Chicken Cacciatore With Buttered Noodles

Chicken cacciatore is a succulent dish of tender poultry braised along with vegetables (often mushrooms), garlic, and fresh herbs in a warm, flavorful sauce of tomatoes, chicken broth, and red or white wine.The preparation is as simple as the ingredients: a quick sauté to brown the chicken and get the vegetables started, then a slow, … Continue reading “Chicken Cacciatore With Buttered Noodles”

Chicken cacciatore is a succulent dish of tender poultry braised along with vegetables (often mushrooms), garlic, and fresh herbs in a warm, flavorful sauce of tomatoes, chicken broth, and red or white wine.
The preparation is as simple as the ingredients: a quick sauté to brown the chicken and get the vegetables started, then a slow, easy braise to deepen the flavors and allow the sauce to thicken a bit.
Serve the cacciatore by itself or with pasta. Here, I used buttered noodles alongside-but serve the sauce on top, if you like.

Chicken Cacciatore

This is simple, rustic Italian at its best.
Serves 4
Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 whole fryer chicken (about 3-1/2 lbs), cut into 8 serving pieces
  • flour, for dredging
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin, vertical strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin, 2-inch strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 14.5-oz can stewed tomatoes, in juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8-oz broad egg noodles (with or without yolks)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

Preparation

  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Dredge the chicken pieces in flour, shaking off excess. Season with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the chicken to a plate. If there are less than 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan, add more oil.
  3. Add the mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper to the pan. Sauté until just tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  4. Add the wine to the pan, scraping up browned bits, and bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and dried oregano and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, breaking up the tomatoes, and cook 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan, nestling into the sauce. Cook with the lid slightly ajar, until the chicken is tender (turning 2-3 times) and the sauce is slightly thickened, 45-50 minutes.
  7.  Stir in the parsley, vinegar, and rosemary and cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  8. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a pot of boiling, salted water 10 minutes and drain. Return to the pot and add the butter, stirring well to melt and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, divide the chicken and sauce among 4 plates or shallow bowls. Divide the noodles alongside and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve right away.

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Diabetes – Two of The Most Common Ways That People Contract This Ailment

Diabetes is currently ranked in the top five in the world of diseases that cause death. It may seem to be harmless because people relate diabetes to having sugar issues but for that very reason it must be taken serious. People generally view sugar to be very sweet and harmless. If you were to dissect the definition of a drug you would find that sugar could “technically”be considered a drug. By definition, a drug is any substance that is concentrated and isolated and from its’ original source. Sugar is concentrated and isolated from the sugar cane. Cocaine is isolated and concentrated from the poppy plant. Starch is isolated and concentrated from wheat.

Diabetes

If we know some of the pitfalls involved with the contraction of diabetes then we will be more likely to attempt to avoid committing these hazardous infractions. Under normal circumstances people generally have a basic understanding of what they believe diabetes to be. Most people understand it to be a problem with the regulation of blood sugar. This is a basic but true statement. The confusion starts not at the understanding of what diabetes is but more so of what activities in which a person engages that triggers a case of diabetes.
To begin, there are two types of diabetes of which can be contracted. The first type is called Type I diabetes or also known as juvenile diabetes. Type I diabetics do not produce insulin which is necessary in regulating the blood sugar. They generally have to use insulin pumps or inject themselves daily with shots of insulin. The second type of diabetes is called Type II diabetes or adult onset diabetes. Type two diabetics are people who produce insulin but have a problem with controlling their blood sugar for one reason or the other. Of the diabetic population there are roughly ninety-percent who are type II diabetics and ten-percent who are type I diabetics.

The first way that people can contract diabetes is at birth. It is unfortunate that this happens because the embryo does not have any power over their parent’s diet. During the formation of the embryo if just one of the parents are missing one or more of the essential nutrients to regulate insulin or blood sugar then the baby is born with diabetes. Those two missing nutrients are generally chromium and vanadium which since the mid 1950’s have been used in the treatment of diabetes. The reasons are still not clear as to why a baby is born not producing insulin. What is clear is that in type II diabetic infant cases the diet of the parents play a major role.

The second way that people can contract diabetes is through their diet. Type II diabetes is the most common form that occurs in adults. When people fail to eat the correct diet a large window of opportunity opens for diabetes to enter. The most important piece to this case is that the consumption of refined and fried foods are the main culprits. Although you may not believe it, refined foods are converted into sugar by your body. A product or food item does not have to say sugar on the label for it to be considered sugar by the body. What would be some examples of refined foods? Refined foods are broken into two categories. The first category of refined foods are not necessarily foods. They are more junk and snacks. Ketchup, mustard, candy, ice cream, potato chips, carbonated drinks and bottled juices are the first form of refined foods. The second category are actual foods that people consume on the regular basis. Fried meats, pasta, white rice, white potatoes, white bread, white sugar and low fiber carbohydrates like bagels. The body immediately converts these food items into sugar.

What happens inside of the body when you consume these things? When you put any of these foods into your system your insulin frantically goes to work to push glucose (sugar) out of the blood and into your cells. The unfortunate part is that insulin regulates fat storage as well. Once you are done consuming these unhealthy foods they immediately go to your waist. If you continue this cycle over an extended period of time your pancreas starts to get weary because you are now fifty pounds overweight. Instead of producing enough insulin for a person that was two-hundred pounds, your pancreas now has to produce enough insulin for a person that is two-hundred and fifty pounds. In turn this slows the function of the pancreas and leads to excess glucose (sugar) in the blood therefore giving you the diagnosis of diabetes.

If you lose the weight your pancreas will begin to work correctly again. The key is not to lose weight artificially. By artificial I mean losing weight by running or exercising. These two forms of weight loss are helpful but they should not be the leading methods. In order to improve from diabetes you must start with correct nutrition and cleaning the body. There are several nutrients that assist diabetics but everything begins with the correct diet.

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Easy, Authentic Guacamole

I sometimes make “loaded” guacamole – with tomatoes, onion, chiles, and such added to the basic ingredients. But nothing compares to the basics all by themselves. Five ingredients – avocado, garlic, cilantro, lime, and salt – come together for an authentic, old-style dish.

Authentic Guacamole

Tip: Make the guacamole just before serving. Oxidation occurs rapidly in the avocado and while it’s okay to eat when it turns greenish-brown, the drab color can be a bit off-putting. You may have heard that plastic wrap or even leaving the pit in helps prevent oxidation, but if you’ve tried those methods, you know the reports of their success have been greatly exaggerated.

Fresh lime juice slows down the process of oxidation, but nothing will stop the color change. Simply prepare the guacamole when everything else is ready to take to the table.

Another tip: If you have time, let the garlic and salt stand in the bowl for 20-30 minutes before mashing them together. This gives the salt time to penetrate the garlic, boosting the flavor and making the garlic easier to turn into a paste.
Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • sea salt
  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

Preparation

  1. Place the garlic cloves and salt in a shallow bowl and mash with a fork until a chunky paste forms.
  2. Slice the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into the bowl with the garlic paste and add the cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Smash gently, just enough to incorporate the ingredients, not to make it smooth. (Real guacamole isn’t creamy.)
For more recipes and cooking tips from Pamela Steed Hill, check out The Briny Lemon.

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Vegetarian Cooking – Classic Recipes Minus The Meat

A lot of people think about becoming vegetarian but do not want the bother of having to cook one meal for themselves and one for the rest of the family. Maybe you are considering a meat-free diet but you are worried about missing out on your favorite dishes. The answer is to adapt your family favorites, substituting delicious and healthy vegetables for the lamb, chicken, pork, or beef.

Vegetarian

Take savory pies, for example. Hearty pies are something that many people adore but did you know that you can use whole chestnuts to give your savory pies a “meaty” feel instead? Make your usual pie filling recipe but switch the beef for a mixture of mushrooms and whole chestnuts. Use a tasty vegetarian stock instead of meat stock. If you usually use a suet-based crust as the topping, use a vegetarian suet instead.
You can use bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms instead of meat in your spaghetti Bolognese or spinach and gruyere cheese in your meat-free lasagna recipe.

Indian Food And Curries
A lot of Indians are vegetarians and this might be why there are so many meat-free Indian recipes. Lentils, potatoes, and chickpeas are often used to bulk up the dishes and the spices add an amazing taste.
If you usually have chicken curry, why not switch the poultry for soya fillets or soya chunks? The range of spices used to make Indian food mean that not only will be food have plenty of its own flavor but also that you will not be able to taste the meat as clearly as an unspiced dish, so you might as well use a veggie alternative.

Portabella mushrooms are a great alternative to patties and you can add lettuce, tomato, relish and onion rings, as well as a slice of vegetarian cheese, for a totally mouthwatering hamburger.
If you are a fan of goulash, you can use smoked tofu instead of the pork. The goulash will be just as good and you will not miss the pork at all. Use lentils in your shepherd’s pie instead of lamb and you can save money but still have a delicious dish.

Vegetarian sausages can be good if you usually eat ones made with meat. Try switching the sausages in your favorite sausage recipes for vegetarian ones and you will not notice any loss of flavor. Remember to use vegetable oil to fry them in, rather than lard.

What About Mexican Food Recipes?
Do not worry about missing out on flavor if you are a fan of Mexican beef, pork and chicken dishes because there are plenty of vegetables to fall back on. You can use textured vegetable protein or quorn instead of ground beef in a chili con carne and most carnivores will not be able to tell the difference.
Mexican layered salads and other authentic Mexican food recipes are often meat-free or they might contain fish or seafood, which you might or might not want to use. When making salad recipes, you can usually adapt the ingredients however you like and leave out anything you do not want to use or substitute the protein for cheese, eggs, or vegetables.

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Chicken Salad Recipes: Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Do you enjoy the refreshing sweet and tangy flavor of eating mandarin oranges? Have you ever had them in a salad made with grilled chicken and fresh vegetables? If not, you may be missing out on a real treat, because mandarin oranges are not just for desserts and cake decorations. They taste great when you mix them up in a mouthwatering salad with dressing as well.

Chicken Salad

Mandarin oranges are a citrus fruit that is kin to the family of oranges. They may go by different names. For instance, a Satsuma, Clementine, or tangerine may be a mandarin orange. They grow in tropical and sub-tropical climates. They are conveniently easy to peel while using your fingers. However, most often you may see mandarin oranges to use in various types of recipes come in a can.

Mandarin orange essential oils are useful for flavoring such products as bakery goods, ice cream, hard candy, gelatins, and chewing gum formulas. However, the orange segments are often found for decorating cakes, fruit salads and other desserts as well as in puddings and gelatins. You can use them to make this delicious mandarin oranges salad with grilled chicken and a sweet tangy raspberry yogurt dressing recipe.
So, anytime you are ready to start planning to bring out the grill to make grilled chicken you might want to consider making this salad to serve along with all the other great tasting foods and beverages you will be preparing for family and friends.
Recipe for Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
What You Need

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup tarragon vinegar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 heads green bibbed lettuce
  • 2 heads red bibbed lettuce
  • 2 heads iceberg lettuce
  • 2 large cans mandarin orange segments
  • 4 sliced carrots
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

How to Make It
Add the olive oil and tarragon vinegar into a large size zip lock food bag and shake well. Set aside until needed.

Combine the plain yogurt, raspberry jam, and Thousand Island dressing in a large mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Chill this dressing mixture in the refrigerator until needed.
Rinse and drain the green bibbed lettuce, red bibbed lettuce, and iceberg lettuce. Leave whole leaves or cut and shred the lettuce for the salad. Toss into a large serving bowl. Place in the refrigerator to chill until needed.

Place the chicken strips into the bag of marinade. Seal and shake. Place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 to 4 hours to marinade before grilling. After marinating the meat cook it over hot coals on the grill until done.

Cut the grilled chicken breast halves into 1 ½ to 2 inch wide strips. Arrange the grilled chicken strips, mandarin orange segments and sliced carrots on top of the lettuce in the serving bowl. Spoon the raspberry yogurt dressing over the top of the entire salad and then top with chopped pecans or walnuts.

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