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Friday, July 30, 2010

Orange Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Orange Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

This is a cheater recipe. I just embellished a can of Pillsbury Orange Rolls!  I combined my love of Pillsbury Orange Rolls and blueberries - the result was an amazing breakfast!!

As I said before, I am not a huge breakfast person; mainly because I don't want to get up early to cook/eat it.  I usually only eat a somewhat traditional breakfast on the weekends.  This is my kind of breakfast recipe.  You can assemble the orange rolls while the oven pre-heats and you have a fantastic breakfast in 15 minutes!  Give them a try this weekend - you won't be disappointed.

Orange Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Orange Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nutella Krispie Ice Cream

Nutella Krispie Ice Cream

A few weeks ago my Mom was telling me about some tablets that she used in the past to make ice cream.  She told me the name and sent me to look for them.  Well, I kept forgetting (I am easily distracted by shiny objects).  She finally sent me a pack with the recipe booklet. 
Junket Rennet Tablets - they were popular in the 70s, along with fondue, disco and groovy green, gold and brown decor/clothing. 

I flipped through the recipe booklet and found an ice cream recipe and went to the store to get my milk and cream.  I couldn't just do plain vanilla ice cream, so I mixed in some Nutella Krispie treats!  Oh my! 

My favorite burger joint has tons of fabulous and unique milk shakes.  Krispy Kreme, Nutella Smores and Rice Krispie Treat just to name a few.  I already made some Krispy Kreme ice cream, so I decided to combine the other two into one ice cream.  I made the Nutella Krispies the night before and chopped them into tiny bits to stir into the ice cream after it churned.  It was great!  I thought it had the perfect amount of chocolate and crunch.


Nutella Krispie Ice Cream


Nutella Krispie Ice Cream

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

I have Mama Hen to thank for this wonderful dish. She made a version of this for dinner and just raved about it. When she told me what it was, I thought it sounded alot like King Ranch Chicken but with spaghetti. I LOVE King Ranch Chicken so I knew that I would love this!  I was right; this is awesome! 

I made this for dinner the night before Chicken Legs went out of town and I ate leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day!  It is that good!  Give it a try.  It is really a quick dish to make, especially if you use rotisserie chicken or pre-cook the chicken. (I always use my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker to cook my chicken - can't beat juicy chicken in 8 minutes)

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chicago Chicken

Jalapeno Lemon Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in fresh jalapeños, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and garlic. Inspired by our trip to Chicago and the Tavern on Rush. This chicken is AMAZING!! TONS of great flavor. Double the recipe for leftovers - great in tacos or quesadillas.

We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to Chicago.  Chicken Legs had a meeting last Monday and Tuesday, so I turned it into a weekend vacation! (I'm like that - I get it from my parents)  We had a great time.  I just L♥VE Chicago!  We did lots of shopping, eating and drinking - all of our favorite things!! We also walked a lot - over 6 miles on Saturday alone.  (That is how we can eat and drink so much.)


Jalapeno Chicken

Our last night in Chicago we went and saw the Cubs and then went to dinner at Tavern on Rush - it's a steak and seafood joint that Chicken Legs wanted to check out. They had this chicken on their menu, but it said it took 35 mintues to make.  Well, it was late and we were hungry so I decided we would just try it at home. (hence the name "Chicago Chicken").

Jalapeno Lemon Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in fresh jalapeños, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and garlic. Inspired by our trip to Chicago and the Tavern on Rush. This chicken is AMAZING!! TONS of great flavor. Double the recipe for leftovers - great in tacos or quesadillas.

Our version turned out great.  If it is like our other Tavern Chicken - it is better than the original.  We used boneless chicken breast because that is what Chicken Legs wanted.  I would like to try this on a whole chicken like the original - I think it would be great too.

Jalapeno Lemon Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in fresh jalapeños, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and garlic. Inspired by our trip to Chicago and the Tavern on Rush. This chicken is AMAZING!! TONS of great flavor. Double the recipe for leftovers - great in tacos or quesadillas.

Jalapeno Lemon Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in fresh jalapeños, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and garlic. Inspired by our trip to Chicago and the Tavern on Rush. This chicken is AMAZING!! TONS of great flavor. Double the recipe for leftovers - great in tacos or quesadillas.


View from the Executive Lounge in The Drake
View from the Executive Lounge in The Drake

Sears Tower (we took a boat tour)
Sears Tower (we took a boat tour)

Wrigley Field
Wrigley

Wrigley Field - Our seats - 7th row behind home plate!  Score!!
Our seats - 7th row behind home plate!  Score!!
 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meow Monday

Jack


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Sherbert


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Grits Fries

Grits Fries

This is one of those "why didn't I think of that" recipes. Grits Fries - what a great idea!!  I saw this over at The Duo Dishes and had to give them a try.  Grits are a relatively new food for me.  I never had any interest in the runny, bland looking mush in a bowl that I saw at the Cracker Barrel or Waffle House.  I broke down and tried jalapeno cheese grits at a dinner one night and I was shocked at how good they were!  I never knew that grits could be a wonderful and savory side dish.  I have been making cheese grits at home ever since.  (I still don't eat the runny, bland mush at breakfast joints - blah!)

Back to the fries - I made a half recipe of the grits and it was more than plenty for the two of us (I listed the whole recipe below).  I served them with our favorite chicken fingers.  We loved them!  I wished I had made a whole batch so I could have eaten them for dinner too.  I can't wait to make these again! 

Grits Fries

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Creamy Chicken & Ham Pasta

Creamy Chicken & Ham Pasta

One word - amazing! We loved this pasta.  It reminded me of one of my favorite dishes, Smoky Chicken Pasta, but with a slight sweetness from the brown sugar ham.  YUM!  This only took me a few minutes to throw together because I cooked my chicken ahead of time in my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker (only takes 8 minutes in the microwave!).  I halved the recipe and it was enough for at least three people.  We both had to make ourselves stop eating this!  The pasta heats up well the next day, so it didnt' go to waste.  This is going into the rotation - it's a keeper!

Creamy Chicken & Ham Pasta

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Roasted Greek Potatoes

Roasted Greek Potatoes

I made these potatoes to go with our Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks.  I wanted a quick and easy side dish and this fit the bill.  I was inspired by the potatoes at Taziki's Restaurant in town - these were extremely similar.  They take only a few minutes of prep time and then they just roast in the oven.  Very simple!  The result is a tender and flavorful potato.  They went perfectly with our Greek-style drumsticks.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks

Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks

This recipe is from the Epicurious app on my iPad.  I absolutely LOVE this app!  It has tons of great recipes from all over the place - books, web, magazines.  I picked this recipe because I have been growing oregano in my herb garden and had some chicken legs in the freezer. I also go to use my microplane to zest the lemon.

This was a really quick marindate to throw together.  I let the chicken sit in the refrigerator overnight (as I do with almost all my meat).  We had experimented on cooking time with our Chipotle Chicken Legs, so cooking was a breeze this time.  The chicken was tender and juicy and had fantastic flavor!  I served it with some easy roasted Greek potoatoes. 

Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks


Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks


Monday, July 19, 2010

Meow Monday

Sherbert

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies

Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies

One of the most popular post on my blog is my Nutella Gooey Butter Cake - it is divine!  I decided to put a twist on the cake and do some Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies. The result was a wonderful soft and gooey cookie!  They are SO easy to make.  You will have the urge to bake them longer than the recommended time, but don't.  They firm up as they cool and remain soft and gooey on the inside.  The cookies stay soft for several days after you bake them.

Chicken Legs has been raving about these ever since he put the first one in his mouth. He has been telling everyone he meets about them.  Just so you know, Chicken Legs is the original Cookie Monster - so he knows a good cookie when he tastes one. 

Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies

Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blueberry Bread

Blueberry Bread

This bread smells amazing while it is baking in the oven! The cinnamon aroma fills the house making you wish the bread would just hurry up and be ready!!  It is like a really big blueberry muffin.  It was simple to make and tasted fantastic.  We had it for breakfast over the weekend.  I made the bread the night before because I'm not a early morning person - especially on the weekend. It is great heated up with butter slathered all over it.

Blueberry Bread


Blueberry Bread


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