Gallina a la Vinagreta – Chicken with Vinegar Sauce

Back in 2003, I listened to a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered about Jewish cooking and pulled one of the recipes, from Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America, from the Internet. That recipe had been waiting patiently in one of my cooking binders until recently, when I ran across it while looking for new … Continue reading

Winner, Winner – Chicken Dinner: Apricot Chicken Breasts and Almond Rice Pilaf

Article first published as Apricot Chicken Breasts and Almond Rice Pilaf on Blogcritics. I flipped open The Texas Experience: Friendship & Food Texas Style and landed on the page with this recipe for Apricot Chicken Breasts. It looked simple enough to prepare (one of my criteria for weeknight meals) so I added it to the week’s menu. The … Continue reading

Peanut Chicken: the recipe that turned a bad day to good

Article first published as Peanut Chicken on Blogcritics. Cooking is a comfort. After a busy day, there is nothing like losing yourself in the creation of a dish – particularly a new one – to chase worrisome thoughts from the mind. Chopping, measuring and stirring can soothe an overworked pysche – especially when accompanied by music and … Continue reading

Lemon-Sage Chicken and Foul Moudammus

Article first published as Lemon-Sage Chicken and Foul Moudammus on Blogcritics. Where I found the recipe(s): The Lemon-Sage Chicken recipe came from the April & May 2011 issue of Taste of Home magazine. The Foul Moudammus (foul is pronounced “fool”) recipe came from the March 30, 2011, food section of the Akron Beacon Journal. What I thought: … Continue reading

Delicious and Different – Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Where I found the recipe(s): This recipe is courtesy of, where it received a 5-star rating from readers/subscribers. What I thought: I first enjoyed lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang’s and knew I wanted to create something similar at home. After comparing recipes online, this one got the nod because of its appealing … Continue reading

Easy Flavor – Crispy Onion Chicken

  Where I found the recipe(s): February & March 2011 issue of Taste of Home magazine What did I think? This recipe was featured as a Taste of Home Classic, one that received a 5-star review at – a well-deserved rating. Coated with crispy french-fried onions, this chicken dish is big on flavor.  I … Continue reading

Best-Ever Chicken Fajita Chowder

This recipe is featured in the February & March 2011 issue of Taste of Home magazine. I was attracted by the photo and the relative simplicity of the recipe. It did, indeed, come together easily and the combination of green enchilada sauce, sour cream, cheese and rice gave the soup what I can only describe as a … Continue reading