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Recipe of the Day: Chicken Marsala

 

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup Marsala wine

1/4 cup cooking sherry

Directions

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.

In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

**Can be served with a side of Rice, mashed potatoes & gravy, or pasta

 

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DEEP FRIED TILAPIA

 

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DEEP FRIED TILAPIA:

4 tilapia fillets

1 quart cooking oil (or Crisco)

1 1/2 cups seasoned flour or

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour mixed with 1 TBSP each: Garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and ½ TBSP of salt

1. Heat the oil in a 3- or 4-quart pan to at least 375-degrees F. (just a couple of drops of water flipped off your hand will really crackle when the oil has reached this heat level).

2. Roll the Tilapia in the flour, shake off excess flour, and let the fillets sit on a rack or, on wax paper, for 5-10 minutes.

3. Roll the fillets in the flour a second time, shake off excess flour, and deep fry, no more than 2 at a time. NOTE** (frying more than 2 fillets at once drives down the oil temperature which will make the fish and coating soggy). Turn once in the pan after a minute or so and remove when golden brown. They should be done in under 4 minutes, white and flakey inside at the thickest section of the filet. Do not overcook!!!!

4. Drain each filet on paper towels for a few seconds and serve. ENJOY 😉

 

Recipe of the day: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe of the day: Chocolate Chip Cookies

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. butter, slightly softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (mini, regular, or chocolate chunks!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

**To avoid having flat cookies (with this or other recipes), be sure that the dough you pop in the oven is pretty chilled. So when you’re mixing these up initially, I’d recommend letting the prepared dough sit in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes before baking your first batch.

Home-made Yeast Rolls

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These rolls are so soft & tasty. Fresh home-made rolls from Grandma’s oven, right to your kitchen table…Enjoy

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 packet of dry active yeast (rapid rise) (please see bottom note if you are using the highly active yeast)
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4- 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup of butter flavored shortening (Butter flavored shortening makes these rolls taste sooo good. If you use regular shortening the flavor will be really basic and taste like…well…bread.)
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Step 1.) In a large bowl, add 1 1/4 cup flour & yeast. Mix with whisk until combined. Set Aside

Step 2.) In a saucepan, over medium heat, add milk, sugar and shortening. Stir constantly until shortening has melted. Do not boil. (check on the back of your yeast package to see how hot this liquid needs to be. It’s usually between 115-130 degrees F. USE A COOKING THERMOMETER IF NEEDED )

Step 3.) Pour milk mixture into flour mixture.

Step 4.) Add in the egg

Step 5.) Beat on low-speed for 1 minute and then on high-speed for three minutes. (this will help get them light and fluffy)

Step 6.) Next, add in the salt and the rest of the flour (2 cups)

Step 7.) Use your hands or a rubber spatula to mix in the flour until a soft ball of dough forms.

Step 8.) Grease a bowl with vegetable oil and place the ball of dough into it. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 9.) Remove from refrigerator & punch down the dough with your fist to release the air.

Step 10.) Spread a thin layer of melted butter in the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan.

Step 11.) Take a chuck of dough and form it into your desired shape. (Dip the dough in butter or brush on the butter. ) and place it into the pan.

Step 12.) Next cover the pan with a thin kitchen towel and let sit in a warm place for at least 1-1 1/2 hours. (wait to bake them until you are ready to serve your meal so they will be piping hot! They don’t mind hanging out)

Step 13.) Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden. Keep an eye on them after 10 minutes. When they come out of the oven brush them with butter. I like to use a light mixture of honey & butter. Yummy!

NOTE* If you using Rapid Rise “Highly active” yeast skip the refrigeration step and let the dough rise in a covered bowl for 10 -15 minutes in a warm place. Proceed with the rest of the recipe. Highly active yeast replaces the first rise.

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