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Chicken Madeira

Chicken Madeira Recipe

Chicken Madeira

Chicken Madeira


  • boneless skinless chicken breasts- 2 lbs (about 4 trimmed breasts), pounded thin
  • mushrooms, sliced- 8 oz
  • onion, white- 1, peeled and minced
  • Madeira wine- ½ cup
  • beef broth- 1 15oz. can or 1 ½ cup
  • asparagus spears- 1 15oz. can (or fresh- 1 lb)
  • deli sliced mozzarella cheese- ½ lb
  • long grain rice- 1 cup
  • olive oil- 2 tablespoons
  • salt
  • coarse black pepper
  • butter- 4 tbspns
  • flour- 4 tbspns (*For Gluten-Free version, use 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 1/4 cup water instead of flour)


  1. Heat olive oil in large heated or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  2. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt & pepper and sauté in skillet until just cooked thoroughly (do not overcook), approximately 5 minutes each side
  3. Heat oven to 400°
  4. Transfer chicken breasts to a long baking sheet
  5. If using fresh asparagus, blanch in boiling water until just tender
  6. Arrange chicken breasts on baking sheet with two asparagus spears on top, and then covered with a slice of mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake chicken until cheese is melted, approximately 7 minutes
  8. Sauce
  9. In the same skillet used to cook chicken, melt butter over medium-high heat
  10. Add mushrooms and minced onion to sauté until tender, approximately 3 minutes
  11. Sprinkle mushrooms and onion with flour (or corn starch water) and sauté for another minute
  12. Add broth and wine to bring to a boil
  13. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer until ready to serve
  14. Rice
  15. In large saucepan bring 1 cup rice and 2 cups water to a boil
  16. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low to simmer until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 20 minutes
  17. (To cook extra rice for Weekly Meal Plan, use 3 cups rice and 6 cups of water, then store extra cooked rice in airtight container for use later in the week)
  18. Serve sauce spooned over rice and chicken


Weekly Meal Planning For Busy Families

Weekly Meal Plan

The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System


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What’s For Dinner This Week: “Go-To Meals”

The “Go-To” Meal

“Go-To” Meals are those simple recipes that allow us to create family-favorite dinners effortlessly.  The Organized Cook is dishing up a week’s worth of our favorite “go-to” meals to save busy families even more time and money this week.  As a subscriber to The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System, here’s what’s on our family dinner menu this week.

Slow Cooker Beef Roast Recipe

Day 1: : Slow Cooker Beef Roast &Vegetables with Country Biscuits


Sesame Chicken Recipe

Day 2: Sesame Baked Chicken & Thai Coconut Rice with Peppered Green Beans


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Day 3: Peppy Spaghetti & Garlic Knots


Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Day 4: Beef Enchiladas &Toasty Tostadas


Day 5: Chinese Chicken Salad &Vegetable Fried Rice with Spring Rolls


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The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

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Epiphanie Camera Bag Giveaway

Have An Epiphanie

Remember when all camera bags were black and basic?  It takes a truly talented and clever person to realize that we lady photographers may enjoy a more stylish mode of photography equipment transport.

Not only are Epiphanie Camera Bags fashionably aesthetic, their functionality fits the lifestyle of someone like me who writes, networks, photographs and needs to apply lip gloss.  This is what it means to have an epiphany, and I’m sure that’s exactly what happened when designer Maile Wilson, professional photographer for fifteen years, decided to create these amazing and appropriately named bags.

Epiphanie Bag in Clover

the “Clover” Epiphanie Bag in Fuchsia


My Epiphanie

My Epiphanie bag has traveled with me on media tour, and recently to BlogHer Food in Seattle, Washington.  My bag does hold quite a bit, but I’m always more amazed at how well it holds my stuff, in addition to how much…. it always fits my purpose just perfectly.

Epiphanie Bag at BlogHer Food

Having an Epiphanie at BlogHer Food in Seattle Washington


And now, I’m the proud owner of the “Lyric” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard, and am packing it up for BlogHer’12 in New York City.  With my Canon T2i, macro and zoom lenses, pocket wallet, business cards, iPad, lens wipes and- of course- lip gloss, this bag holds everything in it’s perfect place and (most importantly) will make me the most stylish blogger at this powerhouse conference.  If you’re on Twitter and Instagram, be sure to follow me for live photos throughout the event!

“Lola” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard


The Giveaway

This is probably our most exciting giveaway yet.  To kick off my trip to BlogHer in New York City, we’re hosting a giveaway of an Epiphanie Bag of the winner’s choice.  Click on over to to check out their shop then enter our giveaway below. We know this is going to be very popular so we gave you lot’s of ways to gain extra entries that you can do each day!


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Dole Tropical Fruit Pizza at Safeway

In our house, summertime brings swim parties, barbeques and lots of fun.  To celebrate the end of summer, I’m throwing a luau swim party for the girls with a few friends and have found the perfect recipe to serve- Tropical Coconut Pizza with Dole Tropical Fruit.

Fruit Pizza Recipe

Dole Tropical Fruit Pizza Recipe


Dole Coconut Pizza Recipe

Dole Coconut Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Calories per serving: 212

Fat per serving: 12g (9g sat)

Dole Coconut Pizza


  • 1 container (8 oz.) cream cheese with pineapple, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup thawed whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 can (15.25 oz.) DOLE Tropical Fruit, drained
  • 1 cup sliced DOLE Strawberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced


  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Fold in whipped topping and coconut.
  3. Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
  4. Spread cream cheese mixture into 8-inch circle, on baking sheet, building up sides slightly with back of spoon.
  5. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
  6. Place cream cheese crust on serving plate.
  7. Garnish crust with additional toasted coconut, if desired.
  8. Arrange tropical fruit, strawberries and kiwi on crust.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. For more Dole recipes, check out


Per Serving: 212 calories, 12g fat (9g sat.), 22mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 15g sugars), 2g protein, 6% Vit A, 42% Vit C, 5% calcium, 2% iron, 5% potassium, 2% folate


Shopping at Safeway for Dole fruit was a piece of (fruit) cake.  I felt like a VIP when the produce manager saw me shopping for Dole Strawberries and asked if I would like to sample them first.  He opened a carton and pulled out a knife to trim the tops handing one to each of my daughters first.

Dole Bananas at Safeway


After picking up fresh fruit like Dole Strawberries, Dole bananas and kiwi, I headed to the canned fruit isle to find Dole Mandarin Oranges.


Buy one get one free at Safeway- sweet. I’ll use one can for my Dole Coconut Pizza and one for a Chinese Chicken Salad.


Preparing the fruit pizza took just minutes, but must be done ahead of time to give the crust time to freeze.

Dole Fruit Pizza Recipe

Dole Mandarin Oranges, Dole Strawberries, kiwi and coconut


how to toast coconut

Toasting coconut is simple- just put it on a baking sheet and cook in oven on 350 for a few minutes


After mixing cream cheese, sugar, coconut and whipped topping together, spread on wax-lined baking sheet forming a circle


slice strawberries and kiwi


arrange fruit on pizza in any design you desire


serve immediately


This is the perfect recipe for kids to help make- my girls enjoyed mixing the cream cheese and arranging the fruit.  Stay tuned for photos from our small luau when our guests get to sample this delicious summertime treat.  For more photos, check out my Google+ album!


For more recipes from Dole, visit or on Twitter and Facebook!


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Dole #CBias #SocialFabric”.  All opinions here are very much my own.




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