Showing posts from March, 2006

Crockpot Chicken Goulash

Stir-stir the sauce. Nest-nest the chicken breasts. Mix-mix a package of frozen vegetables. Ding!Ding! Dinner's ready! This just might be the simplest, easiest dinner recipe here on Kitchen Parade. Slow cooker fans, here's your next new chicken breast recipe, a one-pot meal for busy days. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Budget-Friendly, Just Eight Ingredients. Weeknight Easy. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Blueberry Galette

The Recipe: A relaxed and rustic blueberry pie, so easy to throw together, just a pie crust, frozen blueberries and some pantry ingredients. The Conversation: With a pie this easy, no more "pie in the sky". Blueberry galette is a fancy-dancy signature for a most plebian pie. Can you say gaw-LETT? While the name implies hours of trouble and fuss, the results are as relaxed as that ever-so-comfortable chair you’d no more give up than your kids. My mother would have loved this recipe, my father, too. My dad, you see, was and remains a fiend for pie. One of the many little inside jokes he and my mom shared went like this. He'd ask, with a hopeful grin, "What’s for dessert?" And she’d answer, with a rueful smile, "Pie in the sky." The translation? "Sorry, dear. No dessert tonight." For my mom, cooking was a sort of witchcraft, a way to pamper the taste buds and handle a husband. (Yes, she really was of that era. But really,

Whole-Wheat Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread recipe, updated with whole-wheat flour. Sure, you can buy bread in plastic bags from the grocery, in logs from the freezer section, even in paper sacks from the bakery. But the best bread comes straight out of your own oven, hot and ready to dunk into soup or lather with butter and honey. Soda bread is what’s called ‘quick bread’. For sure, it’s quick to make. But in the kitchen, ‘quick’ means that the leavening action (what makes the bread rise) comes from something other than yeast, usually baking powder or baking soda, in this bread, both. So some night soon, impress your family – and yourself! – with a crusty, delicious loaf of bread hot from your own oven. They’ll beg for more! ALANNA's TIPS Always, always always! stir flour to aerate it before measuring. Otherwise, you’ll use up to 25% more flour than is intended and your bread, your muffins, all your baked goods will be heavy and tough. Not good! Whole-wheat pastry flour is di

Salmon Chowder

A creamy but low-fat chowder made with chunks of fresh salmon in a creamy broth with carrot, potato and fresh fennel. This is a soul-satisfying soup, here on the cusp of winter-to-spring. Surprisingly low in calories and Weight Watchers Friendly! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ BEST RECIPES! Salmon Chowder was one of 2006's "Best Recipes"! Best Recipes of 2006 Is There a "Faux Food" You'd Like Food Scientists to Invent? You won’t find many faux foods in Kitchen Parade. But once in awhile, along comes a product worth touting. For months, I ignored the raves about fat-free half ‘n’ half. Like low-fat butter, it sounded too good to be true, tempting with promise but certain to disappoint. Once tried, however, it was instantly a refrigerator staple, especially for creamy essence in soups like this week’s SALMON CHOWDER. But truth be told, some times this product disappoints. Its calorie count is up there with whole milk’s even if the