Chicken Cordon Bleu

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by Amber on April 6, 2011

A while back, I was thinking about ideas for Bluebonnets & Brownies, and one of the things that stood out to me is I have a stupid amount of cookbooks, food magazines, and stacks of printed recipes hanging out in my office and kitchen that I have not cooked from. Things I mean to make, things I mean to glean ideas from, recipes and pictures that just made me drool when I stumbled upon them and hit print before I thought twice about the paper and ink.

And then there are those family favorites that for a while are part of your everyday rotation. But then you get bored of them, or a new favorite edges it out of the rotation, and somewhere along the way, that favorite meal becomes forgotten. Just like all those stacks of recipes and the cookbooks that line my shelves: I forget I have them in my arsenal when it comes to that age old question: “Oh man, What do I make for dinner?!”

This idea sat on the backburner until Maggy and I were cooking together one day and discussing our blogs, and our favorite family meals. Together we decided it would be really cool to create a themed series of posts that utilize all those forgotten cookbooks, recipe print-outs and childhood favorites.

As a blogger, you can choose to take an adventure by trying something out of your many thousands of printed-but-untested stacks of printed recipes or by grabbing one of those cookbooks you just HAD to have and then never cooked out of. OR you can take a nostalgic return to a family favorite. Either way, the reader wins, because we’ve got a visceral experience to write about: the adventure of the unknown, or the return to a magical dish of our childhood.

I give you:

Forgotten Finds

Our hope is that other bloggers will use this idea as a challenge, and that we can follow each other’s Forgotten Finds by using the hashtag #forgottenfinds on Twitter, or by leaving a comment on either my post or Maggy’s with a link back to your new adventure or trip down memory lane.

Feel free to take the badge above, and use it on your own post. We originally thought to maybe do this on a specific day of the week, like Wordless Wednesday or Works for Me Wednesday, but this is about using the idea to get you cooking something you’ve forgotten you’d like to – so do it any time, any day of the week. We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Without further ado, I give you my mother’s recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. It’s not the real thing, and I’m pretty sure any French person would be appalled that we call it what we do, but it is a meal directly from my childhood.

As comforting to me as enchiladas or chicken noodle soup. It’s one of the few meals my sister can make without a phone call to me for advice. That alone should tell you we know it well.

My first bite of this last night sent me back to balmy Spring nights in San Antonio, sitting around my family’s kitchen table, the four of us laughing and giggling at silly stuff. We even once got in a food fight when this was on the dinner menu. My dad launched peas at my mom with his fork, and she poured beer on his head. I had never laughed so hard in my life, and the memory has stuck with me, right down to what we were eating, since I was 8 years old. I said to James last night, “Mmmmm. This tastes like my childhood.”

I’m excited to see what comes of Forgotten Finds. I’m looking forward to new favorites, and reminders of old standbys that should return to our present thinking about that everyday question: “OMG, what am I making for dinner?!”

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn | Add a Pinch April 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

You are so right, Amber! I have a ton of those forgotten finds, too! Love this idea.


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Thanks so much, Robyn! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Maris (In Good Taste April 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

This looks so fabulous. Sweet memories are the best!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Aww Maris, thanks. They really are!


SMITH BITES April 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

am so in love with this idea Amber because i too, have STACKS of books, food magazines and a drawer full of old family recipes – sometimes it’s overwhelming!! what a fun idea you and Maggy have come up with – LOVE IT!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Deb – I’d be so thrilled if you did a forgotten finds post! I’d love to see what’s hiding in your favorite cookbooks.


Kristen April 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I finally created an “I will make this someday” list on my blog and added all my clips and cut outs and bookmarks there. I’ll have to go see what needs made now :)
I love chicken cordon bleu – in casserole form? Even better!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Kristen, it’s really so good, so comforting! I’ll have to check out that list on your blog.


Tracy April 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Love this idea, and can’t wait to participate! I have tons of clippings from magazines that I need to delve into!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

So excited to see your post, Tracy!


Adryon April 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Love the idea! The stacks grow and yet some how my repertoire can’t keep up.


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Adryon, grab that badge and get to cookin’! I can’t wait to see what you make.


bridget {bake at 350 April 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Great idea, Amber!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Thanks, Bridget! Nearly as good as your “frenched” tortillas with Nutella, which happen to be in my “must make/forgotten finds” list!


Mary April 6, 2011 at 10:11 PM

This is a lovely recipe. This is my first visit to your site so I’ve spent some time browsing through your earlier recipes. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Mary, thank you so much for your lovely comment and for taking the time to look through earlier recipes. This really is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. It’s SO comforting!


Tickled Red April 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Great recipe Amber and I absolutely adore the idea :)!! I can’t wait to get started.


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Red, I’m stoked to see what comes out of your recipe “stacks”!


Sylvie@GITK April 7, 2011 at 3:40 AM

This is such a great idea Amber. I’m sure everyone can relate to feeling like they’ve got lost gems in their stacks of recipes. I can’t wait to see what everyone digs out!


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Thanks, Sylvie! I can’t wait either!


Jen Schall April 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Yum! What a fun recipe… And a fun idea that you and Maggy came up with.


Amber April 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Thanks, Jen! It was a little hard to photograph, but I hope the deliciousness translates in the recipe.


shelly-cookies&cups April 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

My mom used to make something similar to this growing up and I LOVED it!
I’ll definitely be giving this a try!


DessertForTwo April 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I’m also guilty of having stacks upon stacks of magazines that I don’t cook out of often enough! I love this idea!


Brenda April 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It’s high time I get thru my stack of forgotten finds again!! Your mother’s recipe sounds declicious!


Brenda April 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM

It’s high time I go through my stack of forgotten finds again!! Your mother’s recipe looks delicious.


Wenderly April 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM

What a cute idea! And this looks yum.


Miss April 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Love this idea, and French or not I think I like your version of this dish better! I try to got through my magazine stack and tear out the recipes I want to try & put them in plastic sheet protectors in a binder. I haven’t even come close to making what I have in the binder. Thanks for the push to try!


Mom May 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Amber, you’re right I do remember the night when we had the food fight eating this. This is my favorite chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing with all your friends.


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