Friday, July 31, 2009

Ultimate Baked Beans

This is our new favorite baked bean dish. I am not a huge bean fan, but these are AWESOME! Tadd said he could just eat the beans as his meal. This was SO easy to put together and would be the perfect side dish to take to a potluck.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bacon Cheeseburgers

These burgers were flavorful, juicy and yummy in my tummy! They have all my favorite things - Dale's, Ranch and cheese! This was easy to mix together and I had everything in my pantry. Next time I might leave out the egg and add a few breadcrumbs. The burgers tried to fall apart when we grilled them. We served these with some amazing baked beans.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Baked Chipotle Beef Taquitos

I adapted this recipe from I used the leftover beef from the French Dip Sandwiches I made earlier. I heated the beef in a skillet and added all the seasonings. These were easy to put together. They came out of the oven nice and crispy and had a good Mexican flavor. I served them with homemade salsa and sour cream.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Smoky Chicken Pasta

Smoky Chicken Pasta

OH MY GOODNESS - This pasta was AMAZING. It is better than most pasta dishes that I've eaten in restaurants. You must try this SOON! It is extremely simple to put together. It could easily be made on a week night. The chicken had a nice smoky flavor from the marinade. The sauce was simple and flavorful. The bacon is a must - it pulls the whole dish together.

We will definitely be making this again. Tadd cleaned his plate!

Smoky Chicken Pasta
Smoky Chicken Pasta

Monday, July 27, 2009

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

This month's cookie for the Cookie Carnival was Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze. These cookies were very moist and cake-like. They had a refreshing lemon flavor that we really enjoyed. The lemon glaze put the cookies over the top! They are light and very easy to eat.

Tadd declared these cookies "EVIL" and told me to never make them again! (He ate all of them)

Meow Monday

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bread Dipping Oil

This is the oil that we dip our focaccia bread in. It is a mixture of parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic and red pepper flakes. We love it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cake Batter Ice Cream

Tadd said this was the best ice cream we have made so far. I might have to agree. This was really good. I used chocolate cake mix. I thought it had a good chocolate flavor with out being too rich and sweet. I heated the milk and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolved and then added the remaining ingredients. I chilled it overnight and then put it in the ice cream maker.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Focaccia Bread

This bread was amazing. We loved it! It was really easy to make. I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough hook. It took minutes to put together. I cut the mozzarella cheese down from the original recipe. It took about 15 minutes to bake. I served it with our dipping sauce - parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, red pepper flakes and olive oil. We gave this bread 5 stars!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

French Dip Sandwiches

This was a great tasting sandwich. This was a fix it and forget it meal. I seared the roast the night before and put the seasonings and wet ingredients in the crock-pot before I left for work. The meat had a nice flavor; you could taste the onions but it wasn't overwhelming. We dipped our sandwiches in the wonderful juices that were left in the crock-pot. Tadd loved it and went back for seconds.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade cinnamon rolls have been on my to do list for years. I finally broke down and made them over the weekend. I decided to use the recipe on Pioneer Woman's blog. The dough was incredibly easy to make. I let the dough sit in the refrigerator overnight and rolled it out the next morning. The cinnamon rolls were great. I didn't use Pioneer Woman's glaze recipe. I just mixed up some powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and poured it over all the rolls.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sausage & Cheese Scones

These were fantastic! They were really easy to put together. I prepped the sausage and cheese the night before and just dumped everything in the bowl in the morning. These would be good for a brunch, tailgate party or company breakfast. The scones were light and airy and had a great flavor with the sausage and cheese. We will be making these again soon!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Are you ready for some football

It is officially 49 days until kick-off!

Row Tyde!
They don't live in the past do they?!?! LOL!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Orange Sherbet

I love orange sherbet.

Not that orange Sherbert!

I am talking about orange Sherbet ice cream!

I found this recipe on the Food Network site. It is from Alton Brown. I liked this recipe because it was simple and fresh ingredients. The sherbet wasn't as rich as the vanilla ice cream we made last weekend. This ice cream was light and fresh tasting. We really liked it. I would like to have a scoop of the sherbet with a scoop of the vanilla from last week - homemade creamcicle!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Creamy Chicken Parmesan

We love Italian food; we eat it all the time. I came up with this recipe by combining my favorite Italian dishes - cheesy baked pasta and chicken parmesan. This is basically a "kicked-up" chicken parmesan dish. I topped chicken parmesan with a ricotta and pesto mixture. The ricotta gave the dish a nice creaminess and added wonderful flavor with the pesto. We both really liked the dish and would eat it again. This is a quick meal and could easily be made on a weeknight after work.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

This is another recipe I found from Our Best Bites. I thought this sounded a lot like the Macaroni Grill's wonderful bread. I halved the recipe to only have one loaf of bread. This was very simple to put together - you just have to plan ahead for all the rising. I served this with an olive oil dipping sauce - olive oil, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Tadd loved the bread and was very impressed that I made it from scratch.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Italian Pork Tenderloin

For a change of pace, I made pork tenderloin for dinner this week. I needed something quick since I didn't plan ahead and marinate the tenderloin the night before. I decided on an Italian pork tenderloin. I rubbed olive oil and minced garlic on the tenderloin. I sprinkled about a tablespoon of our Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse seasoning all over the pork and baked it for about 40 minutes. It turned out great. It made we wish I were going back to Chicago this weekend to eat at Gibsons! Soon - hopefully!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wine Down

I have found a great new wine - Casal Garcia Vinho Verde from Portugal. It is a fresh, light-bodied white wine. It also has a slight sparkling quality. I think it is the perfect wine to drink on a hot summer night. I read about it on Slashfoods - they had a post about wines to drink when you are grilling. Here is what they said about the wine:

"Summer Appetizer Wine: Vinho Verde
I buy this wine by the case throughout the summer. Not only is it affordable, it's light, crisp and perfect for hot summer nights. Vinho Verde is a very common wine in Portugal and its semi-sparkling characteristic raises eyebrows at the first sip. Try pairing it with my Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches."

The best thing about this wine is that it was only $7 at World Market!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I finally broke down and bought a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker over the holiday weekend. We decided to go with a basic vanilla ice cream as our first creation because everyone needs a good vanilla ice cream recipe. The original recipe called for a vanilla bean. I didn't have a vanilla bean, but I did have some Vanilla Bean Crush extract from King Arthur Flour so I went with that. This recipe was easy to make and tasted great. We are already trying to decide what flavor we are making next!

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