recipes

in the kitchen with mama jess

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in blog, blogs, good meals, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Homemade Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders only took 84 tries before they were deemed ‘perfect’ by both me and the test group of kids. Arduous? Yes. Worth it? Most definitely.  I wanted a recipe that was as quick and easy to make as possible, but didn’t sacrifice on crunch and flavor. We tried a few methods; the standard three step dredge, a flour-egg-flour dredge, and even a ‘toss everything in a bag and shake it up’ method that some swear by. We also tried out various types of bread crumbs; panko, traditional and a delicious gluten free option made from crushed chickpeas.  The Dredge Method: The traditional flour-egg-breadcrumb dredging method...

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Breakfast Casserole with Mama Jess Garden Pasta Sauce

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in blog, blogs, good meals, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Breakfast Casserole with Mama Jess Garden Pasta Sauce

  Breakfast casseroles may be completely out of style but I’m going to keep loving them until the end of time. My mom started a holiday tradition of breakfast casseroles on Christmas, Easter or any other significant morning, so for me they feel a bit celebratory. She often used the overnight recipes that were so convenient; prep ingredients and assemble the night before and then throw it in the oven to bake first thing in the morning.  Lately we’ve been knee deep in all sorts of wonderful life craziness; end of the school year, house construction, summer travel and kids home all. dang. day. Which means amidst all the construction dust and coming...

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Lentils with Anything

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in blog, blogs, good meals, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lentils with Anything

There are some recipes that have true staying power. They’re the ones you reach for in a pinch or when company is coming, when you’re celebrating a special occasion or picking yourself up after a long week.  It may be a sheet cake that always turns out and works equally well for birthday celebrations and potlucks. Or an appetizer that both impresses and relaxes your guests. No matter what the dish is, these types of go-to tried and true recipes are the backbone of any home cook.  And today, I’m sharing one from my kitchen. A recipe for lentils that is so sturdy and well worn that I’m confident you can take it any direction, add or...

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Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken

If the instant pot has not yet convinced you of its magical capabilities; perfectly cooking rice in half the time, making stock in mere minutes or even making yogurt, try adding this to the list: a perfectly cooked whole chicken.  Whole roast chicken is one of those meals that Ina and Gwenyth led me to believe was indeed ‘simple’ ‘easy’ and ‘elegant’.  But it took me three attempts before I was able to pull it off and I research this stuff like its my job. I was anticipating similar hurdles with whole roast chicken in the Instant Pot but I have been really pleasantly surprised. The pressure cooker cooks so...

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Weeknight Ratatouille

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weeknight Ratatouille

This may be our new go-to for a summer meal. I love grilling, don’t get me wrong, but something about ratatouille is deeply satisfying; a warm celebration of the amazing produce that is finally available.  And though it isn’t yet warm enough for garden-fresh vegetables here, our quick and easy variation on ratatouille provides enough flavor that you can use whatever vegetables are available to you year round.  We used sweet onions, eggplants (peeled and chopped for quicker cooking), zucchini, red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes are actually quite sweet lately, but feel free to use whatever variety is tasting the best. And if...

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Sloppy Joes and Feeding Teenagers

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Sloppy Joes and Feeding Teenagers

Feeding our nearly-grown kids and teenagers can be a big challenge, even for us parents who love to cook. In our experience they are always hungry and always on the go. Between school, sports and extra curricular activities the pressure to have nourishing and delicious food at the ready is constant. And if you’re hoping to feed them real food, not just packaged snacks and fast food, it can get extra tricky. We’re all for recipes like this that offer the stick-to-your-ribs quality but also a heavy dose of vegetables. These sloppy joes (we called them spoon burgers growing up, anyone else??) are a new take on a classic recipe using only real food ingredients...

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