Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chicken with dried fruit and honey

This is the chicken dish I make every year for Rosh Hashanah, the jewish new year but of course it's delicious for anytime of the year. It is traditional to cook with honey for Rosh Hashanah because it is sweet and symbolizes that we should all have a sweet new year. This recipe combines honey and dried fruit and is always a crowd pleaser.


1 3 1/2 to 4 lb chicken cut in 8ths
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into discs
1 onion, sliced
1/2 C golden raisins
1/2 C pitted prunes
1/3 C dried apricots
1/4 C dried currants
1/3 C oil
1 C honey


Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.

Place chicken pieces in roasting pan.
Combine carrots, onion, golden raisins, prunes, apricots, currants, and oil in a large bowl. Spoon mixture evenly around and over chicken.

Pour honey over chicken and vegetable/fruit mixture, lightly coating chicken pieces.
Bake for 30 minutes, baste, and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 1 hour, basting occasionally, or until chicken, vegetables, and fruit are tender and golden brown.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Grilled Asaparagus Quiche Breakfast Sandwich

I made this breakfast sandwich the other morning using leftover crust less asparagus quiche that I had made the day before.  My kids LOVED it. 

for crust less quiche:
7 eggs
1 bunch of asparagus
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

for grilled cheese sandwich:
2 slices of any kind of cheese you like (I used American cheese)
2 slices of any kind of bread you like (I used whole wheat bread)
butter or margarine, softened


Cut off bottom 1/3 of asparagus and discard.   Cut asparagus into small bite size pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl and add a tablespoon of water.  Steam in microwave on high for 60 seconds.  Meanwhile, beat eggs with milk in a large bowl.  To egg mixture add chopped sage, salt and pepper to taste.  Now add steamed asparagus pieces and shredded cheese.  Mix everything together and pour into a small casserole dish that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes, remove from oven and let cool slightly.

To assemble sandwich; cut a small square of quiche and set aside.  Spread softened butter or margarine on one side of each slice of bread.  Place a small frying pan on stove on med/high heat.  Add one slice of bread butter side down in hot pan.  Next, add one slice of cheese, then a square of crust less quiche, another slice of cheese and lastly add the second piece of bread butter side up.  Brown bread for a minute or two and flip and then brown the other side of bread.  Watch this carefully so you don't burn the bread.  Once both sides of bread are brown and cheese is melted remove from pan and cut sandwich in half or quarters and Enjoy!