Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Chicken Paprika (Cook Books)

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 14, 2011 ][ In Chicken & Other Poultry ]

Some people collect cookbooks; they just can’t seem to pass one up.  I have always tried to avoid buying cookbooks because they clutter up the kitchen and after a while, it seems like the recipes get repeated.  Still I have a number of cookbooks that were sold for fundraisers and others that were gifts.  I have bought few of them on my own.  One cookbook that should be in everyone’s kitchen is “The Joy of Cooking” by Rombauer and Becker.  It is a great reference book and when I need to know how to do something, I look there first.  It also has several great recipes, though it does have a number of strange ones like Broiled Kidneys.  Adventurous as I am, I think I can skip that one.


Simply the best cookbook I have is “Traditions, A Taste Of The Good Life” by the Junior League of Little Rock.  That cookbook has more wonderful recipes than any other I’ve ever used.  It is worth buying if you can still find it.  We have liked most every recipe from that book that I’ve tried and many have become family favorites.


I am a sucker for magazines though, and can hardly pass up Paula Deen, Southern Living or a new magazine I discovered, Clean Eating.  This is where I really find most of the dishes I make.  Once I try a recipe and determine that it is worth keeping, I tear it out and put it in my recipe notebook.  My sister took all of my loose recipes once that were once stufed in a file folder and organized them into this notebook for me.  It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me and now I can easily add to it.  Being the foodie that I am, I am constantly finding new recipes that I plan to try.  Sometimes I never get around to it.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the food I’d like to cook!


I am going to share an old favorite from “The Joy Of Cooking”.  After making this dish years ago, I really fell in love with paprika.


Chicken Paprika
Several pieces of chicken, legs, thighs, or breasts
1 Tbsp. of butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp. to 2 Tbsp. sweet Hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups chicken stock
2 tsp. flour
1 cup sour cream
Melt the butter in a large pot or skillet.  Add oil and heat over medium heat.  Add onions and paprika and simmer till red and glossy.  Then add the salt and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and add the chicken.  Simmer covered until tender, about an hour.  Stir the flour into the sour cream and mix well.  Stir the sour cream mixture into the chicken and simmer until thickened.  Do not boil.  Serve over rice or noodles.

Use brown rice and add a green vegetable and you are set!

Upadated on June 14, 2011

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