Thursday, March 29, 2018

Betty Theis Chicken in wine sauce over Angel Hair


The sauce is merely low sodium chicken broth and white wine. A reduction sauce is simmered to reduce and concentrate the flavors. My favorite sauce over heavier gravies or red sauces.

First, salt & pepper chicken pieces, brown in a Teaspoon of oil. 
Remove chicken from pan, keep warm. 
In reserved drippings soften & lightly brown Sweet onion, red, yellow sweet peppers. 
Grate in lemon peel and minced garlic. 
Next, add chicken broth & wine. 
Low simmer until reduced by half, add more of both as necessary to have adequate sauce to pour over pasta. 
In the last five minutes of cooking, add 
quartered canned artichokes, 
chopped tomatoes, 
chopped fresh basil and
juice of a half of lemon
Lemon is essential to the final flavor but don't add too much... 
You don't want to taste the lemon only compliment the wine reduction sauce. 
Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Oven Roasted Smoked Sausage & Potatoes


1 package of smoked sausage, sliced into rounds...
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
5 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
olive oil
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
sweet paprika
dried thyme
1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a large baking tray (with sides) with several sheets of foil, and drizzle with a bit of oil.
Spread the oil out over the pan. Set aside.
Put the sausage rounds, onions and potatoes into a large bowl.
Drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and season to taste with salt, pepper, paprika and dried thyme.
Toss together with your hands until everything is evenly distributed.
Pour this out onto the baking tray, and spread it out as much as you can.
Place into the heated oven and roast for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender.
Turn off the oven.
Scatter the cheese over top of the cooked meat and potatoes,
Pop back into the oven a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Sounds tasty, probably not terribly heart healthy.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Loaded Potato Soup

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 10.5 oz cans Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 32 oz carton Swanson® Chicken Broth
  • salt and pepper
  1. Add 3 cans of Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup to a large pot. Stir together with Swanson® Chicken Broth. Start with about 20 oz of broth and add more if needed. We ended up needing the entire carton.
  2. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer.
  3. Peel and dice potatoes. Add to the pot. Chop onion and add it as well
  4. Add 1 tsp minced garlic.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Let simmer on low until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.
  7. Top with crumbled bacon, green onions, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

easy crockpot chili



1 lbs. lean ground beef (or turkey)
1/2 can of red kidney beans, rinsed (15 oz)
1/2 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1/2 can of water (28 oz)
1/2 large onion, minced
1 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional – depends on how spicy you want it)
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chocolate chips or cocoa powder


Place the ground beef in the bottom of the slowcooker.
Top with all spices.
Add liquid ingredients.
Cook on high for 4 hours, medium for 6, or low for 8.
Add kidney beans and cook for another 20 minutes.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Caramelized Onions


  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz mixed wild mushrooms, sliced (such as shiitake, oyster, etc.)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 oz refrigerated pizza dough
  • cornmeal, for dusting
  • ½ cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup taleggio cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • truffle oil, for garnish (optional)


  1. Position oven rack in bottom third of oven (remove rack above it). Place a pizza stone on rack. Preheat oven to 500°F (or your oven's highest setting) for 1 hour.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt and pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp water, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 25 minutes or until onion is very soft, browned and caramelized, stirring occasionally. Scrape onions into a bowl; set aside.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat; add remaining 1 Tbsp oil. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Saute 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms have released their liquid and browned. Remove from heat.
  4. Shape dough into a 10-inch circle; place on a pizza peel or rimless sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Top with cheeses, onion and mushrooms. Sprinkle with thyme. Slide onto preheated baking stone. Bake 8-9 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden and crisp. Drizzle with truffle oil, if desired.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Beef Stew

2 tbsps of olive oil.
2 pounds of cubed beef stew meat.
2 tbsps of all purpose flour.
4 cups of water.
2 cups of beef broth.
½ tsp of salt.
½ tsp of ground black pepper.
4 cups of cubed potatoes.
2 cups of chopped carrots.
1 tsp of dried rosemary.
1 cup of fresh corn kernels.
1 cup of fresh green beans cut into 1” pieces.
1 cup of chopped turnip (optional).
2 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)


In a large pot, heat the oil and stir in the beef and flour until browned.
Pour in the water and broth and season with salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Mix in the potatoes, carrots and rosemary and simmer for 1 to 2 more hours.
Mix in the corn, green beans and simmer for 30 minutes

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jean Harms Crock Pot Pot Roast

2# pot roast
Campbell's Golden Mushroom soup, condensed.
Lipton Onion Soup mix

I just put the roast, potatoes and veggies in the crock pot. 

Then mix together a can of Campbells Golden Mushroom soup and Lipton Onion Soup mix and pour it on top of the roast and veggies and cook it on low for ah, about six hours or so. 

On Sunday mornings I would cook it on High until just before we left for church then put it on low. 

We would drive into the garage and that aroma would just hit you in the face. By the time we got upstairs, our mouths were watering!