Chicken and Barley Soup

With the bitter cold continuing, and the snow falling, I’ve been keeping busy getting the Charmer organized.  So far my vintage linens are organized, magazines cataloged, and almost done sorting through the tons of vintage dishes.  I’ve separated out all my vintage dishes by season and color.  My fall and Christmas dishes have been packed in boxes and are safely… Read More

Chicken and Dumplings

Our frigid weather and snow continues!  Keeping me indoors organizing and cooking comfort foods like Chicken and Dumplings.  I haven’t made this chicken dish in a very long time.  Always think of it being a lot of work?  It didn’t seem long since I’m stuck inside anyways!

Chinese New Year

Over a billion people in China and millions around the world are celebrating the first day of the Chinese New Year. It started today, February 18 and 19 in Asia. It’s the most important of Chinese holidays, kicking off a celebration that lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of 12… Read More

Easy and Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

I hope you all had a very nice Valentine’s day!  Mr. Charmer did take the hint and served me breakfast in bed.  After breakfast I spent a whole hour sipping tea and reading. It was a really nice treat!  It’s also nice to finally feel good again after a really bad cold/sinus infection cleared up using homeopathic medicines. Chicken Pot… Read More

One Pot Wonders: Chicken

The weathers been so brutal lately (snow, wind and freezing cold) I’ve been staying in a lot more than I normally do.  Last week, and so far this week, I’ve only headed out twice.  To church on Sunday and acupuncture/thrifting on Wednesday.  More time at home means more time to cook more one pot wonders. One of my favorite, old… Read More

Everyday or Holiday Chicken Recipe

I think you know by now I am passionate about cooking… it is such a creative outlet…and then y0u get to eat it!  I love recipes that are good for everyday or holiday chicken recipe. Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato with Cream Sauce Warning, we have not had sun in almost a week and the photo does NOT do this recipe… Read More

Grilled Thai Chicken With Dipping Sauce

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and kept our veterans in their hearts. We started up our grill and christened it with Grilled Thai Chicken Thighs with Dipping Sauce. A very easy, yet,  flavorful dish.  Last week another Thai dish was shared: Thai dish: Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry. It was a complete meal served with Roasted … Read More

Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry

Do you ever get in a groove with making different ethnic dishes?   The last few weeks I’ve made several Chinese dishes, here and here.  Last week I  headed South from China and landed in Thailand (in my palate anyways)! I love the freshness that Thai cuisine provides. Being a lover of lettuce wraps I decided to make Thai Chicken Wraps… Read More

Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken

The weather has been so beautiful lately, and I’ve been spending every moment I can in my garden. There’s so much been going on at the Charmer.  The deck is almost finished, the master bedroom remodel is in process, the kitchen is getting  a cottage updo and the bathroom has two paint samples on it. I feel like I’m going… Read More

The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

Hello Everyone! A favorite meal at the Charmer House is Fried Chicken but not the deep oil fried version!  In 1996 I found a recipe that turned out to be The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken in Cooking Light Magazine. It seems I’ve always been on a diet my whole  life, but a true test of a good healthy recipe… Read More

Slow Cooker Chicken a la Criolla

You might not know it, but I love Latin food. So when I find a new recipe that I can make in my slow cooker – well I just couldn’t find a reason not to.  Slow Cooker Chicken a la Criolla had me at hello. It has such great flavor and is healthy too. There isn’t anything I would change… Read More

Five Spice Roasted Chicken Legs and Asian Cauliflower

Smiles Everyone, It’s time… It was time in January, It was time in February, and it is definitely time now!!!! The time for me to get serious, about losing weight. I  found myself last summer, for the first time, not wearing shorts, I found myself  “avoiding’ seeing people I knew. I found myself not wanting to go out, because someone… Read More

My Favorite Roasted Chicken

 One of my most favorite meals is Roasted Chicken. It is an easy weekday meal, as well as an elegant Sunday dinner! It is also consistently delicious. I have been making this recipe for years.  Please try it, I believe you will love it as much as I do!