Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lemon Garlic Chicken

An easy dinner for the last working day of the week - Happy Canada Day tomorrow!!!  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut up a lemon and peel several cloves of garlic.  Stuff lemon, garlic and a sprig of rosemary inside a chicken.  Rub a tablespoon of butter over the chicken and season with salt, pepper and dried savoury.


Bake in a covered roaster for one hour and then remove the lid and roast til brown (about another 45 to 60 minutes).  Let chicken rest on the cutting board while you make the gravy.  Sprinkle 1/4 c of all purpose flour over drippings in the bottom of the pan and mix together to remove any lumps.

Then turn heat on medium-high.  Add a couple of cups of chicken broth or as I did in this case, the water from boiling my potatoes.  Stir rapidly to avoid lumps while bringing it to a boil.  To add a bit of zip, I also added about a 1/4 cup of white wine.

Slice up your chicken and serve with some boiled new potatoes and the vegetable of your choice. A very tasty and effortless dinner....enjoy!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Banana Pecan Muffins

Hi - I'm finally back - new stove installed and virus removed from my laptop (thanks to my sister, Connie who was given a muffin in gratitude!)  Getting used to cooking with electric instead of gas so expect some disasters...not these muffins however.  This is a great recipe.


2 cups mashed banana
1/3 cup melted margarine
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt margarine in the microwave and add to vanilla, egg and banana in the mixer.  I used 4 bananas today and make sure they are very ripe and quite soft.  Use the paddle attachment to mash the bananas.

Next mix the dry ingredients together except the pecans and pour into the Kitchenaid and mix quickly just until incorporated. Then fold in the  pecans.

Line muffin tin with paper cups and using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 12 muffins from the  batter.

Bake for 20 minutes...

and enjoy...