Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Disney's Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet

This is another recipe from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival we attended back in October. We both loved this recipe at the festival and were excited to finally make it at home.  The original recipe prepares the steaks in a skillet. We decided to grill the steaks instead. Chicken Legs love to grill, plus it is less work for me! If you prefer to prepare the steaks on the stovetop, check out my recipe for Perfect Steakhouse Filets.

This was fantastic! I wanted to lick my plate! This takes a bit of time, but it is totally worth it. I loved every bite! This was my first time making a beurre blanc sauce, and it was much easier than I expected. It was mostly just waiting on it to reduce. The mushrooms were mostly hands off as well. You just roast them and then give them a quick sauté in the pan. This tasted just as good as the version we ate at the festival. We are dying to go back now!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ham & Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Did everyone have a good Easter holiday? We spent the weekend in Auburn. We went to the spring football game on Saturday and spent time with my family. Chicken Legs and I grilled out when we got home. Overall, we had a really nice holiday.

Here is a quick recipe to use up some of that leftover holiday ham. We ate these for lunch yesterday, and they are delicious! If you don't have any Easter ham, you can use deli ham for these sandwiches. Either will taste great! The key to cooking these sandwiches in the waffle maker is to heat the waffle maker on medium-high heat. You don't want the waffle iron screaming hot, or the biscuits won't cook all the way through. These took about 3 minutes in my waffle iron. They were golden brown on the outside and the biscuits were fully cooked.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Meow Monday

Today, in addition to the cat pictures, I am going to tell you a little bit about how we adopted them!
We adopted Jack on November 30, 2003, from a pet store at the mall. People would bring their kittens to the pet store to be adopted. We would go to the mall on Saturday's or Sunday's, and we always walked past the pet store. They had the same litter of kittens at the store for a few weeks. One Sunday we walked past the pet store and only one orange kitten was in the cage. Chicken Legs said if that kitten is there when we left, he was taking it home. Well, guess what? The kitten was still there and we adopted him. Our lives have never been the same!
Jack made himself at home instantly. He thought everything in the house was his. 
He didn't like to share. Cat grass - mine! Cat tower - mine!
He played hard and slept hard. We loved to watch him. He was just so darn cute! The other cats didn't think so, but we did. 
When he was a kitten, I would hold him on my shoulder and carry him around the house all day. He was just so cute; I couldn't put him down. When I would pick him up from the vet's office, the receptionist would have him on her shoulder. I was worried that he would never know how to walk. :) 
He still loves to be held. He has to have at least one hug per day. He wraps his arms around my neck. It never gets old.
Fluffy actually adopted us. She was a stray.
Fluffy started showing up in our back yard in 2008. She would sit in the yard and watch the birds at the bird feeder and then sit in the catnip we had planted outside. When it got dark, she would leave. We just assumed she was going home. 
Fast forward several months, she was sitting outside our front door looking inside. She was really skinny, and I realized that she didn't have a home. My heart broke. I got a bowl of food and put it out for her. Chicken Legs was out of town at the time. I called him and told him that Fluffy didn't have a home. He said to give her some food. I told him that I already did. We are suckers. If you know anything about cats, you know that we adopted her right then.
Fluffy stayed outside for a few years. We had an old cat, Marmalade, and she couldn't take another cat inside the house. Jack was already too much for her. 
Fluffy had a great setup in the garage. A bed and a heater for the cold weather. We would shut the door at night and let her out in the mornings. She loved to hang out in the garage and watch the neighborhood happenings.
After Marmalade passed away, we took Fluffy to the vet to get checked out. She got a clean bill of health (not even any fleas), and we brought her inside. 
She was mad at me for a little while for taking her to the vet, but she eventually got over it and made herself at home.
I shared Squeaky's story a few weeks ago, but in case you missed it, here it is again.
Squeaky was a stray that found us on July 4, 2013. I was outside taking a picture of dinner, and I heard a squeaking sound. I looked up and saw a cat. At first I thought it was Fluffy, but it was a cat I had never seen. 
She was in really bad shape. She had matted fur and was starving. She ate 3 cans of food in minutes. She was so sweet. She let me pet her and brush some of the matted fur. 
For the last 7 months she has been living outside in the garage. She had a sweet set up. She had a bed, food, water and a personal heater. She loved it, but she really wanted to be inside. She would press her face into the door when I would be in the garage. It broke my heart.


We made the decision to bring her inside after Sherbert passed away. 
We took her to the vet. She didn't care for the vet visit. She bit one of the technicians. Oops!
After getting poked and prodded, she got a clean bill of health.
She got her wish - she got to come inside!
She is adjusting well to being inside. She is really sweet and a little feisty.
She thinks she is the boss of the house. Jack disagrees!
It worked out nicely that she matches Fluffy. They could be sisters! 
You can tell them apart by their mustache - Fluffy is all black and Squeaky is half orange and half black.

We love our cats and want to do everything possible to keep them healthy. Keeping them healthy is forefront on our minds with the recent loss of Sherbert. We are especially mindful about what we feed them. We feel good about making the switch to SHEBA® wet food. All of SHEBA® recipes are formulated without corn, wheat, soy, or gluten, and never have artificial flavors or preservatives. None of the other big mainstream wet cat food brands can say that!

We love that all SHEBA® Entrées are made from carefully selected, high quality ingredients for an irresistible taste. In fact, they have a money back guarantee if your cat doesn't like it. That is a great guarantee for our picky cats! SHEBA® Entrées for Cats features three delicious lines, Cuts in Gravy, Pates, and GRAVY DESIRES™ Entrees. This week they are loving the Pate food. I have some of each type so when the cats change their mind on their favorite food, I am ready!

This program is sponsored by SHEBA® Brand and BlogHer, I was compensated for my writing but all opinions are my own.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sandestin Wine Festival

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you know that we just got back from a the Sandestin Wine Festival. We had an absolute blast!

The weather could not have been more perfect.
Warm, slight breeze and no humidity.

There were 72 wine and spirits vendors spread out all over the Baytowne Wharf. 
It went on and on!
We did our best to check them all out (and not pass out)!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix {Football Friday}

Auburn and Alabama both have their A-Day Spring Football games tomorrow. It seems like yesterday that we were watching the National Championship Game. I can't believe Spring football is already here. That means one thing, college football will be here before you know it! Whoo hoo!

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix is perfect for tailgating before the games tomorrow. It is super easy to make and tastes amazing. The best part is there is NO BAKING required!  

The snack mix isn't spicy. It just has the flavor of buffalo sauce. Feel free to add more buffalo sauce to the mixture if you want more of a kick. This snack mix is highly addictive. I've made this several times and I can't control myself around it. I end up giving most of it away so I don't eat it all myself. If you aren't into football, this would be a great snack for summer road trips, the beach, or girls night. 

Check out our Tailgating board on Pinterest!

Follow Plain Chicken's board Taligating Recipes on Pinterest.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amish White Bread

When I mention my homemade bread, I get a lot of request for the recipe. It isn't a recipe that I can share because I make the bread from a starter. I've had the starter for over 15 years. It is a potato sourdough starter, and it makes the most delicious bread!

I've been looking for a quick bread recipe that would be comparable to my homemade bread. I ran across this Amish White Bread and decided to give it a shot. It is simple to make and tastes great! This bread is much firmer than my bread made from the starter. It is great for sandwiches. We also used it for French Toast.

This is much easier to make than my homemade bread from the starter, plus you don't have to fool with feeding a starter every week. It only takes about 2 hours from start to finish. This recipe makes two loaves. Eat one and give one away (or freeze it for later). This bread is great with the Amish Peanut Butter Spread, Creamy Honey Butter and the Cinnamon Honey Butter on the blog.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Green Peas with Crispy Bacon

Chicken Legs is a big fan of green peas. I don't make them often enough for him. It is because I really don't know the best way to serve them. Well, know I do. This recipe is great. It has tons of great flavor and didn't take a ton of work. The peas are seasoned with shallots, orange juice and bacon. You know it will be good because of the bacon!

We served these peas with the Orange Dijon Pork Tenderloin I shared last week. They were the perfect accompaniment to the orange marinated pork. Chicken Legs gave the peas two thumbs up! He requested these for Easter dinner.

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