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Monday, December 7, 2009

What's Cookin' in the Parsonage?

Good food is truly a gift from our God. It's a blessing to be able to use good ingredients and fix a meal for your family and friends, isn't it? Cooking is one way we can show our family how much we care for them. They need good meals when they're well, but they especially need nourishing meals then they're sick. It's also a nice gesture to serve it in a special way if they're bedridden - perhaps on a pretty tray with nice linens, special dishes and a flower in a small vase.

I've had a sick hubby for a couple of weeks. What started out as "sinus problems" turned to bronchitis, then to walking pneumonia. Poor guy! He's had a good appetite during his illness, but has been more particular about what he's wanted to eat. He's been hungry for "comfort foods." So for Sunday dinner yesterday, rather than opting for chicken soup, I planned a menu of Homestyle Chicken Bake. This is a Southern Living recipe I found a few years back that replaced my old chicken and rice recipe. It's substantial because it has chicken, rice and carrots in the dish. A salad and bread are all that's needed to make this a full meal.

Here's the recipe:

Homestyle Chicken Bake

1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 cup sliced celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbl. butter or marg., melted
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
small bag of baby carrots
6 chicken breast halves (could also use dark meat or a cut up fryer)
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk

Cook rice according to package directions. Combine rice and next 7 ingredients; mix well. Spoon into a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish; top with chicken breasts.

Combine soup, sour cream, and milk; spoon mixture over chicken breasts. Sprinkle paprika over top. Bake, covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. For a Sunday after church meal, I put it in the oven at 280 degrees when I leave for Sunday school.

What do you do or make when you have someone sick at your house?

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