CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS IN A BRANDY – SHERRY – CREAM SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced, baby bellas)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose – free; or dairy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy, sherry, and creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken amid the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken inspired from a pheasant recipe out of Rene Verdon’s White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

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COD WITH DICED PEARS IN A CINNAMON – SUGAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–pears (2, medium, fresh, peeled, diced)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 peeled, diced fresh pears in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Sprinkle with cinnamon (generously) and sugar.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning some on top.  Sprinkle additional salt, pepper, cinnamon (generously), and sugar on top.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop white rice (preferably jasmine; recipe, see the search box on this blog)

–recipe original.

BAKED COD TOPPED WITH BASIL PESTO – CHOPPED TOMATO – FETA CHEESE

-cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–basil pesto (in a jar)

–basil (bottled)

–tomato (1, fresh, small, chopped)

–feta cheese (packaged, crumbled)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a very little amount of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 small tomato, and then season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of basil pesto and 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese to the bowl.  Stir gently.  Then place atop the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil, if desired.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta or couscous (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by a dinner of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN & PASTA IN CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE WITH RED WINE – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  The small bit of creamer cuts the sharp flavor of tomato, creating a savory and mild sauce for the chicken and pasta.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (or plain)

–pasta (of your choice, boxed)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose – free; or dairy)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Newman’s Own Sockarooni)

–red wine

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place 1 cup of uncooked pasta in a small, uncovered baking dish with water to cover, plus another inch.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-fourth cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half jar of marinara sauce.  Add 3 tablespoons of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Stir into the heated sauce.  Then microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

–recipe original.

BRANDY SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – TERIYAKI MARINADE – GINGER – LIME JUICE – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH SESAME SEEDS – GREEN ONION

Note:  If you are a salmon enthusiast, this is a recipe not to miss.  One of the best I have ever served, and I serve salmon twice a week.

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–brown sugar

–teriyaki marinade

–ginger

–lime juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Pour in one-third cup of teriyaki marinade.  Add 3 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with ginger and black pepper.  Dot the top of the salmon with minced garlic.  Spoon 3 tablespoons of brown sugar atop the salmon.  Sprinkle sesame seeds generously.  Finish with 2 chopped green onions.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Do not overcook.

3 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, quinoa, or couscous (recipes, the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

An Encore Simple Dinner:  CHILLED SHRIMP ON CRUSHED ICE WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE

For 4:

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 60 to 80 small shrimp)

–crushed ice (from your ice dispenser on your refrigerator)

–cocktail sauce (bottled)

 

1 – Place the thawed shrimp in a large, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  Drain in a colander.

2 – Fill individual serving bowls with crushed ice from your refrigerator dispenser.  Divide the shrimp among the bowls, resting atop the ice.  (There is no reason to season the shrimp.)

3 – Serve cold, with cocktail sauce.

–shrimp adapted from Weidman’s restaurant, Meridian, Mississippi, a recipe from 20 years ago.

CHICKEN TARRAGON WITH CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – CELERY IN A CREAM SAUCE WITH WHITE WINE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–carrot chips (fresh, 1 handful)

–green onions (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose-free; or dairy)

–milk (almond for lactose-free; or dairy; soy does not microwave well)

–white wine

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 handful of carrot chips in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 stalks of green onions, chopped; and 2 stalks of celery, chopped.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place one-half cup of almond milk (or dairy), one-fourth cup of almond or soy creamer (or dairy), and one-fourth cup of white wine.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk/creamer/wine have heated, very slowly add to the flour, beating vigorously and constantly.  Then pour the sauce over the carrots/green onions/celery.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken in the sauce with the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil (a few drops only).  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot. 

–chicken inspired by Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

COD SYLVESTRE WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – TOMATO SAUCE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon (bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–white wine

–spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own, original)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 3 stalks of green onions, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, in the dish.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of white wine, stirring constantly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the white wine/tomato has heated, slowly add to the flour, beating briskly.  Then pour the sauce atop the green onions and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook (from her television series).

CREAMED & BRANDIED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS ON SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & CARROT CHIPS IN BRANDY – APPLE JUICE – CREAMER SAUCE & TOPPED WITH MINCED GREEN ONIONS

–6 chicken tenderloins (or breast strips)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–carrot chips (packaged, 1 handful)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–apple juice

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose-free; or dairy whipping cream)

–green onions (2 stalks, finely chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 handful of ready-prepared carrot chips (or 2 peeled carrots, sliced).  Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of brandy, one-fourth cup of apple juice, and one-fourth cup of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenderloins in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 2 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil, if desired.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check during cooking to be sure that dish is not bubbling up; if so, take remaining time and double it, then use 50 percent power for the remainder of the cooking.

4 – For testing, cut apart one of the chicken tenderloins from the center of the dish.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more on high.

5 – Serve the chicken, vegetables, and sauce hot, atop couscous (my choice), white or brown rice, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon, White House chef during the Kennedy administration in the sixties, from The White House Chef Cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  CURRIED COD SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS & BREADCRUMBS IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  The original recipe calls for scallops, but the ingredients work well with cod, or (I would recommend) any mild – flavored white fish.

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–white wine

–curry (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and curry (generously).  Sprinkle the cod with plain breadcrumbs, and 2 stalks of chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (chef during the Kennedy administration).