Cookbook Featured Menu: Santa Fe Chicken and Black Bean Salad

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
Tortilla chips
Black Bean Salad
Sliced Strawberries

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.

Serve immediately.

Black Bean Salad Continue reading


Cookbook News: Summer Into Fall Edition Available Now!

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

Freezer Fail

We’ve been watching  our new refrigerator’s freezer slowly fail.  GE sent a repairman out Friday but he seemed to think he needed to talk to GE Repair Central and couldn’t keep a connection alive on his cell.  Yesterday (Sunday) the temps were too high to keep stuff frozen so we took everything out and crammed it all into our upright freezers.
Among the items we pulled out was a ball of pizza dough. Waste not, want not.
Waiting for the repair dude to get back in touch.  I am not optimistic.

Musta Just Numbed Him

This red bellied woodpecker hit the glass in the kitchen door with a sharp thump and fell to the porch, insensible.  Mrs J walked it out to the stump and set it down, breathing but limp.  After a few minutes it revived enough to fly away.
The title is from a comment that I still remember after nearly 50 years. An old pipefitter was describing a quail hunt, he had downed a bird but when he went to retrieve it the quail flew up and away. “Musta just numbed ‘im.”