Monday, January 25, 2016

A Little Bit of Comfort with a January Thaw

Note: January temperatures are on the upswing for the Midwest-at least not a deep, frigid freeze! 

January Thaw 
by Carol Fleming Klein

Sunlight, sparkling at my windowpane
Gliding across the floor,
Outstretched hand inviting me to dance.
And I long to hear you knockin'
at my door.

Sunlight, caressing on my face
Warming blues and greens
Tugging at my heart with dancing rays
Pine limbs beckon-on to sun-glad scenes.

Sunlight-calling, imperious with no restraint
Flashing in my eyes, commanding to my soul.
Oh why must you arrive so late!
Come whirl and dance in union
-before my curfews toll.

source: poem hunter

Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles Lasagna
Cook's notes: A chicken dish with a twist using savory chicken pot pie filling and no boil oven lasagna noodles. A tasty comfort dish for a chilly evening. Advance preparation: cut celery, onions, mushrooms  and carrots ahead and refrigerate. Use 3 cups deli rotisserie chicken.
  • 3 Tb. butter
  • 1 cup each diced carrots, celery, potatoes and mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3-1/4 cups chicken broth (low sodium-fat free)
  • 1 TB. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 TB. parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. herbes de Provence
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 1/4 cup each white wine and heavy cream
  • 1-34 cups Parmesan cheese divided
  • no boil lasagna noddles 
  • Grease a 8x8 square or rectangle baking dish. 
  • In a large fry pan melt 3 TB. butter. Add in carrots, celery, mushrooms, potatoes and onions. Sprinkle spices over the mixture and stir fry for 8-10 minutes until carrots and potatoes are tender-crisp. 
  • Add in 1/3 cup flour and stir for 3 minutes until flour is golden. Slowly add in chicken broth and stir until it boils and thickens. Whisk in mustard.
  • Add in chicken, peas, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese,wine and cream. Cook on low uncovered for 6-8 minutes. 
  • Line bottom of pan with 4 noodles and pour half of sauce over it. Layer with 4 more noodles and rest of sauce. Grate remaining cheese over sauce. 
  • Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, grate a little more cheese and cook 10 minutes longer. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. 
Bon Appetit!

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