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Old 06-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
If you are not a big fan of split pea soup give this a try.

1 pound package of frozen peas
2 T butter
1 small yellow onion chopped fine
2 cups water or chicken stock (1 can and a swish of water)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan, sweat onion, add chicken stock and peas. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, thin with cream and adjust seasoning.

This is fast inexpensive and very tasty!

I use milk or sour cream instead of heavy cream sometimes. I also use scallions if they are available.
Thanks Bea, it sounds...interesting. Not much of a pureed soup eater - I like some texture to my food. Might keep some of the peas out of the soup and blend in after I've pureed the rest. FWIW, whenever I have a recipe that calls for heavy cream I usually use half-and-half. When I first started making scones I did it by the book: heavy cream. The next batch was light cream - couldn't tell any difference in texture. Next batch was half-and-half and it was still good. I use half-and-half all the time now since it's usually in our fridge.

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Old 06-02-2013, 05:16 PM   #32
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This sounds fabulous, thanks for sharing

Originally Posted by medtran49 View Post
Chicken breast (huge one) sliced in half lengthwise and then crossways, S&P, dredged in flour and S&P mix, sauteed in half butter/half olive oil, then microplaned 1 clove garlic, sauteed in pan for a minute (chicken stacked and pushed off to 1 side off heat, couple Tbsp of the dredge mix to make roux, some white wine and chicken broth to make a light sauce. Then, topped chicken pieces with roasted orange bell pepper (already done, from freezer), then topped with smoked fresh mozzarella slices. Under the broiler until cheese was melted and bubbly. Served with wild rice and a small arugula salad with paper-thin slices of red onion, grated parm sprinkles and balsamic vinegrette. Best of all, only used 2 pans and under 40 minutes from start of water for rice until on the plate and ready to eat.

I usually use roasted red bell for this but the first thing I found when looking thru the freezer was the bag of orange bells so those got used instead. Sometimes I'll also chiffonade some fresh basil and place on top of the bell pepper slices but under the smoked moz for a change-up.

BTW, since we ate pretty early, Craig ended up using his second piece of chicken to make a sandwich with the leftover buns from burgers the night before. So, it makes a pretty good sandwich besides being a dish that can be served for dinner guests.

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