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Monday, August 31, 2009

Meow Monday



Saturday, August 29, 2009

Norma's Quick Rolls




I needed a quick and easy bread recipe for dinner the other night. I found this highly rated recipe on Recipezaar and decided to try them. They were really easy to make and tasted great. They were crispy on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Bites





I love buffalo chicken dip and pizza so I decided to combine them in to little bite-sized snacks. These are perfect for tailgating. They are easy to eat - too easy! They aren't too spicy, but you could adjust the Franks Hot Sauce up or down to your taste.

They are easy to make. The chicken mixture could be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pizza bites. I liked these a lot and the sauce puts them over the top. I will be making these for an Auburn tailgate in the next few weeks!





Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chicken Pecan Fettuccine




This was really good. It is similar to the other white sauce pasta dishes we've made recently. I really liked the addition of the pecans. I tossed the chicken in a little seasoned salt before sautéing it in the pan. This came together quickly and I would make it again for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


I've had this recipe saved for a long time. I have so many chocolate chip cookie recipes and I like them all. I just could never find the time (or have the need) for another chocolate chip cookie recipe. Last week I made my Dad a great cake for his birthday and had some leftover Peanut M&Ms. Tadd wanted me to make cookies in my new oven and use the M&Ms. I looked at my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe and realized that I didn't have enough eggs. I found this recipe and I had everything on hand.

These cookies are awesome. The flavor from the browned butter gave the cookie a new dimension. It was a nutty, caramel flavor. The cookies were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I really liked these cookies. I think the M&Ms were a little big for the cookie. I am looking forward to making these again with regular chocolate chips. These might be my favorite chocolate chip cookie (for now).







Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Strips



I found these chicken strips on Amber's Delectable Delights blog. I love spicy food and Tadd loves wings so I thought these would be perfect for us. I was right! These chicken strips exceeded my expectations. I thought they would be just OK, but they were really good. I will be making these again very soon. These are the perfect snack for watching football. I would even serve these to company. If you don't like spicy food, you could drizzle the chicken strips with BBQ or honey mustard.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wine Down





Last night I tried this Oak Grove Pinot Grigio. It was one of my purchases from Total Wine in the ATL. I absolutely loved it! I am usually a semi wine-snob about my beloved Pinot Grigio - I am an Italy girl. This pinot grigio is from California and I LOVED IT!! It was light and crisp. According to the Oak Grove website there are "lemony citrus notes". I'll go with that description.

All I know is that this is one of the best pinot grigio's I've had - and I've had a lot. I will be stocking up when we are back in Hotlanta!




Friday, August 21, 2009

All-In-One Spaghetti


SO good and SO easy! I love that this really only uses one pot - easy clean up. I was skeptical about the sauce with tomato juice and chili powder, but it turned out great. The sauce had the perfect consistency - not too runny like a lot of sauces. It makes a ton of spaghetti. I plan on eating the leftovers while Tadd is out of town.

This is our new favorite spaghetti recipe. We will be having this again soon.





Thursday, August 20, 2009

No-Fuss Focaccia

I found this recipe on King Arthur Flour's website and they describe this bread as Blitz Bread - on the table in under 2 hours. I needed a quick bread for to go with our chicken piccata, so I decided to give this focaccia a try. It was super easy to put together and tasted amazing when it came out of the oven. The dough is extremely wet and sticky when you take it out of the mixer - resist the urge to add more flour.

This bread requires little attention and gives a big payoff. I topped it with rosemary, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. You can use anything you like to top it before you bake it.






Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rosemary Ranch Chicken


This is our new FAVORITE grilled chicken recipe. The flavor in this chicken is amazing!! This is so good that we are making it again later this week. The rosemary and ranch blend together beautifully. I would serve this chicken at a dinner party. It is so simple, but SO good. This chicken had the best flavor of any chicken that we have grilled - we have grilled tons of chicken. I only made half the marinade since I was only grilling two breasts. I ate the whole chicken breast and I never do that! I wished that I had another piece - at least leftovers for lunch. Next time! We are making it again this weekend.  You can't go wrong with this dish. Make it ASAP. You won't regret it.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Best Birthday Cake

This cake was so cute and tasted fantastic. The cake had a pound cake consisentcy and had a wonderful flavor from the cream cheese and vanilla. I used the Cake Mix Doctor's recipe for "The Best Birthday Cupcakes" and made it in two 9-inch cake pans. It took a while to bake, but the end result is "the best". This will be my "go-to" birthday cake recipe.
I love the way it was decorated. I got the idea from another cooking blog - Paige's Pantry. I saw the cake on her blog and bookmarked it to make for my Dad's birthday. I used 10 1/2 packs of Kit Kats and probably a pound of M&Ms. You can really use as many M&Ms as you like.
I really think this is "The Best Birthday Cake".



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marshmallow Fondant




This was my first attempt at making my own fondant. I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I was going to try it! It turned out to be a really easy process. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and it was incredibly simple! Melt marshmallows and mix in powdered sugar. I made two different batches. I colored one pink and left the other one white and just hand kneaded in the peach color. I will be making my on fondant from now on. It is super easy and MUCH cheaper than buying it.

I made this cake for a co-worker's baby shower. If you can't tell, she is having a girl. She requested strawberry cake with strawberry icing. She gave me a picture of how she wanted it decorated. I worked all night on the cake - rolling the fondant, making the flowers, rolling the fondant. It was hard work but totally worth it to see how much she liked it.



Friday, August 14, 2009

Easy Vanilla Gelato

This is the best ice cream we have made so far. This is light and creamy and has the perfect crunch with the toffee bits. The ice cream wasn't overly sweet and was very easy to eat (not sure that is a good thing!) I may try this with the low-fat sweetened condensed milk next time. We loved it and it will be our standard ice cream from now on.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

FINALLY!!

My new love!
My Electrolux dual-fuel double-oven range!

Chicken Enchiladas


 

This was quick weeknight meal. It took only minutes to put together. I really liked the sauce on top of the enchiladas. These can be assembled ahead of time and either frozen or stored in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. Serve this with some black beans and Mexican rice for a quick and delicious weeknight meal!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chicken Rollups #2




We both really liked this dish. It is a kicked up version of my usual Chicken Rollup dish that we love. I got 14 rolls out of this recipe. I made the whole recipe so I could eat leftovers while Tadd is out of town. I would cut the recipe in half if I didn't want leftovers.

This is a quick weeknight meal. You can make the chicken mixture ahead of time and just scoop and roll when you get home from work.





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