Monday, September 11, 2017

Ranch Chicken

I have pinned a ton of different chicken recipes and I finally decided to give this a try.  My kids loved it and it was super easy and I had every ingredient in my pantry.  If those two things happen it's a win in my book.  Photo isn't great but it sure was yummy.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ranch Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup ranch dressing
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup butter, melted

Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Dip chicken in ranch dressing to coat both sides then roll in bread crumbs.  Place in a greased 13x9 inch pan.  Drizzle butter over the top.  Bake 30-25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adam's Cauliflower

My brother-in-law made this on family vacation and I had to have the recipe.  He is one of those cooks that the recipe is always "its a little of this and a little of that".  I don't do well with that.  I need some set instructions.  I will tweek it for me after I have made it a few times but I need to know it's 2 cups of milk not "enough to fill the bottom of the pan". Any way, hope you enjoy it as much as my kids did when we made it again when we got home.

Adam's Cauliflower
Head of cauliflower    
Olive oil
Garlic salt 
stick of butter

Chop up cauliflower and place on a cookie sheet.  Pour olive oil all over it and stir to coat.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.  Melt stick of butter and pour over top of cauliflower.  Bake at 350 degrees until tender.   

Blog Update 2017

Well I haven't posted a thing in 3 years.  I haven't had a minute to breathe since my hubby died 4 years ago and cooking has been a chore for me.  But I promised myself that I would get back to it this year.  I really love to cook and trying new recipes.  My son has taken over the grilling for me and loves to bake and cook.  So, its' been becoming more fun and less a chore.  So I am going to try and post more again.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

Well I totally changed things up this year for my first major holiday without my hubby.  I hosted Thanksgiving for my family and my hubby's family.  It was just what I needed to get through the day and it was something we always wanted to do.  I made a turkey with all the trimmings for 20 and it was fun.  A lot of work and my sisters really pitched in and helped me.  I learned a lot about cooking for a crowd as well.  You don't need a pound per person in potatoes.  One potato per person is what I should have done.  We had so much left over :)

My brother-in-law deep fat fried 2 small 10 lb turkeys.  What I also learned is you do turkey breasts in the deep fat fryer, not 10 lb turkeys.  Well it was a learning experience. 

I used my mother's (and grandmothers) homemade stuffing recipe to fill my bird.  I will add that recipe soon.

The main course was my beautiful turkey. 

Thanksgiving Turkey
20 lb turkey
1 stick butter

Pull your frozen turkey out of the freezer at least 48 hours before you plan on fixing it. I put the turkey in the fridge in the garage on Monday night before Thursday's festivities. In the colder months, it is harder to defrost a turkey in the fridge in the garage.  I checked in Wednesday afternoon and realized it was still pretty solid.  I brought in into the house for 2 hours in the sink and then back into the fridge.  It was all ready for stuffing on Thursday morning.  Pull turkey out of fridge and place into sink in packaging.  Cut the packaging and pull turkey out and place into backing pan.  I placed mine on the wire rack in the big roasting pan.  Make sure your remove the "bags of goodies" from the head and tail of the turkey.  There will be 2 so make sure you get them both out before you put in the oven.  Mine had a plastic tab that held the legs together.  I removed one side to be able to stuff the bird.  Stuff with your stuffing and put the side back on to hold the legs together.  Melt the butter and baste the turkey with it.  I used a basting brush to brush the melted butter all over the turkey. This gives it the nice brown color you see above.  Bake the turkey according to the package directions.  350 degrees for 15 minutes per pound is what I usually plan for.  Remove from oven.  Remove stuffing and place in the bowl and slice turkey.  I use the dripping to make gravy as well. 

Enjoy!!  It is the easiest thing to cook ever.  It seems very intimidating but it's super easy. 

Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

I decided it was time to clean out the big freezer chest in my garage.  I need to eat up the goodies in there.  I found all kinds of meat my hubby was always buying.  He would hit Jewel/Osco around 8:30pm a couple nights a week to scope out the reduced meat while picking up soda or adult beverages.  I haven't been that great about grilling with the horrible winter we had and know I need to use it all up.  I found a turkey breast in the bottom and decided I wanted to try it in the crock pot.  I had pinned several ways on Pinterest and figured what the heck.  I made mashed potatoes when I got home from work, warmed up the jar of turkey gravy I had and made a box of stuffing.  Not my grandma's good recipe but still it was great.  Plus, now I have leftovers that the kids will all eat.  Total win in my book.

Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot
4-6 lb turkey breast, defrosted  
2 can of chicken broth
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper, to taste
Wash and pat dry turkey breast. Sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Place breast side down in cooker.
Add onion and butter into cavity. Pour wine over top of breast. Cook 4-6 hours on high or 7-9 on low.

Blonde Brownies

You are required to bring a treat in for your birthday at work every year.  We have so much cake in the month of January with mine and both my girls birthdays that I wanted to make something besides cake.  I am not super big on brownies but these are so easy and so yummy

Blonde Brownies
2 1/4 c flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 c butter, softened
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 15x10 jelly roll pan.  (I use my pampered chef baking dish)
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  Beat sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla; gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spread into prepared pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  Cool in the pan.  Do not cut until the last minute.  They are super moist this way.


Chicken Enchilada's

It's Cinco de Mayo and I wanted to make something Mexican that I love.  This is my favorite enchilada recipe.  I threw this together really quickly and can't wait until this gets out of the oven to enjoy it.

Chicken Enchilada
Dished on my plate
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken
1/2 c sour cream
1 Tb butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 T chili powder
2 cups cooked chicken
1 can chopped green chilies
Flour tortillas

Mix soup and sour cream.  Melt butter and add onion and chili powder.  Cook until onions are white.  Add chicken and chilies and 2 Tb soup mixture.  Spread 1/2 cup soup mixture in baking dish.  Spread about 1/4 cup chicken mixture in tortilla, roll up and place seam side down in dish.  Spread remaining soup over enchiladas.  Sprinkle cheese over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Forgot to take a photo before I dished it up!