The Organized Life, The May Paint Bucket

This month I have listed recipes to try from some of my favorite blogs, Stone Gable, Proud Italian Cook, and Home is where the boat is, along with lots of others…sometimes the recipes on my monthly list don’t fit into the menu plan as the month progresses, but it’s a great way to narrow down to  just a few the many recipes I always want to try.  By limiting my choices, I don’t feel overwhelmed with decisions nor do I spend lots of time searching for recipes.  Making a monthly list of recipes to try spurs “the old idea factory” and stretches me to try new things.

THE MAY PAINT BUCKET

APPETIZERS

APP bkt.PEACH AND CHICKEN WONTONS

.TRUFFLE MUSTARD

.LEMON MARTINI

.SOMETHING ON A STICK

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SIDE DISHES

SIDES bkt.BLACKENED GREEN BEANS

.BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLAW {Stone Gable}

.STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE {Home is where the boat is}

.ZUCCHINI AND ONION PIE

.HONEY BEER BREAD

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MAIN

main bucket.SMOKED SAUSAGE with vegetables

.BBQ CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE TAQUITOS

.ROASTED SHRIMP & ARTICHOKE RISOTTO {Proud Italian Cook}

.LEEK QUICHE IN PUFF PASTRY {Once upon a Plate}

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DESSERT & MISCELLANEOUS

DESSERT bkt.LEMON CHEESECAKE

.CHOCOLATE CHIP MOCHA ICEBOX CAKE {Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa}

.BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD {On Sutton Place}

.SAUSAGE BREAKFAST PIE

.ALL AMERICAN STUFFED TOAST

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Here’s what I made from the April Paint Bucket.  My favorite recipe was ITALIAN FRIES, be sure to try this one!

GARDEN SLIDERS

vegetable slider thepaintedapron.com

ITALIAN FRIES

Italian fries thepaintedapron.com

CHICKEN PARMESAN, I didn’t post this because I didn’t think it was very good.  The recipe was on Pinterest and touted to be the best Parmesan Chicken EVER!   By a chef no less, Chef John…I read the recipe and it sure sounded good and oh so easy {one of my weaknesses!} So I had to give it a try…sometimes too good to be true is actually true! In this case it was too easy to be good!

chicken parmesan thepaintedapron.com

This recipe could be made by a 5 year old, it is that easy! I think my biggest mistake was that I didn’t add any extra seasoning.  Everybody ate it {except me after 2 bites} but just because they were hungry.  Try it and see what you think~ I thought the chicken was rubbery, I think it needs a quick saute first.  I will say the croutons and cheese made a delicious topping.  I didn’t make this a printable because I haven’t perfected it yet.

CHICKEN PARMESAN

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into tenders, 3-4 pieces for each whole breast
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Put olive oil in baking dish and swirl in crushed garlie and season with red pepper.  Lay chicken on top and top with 2 cups marinara.  Top sauce with fresh snipped basil, then top that with 1/2 of the cheeses.  Top with croutons then remaining cheese.  Bake 350 for 35 min  Serves 4.

SALAD TOPPED SAVORY FLATBREAD WITH PEAR VINAIGRETTE ~    on the list as Main Dish Pear Salad

pear flatbread thepaintedapron.comsalad topped flatbread thepaintedapron.com

You can see the recipe for Flatbread topped with Prosciutto & Apple by clicking here

You can see the recipe for Flatbread with Pear, Bacon & bleu cheese by clicking here

PEAR VINAIGRETTE

pear raspberry vinaigrette thepaintedapron.com

LEMON CHIVE BUTTER

lemon chive butter 1 thepaintedapron.com

Are you making anything special this month?

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I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY

Between Naps on the Porch for METAMORPHIS MONDAY & TABLESCAPE THURSDAY

Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY

A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY and ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

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