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Chicken Praprikash


This is a tasty dish I just learned of two days ago from this Peter Vamos video(wonderful music and cooking).

I found many recipes for Chicken Paprikash online at SparkRecipes; but I decided on the one the uses the slow cooker as I enjoy that kind of cooking.

Collecting the Ingredients

These are the items I set out to get, according the slow-cooker recipe from SparkRecipes:

  • large red bell pepper
  • large onion
  • 1pkg garlic
  • 3 loose carrots
  • 1-1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 lbs chicken
  • Hungarian paprika

I walk instead of drive, and try to spend only 5 to 10 dollars per day on food.

Food 4 Less

I walked up to Food 4 Less for every ting. After seeing what was available, I postponed purchase of a couple of
items, and added a couple:

The only chicken breast left (Zacky Farms) was too expensive at over 7 dollars for less than the 2lbs I needed. They’d run out of the less expensive brand that was $1.79 a lb.
Hungarian Paprika:
There was no paprika there that I didn’t’ already have. I decided to hold out for the possibility of finding the right kind at another store
sour cream
I actually kept forgetting this item
I decided on bow-ties as it was flat and easy to prepare
I’d need something to hold me as this takes 8hrs to cook. I’ll have beer and peanuts

Fresh & Easy

Usually but not always more expensive, but somewhat fancier, Fresh & Easy was my second stop. I picked up two items:

I decided on a whole chicken. Even thought I did see chicken breasts at $1.79/lb the packages all weighed too much, were around $11.00 ea. I got a whole chicken for $5.17
I didn’t find Anthony labeled Hungarian, but I did find something libeled sweet. I remember from the video that
that sweet was good.
sour cream
I forgot it again;but I walked back to get a 1pt container

Miami’s’ Market

My last stop was at Mami’s (or Cherry Market) for some peanuts. I picked up another beer, just in case.

In all, I spent about 21 dollars; but with a whole chicken and two beers, this would last at least two days.



I got home, hungry, and threw most everything into the refrigerator, except the beer and peanuts. I started heating water for pasta.

I can’t quite recall what I did next while having my beer and peanuts, but I usually watch some sort of video online.

I vaguely remember playing music instead of videos; because as I was practicing trumpet at the time the water was ready for the pasta, I found the loud music from the other room a little distracting while I took the time to practice the trumpet as the pasta cooked.


I took the cooked pasta and put it in a container, then into the refrigerator.
I chopped the chicken, sliced the onion and bell pepper, and shredded a carrot.
The chichen, I placed in a large plastic bowl and floured it.

As I was placing everything into the crock pot,  I found I had way too much.
I removed half the onion, chicken, and pepper and placed that too into a container and into the refrigerator.
I added pepper and salt, cooked on high for one hour,  then set the pot to low,and cooked six more hours.

Trying it out

Early this morning around 5am, I tasted the food–almost forgot the sour cream again! It was good.  I added the sour cream. I grabbed the pasta, put it in a bowl and added some of the chicken paprikash over it.

It was wonderful. When I sliced a piece of chicken with the edge of a spoon, there was a burst of aroma from the meat. The sour cream and paprika also added a special, distinctive, flavor. I think this dish will become a regular treat for me.


2012/02/17 Posted by | Good Eatin', Long Beach, Money, Music, Photography | 1 Comment

The Best Burrito Yet!

If you’re ever in Long Beach, and uh
you’re looking for something to eat, and uh
you want that good Mexican food, and uh…

Man you gotta try this big burrito!

Burrito from Los Potros

The Burrito from Los Potros

Wine not included, but there’re soft drinks.

Order at the outside window, to go. There is also dining inside, live music, and a menu of items including mariscos (seafood.)

It comes with carne asada, beef, cheese or even there’s a shrimp version. On the side there’s a special chili sauce, and an assortment of pickled vegetables: carrot, radish, jalapeño.

2011/06/29 Posted by | Good Eatin', Long Beach, Money, Photography | 1 Comment