Saturday, December 12, 2009

All Dressed Up: A Simple Holiday Meal for Frazzled Foodies

Even when time isn't short (or leftovers plentiful), I'm a fan of
one-pot meals ...
No traditional "sides," mind you, just salad, bread, and tea.

Leftover turkey (or chicken) is a time-saver for the frazzled foodie--all you need is one pot, salad, and bread.

No leftovers?

Make your own scraps! Yes, indeedy. A deli chicken is an easy way to transform basic stuffing into an effortless meal.

Confession: I even love this cold. I love it better if I'm barefoot, wearing a flannel granny gown, standing in front of the fridge.

But a plate from Big Lots will do, too, because Frazzled Foodies often suffer from Tablescaping Fetishes.

It's highly incurable, of course.

deli chicken or leftover turkey/chicken

Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix

Artesian bread cubes (deli leftovers)

chopped onions, bell peppers, green onions, celery

chicken stock

1 stick unsalted butter

2 large eggs

salt, pepper, Tabasco (if desired)


Debone chicken. Sautee vegetables in 1 stick unsalted butter. Add to stuffing and chicken. Add chicken stock ("eyeball it," as Rachel Ray says). Cool a little, then add beaten eggs. Season. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


  1. Yummm! This sounds wonderful & right up my alley. ☺♥☺ Diane

  2. This sounds really good and an easy to put together meal during this busy season!

  3. ummmm...I am lovin' the sound of this....

  4. This sounds sooooo yummmmm!thanks and have a wonderful weekend..Pat H

  5. Oh, this sounds so delicious and is something I'm sure my Hubby would actually eat. (Picky, picky and very choosy as to what he eats. God forbid if he ever has to go to a Retirement Home some day, as 'he will fade away to a shadow'.)

    Now off to play catch-up as I have missed so many of your posts. HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING WELL.
    Many hugs -Brenda-

  6. This looks so good. Love your presentation.

  7. Gollum! Now, I'm starving!

    I love this post. First of all, I have missed your lovely, fun posts, and this is so welcome!

    Yep, tableware is addictive. Very much so.

    But that food looks like it rivals Paula Dean's. Delicious.

    Thanks for the recipe. This looks like something I might attempt. MIGHT being the operable word here. ;-)



  8. Your photos are spectacular and your meal sounds delicious.

  9. I just love one pot meals! This looks like a winner and I'm definitely going to try it!

  10. Those precooked deli chickens are the best value out there I think. One of our bigger stores offers them with two sides $7.99
    The possibilities are endless.

  11. My kind of meal! I do something similar, but yours sounds better - wil have to try your version. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. wow you really are cooking, is that the 4 loads of dishes?!

    love the flannels at the fridge, girl, you just got a kanck~

  13. Don't you love those being in your flannel days? You deserve it after all your hard work on your book.

    Your recipe sounds delish. My family likes stuffing, so I'm sure they would go for this.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. You mean we have to put on real clothes? There's a whole web site with people running around in their!!!
    I'm going to make this one, it looks delicious.
    joy c. at grannymountain

  15. That looks absolutely delicious ... thank you for sharing! I can't wait to try this one out. I'm brand new to the blogging world, but have been a long time "fan" of your beautiful home (first on RMS) and your amazing talents. Stop by my humble abode if you ever have the chance ... I recently added my holiday home tour pictures. Take care, Becca (

  16. First of all, thanks for stopping by my place, commenting and following along! It's what brought me here and all I can say is HOLY COW!

    Your blog is a feast for the eyes, providing what looks to be endless feasts for the table! I'm psyched. We're foodies here.

    I'm following!

  17. love the bare feet idea... and this looks yummy... lovely blog... have a wonderful holiday season...

  18. Okay first, I'm a freelance graphic designer who works at home. The name of my little business is Pajama Graphics. Don't often wear flannel here in Florida, but pajamas are definitely a large part of my wardrobe. Pajamas and shorts with tank tops.

    I think this sounds wonderful, I'm going to try it with cornbread dressing and a big ol' glass of iced tea.

    When they have whole chickens on sale I buy eight. I roast four at a time, having one that evening and then deboning and freezing each of the others. Works perfect for dishes such as this and works great on my budget.

  19. ML, This looks and sounds so good and easy! That's for me! Right now I have a BIG ol pot of chili simmering on the stove, it is pouring rain outside and it will be the perfect, chilly, chili dinner tonight:):) I ADORE the flannel days!!!!! XO, Pinky

  20. I made this last week and it's good. Thanks for sharing.

    Barb and 2 Yorkies