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Creamy Italian Chicken – Power Pressure XL

January 20, 2018

Total cooking time: 20 minutes

1 – 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened

1 – 7 oz. package Good Seasonings Italian salad dressing dry mix

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 tsp. garlic granules

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into stripes

Add cream cheese, Italian dressing, chicken broth and garlic in pot and whisk until smooth.

Add chicken to the pot.  Mix so the chicken is covered with sauce.

Close the lid and set for 10 minutes.

Once the pressure cooker beeps, quick release the steam.

This tastes delicious served over rice. (make rice first – cover with foil to keep warm)

Recipe Source: Revised from Power Pressure Cooker XL Cookboook – 5 Ingredients

Chicken Stew – Power Pressure XL

December 31, 2017

This recipe could also be made in the Crock Pot.

1/4 cup onion, chopped and sauteed

1 can cream mushroom soup

2 cans cream chicken soup

1 cup chicken broth

1 tsp. celery salt

1 tsp. seasoned salt

4 chicken breasts, cubed

1 tsp. organic seasoning (Costco)

4 chicken breasts, cubed

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

3 cups potatoes, cubed

Saute onion in small fry pan or pressure pot.

Add soups, broth and seasonings to pot. Mix well and taste. Season accordingly.

Add chopped vegetables and chicken.  Mix all together.

Set pressure time for 4 mins on High.

Allow for Full Natural Pressure Release. (This took about 30 minutes)

Total time approximately 4-45 minutes.

Tastes great with Pillsbury Grand Flaky Biscuits.

 

 

Clay Sugar Bear

October 26, 2015

This little clay bear really works!  Soak the bear in water for about 10 minutes and push it down into your brown sugar.  It helps keep your brown sugar moist.

These clay animals can be purchased at most kitchen stores.

Milk Chocolate Banana Brownies

October 19, 2014

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.

1  3/4 cups (11.5 oz package) Milk Chocolate Chips, divided

Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips in a small, uncovered, microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds.  Stir.  If necessary, microwave an additional 10 – 15 second intervals, stirring until smooth.  Cool to room temperature.

 

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Combine flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy.

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.

Beat in melted chocolate.

Gradually beat in flour mixture.

2 medium ripe bananas

Stir in bananas and remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Cut into bars.

 

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MILK CHOCOLATE BANANA BROWNIES

1  3/4 cups (11.5 oz package) Milk Chocolate Chips, divided

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 medium ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.

Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips in a small, uncovered, microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds.  Stir.  If necessary, microwave an additional 10 – 15 second intervals, stirring until smooth.  Cool to room temperature.

Combine flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.

Beat in melted chocolate.

Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Stir in bananas and remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Cut into bars.

Zebra Bars

October 12, 2014

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Very tasty, rich brownies.  Easy to make since the bottom layer is made with a cake mix.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bottom Layer:

1 chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg.

Add nuts, if desired.

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NOTE: The mix will be very thick.

Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

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Top Layer:

1 pound powdered sugar

8 oz. cream cheese

2 eggs

Beat powdered sugar, cream cheese and remaining 2 eggs.

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Spread over bottom layer.

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Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

1 cup milk chocolate chips. 

Remove from oven and sprinkle milk e ships over the top.  As they melt, spread them over the top.

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Cool completely and cut into squares.

 

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ZEBRA BARS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bottom Layer:

1 chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg.

Add nuts, if desired.

NOTE: The mix will be very thick.

Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

Top Layer:

1 pound powdered sugar

8 oz. cream cheese

2 eggs

Beat powdered sugar, cream cheese and remaining 2 eggs.

Spread over bottom layer.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

1 cup milk chocolate chips. 

Remove from oven and sprinkle milk e ships over the top.  As they melt, spread them over the top.

Cool completely and cut into squares.

 

 

 

 

 

Watermelon cutting

September 27, 2014

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I love cutting a watermelon like this.  It is so fast and easy and makes for great finger food.

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1.  Cut watermelon in half

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2. Turn watermelon over and cut in 1 inch slices.

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3. Turn and cut in 1 inch slices in the other direction.

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VIOLA!!!  Watermelon finger food !!!

 

Farfalle with Chicken and Mushrooms

August 3, 2014

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 This is a delicious pasta dish with chicken and mushrooms.  The sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto ham give it an incredible flavor!

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NOTE:  I doubled this recipe  – so the pictures below show twice the ingredients.  Ingredients stated is for a single recipe.

Prepare all ingredients ahead of time so they are ready to add when stated.

Cook and slice chicken, boil pasta, slice sun-dried tomatoes, slice mushrooms, dice prosciutto ham, measure all other ingredients.

1/2 pound Farfalle – (which is the fancy name for bow tie pasta) boiled to al dente (about 11 – 12 minutes), drained

6 T. butter

3 T. flour

1  – 14.5 oz. can 99% fat free chicken broth

1/2 cup half-and-half

1  1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese

2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced or cubed

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup  sun-dried tomatoe brochette  

1  1/2 oz. prosciutto ham

1/4  tsp.  seasoned salt

1/4 tsp. garlic granules

1/4 tsp. pepper

3 T. shredded Parmesan cheese for topping

 

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I cut the chicken breasts in half  lengthwise and cooked them in a non-stick frying pan (no oil added).  I seasoned them with pepper and garlic granules.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

6 T. butter

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.

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3 T. flour

Whisk in flour to make a rue.

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1  – 14.5 oz. can 99% fat free chicken broth

Gradually stir in chicken broth.  Heat and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.  Remove from heat.

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1  1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese

Stir in parmesan cheese.

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1/2 cup half-and-half

Stir in half-and-half.

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1/4  tsp.  seasoned salt

1/4 tsp. garlic granules

1/4 tsp. pepper

Stir in seasonings.

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1/3 cup  sun-dried tomatoes brochetta

Note:  The original recipe called for  1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into thin strips, which is shown in the picture.  By mistake, the second time I made this, I bought sun-dried tomato bruchetta.  It gave it such a great flavor – now I buy this all the time.  It is quite oily so I blot it with a paper towel to absorb some of the oil.

Stir in tomatoes.

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8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

Stir in mushrooms.

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1  1/2 oz. prosciutto ham

Stir in prosciutto ham.

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1/2 pound Farfalle – (which is the fancy name for bow tie pasta) –  boiled to al dente (about 11 – 12 minutes), drained

Add pasta a little at a time, stirring after each add in.

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2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced or cubed

Carefully stir in chicken.

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Spoon into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

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Sprinkle with 3 T.  parmesan cheese.

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Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until hot in the center.

THIS RECIPE FREEZES VERY WELL.

 

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FARFALLE with CHICKEN and MUSHROOMS

1/2 pound Farfalle – (which is the fancy name for bow tie pasta) boiled to al dente (about 11 – 12 minutes), drained

6 T. butter

3 T. flour

1  – 14.5 oz. can 99% fat free chicken broth

1  1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup half-and-half

1/4  tsp.  seasoned salt

1/4 tsp. garlic granules

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/3 cup  sun-dried tomatoes brochetta

Note:  The original recipe called for  1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into thin strips, which is shown in the picture.  By mistake, the second time I made this, I bought sun-dried tomato bruchetta.  It gave it such a great flavor – now I buy this all the time.  It is quite oily so I blot it with a paper towel to absorb some of the oil.

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1  1/2 oz. prosciutto ham

2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced or cubed

3 T. shredded Parmesan cheese for topping

Prepare all ingredients as stated above.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Whisk in flour.

Gradually stir in chicken broth.  Heat and simmer for a few minutes.  Remove from heat.

Stir in parmesan cheese.

Stir in half-and-half.

Stir in seasonings

Stir in tomatoes.

Stir in mushrooms.

Stir in procuiutto ham.

Add pasta a little at a time, stirring after each add in.

Carefully stir in chicken.

Spoon into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Sprinkle with 3 T.  parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until hot in the center.