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

Finnish Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto)

Say "hei" to Finland's winter and cold-weather obsession, big bowls of steaming salmon chowder packed with fresh fish, potatoes and carrots. In Finland, Salmon Soup is home-cooked comfort food, some even call it "Finland's soul food". I've been making a salmon chowder soup since living in Finland as an exchange student but recently overhauled the recipe to be more authentic, to bump up the salmon flavor, to make it something worth obsessing over. Whole Food, Simply Prepared & Made from Scratch. Beautiful Color! A Winter Classic in Finland. Weeknight Easy. Dinner Party Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. So Good!!

Old-Fashioned Banana Floats

Fresh winter citrus with hints of spring! Here's an old-fashioned dessert, some times called a "banana float" and other times an "orange float" and it is reminiscent of a root beer float except with orange juice and a banana cream. It also reminds me of an Orange Julius and really, it's just plain fun. Real Food, Fresh & Inventive. Mere Minutes to the Table. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Naturally Gluten Free.