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Parmesan Chicken Sandwiches

One of the first things I ever cooked for my husband was chicken parmesan, with ziti and garlic bread.  17 years later, it's still his favorite meal.   Thinking back over all those times, I don't think I've ever served it in sandwich form. I used thin sliced chicken breast, so no pounding, and I had enough for 4 sandwiches.   I held the salt until after the chicken was fried. I topped them with the sauce, cheese and popped them under the broiler to melt it. A little sprinkle of Italian seasoning on top.  Perfection. I'd planned to photograph the last sandwich and wrap it up for my lunch today.    Instead, my husband hovered around, watching me tilt the plate this way and that way.    When I felt like I had a good shot or too, I got up to get some foil to wrap it in.  I turned back around and the husband was gone, along with the plate.   :)    Thank you so much Sue B for sharing the recipe, it definitely will be in the regular rotation! print recipe

Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Sauce!

It's National Waffle day, and I have a pretty well-documented waffle addiction.    I was challenged to use blueberries as an ingredient, and there's a double dose of them in this recipe.    Unfortunately, we didn't get to pick this year, so I had to go into my freezer stash.   My son helped put these together.    I usually skip the "beating the egg whites" part and toss in the whole egg, but I wanted him to follow the recipe from start to finish.   I'm glad I did.  The waffles were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.   My only addition was about a teaspoon of butter extract to the batter.   You could use vanilla or maybe even orange extract, I would cut that down to 1/4t so it wouldn't be overpowering. We're die hard Real NH Maple syrup fans, but this sauce is fantastic.    It would be great over ice cream too  :)  Thank you so much to Devyn W for sharing the recipe!  Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Sauce Print With I

Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes- another first for me!

I've wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since the movie came out in the 90s.   I've never seen them on a restaurant menu here in NH and I managed to miss out on trying them the few times I've traveled south.    While picking up corn at the farm, I noticed they had baskets of big beautiful green tomatoes too.   Score!   I brought them home with me, and went searching for a recipe on the Taste of Home site.    I printed this one , and then my day got away from me.   The second day on the counter, my tomatoes weren't quite as green.   I sliced them up and slapped them in the freezer on some parchment in a single layer.    When they were solid, I put them in a ziptop bag. Yesterday I had time to cook them up.   I defrosted them in the fridge, blotted them well and proceeded with the recipe.   Minor changes-  instead of garlic salt, I used Roasted Granulated Garlic instead of the garlic salt.   I sprinkled kosher salt on the tomatoes after they were fried.   I sat and

Pineapple salsa- perfect snack for this super hot summer!

My sister spotted this recipe on Facebook and I've been trying to get to it all summer.    I hit the store yesterday, and sat down to put it together with the cutest helper ever, my niece   :) She was instrumental in counting all the vegetables and telling me what order to dice them in. The blogger removed the pineapple to make a bowl and her presentation was gorgeous, be sure to go check it out.   I didn't do that, I just stripped it down and diced it.   I doubled the recipe, and I admit to not measuring super carefully, some of the cupfuls may have been "heaping"  I'm not a fan of cilantro, my sister is.  I used parsley in mine.   It didn't specify, but I prefer bermuda onions, so that's what I used.   Mine got the jalapeno, hers didn't.    I had gigantic limes, so I only used 2 total, figuring I could always add more later.       Fruit and salsa has been a pretty recent discovery for me, and I'm sorry that it took me so long.    We'

Where's the beef? In the crockpot!

This has been one of the hottest summers I can remember.  We've been enjoying long, lazy days by the pool, but then I find myself scrambling to get dinner on the table when we get home.   I decided it was time to put my crockpot to better use, and in my search for recipes, I came across this one .   I hate having to dirty a pan before putting something into the crockpot, but the smell of the roast browning got me over it quickly.   My family is anti-vegetable, and I never remember to buy fresh herbs when I shop.  I swapped out the onion, celery and basil for dried versions.   I also subbed crushed red pepper flakes for the pepperoncini.    We went out for the day, and when we re tu rned, the entire house smelled ama zing.   The roast was so tender it fell into shreds with a slight touch.    I served up the meat on kaiser rolls, with chopped red onion , fresh cracked black pepper and mustard.   It looked so good, I didn't even attem pt to take pi c tures, I just dug in.    H