Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Orange Chicken

My dear friend, Laura, shared a recipe with me years ago called "Sweet & Sour Chicken". It calls for 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 small bottle of Catalina dressing, 1 jar of peach preserves, and 1 envelope of onion soup mix. Simply mix together, pour over chicken breasts and bake. I have experimented with this basic recipe many different ways. Using pineapple preserves and the juice and zest of 1 lime creates the refreshing flavors of the Caribbean. An Asian-inspired … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Sausage Rice Pilaf

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Cornbread Pork Chops

Thanksgiving is over, and we are all enjoying the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving leftovers.  It is easy to figure out what to do with the juicy, delicious turkey...sandwiches, casseroles, soups, lots of possibilities.  But, what about those side dishes?  Sweet potatoes can become biscuits, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, pie and soup.  In our house, the pies are gobbled up; but most of the traditional pies freeze well for up to 1 month.  Pre-slice before freezing; wrap in waxed paper and store … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers

Next week is Thanksgiving, so all the foods on my mind right now are the classics: roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn pudding, pumpkin pie.  Every family has its own traditional Thanksgiving menu and one thing is for sure; no matter what classics you serve...you will have leftovers!  Each year, I try to create a new and unique dish out of Thanksgiving leftovers.  This year, I’m trying my hand at chipotle sweet potato biscuits, and I’ll … [Read more...]

Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

You can follow Connie on her website HERE Macaroni & Cheese is sure to Please My kids would eats pizza and macaroni & cheese every day if I let them.  I’ve experimented with a number of macaroni & cheese recipes over the years and I think I’ve found “the one”.  A trick to making this classic casserole is constantly stirring the roux when adding the milk and then cheeses.  You don’t want the heat too high or you will scorch the milk or cheese sauce, and that will ruin the … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Pizza Stuffed Chicken

I don't know one kid who doesn't love pizza.  Our family has "pizza & a movie" every Friday night.  We usually make our own pizza, sometimes we bake a frozen pizza, and occasionally we'll order out.  Pizza is so popular because of the perfection of the flavors.  The perfect crust, spicy sauce, cheeses and toppings make for a unique hand-held meal that we all love.  My family loves pizza so much, I wanted to create other meals with the same classic flavors of pizza.  My friend, Kristin, … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Apple-Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffing Your Breasts will get Quite a Reaction! Now that I have your attention...let’s talk about boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  This meat is quite easy to prepare, as there is virtually no trimming or cleaning involved.  It is a lean cut and there are many, many ways to cook the breasts.  However, they can be pricey, especially when you are looking to cut down on your grocery bill.  It is prudent to stock up when these treasures are on sale at the grocery store.  They freeze well up to … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Chicken Tetrazzini

Spaghetti is one of America’s favorite go-to dinners.  The next time you are planning to serve spaghetti, cook an extra half-pound of pasta to use for Chicken Tetrazzini. Use leftover roasted chicken, and all you have to do is toss the ingredients together and bake.  It’s so easy: You could serve spaghetti & meatballs one night, roasted chicken the next night, and Chicken Tetrazzini on the third night.  You’ve saved time and money just by planning a few nights of meals. Chicken Tetrazzini … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Chicken "n" Dumplings

Making every MEAL count! Fall means Comfort Food...Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings Once the weather starts to get a little cooler, I want comfort food.  Soups, stews, chowders, warm, cozy, and hearty meals that remind me of crisp fall evenings.  With the burning leaves, football games, warm sweaters, sweet scents of cinnamon and nutmeg...fall is absolutely my favorite season.  The harvest is over, and it’s time to cozy-up inside with loved ones. One of my favorite fall stew recipes is Chicken ‘n’ … [Read more...]