RECIPE DAY !!! 「あぜりあ」本八幡・西船橋・津田沼・佐倉


Hello To All Of You! My Dear Friends!

Did you notice already that this is Blog #50? Isn’t that amazing? So I thought I would celebrate some especially with the Holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day a week away. One does have to prepare after all. That is important. So, I guess I had best begin now while I am able. Not for the Holiday itself but just getting ready. Please enjoy the read.

BLOG : # 50 : RECIPE DAY !!!

My Dear Readers !!!

Oh My !!! I can’t believe that I am SO very hungry right now. If your Dear Mary Ann-san had had better sense, she would have eaten her lunch before starting this Blog. But tough. Lunch can wait??? We shall see.

Today’s Blog is about Recipes….which should make me even more hungry I suppose. But I chose RECIPES as today’s Blog topic for all of you to read about because there are so many delicious ones out there and I collect lots of them. And yes, of course, I have my special favorites……even ones I have not learned to make yet and that I should know how to do.

The title of: Recipe Day for my Blog came to mind because we all have days when we know we should be working and cleaning up around the house but would rather be doing something else. Like working in the Kitchen without really working in it because it is way too cold and rainy and maybe you would rather stay in bed and read that great novel you have been into for the past several weeks and are trying to finish so you can move on and begin a new one. But THEN you discover that it is already LUNCH TIME and you have not even given one moment’s thought to what you should be having for SUPPER and nothing is thawed out. What to do?

So it is with me, your Dear Mary Ann-san today. And so your Mary Ann-san has a RECIPE DAY and goes Recipe Hunting. It is usually for a recipe that I have not made in simply ages. Like one for Steak. Or Sausage. Or Something I have not made but want to try. So, I go through my recipes and see what I have and picture myself making it. I did that doing Chili the other evening. It sure was super delicious. I love having Recipe Days. Choosing something SPECIAL to make. Sure it’s only for me. But that is what makes it special.

And yes, I know now what I shall make.


I have great memories of this. They were scary at first because the first time I made this recipe, I was working as a Chore Worker for my (now late, non-sighted,) friend, Gaile. She could cook of course, there was absolutely no doubt whatsoever about that but I was working for her and this recipe was what she wanted me to make for it. And at that time, I had NEVER, EVER, made a casserole in my entire life and she could have made it in absolutely NO TIME. But this was what she asked me to do.

I of course, admitted I had never, ever, made a casserole in my entire life and I was so scared I told her. What if it didn’t come out like it was supposed to? I was supposed to be cooking for her and what if I blew it? That certainly wouldn’t look very good. But she assured me that making a casserole was easy. A snap. It was one of her favorites and if she could make it, she knew I could. And I would do anything for her so I said, I would try.

So, this: Cheesy Chicken And Rice Casserole was the first casserole I ever made. And it is delicious. I have made a few other casseroles, but I love this one the best. And it is simply great for a cold day like today. YUM.

Good thing I have all the ingredients !



2 cans (10 and ¾ ounce) Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup
1 and 1/3 cups water
¾ cup UNCOOKED rice
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups (or more if you desire) frozen mixed vegetables
4 to 6 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts halves
½ cup (or more if you desire) shredded cheddar cheese


Stir soup, rice, onion powder, water, black pepper, and frozen vegetables in a 8 x 11 (or a 9 x 13) shallow baking dish.

Put chicken on top of mixture in dish and season chicken and then COVER with foil.

Bake at 375 degrees F. (190.55555556 degrees C) for 50 minutes or until chicken and rice are done. Top with cheese. Let casserole stand 10 minutes. Stir rice before serving.

Serves : 4 to 6

(NOTE FROM ME: I had to look up how to convert F degrees to C degrees for you. Please check on your side to make sure I am correct in the conversion process. Thank you.).

Have fun making this casserole !!!!!!!

Mary Ann-san

Mary Annさんはカリフォルニア生まれです。