Women's Ministries

at Salem Heights Church

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dinner Bell! - best broccoli of your life

I had so many requests for this recipe after I posted on Facebook that my husband raved about it and asked for it every night that I decided it should be our next Dinner Bell post...even if it is a side dish.:)

*I did not use the pine nuts or fresh basil and it was still amazing!!

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

from the kitchen of Food Network's Barefoot Contessa


  • 4 to 5 pounds broccoli
  • garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, discarding the rest of the stalks. Cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. You should have about 8 cups of florets. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet panlarge enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with 5 tablespoonsolive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.
Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dinner Bell!! - Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Found this on Pinterest and it is DEFINITELY a keeper. The whole family loved it!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
from the kitchen of www.sixsistersstuff.com 

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (could also use olive oil or canola oil)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional - doesn't really add heat, just adds more flavor)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

*You can also sprinkle more red pepper flakes on top if you want more heat.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dinner Bell!! - Ravioli Casserole

Ravioli Casserole
from the kitchen of Nikki Hughes

Makes in a 9 X 13 pan, split if desired.

1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 ½ - 2 pounds cheese ravioli

Cook ravioli according to package directions, drain.  Spread ½ cup of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of an ungreased casserole dish.  Layer ravioli, mozzarella, cottage cheese and sauce in two layers.  Top with parmesan cheese.  Wrap with foil and freeze.

To Serve:  Thaw.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Girls' Night Out Tonight! - Real.Laughter.

Please Join Us Tonight for Girls' Night Out!
Are you in need of a good laugh? How about a whole evening designed to get you to let loose and laugh till you cry! We'll be kicking things off with our very first s'mores bar - and yes, we're not joking, that does mean roasting marshmallows inside! If that is not your thing, we'll tempt your taste buds with a cheery self-serve lemon bar. We'll have plenty of entertainment (starring some of you...) and prizes, of course! We'll add in some time with lots of funnies to laugh at and friends to share it with. To top it all off, our southern sanguine, Carol Reister will be encouraging us about Real. Laughter. And she IS one to talk! It all adds up to one Monday evening of FUN!

Bring friends!  See you there!
NOTE: The S'mores Bar will close shortly after our program begins at 7:05. So come early to get in on the S'mores fun!
Featured Drink grounded: Peppermint Mocha 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dinner Bell!!! - Green Beans, Chicken, Potatoes One-Dish

Saw this on Pinterest and had to try it. It was a hit!

*I made my own Italian dressing mix too.:)

Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes

4 medium potatoes, cut (may have used 5...I don't remember)
2 c. green beans, cut (I used canned)
1 lb chicken breasts (I used 5)
1/2 c. butter (I cut the butter in half and it was plenty)
1 package Italian dressing mix (made my own and used a couple of Tbsps!)
1. Cut green beans up. Line one side of the pan with green beans.
2. Cut potatoes up. Line opposite side of pan with the potatoes.
3. Line the chicken breasts down the middle of the baking dish.
4. Cut butter up and layer over the green beans, potatoes and chicken. Sprinkle Italian dressing over the entire pan. Cover with foil.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.