Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blizzard Food...

One thing I like to do during a blizzard is not go out.  After all, I'm not 12 years old and panting to drag my sled to a hill and swoosh to the bottom.  Again and again.

What I do is generally cook something yummy, steam up the windows, and create a nice, warm cocoon that disguises the persistant winter that keeps raging outside.

Very easy is my motto, and very easy indeed is this recipe for CHICKEN CACCIATORE, that I've been lucky enough to find and adapt from


1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tbls. olive oil
2 cups sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese
2 tbls. thinly sliced fresh basil

1.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt, black pepper, oregano, dried basil, and red pepper.  Coat pan with olive oil. 
2.  Add chicken to pan, saute' until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
3.  Add mushrooms and bell peppers.  Saute' 5 minutes.
4.  Stir in pasta sauce and wine, bring to a simmer.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
5.  Sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.  Serves 3/ 4.
     Drink the rest of the dry, red wine that you used in the recipe!!


Snooty Primadona said...

I'm exactly the same way. I kind of hibernate during winter, lol.

A friend just had some female surgery & is down so I made Potato Soup yesterday. However, I'm thinking Chicken Cacciatore sounds like the perfect dish for tonight. I told my friend I'd do dinner for her & her hubby for the week.

Thanks for the recipe!

Lyn said...

Hi Snooty...
You have very lucky friends..good for you to do the cooking!
Is Midland cold? Used to live in Kingsville, 100 yrs. ago..always hot!!

corabela said...

This looks absolutely heavenly. I'm with you. I like to not go out at all. I'm so happy to have off from work this weekend so I can do some nesting. Made Blueberry Cardamom Crisp in the iron skillet for breakfast. Enjoy your warm, cozy house Lyn!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Oh, I love it when the windows steam up and the aroma fills the house. I have an old old recipe from a Progresso giveaway cookbook(it's in shreds) but yours would be perfect with that rich all day cooking flavor.

Lyn said...

Hi corabela-
Now that Crisp sounds divine..I guess I'd grate some cardamom on the top? That's some breakfast! Thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Mary Ann-
What I like about this recipe is that it takes no time at fresh and delish..
Thanks for stopping by, and stay warm!

Vicki Lane said...

Yummm -- That looks delicious -- perfect for this yucky weather! I almost wish I didn't have a garlicked up turkey breast in the oven right now.

Lyn said...

Hi Vicki-
Pass the garlicky turkey please..I can make room for just a bit!
I can smell the food when I read a recipe..that's how I know..thanks!

A Cuban In London said...

Oh, man, this post spoke to me big time! It's the mushrooms (great fan), the crushed pepper, the oregano. I can just smell the scent of that mix now. And the 'steam up the window' remark made me giggle. It's a sign that a creative activity is taking place in one's home.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
Yes, let's hear it for mushrooms!
Folks talk about comfort food..I like comfort cooking, a very real thing!!
Thank you...

Salon Delucca said...

mmmmm, it nourishes the soul as well as the body - sounds wonderful xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Thank always seems right for this..and easy(I like that)..

Unknown said...

Yeah, I kind of hibernate the winter away too. Unfortunately, our winter this season has been extremely (and unusually) cold so I'm kind of getting cabin fever. Good recipe for staying in!

Lyn said...

Hi Jane-
What a winter, indeed..but I can smell spring..wishful thinking!
Eat this anytime!! Thanks...


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