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Baked Chicken Provo

This is an easy riff on Chicken Parm. Sun Dried Tomatoes along with some Provolone Cheese fill the breasts’ deep pockets.

The breasts get a thorough egg dip and a generous roll in flavored Panko Bread Crumbs before they bake in a hot oven. This makes the crust extra crunchy enough that you won’t miss the frying. A thick coating of provolone melts under the broiler, sealing the deal.

This is a lighter version of the classic that will make a tasty star appearance on any plate. Whether accompanied by Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Caramelized Zucchini as shown here or a side of pasta and a crisp salad, or any other sides you want to present, it is a quick and easy Weeknight Supper.

Baked Chicken Provo
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Baked Chicken Provo
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  1. Cut a deep pocket into the thick side of each breast. Season inside and out with salt and pepper.
  2. Chop up the tomatoes and 2 slices of the cheese fairly finely. Add the onion and garlic powder along with the italian seasoning, Let it sit for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Divide the tomato mixture between the two breast pockets. Do not overfill, the breasts should still close. secure with a toothpick if necessary.
  4. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl. Pour the panko crumbs into another shallow bowl.
  5. Dip each breast in the egg, coating well. Place each in the bowl of panko crumbs and coat well, pressing the crumbs into each breast.
  6. Place the breast in a shallow baking dish that has been coated with the cooking spray. Coat the tops of the breast well with the cooking spray.
  7. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Top with the remaining 2 slices of cheese and broil for 3 -5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve.
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Poultry Seasoning

The holidays will be here before we know it. Many of us use Poultry Seasoning as the cornerstone of the turkey. Here is a quick and easy recipe that puts the stuff in the little jar to shame.

It uses all the flavors that come in the jar, but when you make it yourself you can have whatever herb touches your heart the most be the star. Something you’re not crazy about adjust the quantity so that it will take a back seat. You can even add a flavor that you love as well. Don’t like the powdery dust that comes in the jar? Grinding the herbs yourself lets you control the texture.DIGITAL CAMERA

I love sage and rosemary so I go heavy on those herbs. I’m not a big fan of nutmeg, so I use very little of it. I like my seasoning to have the subtle flavor of onion so I add some onion powder. I only grind the herbs long enough to create a slightly coarse texture.

Poultry Seasoning
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Make this herb blend your own and create a holiday tradition
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Poultry Seasoning
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Make this herb blend your own and create a holiday tradition
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  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a spice grinder and process until ground to the consistency that you like.
  2. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
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Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage

How farro will you go to put a healthy and quick meal on the table? A little chicken Italian sausage, some fresh vegetables and a good bit if farro and about 30 minutes and you will be serving dinner with pride.DIGITAL CAMERA

Once upon a time farro was only found outside of Italy in gourmet restaurants and little Italian markets. You don’t have to go all the way to Italy to get Farro any more. It’s now available in many grocery stores and markets. DIGITAL CAMERA

This ancient Italian grain is an early form of wheat that has recently become one of the “it” ingredients. There is a lot of confusion about Farro. There are 3 kinds that differ in taste and cooking technique. Farro Medio (a.k.a. emmer) is the most common type. It’s also the easiest to cook. Whatever kind of farro you buy, follow the directions on the package to get the best results. I like my farro on the softer side of toothsome. If you like a chewier bite, experiment with the cooking time until it’s just right.

I’ve been using Meijer Naturals Italian Farro . I cook the whole 8.5 ounce package and use the extras for hot breakfast cereal, salads, or side dishes. Yes, it is that versatile. I love this stuff! I’ve been known to stand in front of the refrigerator eating it cold. Use this recipe as a springboard to you own farro nirvana.

Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage
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Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage
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  1. Bring the Chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the farro, garlic and onion powder and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook uncovered until the farro is toothsomely tender and the broth is almost absorbed. This should take 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes or so until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the sausage and mushrooms to the pan and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers, zucchini and garlic to the pan. Cook everything for about 4 minutes. If the mixture seems a little dry, steal a bit of broth from the farro pan to keep things moving.
  5. Add approximately 2-1/2 cups of the farro and any remaining broth to the fry pan (save the rest of the farro for another meal). Cook over low heat for a few minutes stirring occasionally to bring things together.
  6. Add the herbs and half of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Serve topped with the rest of the cheese.
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Coffee Rub

Coffee Rub
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This rub works on any pork cut, especially ribs. It would also be great on steak.
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Coffee Rub
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This rub works on any pork cut, especially ribs. It would also be great on steak.
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1 Cup
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  1. Mix all ingredients together.Use as a rub on pork, beef or chicken. Leftover can be stored in an airtight container.
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