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Oklahoma Table: The Mother of Local Jellies, Suan Grant

Sherrel Jones visits with Suan Grant and her daughter Robin Wolf, who team to offer great ideas for Mother's Day.
BY SHERREL JONES Modified: May 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

Wolf frequently burnishes copper scraps to incorporate into designs for lids and copper wire to attach handles and knobs of cedar or antlers foraged from their land. Wolf obviously spends some time smoothing the wood to a fine patina. I was reminded of a gate we had at our farm: It was worn silky smooth over the years from being repeatedly handled as it was fastened and unfastened and refastened.

There is something about dishes, pots and pans and all that kitchen stuff we store and serve food from that has fascinated me from the time I begged the little glasses and bowls that my grandmother saved from boxes of what she called “Mother's Oats.” I've now set my sights on one of those beautiful Robin Wolf pitchers.

It is obvious Grant encouraged Wolf's creativity if in no other way than by her example. Wolf in turn has done the same with her three daughters. Mothers have a way of bringing out the best in us just as Grant has brought out the essence of the scotch bonnet pepper in her products and recipes.

Grant and Wolf share a love of food and cooking along with a strong will and determination. It serves them well as Made in Oklahoma entrepreneurs, creating and marketing their unique work with us all.

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Suan's Chicken Roulades

Suan Grant created this recipe using her Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly. It is easier than it looks to have such a pretty entree. Make more servings and freeze ahead to thaw then bake and serve on busy days or finish in the oven later in the day. Watch our video made in Suan's kitchen to see how she does it.

To make 4 servings:

4 split chicken breasts

½ cup Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly

12 to 16 spears of fresh asparagus

½ cup or more grated Swiss or your favorite Made in Oklahoma cheese

2/3 to ¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

¼ cup olive or vegetable oil for sautéing

More jelly for garnish

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Split whole chicken breasts and spread between plastic wrap. Pound with flat side of a meat mallet to flatten 3/8 inch thick. Spread each breast with about 2 tablespoons of Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly.

• Add 3 or 4 fresh asparagus spears depending on thickness. Cover spears with 2 to 4 tablespoons grated cheese. Roll together, folding around chicken. Secure with toothpicks or skewer to make roulade.

• Roll in seasoned breadcrumbs. Saute in hot skillet with small amount of oil to brown on all sides, ending with split side up. (Skillet should have ovenproof handle, so it can be transferred to oven.)

• Bake for 20 minutes, then serve on a bed of rice. Garnish with additional jelly.

Suan's cooking note: After saute, roulades can be allowed to cool then frozen or refrigerated until needed later. This makes them great for busy days and to serve for company.


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