Monday, October 27, 2008

Well, Hello Again!

Yes, I know it's been a while. A month and a half! But you see, it's not that I haven't cooked, it's that I've cooked all my favorites, so there wasn't a whole lot to post about. I DID try two new recipes recently - so I decided to share them.

The first has been in my cookbook for a long time, and I just got around to trying it. I've been wanting simple, tasty, oven recipes for chicken, now that it's getting colder. I like to cook meals or main dishes in the oven to help warm the house. This one's a "keeper."

Baked Pineapple Chicken

1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon rosemary, crushed
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 lemon , thinly sliced

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Combine reserved juice with garlic, cornstarch, Worcestershire, mustard, and rosemary. Arrange chicken in shallow baking pan or broiler-proof dish, skin side up. Broil until browned. Stir sauce; pour over chicken. Bake at 400˚ 30 minutes. Arrange pineapple and lemon slices around chicken. Spoon sauce from baking pan over all; continue baking 5 more minutes.

Next is a fabulously easy and yummy dessert, that must be eaten in small quantities- though you'll want to eat as many as you can, they're so good. I love pecan pie, and these are like eating pecan pie filling but with a tasty crackly crust on top.

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
⅔ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Liberally grease muffin tins with cooking spray; set aside. (I used silicone muffin cups sprayed with Pam for Baking and they slid right out.)

Combine all ingredients and mix well; fill each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 13-14 regular-sized cupcakes, or about 30 miniature ones.