Saturday, January 31, 2009
1 pkg refrigerator biscuits (10 count)
5 slices of cheese
Fully cook sausage links. Scramble eggs or cook them individually. Press 2 biscuits together to make a blanket. Layer the slice of cheese, the egg, and the sausage link in the center of the biscuit. Fold biscuit ends up and then pull sides to center and overlap. Bake, seam-side down, according to biscuit package directions.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2 Chicken Breasts
6 Cups of water
1 tsp cumin
1/4 C of salsa
1/4 C Sour Cream or Cream cheese
1/2 C Mexi Cheese Blend
8 Flour Tortillas or Corn Tortillas(depending how stuffed you make them)
1. Boil chicken in water until done. Flavor water with Chicken Boullion (?) cubes if you want.
2. Shred Chicken
3. in a bowl mix chicken, cumin, salsa, sour cream or cream cheese, and mexi cheese blend.
4. Warm tortillas so they are pliable and put 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture in each tortilla.
5. Roll tortilla and seal with a toothpick so you dont have to worry about it unfolding.
6. Bake for 25 minutes @ 375 degrees.
Get creative and serve them enchilada style or with guacamole. Mexican rice is always a good way to pair this meal up. My perfect mexican rice recipe will follow tomorrow. This is an easy basic recipe that you can add flavorings to and make it your own.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Mix it all together and call it dinner! The chips can be mixed in or used to eat the salad. Your choice!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Once you have made the delicious chocolate dish, label it as challenge that way it will be easy to track. Good luck!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This is one my husband's favorite dinner. We usually make this once or twice a month during the winter. It's super simple and takes less than 45 minutes to make. I can even make it almost one handed, which was perfect for me since our daughter always wants attention while I am cooking.
1 lb. ground beef (or chicken or turkey...any are good)
1 cup corn (or any combination of vegetables that you want in your chili)
1/4 cup thick and chunky salsa
1 can diced tomatoes; undrained
1 can kidney beans; drained and rinsed
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup cheddar cheese; divided
1/4 cup sour cream
1)Cook the ground beef in large saucepan until cooked through; stirring occasionally. Drain, if necessary. Add corn and salsa; cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
2)Add undrained tomatoes, drained and rinsed beans, chili powder and garlic powder; stir until well blended. Cook until heated through; stirring occasionally. Stir in 3/4 cup cheddar cheese until melted.
3)Serve! Top servings evenly with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream.
This is really good with a side of cornbread or corn chips thrown in.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It is also really yummy to fry up with some onions and peppers for fajitas! if I do that, I usually sprinkle some Tony Chacere's Creole seasoning on it... it adds some serious kick!
Recipe from Melanie @ sisterscafe
South of the Border Sandwiches
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1" thick slices
½ cup olives, chopped
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup lite mayo
1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
¾ to 1 lb. turkey, thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados, sliced
¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
In a bowl, combine olives, chili powder, cumin, and salt; set aside 2 T. of this mixture. Add the mayo, sour cream, and green onions to the remaining olive mixture. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet and spread 1 T. of the mayo mixture on each slice. Top w/slices of turkey and tomatoes. Spread w/another T. of mayo mixture. Top W/ avocados and cheeses. Sprinkle w/the reserved 2 T. of olive mixture. Bake @ 350 for 15 min. Makes 8-10 serv.
Recipe from: Amy of sisterscafe.
This soup is probably my favorite soup that I know. This week I had an awful cough and sore throat and my mother in law made this for me and it was just the ticket. Do not confuse this with taco soup;it is not the same thing. Its got a great mild spice flavor that really accompanies enchiladas or taco night well. Anyone familiar with La Margarita in Round Rock,Texas, this is the closest recipe to that.
Emeril Legasse/ Bridger additions
Ingredients:2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped, or 1 pasilla or green bell pepper and 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
6 cups chicken stock
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 C of uncooked rice 1 small can of crushed tomatoes
Dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, peppers, salt, cumin, and coriander for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the uncooked rice and crushed tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the cooked shredded chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the lime juice and cilantro and serve. Garnish with avacado, tortilla chips, sour cream, and monteray jack cheese.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
8 oz cream cheese room temp
1 jar roka blue cheese spread
1 jar old english cheese spread
parsley for color, salt and pepper to taste
2 green onions chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
1/2 c chopped pecans
Mix everything except nuts in bowl and refrigerate til firm. Shape into a ball or log and roll in nuts. I sometimes like to add 1/2 c finely shredded sharp cheddar to add more contrast. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup of coconut
2 cups of chopped nuts
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups dried fruit
Preheat oven 350. Combine oats, wheat germ, coconut and nuts in a large bowl. In a glass bowl microwave oil, honey, and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes. Stir well. Pour sugar mix over oat mix and combine until well coated. Spray two large cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray. Divide mix over the two sheets and spread out evenly. Place both pans in oven on seperate racks. Bake for 10 min then remove stir on pans and place back in oven rotating racks. Bake another 8-10 minutes and remove. You have to watch it close the last few minutes or it will burn. Stir granola around on pan and let cool a few minutes and sprinkle the dried fruit over granola. Let cool completely and store in ziploc bags or air tight containers. It makes a lot so recipe can be halfed. I mix and match different nuts and fruits all the time. I also don't always use coconut in it. The kind I made for Christmas was with almonds and cherry flavored craisins, no coconut.
1 package Oreo cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
1 package of white chocolate bark (about 24 oz.)
1. Finely crush 2 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
2. Crush 36 cookies in a large ziploc and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.I found using your hands was a LOT easier
3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. Dust the tops with the 2 crushed cookies for decoration or add sprinkles of your choice.
5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Whenever we go out to eat, if this is on the menu, I get it. Its such a hearty and filling meal. Its a favorite in my heart and I hope you enjoy. Plus, I am sure that its a man pleaser so the husband will be happy to see this on the table.
Chicken Fried Steak
1 cup Vegetable oil
1 pound Cubed steak, cut into 4 (4-ounce) pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
3 cups plus 3 tablespoons butter milk
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Heat the oil in a heavy 9-inch cast iron skillet, to 360 degrees F. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Combine the egg with 3 tablespoons of the buttermilk. Put 1 1/2 cups of the flour in a shallow pan and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the steaks in the flour, coating each piece evenly and tapping off any excess. (Tip: dredging means rolling your steak in the flour. Fill every nook with flour that you can. This prevents the crust from falling off while you fry it.) Drip the steak in the egg wash, coating it completely and letting the excess drip off. Dredge again in the flour, shaking off any excess. Fry the steaks in the hot oil, until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with your favorite gravy.
Tip: If you do not have buttermilk, to make a cup of it all you need is 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and fill the rest with milk until it measures one cup.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
2 cups of warm water
2 Tbl Yeast
1/2 Cup Sugar
Proof Yeast- stir until yeast is dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly. If the yeast does not bubble it is no longer active and you should discard and start again.
2 1/2 tsp. Salt
3 Cups of Flour
1/4 cup oil
2-2 1/2 more cups of Flour (add 1 cup at a time)
Raise 1/2 hour, form rolls, then raise another 1/2 hour/ Bake at 375, 12-20 minutes.
If you don't want rolls, you can make:
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Roll dough into rectangle, spread with butter, cheese and spices. Fold the dough, and spread with butter, cheese, and spices again then slice into strips. Twist and place on greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds and Parmesan cheese. Bake 375, 12-20 minutes.
Cinnamon Twist- By far my favorite!
Roll dough and make two equal circles and place on a cookie sheet
Spread 1st circle with soft margarine
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
Sprinkle with brown sugar
Roll 2nd circle and place on top like a sandwich
Cut a circle out of the center and cut 16 strips from center
Pick up each strip and twist 2 times and place back down
Let raise and bake 375, 15-20 minutes or until browned. Glaze with maple glaze while hot.
2 Tbl Real butter, melted and browned
Add milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, and maple flavoring. The quantities can vary depending on how you like it so experiment with it.
If you want some of the other things you can do with this bread let me know!
Pizza Crust, Bread Bowls, Bread Sicks, Taco ring, Chicken Rolls, Chicken and Broccoli filling (like Sarah's dish), Cinnamon filling, Orange Filling, Fruit filled braids, Cinnamon rolls, and Orange Rolls
Friday, January 9, 2009
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Mix peanut butter, butter or margarine, and sugars until creamy. Stir in vanilla. Beat in eggs. Mix in flour. Stir in 3/4c chocolate chips. Spread dough into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and sprinkle with the rest of the chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes and spread. Cool, and cut into bars.
Okay, so this isn't EVERYTHING, but everything I got an awesome deal on. So, this all together added up to $38.13 - I also bought some paper towels, toilet paper and a couple other things and got $30 off my next shopping bill - so I am telling myself I got this all for $8.13!! So awesome! I wanted to get more (like weight watcher meals - only 1.50 a piece) but I don't have enough room in my freezer, I really want a deep freeze! So, if you are interested, visit grocerysmarts.com and if you want the password go to my blog -- it is posted at the end of that entry.
Sarah, thanks again - and your recipes look awesome!
I have really gotten into making bread recently and let me tell you this is a hit. If you can proof yeast you can do this. It looks, tastes and smells like a million bucks. Honestly, its pretty close to Macaroni Grill's bread. Mike and I treated it that way and ate the whole loaf the first night I made it. Great alternative to bread sticks.
1 cup water (WARM)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1. Proof your yeast with the water, sugar and yeast and wait 10 minutes.
2. Add flour, salt, and oil knead and like heck. ( Or use your dough hook)
3. Add the herbs & pepper [I used oregano insted of an italian blend and definately kept the rosemary) and knead some more.
4. Let rise an hour or so in an oiled, covered plastic bowl in a warm place.
5. Punch down, let rise another hour.
6. Bake at 375 until browned or for 25 minutes
7. Remove from oven, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
8.Serve with olive oil and fresh cracked pepper.
TIP: If you live somewhere cold, dry or just want to make the rising process of your dough faster, there are two options. You can microwave a glass of water for 3 minutes and then put your dough in its bowl inside the microwave to rise. This creates a humid warm place. Also, while making your dough you can preheat your oven on warm and then when its ready to rise put the bowl in the oven, turn the oven off, and crack the oven door open. This has the same affect.