3 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spreadable Butter With Canola Oil, divided
1 large shallot [or small onion], finely chopped
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tub Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Chicken
6 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into ½-inch-thick diagonal slices (about 1 cup)*
Combine flour with pepper in shallow dish. Dip chicken in eggs, then flour mixture; set aside.
Melt 2 tablespoons Spreadable Butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brown chicken, turning once, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon Spreadable Butter in same skillet over medium heat and cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in water and Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Chicken until Stock is melted. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Add asparagus and return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is thoroughly cooked and asparagus is tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and serve, if desired, with hot cooked rice.
*TIP: Try using green beans, broccoli florets, green peas or sliced mushrooms instead of asparagus!
Recently, I learned something new…how to make homemade vanilla extract. Over the years I have purchased both Imitation Vanilla Extract and Pure Vanilla Extract. If you have purchased either, you know that Pure Vanilla Extract can be expensive.
If you have ever read the ingredients label on the Imitation Vanilla Extract, it can be a bit concerning. I admit, I have a bottle on my shelf right now, and the ingredients include: Water, alcohol, vanilla extract, propylene glycol, invert sugar, caramel color, vanillin, ethyl vanillin, natural and artificial flavor. Without the help of Google, I don’t even know what a few of those are.
If you read the ingredients on the bottle of Pure Vanilla Extract it is generally Vanilla Bean, and Alcohol (40%) or roughly there about.
For anyone wishing to make their own Vanilla Extract, now is the perfect time. With the alcohol sales, you can pick up a bottle of Vodka pretty cheap. Safeway, Fry’s and CVS all have some pretty good sales going on right now.
There are a number of recipes available online, but this is the one I decided to use:
2 Vanilla Beans
1 Cup Vodka
Place 2 vanilla beans on a cutting board and flatten with the side of the knife.
Cut each bean lengthwise.
Cut each bean in half to insure it will be completely covered by the vodka.
Place beans in a small jar with a tight sealing lid.
Add 1 cup of vodka to the jar and shake well.
Place the lid on the jar and seal tight.
Put the jar in a cool, dark place.
Shake the jar once a week.
The extract will need to sit for 3 to 5 months before use. I started my first batch just about 2 weeks ago. It already has a nice amber/brown coloring.
Once the extract has has sufficient time (3 to 5 months) pour the solution through cheesecloth or gold coffee filters to strain out stray vanilla bean pieces. Store in air-tight containers.
This week Fry’s has both Roma Tomatoes and Mushrooms on sale, making it a great week to make some homemade spaghetti sauce. Don’t forget to add the $1 on produce purchase coupon, if you have a bunch of produce to buy.