Monday, February 15, 2010

Le Creuset and Chicken Divan

With these cold weather days and even colder nights, I am always in the mood for comfort food. I don't know about you but there is just something so comforting in having a nice casserole for dinner too!
I was thinking about when I was young and how my mom would have that casserole in the oven when I got home from school and the house always smelled so good and so inviting. Most times when I brought friends home, they would end up staying for dinner! (I guess they couldn't resist the yummy smells either! LOL)
So, I thought I would start making the one casserole that I absolutely love and hey, I'm not to proud to say that it is SO easy as well! The quicker and easier the better for us busy mom's right?
What makes this even better is that I was able to make this delicious Chicken Divan casserole in my new Le Creuset Bake Ware. I was so excited!
If you remember my post last week, I was saying that I had been contacted by Ashley at CSN Stores to do a review of any product I wanted. How great is that? And when I saw this Bake Ware, I new I just had to have it!

I just love this lime green color too! (I've been wanting to get a few pieces that brighten up my kitchen and I think this one is perfect!)
This Le Creuset 9" square baking dish is perfect for casseroles or really anything you want to make and serve right from the oven. A few ideas are chicken Parmesan, baked spaghetti, Lasagna, or Chicken Divan. (Recipe to follow!)
This poterie stoneware can be used in the oven, microwave or broiler and will not pick up any odors or flavors. It has a beautiful appearance, as you can see from my pic above, and it is so durable it resists chipping and stains.
And the greatest part is that when I was finished with dinner, clean up was a snap. I just rinsed off the dish and put it in the dishwasher. Yes ladies, dishwasher safe! Woo-Hoo!!
As an added bonus I got the 5" baking dish too. It is small but I can make Mexican dip, spinach artichoke dip, or even a yummy individual dessert and serve it in this beautiful bake ware.

So to show you how impressed I was with it, here is a picture of my delicious Chicken Divan casserole.

I can honestly say my family was so impressed with not only the casserole but the presentation as well. It looked really lovely!
So please check out CSN Stores online. They not only offer bakeware or kitchen items but all kinds of other great products as well like shoes, mailboxes, childrens toys and baby items too!

This bakeware is a product I will definitely recommend and I am thinking of buying a stock pot in the same pretty lime green color for winter soups and stews. Just thinking about it makes me hungry! LOL

Now for the Chicken Divan recipe. Its fast, its easy, its delicious. Here it is.....
1 pkg frozen broccoli (16 oz)
4 small chicken breasts or small rotisserie chicken
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 TSP curry powder
1 can cream of chicken soup, fat free
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 cups shredded cheddar
bread crumbs for topping

I thaw out broccoli in microwave and add it to casserole dish. Then take your cooked chopped chicken and add that over broccoli. Mix together in bowl, can of soup, mayonnaise, 1 cup of cheese, curry, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour that mix on top and sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes and it will come out bubbling and delicious. You can serve with rice or pasta or a vegetable, whatever you like! ENJOY!

Monday, February 1, 2010

You Don't Wanna Miss This....

If there is one thing I know all of you love as much as me, it is shopping. And even better, who wouldn't love being able to find all the items you need online?

Well, I was recently contacted by Ashley from CNS Stores to do a review of one of their products, and since I love to cook, I chose the Le Creuset 9" and 5" baking dishes in Kiwi.

Aren't they fabulous?

Please watch for my review, along with great recipe's that you can use with this fantastic bake ware!
It will be arriving soon in my Mailbox... I can't wait! :)

Cheers, Danielle

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Brrrr...Baby It's Cold Outside!

I hope you all have gotten into the swing of these cold and snowy winter days and nights. Try as I may, it's just not happening for me.
I just used to love the snow and would stay out for hours playing, skiing, building snow forts, or having snowball fights with my friends, but as I get older, I'm more of a nice and warm kind of gal!
I don't mind looking out at the beautiful snowflakes and admiring all Winter has to offer, but I prefer to do it from my living room window with a cup of coffee or tea in hand. And I love to see my son making a snowman and playing in all that white stuff as long as I'm standing in the doorway with my camera and slippers, LOL.
This is the way it is and I'm not too proud to say it. "I do not like the cold weather at all!" There, I said it, it's done, and I'm sticking to it. (Although don't tell my son this news cause it would break his heart I'm sure.)

So, here's to all of you. Have a wonderful winter, keep safe and warm, crank up that heat, pour a cup of tea and enjoy!!!

Now I'm off to grab my blankie and read a good book! :)