Monday, December 28, 2009

Smothered Chicken

Smothred Chicken
Recipe from

4 chicken breasts
Montreal steak seasoning
BBQ sauce
6 slices of bacon
4 slices of cheddar cheese
1/2 c. chopped green onions

Sprinkle chicken breasts with Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides.
Bake in skillet for about 6 minutes on each side.
While chicken is cooking, fry up bacon.  When crisp, break into pieces.

On top of cooked chicken, spread a layer of BBQ sauce, about 1 Tbsp. per breast.
Layer bacon on top of sauce, and top with cheese.
Cover with lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Layer with chopped green onions and serve with Honey Mustard Sauce (optional).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cinnamon Cream Syrup

We have pancakes and waffles a lot at our house, but I myself am not a huge maple syrup fan... or maybe we just have it so much that I like to mix it up a bit.  Either way, I found this from a ward cookbook and gave it a try, (with some minor changes)... it was delicious... very sweet... but again, delicious.

Cinnamon Cream Syrup
Recipe (modified) from Joslyn Rappleye

1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. corn syrup
1/4 c. water
1 5oz. can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and mix.  Add the corn syrup and water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from heat.
Stir in the evaporated milk, vanilla and cinnamon.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cornmeal Pan Rolls

These are a good alternative to everyday dinner rolls.  The cornmeal makes them a little... grainy... is that the right word?  Yes, grainy, but in a good way.

Cornmeal Pan Rolls
Recipe from Taste of Home

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. cornmeal
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 c. water
3 Tbsp. butter, divided
1 egg, beaten

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, yeast and salt.
In a saucepan, heat water and 2 Tbsp. butter to 120-130 degrees.  Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened.
Add egg; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. 
Knead for 6-8 minutes (or just use your kneading blade in your mixer).
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch douh down.  Turn onto floured surface; divide into 18 pieces.
Shape into balls, and place in a greased 9x13" baking pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 
Melt remaining butter and brush over rolls. 
Cool on wire racks.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I absolutely love these!  For our ward Christmas party we had a competition for the best dessert, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Desserts were judged on display, holiday revelance, and of course taste.  These babies took first place!  Be sure to make extra... I came home with an empty bowl.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
3 10oz. bags pretzel rods
24oz. pkg. chocolate (brown or white)
6 oz. chocolate (alternate color) for drizzling

Melt 24 oz. of chocolate according to package directions.  Once melted, pour into a tall skinny drinking glass.
One at a time, dip pretzel rods into the cup.  You will want to leave about 25% of the pretzel uncovered for a handle.Shake excess chocolate off into the pan or bowl that chocolate was melted in.  Lay pretzels on waxed paper to harden.  Refill cup as needed or lay it on its side and roll pretzels.  24 oz. should cover about 2 1/2 bags of pretzel rods. 

 Melt alternate colored chocolate.  Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate over chocolate covered pretzel rods.

Allow to cool and harden completely before removing from waxed paper.  Store in airtight container (these will last for a while).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pasta Cooking Tip

Hate all the bubbles and foam that comes with cooking pasta?  Or trying to find the perfect temperature to keep it from boiling up and over the pan?  Try this...
Next time you cook pasta, before adding it to your boiling water, drop 1-2 tsp. of oil or butter into the pot.  Not only will it prevent everything from foaming all over the place, it will lightly coat the noodles and prevent them from sticking together.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stuffed Bell Peppers

I got this recipe from a Men's Health Magazine (don't ask me why I was reading it).  Anyway, I think they are sooo good!  It's like mini meatloafs stuffed into peppers.  mmmmmm

Stuffed Bell Peppers
5 bell peppers
1 lb. LEAN ground beef
1 egg
½ c. chopped onion
½ can corn
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
¾ c. spaghetti sauce
½ c. shredded cheese

Cut peppers in half from top to bottom, and remove insides.
Coat outsides of peppers with oil.
Combine beef, egg, onion, corn, parsley, salt, pepper, and ½ c. sauce.
Stuff mixture evenly into peppers.
Pour ¼” of water into a baking pan and add the peppers cut side up.
Bake at 375 for 50 minutes.
Add remaining sauce to tops and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake an additional 10 minutes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Egg Melt Bagel Bites

I came up with this a few days ago, trying to find something new for breakfast.  It was fast, easy and satisfying.

Egg Melt Bagel Bites
2 mini bagels
2 eggs
salt and pepper
4 slices cheddar cheese
chili sauce

Cut bagels in half and toast under broiler.
Whisk eggs and scramble.  Season with salt and pepper.
Divide eggs among bagels.
Top with cheese.  Return to broiler until melted.
Top each with chili sauce (or ketchup, or whatever else you like on your eggs)
Sprinkle with chives.
Serve warm.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Raspberry Streusel Muffins

My sister in law gave me a copy of her ward cookbook for my birthday... such a perfect gift!  These babies were my first recipe taken from it.

Raspberry Streusel Muffins
Recipe from LaChelle Hansen

Streusel topping:
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp cold butter, cut in pieces
(If you love the streusel, like me, I would recommend doubling this - it wasn't quiet enough for my liking)

2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. sour cream (I used 1/2 c. sour cream, 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen raspberries

For streusel topping, in a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Cut in the cold butter until mixture is crumbly.
Place the mixture in the refrigerator while you mix the muffin batter.
For cake, preheat oven to 400F.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, yogurt, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix well.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Add berries and fold gently.  If using frozen berries, do not thaw.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops generously with streusel topping.
Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Yields 18 muffins.

Applesauce Syrup

This was my favorite syrup as a kid - we had this all of the time!  And it is much better for you than plain syrup!
 Applesauce Syrup
Recipe from Sandy Bishop

2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. maple syrup

Mix thoroughly and heat through.  Serve over pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crispy Pork Fried Rice

This is so good!  By far Lincoln's favorite dish (my 1 1/2 year old)... he downs this stuff!  And so do I.

Crispy Pork Fried Rice
Recipe by Robin Miller

1 Tbsp. peanut oil
2 eggs, scrambled
½ c. chopped onion
1 carrot, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
½ c. peas
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
2 cooked pork chops, diced
2 c. rice (cooked)
1 – 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ c. fresh cilantro, chopped (opt)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
Add garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and pork. Cook 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Add peas, eggs, rice, soy sauce and sesame oil and cook 2 minutes to heat through.
Season to taste with salt, pepper and cilantro if desired.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chicken Bacon Spinach Calzones

I love calzones.  They work so well with leftovers!  Just throw it all together and wrap it up... so good every time!

Chicken Bacon Spinach Calzones
Recipe by me

1 loaf Panty Secrets Bread Dough (or your favorite bread dough recipe)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1/3 lb. frozen spinach, thawed and moisture removed
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 onion, chopped
3 c. shredded cheese (combination of whatever you have - cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan)
2 Tbsp. dried Italian Seasoning
1/4 c. Ranch Dressing
1 egg
Marinara or Alfredo Sauce

Heat oven to 375.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Saute onoins until tender.  Add bacon and chicken chunks to skillet.  Chop spinach and add.  Remove from heat.
In seperate bowl, combine cheeses and Italian Seasoning.

Prepare bread dough.  Divide into 4 equal balls.  Roll each ball out into a circle.
Brush each cirlce of dough with Ranch Dressing.

On one half of each circle, lace about 1/3 c. cheese mix.
Divide chicken and bacon mixture into 4 parts and place on top of cheese.
Fold opposite side of dough over and pinch ends together, forming a half circle.

Beat egg in bowl.  Add a splash of water to make an egg wash.
Brush egg wash mixture over tops of calzones.  Sprinkle remaining cheese over tops.

Place calzones on cookie sheet and place a piece of tinfoil on top (do not wrap edges around cookie sheet, just layer it on top to prevent cheese from burning).
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes - remove tin foil for last 10 minutes.

Serve warm with dipping sauce of choice.