What’s 4 Dinner Solutions Cookbooks: Summer into Fall is now available. Each week I’ll highlight one of the menus and recipes. You can order the cookbook here.
Recipes and menus are seasonal, to take advantage of what is local and fresh when available. Not ordinary cookbooks. These are more a weekday dinner menu guide, including menus, recipes, shopping lists, and helpful tips. Most menus are thirty minutes or less. Each menu is filled with fresh ingredients that complement each other.
On the board tonight: Santa Fe Chicken and Black Bean Salad
Santa Fe Chicken Breasts
Black Bean Salad
Santa Fe Chicken Breast
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 cup Picante or salsa (Fresh Salsa recipe here)
- 4 oz sliced Monterey jack cheese
Reusable plastic container
Add chicken, vinegar and cilantro to reusable container and marinate 1 hour or overnight.
Remove chicken from marinade and slice each breast in a butterfly cut (slicing in half horizontally, but leaving attached at one edge, so it folds open like butterfly wings).
Fold open and grill or broil until cooked through (as little as 5 minutes each side, depending on heat and thickness).
Don’t let dry out. Use a meat thermometer – remove at 165°
On one half of each breast, add 1 oz cheese and 2 tbsp or more of Picante sauce, fold other half over and heat until cheese is melted.
Black Bean Salad Continue reading
Somewhat cooking related and probably wholly inappropriate for a cooking blog. But my library rocks so I could not resist.
Order What’s 4 Dinner Solutions: Summer into Fall here!
What’s 4 Dinner Solutions actually started years before the blog, as a menu service for busy families. When it was time to move on from that, I started the blog to continue sharing recipes. But what that means is, I have in my arsenal, fifty-two weeks of menus, recipes and shopping lists.
A few years ago, a friend convinced me to turn it into a cookbook. I quickly realized it would be unmanageable as one cookbook, so I’ve created four: Summer into Fall, Fall into Winter, Winter into Spring and Spring into Summer. Continue reading
So the ducks LOVE dog food. I’m assuming whoever raised and abandoned Mabel (l) and Maddie (c) fed it to them. I’ve had little luck moving them to duck crumbles. I finally resorted to very expensive duck seed specifically for layers, so it’s not processed into a pellet. They will eat that, but not until after their dog food is gone.
After discovering Bixby is sensitive to chicken (of all things), I had to change the pups food to a different type and brand. Over the summer, the duck eggshells have become thinner and thinner, and the only change I could think of was the dog food. So I’ve stopped giving it to them. Monday.
They are now only getting their good duck seed. Expensive. Full of a variety of seeds and nutrition.
What you see above is the result. They stand outside the patio door and bitch at me because I have not provided them with the proper nutrition for the day. In protest, I have not gotten an egg from either of them since Monday.
Penelope has not been as picky, but in solidarity, she has joined the picket line.
If you come at the girl, you’d best not miss…
I had a couple of apples about to go bad and decided to make something new. I hadn’t done a strudel in a long time and the recipe seemed simple enough, so here we are. I made two small dishes, so I could freeze one.
- 2 1/2 cup sifted flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 3 tsp. boiling water
8×8 baking dish, well-greased Continue reading
It was really hot the last two weeks and Scout kept climbing into the duck pools. So I dragged out the large pool the ducks wouldn’t use (for various reasons described here, LOL). And filled it for the pups. They really enjoy it. Continue reading
We went horseback riding yesterday and I wanted something quick waiting for us when we returned. I had this recipe tucked away and it seemed like a great time to try it.
The instant pot (multi-pot in my case) can be used as a pressure cooker or slow-cooker for this recipe. I used a hybrid method. Continue reading