Maple Dijon Chicken

Maple Dijon Chicken

I know I have been quiet recently I think it is the cold coupled with the snow it has been storm after storm and bitter cold it just slows one down. You just want to pull the blanket up to the chin and snuggle with your honey, although I snore so snuggling with me can be rough. Anyway I got a new hone and want to try out the camera compared to Lyn’s old 3 Megapixel hand held camera.  She got that camera as a gift I think it was for her 10 year anniversary with Harvard Health this year was 15 and she chose binoculars bird watching will be fun this year if she shares. I hear the spring birds outside every morning it sounds nice even when you walk out there and your nostrils freeze shut. I throw them some seeds, don’t tell Lyn, and they are very appreciative.  So let me know what you think of the pictures I hope to get better when I become more acquainted with my new Motto X. Funny up until a few years ago Mike used to come to me and ask how do you do this and that on a computer and now I feel like my parents asking him stuff all the time. At least it is a good excuse to hear his voice, I like that voice a lot.

Here is my quick version of the jittery cooks Maple Dijon Chicken I posted last week it was soooooo good. She says 3 minutes and it does take 3 minutes to prepare just a little longer to cook but worth it.

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Maple Dijon Chicken 

  • 1 whole      chicken, cut into 8 – I only had two thighs
  • 2 onions,      halved, then sliced – I only used only 1

Maple Dijon Sauce

I always make the about same amount of sauce even when I don’t have as much chicken

I also think the sauce would be great on salmon just thicken it up slight

  • 1/2 c      Dijon mustard – I had some deli mustard with horseradish
  • 1/4 c      maple syrup
  • 2 T      unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 t      kosher salt
  • 1/4 t      freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Mix the sauce ingredients in a 9×13-inch baking dish, then coat the chicken and onions very thoroughly in the sauce. IMG_20140304_171346991

Cook covered for about 60 minutes, then baste and cook uncovered for another 30 or so, until the juices run clear.

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I finished off with the broiler to crisp the skin some more.

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Her recipe Serves 4-6. Freezes well.

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Orange Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecans

Orange Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecans

My wife found this and we made when Mark and Missy came up from DC, we had no cranberries so we tried it with tart dried cherries. This was great, I mean really good. I asked Marie if I could use her pictures and post she said no problem. You can find more of her recipes here citronlimette, it is a nice site with some great recipes and ideas. Thank you Marie for this great treat!

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Seasonal acorn squash stuffed with quinoa. pecans and cranberries is my idea of a healthy vegetarian meal. This recipe for orange quinoa stuffed acorn squash is easy to prepare and a real feast. I love the sweetness of the squash and the nuttiness of the quinoa.

Quinoa is addictively delicious.  Quinoa is usually treated like a grain or starch, cooking up like rice or pasta in a fraction of the time.

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Choose squash that are heavy for their size and have a hard, deep-colored rind free of blemishes or moldy spots.

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Once the seeds are removed, winter squash can be baked, steamed or simmered.

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Ingredients

  • 2 small acorn squashes, halved length-wise, seeds removed
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup dried cranberries – we were out of these so we substituted tart cherries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

How:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Rub squash flesh with 3 tablespoons oil and place face up on baking sheet. Roast 30-35 minutes or until flesh is easily pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and cool.
  • Meanwhile, in saucepan bring broth and orange juice to a boil; stir in quinoa, lower heat and simmer, covered until ready. When quinoa is done cooking, turn off heat.
  • In medium pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and sauté an additional 1 minute.
  • Add onion mixture, cranberries and pecans to cooked quinoa and toss until combined; add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fill each squash half with quinoa mixture. Drizzle with a bit of maple syrup before serving, if desired.
Lyn’s Blueberry Oatmeal pancakes

Lyn’s Blueberry Oatmeal pancakes

Sunday morning the newspaper, waffles, pancakes or even eggs and bacon what could be better? We have made these plenty of times before each time the memory never lets us down. With this much oatmeal, you can expect it to be pretty hardy. Two of these fills me up for most of the morning but I cheat and have a third they are just so good. I caught Lyn sneaking another this morning, at least she did not put pepper on them she is a pepper head after all.   You can cook the entire batch then freeze them, separated by parchment or wax paper and warm one for a quick breakfast of breakfast for supper.

Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp. powdered buttermilk and 2 cups water or milk  you can substitute with 2 cups real buttermilk
  • 1 ¾ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • ½  cup oat flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt

Warm maple pancake syrup

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ to ½ cup frozen blueberries.
  • Chopped walnuts

How

Mix together all ingredients in a blender let stand in frig for a short while or if hunger plow ahead.

Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat until a drop of water skates over the surface and lightly grease. Pour about a ¼ cup for each pancake onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, the edges are dry and the bottoms are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn once, cooking the other side until golden, about 1 minute. Serve immediately, or keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.

To make the warm pancake syrup, combine the blueberries in a small saucepan or microwave-proof bowl. Heat

Serve immediately top with chopped walnuts.

Makes 6-12 pancakes

Lyn's oatmeal pancakes ingredients

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