Monday, May 30, 2011

Southern Smothered Chicken

Hello Jazzlovers..

I have louisiana cooking on my mind today...The above photo is of My Aunt and Uncles Cafe which was a staple in my life growing up..I am craving their cooking today..But making one of My GrandMothers dishes and decided to share it...So enjoy...

Smothered Chicken
1 Can Cream of Chicken soup or Cream of Mushroom soup your choice
One Whole Chicken Cut into pieces.
3 or 4 or 5 good shakes of Lea&Perrin
Season Salt to Taste
Black Pepper to Taste
Red Pepper to taste.
One or two Small onion Choppled
2 Stalks of Green Onion Chopped,
1/2or more of a  Small bell Pepper Chopped.
Garlic to taste chopped, ( I like a lot)
1/2 to 1-Stalk Celery chopped..
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce..
1 /2 Cup of Corn oil or sunflowere oil or crisco your preference, it will not affect the taste..
1 cup flour in paper bag..

Place chicken is large bowl, season with salt, black and red pepper add Lea and Perrin and soy sauce cover chicken well with seasoning, cover and place in fridge, for 1to4 hours or longer but Minimum 1hour...turning chicken in the bowl every hour..
In the mean time chop the trinity of Bell pepper, onion and garlic and green onion and set aside..(.I know There are more than 3 but it is called the trinity at home)

Heat oil (Not too hot) in a skillet that has a cover a cover, place chicken in paper bag with flour and shake until well coated, add to frying pan piece by piece and fry until golden brown on all sides,as you remove each peice of chicken place back in to bowel with Marinade until all chicken is done...
after all the chicken is cooked pour off oil except 1 table spoon, turn heat down to low and add onion garlic bell pepper and celery stir until onion is cooked pour marinade and juices from the chicken into frying pan and stir to loosen sticky brown bits in the bottom of the pan, now add the cream soup stiring until smooth and one can of water and return chicken to frying pan and cover, simmer over low heat until chicken is tender stirring frenquently to keep from sticking...cook for 35 to 45 minutes..
Serve over Rice...( I like rice and potato salad with this dish...)

You can also use Pork chops instead of chicken..
Now for a little cooking music!!
Miss Katie Webster,
 I have loved this woman all my life and she is where I am today!!!     Trouble Blues ( Great for stirring the chicken!!!) In the kitchen Music!!     Since I Met You Baby
Now if this is for dinner!!  It is ok to open a bottle of wine, and put a lot of love in this dish!!!!
Well Jazzlovers
until Next Time,
Keep the beat!!!
Much Love DW JazzLover

Friday, May 20, 2011

Josephine Baker Day The First Black Superstar


It is Josephine Baker Day Today 20 May

Hello Jazzlovers,

I have just returned from a working Vacation in Amsterdam and Paris, I will write about Amsterdam later. Paris I had not seen for a few years and was amazed at the changes, which I will also write about later.
What I do want to write about is Josephine Baker and the fact that even almost 30 years after her death she is still revered in Paris. Her image is everywhere and very often in places of HONER ! She is still a symbol of beauty and grace even school children know who she is, I seriously doubt it is the same at home.

Today 20 May is Josephine Baker Day, so instead of me giving a history lesson I have decided to let her speak for herself. Thanks to all the wonderful people on You Tube who loved her too and they have made my research very easy.All the links today are about her wonderful courage and great heart, her Beauty and her bravery during the war. If you are like me it took me all this week to listen and view all the wonderful videos of her life, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. I will continue to remember her and her beauty, she had a fascinating journey.

My and Contributors to You Tube's Tribute:Enjoy

Ms. Josephine Baker
I think Ms. Josephine Baker has spoken very well for herself, and I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have. I am so grateful to my mother for making sure as a child I knew who Josephine Baker was. But as a child I had no idea of just how wonderful she was.

I am grateful for my days in Paris to have reminded me of this Gracious Legend, and for their continuous love for her.
Untill Next time Jazzlovers
Keep the Beat...
DW Jazzlover