Rosemary & Proscuitto wrapped Chicken Thighs

Little House on the Prarie Living is having an Old Fashinoned recipe exchange and I thought I would jump in. This meal is so yummy! Medium prep time and not too expensive. I never seem to put the ingredients in any specific order so just follow the directions and improvise to your own taste! You could use some fresh thyme in place of the rosemary and I bet it would be good too. Enjoy.

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 sprigs of rosemary
1/4-1/2 c olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves sliced thinly (or more if you want)
salt & pepper
rosemary minced finely
8 pieces of proscuitto ham (use bacon if you want)

Salt & pepper the chicken, place a sprig of rosemary in the fold of the chicken and wrap with a piece of proscuitto. It should stick to itself, but you could dab some oil on it too to hold it together or even use a toothpick. Mix the oil, garlic and minced rosemary in a pan and marinate the chicken pieces in this. Prep your grill so the chicken doesn't stick. After about 10 minutes you can grill for about 8 minutes each side. If you are grilling indoors, then grill on med high. You want to sear the meat and leave it alone and let it cook through on each side. Serve with veggies and orzo or rice. Whatever you want. :) Yummy good! (I got this recipe from Rachel Ray's show, 30 minute meals).

I thought I would try something I haven't done in a while for dinner. It's pretty good and for those of you still in snow and cold not to mention freezing rain, it might be real yummy!

Potato soup with Leeks.

2 pounds red potatoes
4-5 leeks, white and light green only
1 carrot, chopped fine
7 c chicken broth
2 c half n half
1 Tblsp parsley (dried is fine)
2 Tblsp olive oil
2 Tblsp butter
2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Heat the oil and butter in a soup pot. Clean the leeks real well and chop them up into about ¼ pieces or so, they will cook down. Chop/mince the garlic & carrots. Throw the garlic and leeks into the oil and butter and cook quickly for about 3 minutes. Throw in the carrots and turn down the heat to cook for another 20 minutes. They will be softened.

While the leeks, carrots & garlic are cooking, chop up your potatoes into bite size pieces, about the same size throughout. That should take about 20 minutes or so. When you are done chopping, throw the potatoes into the pot and add the chicken broth, salt & pepper. Let this cook until the potatoes are cooked through, and then add the half and half. Get out your potato masher and mash everything up or you can take about half of the soup and run it through your food processor. Be careful, it will be hot.

At this point, you can add cheese if you want. When I add cheese, I usually add parmesan or cheddar. Taste for seasoning and add if needed. Serve with cooked crumbled bacon, chopped green onion or a little cheese on top, or all three! Fresh parsley would look pretty too.

Creamy potato soup.

I have to tell you one more thing; save some for the next day because it will be even better then!
Thanks for reading!

I had a meeting last night and didn't have a lot of time to cook dinner so, we had a white Spinach pizza. This is an easy recipe and oh so yummy. The ingredients are few and it probably takes about 15 minutes to assemble, 10 or so to cook.
Here we go:

1 bag washed fresh spinach
1 jar white alfredo sauce (I use garlic)
1 pizza dough, homemade or the refrigerator kind
2 c. mozzarella cheese
cookie sheet (12 x 19-ish?)

Spray the cookie pan with pam or grease the sheet with a little bit of oil. Roll out and press the pizza dough into the pan. Use about 1/2 of the jar of sauce on the bottom of the pan and spread evenly over the dough. Chop the spinach leaves up into pieces and sprinkle over the top of the pizza. At this point you can add anything else you want. I am adding chopped artichoke (not marinated) tonight! After all toppings are on the pie, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and pop into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the crust is done. (If you choose to put meat on this pizza, please cook it ahead of time to insure the meat is cooked through).

Here it is in the oven!

My whole family loves it when I bake this pizza and we never have leftovers. Quick, delicious and a great "on the go meal".

The finished product! (salad plate, lol)


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