I ordered three copies of one new Vermont title and then a few books that I have enjoyed this year for various relatives who seem to depend on our [retired librarian] suggestions. I like to mail holiday packages out early - there are at least six each year - and that means anything I want to make for Christmas needs to be finished soon.
He says he doesn't have time to cook so I'm including some things that can be made ahead and frozen, like the following chicken recipe. I haven't made it for a while, so I tested my recipe the other night, and Paul pronounced it excellent. Phew! Here it is...
Amazingly Useful Chicken
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking pan with sides (I using a roasting pan). Cut 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves in strips and pile in the pan. Mix together:
2 T. olive oil
2 t. chili powder
1 ½ t. cumin
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. oregano
¼ t. salt
Sprinkle over chicken. Sometimes I prepare a while ahead and “marinate” the chicken in this mixture for a while. In a bowl mix:
One sliced medium onion
Any other vegetables you would like (zucchini, green beans, etc.)
Pour into pan and mix with the chicken. Bake 20-25 min., stirring once or twice, until chicken is done. Serve hot or cold, over rice, on top of a tossed salad (like taco salad), or in taco/fajita shells.
Along with the cookbook, I've ordered him some cooking utensils and will make him a couple of new potholders using orphan quilt blocks. Other than that, I'm not planning to sew any more gifts for Christmas, but those are famous last words!