Indoor Holiday Picnic:  CHILLED CRABMEAT NOODLE SALAD WITH SLICED CRABMEAT STICKS – ROTINI PASTA – CHOPPED ORANGE BELL PEPPER – SLICED ZUCCHINI – CHOPPED EGG OMELET – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – CHOPPED GREEN ONION MIXED WITH MAYONNAISE AND TOPPED WITH A SPRINKLE OF PAPRIKA

For 4:

–crabmeat sticks (“artificial,” actually cod with seasoning, 1 whole package)

–rotini pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–orange bell pepper (one-quarter of medium pepper, chopped fine)

–zucchini (one-half, medium, chopped one-half inch)

–eggs (2)

–sweet pickle relish (1 tablespoon)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–paprika (sprinkling, bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish with water to cover.  Salt to taste.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Drain when finished.

2 – Place chopped crabmeat sticks (one-half inch size), chopped orange bell pepper, chopped zucchini, sweet pickle relish, and green onion in a large mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Add 1 teaspoon milk and a few drops of olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Beat the eggs briskly.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds.  When finished, chop the egg with a knife and fork, and then add the egg to the mixing bowl.

4 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in the pasta salad.  Gently fold the mayonnaise with the vegetables and pasta.  Finish with a sprinkling of paprika on top.

5 – Chill for 2 hours before serving.

6 – Serve the salad chilled, with a side vegetable, perhaps broccoli.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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CHICKEN PARMESAN TENDERS ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND WITH MARINARA SAUCE OF DICED TOMATOES – PARMESAN – SLICED RED ONION – WORCESTERSHIRE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-third cup)

–diced tomatoes (canned, 1 can, drain juice)

–sliced red onion (one-half, medium)

–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

  • – Place one-half cup of dry bowtie pasta in a covered baking dish. Add water to cover.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  The microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

 

  • – Place Parmesan, tomatoes, red onion, and Worcestershire sauce in a small mixing bowl. Season with olive oil.  Stir well.

 

  • – Place sauce in a covered baking dish, and microwave for 3 minutes on high. Then add chicken tenders that have been dipped in garlic – herb breadcrumbs and seasoned with salt, pepper, and a few more drops of olive oil.

 

  • – Microwave the dish for 7 minutes on high. When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

 

  • – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SPICY COD OREGANO WITH RED ONION – PARSLEY – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC SMALL SHELL PASTA

For 4:

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

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–white wine (one-third cup)

–small shell pasta (one-half cup, dry)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the small shell pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water, salt to taste, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the onion in a covered baking dish.  Add minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the cod in the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, oregano, cayenne, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is ready when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod with onions hot, atop the small shell pasta.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

SALMON ITALIAN STYLE WITH BASIL – FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – SEASONED WITH OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE & ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

For 4:

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

–basil (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–farfalle pasta (boxed, one-half cup, dry)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Fill with water to one-half inch above the pasta.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.  Drain just before serving.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and minced garlic.  Season tomato with salt and pepper, and then place chopped tomato on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the pasta.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

PESTO PASTA WITH HOMEMADE SAUCE OF FRESH BASIL – LETTUCE – TOASTED WALNUTS – PARMESAN – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–pasta (bowtie (farfalle), 2 cups, dry)

–basil (fresh)

–lettuce

–walnuts (toasted, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 cups of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with a little salt and water to cover, above 1 inch.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Microwave 2 cups of water on high for 6 minutes (until boiling).  Add 1 handful of fresh basil, and microwave for just 5 seconds (yes, seconds).  Immediately plunge the basil in a bowl of ice water.  Repeat with 2 handfuls of chopped lettuce.

3 – Remove the basil and lettuce from the ice water, and, with paper towels, squeeze out the water.  Then place in a food processor.

4 – Add to the food processor, the following:  2 handfuls of toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-half cup of extra virgin olive oil, one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  If too thick a sauce, add more olive oil.

5 – Drain the pasta, and add the sauce to it, stirring well.  Pasta will be room temperature when served.

–pesto adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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.

CREAMED CHICKEN & NOODLES WITH WHITE SAUCE SEASONED BY PAPRIKA – ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – POWDERED ONION

Note:  This is a tasty comfort chicken dish.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–flour

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy because it doesn’t microwave well)

–paprika

–Italian salad dressing

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–powdered onion (bottled; or onion bits, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for one and one-half minutes on high.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then season with paprika, onion powder (or onion bits), 3 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing, 1 or 2 squirts of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Place this sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the tenderloins that is the center of the dish to be sure that the chicken has cooked.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 more minutes of cooking on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta.  (Microwave pasta in water and salt for 6 minutes; then 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.)

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

 

CHICKEN SAVANNAH WITH PASTA & MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH CORNBREAD – PARMESAN DRESSING & SLIVERED ALMONDS AND IN A BROTH & SHERRY CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

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

–cornbread dressing (packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–slivered almonds (one-half small package)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–cream sherry (optional)

flour

–soy creamer

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – In a small mixing bowl, combine one-third cup of cornbread dressing with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Add olive oil and then stir well.  Set aside.

4 – Place one-third cup of chicken broth, one-fourth cup of cream sherry (optional), and one-eighth cup of soy creamer in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the hot liquid, stirring briskly.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir well.

5 – Drain the pasta and place in the dish with the sauce.  Add the chicken.  Add 1 handful of sliced mushrooms.  Stir well.  Sprinkle the cornbread – Parmesan dressing on top.  Then finish with silvered almonds.

6 – Return to the microwave for 5 more minutes for heating well.

7 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

SALMON WITH CHIVES – TARRAGON – PARSLEY – LEMON SLICES IN CLAM JUICE & ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

For 4:

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

–chives, tarragon (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–lemon juice

–lemon (fresh)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–bowtie pasta (1 and one-half cups, farfalle)

1 – Place 1 and one-half cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little calm juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, tarragon, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon; place atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the pasta.

–salmon adapted from the recipe of Jan Bly, a friend from Marion, Illinois.

CREAMY TOMATO SALMON WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – BLACK OLIVES ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy does not microwave well)

–black olives (sliced, small can, drained)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth; do not drain yet.

2 – Place one-third jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of dairy or almond milk.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olive on top of the salmon and in the marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and olives hot with sauce atop the pasta.

–recipe original.