MOTHER NATURE IS BI-POLAR

Is anybody else out there tired of the cold and rain? I guess in some areas you folks are still getting snow. Mother Nature is going through naturepause or something. Seriously, I’m on the verge of needing medication or another vacation on an island somewhere.

I had to light a fire because it’s damp and cold. There’s not much else to do since I’m stuck inside. I said to myself, why not make some bread? So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to make a loaf of Egg Bread EGG BREAD or CHALLAH and I think I’ll make some of my grandmothers yeast rolls Grandmom Minnie’s Yeast Rolls.

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I love to bake bread. It makes the whole house smell so inviting and warm. It also reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen when I was little. It’s amazing how certain scents evoke such pleasant memories. Like the smell of a rose; it reminds me of my mother. It’s one of those days for reminiscing.

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Know what goes good with homemade bread? Why soup of course! It’s doesn’t matter what kind. It just has to be good and one of your favorites. I have several I’ve posted, one of my favorites is vegetable soup. WEEKEND IN ANNAPOLIS and Vegetable Soup. I love to make it in my Instant Pot. Of course if you are a good planner, the Crock Pot is also a great method.

I’m praying for mother nature and I ask that you do too. Maybe if we all pray real hard she will come out of her funk.

Send me some of your favorite soup recipes. Nothing better than a tried and true recipe that has been passed down. Keep smiling and find some sunshine inside. Bake a loaf of bread or make a recipe that brings back good memories.

Til next time,

Ciao xoxox

Viki D

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INSTANT POT CHICKEN CATCH – A -TORI (cacciatore)

No big mystery with a last name like Del Grosso, my family is Italian. My husbands family that is! I am fortunate enough to be part of that family. Over the years my in laws have taught me their family recipes and how to accomplish them. This one however is mine!

I had Chicken Cacciatore in Baltimore some years ago. I fell in love with it and decided to come up with my own recipe. This one is named after my daughter, Tori! It can be done on the stove top, which is how I have always made it in the past. I recently saw a recipe from Skinny Taste and I thought, why not try my recipe. It turned out beautifully and done in 25 minutes.

I served ours over a single portion of spaghetti, which does add more points. You could easily use spaghetti squash. It would also work well over rice, or polenta. I also like to put crushed red peppers on mine and a dash of parmesan when it’s plated. Just remember to add the extra points for any additional add-ons.

So without further ado……..here it is. I hope you like it!

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INSTANT POT CHICKEN CATCH-A-TORI (cacciatore)
3 SP per serving / 4 servings

• 4 chicken thighs, bone in, skin removed
• Kosher salt and pepper to taste
• Olive oil spray
• 1 onion, large dice
• 2 bell peppers, sliced large slivers
• 3 cloves garlic, smashed, keep intact
• 8 oz package of sliced baby portabella mushrooms
• 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
• ¼ C chicken broth
• 2 T tomato puree
• 1 t dried Italian seasoning
• Chopped basil for garnish

Directions:
1. Liberally season thighs on both sides with salt and pepper.
2. Using the saute’ feature on your Instant Pot, lightly spray with oil and brown chicken on both sides, set aside.
3. Spray the pot with a little more oil, add onions and peppers, and garlic. Sauté until softened and the onions are golden. About 7 minutes.
4. Add the chicken back to the pot.
5. Put the mushrooms and drained tomatoes on top of the chicken.
6. Mix the chicken broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and pour it on top of the chicken and vegetables and give it a quick stir and cover with the lid.
7. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, let the steam release naturally.
8. Plate and garnish with chopped basil.

You can top with grated parmesan and crushed red peppers to your taste.

Til next time,

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