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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies

I was bored watching Idol tonight so I decided to make some cookies. I didn't have any special ingredients on hand so I googled for something with oatmeal and chocolate chips. I found this recipe on smittenkitchen (love the name of this blog! reminds me of smitten kitten). These cookies were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I really liked them.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fire Chicken - Lemon BBQ Chicken

Lemon BBQ Chicken

The original name of this recipe is "Lemon BBQ Chicken". I call it "Fire Chicken" because when Chicken Legs puts it on the grill it flames up like this (from the oil in the marinade).

I love this chicken. It might be my favorite chicken marinade, and that is saying a lot since I am a self-proclaimed "chickitarian"! It is so tender and flavorful. It has a nice tangy flavor from the lemon. It is really simple to put together. I like to let it marinate overnight (it is easier to put together the night before and it tastes better the longer it marinates).  I usually cook extra chicken to eat the next day.

lemon bbq chicken

Friday, February 20, 2009


Is that Papa Smurf???

Look!  His hands are free to surf the internet!  WOW!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chili’s Fajitas

These were really good. I didn't think they were exactly like Chili's but the chicken tasted really good! I marinaded it overnight and then grilled in in my grill pan. I skipped the onions and peppers - I don't like them and Tadd said he didn't need them. I topped the fajitas with sour cream, cheese and salsa. The chicken was juicy and very flavorful. I will make this again!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chili-Cheeseburger Mac-and-Cheese

This is a quick and easy weeknight meal. I used lean ground beef and 2% Velveeta Shells & Cheese to make it a little healthier. It only took about 20 minutes to put together. I might add more chili powder next time - I like it spicy!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Payday Bars

I found a new blog - Kat's Kitchen - and these caught my eye. I thought they looked fantastic and I was right. These bars were good - they are kind of like Rice Krispie treats. They were really easy to make. I would add more peanuts next time.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Happy Valentine's Day!!! We are going to Hot'Lanta for V-Day, so we did our at home V-Day tonight. I made stuffed shells, garlic rolls and cupcakes. The stuffed shells were restaurant quality. Tadd does not like cheese stuffed shells, but he cleaned his plate (twice) with these!!

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

I had some leftover ham that I needed to use and I thought this dish sounded pretty good! We really, really liked this dish. It must have been really good because the cats were going crazy over the smell and were driving me nuts while I was making it!! It was easy to put together for a weeknight meal.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

This is from my 2008 Southern Living Annual Recipes cookbook. I thought these would be good for an easy weeknight meal. I really liked the saltines instead of breadcrumbs. I used one egg instead of one egg white. I served the chicken tenders with honey mustard & bbq sauce for dipping.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

This recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis' new cookbook. I got the book for Christmas and this is the first recipe that we have tried from it. This BBQ sauce was really good. It had a nice sweetness from the balsamic vinegar and was not as tangy as regular BBQ sauces. It thickened up nicely on the grill. I cut the recipe in half and grilled boneless chicken breast. I want to try it on a pork tenderloin next.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a dish that sounds fancy and complicated but it isn't.  It is actually a very simple dish to make, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

This dish was restaurant quality!  It would be a great dish for a dinner party.  It was super easy to put together and turned out delicious. I served mine over angel hair pasta. I doubled the lemon and wine for the sauce - we like lots to go on the pasta! This will be a regular meal at our house.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Chocolate Bar Brownies

I love brownies. They are one of my favorite desserts (really only desserts). These brownies are wonderful. They are moist and chocolately. I got the pan at Williams-Sonoma last weekend and I love it! It is SO cute.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pecan Chicken

Last night I made Pecan Chicken coated with my favorite pecan coating. I thought it was really good and perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

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