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Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Poultry

Italian Baked Chicken Thighs

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
2 cups grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
4 eggs
12 cleaned and trimmed chicken thighs (skin on, bone in)
3 tablespoons melted butter.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Spread olive oil evenly over the surface of a large baking dish or sheet pan.
Combine breadcrumbs and grated cheese in a large bowl.
Beat eggs in a separate bowl.
Dip chicken thighs in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumb mixture. Coat thoroughly, pressing crumbs in to thighs.
Drizzle melted butter over top.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown.

(Mom’s favorite)

Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Mom, Vegetables

Mom’s Stewed Tomatoes

1 (14 ounce) can Hunt’s diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons butter
dash of Herbs de Provence
salt & pepper

Put diced tomatoes in mini-Cuisinart and “chop” for 7-8 seconds.

Put tomatoes and rest of ingredients in a sauce pan. Heat on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes.

Note: only make this for Mom & Dad.

Dad, Mom, Vegetables

Pan Fried Potatoes

3 large potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet), peeled and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
1/2 small onion, sliced thin
1/2 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons peanut oil (or other light vegetable oil)
2 tablespoons butter

Total prep & cooking time is about 40 minutes.

  1. Peel and slice (or cube) potatoes.
  2. Let soak for 5-10 minutes in ice water. (This removes the extra starch that would prevent them from getting crispy.)
  3. Drain well and pat dry – make sure they are VERY dry!
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet (an iron skillet would be best) on high heat until it’s shimmering and almost smoking.
  5. Add potatoes and let fry for about 2 minutes or until they start to get golden on the bottom.
  6. Cover the pan and reduce heat to medium. Allow to steam for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove cover and turn the heat back up to medium high. Flip the potatoes. Fry for a minute or two, or until the bottom layer begins to get golden.
  8. Dump the pan of potatoes into a colander over the sink to remove excess oil and moisture. Blot with a paper towel and return them to the pan on medium heat.
  9. Add the butter, garlic and onion plus any seasonings you’d like on your potatoes.
  10. Fry, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and done. Do not cover at this stage of frying because they will get soggy!

Serves two. If making for more people, double the recipe and fry in two skillets. (If there are too many potatoes in one skillet, some won’t get crisp.)

Notes:
If your pan fries are soggy rather than crispy, you are probably doing (or not doing) one of the following:

  • You’re using very starchy potatoes and not soaking to remove some of the starch.
  • You’re putting them in the pan wet.
  • You’re leaving the cover on the pan too long.
Dad, Dawn Butler, Desserts, Mom

High Protein Baked Custard

2 cups whole milk
1 cup half-and-half
5 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. Mix milk and cream in saucepan and heat until the mixture steams but does not boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Place eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Slowly pour the cooled milk-cream mixture into the bowl of eggs and sugar and mix well.
  4. Fill 4 to 6 single-serving baking dishes 3/4 full.
  5. Set dishes in a baking pan and put in the oven.
  6. Pour hot water into the baking pan (do not let water get into the custard dishes). The water level should be even with the custard. (This helps the custard to bak evenly and have a smooth texture.)
  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the custard comes out clean.

Can be served warm or cool.
Store in the refrigerator.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Pork, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Slow Cooker Ribs with Glaze (Sweet & Sour or BBQ)

2 pounds baby back ribs
1-1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon coarse salt

Sweet & Sour Glaze
2/3 cup apricot preserves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar

BBQ Glaze
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup honey mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Mix garlic and salt together. Rub evenly over meaty side of ribs.

Put in slow cooker, meaty side down, and cook on low for 5 hours. Then transfer ribs, meaty side up, to a broiler pan.

Mix together ingredients for either the Sweet & Sour or the BBQ glaze and brush the glaze over the ribs. Broil for 10 minutes or until glaze is bubbly and slightly brown.

Beef or Lamb, Dad, Mom, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Braised Short Ribs

3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
salt, pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 10-ounce can beef broth
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf

2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup chicken broth

4 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cold water

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown ribs on all sides; transfer to a slow cooker. Add carrots, beef broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.

Add onions to the same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8-9 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; cook 8-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Gravy
Remove ribs and vegetables; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Bring juices to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs.

Dad, Vegetables

Zucchini (Vegetarian) Meatballs

3 medium zucchini
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup Panko Japanese-style plain (unseasoned) breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
salt, pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce

  1. Grate the zucchini on a medium grater. Line a medium bowl with a kitchen towel. Add the grated zucchini. Season with salt to taste and toss with your hands. Pull up the sides of the towel and squeeze the zucchini until the excess moisture is removed.
  2. Transfer the dried zucchini to a clean bowl. Add the garlic, basil, egg, panko bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Form the zucchini mixture into small balls. You should end up with about a dozen.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry on all sides until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Drain the meatballs on a plate lined with paper towels. Wipe the skillet clean, and pour in marinara sauce. Turn the heat to medium and add the zucchini meatballs back to pan. Let simmer in sauce for about 3-5 more minutes, or until the sauce is warmed through. Serve with more grated Parmesan.
Dad, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes, Mom

Sticky Rice

2 cups of sticky rice (also called sweet rice or glutinous rice)
3-1/2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Measure rice and water into a large pot. Let the rice soak for at least half an hour or as long as four hours.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir.
  3. Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat to medium low and cover the pot, leaving the lid slightly off on one side to vent. Cook for 10 minutes. DO NOT stir the rice while cooking!
Dad, Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

1 pound pasta (macaroni, ziti or fusilli)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large head cauliflower
1 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk
salt, pepper
pinch of nutmeg, grated
pinch of sage, ground
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup sharp white Cheddar cheese
1 cup Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Parmigiano cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bring water to a boil for pasta. Salt the water and undercook the pasta by 2 minutes, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • In a covered Dutch oven heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets.  Add them to the pot along with the chicken stock. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender.  Remove cauliflower from pot and set aside. Discard broth from pot.
  • Over medium heat in the same pot, melt the butter, then add garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add in the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in the whole milk and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and sage.
  • When thickened, stir in the Dijon mustard and 2/3 of the combined cheeses.
  • Drain the pasta, add in the cauliflower, stir in the cheese sauce,
    and transfer to 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes (on a baking sheet to catch the bubble-over).
  • Remove the foil, top with bread crumbs and remaining cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Dad, Elaine Walker, Mom, Salads

Waldorf Salad

3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 sweet apples, cored and chopped
1 cup seedless grapes, sliced in half
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup chopped walnuts
lettuce (optional)

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice. Stir in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts.

If desired, serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.