Chicken Cacciatora

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Chicken Cacciatora

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1 chicken cut into pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Brown Lightly in 1/4 cup olive oil

Remove chicken form pan.

To the juices add:

1 large onion, chopped fine
1 stalk celery, chopped fine
1 clove garlic

Stir and cook until the onion is translucent.

Add in the browned chicken.

Add:

1/4 teaspoon sugar
Pinch Allspice or Cinnamon
1/4 sherry or red wine

Cook and stir 5 minutes.

Add to the pan:

1 cup tomato juice or 3 tomatoes, cut in pieces.

Cover and cook slowly until the chicken is tender (40-60 minutes). If necessary, add more liquid from time to time using chicken broth, tomato juice, red wine or water. Your Choice!!!

Season to taste. Serves 6

Cook’s Note: Make this Cacciatora your OWN by adding chopped green peppers, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, fresh chopped parsley or a bay leaf. Add any or none of these or your favorite spices, herbs or vegetables. This is your dish now!

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Molasses Popcorn Balls

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Molasses Popcorn Balls

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1 cup Molasses
1 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon mild vinegar

Mix the ingredients above and cook to 270 degrees on a candy thermometer which is the hard crack stage.

Stir in:

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, have 3 quarts of popped popcorn ready  Pour the above mixture over the popcorn.

Stir with a spoon to coat each kernel. Butter your hands slightly and shape the corn mixture into 3 inch balls. Set on wax paper to harden. Wrap in wax paper.

Candied Orange Peel

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Candied Orange Peel

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To prepare orange peel:

Using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel long strips of rind trying to leave out the pith.  Cut the peel in lengthwise sections. Cover with cold water, bring to the boiling point, and cook slowly until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain. Cover with cold water again, and cook for about 5 minutes, Drain.

Bring to a boil:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water.

Add the drained peel to the sugar and water mixture. Cook slowly until the peel is almost transparent (230 degrees on a candy thermometer). Take up the peel with a skimmer and spread on a plate to cool. Roll in granulated sugar. Spread on wax paper to dry. Store in a glass jar.

Serve with your favorite cup of tea, summer cocktail or with cold chilled water. There are so many uses, use you imagination!

NOTE:  Save the sugar syrup to sweeten tea, etc.  Store in refrigerator in a covered container.

Mediterranean Lemon Garlic Chicken in Wine Sauce

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Mediterranean Lemon Garlic Chicken in Wine Sauce

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10 chicken thighs (or other pieces of your choice)
20 garlic cloves
2-1/2 cups chicken stock
3 tbsps butter with 3 tbsps vegetable oil (or canola)
3 tbsps flour
2/3 cup cry white wine
1 or 2 lemons peeled and sliced thin
parsley or garnish

Put garlic cloves in chicken stock in a pan and simmer for about 40 minutes or until garlic is tender. Remove and drain. Save both

In a large skillet, melt the butter and oil. Brown the chicken. Remove the chicken to a casserole dish. Scatter the garlic cloves over the chicken as well as the lemon slices. In the same skillet as you browned the chicken, remove any excess fat. Then add the flour and whisk for about 1 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Add the chicken broth and cook until sauce thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour sauce over chicken. Cover. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

Garnish with parsley.