Pot Luck Scalloped Potatoes Part 1: Parmesan-Thyme Scalloped Potatoes

I decided to participate in the Thanksgiving potluck at work and bring two types of scalloped potatoes. The colleagues I told were excited for it because who doesn’t like potatoes and cheese? I used a combination of Yukon gold and russet potatoes because I felt the butteriness of the Yukon gold potatoes would be a…

Paula Deen Inspired Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

We were challenged to bring an accompaniment to a seafood étouffée dinner that our friends were cooking one day and the only thing I can think of is something with okra.  Our friends suggested stewed tomatoes with okra and after asking and looking what would best go with étouffée, the resounding answer was stewed tomatoes…

(Mole Style) Chicken Cashew Chili- from Epicurious

     I added “Mole style” because this is more a chicken mole than it is a chili, however, if you know this going in you will not be disappointed!! Expect a chili and you will be let down!!  The puréed ancho chilies does give this recipe a bit of a sweet smokey kick, especially…

Curried Chicken Chickpea Soup

Just imagine coming home on a cold day to the aroma of curry wafting about the house from this Indian inspired soup.  It makes me want to take a deep breath, let it go and say, ” Ahhhhh….” The flavors are warm without being spicy; just enough to take your mind off the biting wind….

Crockpot Curried Pork Over Basmati Rice

First, I have to admit that there are times when I am in such a rush that I would forget an ingredient or forget to add an ingredient (or sometimes two).  In this case, it was ginger, luckily the taste of the dish didn’t seem to be amiss from the lack of it.  In addition,…

Oven Baked Chicken w/Roasted Apples and Mashed Cauliflower

Oven Baked Chicken w/Roasted Apples and Mashed Cauliflower

5 cups chopped peeled Braeburn apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Cooking spray
8 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned $
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 475°.
Combine first 5 ingredients. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to coat. Spread apple mixture on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and arrange on top of the apple mixture. Bake at 475° for 25 minutes or until chicken is done and apple is tender. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
Partially mash apple mixture with a potato masher, and serve with chicken. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Qui’s Notes: The apples made this dish, so I would double the amount of apples (and corresponding spices) called for.

Also, I used season salt instead of salt and pepper to flavor the chicken and I us

Crock Pot Meatloaf with Mashed Roasted Roots

1 1/2 pound extra Lean ground beef 1/4 C finely chopped onion 1/2 C seasoned breadcrumbs 1/4 C finely chopped green bell pepper 1/4 C ketchup 2 TBSP prepared mustard 1/2 tsp garlic minced 1 tsp diced oregano 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 large egg, beaten cooking spray 2 TBSP…