Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 2-28-13


Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I hope you didn't have to come down our road behind the snow plow, I know that for some of you it has been really bad. Come on in this cottage get warm by the fire and I will get you a nice cup of hot Chocolate with a wonderful scone. When it is really cold out, I think of gathering in a cozy place with friends and enjoying great food, so I can't wait to see what you have brought to share today.

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This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
  
 Breakfast
Low Fat Sausage Cheese Omelet   at A Cozy Place Called Home
A Power Breakfast   at My Healthy Eating Habits
For The Kids
Healthy Smoothie For Breakfast  at Natural Mothers Network.com 
Morning Snack
Cherry Turnovers  at Turnips 2 Tangerines
Lunch
Shredded Fiesta Lime Chicken Tacos  at The Salty Kitchen
Toasted Coconut Chai Macaroons  at Living A Renaissance Life
Afternoon Snack
Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake  at Annie's Noms
Dinner
Curried Lentil Salad   at Food Connections
Asiain Baked Salmon with Veggie Fried Rice   at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Full of Green Beans   at My Sisters Pantry
Easy Coconut Cream Cake  at Barnes and Noodles
Food Preservation
Quick Dill Pickled Watermelon Radish  at Poor and Gluten Free
Feeding The Critters
Star Bird Feeder  at Mamal Diane

If You Are Featured Please Take The Red Plate Home
 The Code Is On The Side Bar

 
Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".

Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book
Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, and on What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin many of your recipes to Pinterest.
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post.
Please visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course.
Please leave me a comment and let me know you are here, I really do want to be a good hostess.
Now God Bless You and Your Food and Everyone Fill Your Plate!

 Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sweet and Sour Sprouts

We just love Brussels Sprouts and they are a great source of vitamins and fiber.  I had been to the farmers market and bought these beautiful Brussels Sprouts and really wanted to make a different recipe for them.  I love developing new recipes,  now they don't always turn out good, but this one did and I wanted to share with you today.

Sweet and Sour Sprouts


Sweet and Sour Sprouts
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
8 cups Brussels Sprouts, quartered
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 dash hot sauce
1/4 cup water
Directions
In a heavy skillet heat the olive oil and saute the onions,garlic and Brussels Sprouts
Whisk together the vinegar, honey, water and hot sauce  add  that mixture to the Brussels Sprouts
Add salt, pepper and thyme. stir to mix
Cook on low heat for 10 minutes remove from heat and serve
Print Recipe



 Saute, Add liquid and Cook for 10 Minutes


Enjoy!


It was great to see you today, hope you have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by and come back real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Monday, February 25, 2013

Spicy Orange Chicken

We have had the nicest Orange's  lately, they have the sweetest flavor. Upon coming back in the kitchen from a trip to my herb garden,  I was looking at the nice herbs in the basket with some Oranges and thought this looks like a great combination for my Chicken.  We have some friends stopping by for an informal dinner this week and I want to create a nice casual dinner.

 Spicy Orange Chicken


Spicy Orange Chicken
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 2 to 3 pound chicken
1/2 Onion, rough chop
1 pod Garlic
2  Orange's
3 Springs Fresh Thyme
3  Stems Rosemary
 2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup Real Fruit Orange Marmalade
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 cup water
Directions
Wash and dry the chicken
Cover the chicken on all sides with  Olive Oil
 Squeeze the juice from one of the oranges on top of the chicken
Salt and Pepper the Chicken with just a sprinkling of cayenne
Cut the top off of the garlic pod and then cut it in half
Into the cavity of the chicken place 1/2 of the garlic pod and 1/2 of the orange that you squeezed the juice from put 1 spring of Thyme, 1 spring of Rosemary, and chopped onion, last add the other half of the garlic and orange.
Place the chicken in a shallow roasting pan uncovered
Roast at 425 degrees for 1 hour, at the end of the hour tent the chicken with a loose foil tent and continue to roast for 30 minutes
Remove the chicken to a serving dish and let set
The Sauce
Pour the 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the drippings from the roasting pan into a saucepan
Add juice and the zest of 1 orange, 1/2 cup Real Fruit Orange Marmalade, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix well, then bring to a boil stirring constantly
dissolve 2 tablespoons cornstarch in 1/2 cup water and add to boiling Orange Juice mixture, reduce heat until mixture thickens and remove from heat.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon thyme leaves chopped, 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves chopped and a dash of cayenne
Mix the sauce until the spices are blended
Garnish the chicken with orange slices and fresh herbs,  serve the sauce on the side.
Print Recipe




Start With Oranges and Fresh Herbs


Bake The Chicken

Served With A Baked Sweet Potato, Green Beans From Last Years Garden,
  Spicy Orange Chicken With Orange Slices

We had a great evening and everyone loved the Spicy Orange Chicken, and we sure hope that you enjoy it  as much as we did.  I am sure glad that you were able to stop by today and hope you will come back real soon!
Peace and Joy





Saturday, February 23, 2013

Whats For Dinner Next Week 2--24-13

It has been really cold here and not nearly as cold as some of you with the ice and snow.  I sure am glad you could drop by and have a cup of hot coco with me this morning, come on in by the fire and we will drink our Coco and stay warm while we visit.  Lets take a look at The Menu for next week.


Looking For Great Menu and Meal Planning Ideas
Check Out Over 125 Weeks 
HERE

Sunday


 



Monday

Green Salad
Chow Chow

Corn Bread
Left Over 
Key Lime Cake

Tuesday

Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Fresh Carrot and Pineapple Salad
Cranberry Fruit Dessert

Wednesday
with
Spaghetti
Green Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread

Thursday
Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Cottage Bread
Left Over Brownie Bites

Friday
Full Plate Thursday

Jicama and Clementine Salad  at Life Less Hurried Living In The Slow Lane

Bacon Herb Cupcakes at Coastalpines

Red Velvet Cheesecake  at the Misadventures of Mrs. B

Saturday Night
Pizza Night
Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce

 Banana Split Bar

I sure am glad you were able to spend some time with us today, now you take care and stay warm, come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 2-21-13


Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

 I am so glad you made it down the roads today, it is a very cold wet day to come to the country.  We have a big fire and some nice cider tea on the stove, some of the ladies have brought some muffins so come on in get warm and help yourself to the goodie table.  I can't wait to see what you have brought to share with us today, so lets get right to it.

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Pancakes and Strawberries  at Sweet Nothings
Black Forest Hot Cocoa  at The Seven Year Cottage
Morning Snack
Lemonberry Cream Scones  at Around The Table with Tami
Chocolate Hazelnut Milk  at Gluten Free SCD and Veggie
Lunch
Chicken Pot Pie Stew  at Learning The Ropes
French Bread: Gluten, Dairy and Egg free  at The Frugal Farm Wife
Wonton Strawberry Stacks  at Table for 7
Afternoon Snack
Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding  at Southern Blue Celebrations
Dinner
Jicama and Clementine Salad  at Life Less Hurried Living In The Slow Lane
Bacon Herb Cupcakes at Coastalpines
Red Velvet Cheesecake  at the Misadventures of Mrs. B
Special Treat For Max
Homemade Dog Bones  at I'm Not A Trophy Wife

If You Are Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
   The Code Is On The Side Bar

Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".

Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book
Every Week, I feature many of your recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, and on What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin many of your recipes to Pinterest.
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post.
Please visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course.
Please leave me a comment and let me know you are here, I really do want to be a good hostess.
Now God Bless You and Your Food and Everyone Fill Your Plate! 


Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

I just love a great vegetable soup for lunch or dinner. We usually have a great potato, tomato and onion harvest in our garden so a Fresh Tomato Vegetable Soup is easy to put together and so good with fresh products. We always can enough in the summer months so we can enjoy fresh products the year round When we have the grill going I like to fire roast my tomatoes, this gives them a great smoky flavor and really brings the flavor of the tomato out. We preserve the Fire Roasted Tomatoes and have a cold bin for the onions and potatoes in our barn, so we enjoy these products the year round.  For this recipe today we are using the fire roasted tomatoes that really make this soup special.

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3 cups Pearl Onions, cut in half
4 cups Irish Potatoes, diced
3 1/2 to 4 cups Fire Roasted Tomatoes, diced with juice
or- 2- 14.5 ounce cans of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
3/4 to 1 can of Rol Tel Tomatoes and Green Chilis
4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon cilantro (optional)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Heat a heavy soup pot and add the Olive Oil, saute' the onions and potatoes until browned.
Add all the tomatoes, green chilis and chicken or vegetable broth.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Bring to boil and reduce heat to low, cook on low for 30 minutes until the onions and potatoes are tender.
Recipe Tip
We have added, diced Chicken Breast, Corn and Black Beans to this recipe and it is delicious or for another flavor we use Bacon Grease instead of Olive Oil and add crisp Bacon to garnish.
The soup freezes well for up to three months.
Print Recipe

Saute' The Onions and Potatoes

The Smell Of This Soup Is Amazing

Enjoy!

This is a great soup to have on hand to serve a friend when they come out to visit from the city and I sure am glad you drove out to the country to visit with us today.  I have a jar of this soup for you to take home with you so don't forget it.  Hope you have a very special week and come back to see us real soon.
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
This Post Is Linked To
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Weekend Potluck
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Foodtastic Friday
Real Food Wednesday



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Whats For Dinner Next Week 2-17-13

What a whirl wind week we have had with Madri Gras and Valentine celebrations all in the same week, it was awesome and we had so much fun.  Now it will be nice to just get back into a normal routine for a while. I sure am glad to see you today and I have made some wonderful Baked Apple Oatmeal Muffins for you this morning from my friend Danielle at Mostly Food and Crafts, come on in and we will sit by the fire and enjoy our muffins while we check out The Menu for next week.


Sunday
Herb Roasted Chicken with Winter Roasted Vegetables

 Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Cottage Bread
Raspberry Sheet Cake


Monday
From
Left Over Sunday Chicken and Vegetables
Chicken Vegetable Soup
Left Over
Raspberry Sheet Cake

Tuesday
Muffaletta Casserole


Green Salad
Garlic Bread
Chocolate Chip Brownies with Blue Bell

Wednesday
Vegetable Beef Soup


Spicy Cheddar Crackers  From Yesterfood
Left Over
Brownies with Fresh Fruit (Blue Bell will be all gone)

Thursday
From
Full Plate Thursday


Roasted Root Vegetables Gluten Free  at A Cozy Place Called Home

Strawberry Cobbler  at Sweet Southern Blue
Friday
Shrimp Tacos
Jesusita's House Salsa

Key Lime Cup Cakes

Saturday
Wa Hoo Off To The City
Celebrating A Friends Birthday

Looking For Great Menu and Meal Planning Ideas
Check Out Over 125 Weeks 
HERE 

It was really good to spend time with you today, hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 2-14-13


Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

 Happy Valentine Day

 Hope You Will Join Us For A Valentine Evening Dessert

I am so happy to see you and hope that you are having a wonderful Valentine Day and evening.  It is a really big week with Mardi Gras and Valentine Day all in the same week,  what great foodie fun! Lets get our food on the table and get our party started.

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week

Breakfast
Valentine Pancakes  at Sugar N' Spice Gals
Morning Snack
I Heart You Pound Cake  at Making Memories One Fun Thing After Another
Pre Workout Strawberry Shake  at Healthy Living Awaits-Real Health-Real Food-Real Living
  Lunch
Chicken and Vegetable Cutlets  at The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen
Spicy Vegetable Delight  at Soup Spice Everything Nice
Dessert Bar
Samoens Chocolate Strawberry  at Chalet Chocolot 
Strawberry Mousse Filled Cream Puffs  at Feeding My Giant  
Strawberry Nutella Pie  at What's Cooking Love?
Southern Pecan Chewies  at Cooking with K
Afternoon Snack
After School Fun For The Kids
24 Valentine Activities For Kids  at 3 Boys and A Dog
Dinner
Roasted Root Vegetables Gluten Free  at A Cozy Place Called Home
Strawberry Cobbler  at Sweet Southern Blue
Preserving Food
Fermented Squash Salsa  at Real Food Real Frugal

If You Are Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
  The Code Is On The Side Bar


Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".


 Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book
Every Week, I feature many of your recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, and on What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin many of your recipes to Pinterest.
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post.
Please visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course.
Please leave me a comment and let me know you are here, I really do want to be a good hostess.
Now God Bless You and Your Food and Everyone Fill Your Plate! 


Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

   
 
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