Saturday, May 15, 2010

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker---Rice Recipes

I always end up with leftover rice...maybe you are better at judging rice consumption than I am! If you use brown rice it is a bit chewier than white rice. I have to modify and hide brown rice from my kids....sometimes I mix it with half white rice and can get away with it.
Rice Pudding
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice (or 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice)
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. If using cooked rice skip this step.

In another saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk, beaten egg and raisins. Cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Serve warm.

Czech Stuffed Green Peppers

This has a lot of steps but is really good and hides brown rice well.


  • 8 green bell peppers
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tops off of peppers and remove seeds and membranes from inside. In a skillet over medium heat, saute 1 chopped onion until tender. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, sauted onion, cooked rice and eggs. Season with parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well, and stuff into peppers. Place in a large roasting pan.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute' 2 chopped onions until soft and translucent. Stir in tomatoes. Season with peppercorns, allspice berries, ground allspice, oregano, marjoram,l salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Pour over peppers in roasting pan.

Cover and bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove peppers, and transfer sauce to a blender, or use a hand blender. Puree sauce until smooth. Pour sauce back into pan and reheat. Whisk in sour cream just before serving.

Ham Fried Rice

You can use leftover scrambled eggs too.


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup cold cooked rice
  • 2/3 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • dash pepper
  • 1 dash chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

Directions: In a small skillet, cook and stir eggs in oil over medium heat until eggs are completely set. Remove and set aside. In same skillet, cook the rice ham, garlic powder, ginger, pepper and chili powder, if desired, until heated through. Stir in soy sauce and reserved eggs. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Class Notes:Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking...Ham Recipes

  • Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker
Apricot Brown Sugar Ham
A variation of this was shown in class with a can of cranberry sauce and a container of orange marmalade...follow the same steps.
  • 1 (10 pound) fully-cooked spiral cut ham
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Directions: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Place the ham cut side down onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Mix together the brown sugar, apricot jam and mustard powder in a small bowl. Brush onto the ham using a pastry or barbecue brush. Reserve any leftover glaze. Enclose the foil around the ham and place on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roast for 2 hours in the preheated oven, or if your ham is a different size, figure 14 minutes per pound. Apply the remaining glaze 20 minutes before the ham is done...fold the foil back around the ham then the last 2-3 minutes place under broiler to caramelize glaze. Or you use your blow torch if you don't have an oven and are cooking in the Primary Room :o)

Quick and Easy Eggs Benedict

I usually don't add the cream to the Hollandaise sauce because I don't have heavy cream around tastes the same. If you have leftover asparagus it is yummy with this. Also, if you are reheating Hollandaise sauce...put it in a plastic zip lock bag and warm it with hot water in a bowl (like warming a baby bottle). If you nuke it or use a stove to reheat the sauce it will scramble the eggs and be nasty.


  • 4 slices Canadian bacon or ham
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted

Directions: In a skillet over medium-high heat, fry the Canadian bacon or ham on each side until evenly browned. Fill a large saucepan with about 3 inches water and bring to a simmer. Pour in the vinegar. Carefully break the 4 eggs into the water, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until whites are set but yolks are still soft. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon.

Meanwhile, melt the butter until bubbly in a small pan or in the microwave. Remove from heat before butter browns. In a blender or large food processor, blend the egg yolks, heavy cream, cayenne pepper and salt until smooth. Add half of the hot butter in a thin steady stream, slow enough so that it blends in a least as fast as you are pouring it in. Blend in the lemon juice using the same method, then the remaining butter.

Place open English muffins onto serving plates. Top with 1 slice Canadian bacon or ham and 1 poached egg. Drizzle with the cream sauce, and serve at once.

Valentino's Pizza Crust

Pizza is a great way to use up leftovers and hide vegetables from your children.


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions: Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the four until well blended. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.

Ham N Cheese Potato Bake

Otherwise know as "Funeral Potatoes" in the LDS subculture.


  • 1 (24 ounce) package frozen O'Brien hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions: In a large bowl, combine potatoes, ham, 1/2 cup cheese and onion. In another bowl, combine sour cream, soups and pepper; add to potato mixture and mix well. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for 60-65 minutes or until bubbly and potatoes are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche

This is great to assemble the night before then pop in the oven first thing in the on Christmas morning when you're on sensory overload or when family is in town and you're having a nervous breakdown and can't do one more thing.


  • 2 (12 ounce) packages frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cooked diced ham
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Squeeze any excess moisture from the potatoes and combine them with the melted butter or margarine in a small bowl. Press this mixture into the bottom and sides of an un-greased 10 inch pie pan. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and arrange the ham and cheese evenly over the potatoes. In a separate small bowl, beat together the eggs and the cream. Pour this over the ham and cheese.

Return pan to oven and bake at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the custard has completely set.

Lentil Tomato Soup

Lentils are nice because you don't have to soak them like beans...but I don't soak beans so I guess it doesn't matter!


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of cubed ham
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 2 cups dry brown lentils
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Place the onions in the pot and saute' for 10 minutes, or until onions are tender and add diced ham. Place the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Pour this into the pot with the onion and ham. Add he chicken broth and the lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Then, stir in the garlic, nutmeg and cloves. Simmer for at least 25 more minutes.

Split Pea Soup with Rosemary

So peas are hard to hide from your kids...pea soup looks like what it is, which is why it worked so well in "The Exorcist". This is delicious even though it is green. There are yellow split peas available which taste the same if green offends. Split peas are great in your food storage too.


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of diced ham
  • 4 (10.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups green split peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary...or up to a tablespoon

Directions: Place butter along with onion, leek, carrot, and garlic in a pot; cook until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Pour in chicken broth. Stir in ham, split peas, bay leaves and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover, and simmer until peas are cooked, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Ham and Beans

  • I made a variation of this in class..I don't soak the beans. It tastes the same and have the same degree of GI involvement as soaked beans. I also use dried onion, celery and carrots rather than fresh. I didn't add the brown sugar to the sample given in class. I used a glazed ham and figured it was sweet enough. Use your judgement.


  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, diced
  • 1 small onion, dices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less if you don't like it kicked up a notch)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Directions: Rinse beans in a large pot; discard shriveled beans and any small stones. Add 8 cups of cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in a slow cooker and add ham, onion, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and parsley and water to cover. Cook on high until beans are tender. Add more water if necessary during cooking time. If more salt is needed, I sometimes add a few chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in water. It gives a bit more depth of flavor than just plain salt.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking - Potato Recipes

Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking
with Sue Walker
Potato Rolls
Great for left over mashed potatoes...good as a loaf of bread too.
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk, shortening, and water to 120 - 130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add mashed potatoes and eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch down. Divide in half. With greased hands, shape each portion into 12 balls. Roll each ball into an 8-inch rope; tie into a knot. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours. Bake at 375 degree F. for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks.

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking ... Bread Recipes

Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker
Easy Strata
This is another one of those assemble the night before breakfasts.
  • 1 pound each of prepared meat and vegetable (optional) OR 1 pound each of 2 prepared vegetables (optional)
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper
  • 12 slices fluffy white bread or whatever is on hand
  • 12 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

Directions: Saute mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt, and set aside. Whisk half-and-half, eggs, salt and pepper until smooth. Spray a 9 x 13 inch Pyrex or ceramic baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.

Line bottom with 6 slices of bread. Scatter half of the ham, and half of the mushrooms over the bread, then sprinkle with half of the scallions and cheese. Pour 1 cup of egg mixture over the top. Repeat layers with remaining bread, ham, mushrooms, cheese and scallions. Slowly pour remaining egg mixture evenly over top. Cover with plastic wrap, then weigh down casserole with (3) 16 ounce cans for at least 15 minutes to submerge ingredients. (Can be refrigerated overnight, but return to room temperature before baking.)

Adjust oven rack to middle position. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven until custard is just set, about 50 minutes. Turn on broiler and broil until strata is spotty brown and puffy (watch carefully), about 5 minutes longer. Let stand for 8 to 10 minutes, then serve immediately.

Blueberry Strata

This is wonderful with croissants. It makes a nice bread pudding type dessert too.


  • cooking spray
  • 1 loaf French bread, cubed...or whatever bread is available
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups milk

Blueberry syrup:

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Directions: Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place 1/2 of the bread cubes in dish; top with 1 1/2 cups blueberries. Scatter cream cheese over berries. Cover with remaining bread cubes. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, and milk. Pour egg mixture over bread in pan. Cover and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake strata, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. While strata is baking, prepare the blueberry syrup. Combine sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cook for 5 minute. Pour in remaining 1 1/2 cups blueberries; continue cooking for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve warm over slices of the strata.

Garlic Croutons

These are great with leftover chicken or salmon in a Caesar salad


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 (3/4 inch thick) slices French bread, cut into cubes

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add bread cubes, and toss to coat. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp and dry. Check frequently to prevent burning.

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking - Bacon Recipes

Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking
with Sue Walker
Bacon Recipes
I hate making bacon but my family loves it. Frying bacon gets grease everywhere and stinks up my whole house. When I make it I make a ton so I don't have to do it again for a month. I have actually been baking it on 500 degrees F. in my oven and that has cut down on the mess and smell. Give it a try. I also keep a jar of bacon grease in the refrigerator...if a recipe calls for bacon you can use a few teaspoons of bacon grease to saute whatever and sometimes skip the bacon all together.
Spaghetti Carbonara
This is great with leftover spaghetti noodles...warm them up in hot water to set the eggs in the recipe. If using leftover bacon just add to the onions after they are sauteed to warm up.
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti pasta until al dente. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook chopped bacon until slightly crisp; remove and drain onto paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat; add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat in reused large skillet. Add chopped onion, and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add wine if desired; cook one more minute.
  3. Return cooked bacon to pan; add cooked and drained spaghetti. Toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together. Add beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 2 cups Parmesan cheese, and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember that bacon and Parmesan are very salty.)
  4. Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top, and extra Parmesan cheese at table.

Classic Clam Chowder

Great for leftover potatoes too...the recipe says additional new potatoes but baked potatoes, rosemary potatoes...whatever you have on hand works.


  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into small dice
  • 1 large onion, cut into medium dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 (8 oz) bottles clam juice
  • 4 (6.5 oz) cans minced clams (clams and juice separated)
  • 1 cup water
  • 9 new potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large soup kettle, fry bacon over medium heat until bacon crisps, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon, set aside.
  2. Keep 2 tablespoons bacon fat in pan. (If necessary, add oil to yield 2 tablespoons.) Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaves; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds or so.
  3. Whisk in mashed potatoes, clam juice (bottled and what you've drained from the clams) and 1 cup of water. Add new potatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; continue to simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in clams, cream and parsley; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat through and serve, garnishing each bowl with reserved bacon.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker--Chicken Recipes

Perfect Roast Chicken
This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa...a variation of this is what I made in class. Use what you have on hand and save all of the leftovers for making chicken broth.

  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 springs of thyme and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

Satay Dip
This is the peanut sauce that I served with the roasted chicken in class. I used crunchy peanut's all good.

  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons good red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Cook the olive oil, sesame oil, red onion, garlic, ginger root, and red pepper flakes in a small, heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat until the onion is transparent, 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, peanut butter, ketchup, sherry, and lime juice; cook for 1 more minute. Cool and use as a dip for grilled chicken. Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Chicken Stock
I have also used dried vegetables from my food storage if I don't have fresh stuff on hand.

  • 3 (5-pound) roasting chickens
  • 2 large yellow onions, unpeeled and quartered
  • 6 carrots, unpeeled and halved
  • 4 stalks celery with leaves, cut into thirds
  • 4 parsnips, unpeeled and cut in half, optional
    20 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 15 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 20 springs fresh dill
  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled and cut in 1/2 crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
Directions: Place the chickens, onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, parsley, thyme, dill, garlic and seasonings in a 16 to 20 quart stockpot. Add 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 hours. Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander and discard the solids. Chill the stock overnight. The next day, remove the surface fat. Use immediately or pack in containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

Curried Chicken Salad
My kids hate this because of the nuts and raisins so you know it so good...I love it for lunches.
  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone-in , skin on
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise (recommended: Hellman's)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chutney (recommended: Mayor Grey's)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup medium-diced celery (2 large stalks)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup whole roasted salted cashews

Directions: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and dice the chicken into large bite-size pieces.

For the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, wine or chicken stock, chutney, curry powder and
1 1/2 teaspoons salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until smooth.

Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add the celery, scallions, and raisins and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Add the cashews and serve at room temperature.

Chicken Salad Rolls
Yummy for lunches!!
  • 1 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup "something crunchy" (celery, apple, radish, sweet pickle slices or a combo)
  • "Something oniony" (like 1 scallion or 1/4 small red onion, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 whole-wheat hot dog buns or other bread
Directions: Stir chicken, the "something crunchy", the "something oniony" and mayonnaise or yogurt together until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. (This can be made the night before, and refrigerated.)

Evenly fill the hot dog buns or bread with the salad mix. Wrap in parchment or butcher paper. Pack in a lunch sack with an ice pack and send off to school. NOTE: roasted turkey is great in these as well.

Chicken Rolls
These freeze well at the step before being baked...just take them out of the freezer, dip them in the butter and bread crumbs and spread on a baking sheet. As they unthaw they will rise. If you don't want to make the dough just buy refrigerator biscuits and use those.

  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups butter, cubed
  • 10 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
    4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm mild (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 9 to 9 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • melted butter
  • dry bread crumbs

Directions: In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in butter until vegetables are tender. Add the chicken, mushrooms, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Cool for 5 minutes; cover and refrigerate.

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add eggs, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness; cut into 4 inch circles. Re-roll scraps and cut more circles. Roll circles to 6 1/2" diameter. Place on greased baking sheets and let rise in warm place for 15 minutes.

Place about 1/3 cup chicken mixture in the center of each circle. Fold up edges to center; pinch tightly to seal. Dip in butter; roll in crumbs. Place uncovered on greased baking sheets; let rise for 20 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Chicken Noodle Casserole
This freezes well too...great for using the time bake feature on your oven.
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups of diced cooked chicken
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken and mushroom soup
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked egg noodles
  • 4 ounces buttery round crackers, crushed

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees F. In medium skillet, fry onion in butter until softened. Pour into 9 x 13 baking dish.

In large bowl, combine chicken, sour cream and soup. Stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar. Stir in uncooked egg noodles. Pour mixture over onions in baking dish. Top with crumbled crackers and remaining cheddar. Bake 30 minutes, or until top is golden and noodles are soft.

Chicken Stir-Fry
This is a clean-out-the-refrigerator meal for us....use any vegetables you have on hand.
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups fresh snow peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions: In a non-stick skillet, saute' the mushrooms, celery and onion in oil until tender. Combine the cornstarch, broth and soy sauce until smooth; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the turkey, peas and water chestnuts; cook until turkey is heated through and peas are tender. Serve over rice if desired.

Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
Additional veggies can be added if you have them on hand... i.e. carrots,
celery, broccoli, peas, etc.

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion

Directions: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well. Pour sesame dressing over pasta and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro and green onions.

Flaky Food Processor Pie Crust
You can use this for the chicken pot pie recipe that follows. It's great for fruit pies too.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
Directions: Measure the flour into the processor with the regular blade attached. Add the unsalted butter, cut into cubes, and shortening, cut into cubes. (Your fat should be frozen or very cold. You may vary the proportions, or use some lard, but the total should be 9 tablespoons.) Add salt. Pulse three times with three counts per pulse to lightly mix the ingredients.

With the motor running, pour ice water in the work bowl just until the dough just starts to get noticeably crumbly. Don't wait until it is a big clump or it will be way too wet and will turn out tough.

Stop the machine, dump the crumbly dough into a bowl, and gather the dough into a ball with your hand, you can squeeze it a bit to make it stick together. If it just won't form a ball, add a tiny bit more water. (Note that if you are making crust in the food processor, you will use less water than most recipes call for.) Wrap your dough ball in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill it about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Roll it out on a cool surface if you can. Then follow your pie recipe for baking.

Mother-in-law Chicken Soup
My mother-in-law doesn't cook so substitute whoever you want in the title that make you feel warm and cozy. You can use dried stuff from your food storage the soup, not the title!

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice or pasta
Directions: Rinse chicken and place into a large stockpot. Add broth and water to cover. Put in the onion, celery stalk and carrot; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones, about 45 minutes.

Remove chicken from the broth and set aside to cool. Discard onion, celery and carrot. Add rice or pasta and continue to simmer for 20 minutes, until rice is tender. Separate the chicken meat from the bones and skin. Shred and return to the pot. Serve hot with corn bread and salad.

Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
I tried flour tortillas and didn't like them as can also make your own
enchilada sauce if you have a favorite.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chili peppers
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce

To make meat mixture: Heat oil in medium skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, onion and green chile peppers and saute' until browned, then add taco seasoning and prepare meat mixture according to package directions.

To make cheese mixture: In a medium bowl mix sour cream with cottage cheese and season with salt and pepper; stir until well blended.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To assemble enchiladas: Heat tortillsa until soft. In each tortilla place a spoonful of meat mixture, a spoonful of cheese mixture and a bit of shredded cheese. Roll tortills and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with any remaining meat and cheese mixture, enchilada sauce and remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese in melted and bubbly.

Chicken Pot Pie
You can also cheat with this recipe and add the chicken with 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and a bag of frozen veggies rather than making it from scratch. The cream sauce can also be served over biscuits....the recipe follows.

  • 2 cups chicken cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
Directions: Prehear oven to 425 degrees F. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

In the saucepan over mediujm heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place the chicken mixure in bottom of pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in tthe top to allow steam to escape. Bake in preheated overn for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Angel Biscuits
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Sift together flour, sugar, soda, baking powder and salt. Add buttermild and dissolved yeast. Add shortening and stir. Store dough, covered, in the fridge until ready to use. Roll out on a lightly floured surface or shape into balls--these do not need to rise. Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 12-20 minutes.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker

Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking
with Sue Walker
Corn Recipes:
I always end up with leftover corn...don't ask me why.
Sweet Corn Bread
This is good with any soup or chowder.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 - 1 cup corn


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine the egg, sour cream, milk and butter and corn; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 min until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
Chipotle and Roasted Corn Salsa
This is great with tortilla chips or grilled chicken/ fish
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into 1/1 inch pieces
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 jalapeno peppers - seeds removed and reserved, flesh minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle pepper
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste


  1. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and place over medium-high heat. Add corn to hot skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned but not burned. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Stir the tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers into the corn; sprinkle in some of the reserved jalapeno seeds. Stir in the chipotle peppers, lime juice, olive oil and cilantro. Season with salt to taste.

Corn Chowder

You can also add a bit of leftover ham or bacon to this recipe. Use leftover corn to make up a total of 2 cups.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 (14.75 oz) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. Melt butter slowly. Add onions and saute 3 minutes. Add flour, salt, pepper, sherry, cayenne, and parsley and mix thoroughly. Add milk and cook until thick, raising heat if necessary. Add cans of corn, peppers, grated cheese. Let simmer on low for at least an hour.

Class Notes: Readers R Us part 2

"Reading R Us"
by Carol Nielson
During their first three years in elementary school, children need to learn basic reading concepts. If they are not learned the first three years, they must learn them some other time in order to be effective readers. By the fourth grade, children shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."
Consonants: most consonants have one sound. Exceptions are:
s - #1 sit, lesson, fuss
#2 (z) dogs, cheese
c - #1 (k) cat, fact, cardiac
#2 (s) city, exception, fancy
g - #1 goat, egg, juggle
#2 (j) gym, large, giant
Blends: These are two or three consonants, either at the beginning or the end of words that have no vowel between them, so their sounds slide into each other. They can be hard to separate into two distinct sounds, especially some of the ending blends. Examples: bl, fr, st, nd, ct, str
Constant Digraphs: these are two consonants that combined to make a new sound. Examples: ch, sh, th, wh
Letter Combination: These are groups of letters that are pronounced in a consistent way. Examples: dge, tch, ing, ank. Or, word families such as: old as in cold, ind and in find, all as in call, and alk as in walk.
Vowels (a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y): They all have from 2 to 5 different sounds.
Vowel combinations: These are combinations of vowels, or a combination of a vowel and a consonant that make a specific sound.
Vowel-teams: these are two vowels that come together and make one sound.
ay - play
ai - sail
ee - tree, meet
ea - eat, bread, steak
igh - light
oa - boat
y - sky, gym, happy
ow - cow, snow
ey - they, key
ie - veil, ceiling
oy - boy
oi - oil
eigh - sleigh
ue - rescue, due
oo - look, moon
ew - few
ou - out, cousin, soup
eu - Europe
ui -juice
au - August
aw - saw
augh - caught
ough -bought
R-controlled vowels: These are vowels followed by an 'r' that changes the vowel's sound or makes it sound like an 'r'.
ar - car, collar
er - perhaps, bigger
ir - dirt
ur - hurt
or - fort, actor
the past-tense suffice 'ed': melted, jumped, called
Silent letter combinations: these are two consonants that come together, but one is silent. Example: wr, kn, ps, gn
Kinds of syllables
recognizing the kind of syllable tells one what the vowel is going to say.
C - Closed syllables...the vowel is closed in at the end by one or more consonants. The vowel is always short.
L - Consonant 'le' syllables...the vowel is a silent 'e' - one does not hear it. This is a final, unchanging syllable that comes at the end of words. Example: 'dle' in cradle. 'cle' in uncle. It is one of the five ways we use silent 'e'
O - Open syllables...the vowel is open at the end. The vowel is usually long. In unaccented syllables 'a' is a schwa as in America. In unaccented syllables 'i' can be long, short or say long e.
V - vowel-team syllables...the vowels say their regular sounds. Examples: meat, snow, join, play or daughter
E - silent 'e' syllables...Examples: home, like, huge, cake, eve.
R - R-controlled syllables...sound like just 'r', 'ar', 'or' Examples: sir, fur, perhaps, or fort
Syllable Division Rules
There are four different ways to divide longer words into syllables. If a child is taught where the word is broken into syllables, they can pronounce it easily.
Look at the word and find what letter or letters says a vowel sound. Then look between the vowels for the number of consonants.
two consonant - usually between the consonants VC/CV. These are different than Compound Words
one consonant - more often divides in front of the consonant V/CV. If that doesn't make a real word, then divide after the consonant VC/V. In some words the word is divided between two vowels. CV/VC or CV/V
Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes
These are the smallest parts of English words that have meaning. If a child can recognize prefixes, roots, and suffixes, and know what they mean, the child will not only be able to read the word, but will also know what it means. If a child knows prefixes, roots, and suffixes, there are thousands of words they will be able to spell without practicing a spelling list.

Class Notes: Readers R Us

Ideas to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader
by DeAnne Fuhriman
Proficient readers use two sets of strategies
Surface: navigating the print on the page
Skills needed for readers to read fluently and accurately
  1. Letter / sound knowledge, phonics
  2. Word knowledge
  3. Language Structure

Deep Within: Images, knowledge, wonderings, inference, themes, important ideas, and understanding

Skills and strategies for comprehension

  1. Background knowledge, connections, schema
  2. Images from the senses
  3. Questioning
  4. Determine importance, main ideas
  5. Inferring
  6. Synthesizing

Share your reading lives

  • Read to your child
  • Encourage conversations (reading is a social activity)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Class Notes: Saturday Planning for Simple Cooking with Sue Walker

A number of people have asked about the BROWNIE RECIPE talked about in this workshop. It is just a 16 oz. can of black beans pureed in the food processor with a box of brownie mix...don't add anything else. Bake in a greased 8"x 8" pan at 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. YUM!!