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Oven Fried Chicken September 30, 2011

Filed under: Children,Food — multipurposemom @ 12:40 am
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So, I stink at posting regularly…but this was too good not to share!  I was not planning to post this, so forgive the lack of pictures.  This was all that was left, less than one chicken breast.

It was loosely based on an old Ag Ext. Cookbook, I think – I don’t have it in front of me.  Of course, I didn’t have all of the ingredients – so I was pretty free with the instructions.  Caleb said I probably only followed the “add chicken” instruction. 

Know that I don’t measure anything, so everything is an approximate amount, that way I don’t have to note it on every ingredient.

First…mix (or let your 3 year old mix, if you’re in a hurry and your 9mo old is loosing patience) 8 oz sour cream, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp worchester sauce, 1 tbps garlic powder, 1 tbsp paprika, a little salt, a little pepper.  Let sit (or let 3 year old continue to mix to entertain herself).

Second…mix bread crumbs (maybe 1-2 cups), a little salt, a little Mrs. Dash, and some dried parsley.  I did this with a glove on my hand.  Remove glove, leave in pan ( I use it again, everytime I touch raw chicken – yuck!).  Preheat your oven to 350.

Third, cut up chicken breasts – especially if you are super picky about fat on your meat like some of us might be.  I had 3 breasts, a little over 2lbs., I first trimmed them and cut them into 3 pieces.  But I really like breading, so they each ended up in 5 pieces.  Put about 1/4c. butter in the microwave or on stove top to melt. 

Fourth…combine everything.  I made a line…raw chicken, sour cream mix, bread crumbs, well-sprayed glass dish.  Dip chicken in each on both sides (if you like breading,  I do it twice on each side for that step…also I pressed each piece of chicken with the heel of my hand so it would be a little flatter before I started dipping – I think this is one of the steps that makes chicken breasts so much better!).  Place in glass dish.  When you are done, drizzle butter over chicken.  Place in preheated oven for 1 hour.

I served with rice (1/2 c rice, 1 1/2 c water, bit of butter, 1/2 onion – start with about 30-40 min left in chicken cooking time.  Bring to boil, reduce, cover, simmer until chicken is done). 

And green peas (water to cover bottom of pan- start with 10-15 min left on chicken, bring to boil, add frozen peas, cover, bring back to boil, reduce. 

Enjoy!

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Raised Bed for Strawberries March 24, 2011

Filed under: Children,Food — multipurposemom @ 1:56 am
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I bought some strawberry plants.  My mom has her’s in big wash bins, and I like the way it looks.  The bag also says it needs good drainage, so I wanted them in something up off of the ground, so I could control the drainage a little better.  So, I went on the hunt.  I found an old cooler that had been retired to holding rec equipment and wasn’t being used.  It looked pretty rough (not that it really matters what it looked like), so I also found some old paint we weren’t using and some paint brushes that were on their last leg.  I grabbed my helper and my supervisor and we went to work! 



We painted two coats of some sort of interior/exterior paint that appeared to be for either concrete or cars – the label was pretty much completely covered from whenever it was used last, so I’m not really sure what it was.  Maybe if we get adventerous later we can paint some sort of design on it, but it looks pretty good and works for now!  Now we just need to borrow husband’s drill to put some holes in for drainage, fill it up with some dirt, and plant our berries!  I’m very excited, they are supposed to be everbearing and have “high yield!”

 

Freezing Diced Tomatoes September 7, 2010

Filed under: Food — multipurposemom @ 8:32 pm

I planted tomatoes this year – a lot of tomatoes!  So, I have been freezing tomatoes.  Today I had a large crop, so I decided to chronicle my adventure. 

First, pick the tomatoes.  They all look green because I picked them before I thought about blogging.

My harvest for today…

After washing the tomatoes, I set up shop.  I left the tomatoes in the strainer and put it on a towel.  I used one of my picking buckets for scraps.  And I got a pot to put the diced tomatoes in. 

 

Next, I cut the bad places out of the tomatoes (there are a lot in mine this year).  And diced what was left.   Thanks to my little beggar, I mean helper/quality control/taste tester, all of the tomatoes fit in one pot – barely!  I put enough water in to cover the bottom of the pot, and turned the stove on about 8. 

I let this cook until it came to a boil – probably 10-15 minutes.  Then packaged into plastic containers labeled “Diced Tomatoes 9/2010.”  I left them only partially covered to cool a bit before putting them in the freezer.

Now, I can pull a bucket out of the freezer when I need it.  This is good for chili, soup, and sauces.  I most recently used it to make Mexican chicken and beans.  I learned that since I don’t season the tomatoes prior to freezing the dish may need a little extra salt when cooking. 

 

Freezing Okra August 16, 2010

Filed under: Food — multipurposemom @ 4:22 pm

A friend gave us some okra that needed to be used quickly.  Caleb was going out-of-town, and I didn’t think me and Rachel really needed to eat a gallon of okra.  So we did an experiment.  I yahoo-ed “how to freeze okra” and we were on our way.

The okra was already washed.  So our first step was to discard the heads and tails and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (some of mine were probably less than 1/2 inch, because that’s how I like to eat it).  We placed the pieces on baking sheets.  And turned the oven to 350.

When all of the okra was cut (and Rachel had told it to smile for a picture), the baking sheets went into the oven for 10 minutes.

Then we took it out to cool.

When it was cool, I went out to the car to get the ziplock bags for freezing.  Then I realized Caleb had taken the car to Wake Forest.  So we just used plastic containers, and labeled the tops “Okra 7/2010.”

The internet tells me that all I have to do when I’m ready to eat it is either dump it in soup and cook, or bread it and fry.