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Comfort Food- Roasted Chicken and Nana’s Stuffing

12 Sep

During my kitchen therapy weekend, I needed comfort and found it in the form of baking and cooking nutritious and delicious food for me and my family, reading a good book, and snuggling on the couch with my kitty mama (the sassy lady herself- miss Colbie).

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If someone were to ask me what I think the ultimate comfort food is I would probably say 9 times of of 10, roasted chicken. Add my Nana’s stuffing to that and you have meal that can’t be beat! I started making roasted chickens after receiving my first Barefoot Contessa cookbook which featured the most amazing chicken recipe that I have ever tried. It is the very best! It is one of those things that you can count on being amazing every time and you don’t have to question it.

For the brilliant Mrs. Garten’s Roasted Chicken recipe please click here.

I like to make it with carrots, celery, sweet or yukon gold potatoes, and sweet yellow onions. This time I decided to cook bone in chicken breasts rather than a whole chicken so that it would be done a little quicker and make a little less food since it was only for my husband and I.

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My Nana’s stuffing is something I grew up eating and loving. It’s so simple and so delicious! I converted my husbands non-stuffing eating family to stuffing lovers with this recipe. It’s great for holidays or anytime you want a comforting meal.

Nana’s Stuffing
1 cup celery finely chopped
1/2 cup yellow or sweet onion chopped
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups 1 inch cubed bread (sourdough or Italian bread)
3/4-1 cup chicken broth

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Heat butter in sauce pan over medium heat, sauté celery and onion until translucent. Add poultry seasoning, salt & pepper. Put bread cubes in a large bowl, pour butter mixture over it & combine. Add broth to mixture and combine till moistened. Spray or butter a dish to avoid sticking and place the bread mixture in, dab butter on top. Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
*For holidays you may want to double the recipe.

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It’s so delish! I hope you love it as much as we do!

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Quick Apple Sauce

9 Sep

During my baking therapy weekend I looked at some apples that I just knew I was not going to eat and thought, what else can I do? I could have tried my hand at a apple bread or apple tart but I wanted something super fast and easy… apple sauce! My daughter loooves her apple sauce, she’s obsessed. I only usually buy the no-sugar added stuff- because frankly it’s not necessary, apples are sweet enough without it. I have made and canned apple sauce in the past and it required a good deal of time as well as effort and many many more apples than I had. I only had 4 apples but I was hoping that would be enough for two individual servings since it was just me and my daughter having some and I didn’t want to have to can it or anything that required real effort. It made just enough for the both of us to enjoy. It was one of those spur of the moment situations when you don’t necessarily have all the ingredients you would use in an ideal situation so you kind of wing it. That’s what I should call this “wing it apple sauce’ :).

I had 4 apples on hand, two fuji apples, one gala and a granny smith. Peel and core the apples and slice apples. Place all apple slices into a medium sauce pot, add 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. 1 tablespoon of butter and simmer for 30 minutes covered and mash (I used a potato masher)- it was literally that easy, no fuss no muss!

The apple sauce was sweet without being overly so, it had a lot of great flavor from the multiple kinds of apples I used and the spices were spot on. I would totally recommend this for any time you just want a snack, couldn’t be easier!

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