesSeveral years ago, we had “Pasta Thursday” every week in my house. It didn’t really matter what the dish was, but it contained some sort of pasta.

We’ve gotten away from that in the past few years, and it seems like we don’t each much pasta in the summertime at all.

Now that it’s cooler, pasta and pasta dinners have started reappearing on our menus. The boys love pasta and let’s admit, it’s fast, easy and inexpensive.

This recipe, to me, combines the best of summer flavors with heartier fall fare. While I’d normally take out as much fat as I could, make sure you use the bacon drippings as called for in the recipe. It makes so much of a difference. The original recipe didn’t call for whole-wheat fettuccine, but that’s pretty much all we eat any more. I love the nuttier flavor and the extra bite in the pasta when you use the whole-wheat kind.

This dish is also great to feed a crowd. I think it’s going to make an appearance at a porch party one Friday night soon.

Fettuccine with Goat Cheese, Bacon & Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp thyme, chopped
1 tsp rosemary, chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
8 strips center-cut bacon
1 Tbs olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme, chopped
1 tsp rosemary, chopped
1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
9 oz whole-wheat fettuccine pasta
3 Tbs basil, chopped chiffonade (into thin strips)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C). Toss the cherry tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped thyme and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary. Roast in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and have started to collapse.

While the tomatoes are roasting, cook the bacon over medium heat in a skillet. Reserve the fat and drippings while cooking. Crumble bacon roughly with your fingers and set aside.

Without washing the skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat and drippings to the skillet. Over medium-low heat, add the minced garlic cloves, and cook until fragrant and starting to brown, about a minute. Add the remaining chopped thyme and rosemary, and cook for another minute. Set aside.

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions for al dente pasta. When done, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and drain.

Add the cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and bacon to the garlic herb mixture in the skillet over medium-low heat. Stir together and cook for about a minute. Then, add the cooked pasta and toss, cooking for another minute. Add reserved pasta water if the sauce needs more liquid, but this shouldn’t be a saucy pasta.

Serve with plenty of chopped basil on top.

Serves 3-4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 431, Calories from Fat: 205, Fat: 23 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 52 mg, Sodium: 515 mg, Potassium: 944 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 26 g.

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Shop the Sale: Butter and Garlic Stuffed Split Chicken Breasts


Butter and Garlic Stuffed Split Chicken BreastsGrowing up, we always had chicken breasts on the bone.

When I was out on my own, I decided I’d only buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Yes, those are easy, fast and convenient, perfect for many of the dishes I make.

However, there’s no doubt that the flavor of a bone-in breast is so much more significant! I think cooking meat on the bone keeps it juicier, too.

This recipe produces about the most moist, flavorful chicken I’ve ever had. It’s crispy and juicy all in one. The recipe calls for dried drill, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other spices as well.

Split chicken breasts are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so stock up!

Butter and Garlic Stuffed Split Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:
2 split chicken breasts with ribs removed
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs dried dill
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Trim two split chicken breasts of any extra fat and trim off rib section if you desire. Rinse and pat dry

Mince garlic. In a small pan, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add garlic and cook about 2 minutes.

Place 2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl and microwave for 10 seconds to soften. Add the cooked garlic.

In the thicker side of the chicken breast, cut a 1-inch slot and then with your finger, create a pocket inside the breast.

Reserve about a teaspoon of the butter/garlic mixture. Then, add half of the remaining mixture to each pocket and spread it around the pocket. Brush the remaining butter mixture on the skin of the breast. Prep a baking pan by lining with aluminum foil and spraying with nonstick cooking spray.

Place on prepared pan lined with aluminum foil, and season with dill, salt and pepper.

Bake in 400° F oven until internal temperature reaches 165° F, about 45 minutes depending on size of breast. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 778, Calories from Fat: 352, Fat: 39 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 333 mg, Sodium: 378 mg, Potassium: 898 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 99 g.

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