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Peach State says: Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation

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There is nothing wrong with a little experimentation in cooking…it leads to great recipes and opens the floods gates to creativity. A little bit of this and a dash of that, stir in a pinch or two of these spices and “BAM!” a new recipe is formed. The above pictured item is one of my new favorite items for my kitchen. It is a Manual Food Processor from Pampered Chef! No plugs and incredibly easy to use…even my boys use it. One evening I was planning dinner and wanted something different. My youngest was just sitting there watching a movie…so I, being the mom I am, said Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation!. He perked up when he hear experimentation. “Don’t all boys?”

We headed to the kitchen and I began pulling things out onto the counter…including my Manual Food Processor. I will now give you the recipe for a great side-dish.

Layered Broccoli and Potato Quiche’
2 Cups of broccoli florets
1/2 of large onion
3-4 eggs (I used 3) mixed with a touch of milk
1 cup of grated cheese
6 slices of cooked bacon ( I used a lower sodium bacon)
5 diced potatoes

I started the preparation by dicing 5 potatoes and cooking the bacon. I then began cutting the broccoli into smaller pieces to place in the Manual Food Processor with the onion. (the onion should be in about 4-5 pieces) and chop until desired blending is acquired.

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I let my youngest do this while I combined the eggs and dash of milk.

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I grated the cheese (sharp cheddar was the choice of the night) and placed it into a bowl with the broccoli and onion and eggs and mixed together.

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I placed the potatoes in the greased 9×9 baking dish and crumbled the cooled bacon on top.

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I added a touch more milk to the broccoli mixture and poured it over the bacon and potatoes.

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“My son was so excited about the next part…he took the picture while I made sure liquid was getting to the potatoes.”

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I placed it into the microwave and cooked it for about 12 minutes…or until the potatoes were done. I grated a little more cheese on top for color and served with Chicken. It was a hit! “I think I will use this recipe in our church’s cookbook.”

I have made my fresh Spaghetti Sauce and some Salsa with this marvelous kitchen wonder along with chopping some ice cream toppings. My boys love using it for the ice cream toppings! We had fun and my youngest has been asking to use it again…”I think we will experiment some today!”
I hope you like this recipe…and please share some of your favorites with me! It is summer and well…even parents get tired of the same old thing. Have a great day!

Peach State

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Peach State says: My Little Garden

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It sits quietly on my deck as it soaks up the warmth from the early morning sun. It reminds me daily to visit and shares with my family from the various stems and pots. I do love My Little Garden!

Two large tomato plants grow strong and tall.

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We have already had more fresh tomatoes than last year. Just look what I have picked the past two days…

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This is the third bowl this season! “I love fresh tomatoes!”

Next to the window I have a wonderful Mint! Fresh Mint is the perfect addition to my Sweet Tea.

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This is the fourth season with this herb.

Over on the table I have more herbs and something new I am trying…

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This planter holds my Chives and Cilantro and an Italian Herb. The Chives are doing well…the Cilantro is a little slow this season…the single stem Italian Herb is a snip-it I started about a month ago. I usually put this in my dressings!

The experiment this season are the potatoes!

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I am really excited about these and hope this works. If it does…we will start a potato patch.

The last plant in my garden..that is not a flowering plant, is my Lemon Balm.

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I bought this as a started three years ago…I just couldn’t help myself…the smell is wonderful!

I will be adding peppers in two weeks and maybe another tomato plant. I have two friends who have larger than life gardens…I always get plenty of cucumbers and beans from them. Last year I made homemade Pickles and even sold a few jars. I had slices and spears and even some relish. I am almost out!

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I surprised myself at how good they were. I am hoping to get some squash this year…maybe I could put some up for the winter.

Well…my garden is small…but I enjoy it. Maybe one day I will be able to put a garden in the back yard! Right now my son, the Landscaper, says there is no room. I think he does not want to work anymore than he has too! My dream garden would have a Raspberry Vine and a Coffee Bean Tree. “Okay!”. Give me a little credit…”I was thinking how wonderful it would be to simply have an unlimited supply of already roasted Coffee Beans.”. Silly me!

What would you grow in your garden? What tricks and methods do you use in your garden?
I am always looking for ways to improve My Little Garden! Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: The Best Potatoes

I told you My family loved that recipe! Yesterday I gave you a potato recipe and said I was teetering about fixing it. Well, I broke down and made time. It is not that it takes a long time to prepare; it is the time needed to prepare and cook while helping my 5th grader with his homework. I took a few pics and altered the recipe a little bit…

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I thinly sliced the potatoes

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Mixed the chives into the sour cream

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Added the white pepper…but only about half of the amount given in the recipe and then added a few shakes of a wonderful Roasted Garlic and Bell-pepper blend.

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Sorry…the metric conversion wiz was needing help and I forgot to take a pic with just the cream sauce over the taters.

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This is when you can put it in the oven or microwave…I chose the microwave.

I have a wonderful family who are a great help around the house. “Silly sarcastic tone slipped in..sorry!” I took some clothes upstairs and the boys decided to serve up dinner for me and tore into the dish before I could get a finished product pic for you. Needless to say there were no leftovers.
“Funny…I did not even use the bacon this time!” My husband bragged, on the phone how I slaved in a kitchen all day cooking dinner and baking. It was nothing! Oh…we had a Triple Dark Chocolate cake for dessert. “What diet?”

Peach State

Peach State says: Boy Do I Have A Recipe for You! Part 2

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I have found myself wondering what was dinner tonight! It has to be something with chicken…but not pasta or rice…potatoes? I have a wonderful recipe for potatoes but find myself in a “Shh!” lazy mood. The time it would take to slice the half bag of potatoes and making of the cream sauce just seems a bit much at this time of the day. I am leaning towards my Italian Chicken meal! Boy Do I Have A Recipe For You!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken

This is for our family of 5

5 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 a bottle of your favorite Italian Dressing poured over the chicken.
Cook for 2 hours on high
Add 5-6 potatoes (quartered)
Pour Italian Dressing over potatoes
Cook for 4 hours on low (until potatoes are tender)

Do not add salt
Low calorie or reduced sodium Italian Dressing work well

*Serve with a salad and favorite bread

That is an easy meal and requires very little work. My crock-pot has high (4-hour) and low (6-hour) settings. If the chicken is frozen I will let it cook longer on the high setting before adding the quartered potatoes. If the level of liquid is low add water or chicken broth before adding potatoes.

The second option is cooking the chicken alone in the crock-pot and making the potatoes separately. Boy Do I Have A Recipe For You!

Best Potatoes

This is for my family…we do love our potatoes!

8-10 thinly sliced potatoes
Lay them in a greased rectangular baking dish

Cream Sauce
2 cups of Sour Cream (a light or fat free version may be substituted)
2 Cups of favorite grated cheese (we use a combination of Sharp Cheddar and Smokey Provolone)
1/4th Cup of butter (sliced)
Chives
1/4 tsp White Pepper (optional)
2 Cups of milk (you may need more depending- the cream sauce must cover the potatoes)

Here is the key… Mix the sour cream, chives and pepper together slowly stirring in the milk. The consistency should not be thick…Pour over the potatoes! If this mixture does not cover your potatoes simple mix a little more. Once this mixture has been made sprinkle the cheese over the top and the slices of butter. Cover and Bake until potatoes are tender on 365 degrees. (Cooking in the microwave can save you a lot of time…cooking time is much shorter and you can brown the cheese in the oven if you would like to!)

Crumbled bacon and onion can be added to this recipe!

I may have to break down and make the potato dish. Just telling you about it made my mouth water. Maybe I should eat some breakfast…
I hope you want to try these recipes…let me know! Do you have any recipes to trade…I love sharing recipes! Have a great day!

Peach State