Cast Iron Cooking ~ GBP's Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets & A Product Review

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Last year Gooseberry Patch published Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets. With *SKILLETS* in the title, it got my full attention but for whatever reason, I didn't run out and buy it. I always meant to, but simply hadn't got around to it. Fast forward to this week and the blizzard of the century. I ran to our local Allen's Superstore in Hastings, NE and purchased this book. While everyone was standing in line with bread, milk and eggs (what they gonna make, French Toast, lol), I was in line with a new cookbook to read, review and cook from!

This book is EVERYTHING I've come to expect from Gooseberry Patch. Lots of wonderful recipes and commentary contributed by readers.....ALL the fabulous cooks from around the country. Since I am all about skillet and cast iron cooking, I mainly concentrated on the *Speedy Skillets* segment of the book. Speedy Skillets is divided into 3 catagories -- Just 5 Ingredients!, Easy Family Meals & One-Dish Dinners (actually ALL 3 segments are divided into these same 3 catagories...very clever). I asked my daughter to choose a recipe for us to try. She picked Easy Chicken Fettucine. The name is spot-on -- this is a very easy recipe. No fussy ingredients and received thumbs-up all around.

I am looking forward to diving into the other 2 segments of this book BUT I do not plan to wait until the next blizzard of the century. Thank you Gooseberry Patch for another GREAT book.

***Time SAVING Tip*** Whenever I cook boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), I cook twice the amount the recipe calls for. I refrigerate or freeze the excess and use for bullet-fast meals or as additions to salads and such. Always comes in super handy and takes no more time or effort that just cooking what the recipe calls for.

Easy Chicken Fettucine
(Printable Version)

8-oz pkg cream cheese, cubed
3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c butter, sliced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbsp oil
12-oz. pkg fettucine pasta, cooked (I used Dreamfield's Low Carb Linguine since they don't have fettucine)

Combine cheeses, butter and milk in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until cheese melt and mixture is smooth; keep warm.

In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken in oil until juices run clear, drain.

Add cooked pasta to skillet and top with cheese sauce; toss to mix well. Serves 6.

I have shared before that I follow a low carb diet to control my weight. Basically, over the last year, I've made eating lower carb my lifestyle. That said, I was pretty sure I had kissed pasta goodbye FOREVER....then I discovered Dreamfields. I can eat pasta again....and it is wonderful. I find the price is in line with the major brands and our little town grocery carries it so I am supposing you can buy it anywhere, but if not, they do sell it on the website. If you are watching carbs and even if you are not, I highly recommend this product.

Sharing at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday and Potluck Sunday.