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February 04, 2016

Cornish Hens with Honey Mustard Glaze

Perfect for a special dinner. Use local honey and a coarse grain mustard for the glaze. Stuff with Basmati Rice with almonds and dried cranberries.

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Raspberry glazed Cornish Hens

A raspberry glazed Cornish hens will make a spectacular Valentine's day meal.
Another idea is HONEY mustard glazed Cornish hen, how special.

Avoid the long wait at restaurants, stay at home, save money and have a very special dinner.
Bonus: this recipe is simple to make.



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January 27, 2016

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a Mexican favorite. They can be made with chicken, beef or even vegetables. This recipe uses chicken, low fat sour cream and cheese to create a healthier version.
I also have a recipe for Chorizo Enchiladas.

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January 22, 2016

BBQ Chicken with a Sensational BBQ Sauce

This spicy, rich BBQ sauce will wake up your taste buds. The ingredients might surprise you but you won't be disappointed. I served it over chicken but it would also be good over pork or beef.

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October 24, 2015

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Thyme Sauce

Dijon mustard adds flavor and serves as a thickening agent to help create a smooth, rich sauce.

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July 30, 2015

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Wiser Style

I modified the traditional Fettuccini Alfredo recipe mainly because I never really liked the thick, heavy version. This one has less calories and fat and the fresh herbs enhance the flavors making it a wiser choice.


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July 21, 2015

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

There are so many versions of this recipe but this one is simple to make and takes less than 15 minutes hands on time. You can also make the recipe your own by adding or changing a few ingredients.


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July 15, 2015

Italian Style Chicken

Cooking Wiser Tips for this recipe:

  • Use bone in chicken thighs for more flavor
  • Purchase chicken without the skin if possible to avoid paying for the extra weight
  • Save money, don’t use zip lock bags, foil or plastic. Use dishes and cooking pans with lids; easy cleanup via the dishwasher
  • Don’t salt marinade, it will cause the meat to be less juicy
  • Save time, use a slow cooker. To add more color, brown the chicken on each side in a sauté pan with 2 tablespoons cooking oil Then add to slow cooker with marinade and 1/2 cup chicken broth

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    March 26, 2015

    Huli Huli Chicken

    Plan your own Luau and serve this packed with flavor chicken dish. We increased the flavor by cooking the sauce to reduce it by half.

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    January 26, 2015

    Chicken Piccata Done Right

    From Cook's Illustrated 2013 issue, this is the best Chicken Piccata recipe I've found. To create strong, fresh lemon flavors add the lemon at the end of the cooking time and the sauce is thickened with butter- NO flour.

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    January 07, 2014

    Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken

    I love the intense flavor of sun dried tomatoes. Adding them to cheese creates a creamy center when cooked inside the chicken.

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    December 03, 2013

    Chicken Corn Chowder

    If a simple, tasty, and comforting bowl of soup for a cold winter day is in order then try this recipe.

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    September 07, 2013

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Tarragon Butter

    Though this is a very simple dish to prepare with few ingredients, it offers a lot of flavors. Tarragon is a wonderful herb with hints of anise.

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    August 23, 2013

    Chicken Casserole with Spiced Figs

    The chicken is cooked with a beautifully spiced sauce that pairs perfectly with a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Chicken Saltimbocca

    Literally translated, Saltimbocca means Jump Mouth. Don't know why the Italians gave this dish the name but maybe because the flavors jump around in your mouth. The original dish was made with veal, sage and prosciutto. This version uses chicken and spinach.

    Frogs Leap Sauvignon blanc was the wine choice; the flavors were jump in your mouth, delicious.

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    March 27, 2013

    Orange Marmalade Glazed Cornish Hens

    Also known as a Rock Cornish hen, this small, usually 2 pound chicken is perfect for an elegant dinner. The meat is tender and juicy. There are many ways to prepare a Cornish hen but this is one of my favorites.

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    March 03, 2013

    Chicken Salad with Dijon Mustard

    This light and refreshing chicken dish makes a wonderful great salad or side. Use chicken left over from a roasted chicken or saute two large chicken breasts, enough for 2 cups of chicken.

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    January 02, 2013

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho Tequila Glaze

    I served this at one of our Cooking Light Dinner club dinners and it was a hit. Until you try a recipe you never know if it will be as good as it looks or sounds. But this one was full of flavor and everyone agreed that using thighs was a great choice.

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    September 29, 2012

    Chicken wild mushroom and roasted garlic sauté

    The dried Porcini mushrooms give this dish a rich, earthy flavor and the tarragon adds a touch of anise flavored sweetness.It is a wonderful dish to pair with an oak aged Pinot Noir.

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    June 21, 2012

    Chicken With Cremini Cream Sauce

    Cremini mushrooms, also known as brown or Italian mushrooms, are a more flavorful variety of the button mushroom. They come in a range of sizes; try to find small ones for this recipe.

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    May 06, 2012

    Chicken Wings, Sweet and Spicy Hot

    One of my favorite non traditional chicken wing recipes. This one has a little kick to it.

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    Chicken Wings with an Italian Flare

    Wings are a great appetizer for parties or special events. This favorite uses three traditional, dried "Italian" herbs.

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    Chicken Wings with an Asian Flare

    There are as many ways to make wings as there are spices. I have a few favorites to share because they aren’t traditional but they are tasty. This one uses soy sauce. See Chicken Wings with an Italian Flare and Sweetly Hots Wings.

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    December 11, 2011

    Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Stew

    Serve this stew with some crusty bread and a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Follow with curly endive salad, and baked fruit for dessert

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    November 26, 2011

    Turkey in Cream Sauce with Tomato Pasta Noodles

    Got Turkey? - Try This Recipe

    The tomato pasta gives this dish a bright colorful flare to wake up the visuals.

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    November 18, 2011

    Curried Turkey and Rice Salad

    How many ways can you use the left over Turkey from Thanksgiving? Turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, and then there's always a good turkey and cheese sandwich.

    For something new try this recipe idea.
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    September 16, 2011

    Chicken Paillards with Mango Lime Salsa

    Paillards are boneless pieces of meat pounded thin for quick cooking- great anytime but especially on a hot summer day.

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    Chicken Washington Roll

    My brother requested this every year for his birthday and no wonder. The center of a chicken breast wraps around rich cheese and mushrooms and the outside crust is sauteed golden brown.

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    September 09, 2011

    Turkey Sandwich with Apples and Apple Butter

    Got Turkey? Make this tasty sandwich. Heat it up a bit under the broiler for a warm version.

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    Traditional Roasted Turkey

    You can make this recipe your own by adding herbs or dry rubs. But for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner just roast with butter, salt and pepper.


    Wine Pairing: A newly released Beaujolais Nouveau or a Viognier.

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    July 14, 2011

    Black and Blue Duck Breast with Dried Cranberry Compote

    You won't fear cooking duck ever again. I find the flavors from all the ingredients in this recipe to be amazing together; the sweet with the blue cheese, the tart apples with the walnuts and duck.

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    July 11, 2011

    Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Lemon

    Stag's Leap "Karia" Chardonnay 2008
    The staff at Campbell Station Wine and Spirits thought this was a “wow yummy” Chardonnay so I thought I would provide a recipe to enjoy with the wine. I hope you get the “wow” factor out of this wine and food pairing.

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    April 23, 2011

    Chicken in Creamy Riesling Sauce

    This is one of my favorite chicken recipes from Lobel's. Select a dry Riesling for cooking but you should try a Pinot Blanc to accompany the meal. It’s not that the Riesling is a bad match but it doesn’t hold up to the rich creamy sauce as well. Try it for yourself and determine what you like best.

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    February 23, 2011

    Chicken Parmesan Casserole

    A creative way to use last night's chicken in a totally new dish that's deliciously yummy.

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    January 15, 2011

    Chicken Curry

    Discover the aroma and flavors of spicey foods when paired with slightly sweet white wines like a Riesling or Gewurztraminer. This dish is delicious and easy to make.

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    November 28, 2010

    Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry & Goat Cheese Spread or Apples

    What to do with all that Turkey! True you can always make a sandwich but you don’t have to settle for just any ordinary sandwich. Make it with a cranberry and Goat cheese spread.

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    November 21, 2010

    Herb Butter Roasted Turkey- How to roast a turkey

    The turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving dinner but maybe that’s because it is stuffed with Mom’s Cornbread Dressing. Generally the turkey is roasted in the oven until the juices run clear and the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F. There are many recipes that add flavorful twists or new ingredients but the principle is the same. Follow this recipe, my favorite and the simple tips for a delicious and beautiful turkey.

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    November 20, 2010

    Thanksgiving Dinner

    All the planning and work that goes into the Traditional Thanksgiving dinner can send you into a tizzy. I have some great tips and recipes to help you create an incredible meal without all the stress. It begins with putting a plan together and starting early. Set the Menu, divide the tasks, relax and enjoy the meal!

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    August 30, 2010

    Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts with Grilled Balsamic Peaches

    The balsamic sauce and fruit in this recipe provide a great balance of flavors. Select an off dry, medium body wine such as a Riesling, it has a very food friendly character that pairs well with a broad range of food.

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    June 06, 2010

    Recipe: Granny Mae's Fried Chicken

    One of the techniques I learned very early from my granny Mae (my dad’s mother) was how to fry chicken. Her Fried Chicken recipe was a pinch of this and a dab of that. The skill really came from just watching her cook. I went through the steps and came up with these measurements. Its close but no one will ever be able to fry chicken like granny Mae!

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    Roasted Rosemary & Sage Chicken

    This juicy, delicious recipe explodes with flavor, requires little time, is easy to clean up, and provides a very nutritous meal. Chicken is an excellent source of protein and iron and is low in fat. Please use fresh herbs for the best results.

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