Korbyn and Addy make a cake

They had a great time working together to make her a Birthday Cake.

What a great job they did and it tasted great!








French Onion Chicken


French Onion Chicken

Serves 4


2 tablespoons butter

4 cups onions, peeled and sliced to 1/4″ thick


2 tablespoons butter

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper to taste


1/3 cup white wine


3 cloves garlic minced

1 teaspoon thyme

3 tablespoons flour


2 cups beef broth

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese (I used Gouda)

French bread, sliced


Melt butter in an oven safe skillet over medium-high heat.  Stir in sliced onions

Cook 35 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are caramelized

You may need to add tablespoons of broth occasionally if the onions are sticking

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium-high heat

Add chicken and season with salt and pepper; brown the each side in small batches

Remove chicken from the pan

Deglaze the pan with wine and then add this mixture into onions

Add garlic, thyme and flour to onion mixture, stir to combine

Continue to cook for 3 minutes

Add half of the broth and cook for 5 minutes

Scoop out 1/3 of the onions and set aside

Add the rest of the broth, balsamic vinegar, Dijon and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil

The sauce should start to thicken in a few minutes

Place chicken back into the pan with thickened onions/broth mixture

Divide the onions you have set aside evenly on top of each piece of chicken

Place in a 350° oven and bake for 20 minutes

Remove from the oven; add cheese to each piece of chicken topped with onions

Place pan back in the oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes


Serve over rice, pasta, or gnocchi, along with French bread slices to soak up the sauce.


Spinach Tortellini Soup


Spinach Tortellini Soup

Makes 6 servings


6 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic

One 9-ounce package cheese tortellini

Dried basil

1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed

Salt and pepper

1 can Italian style stewed tomatoes

Parmesan cheese


In a large pot, bring stock to simmer.

Stir in tortellini and simmer gently for 3 minutes.

Stir in spinach, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and tomatoes.

Return to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Serve hot with Parmesan cheese.

Winter Baked Chicken


Winter Baked Chicken


1 sweet potato

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

1 medium apple – peeled, cored, and chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

12 ounces barbecue sauce

8 ounce bag of fresh or dried cranberries

Garlic powder, Adobo and cinnamon to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Lightly grease a baking dish

Peel sweet potato and cut into small chunks

Place sweet potato in steamer for 6 minutes

Add carrots to sweet potato and steam another 6 minutes

Arrange the onion, apple, carrots and sweet potato in the bottom of the baking dish.

Brush the barbecue sauce on both sides of the chicken breasts and lay atop the vegetables.

Season with garlic powder, Adobo and cinnamon

Pour the cranberries over the dish.

Bake covered in the preheated oven until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, 50 to 60 minutes.

Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Jarred Chicken Soup

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Jarred Chicken Soup

Makes about 8 pints


4 quarts chicken stock

3 cups chicken cut into small chunks

1 1/2 cup diced celery

1 1/2 cup sliced carrots

1 cup diced onion

3 chicken bouillon cubes (optional)

Pasta of your choice added at serving time


In a large stock pot, heat chicken stock and dissolve bouillon cubes

Spoon equal amounts of chicken, celery, carrots and onion into each pint jar

Fill each pint jar with stock leaving 1 inch head space

Remove air bubbles, add more stock if needed to bring it back to 1 inch headspace

Wipe rim, apply lid and ring

Process pints at 10 pounds pressure for 75 minutes

After 24 hours have passed, remove rings and wash jars

Label jars with date and store. Do not stack jars


My grandson enjoys this soup with alphabet pasta, but you can use any pasta you like

Open the jar and pour into a small saucepan

Add 2 tablespoons of the alphabet pasta and simmer according to pasta directions


Recipe information taken from the Ball Blue Canning Book

Linguine with Tomatoes, Olives, and Goat Cheese


Linguine with Tomatoes, Olives, and Goat Cheese


1/2 pound dry linguine, cooked al dente

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, cubed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped

2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat

Sautee onions for 3 minutes

Add tomatoes, garlic, and oregano; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes

Add olives and mix to combine

Drain fettuccine and add to the skillet

Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes

Season with salt and pepper

Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve

Super Soft Rolls


Super Soft Rolls

Makes 12 Rolls

1 cup warm water

1 1/2 teaspoon yeast

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons softened butter

1 egg beaten

3 1/2 – 4 cups flour


Add water and yeast to mixer

Mix in sugar, butter, salt and egg

Add flour 1 cup at a time

Knead in mixer for approximately 8 minutes

Grease bowl for the dough to rise in and cover with plastic

Rise approximately 45 minutes

Punch down and turn on flour covered surface a few times

Divide dough into 12 rolls and place in a 9×13 greased baking pan

Let rise 30 minutes

Bake 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven

Top with butter and serve