Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Hey...were having a "heat wave" here...20* this morning and sunny. Today's recipe is a delicious and healthy side to go along with ham or pork. Great look for entertaining as well. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:  4-6 Ida Red apples (baking apples)
2 cups cooked/finely chopped chicken
2-3 cups chicken broth
1 cup Risotto rice
shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

Cook Risotto rice in one cup chicken broth on low/med heat, stirring constantly and adding more broth as the rice absorbs the liquid. About 15 minutes.The rice is done when it is al dente or firm to the bite but tender. Set aside and let cool while preparing apples. Pre-heat oven to 350* and spray a large muffin tin with cooking spray. Wash apples and slice off the tops only of apples. Using a paring knife run it along the inside of the apple being careful to not cut into the sides. Now make an x in the center and core out the apple using a spoon. Make sure the seeds are removed. In a large bowl combine chopped apples, chopped chicken and Risotto rice. Stuff apples and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender to the touch (ovens vary). Remove and let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. You can add shredded mozzarella on top after the apples are cooked and bake until cheese melts.

TWIST:  recipe makes a great cold salad as well. Any left over filling just add some red grapes and you've got a healthy lunch to take to work.

TOMORROW:  Spaghetti Squash "Italian Style"

DESIGN TIP:  I received an email asking...why have your drapery lined? I loved this question. Depending on the amount of Sun you have filtering through your window it can actually fade away your fabric and pattern. Sun can damage your carpet, fabric on your furniture and wood floors. Plus, having your drapery lined it is more energy efficient as well. A couple of tips to watch out for...not all fabric can be lined (sheers) it takes the design/style from the fabric. In that case try having your blinds for the light filtering aspect of your window. In this case she purchased drapes all ready made (which we all do) but needs them lined. I recently did this in a model home guest bedroom to save money. After purchasing the panels take them to a seamstress and see if they can add the lining to the panels. If not, return the panels and no money lost. Department stores now offer the longer length of panels as well. Which is convenient and saving you money. Hope this helps.

Email Cat @cmhdesigns2@yahoo.com for Design q's
Mark:  mrowe@roweandcampbell.com for New Construction/Remodeling q's
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