Summer Reading Program 2015

Theme: World Conquerors I came in from chores last night to find a list of several historical kings, queens, emperors, tyrants and barbarians listed on the chalkboard.  It was titled: Who do you think was the best ruler?  Well, that resulted in a conversation of their inequalities and relative levels of influence.  I mean, some […]

Creamy Chicken Soup With Rice

I found this recipe in a magazine once and I absolutely love it! I used to make it sometimes before Saturday night Mass, except I’d add the broth, bring to a boil, turn off the stove, THEN stir in the rice. The rice cooked in the residual heat, and I just stirred in the cream […]

Chicken Fricassee

Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 large sweet green or red pepper; chopped 2 tsp paprika 1 large onion; chopped 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups chicken broth 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp dried oregano or basil Leg pieces from 3-4 chickens (12-16 pieces) 1/2 cup light cream or milk 2-4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp […]

Chicken Fajita Soup

Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 can diced tomatoes 1 red bell pepper; chopped 1 can black beans (or 2 cups cooked beans) 1 green bell pepper; chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 jalapeno pepper diced 2 tbsp fajita seasoning 1 large onion; chopped Salt and pepper; to taste 3 cups cooked chicken (see Chicken […]

Fajita Seasoning

1 tbsp cornstarch 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp cumin ¾ tsp crushed chicken bullion cube (optional if using in recipes calling for chicken broth) Combine all ingredients in a small screw top jar […]

Chicken Enchiladas

I’m just going to assume from the get-go that there are either lots of people in your family or you don’t want to do this much work for dinner any more often than necessary and give you the recipe in Big Batch form. This makes three big pans for our family of nine. We usually […]


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Chicken a la King

This is a very nice recipe for using up leftover roasted chicken. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup sliced fresh mushroom or 1 4-oz can 2 cups cubed cooked chicken 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup chopped pimiento 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp dry sherry 1/4 tsp pepper Toast rice or […]