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Winter Warmer: Chicken a la King

19 Jan

It’s supposed to rain in Los Angeles this weekend.  And I hear there was hail (and tornado sirens!) in St. Louis this past week.  It’s snowy back in Boston (where I lived once upon a time) and cold and cruddy in Pittsburgh (another former home base).  Weather-wise, I have it pretty good here in Southern California, and I never miss the snow.  But I do miss the excuse to hunker down with some good, old-fashioned comfort food.

This isn’t Italian, but it is something my mom used to make for my family all the time during the dark days between autumn and spring.  It is super-duper old school.  Which means you have to do old-school things before eating.  Play outside, make snow angels, admire your snowmen, and so forth.  Then, pull off your parkas, get into the kitchen and cook up something warmly winter-appropriate.  Mangia!

Rose and Annette show off their masterpiece

CHICKEN A LA KING (Serves 6)
1/2C finely chopped onion
1/4C finely chopped green pepper
2t butter
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 10 1/2oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 4oz. can sliced mushrooms, undrained
Dash freshly ground pepper
2C cooked chicken, diced
2T dry sherry
6 large biscuits (homemade or heated)

Saute onion and green pepper in butter.  Blend in cream cheese, soup and pepper.  Stir in cooked chicken and mushrooms.  Heat to boiling and add sherry.  Serve over hot biscuits.

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