Tomato Basil Chicken

This is delicious!!!


Tomato Basil Chicken

Ingredients: (4 servings)
◾2 chicken breasts
◾kosher salt and black pepper
◾2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
◾2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
◾2 tsp minced fresh garlic
◾4 Tbsp cold butter
◾1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
 ◾freshly grated Parmigianino Reggiano cheese, for garnish


Season chicken breasts with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Add a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to your skillet. This may seem like quite a bit, but it will form the base for the sauce. While waiting for the oil to heat up, go ahead and get your water going for the pasta. When the oil is HOT, add the chicken breasts. After about 4-5 minutes, the chicken breasts should be ready to turn. You’ll want to cook them on the second side another 4-5 minutes, or until the juices run clear when you pierce them with a small sharp knife. If you pounded yours out thinner, they will cook faster than this.

After the second side has been cooking for about 4 minutes, go ahead and add in the fresh tomatoes that you have chopped up. Next, add the fresh basil that you have chopped into ribbons, the cold butter, the minced garlic, and you will probably want to add some more kosher salt and black pepper to season the sauce. Now give it all a good stir so all those flavors will marry together.

When your chicken is “done,” turn the sauce down on the lowest setting to keep it all warm until the pasta is cooked, which should be any minute now. At this point, if still waiting for the pasta, you can remove the cooked chicken to a cutting board, and after resting just a couple of minutes, cut the chicken into slices on the bias. Divide the pasta among individual bowls, and top each with half of a chicken breast, sliced into pieces, and equal portions of the tomato basil sauce. Top with more fresh basil and freshly grated Parmigianino reggiano cheese.


Almond Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks of real butter not margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract

Mix butter and sugar until well blended. Add egg and extract. Mix well. Add flour, soda and salt until well blended. Make a one inch ball and roll in sugar. flatten with a glass and bake at 350 for 9 minutes in my oven. If you want to make them look like Sand Dollars add toasted slivered almonds in a sand dollar shape (5 slivers).

I am using this for my daughter’s wedding hotel guests as a treat in their rooms! Since it’s a beach wedding they are being done as Sand Dollar Cookies. Copied the idea from my best friend in Louisiana!

Christmas Eve Meal 2012


This year I decided to have Appetizers for Christmas Eve Day. I served Meatballs in BBQ sauce with crushed pineapple. Little Smokies in BBQ sauce. Mozzarella Sticks with marinara sauce. Veggies with Homemade Ranch Dip, Chips with Homemade Onion Dip, Cheese Cubes and Crackers.. It was an easy way to have food available all day to nibble on as we just sat around and watched Christmas movies and enjoyed each other’s company.

Aunt Bobbye’s Broccoli Casserole

 2 (10 oz) pkgs. Of frozen chopped broccoli

1 jar Cheeze Whiz (usually by Velveeta cheese but in a jar) with jalapeño’s if you can find it. I usually can’t find it anymore so the plain is fine. (I found this year 2012, Velveeta cheese w/jalapenos in a box 1 lb. that I used about ¾ lb., worked great)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup evaporated milk

2 cups cooked rice

3 Tbsp. butter

1 med. Onion, chopped

Italian seasoned bread crumbs


Sauté onion in butter. Add semi-thawed broccoli; cook until thawed completely. Add other ingredients. Bake 30-45 minutes @ 350 degrees. Add bread crumbs on top and bake 5 more minutes till bubbly.

Christmas Dinner 2012

Christmas Day Meal 2012 Christmas Day Meal 2012 (2)

This year we had a small family Christmas, just 3 of us but we had fun and ate lots and received lots of gifts!

Our menu this  year was basically the same as usual:

Cajun Fried Turkey – Arlon’s speciality

Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Aunt Bobbye’s Broccoli Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Arlon’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The turkey was Arlon’s best yet! Super good. He uses a greaseless fryer but it was so crispy and lots of flavor!

The other dishes were very good too!

I will include the Broccoli Casserole recipe separately!

Making Cookies (not my best item to make)

I have next door neighbors that are so good to us and help us out all the time and I found out they love Snickdoodles Cookies and the husband loves Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Having never made either I started searching online for recipes for these 2 cookies. I found both online and baked them today. They turned out pretty good I think. Hopefully they will like them too.

Snickerdoodles I liked best so here’s the recipe for them.

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 24


    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 3/4 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 3 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar  and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
  3. Combine flour, cream of tartar,  baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Blend dry ingredients into  butter mixture.
  5. Chill dough, and chill an  ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons  sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
  8. Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
  9. Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pan  immediately


Well, I’ve been back in Ohio for 6 days now and am just now posting, so very sorry!

I have cooked some but not a lot for sure! This past week we had a soup that comes in the freezer section of your store and it is fabulous, it is Bertonilla Tomato Soup, it has spinach in it and I do not even like cooked spinach but this soup makes it worth eating the cooked spinach. I served the soup with a salad and homemade bread. Great meal and super easy!!!

Another night we had homemade hamburgers, homemade oven fries! We love my hamburgers and so easy to make. I use 1 pound of ground beef, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup evaporated milk, dried minced onions, salt, pepper, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (or enough bread crumbs to hold the meat together but not dry it out). I mix all of this together with my hands but you can use a spoon. Make sure the burgers are very moist. I make them into patties and then put in the freezer for a while so they don’t fall apart when Arlon puts them on the grill. Very moist burgers!!! Oven Fries, we slice potatoes and put them in a bowl that we have mixed 2 tbsp canola oil and 1 tbsp water, make sure potatoes are coated well. Spray a large baking sheet and put potatoes in 1 layer on the sheet, use more baking sheets if you need to so you have just 1 layer of potatoes. Bake 40 minutes, the last 5 minutes or so turn to Broil to brown the top side of the potatoes. Salt and pepper and then serve.

Tonight we had Sausage Po Boys, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, and Baked Potatoes. Super good meal. Arlon grills the sausage and we put it on a Sub Roll with lots of BBQ Sauce on it. Bake Beans I use Bush’s Baked Beans and add BBQ sauce and brown sugar.

Enjoy! Home cooked meals do not have to be hard or fancy as you can see by my meals this week.