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Monday, November 30, 2009

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

PW Dinner Rolls


I joined a new blogger group - Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman. I love all of the Pioneer Woman's recipes and I can't wait to try lots of new recipes every other week! The first challenge was to try one of the PW Thanksgiving recipes. I chose her no-knead dinner rolls. These were SO easy and tasted great. The rolls were light and had a hint of sweetness. I could eat a whole pan of these rolls! I will make these again and again.



Friday, November 27, 2009

Iron Bowl Cupcakes

War Eagle!

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It's time for the Iron Bowl! The Iron Bowl, for those of you that don't know, is the annual football game between Auburn and Alabama. In the state of Alabama, the most important thing is not your religion, political views or your race. The most important thing is "Who are you for?" - Auburn or Alabama. Football is king. I am AUBURN!
I have seen all the "cool" food bloggers making rainbow cupcakes, and I thought why not Auburn cupcakes?! I just used a cake mix and made half the batter orange and half blue. They turned out SO cute!




Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bourbon-Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This is one of the pies we are having today. I saw Pecan Pumpkin Butter at Williams-Sonoma and decided to try it in a pie for Thanksgiving. I embellished the pie crust with leaves - I used my Creative Cutters from Pampered Chef. The pie was very easy to make and smelled wonderful while it was baking. I'll let you know how it was tonight!




Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sausage-Swiss Muffins




This recipe is from my 1998 Christmas with Southern Living book. I made these way back in 1998 and decided that it was time to try them again! These muffins are like sausage balls in muffin form. We really liked these muffins. I might make them with cheddar cheese and garlic powder next time!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Cheese Artichoke Dip


I saw this recipe over on Paula Deen's website and I knew I had to try it right away. This is like my usual artichoke dip but with cream cheese and mozzarella cheese. We loved this dip. It was so creamy and yummy. I served it with tortilla chips and Wheat Thins. I plan on making this when my in-laws visit for Christmas. This will be our new standard artichoke dip!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Look Who's In The Kitchen!

Welcome "Chicken Legs" to the kitchen!!

That is what Tadd decided his name will be on the blog. He is learning how to cook! After all these years of watching me cook dinner, he decided he would give it a try. I planned three nights of easy meals for him to try out - I didn't want to discourage him!







He did great! He was surprised at how easy it is to make a good meal. He had a lot of fun cooking and wants to keep trying new recipes. I am already planning a few things for him to try next week. I could get use to this!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Almond Toffee




I've had this toffee on my "to make" list for years. I saw it over on Cookie Madness and it looked so good. I finally bought a candy thermometer and decided to take the plunge. This was very easy to make, just takes a little time. The toffee is buttery and crunchy with a nice sweetness from the chocolate. Who knew butter and sugar could taste so good?! The recipe below is a half-batch. I plan on doubling it for my Christmas goodies this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Southern Cornbread


It is finally feeling like Fall here in The Ham - I hope it stays this way! We decided to cook chili and cornbread for dinner last night. This cornbread recipe is the recipe that my Mom uses. I've eaten this my whole life. It is simple and really good. My Mom uses this cornbread in her dressing (best ever) for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I made the cornbread in a skillet, but you can make muffins if you prefer.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken


This is another recipe from Smoky Mountain Cafe. I saw this recipe and I knew I had to make it. We absolutely loved it. You could call this Fire Chicken II - it flames up on the grill because of the oil. I would cut the oil in half next time. We marinated the chicken all day in half of the basting sauce and basted it with the sauce after it was on the grill. This had fantastic flavor and we will be making this again soon!




Friday, November 13, 2009

Rosemary Rolls


I saw these rolls over on the Pioneer Woman's blog last week, and they sound like something Tadd & I would LOVE. I was right. These are great. They are so simple; you only need to plan ahead for the dough to rise. We ate the whole pan by ourselves. I know, carb overload, but we loved it!! This is our new standard recipe - if you can even call it a recipe. Go ahead and make a pan (or two) this weekend - you know you want to!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Honey Lime Taquitos



I was eating lunch with Michele last week and she mentioned that she made her favorite Honey Lime Enchiladas for dinner the night before. I had never heard of Honey Lime Enchilidas and I thought they sounded good. I went back to work and found the recipe on line at The Sister's Cafe. I liked the idea of the honey lime sauce on the chicken but we prefer corn tortillas and I don't like the canned sauces. I didn't have time to make my own sauce (just lazy). If I had made my own sauce, I would have tried this one from LeaAnn over at Mangos, Chili and Z - it looks fabulous. So taquitos it was!

We really liked the sweetness that the chicken had from the honey. They were really good. I served the taquitos with cheese dip and salsa. It was a good way to use up my leftover chicken.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thanks!


I'm famous, y'all! I am featured on Mangos, Chili and Z today.


LeaAnn has a segment on her blog where she features interviews with her favorite blogs and I was chosen to participate! I am so honored! I thought really hard about my answers; I didn't want to appear boring!

She asked some very thought provoking questions.

Who would you invite to dinner? I chose Michael J. Fox - I've loved him forever! I still have some Back to the Future memorabilia he could sign for me.

What music do you cook to? Michael Buble! He's my man, he even wrote a song that said so! (Tadd says Michalel isn't talking to me when he sings, but I beg to differ.)

The hardest question was "What was the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?" Now, you don't name your blog "Plain Chicken" for nothing. I eat PLAIN CHICKEN - I am not an adventurous eater! I said calamari. David made me try it one time and it was rubbery and I didn't like it. Shocking, I know.

You can check out the entire interview and all the nice things she had to say about my little blog here.

Thanks LeaAnn!!

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This is the second recipe I've tried from Smoky Mountain Cafe. I have never thought of trying buffalo chicken as a pasta dish. This was a nice change for dinner. It is spicy - I used 3 Tbsp of hot sauce. I cooked my chicken the night before in my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker (only takes 8 minutes). This meal came together in less than 20 minutes. Great weeknight meal!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Julia Child's Quiche




On the plane ride to and from Vegas I read My Life in France by Julia Child. We saw the movie Julie and Julia and I was very interested in learning more about Julia Child's life. The book was great. It was different from the movie and had many more details. I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I chose the quiche as my first test. The quiche was rich and velvety and extremely flavorful. I added bacon and swiss - a combination of Quiche Lorraine and Quiche au Fromage de Gruyere. I wanted to eat the whole thing by myself.





Friday, November 6, 2009

Roasted Garlic in the Microwave


I found this tip on Real Simple's website. I love roasted garlic but hate that it takes almost an hour to make. I tried this out using my Pampered Chef deep covered baker and it was really quick & easy (not that roasting garlic in the oven is hard!). I do prefer the color that the garlic turns in the oven, but this method is great if you are running short on time.

I used the garlic for dinner last night in one of our favorite dishes - Smoky Chicken Pasta. It was great!!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nutella Pie Crust Crescents




This month for the Nutella Challege I decided to make these super simple Nutella Pie Crust Cresent cookies. I had never heard of pie crust cookies until a few weeks ago. I thought if just cinnamon-sugar pie crust cut outs were good, that a pie crust cookie filled with Nutella would be even better! I was right. They are so good and so easy to eat!





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