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How Lazy Can We Get - A Spicy Rant

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM
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From the Chicken Entree Category at

Chicken Cacciatore

I think we have hit a new low in laziness.  Along with the open the pouch, pour into a pot and heat " meals" on the market we now have McCormick's new spice packets.  For a couple of bucks you get six small packets; about a teaspoon or less, of six spices with an idea of what to cook using the spices.  No measuring needed, simply rip off the back of the packet and you have the spices for the meal.  For that $2 you get about 35 cents worth of spices.  But hey, look on the bright side, no measuring spoon needed.  Just think for a mere $14 a week McCormick will ensure you dump the right amount of their spices into the pot.  You still have to brown the meat, add other ingredients and actually cook.  I guess I just don't get it.

Spice up your life; try measuring the spices yourself.  The Cacciatore recipe is for a white wine sauce; not the usual red sauce.  Give it a try and BTW only 3 spices needed.

Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 4
Category: Chicken Entrée
Meal: I Need Comfort Food (Quick Meals Planner)
2 Tb oil, olive
4 lb chicken, whole, cut up
3 medium onion, yellow ,quartered
1 lb mushrooms, quartered
8 cloves garlic, chopped
0.25 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp celery seeds
2 medium bay leaves, whole dried
1 cup wine, dry white
1 15 oz can chicken broth
0.5 tsp salt and pepper to taste

Brown chicken in oil, add onions, mushrooms and garlic sauté for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, simmer for 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Note: If you prefer red sauce, add 1 LB diced tomatoes, 2 TB tomato paste and substitute red wine for the white wine.

If you want ideas on what to cook for dinner try our website at but you will have to measure the spices yourself.

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM
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