Oven-baked Potato Medley

This oven-baked potato medley is delightful and delectable. Our daughter-in-law Katie fixed them a few weeks ago when she and Jason dropped in for a visit. Jason grilled the steak and she fixed the rest of the meal. Because they live near a Publix store, she was able to pick these up easily. [More information on obtaining these potatoes is below.]

Simple and easy, and oh so delicious!  The potato medley adds a variety of color and flavor to any meal. Rinse the potatoes (they have already been washed). If they’re larger than bite-sized, just cut them into smaller pieces. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, red pepper flakes and turmeric if you’d like.

Put into the oven and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (or more, if you are fixing an entire bag).

 

Potato Medley
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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A delightful different potato combination that's easy to fix, especially since the potatoes are so small and do not need to be peeled.
Ingredients
  • Sunrise Medley OR Celebration Blend potatoes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes to taste
  • Olive oil to coat
Instructions
  1. Rinse potatoes
  2. Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, then roll to coat
  3. Season with sea salt, pepper, and any the other listed seasonings
  4. Add any other seasonings you'd like
  5. PUt onto tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes, turning as needed

 

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The potatoes from Publix

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photo credit: LeeAnne from Publix

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photo credit: LeeAnne from Publix

The Celebration Blend Potatoes is a product packaged only for Publix stores. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a Publix, you can purchase them there.  If, however, you’re too far away, you can call their store in South Carolina that ships their produce. Here is the information: Publix Aprons Event Planning Team (LeeAnne). Phone: 803.407.5338. Desk Hours, 7 days a week 10:00am-7pm.150 Harbison Blvd.  Columbia SC 29212

The company that produces these potatoes for Publix is Tasteful Selections. You can learn about them here: www.tastefulselections.com. They package a similar product, called Sunrise Medley.  You can find these in Safeway, according to Tim. Their number: 800.678.2789. Ask to speak to Tim.

 

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Oven Baked Honey Chicken

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Honey Chicken is a family favorite.  

This recipe for honey chicken was often the menu choice when our children were younger. When our kids were in elementary and middle school, we hosted their teachers yearly. Honey chicken was often chosen by the child who was honoring his/her teacher that evening with a home-cooked meal.

I grew up with this recipe, and it comes from Cooking with Cherry Glade, a cookbook from a Mennonite church in my home community. You need chicken and seasoned flour; the honey sauce includes honey, lemon juice, and butter.

Planning Ahead Saves Time

I often have a zip-lock bag in my freezer of the flour mixture; it’s easier than mixing it up each time I’m going to make the chicken. I always remove the skin from the chicken.  The recipe calls for a whole chicken, but I have used chicken breasts, thighs, leg quarters, drumsticks, or any combination of chicken.

Sometimes I skip the flour and just put the sauce on the chicken for the entire baking time. It really is better if you dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, but if you’re counting calories, you can skip it. Another way I’ve fixed this is a two-stage process.

I bake it the first 45 minutes. Then I place the honey sauce on top, refrigerate it, and finish baking it the following day. So there you have it. So many choices and ways to do this. No matter what pieces of chicken you choose, this recipe is bound to be a hit for you and your family!

Oven Baked Honey Chicken
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lb. chicken, cut up
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ lb. butter (I use less)
  • Sauce: ¼ cup EACH of melted butter, lemon juice, and honey
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and spices together. Dip chicken into this mixture
  2. Turn oven to 400 and put your baking pan with butter into the oven to melt the butter as the oven heats.
  3. Place pieces of chicken in pan, turning to coat.
  4. Bake uncovered, skin side down for 45 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken.
  6. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour it over the chicken.
  7. Bake 45 minutes longer.

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Chicken Spaghetti Noodle with Cream Sauce

chicken spaghettiAdding Variety

After having fresh garden tomatoes every day this week, skillet lasagna and pizza the last week, and Sloppy Joes another day, I was ready for something without hamburger or tomatoes. So I improvised from a recipe and came up with this one. ‘Only problem is, I’m not sure what to call it because the original recipe is called Chicken Spaghetti, and this has no tomatoes. Should we call it Chicken Pimento Noodle or Chicken Noodle Pimento?

Plenty of Vegetables

Choose how much you want to add of the following: celery, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, and pimentos.

Start by sauteeing the celery, onions, and bell pepper. If you’re using raw mushrooms, saute those as well. You can add canned mushrooms to the pimentos and noodles.

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While your vegetables are sauteeing, cook the spaghetti noodles and then drain.

Go ahead and turn on the third burner, or wait until you’re done with one of the above and then make your sauce. Melt some butter, add some cream or milk and let it simmer until it thickens slightly, then add some cream cheese to the mixture.

Add Some Chicken

Add chicken, then combine all the ingredients and heat in the skillet until warm completely through, OR put it into a casserole dish and serve it from there.

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Chicken Spaghetti Noodle with Cream Sauce
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A chicken dish with spaghetti noodles and a cream sauce. Easy on the stomach and a nice variety from the usual spaghetti.
Ingredients
  • 8 Tbsp. butter - divided in half
  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 small jar pimentos
  • 12 oz. Spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼-1/2 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Melt 4 oz. butter, then saute celery, peppers, and onions until tender.
  2. Cook spaghetti noodles until done
  3. Melt 4 oz butter in pan, then add cream cheese until melted
  4. Simmer until it begins to thicken, then add milk
  5. Mix in parmesan cheese
  6. Mix vegetables with noodles, chicken, pimentos, mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper
  7. Add sauce and simmer until warm clear through
  8. Place in casserole dish and keep warm or heat slightly in the microwave OR serve from stovetop pan

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Summer Squash – Sauteed

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Sweet summer squash. Dave’s favorite way to be served this vegetable is to have it sauteed with onions and bacon. If you don’t want to use bacon, then use some bacon grease. That’s right. A tablespoon will do. Save some of your “fat” when you fry up some bacon. It can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. Add some sea salt and pepper if you’d like, and saute away. You can serve some small bacon pieces with it if you’d like.

IF, however, you don’t want to use anything bacon, you can use olive oil. I have to do that sometimes when I don’t have any bacon on hand. ‘Always wish I did, though because it’s just not quite as good.

Fresh, small squash is the most tender and flavorful.  It’s a pretty dish when you slice this vegetable thinly and use the dainty rounds.

For sauteeing, you can use a large skillet. I am blessed with a cook-n-dine, so that’s what I use. (I don’t get anything for referring you to the cook-n-dine, but if you want to call them, you can get the number from the link above; ask to speak with Bea Gebhardt and tell her I sent you.)

I fry a pound of bacon on my cook-n-dine and then ladle the drippings into a container for later use. By the time the bacon is done, my “skillet” is well oiled and I’m ready to go. The bacon is used for garnish and for other recipes later in the week.

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Yes. It looks dirty, but it isn’t. It’s the only photo I took and I know it’s a fail.

Put onion into the bacon grease/oil and let it sautee for a minute or two, then add thinly sliced squash. Season with sea salt and pepper (optional). Keep mixing and moving the ingredients around so they don’t get too brown (as I am prone to do.)

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Put the vegetables into a bowl and top with bacon pieces (optional).

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This dish only takes minutes to make and is bound to please. I’ve also added fresh, whole green beans to the mix. They take a little longer, so you’ll want to start with the beans first before you add the succulent yellow squash.

Summer Squash - Sauteed
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A simple, easy way to serve fresh summer squash and guaranteed to have kids asking for more.
Ingredients
  • 4 strips bacon - or more
  • 4 cups sliced squash
  • 1-2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease OR olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash fresh squash and slice thinly
  2. Slice onions
  3. Season skillet with olive oil OR bacon grease
  4. Add onions, stirring for a minute or two
  5. Add squash and mix together with onions
  6. Season to taste
  7. Stir-fry until squash and onions are tender

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