Monday, August 30, 2010

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Looking for a great chicken dish and short on time. This dish is for you!!! Pair it with rice, pasta or fresh garden veggies and your family will love it. Check out the Food Nanny on Byu TV. She has some great recipes and ideas. Thanks to my friend Mary for sharing this with me.

2/3 Cup Buttermilk or Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
2 Cups Plain Panko Crumbs
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Teaspoons garlic Salt
2 Pounds of boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders
1/3 Cup butter

1. Preheat Oven to 400* Grease an oblong baking pan (I used a Pampered Chef stoneware Bar Pan)
2. Pour the buttermilk or ranch dressing into a wide, shallow dish or pie plate. Mix the Panko, parmesan cheese, and garlic salt in another shallow dish. Roll each piece of chicken in the buttermilk and then the panko mixture to coat.
3. Arrange the chicken pieces in the prepared pan. Melt the butter in a glass measuring cup in the microwave and drizzle over all the chicken pieces. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and no longer pink. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Amish White Bread

 I went  looking for a great 2 loaf white bread recipe and found this one . It was great addition to our Sunday meal.  It is easy to make and has a slightly sweet taste.

Amish White Bread  (printable version)

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour ( I used 5 )
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time.( This is important as the recipe called for 6 cups but I only ended up using 5 ). Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Swiss Steak

We have been eating lots of garden veggies at our house the last two weeks. My son requested requested something with MEAT. This recipe was a compromise ,we used garden peppers and onions, I also added some fresh corn. This recipe fit the requests perfectly. 

Swiss Steak  (Printable Version)

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen


  • 1 round steak (approximately 1 1/2 pounds), see note
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into strips
  • 1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips


Cut steak into serving-size pieces. Season, to taste, with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Dust meat with flour. In heavy skillet, brown both sides of meat in vegetable oil. Transfer to Dutch oven. Combine garlic, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and 1 tomato-can measure of water. Pour over steak and simmer over low heat until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours adding water, if necessary to keep meat partially covered. Season, to taste, with additional salt and pepper.

Hint: Cook this in a slow-cooker, according to manufacturers instructions, on low for a most fabulous dinner. Low heat on a slow cooker is about 200 degrees F and high heat on a slow cooker is about 300 degrees F.

Note: to ensure tenderness, it is necessary to have the butcher run the round steak through a cuber.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cucumber Salad

Another garden fresh recipe for you to enjoy.

Cucumbers can vary in their level of bitterness. Usually the older the more bitter, and the seeds are often more bitter than the flesh. Once you cut into a cucumber, taste it. If bitter, scrape or cut away the seeds. You might also want to soak the chopped cucumber in salt water to help offset the bitterness. The cucumbers we get are usually fine as is, but I have had some bitter ones. With regards to peeling, we almost always peel our cucumbers, but there are some varieties with thin, mild peels that you don't need to peel. Taste first if there is a question.

Cucumber Salad
(Printable Version)


  • 1-2 large cucumbers (or 4-5 lemon cucumbers), peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, basil, or Thai basil*( I used fresh basil)
  • 2-3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
*To chop the basil, chiffonade it by stacking the leaves on top of each other, rolling them up like a cigar, and taking thin slices from one end to the other.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss to coat. Serve immediately, or make ahead (up to a couple of hours) and chill.
Serves 2-4