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Friday, October 24, 2014

South Carolina Bird Dogs {Football Friday}

I saw this recipe online and was instantly intrigued. I had never heard of a food called "bird dog". After some research, I found out they are a "thing" in South Carolina. Nick Henry's and J C's Sandwich Shoppe are apparently famous for them. SO, what is a bird dog you ask? Chicken fingers, bacon, cheese and honey mustard in a bun - or perfection in my book.

This is a fantastic tailgating recipe. Simply buy some chicken fingers on the way to the tailgate and assemble them in the parking lot. The only special equipment you need is a kitchen blow torch. You can use the blow torch to melt the cheese and heat up the chicken and bun. These are my new favorite way to eat chicken fingers!

One note - I used Martin's Potato Rolls for this recipe. I adore Martin's Potato Rolls. They are the best! If you can find them, I highly suggest using them.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mummy Pizza

Need a quick snack before or after trick-or-treating next week? Try these cute Mummy Pizzas. They only take a few minutes to whip up and they are SO much fun to eat.

I used frozen bread rolls (Rhodes). I like to use frozen bread dough for a couple of reasons. First, I just like the way it tastes. Second, I can make as many or a few as I want/need.

Want to know my secret for making these Mummy Pizzas in minutes? Pop the frozen rolls in the microwave for 40-45 seconds. Don't do it any longer or the dough will start to cook. Once the dough is thawed and you are ready to decorate the pizzas. If you want to make these ahead of time, thaw and bake the dough for 8 minutes. Pop the partial baked dough in the fridge and assemble when you are ready to eat.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Powdered Sugar - 2 Ingredients

The other day I was making cupcakes for a friend's birthday. I started to make the buttercream and realized that I didn't have enough powdered sugar. I had already sent Chicken Legs to the store to get some cake mix, so I didn't want to hear him complain about going back so soon. I decided to whip up my own powdered sugar. I pulled out my Blendtec blender, and, in about 15 seconds, I had powdered sugar! 

You only need two ingredients to make homemade powdered sugar - sugar and cornstarch. It helps to have a powerful blender, but any blender or food processor should work. One tip - make sure you wait a minute or two before opening the top on the blender. There is a lot of powdered sugar dust inside the blender. You don't want that all over your kitchen - trust me! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Corn and Chicken White Chili

Before I went on my world travels with Amanda, I made tons of food for Chicken Legs to eat while I was gone. We grilled insane amounts of chicken, and I made a few soups as well. This was one of those soups. It was so delicious and super easy to make. 

I used dried beans and soaked them overnight. The next morning, I just dumped everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day. Easy peasy! The chili tasted great. We topped with with some extra cheese, because you can never have enough cheese! After we were done, I poured the chili in individual containers and froze it for later. Chicken Legs said this was just as good reheated. I will definitely be making another batch of this Corn and Chicken White Chili to have in the freezer for a quick meal this Fall/Winer!

I don't know about you, but I love making soups and stews this time of year - especially if they can go in the slow cooker! The folks at Swanson want to help you get a jump on soup season!

They are going to give one lucky Plain Chicken reader this awesome prize pack!

One elegant, white soup tureen 
4 white soup bowls 
4 chevron cloth napkins
(it's all from Pottery Barn y'all!)

One carton of each of the following Swanson products: 
Swanson Chicken Broth
Swanson Chicken Stock 
Swanson Cream Starter, Traditional 
Swanson Cream Starter, 25% Reduced Fat 
Swanson Flavor Infused Louisiana Cajun Broth 
Swanson Flavor Infused Tuscan Chicken Broth

I used the Swanson Chicken Broth in this Corn and Chicken White Chili. It tasted great!!
I am going to try the new Swanson Cream Starter this weekend.
There is a recipe for a potato soup on the back of the box that sounds delicious!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Danube River Cruise {Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Wachau, Melk}

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I spend half of September in Europe with my friend, Amanda (kevinandamanda.com). We spent 4 nights in Budapest, went on a Danube River cruise with Gate 1 Travel and finished the trip in Munich.

We LOVED Budapest. 
You can read my post on Budapest here, and make sure to check out Amanda's recaps here.

We spent 7 nights on the river cruise. We were out and about exploring for 6 days. 
This was my first time on a cruise of any type. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I liked it. 
I really liked being able to go to lots of different places and have my hotel room go with me. 

I've broken down my recap into two posts. Today I'm going to tell you about the first three days of the cruise. We went to Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Wachau and Melk. They were some of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. Most places looked like a post card. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicken Enchilada Dip {Football Friday}

This dip should come with a warning! It is dangerously good! Every time I make it, people go crazy over it. I could actually eat this dip as my dinner. It is that good. Now, this does have a little kick from the Ro*tel tomatoes. If you are worried about the heat, use Mild Ro*tel. We didn't think it was hot, but I know some people are more sensitive to heat than we are.

This dip can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it. I like to serve this with Fritos, but you can use any chip you prefer. It would also be good with some celery and/or green pepper slices.

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