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Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

So the other day I wrote about the delicious buttered parsley noodles. And while they were amazing the show stopper was definitely the chicken. The amount of flavour in this chicken dish was amazing. Just by tasting it you would think it would be a complex process to achieve the flavours, but I am here to tell you that’s not the case. You can have a gourmet meal on the dinner table and you won’t be slaving in the kitchen for hours to get it. In the cookbook See mentions that you’ll want to slurp up the sauce and she was right. Next time we might even serve the sauce with mashed potatoes so we don’t loose any of it. I’ve written about quite a few of the recipes I’ve made from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks and what I really like is with a quick google search you can find similar or even the exact recipe from the book. So here’s a link if you want to give this chicken a try. And here’s how we plated ours up ๐Ÿ™‚

Buttered Parsley Noodles

Have you ever overlooked a recipe then for whatever reason you decide to give it a try and you think why on earth did I wait so long to make this recipe. Well that’s what happened with me. I was browsing thru my pioneer woman cookbook and stumbled upon the noodle recipe I knew my kids would eat as a side dish to our main course. I managed to find a very similar recipe online so I’ll post it here. Trust me it’s a simple yet delicious side dish. Everyone enjoyed it and the kids have requested I make them again soon! Stay tuned for my next post to see the amazing chicken dish I made to accompany these noodles.

Sourdough Skillet

I love having a sourdough starter. However sometimes it gets away on me. I think I’ll be using it so I feed it and then all of a sudden I have a bunch of extra starter I need to bake with. So I remembered seeing a YouTuber make a sourdough skillet among other recipes and set out to find her blog. If you need a recipe for sourdough you have got to check out farmhouseonboone.com . She also has great YouTube videos on how to make and maintain your sourdough, life on a homestead etc. Here’s the recipe I tried tonight.

Although the top looks a little darker then I would like it definitely wasn’t burnt. I added whatever veggies I had on hand. Some carrots, onions, celery, broccoli and peppers. I don’t think there’s a combination of veggies that would be bad in here.

So if you have a lot of sourdough your looking to use. I highly recommend this recipe.

Sourdough Banana Muffins

I’m here again with yet another Pioneer Woman recipe. This time it’s sourdough chocolate chip muffins. Now hopefully Ree wouldn’t be mad but I changed this up a bit. In stead of using only chocolate chips I used both chocolate and vanilla chips just make these muffins that much more extra lol. The kids gobbled these up quick and the one I got to taste was divine. Here’s the link to the recipe. And with homeschooling or even traditional school starting back up these would be great to make in a giant batch and freeze. That is if you can keep the kids away and you don’t indulge in them before getting them in the freezer.

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

If your familiar with sourdough you know that a lot of the recipes for bread call for a long fermentation period. And while I can appreciate the benefits and the flavour of a long fermentation, sometimes a mom just doesn’t have time to wait 12 hours for bread. I set out for not only quick recipe but also one I could throw in my bread machine and walk away from. I ultimately decided to give this recipe a go. I did however change a few things. I let my machine run the full dough cycle. Once it was done I put it on a lightly floured surface flattened into a rectangle, rolled it up and set it in my pullman pan for 30 minutes. Then I baked it at 350 for 40 minutes. It was perfect and delicious. If you prefer a darker crust feel free to bake an additional 5-10 minutes. When pinched for time will definitely be making this one again.

100’s of Meatballs!

With another year of homeschooling just beginning I want to start stocking the freezer with some meals or meal components for those days that just seem to get away from us. I was browsing thru my Pioneer cookbooks once again and I discovered the recipe to make freezer meatballs. Now before you say but couldn’t you just buy remade frozen ones and save the time? Well of course I could but would the quality and the taste be the same absolutely not. And on top of giving us the recipe to make these meatballs the next several pages in the cookbook give you meal options of what to make with your homemade frozen meatballs which I think is genius.

This is the third or fourth time I’ve referenced See Drummonds Pioneer Woman cookbooks and you will probably get sick of me singing praises to them. But there is seriously nothing in the cookbook that I’ve made that my family and I haven’t loved. In fact I love them all so much I will link all of her cookbooks right here for you. Borrow them from your local library, order them online, ask a friend if they have a copy or even search her blog. Your family will thank you later ๐Ÿ™‚

This was one of several trays I baked, cooled, frozen on a the cookie sheet then packaged into packs of 25 meatballs.

Just like Ma Ingalls

As some of you may know I homeschool my three kiddos. We love to read and have been working our way thru The Little House On The Prairie series. Recently we finished reading By The Shore Of Silver Lake. There’s one chapter that describes Caroline making some sourdough Biscuits and sausage gravy. They described it so well that the kids asked if we could please look in our Little House cookbooks and make a batch. But their requests didn’t end there. They wanted to make it a challenge as well. They wanted to compare store bough canned biscuits to Ma Ingalls biscuits. And it’s no surprise that the from scratch sourdough biscuits won the challenge. Here’s an amazon link to the cookbook I found the recipe in. I’m sure now that we’ve dipped our toes into cooking like Ma Ingalls we will definitely be trying more recipes in the cookbook.

The more I homeschool (we are going on year 8 this year), the more I realize that schooling varies from day to day. We have our bookwork and written assignments to do for sure. But if you instil a little bit of fun with making a read a loud book come to life thru art projects and cooking, you will be teaching them many skills without them even realizing it. How to measure flour, how to measure liquids, how to measure butter etc just a few skills they picked up by making these biscuits and they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the process.

These are the sourdough Biscuits with sausage gravy on top.

Ginger Steak Salad

Today is another meal I tested out from my Pioneer Woman Cookbook. And this meal did not disappoint. I would serve this to guests, for a dinner party, for an at home date night or just for a regular night of the week when you wanted to eat and amazing meal. The best part about this meal is it’s not complicated but definitely tastes like something that should be serve an upscale restaurant. The ginger, the white wine vinegar, the brown sugar, the garlic in the marinate make this steak so flavourful and tender. Then you throw in the mixed greens with the green onions and cherry tomatoes it’s a winning combo for sure.

Now don’t you worry if you don’t have the cookbook I was luckily able to find a link to a very similar recipe, but I highly recommend you do purchase the cookbooks.

So what are you waiting for run to your kitchen and make this tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

Back at it

So a while ago I had mentioned wanting to cook several recipes from my cookbook collection. Well this week I finally picked which cookbook author I would finally start with. It’s none other then Red Drummond recipes. I have all of her cookbooks and have acquired numerous recipes off her cooking show and website. So today I am going to introduce you to a delicious recipe my kids were so excited to try. I made Ree Drummond Cookies and cream Rolls, you can find the recipe here. Now I’m a little bit of a rule breaker when it comes to following recipes. So I should let you know that I actually made my dough in the bread machine using the dough cycle instead of following the steps listed in the recipe. I also may have misread the filling and mixed the crushed cookies in with the cream cheese filling. It didn’t matter though these were delicious and decadent. I would caution you thou if you don’t have big eaters in your house you may want to consider making the rolls a little smaller. My kids can eat a half of these amazing rolls at a time. Here’s a few pictures of the rolls thru the process. Trust me you want to give these a try they don’t disappoint.

Raspberry Muffins

I had another YouTube made me do it moment lol. It’s both a curse and a blessing to watch these YouTube channels. I have to say this one was quite a blessing, bakery style muffins made at home for a fraction of the price. Score! I’ll be trying these muffins again possibly with other berries as well. Here’s a link to the recipe that was shared on YouTube. Seriously look at these muffins and tell me you don’t want to make them right now.