Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Crab Chowder

½ lb. bacon

1 can of crab (slightly bigger than a tuna can- maybe 6 oz?)

½ onion, chopped

Potatoes, cooked and chopped (I used one can of potatoes, cause that’s what I had. So, if you use fresh, maybe 1-2 medium to large potatoes?)

A few dashes of cayenne pepper, or other powdered red pepper (or chop up some fresh if you have it)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

2 cans of milk

1 can corn, drained

Good pinch of thyme



Cook up bacon in large soup pan. Near the end, add the crab (I had the pan at an angle at this point to avoid saturating the crab in bacon grease, but that was pointless, since it all ends up in the same place).

Remove bacon and crab, leaving grease in pan. Place mixture on paper towel.

Add onion to grease, and cook until onion is tender (add red pepper here if you use fresh, to allow it time to cook). Add potatoes and red pepper. Stir and let simmer for a couple minutes.

Mix in soups, milk, corn and thyme.

Stir thoroughly.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add back in the bacon/crab mixture.

Let soup warm through, and enjoy.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Chicken Parmesan

This was easy, fast, and delicious. The only non-staple ingredient was fresh parmesan.

I was working off this recipe http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001998parmesan_chicken.php.

Cut 3 chicken breasts into 8 pieces. Cut them the long way first, so you have two wide round peices that are 1/2 the thickness of the original piece. You're trying to maximize surface area for the cheese part.

Dip #1
1/3 cup butter
1 clove minced garlic
1 egg

Dip #2
equal parts breadcrumbs and fresh parmesan
italian seasoning (or i used seasoned breadcrumbs)

So roll the chicken pieces around, then put them in a 9x13 baking dish. Cook at 450 for 15-20 minutes.