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Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms & Swiss We've made these delicious crepes for dinner at least 4 times now, so it's time they are properly recorded. A perfect light summer dinner with a green salad on the side, these crepes cook up quickly with ingredients that are easy to have on hand. One of my favorite vegetarian meals. Crepes:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.5-3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 tsp. olive oil
16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
one sweet or yellow onion, chopped roughly
1/4 c. sweet Marsala wine or other white wine
thyme, salt, and pepper to taste
Swiss cheese, sliced or shredded

Sauce:
apricot jam + spicy brown mustard

For the crepes:
In a medium bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Then whisk in all of the remaining ingredients. Cover bowl and chill overnight (or 15-30min at room temp).
Set the batter out to come to room temperature for an hour before cooking. Preheat a large 10” skillet over medium-high heat. Add a small pat of butter and use a paper towel to quickly spread the butter around the pan. Add 1/4 cup of batter and tilt the pan so that the batter spreads into a circle. Cook each side for 1 – 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Unused crepes can easily be stored wrapped in the fridge for a couple of days, or frozen for several months.

For the filling:
Heat the oil in a pan without nonstick coating. Add onions, season with salt, and cook until softened. Add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms have shrunk and begun to turn golden. De-glaze pan with the wine and add seasoning.

Makes 20 or so crepes. The recipe halves well.
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IMG_6349.JPGBeing from the south, I was raised on cornbread dressing, but this Cummings' family tradition is pretty tasty I must admit. Savory additions of corn, mushrooms and sliced black olives are well balanced by the sweet rose wine scented broth. Daniel calls this dressing " one element of the perfect trifecta of Thanksgiving flavors," the other two being turkey and mashed potatoes of course.

1 large onion, chopped small
5 stalks celery, chopped small
8 oz white button mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/2 T. butter

2 c. rose wine
3 c. chicken broth
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp sage

1 package Pepperidge Farm herb dressing (cubed)
1 package Pepperidge Farm herb dressing (crumbs)
1 1/2 cans yellow corn
1 can black olives, sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 1/2 tbs butter in a skillet, add onion, celery, and mushrooms. Lightly salt and pepper the vegetables and saute until onions begin to brown.

Meanwhile, heat broth, wine, 2 tbs butter, and ~1/2 tsp dried sage in medium saucepan until butter is melted.

Mix onion mixture with remaining dry ingredients (stuffing, corn, olives) in large bowl. Add broth/wine over until mixture is moist, mix gently. Pour into 9x13" baking dish. Bake ~1 hour or until top is browned.

lemonhoneychicken.JPGHoney, lemon, and garlic flavored dark meat chicken, goes well over rice with some green vegetable on the side. 
 

8 - 10 dark meat chicken pieces
salt and freshly ground pepper to season
1 tbsp olive oil
4-5 slices of ginger
1 head of garlic, all cloves peeled and crushed
few thyme sprigs
2 tbsp white wine
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, finely sliced
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Brown the chicken pieces on each side over high heat for 2-3 mins until golden brown. Remove from pan.

Add ginger, garlic and thyme to the pan. Stir fry lightly.

Add white wine to deglaze the pan. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey.

Pour in hot water, add the lemon slices and drumsticks. Lower heat to medium high, let the liquid bubble until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes or until the drumsticks cook through. Add spoonful water at a time if the sauce becomes dry.

Original recipe

Salty, lemony, with artichokes and olives in a white wine sauce

2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breasts
4 tsp. olive oil
1 large onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 can artichoke hearts (drained & quartered)
1 C. white wine
1/2 C. green pimento-stuffed olives (rinsed, drained & roughly chopped)
Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips. Combine first 4 ingredients and rub over chicken. Brown chicken in half of the olive oil and set aside. Saute onion and garlic in remaining oil until brown. Stir in artichoke and remaining ingredients. Simmer on med-low for 30 minutes.

Derived from Healthy Cooking
chickenwithshallots_sm.jpgSlow simmered chicken in white wine and mustard sauce with tomatoes. Yellow onions can be substituted for the expensive shallots. Serve over rice.

8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds total) (or 4 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breasts)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound small shallots (about 12), peeled and halved (or 2 yellow onions, cut in wedges)
5-8 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
chopped fresh rosemary and sage, ~1/2 T each
Fresh tarragon leaves, for garnish (optional)
Season chicken with salt and pepper; coat with flour, shaking off excess.
In a Dutch oven or 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium-high. Cook chicken until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove; set aside.
Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add wine; cook until evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, fresh herbs, and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil.

Return chicken, bone side down, to pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until chicken is tender and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; loosely tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Add tomatoes to pot; season with salt and pepper. Cook on high until sauce has thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and return chicken to pot; cook until heated through. Serve, garnished with tarragon, if desired.
Original recipes

Easy to make in the crock-pot with a few hours notice. Beware - makes the whole house smell wonderful for hours.

2 ½ lbs. lean boneless round steak
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. Burgundy or other dry red wine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef consommé
1 envelope onion recipe soup mix
6 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (16 oz) package frozen pearl onions
3 T. flour
½ C. water
24 oz. medium egg noodles, uncooked
¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese
¾ C. sour cream

Trim fat from steak, cut into 1-inch cubes. Cook over medium heat 9 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain well.

Sauté garlic one minute in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add wine & next 3 ingredients; stir well, and bring to a boil. Blend flour and water in small bowl; add to sauce.

Combine steak, mushrooms and onions in crock pot, add sauce. Cook 1-2 hours on high.

Cook egg noodles, drain. Toss with sour cream-Parmesan cheese mixture.

Derived from Cooking Light
This heavily spiced chicken soup is sweet from the apples and mango chutney, but has quite a bit of heat from the jalapeno and crushed red pepper. You can make the chutney ahead of time or use store bought. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top to cut the heat and fresh naan (Indian flatbread) on the side.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped peeled Gala or Braeburn apple
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 c. white wine
1/3 cup mango chutney* Recipe Follows
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 c. frozen peas
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add apple and next 4 ingredients (apple through bell pepper); sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt); cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, chutney, wine and tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add peas.Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Calories:236
Fat: 4.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.1g,poly 2.3g)
Original Recipe (Cooking Light)


Mango Chutney

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon diced jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. Cool completely. Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 35
Original recipe (Cooking Light)

These meatballs are a little time consuming, from the onion prep and the sauce simmer time, but the meat mixture can be made ahead of time if needed. The flavor is well worth it; savory and lemony with a bit of sophistication from the wine sauce. Serve with plain rice (cooked in 1/2 broth, 1/2 water) and vegetables.

Meatballs:
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
1 pound ground pork
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves (~1-1.5 tb dried sage)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (~1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon Thyme Sauce:
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from one lemon)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (~1 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
Zest of one lemon, to garnish
Roughly chopped thyme, still on stems, to garnish
Put the milk and breadcrumbs in a small bowl and mix with a fork. When the crumbs have softened squeeze out the milk and discard it.

Gently sauté the onion in a little olive oil until it is soft but not colored. Season with a pinch of salt and set it aside to cool.

Combine in a medium bowl the pork, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, Parmesan, sage, thyme, cayenne, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix with hands thoroughly. Shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. This can be done several hours or even a day ahead.

To cook, heat a skillet large enough to hold all the meatballs in one uncrowded layer. Add a little olive oil. When the skillet is heated, add the meatballs, shaking the pan to keep them from sticking. Using tongs to turn so they brown evenly, cook the meatballs until they are no longer pink in the center and lightly browned on all sides. Remove from the pan to a plate and immediately make the sauce.

Alternative cooking method: bake meatballs in the oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes & then brown in skillet.

Lemon Thyme Sauce:
Remove meatballs from the pan, and deglaze it over medium heat with the chicken broth and wine. Simmer until reduced by at least a third. Add the lemon juice and thyme, then add the meatballs back in again as well.

Simmer until ready to serve - at least 10 minutes, but up to half an hour. Serve meatballs with the sauce poured over and garnished with lemon zest curls and thyme sprigs.

Original recipe