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Friday, September 30, 2011

Ile de France Giveaway - Winner!!



The winner of this awesome Ile de France prize pack is....   


Drumroll please..........




Congratulations!! 



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Oatmeal Fudge Bars - Football Friday


I made these Oatmeal Fudge Bars a few weeks ago and they were a huge!  They are basically an oatmeal cookie with a fudge filling.  They are easy to throw together with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. I used sliced almonds in the fudge layer, but any nut would work.  Next time I might try toasted pecans. 

I suggest making the bars the day before you want to serve them so the fudge layer can set up.  We sampled one after it had cooled for a few hours and it was really good, but it was outstanding the next day!  It is amazing that something so simple can taste so good!  They also travel well, so they are perfect for a tailgate party!




Thursday, September 29, 2011

Coca-Cola Cake


I made this cake a few weeks ago when we had the Coca-Cola BBQ Pork.  I never have regular Coke in the house (we are Diet Coke people), so I wanted to make sure I got the most out of it.  I used the recipe from straight the Coca-Cola website, so it is "the real thing".

The cake was very simple and tasted fantastic! It was so moist, and the frosting was to die for!  I took the cake to work and it got rave reviews.  The only thing that would make this cake better is a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beer Crust Pizza


As you know, pizza is my favorite food.  We make it at least once a week.  I saw this recipe for a quick pizza crust without yeast over on Karin's Viking Kitchen and I knew I had to give it a try ASAP!

I love to make pizza dough from scratch, but it usually takes too much time for a weeknight.  This pizza dough uses beer instead of yeast.  The result is a quick and tasty thin crust pizza that is on the table in about 30 minutes.  We both absolutely loved it.  This is our new go-to weeknight pizza dough.  Give it a try for your next pizza night!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken


I found this chicken recipe on Pinterest (my favorite source for inspiration).  I was excited to give this recipe a try since it uses limes.  We eat a lot of lemon chicken, but not a lot of lime chicken.

This chicken couldn't be easier.  Just mix up the marinade, let the chicken marinate a few hours or overnight and grill.  The chicken was really, really good.  It was extremely moist and flavorful, and we really loved the slight sweetness from the honey.  We will definitely be making this again!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Coconut Creme Brûlée -Secret Recipe Club


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned Manu's Menu.  Manuela has tons of mouth-watering recipes on her blog.  It was hard to choose just one.  I finally decided on this Coconut Creme Brûlée since I had a shiny new kitchen torch that I wanted to test out.

The creme brûlée was really easy to make and this version didn't require any baking.  It tasted fantastic!  We both scraped our ramekins clean.  It was very creamy - much creamier than other creme brûlée we've had.  We both said this was the best creme brûlée we ever had.  Seriously!  Make sure to check out all the other fabulous recipes at Manu's Menu.  I already have several bookmarked.


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ile de France Giveaway


The nice folks over at Ile de France have offered to give one lucky Plain Chicken reader this awesome prize pack!  The prize pack includes a cheese board, dome, cheese knife and various Ile de France cheeses!

To be entered to win, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post - What is your favorite kind of cheese?  


Contest ends Friday at 5:00pm CDT.  One entry per person, please.  Winner will by chosen by Random.org.

**Ile de France can only ship to the continental Unites States**

Good Luck!


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Friday, September 23, 2011

BBQ Chicken Dip - Football Friday


This is a variation on one of our favorite tailgating dips, Buffalo Chicken Dip. I basically substituted my favorite barbecue sauce for the buffalo sauce. This was a huge hit at our tailgate party last weekend. I should have made a double batch because it was gone in no time!
I used chopped rotisserie chicken, but you can use any type of cooked chicken you like (canned, baked or boiled). The dip can be made the night before and just heated up when you are ready to serve it. We like to serve the dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, Fritos or crackers.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts - Quick-Fix Southern


I recently received a copy of Quick-Fix Southern by Rebecca Lang to check out.  I thumbed through all the mouth-watering recipes, and this Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts recipe caught my eye.  Chicken Legs and I have never had boiled peanuts; I think that might actually be a sin here in the South!  We decided to give them a try.  I am so glad we did.  We both gave the peanuts two thumbs up.  Chicken Legs is totally addicted to these peanuts.  We took some of them to our tailgate last weekend, and I can assure you that we will be taking some to another tailgate this year.

Quick-Fix Southern is filled with over 100 quick and easy recipes.  It even has a whole chapter dedicated to tailgating!!  If you are in Birmingham, Rebecca Lang will be at Birmingham Bake and Cook Company on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.   She will be making several recipes from Quick-Fix Southern, including Stuffed Corn Bread, Skirt Steak with Vidalia Onion Chimichurri, Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits, and Double Chocolate Scoop Pie! The Double Chocolate Scoop Pie is next on my list to try! The class is $35 and is from 6:30-9:00pm.  Contact Birmingham Bake and Cook Company to register.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Butterfinger Cake


I've been making this cake for as long as I can remember.  I got the recipe from a coworker at one of my very first jobs in The Ham.  It has become one of our all-time favorite dessert recipes.  It is so good and soooo easy to make.  Chicken Legs is always requesting this cake, but I rarely make it because we can't control ourselves around it!  The cake is incredibly moist, and I love the caramel and Butterfingers together.  Make this for your next potluck or tailgate party.  It will be a huge hit; I promise!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ile de France Cheese - Baked Brie Bites & Goat Cheese Marinara


I was recently contacted by Ile de France to see if I would be interested in testing out some of their cheeses.  More specifically, their brie and goat cheese.  I've haven't used either cheese much, so I decided to accept their offer.

We tested out the brie first.  Ile de France sent me their brie and two competitor brie cheeses.  


I decided to make some baked brie bites for our tailgate last weekend.  Everyone had the same reaction.  They all said the competitor brie was good, but the Ile de France brie was really, really good!  There was a big difference in how each brand tasted.  The Ile de France cheese had a much richer and fuller flavor than the other brands of brie.  Chicken Legs especially loved this.  This was his first time eating brie cheese, and he loved it!  We will be making these brie bites a lot!


Baked Brie Bites
mini phyllo tarts
Ile de France brie, cubed
brown sugar
chopped pecans
honey

Preheat oven to 350.

Place a cube of brie in each phyllo tart.  Sprinkle each tart with approximately 1/2 tsp brown sugar.  Top with approximately 1/2 tsp chopped pecans and a dollop of honey.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until brie is melted. (use more or less of each ingredient according to your preference)



Next up was the goat cheese.  I'm not sure that I have ever had goat cheese, so this was a real adventure for me.  We sampled three types of goat cheese.


I sliced each brand of goat cheese and baked it in my favorite marinara sauce.  This was really good.  It reminded me of another one of our favorite appetizers - Baked Feta.

We liked all the goat cheese, but the Ile de France was clearly our favorite.  I was really surprised that each cheese tasted so different.  The Ile de France tasted really fresh and had a much richer flavor than the other goat cheeses.



Goat Cheese Marinara

Ile de France goat cheese
marinara sauce
fresh garlic
basil
french bread

Preheat oven to 350.

Pour marinara into baking dish. Slice goat cheese and place on top of marinara.  Sprinkle with basil and garlic.  Bake 15-20 minutes, until bubbly.  Serve with toasted french bread.


Many thanks to Ile de France for letting us test out the cheeses!  

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Club Sandwich Puffs - Football Friday


These little sandwich puffs are one of our favorite football snacks. They are always a hit at our tailgate parties. They are also good for a quick lunch or dinner during the week. Feel free to mix up the meats and cheeses. I've made ham and swiss, roast beef and jalapeno jack and even turkey and American. The possibilities are endless. They taste fantastic, and are a great way to use up leftover luncheon meat. They are also super easy to make (a big plus in my book). I suggest doubling the recipe below if you are making these for a crowd.  I've made these several times and I never have any leftovers.



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cap'n Crunch Ice Cream


We didn't use our ice cream maker much at all this Summer.  I decided that I couldn't let the warm weather go away without making ice cream at least once this year.  I was looking for a simple, no cook ice cream and found this Eagle Brand recipe that seemed to fit the bill.  It was incredibly simple to mix together and it tasted fantastic!  We both loved the crushed up Cap'n Crunch cereal in the ice cream.  It was like eating a bowl of frozen cereal and milk.  Chicken Legs said he liked this better than our Krispy Kreme Ice Cream.  I don't know about that, but it was really, really good. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Breakfast Pizza


We mixed it up for pizza night last week and had this breakfast pizza.  I would actually describe this as a cross between a pizza and a quiche.  I precooked my sausage and this came together in no time.  The hardest part of this recipe was forming the crust - if you can believe that.  The crescents didn't line up so I had to do a little work to get them into a pretty circle.  Make sure that you make a rim around the edge of the crust.  If you don't the egg will run off the crust and make a huge mess in the oven.  This was a great weeknight meal, but it would also be good for brunch or even an early morning tailgate.  We both loved this!!  It tasted great and nobody would ever know this was low-fat!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fiesta Chicken Casserole


We've been making a lot of Mexican beef casseroles, so I thought it was time to try a Mexican chicken casserole.  This is very similar to King Ranch Chicken but with rice.

This is a really quick weeknight meal.  I used some leftover rotisserie chicken for the casserole and it came together in less than 5 minutes.  This was great!  We both cleaned our plates and went back for seconds.  It was hard to stop eating.  It was even good the next day for lunch.   Next time I make this (there will be a next time) I might use Doritos instead of plain tortilla chips.  I think that would put this over the top!




Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls - Football Friday


Sausage balls are a classic tailgating treat. It doesn't matter what time the game is, sausage balls are always welcomed at the tailgate!  We've tried lots of different recipes over the years and finally found our "go-to" recipe.

These are by far the best sausage balls we've ever made.  What makes these sausage balls so good?  Well, the secret ingredient is cream cheese.  The cream cheese keeps the sausage balls very moist and tender.   We used hot sausage to give the sausage balls a little kick, but regular sausage would work well too.   Bring these to your next tailgate party - you won't be sorry!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gorgonzola Garlic Bread


We had this garlic bread with the Chicken Ragu with Linguine I posted yesterday.  I found this recipe on Pinterest - my favorite place for inspiration!  I've never had gorgonzola garlic bread before, but I thought it sounded like a great idea.  I gave it a shot and WOW!  This bread was so easy and dangerously delicious!  The gorgonzola took the garlic bread to a whole new level.  We both really enjoyed it.  I've already made it several times.  It is quickly becoming a household favorite!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chicken Ragu with Linguine


I've had this recipe bookmarked for a really long time.  I wasn't sure about making it because it uses chicken thighs (I am usually a boneless skinless chicken breast gal).  I finally got around to making it, and it was fan-freakin-tastic!  We both loved it.  It is a new favorite.  

The original recipe is from Giada DeLaurentiis.  Giada made her own marinara sauce, but I just used a jar of my favorite marinara sauce to simplify things.  This didn't take any time to make, and the flavors were great.  It tasted even better the next day for lunch.  I can't wait to make this again!


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