Frozen Chicken Stock Beats Canned in Flavor and Convenience
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Frozen Chicken Stock

I use chicken stock quite often when I cook. Whether I’m making soup, flavoring rice or potatoes, or braising vegetables, I always like to have some handy. I rarely seem to need an entire can of it, though, and it only keeps a few days once it’s opened. When I started making baby food for my daughter, I got into the habit of keeping home made chicken stock on hand. It was the only way I could be sure it didn’t contain too much sodium for her little kidneys to process. Not only do you benefit from knowing exactly what’s … Continue Reading →

Injectable Marinade or How to Fry a Turkey
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Close Up of Turkey Being Carved

This is the post I alluded to in the write-up for my Raspberry Lemonade recipe. If you’ve never had fried turkey before, prepare to be wowed. You can cook an entire turkey in under an hour. The skin is amazingly cripsy and flavorful, and the meat is wonderfully juicy. I like to throw cut up potatoes into the hot oil when the turkey is done. The seasoning from the turkey flavors the oil, and you get the most amazing french fries! Frying a turkey requires a few specialty items. I recommend purchasing a turkey fryer set, so you know everything will work … Continue Reading →

Roast Cornish Hens with Cranberry-Thyme Sauce
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cornishhenfeature

Continuing with the red theme of the Valentine’s Day dinner I served last Saturday, I chose this recipe for the main course. It’s based on a highly rated recipe from epicurious.com with several modifications. Print Roast Cornish Hens with Cranberry-Thyme Sauce Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients4 1-1/2 to 2 pound Cornish games hens 5 tablespoons butter, softened, divided 2 tablespoons brown sugar 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 12 ounces low-salt chicken broth 1 cup white grape juice 3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed … Continue Reading →

Tangy Turkey Burgers
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Tangy Turkey Burgers

I used to live off turkey burgers when I was a bit more health-conscious. Ah, the good old days! Haha! I do still try to eat healthy, but I’m just not as disciplined as I once was. I still love this recipe, though. It isn’t really a substitute when you’re craving beef. It’s more special than that. This is a burger you’ll crave for it’s own unique flavor. I got the original recipe from a collection of recipe cards I have called Healthy Meals in Minutes. They suggest forming 6 patties, but if you prefer a thicker burger make 4 … Continue Reading →

Chicken and Carrots with Wine Sauce
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Chicken and Carrots with Wine Sauce

I love using my crock pot. After working all day an spending an hour in traffic coming home, I don’t always feel like cooking. This recipe, adapted from the September 1999 issue of Cooking Light, can be thrown together in a few minutes before heading out the door in the morning. Set the timer so it finishes about the time you expect to be home, and come home to a fabulous, healthy, home-cooked meal! Serve with bread or rice and you’re good to go. The chicken falls off the bone when it’s done, and the garlic becomes soft and mellow. … Continue Reading →