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Friday, November 30, 2012

Creamy Rotel Dip - Football Friday


It's Championship Saturday tomorrow.  I will be watching the SEC Championship and snacking on this dip.  This is a kicked up version of my favorite Rotel Queso Dip.  This version has sausage, cream cheese and sour cream mixed in.  It is so creamy and delicious.  It is one of those dips that you keep saying "This is my last bite" and you just keep eating anyway.  You may want to double the recipe because this goes quick.  I like to keep this dip warm in the crockpot.  Serve this with some tortilla chips for an instant hit.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix


I love to make homemade food gifts for the holidays.  Last year I made some delicious Christmas Spice Tea Mix.  I gave it as gifts to my co-workers, and they all loved it. This year, I am making this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix.  The mix tastes great.  It has the perfect kiss of peppermint in every sip.  I gave some away at Thanksgiving.  Everyone gave it two thumbs up.

I bought the jars at World Market for $1.50 each.  I crushed the candy canes in the food processor until they were turned into candy cane dust.  I just mixed the crushed candy canes with the rest of the ingredients and poured the mix into the jars.  This makes about 5 1/2 cups of mix.  To make hot chocolate, combine 1/3 cup of mix with 1 cup of hot water or milk.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

White Chicken Chili


It is finally chili/soup weather in The Ham.  We made this White Chicken Chili for the football games last weekend and it was delicious!  It only took about 20 minutes to make - you can't beat that!  This is more of a chili consistency than a soup consistency.  If you prefer more of a soup consistency, just increase the the amount of chicken broth.  We served the chili with some homemade cornbread.  If you have any leftover turkey, feel free to use it in place of the chicken.  This is a great meal for the busy holiday season.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rosemary Roasted Cashews


I've already made two batches of these nuts.  They are super delicious.  They are sweet and salty with a hint of a kick.  I bought the cashews at Costco.  The container has enough cashews to make a double batch of this recipe.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe. These nuts are so addictive.  These are great to snack on during the holidays.  I plan on making another batch to give away to my neighbors.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hot Turkey Club Dips - Football Friday


The Hot Turkey Club Dips are a great way to use up some of that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving tomorrow.  These are also perfect for watching the Iron Bowl this weekend!   I dipped the turkey in some beef broth to give it more flavor and topped it with some honey mustard, bacon and cheese.  They were so delicious.  I can't stop thinking about these sandwiches.  We used our favorite pretzel slider buns from Costco.  If you can't get a pretzel roll, I suggest a french roll. You want a firmer roll for this sandwich. I am really looking forward to leftover turkey this year!



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Simple Pleasures {Plain Chicken Cookbook}


You asked for it, now here it is!

The Plain Chicken Cookbook!!

I have assembled a fabulous collection of 50 recipes for you.

10 breakfast
10 main dishes
10 side dishes/bread
10 tailgating
10 desserts

This book is a great way to share Plain Chicken with your friends and family at the holidays!  

This makes a great for co-workers, your hair stylist, your secret Santa pal, your neighbor.  

This is also the perfect teacher gift.  My Mom was a teacher, and she assures me that teachers don't want a candle or school supplies.  They would prefer an awesome cookbook with tons of easy recipes for after work!


The book is available as a hard copy ($11.99) and an eBook ($5.99)






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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup


I have a confession.  I love canned tomato soup.  I make it with milk so it is nice and creamy.  It really hits the spot for me.  I ran across this recipe on the internet and I knew I had to give it a try since it uses canned tomato soup as the base.

This is not your ordinary canned tomato soup.  It is doctored up with chicken broth, half and half, cheese and plenty of spices.  Best of all, it has cheese tortellini mixed in.  It was absolutely delicious!  It only took about 15 minutes to make.  Just boil the tortellini while you get the soup going.  Stir in the pasta and it is done!  I served the soup with a piece of garlic toast.  I highly suggest dipping the garlic toast in the soup- YUM!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spicy Sausage Skillet




OMG!  This was SO good!  The best part of this meal is that it only uses one pan.  The pasta cooks while it simmers in the sauce.  Yay for less dishes to clean!!

Our pasta was super spicy.  I sent Chicken Legs to the grocery store and he bought Hot Rotel.  Let me tell you, Hot Rotel is super spicy!  Fortunately, we both like spicy food!  I decided to splurge on calories and used Conech Smoked Sausage.  It had great flavor and smelled wonderful cooking.  Feel free to substitute smoked turkey sausage if you want to cut down on the calories.

This makes a ton.  We saved the leftovers for lunch.  I poured a little chicken broth in the container so the pasta wouldn't dry out when we reheated it.  It was just as good leftover.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Custom Wine Glass Giveaway {Kudos Kitchen by Renee}


I am SO excited about this giveaway!  The incredibly talented Renee, from Kudos Kitchen by Renee, is offering one Plain Chicken reader a chance to win two custom painted glasses.

I've been friends with Renee on twitter for a long time.  She started out making custom decorated cookies and then switched to custom painted tiles.  When she offered custom painted wine glasses I immediately placed an order for a Plain Chicken glass.


I loved it!  It instantly became my favorite glass.  I was amazed that Renee painted the chicken by hand - it looked just like the Plain Chicken chicken. (He needs a name)

I have ordered several more glasses since my initial order.

I have an Auburn glass for football season.

I also ordered an acrylic wine glass for tailgating in the parking lot (and throwing during all the bad games this year)

I have started working on having a wine glass for all the holidays:



Even Chicken Legs has a Plain Chicken glass for his Maker's 46 and Diet Coke.

I love them all!  

Ordering is so easy.  I just tell Renee that I want and let her work her creative magic.  The glasses are always better than I could have ever imagined!  I can't wait to add to my collection next year.


THE GIVEAWAY!


Renee is offering two custom painted glasses of your choice.  She paints more than wine glasses.  She has double old fashioned glasses, pint glasses, champagne flutes, margarita glasses -  everything.

HOW TO ENTER

Head over to Renee's Etsy shop and check out her glasses. Leave a comment, on this post, with what you would have Renee create for you.  


BONUS ENTRY!  "Like" Kudos Kitchen for Renee on Facebook and leave a comment, on this post, that you "Liked" her page.



The giveaway is open until Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:59 CST. The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!




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