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6.29.2012

Patriotic Potluck (Weekend Potluck #24)



   Hello foodie friends! Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Potluck! We decided to call this one 'Patriotic Potluck', for the upcoming 4th of July holiday!

   If you are looking for some sweets for your Independence Day celebration, you have many to choose from at last week's party. As for this week, we would love to see what you are cooking for July 4th.



                      The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
                                         Banana Pudding Poke Cake by The Country Cook


                        Recipes that caught our attention ~

Patriotic Mini Cheesecakes
                                         Patriotic Mini Cheesecakes by Flavors by Four



S'mores Popcorn Munch
                                        S'mores Popcorn Munch by Inside BruCrew Life


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6.27.2012

Bowtie Skillet Lasagna




   I've decided there are a few recipes on the blog that deserve a 're-do'. When I go through some of the very first recipes I blogged, I can't help but cringe at the pictures. In no way am I saying I'm a professional food photographer now, but I've definitely learned a few things about 'what not to do' when photographing food.

Taking a picture of lasagna at 8:00 pm with the flash on, is one of them...

   This Bowtie Skillet Lasagna was one of those recipes begging for a new picture. This is a delicious meal and a family favorite of ours! My kids love this. It's really comforting and always hits the spot. It's another one of those meals you can have ready in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!
 

Bowtie Skillet Lasagna

10 ounces Bowtie or Farfalle noodles
1 pound lean ground beef
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 (24 ounce) jar Spaghetti sauce ( I use 'Ragu' Traditional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sour cream




Directions: Boil noodles in a large pot of water, according to package directions. Drain water.

Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a large skillet until browned. Drain grease. Add cooked noodles to ground beef and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir together.

Add spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, italian seasoning, mozzarella cheese and sour cream to the beef and noodles. Carefully stir together to combine.

Turn heat to low, and continue to cook and stir until mixture is thoroughly heated. About 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!











6.25.2012

Chocolate Fudge Brownies


  I'm tellin ya...  sometimes you just need a fudgey.. gooey.. chocolatey brownie to make everything okay. You really do.

  This past week has been crazy with work being so busy, all the house buying hoopla, and just knowing that I have to pack up my house and move in less than 2 weeks....  makes me crave chocolate.

Big time.

  I knew these brownies would make me feel better. They were so very delicious. I think I had more fun making them than eating them, but I'm weird like that.


   I found the recipe from Joy the Baker's cookbook. She is so genius, and makes the yummiest food, evah! If you haven't read her blog, I am suggesting you do. She's the type of blogger I aspire to be. She's simply amazing.


Chocolate Fudge Brownies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Glaze

2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
5 teaspoons hot water


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate at 30 second intervals, until melted. Stir together well.

Using a whisk, stir in brown and granulated sugars into the melted chocolate. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until combined. Pour chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Using a spatula, fold the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture, just until combined. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let brownies cool completely before topping with glaze.

For Chocolate glaze: In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and water. Stir until it is smooth and pourable. Pour glaze over the cooled brownies. Use the back of a spoon to spread evenly. Let stand (or place in fridge) until glaze is set. (About 30 minutes)
Cut into 9 squares and serve. Enjoy!




Recipe adapted from: Joy the Baker

6.22.2012

Weekend Potluck #23


   Weekend Potluck is up and running! We were thrilled to have over 190 entries last week. Such a great turnout! 

   I apologize for my absence on the blog this week. We have been super busy. One of my best friends came into town, so I had the chance to spend some time with her. Also, we are buying a new home!! We are hoping to close the first week of July, so it's a really exciting time for our family :)

I have some awesome recipes I will be posting next week, so stay tuned!!


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


                        The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Hersheys Syrup Brownies
                              Fight Back Brownies by Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves


                         Recipes that caught our attention ~

Bohemian Queso Dip
                                            Bohemian "Queso" Dip by Newlyweds Blog



Summertime Tortellini Pasta Salad
                                   Summertime Tortellini Pasta Salad by Diary of a Recipe Addict

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6.18.2012

Taco Pizza


   This Taco Pizza is probably one of my favorite recipes I've blogged about. It makes the Top 5 list, for sure. We loved everything about it. The colors of all the veggies, the yummy taco flavor, the fact that it was a 'pizza', and that it made for some delicious leftovers!

   This is the kind of recipe that goes into my 'special' recipe box. It's hidden away in my pantry, and only the 'best of the best' recipes go inside. This one went in as soon as I was done eating. I will be making this forever! It is really, really awesome!



Taco Pizza

1 pound lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated Pillsbury pizza dough
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used colby and monterey jack cheese)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced black olives
4 green onions, chopped

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Drain grease. Add taco seasoning to the ground beef according to package directions.

Unroll pizza dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (I used a 10x15 inch cookie sheet). Let dough sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Press dough over the bottom and up along all 4 sides the of cookie sheet. Bake pizza dough for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven.

Place refried beans into a microwavable-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir well and then spread beans evenly over the top of the warm pizza crust. Top with the cooked ground beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese and then add the tomatoes, black olives and green onion.

Return to oven and bake another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.












Recipe source: Pillsbury


6.15.2012

Weekend Potluck #22

   Welcome back to Weekend Potluck! There were SO many delicious recipes linked up last week! I think I bookmarked atleast 20 :)  I am super excited to try them out.

   Again, I want to thank my fellow cohosts for having me be a part of this potluck party. I also want to thank all of you amazing food bloggers for linking up your delicious recipes! Keep em' comin...


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


The recipe with the most clicks was ~

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Moink Balls by Sunflower Supper Club


Recipes that caught our attention ~


Old Fashioned Steak Fingers

Old Fashioned Steak Fingers by Miz Helen's Kitchen


Snickers Cheesecake Pie

Snickers Cheesecake Pie by A Kitchen Addiction

 

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6.13.2012

Chicken Piccata


   Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite chicken dishes. It's super easy to throw together, yet really impressive. I love how 'fancy' it looks, even though it takes less than 30 minutes to cook. It's one of those meals you could make for dinner guests!

  'Real' chicken piccata is cooked with capers. Capers are from a Eurpoean shrub. They have a mild flavor that's hard to explain. I love them and won't make my piccata without them. If your not a fan, leave them out. You will lose a little flavor, but it will still taste great! This is my version of Chicken Piccata, and it is delish!


Chicken Piccata

2 boneless, skinless Chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise, to form 4 thin cutlets
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 ounces Angel hair pasta
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Directions: Pour the bread crumbs in a shallow plate or dish. Pour the beaten egg in a seperate shallow dish. Take one chicken cutlet and dredge in the egg, and then in the breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess breadcrumbs and place on a plate. Repeat with all cutlets.

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Place two of the coated chicken cutlets into the skillet. Cook on each side, for 4 minutes. Once thoroughly cooked, place on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Let butter melt and then cook the other two pieces of coated chicken, for 4 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and keep warm with other chicken.

Pour the lemon juice, chicken stock and capers into the warm skillet. Stir and scrape up any of the loose brown bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and let sauce simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook angel hair pasta according to package directions. Drain water and add 2 Tablespoons butter to pasta and 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Serve chicken with sauce and pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley and more grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

6.11.2012

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats


   Our family has finally recovered from that horrible sickness we had last week. It was pretty rough. Taking care of sick kids, a sick hubby and your sick self is no bueno. Some of us had sore throats, all of us had coughs, and I got stuck with a lovely sinus infection. Good times.

Not.

   I realized today I have a ton of recipe pictures that are waiting in my camera, ready to be edited and blogged. When I was going through all of them I was a little overwhelmed. There were so many to choose from! I decided to go with these Cake Batter Rice Krispies. I made these for Kelsey's friend party we threw for her birthday. Lucky girl had two parties this year :)  Needless to say, these were a big hit with the kids!



Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

3 Tablespoons butter
1 (10 ounce) bag marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix (just the dry mix, not prepared into a batter)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 (1.75 ounce) container of sprinkles

Directions:  Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt. One tablespoon at a time, stir in dry cake mix. Mix well to incorporate. Once cake mix is all mixed in and marshmallows are melted, remove from heat. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated in marshmallow mixture. Press into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Let stand for atleast 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!


Recipe Source: How Sweet It Is

6.08.2012

Weekend Potluck


   Weekend Potluck is up and running! We were thrilled to have over 190 entries last week. Such a great turnout! 

   I apologize for my absence on the blog this week. We have been super busy. One of my best friends came into town, so I had the chance to spend some time with her. Also, we are buying a new home!! We are hoping to close the first week of July, so it's a really exciting time for our family :)

I have some awesome recipes I will be posting next week, so stay tuned!!


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


                        The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Hersheys Syrup Brownies
                              Fight Back Brownies by Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves


                         Recipes that caught our attention ~

Bohemian Queso Dip
                                            Bohemian "Queso" Dip by Newlyweds Blog



Summertime Tortellini Pasta Salad
                                   Summertime Tortellini Pasta Salad by Diary of a Recipe Addict

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6.04.2012

Chicken Fajita Wraps


   These Chicken Fajita Wraps are so scrumptious! Just staring at the pictures as I type this, is making me wish I had one right now! They were a delicious alternative to my favorite fajitas, but I think I might like these a little bit more.

   Not only are they really easy to make, they're so flavorful! The chicken and veggies are marinated with bottled Lawry's marinade sauce. I used the Sante Fe Chili marinade, and they turned out amazing! You can find the Lawry's marinades next to the barbecue sauces in most grocery stores.



Chicken Fajita Wraps

1 pound Chicken breasts, sliced into 1 inch strips
1/2 bottle Lawry's Mesquite or Santa Fe Chili Marinade
1 Onion, sliced
1 Green pepper, sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1-2 cups Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
6-8 flour tortillas, soft taco size
Salsa

Directions:  Place sliced chicken, onion and peppers in a gallon-size ziplock bag. Pour in marinade. Seal bag shut. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken and veggies from bag; add to skillet. Cook and stir for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.

For wrap:  Lay out a tortilla, add 1/4 cup shredded cheese and a little of the chicken mixture. Top with salsa and then roll up. Place on a grill pan or panini press. Grill until golden. Serve!








Recipe Source: Plain Chicken