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Baked Balsamic Chicken

It was a Wednesday afternoon and I had two chicken breasts to cook for dinner, I wanted to make something different so I searched Pinterest and found this wonderful recipe.  I had to change it up of course and I also streamlined the process.  It is easy and tasty.  I will show you the original recipe and as well as my streamlined process.

An easy dish that can be made with either boneless or bone-in meat! This baked balsamic chicken is just what you need after a hard day of work and the smell while it was cooking was amazing!


2  bone-in (or boneless) skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, diced (1 tsp onion powder)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced (1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 tbsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried rosemary
2 tsp. coarse whole grain mustard (optional but delicious!)
Salt and pepper


*You can marinade the chicken overnight or make it as is*

Combine all the ingredients into a Ziploc bag and give it a good massage with your hands to coat the chicken.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place the chicken into a glass dish in a single layer and pour any excess marinade on top. Season with extra salt and pepper if desired. Place into oven, uncovered, and bake for 20 minutes, check the internal temperature, it should be 165 degrees.

Boneless Chicken Breasts
Start checking your internal temperature for boneless chicken at 20 minutes. They may need only 5-10 minutes more (depending on thickness of meat.)

Ham and Cheese Strata

My Husband who is the breakfast chef at this house (at least on weekends) woke up with an idea for breakfast using our leftover biscuits from yesterday.  It was fast and turned out quite delicious, not much to look at but very tasty!

4 bisquits or other bread, diced
5 eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
4 ounces diced ham
green onions
mushrooms sliced
garlic powder
 onion powder
1 cup total Shredded Cheese of your choice 1/2 half for the recipe and 1/2 cup more on the top after cooking

Grease pan with butter, place the biscuits on the bottom, add the ham, green onions, 1/2 cup of cheese and mushrooms on top.

Whip the eggs, milk and salt and pepper in a bowl and pour on top of the mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to an hour or more, check every few minutes.

Remove from oven and place the remaining cheese on top.

Serve with Sour Cream and Hot sauce if desired.

Cedar Plank Crab Stuffed Sole

It is Dungeness Crab Season here in Oregon and we love our crab.  We bought three crabs and after picking ended up with 1.5 lbs of Crab. One of the recipes we love to make is Sole stuffed with Crab.

My husband put a twist on it this time and cooked it on a cedar plank.  I have to say it was delicious!

2-4 Sole Fillets (1/2 pound) we used 4 total
1/4 cup fresh crab
Lemon Pepper
2 tbl butter melted' (for the bread crumb topping)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs mixed with a sprinkle of onion powder

We served with Hollandaise Sauce (super easy to make in a blender)

Place half of your sole fillets on the cedar plank (be sure and soak it in water first)

Separate your crab among the two fillets, covering the fillet with crab

Sprinkle with lemon pepper and tarragon

Place the remaining fillets on top (two small filets and crab in between essentially)

Cook till barely done, about 15 minutes at 400 degrees

Super Healthy Banana Bread

My husband is a pretty strict clean eater and he is not a huge fan of bread, sweet or otherwise.  On occasion I can get him to eat Banana Bread if I make it super healthy. I have been working on this recipe for awhile and I think it is pretty fantastic!

3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 3/4 Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup of chopped Walnuts (I toasted mine first)
1 individual cup of sugar free applesauce (or 1/3 cup melted Coconut Oil)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of Coconut Sugar
1/8 cup of Maple Syrup
Turbinado Sugar for sprinkling on top

Mix the bananas, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, applesauce, eggs, coconut sugar and maple syrup together with a spatula, spoon, whisk or hand mixer.  Stir until well incorporated.

Add the flour and the Walnuts and stir till just mixed in.

Pour into a well greased loaf pan.

Sprinkle Turbinado Sugar over the loaf before baking (gives a nice crunch)

Bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 65 minutes, checking for doneness ever 5 minutes past 50

Let cool and serve

Easy Microwave Risotto

I love Risotto, yet rarely make it and only on special occasions, mostly due to the time and effort involved.  I had never heard about making Risotto in the microwave until a friend mentioned it to me.  I immediately made it that night and I was very impressed.  I don't think I could tell the difference in a blind taste test between preparations.

I tweaked the recipe a bit, by sautéing the Shallot and Garlic in some Olive Oil before adding to the bowl.  I further tweaked it by adding some Onion.  There are so many options you could use, peas, mushrooms, tomato, etc.  You could add a protein or change up the Sherry and use White Wine.

4 Servings


1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
2 Mushrooms Chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1/8 cup minced onion
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup dry sherry
Pinch of Saffron
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Stir together the oil, garlic, mushroom and onion in a medium non stick saucepan.  Sautee for 5 minutes or so until fragrant and translucent.  Transfer to the bowl you will be cooking the Risotto in.  Add the cup of rice to the bowl.

Heat the 2 cups of broth and place the Saffron into it to bloom for a few minutes.

Mix in the broth and the sherry, cover, and microwave on HIGH for 18 minutes.

Stir to see if broth is absorbed and risotto is creamy. If not, microwave for another 2 to 5 minutes, then stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve.

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The Best Pecan Pie you will ever lay your lips on, Trust me!

Pecan pie is one of my absolute favorite pies, however the store bought ones with the layer of brown goo and few pecans is not my idea of a Pecan Pie. I like a solid layer of pecans (toasted please) and have a special ingredient which takes it over the top! I made two, one for Thanksgiving and one for me!

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At 8:54am on April 20, 2008, Roma gourmet said…
Welcome Cheryl!
Do you love Italian cuisine?
If you like it, please check out my website:
Roma gourmet
with Italian recipes and nice dish photos
and let me know if you like it!
Have a great day
Roma gourmet

At 11:47am on April 21, 2008, Jill McKeever said…
Welcome Cheryl!

You're doing a good job on your blog - keep up the good work!
I'm so glad you joined us. Be sure to head over to the Forum and Introduce yourself to the rest of the community. We have a cool group of folks here. Please make yourself comfortable, mix & mingle and have fun!

If you have any questions about the site or community, contact me.
At 3:46pm on April 28, 2008, Charles McKeever said…
Welcome Cheryl. I'm the main technical guy here at Great Cooks Community. Please make yourself at home and let me know if you need anything. Jill and I are glad you're a part of the community.
At 4:09pm on April 28, 2008, Cheryl said…
Thank you so much, I have not had much time yet to check it out, but this week I shall!
At 12:57pm on May 14, 2008, Pam said…
Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for introducing me to Great Cooks. I am off to the library & for a walk at the reserve with the kids... It's so warm outside!
At 3:37pm on May 14, 2008, Crystal said…
Hi Cheryl!
You've got some great looking recipes on your blog. We are having our annual Memorial Day/Crystal's birthday party next weekend, and we always have a big cookout. My sweetie is like yours - Master Of The Grill. ;-) I'm going to show him your hubby's recipe for chicken legs, so we can try it out!
At 11:39am on May 31, 2008, Clive Berkman said…
Thank you so much....I am still learning and its been 30 years
At 1:38pm on June 1, 2008, Hetal said…
Hi Cheryl...welcome.Visited your blog,you have a wonderful blog,left as comment there.
At 1:56pm on June 1, 2008, Hetal said…
I have marshmallows at home,will definitely try this recipe..:)
At 6:23pm on June 5, 2008, Hetal said…
Hi Cheryl.....hey we both have the same page.he...he!!

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