I’ve been messing with different camera lenses lately. I really do like how close up I can get to the food pictures I take using my macro lens, but then I also like my 55 mm lens. You can pretty much do anything with your picture if you have a 55 mm lens. That is if you have the largest file size setting your camera can go pixel wise. The part I like most about using my 55mm lens is being able to zoom in really close to something, almost as if I was taking pictures with my macro lens and just crop the picture how ever I like it.
I made some chicken in the crock pot the other day ago, and the 2 main ingredients were apricot preserves and Catalina dressing. The recipe also called for a package of onion soup mix, which I didn’t have. The recipe was so so, makes me wonder how much of a difference the chicken would have been if I used onion soup mix? I hate it when that happens.
I do like this chicken recipe that I tried today a lot better. Who isn’t a fan of chicken cordon blue? I was nice to my husband and left off the Swiss cheese. Loved the cream sauce that went over this as well. Someone at work made a chicken cordon blue lasagna and it was FANTASTIC. I felt like I was part of a really exclusive supper club at work.
Recipe from Life as a Lofthouse
Easy Chicken Cordon Blue
3 large boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cut in half lengthwise, to form 2 thinner cutlets. (In total you will have 6 thin chicken breast cutlets)
4 slices deli Ham such as Hormel Natural Choice Ham
4 oz of low fat swiss cheese
1 cup fresh Bread Crumbs
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
FOR THE PARMESAN-DIJON CREAM SAUCE:
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 cup 1% Milk
1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon granules (or 1 bouillon cube, crushed)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and melted butter. Set aside.
Lay the cut chicken breasts in a single layer in the baking dish. Layer each chicken breast with two slices of ham, overlapping so they cover entire breast. Then over the ham layer two slices of swiss cheese overlapping to cover ham. Repeat over all chicken breasts. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the tops of the chicken.
Bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbling, and bread crumbs are golden brown.
While the chicken bakes, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour, whisking constantly. Cook for about a minute. Slowly pour in the milk, still whisking constantly. Stir in the chicken bouillon granules, and salt. Continue to whisk constantly until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken, about 3-5 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat down to low and stir in the mustard, worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Keep the sauce warm until chicken is finished cooking.
Smart Points 8 1 chicken cutlet + 2 tablespoons of sauce