Tuesday, June 16, 2015

White Bean Chicken Chili

Joan removed her Crock-Pot from the cupboard
and made this hearty Gluten-Free chili.

15.8-oz. can Great Northern beans
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
2 c. chicken broth
10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach
16-oz. jar salsa
8-oz. pkg. shredded Pepper Jack cheese


  1. Combine undrained beans and remaining ingredients except cheese in Crock-Pot slow cooker; mix well.
  2. Cover; cook on LOW setting for 4 to 6 hours, until heated through.
  3. Stir in cheese until melted just before serving.
Makes 6 servings.


If canned beans don't agree with you, just drain and rinse them before using...you'll be washing away any "tinny" taste too.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chicken-Stuffed Shells

At breakfast this morning at Green Shutters, Nicole, our waitress, and Joan were discussing dishes prepared with shells. Joan recalled this recipe that has been a family favorite since 2009.

30 to 36 jumbo shells
6-oz. pkg. herb-flavored stuffing mix
2 c. chicken, cooked and diced
1 c. mayonnaise
2 10 - 3/4 oz. cans cream of chicken soup
grated Parmesan cheese to taste

    Cook shells in boiling water according to package directions. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions; stir in chicken and mayonnaise. In a separate bowl, mix soup with one soup can water; pour half on the bottom of a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan. Stuff shells with stuffing mixture; place shells open-side up in pan. Pour remaining soup mixture over top. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

Serves 8 to 10.

    Joan suggest that this dish would be an absolutely delicious entree for company.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Herbed Artichoke Chicken

Herbed Artichoke Chicken 

 With winter’s refusal to leave,
Joan once again removed her Crock-Pot from the cupboard
and made this hearty Gluten-Free recipe.


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can (about 14 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 can (about 14 ounces) artichoke hearts in water, drained
1 cup gluten-free chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine chicken, tomatoes, broth, onion, olives, wine, tapioca. curry powder. parsley, basil, thyme, salt and pepper in Crock-Pot slow cooker; mix well.
  2. Cover; cook on LOW 6 o 8 hours or on HIGH 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Makes 6 servings.


For a 5-, 6- or 7-quart Crock-Pot slow cooker, double all ingredients, except for the chicken broth and white wine. Increase the gluten-free chicken broth and white wine by one half.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Butter Pecan French Toast

This dish is a Chincoteague delight.

3/4 c.     butter
2 T.       water
1 c.       brown sugar
2 T.       corn syrup
1           loaf French bread, cubed
12         eggs
1 qt.      butter pecan ice cream, melted
1/4 c.    maple syrup

Heat butter, water, sugar and syrup in saucepan until bubbly. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cover sauce in pan with cubed bread. In blender combine eggs, ice cream and maple syrup. Pour over cubed bread. Scatter peacns over top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Bake at 350˚ uncovered for 50 minutes.

Makes 12 servings.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Caught in the throes of winter, here’s a Crock-Pot Gluten-Free recipe to warm your day.

1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground lamb
1 package (12 ounces) frozen chopped onions, thawed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas and carrots
1 can (about 14 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups hot cooked mashed potatoes


  1. Brown beef and lamb 6 to 8 minutes in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain fat. Remove to Crock-Pot slow cooker. return skillet to heat. Add onions and garlic; cook until onions are tender. Transfer to Crock-Pot slow cooker.
  2. Stir peas and carrots, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper in Crock-Pot slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours. Top with mashed potatoes. Cover; cook on LOW 30 minutes or until potatoes are heated through.
Makes 6 servings.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicken Lasagna Casserole

A simple chicken casserole that has the rich, satisfying flavor of a lasagna.
With the temperature heading towards single digits, we decided to forego Doug's and eat at home. Joan prepared this chicken dish, using chicken thighs purchased at Costco. She served it over rice with steamed broccoli and Roma tomatoes and cucumbers covered in a dill sauce.

1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
16-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and diced (about 2 cups)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8-by-11 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella, red peppers, egg, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the chicken, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking pan. Pour the cheese mixture over the chicken; stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the panko and butter. Sprinkle the panko over the chicken, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes, our until the breadcrumbs are browned and the chicken is cooked through.

Makes 8 servings.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Colorful Brunch Frittata

After attending the New Year’s Eve festivities at A.T. Walley’s, Emily and Michael slept in the guest room. New Year’s Day they joined Joan and I at breakfast. Joan made this frittata. She served it with a fresh fruit salad and pumpkin spiced muffins.

Prep: 15 min.    Bake: 55 min. + standing    Makes: 12-15 servings   


1    pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2    pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1    medium sweet red pepper, diced
1    medium sweet yellow pepper, diced
1    small onion, chopped
3    green onions, chopped
3    tablespoons olive oil
2    garlic cloves, minced
3    plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
14    eggs, lightly beaten
2    cups of half-and-half cream
2    cups (8-ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
3    tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3    tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2     teaspoon salt
1/4    teaspoon pepper
1/2    cup shredded Parmesan cheese


1. In a large skillet, sauté the asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, and onions in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add tomatoes; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, parsley, basil, salt and pepper; stir in vegetable mixture.
Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered at 350˚ for 45 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.