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Cook Nook with Remmi – September Menu

By Remmi


Hi Amazing Kids! Well, here we are in September, the beginning of school and the end of summer and vacations. September brings many important and unique holidays: the 6th is Labor Day, it’s Chicken Month, the 12th is Grandparent’s Day, it’s Honey Month, the 4th week is Wild Rice Week, the 13th is Snack a Pickle Time, the 29th is Confucius Day, and this month’s dessert is Fortune Cookies (celebrated on the 13!). While fortune cookies may sound like a lot of trouble to make, it really is pretty easy and kids will have some fun with making the fortunes and the cookies. More history and fun food facts later. Let’s get cooking!

Remmi’s September Menu

Easy Lemon Roasted Chicken

Mirepoix Wild Rice

Lettuce Waldorf Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Fortune Cookies

EASY LEMON ROASTED CHICKEN

Delicious Lemon Roasted Chicken

Ingredients – Chicken

1 roasting chicken

3 lemons

5 garlic heads (crushed)

1 T olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Ingredients – Gravy (optional)

1 C chicken broth

1 1/2 T corn starch

2 T cold water

Salt and Pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse chicken inside and out. Place chicken in roasting pan. Salt and pepper inside of chicken. Place one lemon cut in half and the garlic inside the chicken cavity. Tie the legs of chicken together with kitchen string. Brush outside of chicken with olive oil. Cut the two remaining lemons into quarters and place around the chicken. Roast chicken for 1 ½ hours until juices run clear. Prepare gravy as follows: Bring broth to a boil. Mix cornstarch with the cold water and slowly add mixture with the broth to thicken and turn heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remmi’s Notes: If you do not want to take the extra step to fix the gravy – this dish is still delicious.

MIREPOIX WILD RICE

Mirepoix Wild Rice, a wonderful mix of rice, carrot, celery and onion.

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil

1 Medium onion (small dice)

1 Large carrot (small dice)

1 Celery stalk (small dice)

3 ½ C chicken broth

½ C Wild rice

1 C White (or brown) rice

Salt and Pepper

Chopped fresh parsley

Directions: Heat oil in skillet and add onions, carrot, and celery and sauté until tender. Add the broth and wild rice and bring mixture to a boil. Place a lid on the pan, lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the white (or brown) rice to the pan. Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 more minutes. Place in bowl to serve and garnish with the fresh parsley.

LETTUCE WALDORF SALAD WITH HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING

Waldorf Salad – cool, delicious and good for you!

Ingredients – Salad:

1 ½ Heads of Boston lettuce (leaves separated and washed)

2 Granny Smith Apples (sliced thin)

3 T Goat cheese (crumbled)

2/3 C walnuts (broken in large pieces)

2 T Green onion (sliced)

Ingredients – Dressing:

¼ C Lite salad oil

2 T White wine vinegar

1 Garlic clove (minced)

1 T Dijon Mustard

1 t Honey

¾ t. Dried Tarragon

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: On a medium service platter, place the salad leaves. Top the leaves with the apples. Garnish the salad with the goat cheese, walnuts, and onion. In a jar, mix all of the ingredients of the salad dressing.  When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve (do not toss).

Remmi’s Notes: If you cut the apples ahead of serving, place them in a small bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown.

FORTUNE COOKIES

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies – Simple and Fun!

Ingredients:

2 Egg whites

½ C Sugar

6 T Butter (melted/cooled)

¼ t almond extract

¾ C Flour

1 ½ T water

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 25 fortunes on small slips of paper. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Have large muffin pan available for the cookies to cool in. In medium bowl place the egg whites and sugar and mix on high with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients one at a time mixing each time a new ingredient is added. Spoon mixture onto cookie sheet to the size of 3 inches in diameter. Make sure there is space in between. (Only cook one cookie sheet at a time as you will have to form the cookies when they come out of the oven). Place the fortune on the cookie and remove from pan, fold in half, bend the two ends slightly and place in muffin pan to keep the shape of the folded cookie until it has cooled. Once the cookie comes out of the oven, you will have to work fast to fold the cookies into the right shape.

OK. You should know by now, I love food history and I love to read about the foods I am preparing.  It makes cooking all the more fun! So,Did You Know?…

●      There is a lot or controversy about the fortune cookie originating in Los Angeles versus San Francisco. In 1983, and in San Francisco, The Court of Historical Review ruled the cookie originated in San Francisco. A key piece of evidence offered in the hearing was a fortune cookie with “SF judge who rules for LA not very smart cookie.” The city of LA then condemned the court’s decision.

●      Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year.

●      In a honeybee’s short lifespan (4 to 6 weeks) they will produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.

●      China produces 274,900,000 tons of carrots per year.

●      Labor Day was made a national holiday by Congress in 1894. President Cleveland rushed this legislation through Congress 6 days after the Pullman Strike. He wanted to make peace with Labor, as workers were killed by US Marshalls and the US Military during the strike.

●      Mirepoix is a simple combination of onions, celery, and carrots, used in many French dishes.

●      Wild rice (zinzania aquatica) grows in lakes in Manitoba, Canada, and in Minnesota. Approximately 60% of the crop during harvest is lost which is why it is so expensive.

●      One of Confucius’s followers asked him for one word that would “guide a person through life.” The word he selected was “shu” which means “reciprocity” or “never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

●      Chicken is rich in B6, B3, and selenium. These are needed for fat and protein metabolism and red blood cell production.

●      The last meal on the Titanic included creamed carrots as the fifth course.

●      Eating pickles is a great way to get a daily serving of your “5 A Day” and they are low in fat and calories.

●      Carrots have the highest content of beta carotene (which is vitamin A) than any other vegetable.

●      Although the fortune cookie is generally served at the end of the meal in Chinese restaurants in America, the cookie is non-existent is mainland China.

●      The official flower of National Grandparent’s Day is the Forget-me-not.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. I always make homemade dressing as it is the key to a great salad. And finally, what do chocolate milk shakes and grandparent’s have in common? – Both national holiday’s are celebrated on the 12th. Treat your grandparents to one! Enjoy Labor Day. Thanks for reading, I love being part of Amazing Kids!

Remmi

www.cooktimewithremmi.com

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