Hearty Fare For Cooler Nights

SHIRLEY'S KITCHEN

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With cooler nights, adding a blanket to our beds has made it nice and cozy. I am usually in bed by 9 p.m. with a good book to relax from the events of the day. As an artist and designer, my mind is always creating, faux and decorative painting takes lots of imagination, time, hard work and I love every minute of it.

With the holiday bazaars starting, new designs are a must, so, today's recipe is for Beautiful Minds.

Let's begin with Vitamin B6 and B12. On average, women only get half as much they should, both help regulate moods and protect long-term mental health.

Good girlfriends are a must! A chat with a good friend can have a significant effect on your mood, they can remind you of your own strengths and bring you back to a positive place, for an emotional "pick-me-up. Call a friend who "picks you up!"

Let's make Mom's Chicken Cacciatore. If eaten with a simple green salad, it will be reasonable in calories.

Next, it's not too early to start planning our Thanksgiving dinners. The recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey is a great and simple way to cook a turkey that comes out almost perfect every time!

Get some sun and fresh air, to release melatonin in the brain.

Shirley

Mom's Chicken Cacciatore

4 to 6 skinned chicken breasts

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, pressed

1 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup wine vinegar

Season breasts with pepper (and a little sea salt if desired) and brown on each side. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes in a skillet. Add pepper, tomatoes, oregano and wine and bring to a boil. Cook about 10 minutes until sauce thickens.

Add in chicken; cook another 10 to 15 minutes turning chicken until it is done.

Serve over pasta (approximately 1/2 pound, before cooking) or rice (approximately 1-1/2 cups before cooking).

Thanksgiving Turkey

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Remove giblets and neck.

Rinse turkey and pat dry.

Rub with olive oil.

Stuff cavity with heel of bread, celery stalks, one whole onion, peeled, and one apple. You may also use fresh sage or rosemary for added flavor.

Wrap turkey in heavy foil two ways... scrunch it, but not airtight. Place in roasting pan 2 inches deep.

Cook at 450 degrees according to sizes listed below, or until meat thermometer reads 180 degrees to 185 degrees. Open foil to brown the last 40 minutes. For easy slicing, cover with foil and let stand after removing from oven for 15 minutes.

Turkey cooking times

8 to 12 pounds, cook for 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours

12 to 16 pounds, cook for 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours

16 to 20 pounds, cook for 2-3/4 to 3-3/4 hours

24 pounds, cook for 4-1/2 hours

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