Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lemon Blueberry Muffins


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Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  Slice of Southern

You know how life just gets in the way?  Busy days, exhausted nights and boom! 2 weeks have gone by since I've posted any delicious food.

Well that's been my dilemma for the past few weeks.  When life throws you challenges I tend to turn to comfort food so soothe my weary mind and body.  Today's recipe is all about comfort!


Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  Slice of Southern


LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  As you know I am a big weekend breakfast kinda girl and muffins?  So my specialty, like Sour Cream Carrot Cake Muffins and my Strawberry Sour Cream Muffins.  You've gotta try them!

These light spring muffins whip up in no time and then bake them for about 20 minutes and you will have piping hot jewels to serve your family.  Easter Sunday?  Perfect!!!  They freeze well too so just grab one on the go, it will thaw in no time.


Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  Slice of Southern

Enjoy these muffins soon.  The love you put into your baking is felt by everyone!

Enjoy!







Lemon Blueberry Muffins

serves 12

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray 12 muffin tins with cooking spray. Set aside

Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over blueberries in a bowl and stir to coat.  In a small bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl cream margarine and sugar.  Add in eggs one at a time and beat in-between additions.  Add vanilla and lemon zest and mix to combine.  Add flour mixture and stir just to combine.  Fold in berries.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter.

Bake for 20-22 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.


Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  Slice of Southern

Light delicate muffins laced with the bright taste of lemon and bursting with plump juicy blueberries.  What could be more comforting for breakfast than that?  Slice of Southern







Saturday, March 17, 2018

Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs


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Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern

Need a quick weeknight meal?  Let's make a quick hot meal using the oven.

Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs is a weeknight wonder!  Just a few ingredients and some chicken legs and you'll have a tasty dinner on the table in no time.  One that the whole family will love.  

Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern


Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? 


Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern

Chicken legs are used hear as you can buy them cheaply and in bulk.  Everyone loves a good chicken leg!  They are the perfect vehicle for this mouthwatering sauce too.  They soak up the sauce perfectly while the chicken bakes and it gets in to all the nooks and crannies of the chicken, making for one boldly flavored chicken leg.


Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern

Enjoy!


Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs

6 chicken legs
salt and pepper
1/4 cup Asian rice wine
1/4 honey
1/4 low sodium soy sauce

Pat the chicken legs dry with a paper towel and place them in a baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl add the rice wine, honey, and soy sauce.  Stir to combine.  Pour over the chicken coating all sides.  Allow to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.  

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while the chicken marinates.  Cover your pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and turn the chicken over.  Uncover and bake another 15 minutes until golden brown on top.  Serve warm over rice if desired.


Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern

Baked Honey Soy Chicken Legs:  Tender, juicy chicken legs doused with a wonderful honey soy sauce served over a bed of fluffy rice.  What could be more comforting than that? Slice of Southern



Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cajun Pot Roast - Slow Cooker Heaven


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This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more! Slice of Southern

Winter seems to have finally come to Southern California.  

In a time where most of the country was dealing with rain and snow we've been experiencing an unusually dry and hot winter.  Like 80's hot...crazy I know.  We're tired of the heat and we crave water so that we won't be in a drought situation but the weather doesn't want to cooperate.  Finally, last week we got what they called out biggest storm of the season and we had rain.  Quite a bit I might add, and it's actually really, really cold.  

Out came the coats and the slow cookers!  Time for some comfort food to eat on a cold winter's night. 


This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more! Slice of Southern

It's March and I missed Mardi Gras, but that doesn't stop me from craving Cajun flavors.  And when I want slow cooked comfort food I always think of my Mom's Famous Pot Roast.  So I decided to turn her pot roast into a Cajun flavored one.   Meat that is tender but spiced just right, surrounded by soft flavorful vegetables.  Yum!  This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more!


This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more! Slice of Southern

I typically use chuck roast or sirloin, or top round roast for my cut of meat.  However, you can use your favorite cut.  To get extra flavor in your dish make sure to sear the meat prior to putting it in the slow cooker.  It makes a big difference in the flavor so don't skip this step.  

My favorite slow cooker is this one.  I've used it for a couple of years and just love it!  The size is perfect and the features make this handier than your average slow cooker.  


This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more! Slice of Southern

This dish is a definite winner and should be part of your rotation.  Make sure to fix this soon and tell me how you like it.  As I write this it's raining.  Another storm has made it's way down to So. Calif.  Although is bone chilling cold, we need the rain, and I enjoy being cozy in the house on a weekend!  Keep warm, and pull out your slow cookers.  They are top notch in my book!

Enjoy!





Cajun Pot Roast

serves 4

2 Tbsp canola oil
3 lb chuck or top round roast
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onions, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 orange bell pepper, sliced
14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
2 tsp tomato paste

In a large skillet or in slow cooker on sauté mode, add the canola oil until hot and sear the roast on all sides until brown.  If using the skillet remove and place meat on the bottom of a slow cooker.  

In a small bowl add all the seasonings, through oregano, and mix.  pour over meat in slow cooker.  Add sliced onion, celery, garlic, bell peppers on top of meat.  Add the diced tomatoes with their juices over the vegetables.  Add the tomato paste toward the side of the pan to blend with the juices.

Cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours.  Remove meat and shred or chunk and place back in the slow cooker.  Serve meat along with vegetables and sauce over mashed potatoes or rice if desired.



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This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more! Slice of Southern

This Cajun Pot Roast is a twist on a classic but will have your mouth bursting with flavor and craving more!  Slice of Southern


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee


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ONE PAN MEAL!! Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee:  The perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night!  Slice of Southern

Let's make comfort food!

Let's make a skillet meal!  I'm definitely in!  It's super cold In So. Cal and I'm freezing all the time.  I went and bout a coat that was lined with Sherpa all over the inside, even the hood.  I need it.  This bone chilling cold is not making for a happy So Cal gal!  Bring me the sun, or at least some comfort food to warm me up until spring arrives.  I know I sound like a baby, saying 50's and 60's is cold, but for a native Californian, this makes me wonder how everyone living in snow states does it?  


ONE PAN MEAL!! Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee:  The perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night!  Slice of Southern


So to keep us warm and cozy I decided to go retro and make Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee.  This is a dish from way back and actually refers to a cooking method of taking cut up meat, saute and then braise it in a wonderful white sauce.  I've added mushrooms for good measure and I must say this was so delish!!!

The best part is it is made all in one pan!  The sauce is served over the chicken and you'll have a wonderful, comforting dinner on the table in no time.

ONE PAN MEAL!! Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee:  The perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night!  Slice of Southern


I've used chicken breasts, but thighs will work perfectly as well.  I hope you are keeping warm.  I'm wearing my jacket now, and it's nice and toasty!  This dish will keep you tummy toasty too and the whole family is sure to love it.


Enjoy!




Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee


serves 4


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 pound baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
¼ cup white wine
1 tbsp. flour
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
⅓ cup sour cream
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons lemon juice 

    Pound the chicken breast to an even layer using a mallet. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
      Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the butter and olive oil and heat.  Add the chicken and cook about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and transfer to a plate.

      Add the mushrooms, onions and wine to the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are browned, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and flour, and stir.  

      Add the chicken broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom.  Return the chicken to the skillet, cover  and cook until cooked through, about 8 minutes.   Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a platter.  

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg yolk. Add in a ladle of the hot the sour cream , whisking to temper.  Add the egg/sour cream mixture to the skillet and stir to combine.  Add the zest, juice and stir to combine.  Pour the mushroom mixture over the chicken on the platter and serve.  

      ONE PAN MEAL!! Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee:  The perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night!  Slice of Southern
      ONE PAN MEAL!! Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee:  The perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night!  Slice of Southern





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