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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Provencial Chicken Crockpot

poultry, crockpot

3 lb chicken pieces
3 slice bacon, diced
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 each carrot; peeled and grated
4 each shallots; chopped
3 tablespoon brandy or cognac
2 each tomatoes; peeled & chopped
2/3 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon marjoram,tarragon and basil
1 single salt and pepper to taste

SERVE WITH RICE OR RISSOTO AS A SIDE DISH Wash chicken pieces. Pat dry with paper towels. Using a large frying pan, brown bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Pour off drippings. Add butter and oil to frying pan. Saute` carrot and shallots until limp. Push to sides of pan. Add chicken pieces and saute` until brown. Pour in brandy and ignite. When flames die, transfer chicken and vegetables to crockery pot. Add tomatoes, wine, herbs, bacon, salt and pepper. Cover. Cook on LOW 8 hours. Remove cover. Skim off fat. Cook juices down until reduced by half. Makes 6 servings. NOTE: This country-style chicken entree intertwines the influence of Spanish, French and Italian cuisines. Rice pilaff or rissoto makes a good side dish.