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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Pepper Thyme Chicken over Polenta with Bitter Greens, from Laurie Colwin

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Currently, I am reading Family Happiness, a novel. There is a sameness about her writing whether she is explaining a character or a recipe, and I have found that I like it very much. Regarding her recipes they are more like a tutorial, allowing the home cook to cook with what they have, which is right up my alley.

From Home Cooking, I made this wonderful chicken dish...

Pepper Thyme Chicken over Polenta with Bitter Greens, a Laurie Colwin recipe.
Pepper Thyme Chicken over Polenta with Bitter Greens
Pepper Thyme Chicken over Polenta with Bitter Greens
adapted from:  Home Cooking, a writer in the kitchen
Serves 6-8

Cooks Note:  The recipe calls for Broccoli Rabe, a delicious, bitter vegetable. I love it, unfortunately, our fresh market was out, rather than not make this lovely dish, I did substitute spinach and although it is mild with the spinach, it is still a truly wonderful dish.

1 chicken, cut into 8 equal pieces OR 8 large chicken thighs (with bone and skin) about 3 pounds

1 scant T dried thyme, finely crumbled
scant 1/8 t fresh ground black pepper ( if you want, use more)
1 rounded T brown sugar
1/2 t salt*
1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes (again, if you like, use more)

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T butter cut into 8 pieces

Cooked polenta for 6-8 servings

2 bunches of Broccoli Rabe, cleaned and steamed

Combine the dry ingredients to make a dry marinade, sprinkle over both sides of the chicken. Place chicken in a single layer in a pan large enough to have 1/2 space around each piece. Let rest at room temperature.


Preheat oven to 350, sprinkle the chicken with the garlic and dot with the butter, bake chicken 1 1/2 hour or until chicken is very tender and skin is crisp.

While chicken is baking, cook polenta in the usual manner. When done, add a knob of butter, stir well. Cover and keep warm. When ready to serve, you may need to thin the polenta by stirring in a few tablespoons of boiling water, whisk until smooth. If you prefer your polenta a bit stiffer, you may skip this step.

Then prepare the broccoli rabe by removing any tough lower leaves, wash well. Steam gently until bright green and the stems are tender (but not mushy). Drain well, set aside.

To serve:

Pour or spoon the polenta onto a large serving platter, surround with the greens, place chicken on top of greens in a decorative pattern.

From the drippings in the pan, skim off and discard all but 2 T of the chicken fat. Take a whisk and bring together the contents of the pan, scraping brown bits off bottom and sides. Pour over the polenta in the middle of the platter.

Enjoy!

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

It is a bit ironic that I am sharing a delicious cookie recipe, that was developed for freezer storage. After many years, our freezer is actively dying. This is a change from the slow death process it had been showing, where it never cycled off and the high temp warning light and alarm were a constant reminder that doom was pending. 

Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Another freezer storage dough, bake as desired.
Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Which made it necessary for us to travel out and about in search of another freezer. Our first stop was our local repair and retailer of used appliances, right here on the peninsula. Unfortunately for us, others need freezers just as much as we do. The kind lady said that she can't keep one in stock! Due to our immediate need, we traveled on to Astoria. Where we found the freezer of our dreams pocketbook, and we shall go to fetch it on Wednesday. 

Should the old freezer in the garage sigh her last sigh before then, the food is frozen solid and will last until it can be transferred over to the new freezer.  I know one thing for certain, I do not want to be without a freezer, ever. Small batch cooking is so much easier when you have a freezer for storage. With just the two of us, we enjoy very healthy meals, with homemade food stashed away, ready, quick as can be. Plus fresh baked treats, with a delicious recipe like this one. 

Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.Convenient freezer storage, bake as needed for the family.
Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, convenient freezer cookie dough.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
makes 4 packages

1 1/4 c butter (2 1/2 sticks)
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1t vanilla
1 egg
1 T water
1 - 2 T instant espresso powder - for strong coffee flavor use the full measure
1 1/3 c whole wheat flour - pastry grind
2 t cinnamon
1 t soda
2 T dry cocoa powder
3 1/2 c rolled oats 
1 1/2 c chocolate chips
1 c walnuts

Beat the butter and both sugars until creamy, add egg, vanilla, salt, water, and espresso. Beat well. 

Add the whole wheat flour, soda, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Combine well, add oats. When evenly mixed add chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well.


Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Easy freezer storage, bake up as desired.
Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie dough, thaw and bake as needed.

Divide dough into 4 portions, pack into a mold, press down, wrap completely, turn out. Store in labeled freezer bag, freeze. 

To bake, remove from freezer and allow to thaw on the counter, 30-45 minutes. You may also remove the night before and let thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 


Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Fresh from the oven!
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies, fresh from the oven.

Cut into 12 pieces and bake in a 350-degree oven 13-15 minutes or until done. Let cool on the pan 3-5 minutes, move to toweling to finish cooling. 

Enjoy!


Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
modest monday @ modest mom
good morning mondays 113 @ darling downs
art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
inspire me monday @ create with joy


Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

During one of our visits to the library, I picked up the book, SLOW COOKING FOR TWO

Quick and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe. Your own homemade goodness, from the pantry.
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, from Slow Cooking for Two.

The premise of the book is great, small batch, slow cooker recipes. Like many cookbooks, this one contained several recipes using chicken thighs. For the two of us, that is perfect, as chicken thighs are a favorite around here. 

I also noticed a simple red sauce, immediately I knew I wanted to make. But to be honest I felt that to put the slow cooker to work would be a waste if I did not fill it up. So I reversed the process and adapted the recipe to make enough for three meals. Red sauce is perfect for that way of thinking (and cooking!) because it freezes great and is very handy to have available for quick meals at a moment's notice. 

I like to keep a jar or two of quality marinara sauce in the pantry, but truth is I would rather make my own. Also jarred sauce can be a bit expensive. Most commercial jars of sauce contain 2 1/2 - 3 cups in volume. This recipe makes enough for 3 packages of sauce, for about half the price. Plus you get to control the ingredients. 

This sauce is delicious, but it is not overpowering in any way. Which really is the success with jarred sauces. With commercially prepared jar sauce, you can dress it up if you wish or serve as is. This sauce is exactly like jarred sauce, except you get to have the satisfaction of making it yourself. 

Quick and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe. Make sauce as convenient as jarred sauce, but homemade better!
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, made from pantry ingredients.
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe
adapted from: SLOW COOKING FOR TWO
makes three  containers of sauce 

4 14oz cans diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 c diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
2 t oregano
4 t basil
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until transparent and beginning to soften, do not brown. Add to the bottom of a 4 qt slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Using a stick blender (or carefully in batches in a regular blender) puree until evenly textured. Let cook, package and freeze for future meals.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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simple homestead hop @ oak hill
cookbook countdown 14 @ cookbook countdown
weekend cooking 262 @ mommys kitchen
pretty pintastic party 145 @ the whole serving
foodie friday friends 236 @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday 265 @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
modest monday @ modest mom
good morning mondays 113 @ darling downs
art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
inspire me monday @ create with joy

Sunday Supper Suggestion, Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad with Za'atar

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Looking for ways to eat more vegetables, led me to this salad. It is delicious and can be made at a moments notice from ingredients on hand. Paired with some whole grain bread and a piece of fresh fruit, it will also make a wonderful lunch or light supper.

With spring and summer coming on, you will want to remember this salad. When served, offer additional Za'atar seasoning so folks can add more of the delicious flavor to their serving, I did. The herby/toasted sesame flavor is really good.

Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad with Zaa'tar Tomatoes and Olives
Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad with Za'atar

This salad calls for Za'atar, which is a spice blend. I did not find on my spice shelf, but it is very easy to make, so I have included a homemade version, let's start with the Za'atar.......

Za'atar
adapted from, the world wide web
makes about 1/4 cup

1 T toasted sesame seeds
1 T marjoram leaves
1 T thyme leaves
1 T oregano leaves
2 T sumac
3/4 t salt

Using a mortar and pestle, coarsely grind sesame seeds and place is a small jar. Separably grind the each of the herbs, placing each into the same jar. Add the sumac and salt, cap and shake to combine.

Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Salad
adapted from, Kalyn's Kitchen 
serves 4

1 large English cucumber, peeled if desired
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 c sliced black olives
1/4 c sliced green onion
1 c cottage cheese
Za'atar seasoning

Quarter the cucumber lengthwise, the slice. Add to a medium size bowl. Around the rim of the bowl, add the halved tomatoes, sliced olives and then the sliced green onions.

In the center place the cottage cheese. Sprinkle with a generous tablespoon of Za'atar seasoning, more if desired.

Toss well before serving.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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homestead blog hop 123 @ not so modern housewife
homesteader hop 42 @ homesteading with heart
waste less wednesday @ skip the bag
to grandmas house 24 @ grandmas house diy
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead hop @ oak hill
weekend cooking 262 @ mommys kitchen
pretty pintastic party 145 @ the whole serving
foodie friday friends 236 @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday 265 @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads

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