Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
*Bruschetta Chicken Bake*
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. (6 oz.) Chicken Stuffing Mix
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces... or like me, you could just pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery and pull the meat from the bone.
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup mozzarella cheese
~Heat oven to 400 degrees, Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until moistened.
~Layer chicken, basil (I added the basil to the stuffing mix) and stuffing in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
~Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through... of if you use the meat from a rotisserie chicken bake until heated throughout and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
~Serve with a green salad.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Anyway, I've still got four more weeks to go until my due date and I'm happy to say that all is good... well, except for maybe the swollen fingers and toes and the fact that I'm always HOT. I'm normally a cold natured gal, but lately it seems, I'm just so darn hot all the time.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A couple of weeks ago we had an evening of pie... and I believe if everyone had an evening of pie the world would be a better place.
But once again, this is what it's really all about for me... and after I give birth to this lil' guy in about 5 weeks and I regain some energy other than raising a fork to my lips, I've got many, many uphill miles to walk on the treadmill.
This is PW's Scrumptious Apple Pie. And let me just say, this pie could be the answer to world peace.
Especially when eaten warm with some vanilla ice cream... or the next morning for breakfast with a little bit of coffee... then again for an afternoon snack... and maybe even again for dessert the next night. I'm not saying *I* indulged that many times or anything... I'm just saying, you could if you wanted to. Because after all, with each mouthful a sense of peace and well being would overcome you and all would be right in the world, so no one would blame you if you did indulge a little... or a lot.
1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup sweet onions, preferable Vidalia onion... or omit completely
1 tablespoon steak seasoning
1 tablespoon steak sauce
Your favorite cheese slices
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, at room temp. for about 20 minutes
1 egg yolk
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~Mix the ground beef, onion, steak seasoning and sauce together (using your hands is the most efficient way to do this). Form into flat patties. Grill or pan fry the hamburgers to medium-well. Remove and top each burger with a slice of cheese.
~Roll the puff pastry sheet to flatten slightly. Cut into 4 relatively even rectangles.
~Cover each burger with a piece of puff pastry and wrap it around the bottom, pinching all of the edges to seal. Place on a un-greased baking sheet, pinched side down.
~Whisk together the egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water to make an egg wash. Brush each wrapped pastry with egg wash. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the puff pastry is nice and brown.
~Serve with your favorite toppings/condiments.
*Scrumptious Apple Pie*
Pie crust... I used two frozen store bought pie crusts, not PW's "made from scratch" pie crusts
6 to 7 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith Apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 jar (or more) caramel topping
~In a bowl mix peeled apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.
~Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter, then add in the brown sugar, oats, and salt.
~Divide the apple mixture into the prepared pie crusts and top with crumb topping.
~Cover crust edges with aluminum foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil from crusts (be sure to watch this... my crust edges were already done after 25 minutes so, I couldn't remove the foil) and place back in oven for another 15 to 30 minutes. With 5 minutes remaining top with the pecans and finish baking.
~Remove from oven and top with 1/2 jar (or more) of caramel topping. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
~Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I'll get to the sopapilla's in a minute... because for me, that's what it's really all about anyway.
*Mexican Pork Chops*
~1 lb boneless pork chops
~1 can Original Rotel
~1 can corn... optional
~2 Tablespoon olive oil
~2 Tablespoon butter
~ Salt & Pepper to taste
Cook chops in skillet with olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until browned on both sides.
Add the Rotel and corn and simmer over medium-low heat turning the chops in the sauce until no longer pink in the center.
Serve on a bed of rice topped with black beans.
Now for the fun part... just look at that creamy, golden goodness.
*Cream Cheese Sopapilla's*
~2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese
~2 (8 oz) pkgs. crescent dinner rolls
~1 c. sugar
~1 tsp. vanilla
~1/2 c. butter, melted
~1/2 c. cinnamon sugar... Cinnamon sugar can be made by combining 1 cup sugar to 2 Tbs. cinnamon.
Unroll one package of crescent rolls and line the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread over the crescent rolls.
Unroll the other package of crescent rolls and place on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Pour the melted butter on top and sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool, then dig in while still warm.
After I took the first bite, I seriously considered hiding the rest from my family so I could secretly eat on it the rest of the week. Then, I called my dear friend, Amy, and cursed her for sharing yet another divine recipe that will take up permanent residence on my thighs.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This is her recipe and it has become one of my family's favorites... especially for my step-son, Jackson. He LOVES soup... especially chicken tortilla soup.
Now, usually I hold off on making soups, casseroles or comfort foods until the temperature drops and the weather is more Fall like. But there is only one problem... I live in Dallas, Texas and around here, you never know what the weather is going to do from one year to the next. I mean really, I've worn shorts on Christmas Day before. So, rather then let weather dictate my cooking regimen, I decided to make Amy's Chicken Tortilla Soup last night (even though it was eighty something degrees outside)... and Jackson was happy I did!
I usually serve cheese quesadilla's on the side... they're great for dipping.
2 10 oz. cans chunk white chicken... or you could use the meat from a whole rotisserie chicken from the grocery like I often do.
3 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken
1 can Rotel Original
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained... I omit the corn, sadly JB is not a corn lover.
Shredded Mexican cheese
*Other optional toppings... Sour cream, avocado, cilantro, etc.
~Combine all ingredients, except the chips, cheese and other toppings in a pot.
~Bring to a boil and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
~Serve with chips, cheese and other desired toppings.
Monday, October 13, 2008
In my third-trimester pregnancy boredom this weekend, I sat and browsed through a ton of others blogs. How interesting it was to see how other people set up their blogs and what they blog about. For the most part though, I came across mostly food and baking blogs... yum! Oh, and the ideas I got. I'm now following (stalking) about a hundred other blogs... no, really, it's probably only about fifty or so... for now. Anyway, I had no idea the extinct of this new world I've entered into called "blogging". There's no turning back now... I'm hooked. And, I've got a lot to learn.
Back to my point here... As I was clicking around (and salivating), I would randomly show my hubby, who was sitting nearby watching tv, awesome photos of delicious looking food and desserts. I can't even remember some of which I showed him and where they were, as he was later asking, "Where did you see that recipe for lemon cheesecake at?". Hmmm... I don't know. Well, some of what he saw he didn't need to ask where it was, because Sunday morning as I resumed my blog browsing with my coffee he was in the kitchen whipping up these...
Ghosts pancakes! How cute is that!?! I love him. Did I already say that?
And honestly, I can't even remember on whose blog I saw them to give proper credit.
But what a cute idea! And even though the youngest two of our bunch are twelve and thirteen, they thought they were pretty neato too. So, I know if you've got lil' ones younger than twelve they'll love 'em.
And here's Haley's after she poured some syrup on him. She drizzled it across and said, "Now he looks like a mummy ghost!". (Please pay no attention to the water spots on this old plate... thank you.)
All that's required for these is your favorite pancake mix and some chocolate chips... or if you want to really get creative (or throw in something more nutritious) you could use fresh fruit, like blueberries and raspberries.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Buzz has only several objectives in life...
against your legs, while you're eating your morning yogurt until you
give him the container for his fair share.
2.) To beg for ham in the mornings while you're making lunches for the kids.
Oh, how he loves yogurt. I don't know how, but he can hear you peel
back the lid (even if you're trying to be quiet) from anywhere in the house.
If he could, he would stick his whole face down in that container.
He'll beg and beg and even try to stand on his hind legs and paw at you so you'll notice him.
"Hey, I'm down here... give me MY ham!"
"Oh, how I've got to have that ham."
"Ahhh... the fresh meat of a gazelle."
3.) To sunbathe. He loves to find a sunny spot, stretch out and bathe himself.