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One Chicken Three Meals

One Chicken Three Meals

Start with one whole chicken approx. 5 pounds remove and discard skin or cook it up and serve it to your pets. Rinse the chicken well with warm water and place in roasting pan. Cut up carrots, celery, onion, potatoes and whatever other veggies you family likes. Stuff some inside chicken and place the rest around the bird in the roasting pan Season; I like Knorr Garlic Parmesan & Italian Herb roasters (they come with a bag to cook the chicken in but I throw it away). Use whatever seasoning you have on hand. Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake for 2 hour in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Then carefully pour off liquid and reserve. Melt 2 tablespoons of real butter in a sauce pan add 2 tablespoons flour then stir in the liquid that you reserved from the roasting pan. I found using a whisk works best mix until gravy forms. Serve chicken breast with the veggies and gravy. This is meal #1. Next remove all meat from the chicken bones (don’t throw the bones away though) cut up into bite size chunks and use in chicken alfredo, cheddar broccoli rice with chicken, chicken tacos, etc.  This is meal #2. For the third and final meal take whatever chicken you have left and the bones and put into a large sauce pot add water to cover and boil until reduced by half. Add any leftover veggies from the first meal and some fresh to fill out the soup cook until veggies are soft add cooked rice or cooked noodles and you have chicken soup for meal #3.  So 1 chicken = 3 meals and money saved. I usually have enough to send some of the first meal with my husband to work for his lunch and can still make the other 2 meals.

Pie – Cranberry-Apple

Pie – Cranberry-Apple                                                                                  TWC

1 9”        2 9”           Size of pie plate

 

2 ½         5              cups Apples – peeled and sliced

2 ½         5              cups Cranberries

5/8         1 ¼         cups Brown sugar packed

1/3         2/3         cup Flour

½             1              tsp ground Ginger

½             1              tsp Nutmeg

<¼          <½          tsp Mace

Combine above

Pour into pastry lined pie plate

Add cover crust and slit

Place on cookie sheet (to catch any drippings)

Bake at 400 for 15 min.

Bake at 350 for another 45 min.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce                                                                                               TWC

 

12 oz pkg Cranberries – Fresh or frozen

¾ cup Orange juice

½ cup Water

1 ¼ cup Sugar

Wash and sort berries – removing any bad berries, stems and any foreign matter

In a large saucepan, add juice, water and sugar – bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar

Add washed berries & continue at high heat

When returned to a boil, turn down heat with almost constant stirring (to prevent boiling over)

for at least 8 to 10 min.

Even though the package says 6 to 8 minutes, I find the skins are not done enough.

If you prefer the sauce a little less thick, use ¾ cup of water rather than ½ cup.

Grated orange rind is good added after sauce is cooked.

 

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

2-3 medium acorn squash

1 pound sausage

2-3 apples peeled, cored and cut into small chunks

½ large onion chopped

½ cup plain bread crumbs

½ cup maple syrup (pancake syrup will work too)

 

Cut squash in half turn upside down and place on greased cookie sheet

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minute

Brown sausage

Add apple and onion continue cooking until onion has gone translucent

Add ½ the maple syrup and all the bread crumbs

Remove from heat

Turn your cooked squash over and drizzle syrup over the halves then stuff with sausage mixture.

Drizzle any remaining syrup over the stuffed squash

Cover and bake at 350 for 20 min.

 

 

Cookies – Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin

Cookies – Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin – Grandpa’s Favorite       TWC

1 cup (2 sticks) Butter (with salt added) – softened

1 cup firmly packed light Brown Sugar

2 Eggs (medium)

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

¾ cup all-purpose Flour

¾ cup White whole-wheat Flour

1 ½ teaspoon Baking Soda

½ teaspoon Salt

3 ½ cups Rolled Oats (instant/quick oats)

1 ¼ cups (1/2 box) or ½ pound Golden Raisins*

¼ cup Orange juice (with lots of pulp)

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well.
  5. Stir in oats; mix well.  (By hand or power depending on mixer capacity – very stiff.)
  6. Add raisins and orange juice; mix by hand until raisins about evenly distributed.
  7. Drop by slightly rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets (dough is quite sticky).
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes (until just beginning to brown – bordering on not fully cooked by touch test)
  9. Cool at least a minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 5 dozen.

*Substitute regular raisins, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or butterscotch morsels, or mix as desired.

Cookies freeze well.  Thaw in refrigerator.  They store well in refrigerator too.

 

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Cookies – Lemon Squares

Cookies – Lemon Squares                                                                            NCC

 

6 Tbsp   Butter

½ cup Sugar

¼ tsp Salt

1 cup Flour

Cream butter, sugar, salt – beating until fluffy

Add flour

Put dough in bottom of 8 x 8 x 2 pan

Bake at 350 for 15 min.

 

In meantime:

2 Eggs beaten

¾ cup Sugar

2 Tbsp Flour

¼ tsp zest of Lemon

3 Tbsp Lemon Juice

¼ tsp Baking Powder

Beat 3 minutes

Pour over baked layer

Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 min. more

Cool

Cut into squares

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Cookies – Hungarian Butter

Cookies – Hungarian Butter                                                                        TWC

 

1 cup Butter, softened

2/3 cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 tsp Vanilla extract

2 ½ cup All-purpose flour

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp grated Lemon zest

Chopped Walnuts

Apricot preserves

Powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar

Beat in egg and vanilla

Add flour, salt, lemon zest and mix in

Chill dough

Divide in two

Roll out thin

Cut equal number of disks and rings (donut cutter with and without center)

Bake at 375 for 8-10 min. on greased sheet

While still warm, place ½ tsp preserves in center of each disk

Add ring

Sprinkle chopped nuts on preserves

Sprinkle powdered sugar on top

Finish cooling

 

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Cookies – Golden Lemon Bars

Cookies – Golden Lemon Bars                                                                   LHC

 

1 ½ cup Flour

½ cup Margarine

½ cup Brown Sugar

Combine with pastry blender and pour into 9 x 13 pan – press evenly

Bake at 275 for 10 min.

Filling:

2 Eggs beaten

1 cup Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Flour

½ cup Nuts (if desired) chopped

½ tsp Baking Powder

¼ tsp Salt

½ tsp Vanilla

Beat well, pour over baked pastry evenly

Bake at 325 for 15 – 20 min.

Remove from oven and glaze with mix of:

1 Tbsp Butter melted

2 Tbsp Lemon juice

1 cup Powdered Sugar

Cool and cut into small bars or squares

 

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Cookies – Fruit Squares

Cookies – Fruit Squares                                                                                                NCC from an old Pillsbury Cookie Book

 

Filling:

1 ½ cup cut Prunes          or 1 ½ cup Raisins             or 1 ¼ cup chopped Dates

½ cup Sugar                        or ½ cup Sugar +               or ½ cup Sugar +

¼ cup Flour

½ cup Water                       or ½ cup Water                 or ¾ cup Water

1 tsp Lemon rind

¼ cup Lemon juice

½ cup Nuts

Combine in saucepan stirring until thick [implies with heat]

Set aside

½ cup Butter

½ cup Brown Sugar packed

¼ tsp Salt

1 cup Flour

¾ cup Rolled Oats

Cream butter and sugar

Mix in dry ingredients

Set aside 1 cup for topping

Press remaining crumb mix to 9” square pan

Spread filling

Sprinkle with reserved topping, press lightly

Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 min. to light brown

Cut 24 squares

 

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Cookies – Dolly Bars

Cookies – Dolly Bars                                                                                       LHC

 

¼ lb. Oleo

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs

1 cup Coconut

1 cup (or less) chopped Nuts

1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup Chocolate bits

Melt oleo, add each ingredient one at a time, stir well

Spread in greased 7 x 11 pan

Bake at 350 for 20 min.

Cut in squares

So easy, but rich

 

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