Three Cheese Sausage Quiche




This is my second recipe using Oikos Greek Yogurt. We really loved this quiche. I put it together the night before so all I had to do was pop it in the oven for breakfast. This was a nice guilt-free breakfast; I used low-fat sausage, 1% milk and the greek yogurt is fat-free.




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Grilled Greek Yogurt Chicken



My very first "Julie & Julia" moment! A few weeks ago I had a comment from Kristina at Stoneyfield Farms offering to send me some coupons to try their Oikos Greek Yogurt. I've never cooked with Greek Yogurt so I thought this was a great way to try it - free!!

My first recipe was, of course, grilled chicken. We absolutely loved this chicken! This is our new favorite. The chicken was tender and juicy. It had a little tanginess that came from the lemon juice and yogurt. The herbs smelled great while the chicken was grilling. I can't wait to make this again!


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Black-Bottom Coconut Bars




The cookie carnival is back! This month's cookie is Martha Stewart's Black-Bottom Coconut Bars. As soon as I saw the recipe, I knew that Tadd was going to love it! These were really simple to make. They turned out wonderful! Nice chocoately base and flavorful coconut macaroon topping - a kicked up coconut macaroon cookie. How can you go wrong with Martha Stewart?!?




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Steakhouse Chipolte Macaroni and Cheese

A couple of weeks ago LeAnn left a comment on my blog and listed her blog in the comment. I, of course, went to check it out. I came across a post with the recipe for Fleming's Chipotle Mac & Cheese. I knew this was a recipe that I had to make ASAP since we LOVE Fleming's Chipotle Mac & Cheese. I made a few changes to the recipe to suit our taste. This mac & cheese was creamy and cheesy. The chipotle gave it a nice smoky flavor. We loved it and will definitely make it again (for a special occasion). The original recipe is here on LeAnn's blog.




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Cornell Chicken Marinade



I have several chicken recipes on my "to make" list that are marinated with vinegar. I decided to try this one first and see if I liked it. I really liked the chicken. It had a nice tanginess from the vinegar. I did think the vinegar came though a bit much for me - I marinated it overnight. Next time I would just marinate it for a few hours and see if that mellowed out the vinegar. It wasn't overpowering, just more than a "plain chicken" kind of girl liked. Tadd liked it.



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Cheddar Bread



This is another recipe from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book. I loved the flavor of this bread. It is really easy to make and takes little attention. I prefer the Roasted Garlic Potato bread we made a couple of weeks ago just because I LOVE garlic. I doubled the amount of cheese and I would add even more next time.




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Kahlua Pecan Pie



I saw this recipe on twitter last week. I had a bottle of Kahlua and a frozen pie crust that I needed to use so I decided to try it out. This was very different from our usual recipe with the addition of the evaporated milk. Tadd liked this pie a lot, but he said he prefers the usual pecan pie (Karo's recipe). **He ate almost the whole pie by himself**



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Cinnamon Snowballs

Cinnamon Snowballs - my favorite holiday cookie! Butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cake flour, corn flakes, pecans and powdered sugar. Makes a lot so these are great for cookie swaps and holiday parties.


I found these cookies over on Cookie Madness. They reminded me of the holidays - I guess it was the cinnamon and pecans. The cookies were light and crunchy. We really liked them and they will most definitely be on my Christmas cookie tray.

Cinnamon Snowballs - my favorite holiday cookie! Butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cake flour, corn flakes, pecans and powdered sugar. Makes a lot so these are great for cookie swaps and holiday parties.
Cinnamon Snowballs - my favorite holiday cookie! Butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cake flour, corn flakes, pecans and powdered sugar. Makes a lot so these are great for cookie swaps and holiday parties.

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Cheesy Ranch Hash-Brown Potatoes



I found this recipe on Paul Deen's magazine website and I thought it sounded really good! I cut the recipe in half since there are only two of us. I used a bag of bacon pieces instead of frying up bacon and I also used a little more cheese than the recipe called for - I mixed in 1 cup of cheese and topped it with about 1/2 cup of cheese. I liked this. Next time I would add more sour cream - probably double it.



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Nutella Gooey Butter Cake




This is the second month for the Nutella Challenge sponsored by Bell'alimento. I decided to go with a Nutella Gooey Butter Cake this month. This cake is amazing. We absolutely loved it. It is ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness! This is a great example to show that good food doesn't have to be complicated. This simple dessert is good enough to be served in a restaurant - at least we think so!




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Easy Mexican Dip



This is one of our favorite dips to have during football season. I have to call it Mexican Dip because Tadd doesn't think he likes bean dip. It is so simple to make and it tastes great.



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Blackened Chicken with Roasted Garlic Alfredo


Pampered Chef came out with a new Creole seasoning this month and I was lucky enough to recieve a bottle from the consultant as a thank you for her baby shower cake. The first thing I thought about making with the seasoning was blacked chicken alfredo. I had some left-over roasted garlic from the roasted garlic potato bread, so I threw that in too. This was really good. The Creole seasoning had a great flavor but wasn't spicy. This was a really quick weeknight meal.




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Ranch Burgers

Ranch Burgers - ranch, bacon and fried onions in the burgers! This is our "go-to" burger recipe!

These burgers were yummy! This will probably be my "go to" burger recipe from now on. They flavor was great and they were easy to put together.

***A lot of people have been asking "What is Dale's?" It is a steak seasoning.You can buy it here: Dale's Steak Seasoning  If you can't find Dale's, you can substitute Moore's Original Marinade or use my All-Purpose Marinade recipe --> http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/07/all-purpose-marinade.html***

Ranch Burgers - ranch, bacon and fried onions in the burgers! This is our "go-to" burger recipe!
Ranch Burgers - ranch, bacon and fried onions in the burgers! This is our "go-to" burger recipe!


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Roasted Garlic Potato Bread


OMG! This bread was the best bread I have ever made. The flavor was fantastic. The bread was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I could have eaten the entire loaf by myself!

This is the first recipe that I have tried from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The roasted garlic gave the bread a wonderful flavor - a nice mellow hint of garlic, not overpowering at all. I made the dough and only let it chill for about an hour - it was a sticky mess and I was skeptical, but it turned out to be the best I've ever made. I am still not convinced my dough was firm enough, but it turned out OK. I am definitely going to try this again. You must try it! It is so simple and SO good!

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