Posts Tagged With: cooking

Thank You, Smoke Detector

Dear Smoke Detector,

I am writing you to formally address a complaint I’ve expressed against you for quite some time.  I understand that your job description requires you to detect smoke.  However, your enthusiasm is becoming excessive.  This is my first year as a wife and I’m still learning how to cook; I don’t see any reason why you should announce my embarrassing mishaps to the entire apartment complex.

Furthermore, there’s no need for you to wake up every smoke detector in the house.  If our house is actually on fire, I’m sure I’ll appreciate your eardrum-molesting, soul-scraping screech, but no one was in danger last night when I was cooking chicken on the stove.  The chicken didn’t even burn.  I didn’t know pasta sauce had splashed under the burner the other day.  It was rude of you to make me open all my windows on a cold night, letting out all the warm air we spent our hard-earned money on.

All I’m saying is take a break around dinner time.  Go catch a movie or something.  Come back when the dishes are done and we’re watching TV.  I’ll smell the smoke; I don’t need your help for that.

In fact, maybe just take a long vacation and come back when my future son or daughter is learning how to make Hot Pockets in the microwave.  I’m sure we’ll require your services at that time.

Until then,


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Confetti Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes, courtesy of my mom.  She made this pretty regularly when I was growing up, and I’ve always loved the combination of flavors: creamy chicken, with just a little kick from the pimento peppers.  They call this “confetti chicken” because of all the pretty colors!  It is basically a casserole and a cheesy crust with a similar consistency to cornbread.  This is a great dinner year-round and it also re-heats well (who doesn’t love leftovers?).  It’s easy to make and has tons of veggies!  I copied this recipe from one of my mom’s cookbooks called the Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook.  It seems like it might be out of print, but you can still buy copies here on

Here’s what you’ll need:

YUM! Look at all those veggies.

Confetti Chicken

For the Casserole:

  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1 teaspoon for the crust
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimento peppers
  • 1 ¼ cups shredded cheese

First, combine carrots, onion, celery.

Add the chicken broth and simmer for 20 minutes.

In a large casserole dish, mix soup, sour cream, chicken cubes, mushrooms, salt, and pepper.

Mix in vegetable mixture.

Now, make the crust.  In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add eggs, milk, pimentos, green onion and 1 cup of cheese.

Blend well.

Drop on top of casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Add ¼ cup of cheese on top.  Cook 5-10 more minutes.

Enjoy!  This one is a crowd-pleaser.  :)

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