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Man Pleasing Chicken Pinterest Recipe Review

The recipe came to me from Iowa Girl Eats via the pin at the bottom. Overall this recipe got thumbs up from everyone in the family and will be made again. I can also say that it is ‘Wife Pleasing Chicken’ based on her reserving the two leftover servings for her lunches.

I made a couple of alterations based on what I had in the house. First I never buy chicken breasts anymore so I used boneless skinless chicken thighs I had in the freezer. Second I don’t pound thin unless I absolutely have to. I fried them well and kept them in a 350 oven while I finished up. Third my mother who taught me to cook always subbed onion for scallion so I have never bought a scallion. I put in one small onion chopped fine. That brings me to change #4, I am serving five and my 12y old is starting to get his teenage bottomless pit of a stomach. I doubled the recipe so that onion would be 1/2 an onion in a single batch.

Chicken Spinach Mushrooms in Cream Sauce over Spaghetti
Chicken Spinach Mushrooms in Cream Sauce over Spaghetti

I served it over spaghetti since at first glance the sauce was alfredo based. When I actually made the recipe I realized that there was no garlic in so I wouldn’t call it alfredo. That is the one change that the family agreed on. Next time we will add some garlic. I would put in 2-3 cloves in her batch size and 5-6 in mine.

On the time side I took me longer that the 30 minutes partially because the chicken and the bacon was frozen and partially from me doubling the recipe. It took me three rounds in the frying pan to cook all my chicken. If everything was thawed and I was only doing a single batch I could probably do it in 30 but it would be close.

Overall this is going to be made again and again. Everyone liked it and my wife loved it. I should also say that I loved it too. The plate pictured is mine at and I didn’t leave anything on the plate.

My Favorite 6 Christmas Cookies

For me the Christmas baking is a critical part of Christmas. There are some cookies that go back at least 3 generations in our family that I have to make every year. They are still some of my mom’s favorites and I remember stories of Grandma making them. My recipe card was copied off of my mother’s card and that was copied out of a Swiss cookbook of my Grandma. For me those two cookies make it Christmas. The rest of the cookies are optional.

1. Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars - Christmas - Swiss - Gluten Free

These are my absolute favorite. They are a meringue based cookie loaded with almonds and cinnamon. (Recipe)

2. Chocolate Stars

Chocolate Star Christmas Cookies (Gluten Free)

These are very similar to the cinnamon stars. They too are meringue based with almonds but they also have loads of chocolate and enough Kircsh to give them a slight cherry flavor. (Recipe)

3. Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I discovered these in university although I don’t remember where I found the recipe. Somewhere in my travels I lost the recipe. I must have made them for my wife once early in our relationship because she remembered them when someone brought them into her work. Thus I got the recipe back. It is a different name than I remember but the same cookie. I love how they go from a white ball to that lovely crinkled look. (Recipe)

4. Gingerbread

My Three Kids

My wife bakes these ones although she loves that I came in to the relationship with a big KitchenAid mixer. She used to make them by hand. This is such a family activity that it just has to be part of Christmas. The picture is from last year at Christmas time when we made an igloo.

5. Shortbread

There are a thousand and one recipes for shortbread and I didn’t discover that I liked them until my wife made some. A lot I still don’t like but her’s and a couple of others I quite like now.

6. Thimble Cookies

These are from my wife’s grandma and are also a tradition. Unfortunately the recipe was lost when she passed away. My wife has found something close enough on the internet. These are always filled with homemade raspberry jam.

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Chocolate Stars

These are the companion cookies to the Cinnamon Stars and were a yearly tradition going back as far as I can remember. Two of these and two of the Cinnamon Stars were put on the Santa plate every year. As with the Cinnamon Stars these go back at least three generations of cooks. These are kneaded in flour but they could easily be made to be gluten free. The substitution is such a minor one that it wont affect the cookies.

Chocolate Star Christmas Cookies (Gluten Free)



Chocolate Stars
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Swiss
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 3-4 tbsp Kirsch
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ½ lb Semi Sweet Chocolate Grated
  • 7 tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 lb Unblanched Grated Almonds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F
  2. Beat the egg whites until very stiff
  3. Beat in the Kirsch and the sugar a little at a time
  4. Mix together the remaining ingredients in another bowl.
  5. I switch from my whisk attachment to the beater.
  6. Beat in the remaining ingredients
  7. Knead on a lightly floured baking board until smooth. (Gluten free: Replace with just about anything)
  8. Roll out dough to ¼ inch. I work with ½ on the dough at a time)
  9. Cut out star shapes with a small cookie cutter
  10. Bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You can also lightly butter the sheet.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes