Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly spray a cookie sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
Place the asparagus and mushrooms in a bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, then season with rosemary, salt, and pepper; toss well. Lay the asparagus out on the prepared pan in an even layer. Roast in the preheated oven until the asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes.

Review: Supper esay, and great flavor!

Sour Cream 'n' Chive Potatoes

Sour Cream 'n' Chive Potatoes


5 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed
1/4 cup minced chives
1 teaspoon pepper

Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain well. In a large mixing bowl, mash the potatoes, sour cream, milk and butter. Add the chives, pepper and remaining salt; mix well

Review: These are great! Very tasty and a simple alternative to baked potatoes with all the yummies! I did not try but I am sure that you can do this with boxed potatoes by adding sour cream and chives!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast
Recipe Sweet Basil

6 Pieces of French Toast Bread or Texas Toast
2-3 eggs
1/4 Cup Milk
1/2-1 ts Cinnamon
1/2 Ts vanilla

2 Bananas, peeled and sliced
3/4-1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4-1/2 Stick of Unsalted Butter
1/3 Cup Water
1 Ts Vanilla

Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and set aside.

Place the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and water in a saucepan and begin to cook on medium heat. We always just add a little here and there until it tastes good. You will have to play with it a little and add brown sugar etc until it tastes how you want it to.
Add bananas and cook until the bananas have cooked down and are soft and have taken on the syrups flavor.

Dip the bread in the egg mixture on both sides and grill at med heat until lightly golden on each side. Serve syrup over the french toast!

This was a great recipe! The syrup had great flavor! Will make this again!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Banana Mini Morsel Bars


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium mashed ripe bananas
1 large egg
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
Powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease a 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan.

COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in bananas and egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture; stir in morsels. Spread into prepared jelly-roll pan.

BAKE for 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Review: These were soft and yummy tasting! My two year old loved helping me cook these~

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oven BBQ Pork Chops

Oven BBQ Pork Chops
from Delicious Dishes

Pork chops
2 T vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
¾ c. ketchup
1/3 c. water
2 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp pepper, paprika, and chili powder

Place chops in greased baking dish.

ombine remaining ingredients and pour over chops.

Bake at 375 for one hour. I like to serve it with mini shell pasta.

Sweet and sour Chicken

frrom Allrecipes
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cubed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 cup carrot strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice reserved
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Brown chicken in oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrot and garlic and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and soy sauce and mix together; pour mixture into the skillet, along with the pineapple and liquid, vinegar, sugar and ginger. Stir together and bring to a full boil.

Review: Had gret flavor and did not have to bread the chicken, even though "I missed the texture. Simple, easy 30 minute meal :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Parmesan Potato Rounds

From A Taste of Home
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
6 medium potatoes, each sliced into 4 rounds
Italian seasoning to taste
Pour butter into a 15-1/2-in. x 10-1/2-in. x 1-in. baking pan. In a plastic bag, combine flour, cheese, salt and pepper. Shake a few potato slices at a time in the bag to coat with the flour mixture. Place potatoes in a single layer over the butter. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Turn slices and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake 30 minutes more or until tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Review: Simple and Delicious. Going to make these again!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Chicken Parmesan Crockpot recipe

From: A Year of slow Cooking
The Ingredients:
--2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
--1/2 cup bread crumbs
--1/4 cup parmesan cheese
--1/2 t Italian Seasoning
--1/4 t black pepper
--1/4 t kosher salt
--1 T olive oil
--1 beaten egg
--sliced mozzarella cheese
--favorite jarred marinara sauce

The Directions:

spread the 1 T of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot stoneware insert
whip the egg with a fork in a separate bowl
mix the bread crumbs with the seasonings and the parmesan cheese in another separate dish
the chicken into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides with crumbs, cheese and seasonings
place the chicken breast pieces in the bottom of the crock
layer 2-3 slices of mozzarella cheese on top
over with entire jar of marinara sauce
close lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4. If your chicken is still frozen, it will take longer.
Serve with your favorite pasta.

Review: Going to cook this today, report back on it soon!

Peanut Butter Cookies

From about.com
Prep Time: 12 minutes
1 1/4 cups flour, sift or stir before measuring
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. Cream shortening, peanut butter, and sugars; beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour mixture, blending well. Shape mixture into 3/4-inch balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten each cookie with the tines of a fork; dip fork in flour periodically to keep it from sticking to the peanut butter cookie dough.
Bake peanut butter cookies at 375° for about 10 to 12 minutes
Review: These didn't taste as peanut buttery as I had hoped. They also feel apart easily. Will try another recipe again soon!

zucchini bread

From: My Friend Denice! Thank you
3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
3 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts optional

mix together, grease and flour pans. Bake at 325 for 1, check maybe take a little longer just poke a knife in center till not soggy. Makes 2 loaves.

Review: Yummy, very moist and had great flavor

Southern Potato Salad

from allrecipes
4 potatoes
4 eggs
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 cup sweet relish
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain and chop.
Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water; peel and chop.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, celery, sweet relish, garlic, mustard, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Gently mix together and serve warm

Rice Krispy Treats

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Review: Supper Easy and delicious!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

from: What a Crock
2 1/2 lbs chicken pieces
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground red pepper flakes
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix

Combine ingredients except chicken in a small bowl. Add chicken to a freezer bag, then add Caribbean Jerk mixture. Carefully move the chicken around so it is thoroughly coated, then freeze.

On cooking day, thaw in refrigerator and remove chicken pieces, disposing of the leftover marinade. Barbeque on a grill or bake in a 375 oven for approx 60 minutes (may vary depending on which chicken pieces are used.

Review: I cooked about 6-8 chicken breasts took about 40 minutes. The chicken looked dry on the outside but was very tender

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chocolate Pancakes

from recipezaar
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
strawberry preserves or sliced strawberries or sweetened whipped cream (optional)
1. In a small bowl, combine milk, egg and butter; whisk until blended.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well.
3. Add milk mixture; whisk just until dry ingredients are moistened.
4. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.) Heat griddle over medium heat until hot.
5. (Drops of water will sizzle, then evaporate.) For each pancake, pour scant 1/4 cup batter into griddle.
6. Cook 1-2 minutes or until batter is set around edges.
7. Carefully turn over pancake; cook 1-2 minutes or until pancakes are cooked through.
8. Repeat with remaining batter.
9. Sprinkle pancakes with powdered sugar; serve warm with desired toppings.

Review: These came out a little dry, but had a good chocolate taste!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Crock Pot Pot Roast

Crock Pot Pot Roast from Frugal Feasts

This is the recipe that Robin uses to make pot roast, and then Shepard's Pie with the left overs.

One large pot roast, 6-7 pounds
6 large potatoes, peeled and cut in half
1 pound bag of frozen carrots,
10-12 mushrooms sliced
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 cup cooking sherry
1/4 cup steak sauce sauce
2 cans beef broth

Brown roast in heavy pan on all sides (about 5 minutes each side)
Remove roast to crock pot
Pour cooking sherry in roasting pan and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom.
Add to the crock pot along with the beef broth, steak sauce and all the vegetables.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BBQ Chicken Pizza

From Food Journal 1 pizza crust (homemade or Boboli)

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 1/3 cups barbecue sauce, divided

6 ounces Provolone cheese, grated

6 ounces Gouda cheese, grated

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In large Ziploc bag, combine chicken and 2/3 cup BBQ sauce. Marinate in fridge 4 hours or overnight.( I just used leftover BBQ chicken)

To cook, place chicken and marinade in small baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Let chicken cool (or not if you are ready to use it the second it comes out of the oven like me) then slice into thin pieces.

Sprinkle half of the grated cheeses over crust. Spoon 2/3 cup BBQ sauce over cheese; cover with chicken and onion. Sprinkle on remaining cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Makes 1 12-14 inch pizza.

Review: I used store bought crust. This pizza was simple and delicious!