New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

Mardi Gras is almost upon up, and Mardi Gras always makes me think of New Orleans and New Orleans always makes me think of Jambalaya. See how my mind works? It’s all about the food, lol! And while my fave Jambalaya Recipe is already on my site, one made with a roux (that’s said to be the Cajun-style) I really wanted to up my game this year and perfect a Creole-style Jambalaya, the tomato-y kind. Yeah, I’ had to get out of my (very delish) Cajun rut and make this New Orleans Creole Jambalaya for Mardi Gras this year.

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

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White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

It’s been pretty bitter in the Twin Cities, but we’re having a little heatwave and are up to 12 degrees. Which would be great if we didn’t get about 7 inches of snow last night and even better if the high tomorrow wasn’t expected to be -5 with a low of -25 and worse on Wednesday. But that’s exactly the time you want soup! And even better a pretty much pantry soup (if your pantry is anything like mine) and not just any soup. You want this little White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop number coz it’s going to warm you from the inside out!

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

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Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

It’s easy to always think about St. Paul & Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, as a Swedish/Norwegian city and we do have a large population. Maybe our weather made them feel at home. But it’s just as easy to forget that our earliest settlements were French and/or French Canadian. So in honor of our French, here’s a “Bean Pot” or if ya want to be fancier, I’ll just call this a Minnesota Cassoulet Bean Pot.

Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

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Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

I know it’s summer, mid-July, but I just had to do Barbecue Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot with some of the Honey Barbecue Pulled Pork I made the other day. No Instant Pot? No worries. The stovetop instructions for Barbecue Chicken Chili are here, too.

Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

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Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken

Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken

I wish we all had time to stand in front of the barbecue and have parties on the deck (or by the pool if you’re so lucky) but man, sometimes we’re just busy and need to eat! That’s when this big batch of Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a lifesaver.

Corn Fritter Pancakes.Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

Corn Fritter Pancakes. Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

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Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Chicken - large batch for meal prep. Firm enough to slice, tender enough to shred.

Meal Prep Chicken, Five Recipes

I love meal prep & rely a lot on make-ahead meals & planned leftovers to get through the week. Today, though, I’m doing things in an organized way: Cook this Meal Prep Chicken over the weekend and throw together five varied lunches for two with no repeats. Coz who wants to eat the same thing over and over?

Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Chicken - large batch for meal prep

Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Chicken – large batch for meal prep. Firm enough to slice, tender enough to shred.

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Super easy and fast, shortcut these fajitas with already cooked chicken. Great for using leftovers.

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas

Do you guys want an easy, 20-minute Shortcut Chicken Fajitas recipe? One that starts with cooked chicken so you can have it on the table fast, fast, fast? A recipe that lets you use chicken cooked ahead for meal prep or any leftovers or a rotisserie chicken you have on hand?

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas & Cilantro Lime Rice.

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas & Cilantro Lime Rice

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Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Pineapple Chicken

Ok, it’s February, now. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it’s cold, here, and we have feet of snow. Yeah, feet. And it’s just the time of year when it gets old. So I wanted a little pick me up. Something with a little tropical flair? Maybe something with pineapple!

Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Pineapple Chicken – Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir-fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

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Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon

fruited chicken salad with honey dijon by the frugal hausfrau

Way back when, my sister and I were discussing what should be on the menu for a family get together and we got down to the salad dressing. “Honey Dijon?” I asked. It was kind of a new thing then. “No one likes that,” she said. But I didn’t say, “I do, I do!” And goodness help me, I do.  Home-made at least. Don’t tell my sis!

Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot

This Honey Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot has saved me over and over in the last few months. When the hunger-crazed octogenarians (my folks) begin circling around 5:00 p.m. like sharks and the day’s been too hectic for anything else, I think Honey Sesame Chicken. I swear it has saved my life, or at the very least, the loss of a limb or two…

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

Honey Sesame Chicken Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

Hey, I’m a planner but this still happens to me! It’s 4:30 and I open the fridge to make dinner and *duh* I forgot to take out the chicken to thaw. The ravenous octogenarians (my folks, or maybe for you, it’s your kids; I’ve been there, too…) and are emitting hangry noises, circling like sharks ready for the kill. Thats when you need Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, Mexican Style Shredded Chicken.

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Tomatoes

As summer morphs into fall, it’s fun to make recipes that still take advantage of the abundance of tomatoes out there (yes, it’s me again – the tomato lady, lol!) but to give them a heartier twist. And when that twist includes easy boneless-chicken breast and a simple balsamic vinegar reduction? When that twist is Balsamic Glazed Chicken Tomatoes? Well, count me in.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes

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My Sister’s Spiedies

My sister has been suggesting Spiedies for my blog for years, and I’ve been promising to make them just as long! Better late than never! If you haven’t had a Spiedie, you’ve been missing out. Tender, highly marinated chunks of Chicken, Pork or Lamb, skewered and then served on Italian bread or Italian rolls.

Spiedies - these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

Spiedies – these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

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Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Here’s another one of my recipes that tastes and looks all “gourmet” but gets dinner on the table in no time at all – Soused Chicken. I’ve made this for years and the somewhat unusual flavoring gets rave reviews. Seriously, people think you’re going all fancy whenever wine and a little cream or half and half are in the picture.

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

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Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad with Raspberry Dressing

I’ve been making this Chicken & Fruit Salad for years, originally culled from Cooking Light. It’s just such a gorgeous salad, full of all kinds of great things and it’s all set off by a creamy raspberry dressing. It’s one of my favorite ways to make sure I get some fruit in my diet along with a few greens. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better.

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad

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Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken

Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken

There’s one simple, no effort complete skillet meal I love beyond all others – that’s Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken. The chicken always turns out beautifully, the flavors are amazing and the potatoes. Well, if you’re a follower, you might get already that I love me some potatoes, especially if they’re roasted, all soft in the center, lemony and garlicky and…forget that. Let’s be honest. I just love potatoes any way they’re cooked!

Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken

Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken (There were only three of us, so I just cooked three breasts.)

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