Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
After rave reviews from numerous friends, I finally got the recipe for garlic chicken out of the San Juan Classics II cookbook. My only complaint is that it was really salty so next time I will use 1/4 t. of salt rather than the 1 t. it called for. Maybe I used a salty chicken broth or something...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I have a lovely friend named Jill Wells (Hively) who is my favorite nerts partner and computer recording artist. :) Her wonderful family introduced me to the Hively "stack up" salad during one of the many meals I had at her house growing up. I'm sure we made a music video afterwards or something. The salad consists of lettuce, white rice, ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, fritos, kidney beans (I used pinto), avocado, tomatoes, cheese and catalina dressing. Congratulations Jill and Josh on baby Leighton!
I have no idea who Catherine is but I've made this soup many times thanks to her. I found the recipe here. I made a few modifications to the original recipe- less chicken breasts and no whole tomatoes.
2 quarts water
5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon onion powder
3 cubes chicken bouillon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
3 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
2 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, undrained
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
In a large pot over medium heat, combine water, chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, onion powder and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour, or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken, reserve broth. Shred chicken.
In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until slightly browned. Stir in salsa, diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, tomato soup, chili powder, corn, chili beans, sour cream, shredded chicken and 5 cups broth. Simmer 30 minutes.
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 chicken breasts , boneless and skinless (2 1/2 pounds total)
6 cups baby spinach , cleaned and dried
1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/3 cup roasted salted cashews
Place chicken in a shallow dish and pour in 3 tablespoons dressing. Turn breasts to coat well. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side until done, turning often to prevent burning. (Chicken should be browned and firm.) Remove from grill and allow to cool 10 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch strips.
In a large bowl, toss spinach, tomatoes, and cashews with remaining dressing and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to a platter or divide among 4 plates, and top with chicken strips.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
30 deveined shrimp, peeled, tails off
1 teaspoon grill seasoning blend or salt and black pepper
2 hearts romaine
3 tablespoons capers
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the bowl
4 (12-inch) spinach or sun-dried tomato flavored flour tortilla wraps
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, garlic and crushed pepper flakes. Add shrimp and season with grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm. Transfer garlic and shrimp to a cutting board and cool 2 minutes. Coarsely chop shrimp and garlic. Wipe out pan.
Chop 2 hearts of romaine and place in a large bowl. Add chopped shrimp and garlic, capers, lemon zest and juice. Toss salad, then add oil and re-toss. Season with salt and pepper.
Blister tortillas in very hot nonstick skillet or over open flame on gas burner stove top for 15 seconds on each side to soften. Pile 1/4 of the salad onto a wrap. Tuck in sides, wrap and roll. Repeat.
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
6 slices bacon, diced
2 onions, chopped
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup white wine
1 pound tomatoes, diced
- Heat oil in a large skillet; brown chicken; remove. Add bacon and saute over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
- Add onions and mushrooms and continue to saute until onions are translucent. Return chicken to skillet; sprinkle with parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Add wine and tomatoes. Cover and let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, turning chicken once during cooking. Remove chicken from skillet and pour sauce over chicken.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Definitely at the top of my favorite holiday cookie list.
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Heat cocoa, sugar, milk and butter over medium heat. Boil these verrrrry slowly (they will turn out better) when they reach the boiling point boil them for no longer than 90-120 seconds.
Stir together oats, peanut butter and vanilla with a big wooden spoon or Kitchen Aid. Pour the hot mix over the oatmeal mix and drop on wax paper.
Add the vodka. WARNING: the pan can flame (ours didn't). Bring to a boil and cook until the liquid reduces by half. Add the cream and cook 5 more minutes.
Add the marinara or tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low to keep warm.
Boil the penne pasta in hot salted water. Drain, then add to the warm sauce. Once the pasta is well coated in the sauce, pour onto a serving platter or a large pasta bowl. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Serves 6.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
2 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and well drained
3/4 cup chopped seeded tomato
3/4 cup chopped peeled jicama
3/4 cup fresh corn kernels, uncooked
3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
Half a ripe avocado, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 tsp chopped jalapeño pepper (use canned for less heat)
Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In separate bowl, mix dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over mixture and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I made these nuts with some of my mommy friends to give as gifts this holiday season. They are super tasty on oatmeal, pancakes or a green salad with pears and vinegaratte.
I made these bars for our mommy Christmas book/cookie exchange. I'm sure they could be healthier by substituting whole wheat flour and applesauce for the oil, but I like them just the way they are!
1 pound green split peas
10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound diced andouille sausage
1 1/2 cups diced carrot
1 cup diced shallot
1 cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Remove bay leaves and season with salt and black pepper before serving.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I made these cupcakes for Bethany's shower. It was my first time using a frosting decorating tip and you can kinda tell I'm a rookie :) I was disappointed that you couldn't really tell there were fresh strawberries in them. I think I could have used a strawberry cake mix and nobody would have noticed. But they were moist!
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 oz. frozen strawberries, thawed and pureed
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans.
- In a large bowl, dissolve the gelatin in cold water; stir in the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, flour and 1/2 of the strawberries. Beat for 5 minutes on the medium speed of an electric mixer. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the layers spring back when lightly pressed in the center. Cool cakes in the pans on wire racks.
This casserole is one of my favorites to bring to friends who are sick or just had a baby. It is super easy and oh, so comforting!
5 cups chopped COOKED chicken
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups crushed buttery round crackers
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Place the chicken into a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, stir together the condensed soup and sour cream. Pour over the chicken. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly.
4 boneless, skinless breasts
2 cups buttermilk
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, thyme)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
3 cups solid vegetable shortening
Soak chicken in buttermilk with garlic, onions, herbs, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain in colander, leaving some herbs on chicken. In a large paper grocery bag, mix flour with seasonings. Meanwhile, heat 3 cups shortening in cast iron pan until 350 degrees. Place chicken pieces in bag with flour and shake, let sit 1 minute, then shake again. Add chicken to hot pan and fry on 1 side for 20 minutes, then turn to finish.