Monday, February 28, 2011

Chicken Bundles

I also found this recipe in Taste of Home. I didn’t have like half of the ingredients though, so I just made some stuff up. Here’s what I did…

Chicken Bundles

1 cup cubed cooked chicken (I used canned chicken – my go to chicken!)

1/2 to 1 cup of your fave pasta sauce (I started with 1/2 and added until I liked the amount)

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (swiss would be good too)

12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls, thawed

2 Tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat pasta sauce in microwave or on the stove. Add the chicken and cheese. Flatten each roll into a 5 inch circle. Place the mixture in the center of 6 circles. Brush the edges with water and top with the remaining circles. Press the edges with a fork to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet and brush with the melted butter. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

You could change this up and put anything you like inside the bundles. Like hamburger and tomato sauce with whatever seasonings you want and your favorite cheese, maybe even some bacon so it’s like a bacon cheeseburger bundle! I think I might try it with my alfredo sauce and italian sausage next time! You could even top it with some extra sauce when you’re ready to serve it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brown and White Chex Mix

I got this recipe from one of my favorite cooking magazines… Taste of Home! As always, it’s a little different from the original recipe. For one thing, this is the “I’m cheap” recipe. I plan to one day try it with some reeses pieces added! But this is a super simple recipe that seriously takes about 15 minutes from start to eating!

Brown and White Chex Mix

6 cups Rice Chex cereal (totally can’t taste a difference if you use the cheap kind! Which I did.)

1 1/2 cups White Chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter chips

1 cup Reeses Pieces (not in mine, but I want them!)

Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. Place 3 cups of cereal in a large bowl. In a small bowl, microwave white chocolate chips uncovered on High for about 1 minute – 1 minute 30 seconds (after about 1 minute check every 10 seconds and stir to make sure they don’t burn.) Take them out when you can stir them and they turn smooth. Shouldn’t do for more than 1 minute 30 seconds. Pour the melted chips over the cereal and stir with one of those soft spoonula things so you don’t crush the cereal. (I got mine at the dollar store) Once it’s all coated well spread in a single layer on one of the cookie sheets. Refrigerate for 5 minutes or until set. (I left mine in for about 8 minutes.)

Repeat all this with the peanut butter chips. When the time is up for the fridge, take the cereal out and break apart into pieces and put in an air tight container. Don’t let the cereal sit in the fridge for too long or it will get really hard and be really hard to break apart.

I actually did mine 2/3 white chocolate and 1/3 peanut butter the second time and next time I wanna do all white chocolate! It was SO good! My son even picked out the white chocolate pieces and left me with all the peanut butter ones!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lemon Butter Sauce

I know it's been a while. I found out I was pregnant in June and I was sick for several weeks. I'm doing better now and trying to catch up on all my blogs!
I have a few recipes from the last couple months. This recipe is actually from last night, but it was an easy one so I'm putting it up first. I told my friend about it yesterday and couldn't wait to make it for dinner! It is the best lemon butter sauce I've ever made! I keep trying new recipes because I liked a lemon butter sauce I had at Cheesecake Factory once. This recipe is the closest I've found! But I can't remember where I got it. Sorry.

Lemon Butter Sauce

1/4 cup Lemon juice
2 Tbsp. White wine
1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
2 sticks Butter (room temp.)

Heat Lemon juice and wine over medium heat and reduce by one third. Add cream and simmer on low until thickened. Slowly add butter, 2-3 pats at a time, until incorporated. Once it's smooth again it's done, but I let mine simmer (stirring occasionally) for another 30 minutes or so - let all that alcohol cook out!
This makes about 2 cups of the sauce which is plenty enough for 4 people with about a ton of left overs! I'd say there are at least 20 servings. When I reheat mine I like to put a bit in a small cup and just dip my chicken in it. Actually, I'll pour it over my potatoes and whatever else is on my plate too!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Dip

My mother-in-law made this for a baby shower the other day and I loved it so I went home and tried it out myself. It's super easy and my hubby loved it too!
This recipe is derived from Franks Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip, but I changed it up a bit - no surprise there.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8oz Cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
2 Tbsp Franks Redhot Sauce (the more the spicier) (You can use any hot sauce I'm sure.)
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella cheese (I've used both - yes, I've made it more than once in the last 3 days!)
1 13oz can Chicken breast

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Soften cream cheese in microwavable mixing bowl. Mix in ranch dressing, hot sauce, and shredded cheese. Drain the chicken and stir into cheese mixture. Put mix into a 6 cup baking dish (6inx8inx2in). Bake for 15 minutes. You can serve this with tortilla chips or toasted bread (like I used with my spinach dip).

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Treats

Alright, here's a quick and yummy treat! (Warning: You may want to make 2 batches, one for yourself and one for the people with which you want to share!)

A friend told me about this idea coming from somewhere called the poor man's turtle. I'll take this one any day! I actually don't like pecans or nuts in my treats so I used M&M's instead. It's a great way to make these treats festive too.

Chocolate Caramel Treats

Bag of Rolos
Partial bag of pretzels
M&M's/Pecans/whatever you like with caramel and chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper for easy clean up. I opened my bag of Rolos first and counted them. (You'll want to use them all!) Lay out the same amount of pretzels in a single layer on the pan. They don't have to be spaced far apart; this was just my first time. Then you just open all the Rolos and put one in the center of each pretzel. Put pan in the oven and bake for about 3 or 4 minutes. Don't sit there and watch for the Rolos to melt all over the pretzels. They won't do it. (I found out the hard way and wasted a batch.) Remove the pan and immediately put your topping of choice on the Rolos, mushing them down with the topping. (Hint: If your topping isn't big like a pecan (plain M&M's that I used) you will need to mush the Rolos with a spoon before putting on the topping. (That is, if you want the Rolos to completely cover the pretzels.) Now you just need to refrigerate for a little while so the chocolate sets. Then just keep them in a sealed container.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brian Regan on Cooking Shows

I love watching Food Network and I love comedian Brian Regan so of course I loved this bit of his...

(Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals do it the way Brian could learn!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This recipe originated from one of my Kraft magazines and I'm sure you can find the original on the Kraft website. I have made a few changes to mine though! For the better of course!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 10oz. package frozen chopped spinach
1 14oz. can artichoke hearts
12 oz. (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese
1/4 cup light mayo
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove spinach from packaging and place in a bowl of hot water. While the spinach is defrosting, put the cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for about a minute to soften it up. Add the other cheeses and the mayo to the bowl and set aside. Drain the can of artichoke hearts and chop them up into tiny bits. (I hate big chunks in my dip.) And I usually chop off and discard the end of the artichoke. (I don't use artichokes for anything but this recipe so I don't know if you're supposed to eat the end...) If the spinach isn't defrosted by now you can heat it up for 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave. Then drain the spinach really really well. I usually drain it then chop it up really small (of course) and then drain it in smaller portions again. Add the spinach and artichoke to your cheese bowl and mix well. You don't want big chunks of spinach sticking together. Scoop the mixture into an oven safe dish of your choosing. Sometimes I put mine in 2 separate dishes. (One for me and one for my husband so he doesn't hog it all!) Bake for 20 minutes.

I like to serve mine with bread. Take a baguette or a loaf about that size and cut it in half length wise. Then cut slices so you have bite size pieces. (This is what's in my picture above.) Then lay flat in one layer on a foil covered cookie sheet. (Easy clean up) Now just broil for about 2 minutes or until the bread looks lightly browned. Watch it closely though! I can't tell you how many times I've burnt mine!!

So about this blog...

I love to cook. I don't get to experiment with as much as I'd like, but I try what I can. I watch Food Network all the time and love trying things I see.
My twist is that I never follow a recipe completely. So, in my posts I'll tell you where I got the idea and the basic recipe, but I'll post the recipe the way that I made it.

All photographs on this blog will be my own, so it will be what food/recipes that I use really look like.