Sunday, August 10, 2008

Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce

Mom, Dad and Chelsea joined me this morning for church and Sunday dinner in Riverside. It was delightful introducing them to my new friends and enjoying their company. We savored this for dinner along with green beans and rice pilaf; however, we once again forgot to break open the celebratory Martinelli's Sparkling Cider.

Here's the recipe from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two

Cooker: 1 1/2 to 3 quart crock pot
Setting and cook time: High for 2 1/2 to 3 hours

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed of fat
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup plain Alfredo sauce
3 to 4 tablespoons Pesto Sauce

Spray the inside of the crock with nonstick cooking spray, and arrange the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the Alfredo sauce and the pesto sauce; stir to combine, then pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. The chicken will make its own juice and thin the sauce. Serve hot.

In place of pesto you could try:

Chicken with Lemon Cream Sauce and Olives: Add 6 to 8 whole black olives (canned or kalamata in brine) and the zest of 1 lemon to the Alfredo sauce.

Chicken with Chipotle Cream Sauce: Add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle paste or 1/2 mashed chipotle chile and 2 teaspoons of adobe sauce to the Alfredo sauce.

Chicken with Artichoke Cream Sauce: Add 2/3 cup of drained canned or thawed frozen artichoke hearts to the Alfredo sauce.

Chicken with Curry Cream Sauce: Add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite mild or hot curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger to the Alfredo sauce.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


This is Dad's favorite kind of cheesecake. I got this recipe from Nancy Morelock when I was in Young Women.

4 egg whites - beat until stiff

Beat the following together then fold into egg whites
  • 3 - 8oz pkg cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I usually double the vanilla)

Pour cream cheese mixture into graham cracker crust. Bake 30 min at 350 degrees. Always make the day before and refrigerate when cool.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sparkling Dessert

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 large package Lemon Jell-o
2 1/2 cups cold club soda or seltzer
2 cups sliced strawberries

Divide strawberries into individual glasses.
Stir boiling water into Jell-o until dissolved.
Stir in Soda.
Poor Jell-o over strwaberries in glasses.
Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
Top with whipped cream.
Well, we didn't quite make it as the Robertson Family Singers: let's see how we do with cooking...