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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The 21st Century Christian Wife: VICHYSSOISE - Julia Child

The 21st Century Christian Wife: VICHYSSOISE - Julia Child: Julia Child's Legacy CHILLED LEEK AND POTATO SOUP: VICHYSSOISE (Recipe from The Way to Cook, Julia Child, Alfred A. Knopf) Yield: 6-8 servin...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Delicious Mediterranean Dinner in a SNAP!

Delicious Mediterranean Dinner in a SNAP!

Buongiorno le mie ragazze,  (Italian for Good Morning my girls)

So Mediterranean fever has hit!  I am day dreaming about Italian villa's and flower filled gardens.  How about you?

So, last night I decided to make Orange Chicken.  Why?  My kids are always talking about how great Orange Chicken is at Panda Express...but I had it the other day, and well......not so great.  I decided I could make a much healthier, Mediterranean version for my family.  

So here is my recipe. 

Side note...First I decided to make a Ratatouille with egg plant, fresh baby spinach, onion, olive oil, white wine, tons of oregano, and canned chopped tomatos.  That is what we are going to eat tonight.  It takes about 1 hour to really cook well. 
  1. Heat your cast iron skillet
  2. Chop all vege's
  3. Add EVOO to hot pan and put in onions, saute until onions are clear
  4. Add egg plant, spinach leaves, tomato's and spices, then the white wine, just about a 1/2 cup
  5. Cover and simmer for 1 hr.
  6. Remove lid and cover with Italian shredded cheese blend. 

While it was cooking I put the Chicken in the oven

  1. I used legs and thighs
  2. covered with EVOO
  3. sprinkled with oregano, chili powder, lime juice, lemon juice
  4. sliced oranges on top
  5. add a bit of salt and pepper
  6. put into a 300 degree oven.
I love SLOW roasting.  I basted this often with the juices of the olive oil and orange.  It was AMAZING!

While that was cooking the Ratatouille finished and I added the cheese....PERFECTION!

After about 1.5 hours in the oven, the chicken should be close to falling off the bone because you have basted it about every 20 minutes with loving care...right....then you have to broil it.  Be careful!  You have to watch it or it will burn.

Remove after the skin has crisped.

I put into my pretty cassarole dish and covered.  This will be dinner tonight. 

SO What did we eat Last Night??  While all this was cooking...I threw together a plate of Smoked Herring, Whole Wheat crackers, black and jalapeno stuffed Olives, YUMMY Salad, sliced cheeses, grape tomatos in olive oil and basil, and some whole wheat pasta with a red sauce for the guys.

 I hope this gives you some good ideas and gets you on the healthy track to eating the Mediterranean way!

Mangiar bene!  (Good Eating!)


Friday, December 30, 2011

What's NOT cooking in Jenny May's Kitchen?

Happy New Year Happy HomeMakers!

If you are anything like me the idea of a brand new year sets you all giddy inside!  All the amazing possibilites and new advenures to be had.  I really do love it.  New Years Day is one of my FAVORITE homemaking days.  My husband and I will go to church in the morning and head home to put away all the holiday decorations and gifts.  This is the PERFECT time of year to CLEAN!  Sometimes we get into rearranging which makes you dust and vacuum under and in places you haven't seen all year.  The doing is not so much my favorite part but the DONE is!  I love sitting down with a big glass of ice water and looking at my newly cleaned and organized home.  

With this new energy I begin to think about what I want to accomplish in the new year.  Top of the list used to be losing weight.  However, last year I stopped that and decided it was a journey toward Wellness that I wanted, not thinness.  SO....I started   AND to chronicle my wellness journey.  Check it out if you want an encouraging and HONEST read about my wellness journey - which is hardly over!

SO - because my Number one priority remains wellness in 2012.....I have started with getting rid of the cookies and cakes and other Holiday treats.  I was glad to have them around for all the entertaining but now I am ready to bring back those foods that not only satisfy my cravings but also my wellness goals. 

The focus is on higher protein foods and indulging in sugar's that come from fruits and veges only.  I would never Dream of cutting sugar 100 percent.  However, for the next month I do think it is important because over Thanksgiving and Christmas it was becoming a part of daily life and this is hardly balance.  Remember - it's all about balance.....even when indulging. protein lunch favorite is egg salad and deviled ham sandwiches.

  1. I use low sugar and low carb italian bread made by Arnolds - crusts cut off my dears (NOTE - cut crusts into squares, toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and spices of your choosing and bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then lower to 225 for 15 more minutes MAKES awesome croutons for salads)!
  2. Boil 6 large eggs - cool in fridge for 1 hour - chop up.
  3. 1/2 chopped red onion
  4. Add Hellmans Mayo - 1/2 cup
  5. 2 tbsp of Mustard (pictured is the a honey mustard variety, but normally I just use regular mustard)
  6. 3 tbsp Papricka
  7. Little bit of salt
  8. Pepper

While your eggs are cooling toss the bread squares with olive oil and any spices you like.  Pop them into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn down to 225 for another 15 minutes - waaa laaaaa - croutons for tonight salad!

What's NOT cooking in my kitchen is anything artifical and sugary! What is cooking is just as delicious. I pared this sandwich with a honey crisp apple and had an amazing lunch! 

Kitchen Kisses,
Jenny May

Monday, December 12, 2011

Seafood Salad - Eaten Sea Side

This is something unexpected.....My Hubby surprised me with a trip to it is all about seafood, sun and FRUIT! 

A reminder that with all the heavy eating we tend to do up north in the cold.   The occassioualy cold lunch, salad with soup or salad and fruit...can be just what our diet needs.

Sunshine Kisses from Florida,

Jenny May

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What's Cookin In Jenny May's Kitchen Today?

I wanted the Kitchen to smell really good and Christmasy....I think APPLES AND CINNAMON......

So without having to light a candle or using something artifical to get that great smell.....I looked around my little kitchen and saw a bowl of pears and apples...YUP that is where I start....

1.  I sliced one of each.
2.  Used a Ready-Made pie crust
3.  greased the pie pan with olive oil
4.  Started layering with small slices of REAL butter, then the fruit, then the sugar (regular and brown sugar) and cinnamon mixture, then another layer.....but something was missing....

Then it hit me!  I am always trying to be healthy you know....This tart was missing.....


Haaaaa -  I started rummaging in my Baking Cabinet saw some chopped Walnuts. 


This became a delicious pear and apple tart in less than an hour. 

Took this out of the oven and added a small ish....scoop of ice cream.  The walnuts were sort of candied.  This was amazing!

******And best of all the whole house smelled amazing without using anything artificial.*****

YUMMY !!!!!!

and SOOOOO easy!

Jenny May

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vintage Apron Sale!

Hi Dolls,

Jenny May....that's me....will be making vintage style aprons this holiday season so get your orders in now! 


I will custom make for you so email me your measurements and the style you would like - see above patterns, select color, fabric style, solids, strips, prints, or combo....chose one for every day or for the holiday.  Every Happy Homemaker NEEDS an apron!

FULL REFUND if not 100% satisfied.

Jenny May

Monday, November 21, 2011


Ok, I have a kitchen confession to make......

this is a little secret I have been keeping from you all.

It's time you knew the whole truth about Jenny May's Kitchen!


I serve.............................

Well, Jenny May's Kitchen shuts down sometimes and only serves.........................


Ahhhh - I feel let me explain myself.  Not only is this a Tradition deeply rooted in my childhood....but....

Sometimes after Sunday dinner's which were at 2pm....we would all get a bit hungry around 6-7 so my Mom would make the best popcorn in the world! We would then watch Masterpiece Theatre, or 60 minutes, or some other important Sunday night show. In the 70's there were great Sunday evening movies or mini Roots. Watching that with my family changed my life, or how I viewed my life I should say. Good memories around popcorn....probably another reason I make it about 4 times a week (for myself or my son and his friends)....but not the microwave has to be real, stove top, WHITE popping corn with real butter and canola oil.

And...the Hubby is on a business are out and about...plenty of left over chili from the weekend for them if they want it.  But for moi'  sometimes it just has to be POPCORN.....

I KNOW!!!  Ok. so yes, sometimes that is what I eat for dinner.  A HUGE bowl of white popcorn, with real butter, a bit of salt and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.  AND sometimes. I throw in....

oh no......more confessing........can't stop it........


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I didn't even take a picture of the final product because I just started eating it.....YUMMY! 

Another reason for this is because on the first few days before Thanksgiving I like to make my meals SUPER simple...low calorie and easy so I can be ready for the feast! 

That makes sense right?

Popcorn Kisses,