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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 8, Monday

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms
Wild Rice
Cauliflower with Browned Butter

Cooking time: 50 minutes for menu        Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Wild rice pairs well with both sherry and mushrooms.  If you don't want to take the extra few minutes, make simple Basmati

Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    Mushrooms soak up the flavors they're cooked with, and when simmered with a bit of sherry, they turn simple chicken breasts into an elegant, gourmet dish suitable for guests... or just a delicious mid-week treat.  For a dinner party I would use the cream... Midweek I use the milk or stock - which is what's on the List.  

Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms Ingredients: 

 Instructions:

Wild Rice Pilaf

Total time: 50 minutes
    It's called 'rice' but it is really a grass.  It has a wonderfully, nutty taste that goes well with roasted meats and flavorful sauces.

Wild Rice Pilaf  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cauliflower with Browned Butter & Pepper

Total time: 25 minutes
    Browned butter adds a wonderful, nutty taste to vegetables.  But, keeping in mind my desire for healthy foods, I use half olive oil... Feel free to use all butter.

Cauliflower with Browned Butter & Pepper Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 50 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, medium saucepan with
steamer basket and lid, skillet with lid

Rinse rice, start to cook
Slice mushrooms
Cut cauliflower
Chop onions, celery
Sauté chicken breasts
Turn chicken breasts
Steam cauliflower

Remove chicken
Add mushrooms, vinegar to skillet, sauté
Add sherry, stir up brown bits
Return chicken, reduce heat, cover, simmer
    Pause while stuff cooks - check the cauliflower
Rice starting to pop?
Sauté celery, onion for rice
Remove chicken, cover; reduce sauce
Remove cauliflower; brown butter
Finish chicken, finish cauliflower
Drain rice, add sherry, onions, celery, stir
Serve all