Friday, October 19, 2012

Recipe Review...Chicken and Noodles with Tarragon and Chives

For Sunday dinner a few weeks back I made Chicken and Noodles with Tarragon and Chives from my new favorite magazine..."Cuisine at Home". Of course I cheated a bit like I always do:-)

I searched the internet for the recipe and found it at a site called Key Ingredient. I studied the recipe..


cups sliced cremini mushrooms (I didn't have any mushrooms, Joe doesn't like them anyway:-)
½cup diced carrot (I used can carrots that I put in at the end)
½cup diced celery (I used canned peas. Didn't have any celery, Joe dosen't like celery either:-)
½cup diced onion
1Tbsp minced garlic (I added 1 tsp of minced garlic)
2Tbsp olive oil
6cups low sodium chicken broth (I always add more then it calls for)
1lb frozen egg noodles such as Reames
2cup shredded cooked chicken (I bought the precooked chicken to save time)
2Tbsp minced fresh tarragon
1Tbsp minced fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste


Sweat mushrooms, onion, carrot, celery and garlic in oil in a large pot
over medium heat until slightly soft, 3 minutes. (I only had to sweat the onions)
Add broth, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer.
Stir in noodles and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes.
Stir in chicken, tarragon, and chives;
(This is where I added the canned veggiesseason with salt and pepper.

I would rate this an 8.5/10 on my cooking scale.  
Warm yummy comfort food great for a cool fall day.  I suggest you give it a try.
Happy Cooking Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)
Here a few pics from my world...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shelton Vineyards..Dobson NC

Several months ago Joe and I were off to the mountains of NC...which we love!  We try to take different routes and explore along the way.  This time we stopped off at Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC.  There are many wineries in this area but we choose Shelton because they had a restaurant on site and we were starved.  It was a bit off the beaten track but it was a beautiful drive.

I ordered the Caprese Salad & Assorted Breads. Joe ordered a sandwich that he really enjoyed...I forget the name of it.  The food was great, and our server friendly.

My first wine flight.  Since I had never experienced a wine flight I thought they were called this because they were always elevated.  With the word flight in the description and my elevated glasses it only made sense, right? Wrong! My girls were quick to tell me that is not the case:-) I looked it up on line and it simply  means tasting of multiple wines. You can see the ones I tried below. 

There were unique sayings on the wine barrels....

Beautiful grounds, great food, friendly service, informative tour, lovely gift shop.  If you are in the Dobson NC area I suggest you check out Shelton Vineyards.  I know you will have a great time!
Enjoy Your World:-)

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Recipe Review...Sweet Corn Bread

"Kathiey, why haven't you posted any recipes lately?"  
Well it is not because I have not tried.  I have attempted several new recipes but many did not make the 8-10 cooking scale cut and some were downright awful.  I baked a cola cake, icing was great cake was dry.  Made a crock pot chicken, it was ok, nothing to write home about. This past week, for Sunday dinner, I made a BBQ Beef Brisket from Southern Lady Magazine.  It was ok and we ate it all over a period of days but I would only give it a 6/10 on my cooking scale, so I won't make it again. I also made a chocolate chess pie, from the same magazine.  I had to give it a 0/10.  I pitched it.  Came out of the oven looking grainy.  I  decided to taste it and if it was good I would hide the unattractive look with cool whip and a chocolate shaving garnish.  I tasted it...grainy and dry...ugg.  In the trash it went.  Brodie looked at me like "Mom Noooooo!" But as we all know chocolate and dogs just don't go together.
Lucky for me I made an oldie but goodie side dish for Sunday dinner that was delicious.  This recipe reminds me of the amazing corn bread that was served at a Kansas City Restaurant...Tippins. I can remember walking into Tippins and see displays of amazing pies.  Their corn bread was to die for and served with honey butter....YUM!

So here is the simple but wonderful copy cat recipe for sweet cake like corn bread found on
1 box Jiffy cornbread
1 box Jiffy yellow cake mix
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1/4 c. oil

Bake 5 minutes at 400 degrees, then 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake in greased 8 x 8 inch pan. Tastes just like cornbread from a popular restaurant in Kansas City!
I gathered my ingredients, and there are not many, it is so easy....

In the oven it went.  Why not try a new wine while I wait.  Very good:-)

 (I had to cook it a bit longer then called for to get it done in the center)
 Moist and delicious!
I think Brodie has forgiven me for not giving him any of the chess pie.
I did give him a taste of the corn bread though and he loved it:-)
 Happy Cooking Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)