Slow Cooker Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

Friday, January 29, 2016


I love  coming home to the smell of a slow cooked meal like this one. The chicken is so tender it melts in your mouth and fork tender. Over rice or any pasta or even slices of bread, the gravy it makes is out of this world delicious



Slow Cooker Easy Chicken and Rice Recipe

whole boneless chicken breasts raw and not frozen
1 12 ounce can sliced mushrooms or fresh 
3 tablespoons butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
salt pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning

Place everything in the slow cooker and mix together. Put the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4.

Serving suggestions:  Cooked rice, cooked pasta to package directions, mashed potatoes or on top of sliced bread. 
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Spinach and Ricotta Dumpling with Marinara Recipe

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings with Marinara sauce tasted as good as it sounded! This is the perfect solution to meatless meals!

Be sure to use all fresh ingredients if you really want to get the full benefit of these amazing dumplings. Fresh marinara sauce recipe in the link below is key, fresh basil in the sauce really makes a difference. I even made my own Ricotta cheese but of course as long as you buy fresh ingredients you're in for a treat! These are over the top fabulous!






Spinach and Ricotta Dumpling with Marinara Recipe

1 - 1/2 cups Ricotta (make your own for the recipe click here)
1 bag around 10 ounces of (fresh spinach I recommend)  or use frozen chopped with all water squeezed out and patted dry 
1 cup blend of romano and parmesan cheese grated
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
6 tablespoons flour and more for rolling
2 eggs
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper
around 3 cups homemade marinara sauce or store bought
2 1/2 tablespoons butter



Chop the spinach into small pieces with a sharp knife. 
In a medium size bowl add the spinach, garlic, ricotta, eggs flour, 3/4 cup of the cheese, granulated garlic,  salt, pepper and cayenne to taste then with a pinch of nutmeg. Mix until dough forms. 




With ice cream scooper, form into balls. Set balls on floured wax paper.

Heat  marinara on low adding butter in a large saucepan. 

In the meantime bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Drop dumplings into boiling water until they float to the surface. 



Remove with slotted spoon and place into the pan of sauce.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese ( the more cheese the better!).


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Baked Apple Panettone Toast Recipe

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I love the use of leftover breads from Christmas. Whether you use Panettone, Day old Italian bread, Challah or any kind you like that gets stale don't waste it! Bake it in this rich apple cinnamon plate of heaven!


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Sausage and Meatball Minestrone Soup Recipe

Monday, January 11, 2016


I love minestrone soup but the family loves meat. So a different version to the classic Italian Soup. It's loaded with meatballs and Italian sausage. Of course you can make it all vegetarian but this is a hearty soup with ditalini in it. Sure to warm you up on an blustery day!  Great coming home from work and using your slow cooker. Just brown the sausage the night before and put everything in the slow cooker for an easy one pot meal!


4 links of  Italian Sweet or Hot Sausage sliced  browned in olive oil
2 zucchini squash cubed
1 can light red kidney beans rinsed
1 can cannellini beans rinsed
1 cup cut green beans
1 cup shredded curly cabbage
1 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes cut up
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots sliced
1 tablespoon or more to taste of granulated garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning
salt, pepper to taste
1/4 cup barley
6 cups chicken broth
water 
1 1/2 cups cooked ditalini (tube macaroni)
1/4 cup romano cheese more for garnish
Olive oil

Tiny meatballs Recipe:  In a small bowl add  1 cup ground hamburger seasoned with 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or fresh if you have it, salt, pepper,  fresh if you have it parsley, 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs, 1 egg and 1 tablespoon grated parmesan. Mix all together. Drop in hot boiling soup to cook.

Brown the sausage in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 5 quart saucepan. 
Add the chicken broth into the large 5 quart sauce pan.
Add the chopped whole tomatoes, zucchini, celery, carrots, cabbage, all the beans and seasonings. When it comes to a boil add the barley. Drop tiny 1 inch meatballs into the soup and let them cook. Simmer around 2 hours adding water to the pan around 3 cups. Stir in the cheese.
Stir in cooked macaroni.
Serve with additional grated cheese.
Note:For slow cooker just add the browned sausage and all ingredients right into the slow cooker. Cook till the vegetables are soft and cooked through 4 t0 6 hours on low.
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Chocolate Chip Quick Bread Recipe

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I just love a nice piece of quick bread with my tea or coffee but even better with a little bit a butter on it while still warm in addition. Here is a nice treat to start any day with!

Chocolate Chip Quick Bread Recipe

1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
2 cups flour
 pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a bread style pan.

In a medium size bowl using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light.  Stir in the vanilla, egg, milk and  then add all dry ingredients until well blended. Fold in the chocolate.
Bake in the 350 degree hot oven for around 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle.

Flip onto wax paper after cooling 4 minutes let cool completely before cutting.
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Chicken Wing Recipe Showcase

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Here are 24 chicken wings recipes to kick off that Game Day Spectacular Wing Showcase These are a must-try.


If you haven't visited my chicken wing dipping sauce post do so, those dipping sauces have several uses for more than just wings.


Also, how to cut wings and save money is a great way to make lots of wings economically.



These chicken wings and the sauces on them are all delicious and addicting and my baked chicken wing recipe or my beer baked chicken legs are also a fantastic change over wings, as well!




Chicken wings with sauce 24 different ways. Hot sauce and all kinds of dipping sauces




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Best Recipes in 2015 most viewed

Sunday, January 3, 2016
Best viewed in 2015 Panzerotti is number 1 in 2015.


                                                                   Panzerotti

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Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Friday, January 1, 2016
This easy all-in-one-pan Breakfast Casserole takes so much less time to get the whole family fed quickly.


This recipe uses simple ingredients starting with refrigerator biscuits!.


Just mix the eggs, add the meats, cheeses, vegetables you like, and voila, breakfast made easy.


The kids absolutely love this for breakfast and it sure frees up a lot of your time cooking.


The biscuits bake up high topped with anything your family likes in it.


You may also like to try our Homemade Sausage and Cheddar Biscuits, they're so yummy.



Scroll down for this printable recipe and give this one a try you won't be sorry!




this is a breakfast casserole all in one pan with meats, vegetables and biscuits



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