French Provencial Chicken

This recipe is inspired by David Lebovitz’ Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots. With just a few ingredients and little preparation, it is simple yet delicious. I chose skinless, boneless breasts to keep the dish low fat but you may use any kind of chicken you wish.

Baked Potato Soup

It is starting to cool off with pleasant days and chilly nights – the perfect time for hearty soups and stews. Baked Potato Soup is one of our most requested recipes – it’s creamy and rich with the perfect balance of flavors. It’s a good way to use planned leftovers as well; have baked potatoes during the week and simmer a pot of this satisfying soup on the weekend. Start with 4 large baked potatoes, cooled. The recipe calls for scooping out the insides and discarding the peels, but I have long since abandoned peeling potatoes for anything. The peels are healthy so I include them in mashed potatoes, soups, potato salads, and just about everything else. Feel free to use only the white insides if you wish.

Chipped Beef Gravy

We love to have breakfast for dinner at our house, and one of our favorites is biscuits and gravy. You can make this gravy with either sausage or dried beef, and it can be served over buttermilk biscuits, toast, or soft rolls.

Apple Cheddar Melt

A restaurant in my town serves this wonderful open-face sandwich and every time I order it, I realize that I’ve forgotten how much I love it. It is delightful anytime, but it would be a perfect fall lunch with fresh-picked apples. Since I couldn’t wait until fall, I’m enjoying it for lunch today.

Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

If I had to choose the dish I would rather have than any other, it would probably be this one. It combines several of my favorites flavors: balsamic vinegar (which I believe to be The Ultimate Condiment), feta cheese, and grilled chicken. It is a quick and delicious meal that packs a lot of flavor.

Turkey Calzones

Calzones are easy to make and a nice change from pizza. This particular recipe is from our Busy Mom Menu. The bread dough makes a delicious crust for the calzone and using frozen bread dough saves time. If you’d like a healthier version and have a wheat grinder, you could make your own bread dough from freshly ground whole wheat.

White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is delicious and a great way to use up leftover chicken. We are using cooked chicken from the freezer, but when I buy a rotisserie chicken, I make broth from the carcass (just simmer overnight with water in a crockpot) and use the broth and leftover chicken in soups like this.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

I had to laugh when I started to prepare this post and realized that I served the same green beans with the Pork Scallopini – guess that tells you how much we like them and how often we have them! Here is a little tutorial for one of our favorite casseroles, Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, along with Acorn Squash and of course the ever-popular Seasoned Green Beans.

Acorn Squash

Last winter we had some of my husband’s friends over for dinner and I served acorn squash. They had no idea what it was, but once they tried it, they loved it. I was grown and married before I ever ate acorn squash, and I realize I am probably not alone. There are probably a lot of folks out there who have never eaten it, much less prepared it. It’s really easy to make and it is delicious. Here is a little tutorial for acorn squash.

Seasoned Green Beans

This is one of the sides that we eat regularly. I’ve made it here using fresh green beans, but I often use frozen beans (petite green beans work well). Get started by washing the beans, snapping the ends off, and breaking them in half.

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