Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chicken Piccata

Tonight was my first attempt with Harris Teeter frozen chicken breasts and chicken piccata. I have preconceived notions about frozen meat because I don't want it to taste bad. I think of the chicken you get from subway or a place like that, where you just don't know if it's really chicken. Well, these were real chicken breasts, just frozen by someone else. I think the bag of 5 breasts costs $6 or $7. The recipe had you butterfly them, so I ended up with 12 or 14 of them. I doubled the recipe.

I followed her procedure but then eye-balled the measurements for the sauce. I wanted to have some extra sauce to put over the angel hair pasta, which was not in the recipe. So, I just kept dumping in lemon juice, chicken broth and wine until there was enough liquid. I also added some flour before I added the additional juices to thicken up the sauce.

Next time: More flour and more liquid. Need more sauce to cover the pasta. I served it with corn from the bag ($1). A good meal for the price. And I have plenty of leftovers for lunch.

Side Note: One of my new favorite places is the sad fruit section at Harris Teeter. It's where the old fruit gets put at the end of certain cycles and marked really low. I can get a dozen limes for $.99 and a bag of mismatched apples for the same. Well, I found these huge lemons for $1.25 and purchased them. They're huge! I used them for this recipe and 2 lemons had about 1/2 C of juice. Nice!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oven BBQ St Louis Style Pork Ribs

I'm not sure what makes this St Louis style, but I love St Louis. I also love this recipe. It was easy, tastey and didn't require any fancy ingredients. I did wait till after all the other ingredients were put in before I did the water. That way the sauce wouldn't be too runny.


The ribs were on sale this week and I had the remaining ingredients in my fridge so this cost me about $7 or $8 for the meat. It served me and my husband, so I will wait till they go on sale again and buy a bunch of them so I get more out of it.

I liked the process and the sauce in this recipe, so I'm going to try it will pork chops next time.

Stockpile Recipes

These are the recipes that require items that you stockpile in your kitchen. When I look through a recipe, I want no more than 2 items that I don't have. Sometimes I splurge, but how cost effective is it to purchase 5 or 6 items that aren't on sale and you only use once? So, I'm extremely happy when I find recipes that require ingredients that I have on hand, are fun to cook and are tastey!!

My first stockpile recipe is for Shepherd's Pie. I'll also share a seafood afredo recipe and St Louis Style Pork Ribs recipe. No pictures were taken, because I forgot. But I will do in the future. I'm also looking forward to posting Crock Pot Recipes.