WPL in the Kitchen With Chef Shelley

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  • Real Simple Toasts
    I don’t know about you, but even a strong cup of coffee isn’t enough to overpower these dreary, post-holiday January mornings. Thanks to the January 2021 issue of Real Simple and its feature, “Brighten Up Breakfast,” we have lots of delicious options to add some zing to your morning.
  • Golden Girls’ Southern Not-Fried Chicken
    Blanche’s solution to the problem of a fried chicken craving — a crunchy-coated ‘fried’ chicken made without chicken skin or scads of frying oil.
  • Cream of Pumpkin Soup
    After the holidays, I had some extra canned pumpkin in my kitchen cabinet. In just minutes, with Pepin’s help, I whipped up his Cream of Pumpkin Soup.
  • Stuffed Shells
    I don’t make stuffed shells often, but when I do my family is always happy. Leftovers are a bonus and, like much comfort food, taste even better when reheated a day or two later!
  • Balsamic Chicken
    The marinade has a surprise “secret” ingredient that I haven’t used before in a balsamic marinade — Worcestershire sauce. It turned out delicious!
  • Turkey Sausage & Fennel Pasta
    Featured in the December 2020 issue of Prevention magazine, ground turkey holds its own in a turkey sausage and pasta dish.
  • Pumpkin Dog Treats
    My puppy Carmenta gives two paws up for the pumpkin peanut butter dog treats recipe in The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook, by Maggie Michalczyk.
  • Pizza Frittata
    Author Kristin Cavallari says she likes frittatas for their simplicity, taking “just a few minutes to whip up in the morning before everyone can go off to work and school feeling satisfied.”
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza
    The gorgeous book with beautiful photography encourages a connection with the outdoors and seasonal cooking.
  • Chicken & Waffles
    This recipe takes a healthy spin on the Southern dish, using a seasoned coating of crushed cornflakes on the baked chicken.
  • Sour Cherry Chocolate Brownie Cakes
    These days, if certain “superfoods” might provide a feeling of calmness, I’m willing to give them a try!
  • Start Simple
    I always try to have on hand sweet potatoes and eggs. Volger gave me two new ideas on ways to enjoy both.
  • Mini Shepherd Pies
    Bake just about anything in a muffin tin, and it’s a little more special! This was the first time I baked mini shepherd’s pies in a jumbo-sized muffin tin.
  • Spaghetti Squash Arrabbiata
    I wanted to create an authentic-tasting Italian dinner without leaving our home, and I was pleased with the results. The sauce is spicy and definitely tastes homemade.
  • Biscuits with sausage gravy
    Just about anything you might be craving for breakfast or brunch can be found in Gooseberry Patch’s “Our Best Breakfast & Brunch Recipes.” From grab-and-go breakfast muffins to waffles and pancakes and various breakfast juices, this book has it covered.
  • Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
    It’s not surprising that the recipe, from Liliane Jahnke of Cypress, Texas, is a “Taste of Home” Blue Ribbon Winner. The filling is creamy and full of flavor, and the biscuits are tender and flaky.
  • Mozzarella-topped chicken cutlets
    My family especially enjoys Italian dishes, so I thought I’d try author Yasmin Fahr’s recipe. She describes it as a desconstructed chicken parmigiana, without breadcrumbs.
  • Spicy Cheddar-Sausage Balls
    I assumed this book was full of fancy, difficult-to-make appetizers. But still, the cover features a gorgeous tray of make-your-own Bloody Mary cocktails and a bright bouquet. I just had to take a look inside.
  • Pittsburgh Wedding Soup
    My family recently made a big pot of Pittsburgh Wedding Soup, tweaking the recipe a bit to use escarole, as my late father-in-law would.
  • Apple Dutch Baby
    In the newly revised and updated The Apple Lover’s Cookbook: The Classic Guide to Cooking and Eating Apples, Amy Traverso features apples in her Dutch Baby recipe. As Traverso explains, the Dutch Baby is egg-leavened and a sweeter version of Yorkshire pudding, similar to a popover.
  • Roasted Sausages, Peppers & Onions
    With many of us cooking at home more than ever these days — not to mention we all could use more comfort food right now — Ina Garten couldn’t have picked a better time to release her latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food.
  • Bisquick Easy Chicken Pot Pie
    The yellow box of Bisquick baking mix always reminds me of my childhood. I’ve never come across an easier chicken pot pie recipe!
  • Butternut Squash and Chicken Sausage Hash
    As far as cooking goes, this is my favorite season. It’s the time of year when the flavors are just as spectacular as the colors, and the hues on your plate are just as warm and bright as those on the trees.
  • Sheet Pan Apple Crisp
    One-pan meals, either in a Dutch oven or on a sheet pan, are very popular, thanks to the easy preparation and clean-up the recipes usually promise. This time, I found a recipe for a one-pan dessert that was a hit in my family.
  • Smashed Potatoes
    If you’re searching for an easy side dish to serve with those leftover pork chops or chicken breasts, the October 2020 issue of Food Network Magazine has a suggestion — “Perfect Smashed Potatoes.”
  • Sweet Potato Chai Scones
    I’m one of those people who would drink pumpkin spice coffee year-round, if I could. Chai tea comes in at a close second, and I love sweet potatoes in any form, from baked fries to creamy and mashed.
  • Magnolia Table’s Bruschetta
    My family and I have been enjoying traditional bruschetta in the summertime for many years now, starting when we first planted a tomato garden more than a decade ago. Even now, after giving up on growing our own tomatoes (after years of battling with our local “wildlife” and dealing with challenging weather), we enjoy bruschetta with in-season produce from the market.
  • Barefoot Contessa’s Ribs
    In the past, we’ve had fall-of-the-bone delicious ribs, and dry, disappointing ribs. If you try the method the Barefoot Contessa — aka Ina Garten — instructs in her cookbook Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, your ribs won’t disappoint!
  • Perfect Pot Roast
    After our heatwave-filled summer, there’s nothing like the scent of a pot roast wafting through the house on a brisk autumn day. In her very first cookbook, Ree Drummond — aka “The Pioneer Woman” — offers a very simple pot roast recipe that my family turns to time and again when the temperature begins to drop.
  • Pork Chops
    I’m not a fan of pork chops in general, but when my husband brought them home from the grocery store recently I decided to give her Ranch Pork Chop Sheet Pan Supper a try.