Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's Cooking Wednesday!

I cook a lot.  Mostly it is just quick and easy things, but I have a few recipes that I rotate into my schedule about once a week.  Even though I only cook for me and my little man and it can be tedious to make nice sit down meals every night I was raised in a sit down household and I want to instill the same values in my son.

So this is the start (hopefully if I remember to keep up with it) of a weekly routine where I share a recipe that is fairly easy to make, but good enough for a whole family to sit down with real dishes and have conversation to.  I don't exactly stick to a strict recipe so if your straight out of the book kind of cook this may not work for you, but for those of you that are creative these are easy to make your own!

Tonight my recipe is...
Easy Chicken and Rice Bake
(this was originally improvised from a Campbell's soup recipe)

Its all in one dish so you have easy clean-up too!
There are many ways you can change this to make it to your liking

2-4 uncooked chicken breast (I only use 2 but the recipe works for up to 4)
1 can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup (this is your preference)
3/4 cup uncooked rice
1 1/3 cup of water
Season as desired
(I add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika for the rice mixture and the chicken)

Preheat the oven to 375%
Add rice, water, soup, and your desired seasonings in a shallow baking pan and stir together
Season chicken (again to your preference, but you should go a little on the heavy side since it can taste a bit bland if you under season it)
Place chicken breasts into the soup mixture
Cover and bake for 50 mins

That's it!

And for dessert...
Baked apples

Super simple to make

cut up 4 apples into slices and spread them on the bottom of a small baking dish
Mix together about 4 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (more or less of either its up to you)
Sprinkle sugar and cinamon mixture over apples
melt 2 tabelspoons of butter and pour over apples
Add enough applejuice to just cover the apples and cover to bake

This bakes at 350% so after you take out your chicken just lower the temp and wait a few mins then pop them in.  Bake for about 30-40 mins just until the apples are tender.

These are great with ice cream or by themselves


  1. I've never had chicken & rice the way you do it. But I don't like rice so I won't try this my self but my brother Bill and Lula just love chicken and rice. I'll pass on your recipie to them. :)

    Baked apples.... yummmmmmmm.

  2. And I am loving that banner for this.

  3. I found it when I was looking for pinups for the IMM thing. I love cooking and this is totally me in the kitchen...minus the burnt stuff that is!

    Oh the more brown sugar you put in with the apples the more syrupy it is. Kinda like the apples at cracker barrel! I love those!

    My love of food is the reason why I'm never gonna have a little booty. That sucker is voluptious thanks to my eating habbits!

  4. Looks delicious. I ain't seen a cook like that since I helped out in Cecile's kitchen.

  5. Hey Brandi! Thanks for coming over to my place! It sure is nice to meet new people. And Jessica's right, I adore your place. And I do love Wednesday!! Seems to me I have a new place to come to now!!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!' hugs!

    And Mr V... You know you can come on back to my kitchen any time u want. =)

  6. LOL...Valance what were you cookin in Cecile's kitchen to get that invite to come back ;)

    Cecile! Thanks for stopping by. Your welcome any time. Hope your weekend is great as well!

    I headed to visit my sis this weekend so mine should be fun.

  7. Oh, just a little something we cooked up from one of Miss Sweet's recipes.

    Thanks Cecile. I just might yet.

  8. LOL...Mr Valance you might not want to put your spoon into to many pots ;)

  9. Brandi, you could almost make a fella blush.

  10. You two are something else!!!

    Oh believe me Brandi, he has his spoons in a few many pots. Lol.. Kinda a lady's man if you know what I mean... Ms. Houston is one lucky woman... I was just fortunate to have him in my kitchen for a while.