Thursday, December 31, 2009

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Another Smitten Kitchen recipe. Find the original here.


1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (56 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup (146 grams) plus 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 grams) sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1 large (57 grams) egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh raspberries (about 5 oz) I used a half pint container, minus the few I had to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 2/3 cup (146 grams) sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about two minutes, then beat in vanilla and zest, if using. Add egg and beat well.
At low speed, mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter raspberries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 grams) I only used 1T sugar.
Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.
My original plan was to make a Trifle from Ina Garten. Then I pictured myself making this fairly complicated recipe and realized it wasn't going to happen. Since I had already been to the grocery store, however, I looked for a recipe that included the major ingredients I had specially purchased, buttermilk and raspberries. This was the first hit and since I <3>
The only tasting I've done so far is what stuck to the bottom of the pan, but that was quite tasty. I didn't use any lemon zest, but made the recipe exactly as written. I had to bake this the full 25 minutes (SK's readers commented that the original recipe's bake time was too long).
Can't wait to try a whole piece!


After trying slice and a half (one on the day of, one the next day for breakfast), I have to say that this cake is AWESOME. I will most definitely be making it again. It was easy to throw together, probably could be used with whatever berries are cheapest, and is delicious. So much easier than that trifle! I wonder, though, how it would come out with frozen berries??

Pear Gorgonzola Butter

Making this for tonight's New Year's Eve festivities. I threw it all together last night, and have it "marinating" in the fridge.

Original recipe came from Cooking Light; find it here.

I had some last night, and thought it was tasty, but perhaps the Gorgonzola (Gorgon makes me think of that movie Little Soldiers... you know, the Gorgons:)

Pardon the digression.

Anyway, the Gorgonzola might be too much in this dish, or maybe I just used too much. It's probably not my favorite cheese in the whole world, and the pear does a nice job of balancing. I might add some pear juice in if BAJ agrees.


  • 1/2 cup chopped canned pear halves, drained
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese I accidentally got creamy Gorgonzola
  • 1 tablespoon (1 ounce) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) loaf French bread baguette, cut into 12 slices and toasted


Combine all ingredients except bread in a small bowl; mash with a fork until well blended. Serve with bread.

So, after asking BAJ and another friend, it was suggested that I NOT add more pears or pear juice. It really didn't move. I didn't really like it any better after letting it sit in the fridge. It was easy, and a really nice idea, but it just isn't something I'll make again.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Jar Gifts

This year, we were short on time and on money. I didn't really want to just give A's teachers gift cards, so instead decided to give them jars to make cookies. I really hope they use them and like them too!

The recipe came from here.

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Mix in a Jar

Layer the following ingredients in order in a 1-quart wide mouth canning jar:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder (clean inside of jar with tissue after this layer)
1/2 cup brown sugar (pack firmly)
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries I used one cup
1 cup chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder plus
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (mixed)

Remember to press firmly between each layer. Place lid and ring onto jar.

Attach the following instructions on a gift tag:

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until completely blended. Shape into balls and place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13-15 minutes.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

I was unable to fit all the listed ingredients into the jar. I google chocolate cranberry cookies and found this recipe in the exact same form all over the place, but it still seemed like a lot of cranberries when compared to other recipes I found. So, I cut it down so everything would fit. Hopefully, they still come out delicious!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Dinner

Well, the whirlwind that is hosting Christmas is over. We can relax, clean the house (boy oh boy has our "office" fallen into disarray as I have stashed clutter, mail, and crap in there for the past few months), prepare for our New Year's party. WTF am I thinking? Oh yeah, that I love doing this!

Our Christmas menu, in actuality, went like this:
Spinach Dip (from the Knorr's box, an S family recipe)
Cheese and crackers
Bruschetta (my "famous" Ali's Amazing Bruschetta from allrecipes)

Shrimp Scampi with spaghetti
Corn, broccoli, red pepper mix
Chopped Layer Salad
Pillsbury Grands

Better than Sex Cake

I have to say, I was VERY impressed with the way the shrimp scampi turned out. Everyone I spoke with (especially my husband) thought it very strange that scampi would have Dijon mustard, but it was a nice hint of flavor. The aforementioned husband told me today he was really impressed with it and that it was REALLY good. We had a little bit of leftovers (7 adults, planning for 8), and they were pretty good reheated too! Definitely will be making that again. Oh, and no communication meant that someone used up the last of our Dijon mustard on a sandwich the day before Christmas, and I learned that no supermarkets are open on Christmas day. Soooo, to the trusty internet I turned, and made homemade Dijon... SO EASY, will definitely do that again too!
Recipe for homemade Dijon mustard:
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar -- (or 1/2 white wine, 1/2 white vinegar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
pinch sugar

Mix all ingredients.

Yield: "2 tablespoons"

The Better than Sex cake was made by my husband. I was very glad he made it, since our dessert bringer didn't end up coming, and the backup frozen cheesecake I had in the freezer didn't defrost in time. He didn't quite follow the directions, so the cake would have been way better if served hot and had the toffee on top, but it was pretty tasty anyway.

Everyone seemed happy with the meal, even those picky folks who joke at every holiday about stopping at White Castle on the way home (yes, you read that correctly; it drives me BATTY).

No pictures, alas. Despite cooking the meal and hosting and being pregnant, I was told that I was responsible for taking the pictures for the day. I'm not bitter, but I just didn't get to do the things I might have otherwise as a result.

Hope your December 25 was merry, whether it was spent with family or with Chinese and a movie!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chocolate chip brownies

From The Cookbook Junkie
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Taste of Home Grandma’s Favorites Copyright 2006

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (6 ounces) vanilla or white chips I used peanut butter chips
1 cup chopped walnuts I omitted these

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until blended (do not overmix).

Pour into two greased 9-in. square baking pans. Sprinkle with chocolate and vanilla chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

Yield 3-4 dozen.

I made these for a faculty meeting I was responsible for helping to bring snacks to. I had a little bit of trouble with the oven, and they had to bake for way longer than advised here, but other than that, these were really easy to make. BAJ really liked them a lot, having at least one the night of, and at least two the next day. As for my colleagues, one of them said that I should become a baker because the brownies were so good. Everyone raved about them and many couldn't believe they were homemade... and by ME!
So, as a result of all that, and the rush I was in getting them done on a weeknight, I didn't get around to taking pictures. I took one on my cell phone before I gobbled it down at the aforementioned faculty meeting, but it looks terrible. Take my word for it, or check out the picture Cookbook Junkie has on her post!

Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge



  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and pour in semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm.
I went to allrecipes the other day, and the featured recipe was this one. It was highly rated by a LOT of people. It looked good, and it looked easy, so I figured I'd go with it. My first time making fudge, this was really very easy. BAJ's mom used to make fudge all the time, so he sort of told me what to expect. This is a very good, basic fudge recipe. I didn't add nuts, and the Fluff I found was 7.5 oz. I think it would have been much better with the nuts, but with a husband who really doesn't like them, I just didn't bother. I sprayed the aluminum with Pam before setting aside; don't know if this made any difference or not, but in the end the fudge came off the paper very easily. I'll be bringing this to my son's daycare as a gift for all the staff; hope they like it!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My helper


Not so Sloppy Joes

I've made this several times before, and really have nothing new to report. The recipe is from Real Simple, and you can google it easily enough.

The reason I wanted to share this for the THIRD time, however, is that it was a meal my TODDLER, who generally refuses meat, ate it. And, he ate the meat part... ALONE...that is, without the roll.

As such, I didn't have enough to make tacos tonight as planned, but we saved the leftovers to feed...THE BOY!! Stellar!

I didn't so much like the look of the red peppers and chose green ones instead. I didn't think they would be as good as the red peppers in this recipe, but it worked just fine. I also used a leftover can of tomato paste; I think I used 2 or 3 T from it. I drained the fat from the turkey too. As a result, I didn't so much end up with a sauce; it was very thick and pastey, so I added a little bit of water. It really didn't affect the taste at all, but I might have liked it to be a little saucey.

I love this ole standby!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vegetarian Chili


I originally got this recipe from Weight Watchers' Make it in Minutes cookbook. You can find the same recipe here. I love making this because not only is it tasty and easy, but it's a really different flavor than you would find in a typical chili recipe. I made it for lunch club, and no one could believe there was chocolate in there, but knowing that, I can definitely taste it.
So, this is a nice little lunch recipe or a nice something to have in the freezer for a night home alone. Keeper!! :)


Serves: 4,



Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
  1. 1 Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. 2 Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, 4-5 minutes.
  3. 3 Add beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cocoa powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  4. 4 Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often to prevent scorching, until beginning to thicken slightly, about 15 minutes.
  5. 5 Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until melted.

Read more:

Crab Casserole

This is a recipe I received at my bridal shower. I don't know if it's a secret recipe or anything like that, so I won't post it here, but if you really want it let me know!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Layered Fiesta Casserole

I found this on my friend Lauren's blog, and since she reviewed it well, and it looked reasonably healthful and easy, I went for it last night. It wasn't exactly PRETTY when I served it, looking more like mush than casserole, so I didn't take any pictures, but it looked pretty enough in the baking pan.

I followed the directions Lauren posted, but I found them to be a little on the confusing side, so if you decide to make this, definitely follow the original directions, which can be found on the Kraft foods website here.

I substituted ground turkey for the beef to make this a little more healthful, but it was really missing something in the flavor department as a result. I was thinking maybe some taco seasoning would have helped, and saw some of the reviews on the Kraft website suggested chipotle seasoning.

In addition to the substitution of turkey, I sprayed the pan with cooking spray first. I don't konw if this made any difference in clean up time or not, but figured it would be a smart move. I used a different brand of salsa, but kept with the thick and chunky theme. I also would probably use a larger dish in the future, since I quickly ran out of room for all of the components in my 9x9 Pyrex.

I thought this was pretty tasty, although I think BAJ considered it too bland, calling it "ok."


  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed
  • 4-6 corn tortillas (12 inch)
  • 1-1/2 cups KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided

HEAT oven to 375°F.

BROWN meat with peppers in large skillet; drain. Return to skillet. Stir in salsa, tomatoes and corn.

SPREAD 1 cup meat mixture onto bottom of 9x9-inch baking dish; top with 1 tortilla. Cover with layers of the remaining meat mixture and cheese; top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture. Cover with foil.

BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining cheese; let stand 5 min. or until melted.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Recipes to try

All from Real Simple


Parmesan Twists, Real Simple
Easy Samosas, Real Simple
Rosemary Pecans

Dinner Salads:
Chicken and Peach Salad

Golden Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

Berry Shortcakes

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cream of Tomato Soup

From, by Georgia Downard.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 pound fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped, or 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, juices reserved
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium canned chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup light cream or milk
  • Salt and pepper


In a large nonreactive saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and carrot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes without allowing to color. Add tomatoes with their juices, broth, tomato paste, basil, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer stirring frequently, 15 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.

In a food processor or blender, puree soup in batches until smooth. Return to pan and stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes, and serve.

This is a pretty basic, very tasty cream of tomato soup, much like other tomato soups I've made, like this. I did use canned tomatoes, and the result was a thinner soup that I would have liked. I would use canned diced tomatoes in the future. I felt the soup was too thin, so added another tablespoon of tomato paste; as I've said in other tomato soup recipes, I've sometimes accidentally used the whole can (what are you supposed to do with the leftover paste??) so I might just go ahead and do that too. I also added a stalk of celery and some garlic with the carrots and onion. Finally, I only had about 1/2 c of chicken broth on hand, so I just used chicken stock I had to complete the 2 cups. What's the difference between broth and stock anyway? I had 2% milk around from another recipe, so went ahead and used that as the "cream."

So this was good, reasonably fast and easy to make, and has (temporarily at least) sated my craving for tomato soup.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast


  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water I used beef broth
  • 5 1/2 pounds pot roast


  1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.
  2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

I have made this once before, and raved about it. I made it essentially the same way I had made it before, and it was just fine. I wouldn't say I was nuts about it, and our guests seemed to like it, but also didn't really RAVE about it.

The good thing about this one, though, is that it was very easy to make. There are a TON of reviews on allrecipes of this one, and many people give suggestions for improvement, so I imagine some of them are going to improve this.

I also tossed in some quartered potatoes, celery, and carrots with the roast, and I used a 4 pound angus rump roast.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shrimp Newburg

Another from Rachael Ray's December 09 issue.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep 15 min
  • Cook 20 min


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp—cleaned and cut into thirds, shells reserved
  • 1 1/3 cups 2 percent milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped chives
Slash sodium by serving the shrimp over brown rice instead of buttered toast.

Keep the flavor but lose the fat by replacing heavy cream and egg yolks with fresh shrimp broth and milk.

Shrimp is a good source of low-calorie protein—and it's more affordable than the traditional lobster.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the rice with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt 2 teaspoons butter over medium heat. Add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the milk with the cornstarch, then whisk into the shrimp shells. Bring to a simmer, whisking, then cook for 1 minute. Strain the mixture into a bowl, pressing the shrimp shells to get all the liquid; discard the shells. Wash and dry the saucepan.
  3. In the saucepan, melt the remaining 2 teaspoons butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in the shrimp and sherry and cook, stirring, until the shrimp is firm, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chives. Serve over the rice.

BAJ thought this was REALLY good and said he wants to have this again. I wasn't as convinced, however, partially because of a mental thing I had that perhaps the shrimp wasn't fully cooked.
It was easy, but I can't imagine it took the amount of time it said it did; I felt like it took me much longer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chicken Broccoli Couscous

Recipe from Everyday with Rachael Ray December 2009.

* 4 Servings
* Prep 15 min
* Cook 20 min


* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
* Salt and pepper
* 3 cups chicken broth
* One 10-ounce box couscous
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 head broccoli, broken into small florets
* 1/2 cup raisins
* 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
* 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted Omitted

Toast nuts in a 350° oven until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.

1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the pan and cook, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a work surface, let cool, then shred; reserve the skillet.

2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 2 cups chicken broth and 1 tablespoon olive oil to a boil; season with salt and pepper. Add the couscous, cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

3. In the reserved skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and the remaining 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken, raisins, parsley and couscous; season with salt and pepper. Toss with the almonds before serving.

Pictures coming soon, whenever I get around to uploading them.

This...sucked. Blandness all around, with the exception of those bites with raisin in them. I think, perhaps, we haven't found a decent couscous recipe yet, but the ones we've tried have been pretty terrible. The whole family's servings got tossed, and we had a package of ravioli for dinner.

Hey, at least it was reasonably cheap...

Monday, November 9, 2009

French Onion Macaroni and Cheese

From the December 2009 Everyday with Rachael Ray
  • 4 Servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, very thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound penne rigate or whole wheat penne rigate pasta
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 pound gruyère cheese, shredded


  1. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, thyme and bay leaf for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat and cook until the onions are browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and discard the bay leaf. Reserve the skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.
  3. In the reserved skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken stock and milk and bring to a boil; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Lower the heat and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  4. Combine the onions and sauce with the pasta and toss well.

I saw this in the new RR magazine, and immediately thought of my friend Lauren, who loves all things French Onion, and put it on my meal plan for the week.

BAJ and The Boy were going to be a little bit late getting home, so I started shredding the cheese and slicing the onions before I planned to start cooking. After completing these tasks, the recipe time took thirty minutes as suggested, but without it, I'd add another 5-10 minutes to the time.

BAJ REALLY liked this one, and said I could make it again anytime. I thought it was tasty, but that it wasn't as all that as he made it out to be. Nonetheless, this is the first mac and cheese recipe he's LIKED, let alone raved about, so it's definitely going to be a keeper around here.

Pan Fried Chicken with Fresh Tomato and Corn Salsa

From Everyday with Rachael Ray August 2009. See original here
  • 4 Servings
  • Prep 20 min
  • Cook 5 min


  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 chicken breast cutlets (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 ears)
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
Easy does it
Stand an ear of corn upright in a large bowl and run a knife down the length of the cob to remove the kernels.


  1. In a shallow dish, stir together the breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons basil. In a separate shallow dish, add the buttermilk; in a third dish, add the flour. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Working with 1 piece at a time, coat the chicken in the flour, then dip into the buttermilk and coat with the breadcrumbs, shaking to remove any excess.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden-brown, about 5 minutes; drain on paper towels.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the corn, tomatoes, onion, the remaining 2 tablespoons basil and 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve over the chicken.

This was really tasty; I especially liked the corn salsa. I definitely overcooked the chicken, however, which meant we didn't ultimately like the dish, but will need to give it another try. This has all the perfect flavors of summer, and, aside from screwing up the chicken, we'll have to try this again!! Oh yeah, I made this July 23, and just never got around to blogging it. Oops. I served with couscous, as suggested by Rachael Ray!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

From, see the original here.

* 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 1/2 cups beef broth
* 3 potatoes, diced
* 4 carrots, sliced
* 1 stalk celery, chopped


1. Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
2. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

I made this for "lunch club" at work, partially (erm, largely) due to my husband's dislike of all things beef. I messed up modified the recipe by adding a whole can of beef broth, only using 2 potatoes, and using 2 stalks of celery. It was a little bit too much broth, I thought, but after taking the first serving, I decided that wasn't the case at all, and was glad I had done it.

This was a really flavorful stew, and I will certainly make it again. If you go to allrecipes and read the reviews, someone name Corinne made a bunch of modifications to the base recipe, but I'm not a fan of cooking meat before putting it in a slow cooker, so I went with the original recipe! When I make this in the future, I will add a can of mushrooms (almost did that this time, but, um, forgot) and a can of tomatoes--not sure if stewed or whole would work best. I also might take Corinne's modification of using a package of stew mix, although I love the idea of setting the spices on my own.

The good thing about lunch club is that you get the benefit of the opinions of several coworkers. First, they all commented (as did some students who could smell it in the hallway) on the delicious aroma of the stew. It's funny, you bring a crockpot into work and people think you're a domestic goddess. I heard feedback from two others who ate the stew, and they both commented (unsolicited) that it was really good.

In short, this beef stew isn't like Mom makes, but it's pretty good nonetheless... and until I get around to bugging Mom for her recipe, or finding one that comes close, this is a delicious (and fairly easy) stew!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lemon Thyme Chicken

For some reason, I never added Annie's Eats to my Google Reader. I've made some things from her blog before, via other bloggers, but I made sure to do it when I found this recipe. Today, I was looking for something with chicken (which I actually remembered to make sure was defrosted--an aside, I have about 30 vacuum packed chicken breasts in the freezer because I forget to defrost and then buy more when I need to cook dinner. BRILLIANT) and had a craving for some kind of creamy sauce. I stumbled upon this recipe, and knew it to be just what I wanted... although the sauce wasn't very creamy. I digress.
So, this is a Chicken Francese kind of thing. Except that it adds in thyme and some butter. It's also very smart in butterfly the chicken instead of POUNDING the chicken... so. much. easier! Also very smart to start browning in the pan and then continue cooking in the juices--so moist and juicy and not overcooked!
So, if you're reading this, and you haven't yet added Annie's Eats, do it NOW!
Lemon Thyme Chicken
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2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup flour
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2/3 cup dry white wine I substituted vegetable broth
Juice of ½ a large lemon (or the juice of 1 whole lemon, if desired)
2-3 tablespoons butter
Butterfly the chicken breasts to create four halves. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl, and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off the excess. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute until lightly golden, about 2 minutes; flip and cook on the other side, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme leaves to the pan and saute just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Off the heat, add the wine to the pan. Return the pan to the heat and bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce until the sauce has thickened and the chicken has become golden brown on each both sides. Add the lemon juice to the pan and stir in the butter until completely melted. Serve immediately, and spoon the extra sauce over the chicken.

Oh, yum. The hubs made mashed potatoes while I took care of the chicken, and the sauce tasted so good over those taters. I wish there had been more sauce leftover, but I might have reduced it just a little too much.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Braised Bratwurst with Bacon, Apples, and Sauerkraut

I found this on the Rachael Ray meal planner. You can see the original here.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep 10 min
  • Cook 25 min


  • One 12-ounce bottle beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 cooked bratwurst sausage
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 pound sauerkraut, drained
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 granny smith apples, cut into matchsticks


  1. In a saucepan, simmer the beer, chicken broth and bratwurst for 10 minutes. Reserve the bratwurst and cooking liquid separately.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat for 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until softened. Add the reserved cooking liquid, bring to a boil and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the sauerkraut, carrots, bacon and bratwurst and cook, covered, until heated through. Stir in the apples.
We enjoyed this recipe, but it took WAY longer than the suggested time frame.
I used a bottle of Yeungling Lager, which added a nice flavor, and I also used beer flavored brats.
I basically halved the recipe, using 4 brats (although still 1 c of chicken broth and a whole bottle of beer, and 1 lb of sauerkraut..woops!), 4 slices of bacon, 1 onion, 2 carrots, and 1 apple. It was a bit too much for my skillet to handle, but it did work.

I would have liked the apples to be a little bit softer, but perhaps had I sliced them smaller, they might have been. Next time, I will add them to the heat a little bit earlier.

So, I'll probably make this again, but not for a weeknight...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I found this in a cookbook from allrecipes. You can also see the recipe here.

This was very easy to make, but not a big hit in our house. BAJ complained the whole time about the beef, but he did eat his entire serving. I just didn't like it, but I'm not such a great test case these days.

I made a few substitutions... I used a cubanelle pepper instead of a bell. I omitted the pepperoni, and used spaghetti sauce instead of pizza sauce.

There's a picture on allrecipes, and their creation looks very different from mine... perhaps a slice of ham might have changed the texture/flavor instead of the diced ham I used. I also folded my dough in half, instead of creating a log like a typical stromboli... this made it VERY difficult to cut.

I also found that this got overcooked, and came very close to burning after 20 minutes at the recommended temperature.

Soo, maybe I'll make a stromboli this way again, but not with this particular filling.

Monday, September 7, 2009

BBQ Chicken Pizza

From $5 Dinners. Original recipe here.

2 chicken breasts
1 cup BBQ sauce
Homemade Pizza Crust (used our recipe, posted here)
1/2 large red onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 - 1 cup BBQ sauce

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice chicken breasts and pour 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Saute chicken pieces in skillet over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through.
2. Prepare homemade pizza dough.
3. Meanwhile, saute chopped red onions and garlic in 1 tsp olive oil for 4-5 minutes, or until onions become more opaque.
3. Roll pizza crust onto pizza pan or baking stone. Top with 1/2 - 1 cup of BBQ sauce and spread around with spoon.
4. Top with cooked diced chicken and sauted red onions. (Top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese!)
5. Bake about 20 minutes.

BAJ made this one, since I am not feeling well today. I also was feeling too ill to eat the dinner, but he said it was REALLY good. So, this is keeper in our house, and hopefully, I'll like it too!! :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Slow Cooker Upside-Down Chicken Pot Pie

I got this from a recipe group on a message board I use. I wasn't really too optimistic that my husband would like this, since he doesn't like chicken pot pie, but he DID comment that he REALLY liked this one.

This was so easy to prepare, and so great for my first day of work. I used a smaller jar (I think 12 oz) of turkey gravy, and that just wasn't enough... definitely need to make it with more liquid.

I love that this was an all in one pot meal, with the chicken, the veggies, and the biscuit!

Picture coming soon!

Slow Cooker Upside-Down Chicken Pot Pie (linda98ny)
From Betty Crocker

1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 dried bay leaf
1/4tsp pepper
1 jar (18 oz) chicken gravy
2 medium celery stalks, cut into thin slices (I use alittle less)
1 bag (1lb) frozen mixed veggies
instant biscuits (I use the ones in the tube)

1. Place chicken in slow cooker. Top with onion, bayleaf, pepper, and gravy. Place celery on gravy.

2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours

3. About 30 min before serving, bake biscuits.

4. Meanwhile, gently stir frozen veggies into chickenmixture. Cover and cook 15 min. Remove bay leaf.

5. For each serving, split biscuit and place one half on the bottom of a bowl. Spoon chicken into bowl then top with other half of biscuit. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pioneer Woman--BBQ Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

Meatball recipe here.
Mashed Potato recipe here.

This was pretty tasty. I think I added a little too much milk for the amount of meat I had, but they turned out good anyway. I found it's really important for the oil to be hot enough; mine wasn't in the beginning and those first few fell apart. I also had way more than I needed, so froze some for future use; we'll see how that goes.

The potatoes. I stopped before putting them in the oven. BAJ said they tasted pretty much like my regular potatoes, but I think he wasn't really paying attention and focused on the not enough salt aspect. I thought they were tastier than my normal mashed potatoes, although I didn't add quite enough half and half. I have no potato masher, so wanting to follow PW's advice as much as possible, I skipped the mixer and mashed with a fork--just like my ancestors did.

Pictures coming soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gazpacho by Alton Brown

Original recipe here.

I wanted to make something nice and cool because it was so stinking hot. I had never made Gazpacho before, but I knew it was cool, and figured it would be great for the heat. You can never go wrong with Alton Brown, so I went with his recipe, even though it's suggested prep time was longer than many others I found.

This may very well be a fabulous gazpacho, but it was not for us. Perhaps due to my lack of measuring, but BAJ said it tasted like "cucumber/jalapeno soup." I thought it was ok, but not good enough to keep on eating. My friend liked it, or at least she SAID she did.

I think I might try making Gazpacho again, and maybe even this one (it's so highly rated on and across the internet,) but this time it was just not good.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I cooked!

I have another blog about restaurants. If you look at it, you will see a LOT of restaurants in recent weeks. And that doesn't include any chains or places we've already been to.

But tonight, I put my foot down (on myself) and cooked.
I made Giada's Pasta Primavera and tomato, basil, mozzarella salad.

Very very good! Even BAJ had seconds, although The Boy wasn't so into anything but the tomatoes and cheese.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mmm, Pizza

Went ahead and made that no bread machine pizza again. So easy and so yummy. I added some minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper to the dough, as well as using olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I also used 1c of whole wheat flour.
As a topping, I used diced tomato, fresh garlic, and red pepper. Yum.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chocolate chip cookies

I made these from the ATK cookbook, and I brought them as a "birthday" celebration at A's school. The kitchen was VERY hot, so I had a hard time rolling them into balls, and so just used a tablespoon to drop them on the cookie sheet. They came out very tasty and puffy, but because of the stickiness, I figured I mismeasured the flour and added a little more. BAJ said he could taste the extra flour, but he might have been busting my chops... this has been known to happen on occasion.

Anyway, this was a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I think I liked it better this time than the last.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Appetizer night

We are hosting another appetizer night tonight. We get together with friends of BAJ's from high school about once a month...sometimes we stay in, sometimes we go out. The past time we got together that we "hosted," we did an appetizer night, with much success (See here) so we decided to do the same again.

I've already made Minty Lime Freeze, from Kraft Foods. I obviously haven't had it prepared, but did sneak a taste of the whipped topping, and it was yummy.

Since I have a LOT of mint leftover, I'll also make mojitos, which I've never had before... what better time than now!

I'm also making Is It Really Better Than Sex? Cake by Paula Deen, which I have made previously with success.

Finally, I'm making Crab Rangoon, which I LOOVE when we go to PF Chang's.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Well then.

So I'm trying to back up pictures on my computer by uploading to picasa. I ran out of space, so started deleting things I didn't need. I deleted a folder with the name of this blog, which means I apparently deleted all the pictures from the blog. Oy.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Best Pizza yet.

I used the pizza dough recipe I posted last night to make this. This time, I used regular old AP flour. I did change the oil to olive oil, and added some Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to the dough.

I used regular old jarred pasta sauce, and added some basil from my garden on top. I think the thing I did differently was that I kneaded the dough a little bit longer than I usually do.

Woohoo, this was delicious! I also made a mini pizza from the leftover dough (the whole recipe is too much for my pan), which BAJ is taking in for lunch today. We'll see how that one goes reheated in the micro...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pizza Dough

Sooo, the Biblical Womanhood blog I found pizza dough on previously is no longer in operation. Because I like this dough SO much, here's the recipe, which I refound at Money Saving Mom.

Pizza Crust:
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix.

Dump onto a floured surface .

Knead into a smooth dough (five minutes or so).

Roll out and press down onto a greased pizza pan.

Add toppings. (Have fun and be creative with this! Our favorite variety is salsa or barbecue sauce, diced cooked chicken, and cheese.)

Bake at 450 degrees F. for around 12-15 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.

By the way, you can make up a double or triple batch of the pizza crust dough and freeze the extras if you don't need it. This speeds up the preparation even more as all you have to do is pull out a bag of dough and a bag of chopped cooked chicken in the morning and then put the pizza together right before you're ready to eat. You can also freeze the pizzas already cooked but I doubt it would ever stay uneaten long enough to make it to the freezer around here!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Frugal test

I have a copy of The Tightwad Gazette (from the library!) that I'm perusing. Many of the tips, I know I cannot bring the hubs on board. But I discovered a recommendation for reusing coffee grounds. Not sure how to do this, I looked online to discover the blog A Penny Closer, which did this same experiment.

This weekend, I made a pot of coffee, using 4 c of water and 4 scoops of coffee. I reused those grounds (and filter), and added 2 scoops of coffee and 4 c of water to make my coffee this morning. Success! It tasted just right, after adding the requisite cream and sugar, and saved me a filter and 2 scoops of coffee. So this means I will use 6 scoops every 2 days instead of 8.

Now, can I use the same grounds and filter tomorrow? I think I will try!

Why bread needs salt

My husband loves bread. He saw the bread needed to have a slice lopped off to fit into the baggie. He ate that slice. He then came upstairs, with said slice, and said," Before I base your lunch tomorrow on this bread, how about if you try it?" I took a bite, and thought, hey this isn't bad. Then it hit me... this bread is TERRIBLE. I tried to finish it but simply couldn't.

So, salt is a necessity in bread.

Hope to try again tonight.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


We ran out of sandwich bread, so I decided to try making it in the machine (which may or may not be broken). I found this recipe, and gave it a whirl.

I used 1/2 c of whole wheat flour, and olive oil instead of vegetable. I think I forgot to add salt.

It's still cooking, but it looks great and smells really good too!! Pictures and an update soon!

Pizza Dough, Part 2

Tried again with the no rise dough I tried last week. This time, I didn't use the whole amount of dough made, opting to make a mini pizza with the leftovers. I put the mini in the freezer after baking to see how that works out.

This came out a lot nicer and less doughy. It was a much better amount.

I really want to find a pizza stone and a pizza peel. I've been wanting the tile Alton Brown mentioned on his show (he said it's like 99 cents, but I haven't been able to find the right stuff... a little more research and now I think I know what I need), and I discovered yesterday that Bed Bath and Beyond no longer sells pizza peels!

Anyway, back to the dough. It came out really nice, with the addition of some Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper. Even The Boy ate it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pioneer Woman's Mac and Cheese

Have you ever heard of "Pioneer Woman?" Not only do I subscribe to her blog, but she is much the buzz in the other blogs to which I subscribe. Everyone raves about Pioneer Woman. Check out her blog here.

I have been on a quest for delicious homemade macaroni and cheese, a mac and cheese like none other, one that would satisfy BAJ. This, sadly, was not it. He said that it was "not bad," to which I added, "But still mac and cheese," and he agreed.


From the peanut gallery, however, this was DELICIOUS. Perhaps the best I've made. I can't tell you that this was easy, because it involved a LOT of whisking, but it was well worth it because it was outstanding.


The rest of the peanut gallery agreed... I served it up for The Boy, who had already started feeding himself before I turned my back.

That's right. Not only did he eat it, but he also fed it to himself.

That's SOME Pig.

Anyway, here's the recipe. I went ahead and baked it, fearing the partially done pasta would not be a success. (I was unsure how long to cook this "not done" pasta, so went for half the cooking time on the box). I used rotini pasta, and added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. I halved everything except did use a whole egg. I used Cheddar cheese as well.

Pioneer Woman’s Mac & Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

4 cups dried macaroni
1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 4 tablespoons) butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 heaping teaspoons dry mustard (more if desired)
1 egg, beaten
1 pound cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (more to taste)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
*Optional spices: cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme

Cook macaroni until very firm. Macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain.
In a small bowl, beat egg.
In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn.
Pour in milk, add mustard, and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick. Reduce heat to low.
Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together till smooth.
Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.
Add in cheese and stir to melt.
Add salts and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.
Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.

Serve immediately (very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi with Green Beans

When I am meal planning, I always ask my husband if he has any requests. Typically, his response will be "I want some kind of shrimp." Some of those real home chefs might think this empty palette a wonderful thing. I am not a real home chef. I'm just someone trying to cook some "slop," as my mom always used to say. He's a "finicky," shall we say, kind of guy, so I get frustrated sometimes.

This meal was a success.

I found it in my Google Reader, and was pleased to see I had everything necessary to make... all the shrimp recipes in my magazines called for fish sauce or clam broth... what's up with that? I found it on the Sweet Savory Southern blog, which has all kinds of tasty treats. You can find the recipe

I did things a little differently... Obviously, I used spaghetti (whole grain!) instead of orzo. But, I also used olive oil instead of all that butter. I heated the oil and added the garlic (way more than a teaspoonful). I got it fragrant, and then added the shrimp, which I had seasoned with both salt and pepper. I cooked it all the way, then added the lemon juice and some more pepper. This seemed to cut down on steps, which made sense to me.

I also served what has quickly become my signature side dish. It's my take on ATK braised green beans. I heated some olive oil, and added some diced onion. I added some chicken stock and green beans, and simmered until the beans were soft (I think I did 10 minutes?), and added some Craisins into the mix about halfway (I usually add them at the beginning, but forgot)... stirred a few times while simmering.

We both enjoyed the meal as a whole, and even got The Boy to eat some pasta and some beans.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi
  • 1  cup  uncooked orzo (obviously I subbed spaghetti)
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 7  teaspoons  unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2  pounds  peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 2  teaspoons  bottled minced garlic (I used fresh)
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
1. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.
2. While orzo cooks, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add half of shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan. Add remaining shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer to plate.
3. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in pan. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in shrimp, juice, and pepper; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I found this recipe on a website about saving some loot around the home. It came at a perfect time, since the last few times I've made pizza dough in my bread machine, it's come out funky for some reason. I can't figure out if there's something wrong with the bread machine, so a fast recipe without a bread machine is great. This is that recipe. It's pretty basic, and very fast to make.

I made a few modifications, but nothing major... I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour, and the remaining cup and a half, I used bread flour (King Arthur; I think it's whole wheat as well.) I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and added some hot pepper flakes, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

This was actually my first time kneading dough. Woo!

I completely forgot the pictures, but it looked pretty!

I did find that this made more dough than was necessary for my pizza pan. Next time, I will use half the dough and freeze the rest.

I also didn't have any mozzarella in the house (woops!), and instead used shredded Monterey Jack. BAJ said it tasted different, and wouldn't say whether it was bad or good, just different. I am still fighting a cold, and couldn't really taste anything, but it tasted pretty good to me! I topped with canned mushrooms, and frozen mixed pepper slices.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grilled Turkey and Ham Sandwiches with Tomato Soup

Posted about this one here. These are the pics.

Stir Fried Chicken and Pineapple in Sweet and Sour Sauce

From ATK, this was GOOD STUFF. I chopped my chicken a little too large in some cases, and it cooked for a little too long. I really hate getting oil so hot that it's smoking, because it's so messy and it HURTS, but I do it nonetheless. I have invested in a few aprons too.

In all, this was pretty tasty, and I'll probably make it again. I did use fresh pineapple, about half of it too (although I halved the rest of the recipe..woops, just realized!). I served with brown rice and a frozen steamed vegetable we like.

Cranberry-Orange Chicken Bake

Another secret recipe from ATK. This one was really good.. I have to make it again, as well as the other modification, Apricot Chicken Bake. I actually made the base recipe, Pineapple Chicken Bake, tonight.

Made on March 30.


Dunno WTF this was, but it looks tasty!

Cheesy Chicken and Salsa Skillet

Posted about this here, this is the pic.

Mozzarella Sticks

I posted about Mozzarella Sticks here, and this is the corresponding picture.
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