Amish Chicken & Noodles!

In southern Kentucky, we have many Amish and Mennonite communities around us and so we are familiar with a lot of their  recipes and cuisine.   They grow wonderful produce and sell it to the public and are also really good bakers!   This "Chicken & Noodles" is one of my favorites!  It's really very simple, but full of flavor and just good comfort food.   I will admit I added a little more spice to it to suit our tastes.  Amish and Mennonite cooking is not as seasoned as we like our food!   

Here is what you will need for this recipe:

8 Tbs. butter, divided (1 stick)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1 Tbs. chicken bullion base or 2 chicken bullion cubes (I used Better than Bouillon)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. thyme or poultry seasoning
9 cups water
1 (10.5 oz)  can cream of chicken soup
2 cups half and half or whole milk
1 (16 oz.) bag of wide egg noodles
3 cups of cooked diced chicken breast meat (about 3-4 large boneless chicken breasts)

Melt half of the butter in a large stock pot  or Dutch oven.  Saute the onion, carrots and celery until tender.  

Add the water, bullion, seasonings,the rest of the butter, soup and noodles and bring to a low boil.  Stir and add the half and half or milk.  

Fold in the cooked chicken, cover and simmer on low about 20 minutes or until the noodles are tender and it has thickened.  If it gets too thick, add some water or milk. 

It's ready to serve!!!  This is so simple, but so good and filling!!!  

Fresh Scalloped Corn!!!

Fresh corn is so good in the summer.   It's just so much better than anything canned or frozen you can buy.   My husband is a picky eater and corn is one of the three vegetables he will eat.  I have cooked so much corn throughout the years, I am just about burnt out on corn.  However, I do love fresh corn on the cob and southern fried corn.   I am always looking for new ways to use fresh corn.   This "Fresh Scalloped Corn" is so tasty and delicious!!!  It just tastes fresh and wonderful!!!  We loved it!   It's also super easy and goes with just about anything!    

Here is what you will need:  

6 ears fresh corn
2 Tbs. all purpose flour
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 cup half and half cream
1 cup butter bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375

Cut the corn off the cob.  Combine with the flour, sugar, seasonings and half and half.   Spray a 1  1/2 quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.   Sprinkle half of the buttered bread crumbs in the bottom of the dish.   

Pour the corn mixture over the bread crumbs.  

Cover and bake for 30 minutes.   Remove cover.   Sprinkle the top with the rest of the bread crumbs.  Bake for 20 more minutes uncovered!   

Funfetti Cookies!!!

My mother has been making these yummy cookies since her grandchildren were little and she is still making them, because they all still love them.   She has a new great grandchild who I am sure will be ready to try these when she visits later this summer also!!!   

These are a simple cake mix cookie, but Mama sort of revised the recipe and made it better in our opinion.   These are so simple, the kids can make them with a little assistance also!!!  

Here is what you need:

1  (15.25 oz.) Funfetti Cake Mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. almond flavoring

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla with a large spoon.   Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.  A small cookie scoop makes this easy to do.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.   Bake for 12 -13 minutes or until light golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool for several minutes before removing to a cooling rack or platter.

Stir together the confectioners sugar, milk and almond flavoring and brush over the tops of the cooled cookies.   Sprinkle with colored sprinkles!!!  

Yummy!!!  They disappear fast!!!