Monthly Archives: May 2016

Original Chicken a la King

Original Chicken a la King
Original Chicken a la King

Here is an oldie but a goodie.  Plus with some left over chicken or if you happen to can chicken like I do this is quick and easy to whip up.  If you stuck go ahead and buy a can from the store.

The taste is out of this world with freshness.  Plus this is comfort food everyone will enjoy.

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sliced mushroom (optional)
1/2 cup green pepper chopped
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk or 1/2 and 1/2
2 Tablespoons butter softened
2 egg yolks
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoons paprika
3 cups chicken chopped
1 jar pimento
4 biscuits

In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter.  Add mushrooms and green pepper.  Saute until tender.  Stir in the flour and salt.  Add milk.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

In a separate bowl stir 2 tablespoons softened butter and egg yolks together.

Add lemon juice and paprika to your skillet and stir.  Add softened butter and egg yolk mixture.  Stir until thick and bubbly.

Add paprika and chicken and stir.  I added some fresh green onions on top of mine.

Serve over biscuits. ENJOY!

TIP:  Add different veggies to change it up.  Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

Avocado Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

Avocado Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes
Avocado Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

Time to try making and serving up something fun, new and different.  Instead of taking devil eggs to your next get together, make up some avocado pesto stuffed tomatoes.

At our last women get together these avocado pesto stuffed tomatoes were served and they didn’t last long.  Makes me feel good to see something I made enjoyed so much.

30 cherry tomatoes
1 avocado seeded and cut up
2 ounces cream cheese softened
2 Tablespoons homemade or purchased basil pesto
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato.  With a small spoon or small melon baller, carefully hollow out the tomatoes.  Line a baking sheet with paper towels.  Invert tomatoes on the towel.  Let stand about 30 minutes to drain.

Food processor or blender combine avocado, cream cheese, pesto and lemon juice.  Process until smooth.  Spoon into tomatoes.

Can refrigerate up to 4 hours.  ENJOY!

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars
Magic Cookie Bars   

Looking for an easy quick treat to make.  If I told you this is a one pan, takes 10 minutes or less to throw together.  Would that inspire you to make these bars?  What about all the chocolate, coconut, pecan gooey goodness.  Have I won you over yet.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 6 ounce package semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans (or your favorite nut)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a 13 x 9 pan pour your melted butter in and tilt the pan to cover the surface.

Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top of the butter.

Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top of the graham crackers.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over condensed milk.

Sprinkle coconut over chocolate chips.

Sprinkle pecans over coconut.

Press down lightly on surface.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool and serve.  ENJOY!

Sit back and enjoy your day!

Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad
Cheeseburger Salad

Searching for a new way to get your family to eat a salad?  Does your family love cheeseburgers?  This Cheeseburger Salad will make everyone happy.  No bun needed.

Head of lettuce shredded
Spinach (about 2 handfuls)  This is optional, any chance I get I add spinach to anything.
Red Onion sliced
Tomatoes sliced
Pickles cut into chunks
4 Hamburgers patties fried
Cheese melted on top of the hamburger patty

I like to serve this in one of those cute little red baskets with checkered paper lining the basket.  The family feels like they are eating fast food.

First layer is lettuce.
Second layer is red onion.
Third layer is tomato.
Fourth layer is pickles.
Fifth layer is the hamburger with melted cheese placed on top.

I usually put slices of pickles around the edge and sometimes add a few croutons around the edge.

Top with a honey mustard or even good old ketchup.  ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Cheese Pimiento Dip

 

Four Cheese Pimiento Dip
Four Cheese Pimiento Dip

Four Cheese Pimiento Dip is one of those quick make ahead forget about and serve later in the day, for unexpected guests or makes a wonderful evening snack.  Use it as a side dish for any meal.  Yes it is that good and simple to make.

1  3 ounce package cream cheese softened
2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 8 ounces
2 cups extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded 8 ounces
1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded 4 ounces
1 cup mayonnaise
2 jars dices pimientos, drained  4 ounces total
1/2 cup green pepper finely chopped
1/3 cup onion finely chopped
1 small jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Beat cream cheese until smooth, add all the cheese and mayonnaise.  Mix to combine.  Add pimientos, green pepper, onion, jalapeño and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix to combine everything.

Serve in a bowl with crackers, toasted bread or fresh vegetables.  ENJOY!

Italian Pepperoni Cheese Puffs

Italian Pepperoni Cheese Puffs
Italian Pepperoni Cheese Puffs

These fun and versatile Italian Pepperoni Cheese Puffs can be served with everything and anything.  Grab and go breakfast, appetizer, snack.  You might want to make a double batch, they go fast.  Serve these with warmed up pizza sauce.  You family will love you.

2/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1/3 cup pepperoni chopped
1/3 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1 Tablespoon dried or fresh parsley
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In a medium saucepan combine the water and shortening. Bring to a boil.  Add the four all at once, stirring vigorously. Should form into a ball. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time.  Stirring in with a wooden spoon.

Stir in pepperoni, cheese, parsley, garlic powder and black pepper.

Drop by teaspoon onto greased baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes or until firm and golden brown.  ENJOY!

Breakfast of Champions Yogurt/Fruit

Breakfast of Champions Yogurt/Fruit
Breakfast of Champions Yogurt/Fruit

Why make breakfast more complicated than it has to be.  Everyone wants to eat healthy, or is trying to eat healthy.  Nothing is healthier or fresher than yogurt and fresh fruit.

Yes there are many, many varieties of yogurt sitting on the grocery store shelves.  Tons of flavors, and choices.  I choose to make my own yogurt. Only takes 4 cups of whole milk and  start from plain yogurt.  If your interested in making your own Yogurt Homemade please visit the blog and search for Yogurt Homemade.  Honestly it is simple and easy to make.

Back to a breakfast of champions.  Choose your fruits that your family enjoys.  I have bowls of cut up fruit ready to go at all times.  Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, orange slices, mango, pineapple etc.  I do cut up the bananas and apples quickly that morning so they will be fresh.

Set out your yogurt of choice, different fruits and add some granola (homemade of course).  Okay I won’t judge if you’re not making your yogurt and granola homemade.  Just keep eating healthy.

See how fast and healthier this breakfast is compared to sugary cereal, or heavy breakfast of pancakes or waffles.  Okay I am not saying not to eat any pancakes and waffles.  Just not all the time.  Be smart, choose wisely and eat healthy.  ENJOY!

 

Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Saturday morning Biscuits with Sausage Gravy is a popular breakfast item here in the mid-west.  Now this isn’t something we have all the time.  Once every six weeks is about standard for our household.

If you have never made your own biscuits or sausage gravy here are two no-fail recipes for you to enjoy.

Biscuits

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup milk

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Grease baking sheet.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening until coarse and crumbly.  Add half the milk stirring to combine.  Add rest of the milk and stir to combine.

On a floured surface turn out dough and knead around 18 times.

Pat dough out flat.  Cut out biscuits.  Place on greased baking sheet.  Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.  Brush the tops of the biscuits with butter immediately.

Sausage Gravy

1 pound breakfast sausage
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons pepper
In a heavy skillet brown sausage over medium heat.  Be sure to break up the sausage into small pieces and cook until all the pink is gone.

Turn heat to medium low and sprinkle half the flour over the meat.  Stir so the sausage soaks up the flour.  Add rest of the flour and cook for couple more minutes stirring all the time.

Add all the milk.  Stir everything to combine.  Continue cooking the gravy, stirring constantly for around 12 minutes.  You don’t want it to stick and burn on the bottom.  Keep cooking and stirring until everything is nice and thick and bubbly.

Add salt and pepper.

Serve immediately over biscuits.  ENJOY!

 

Asiago Cheese Bagels

Asiago Cheese Bagels
Asiago Cheese Bagels

Learning to make your own bagels is very rewarding.  The bagel or the roll with a hole is the customary bread at Bar Mitzvahs.  Nowadays they can be enjoyed any time of the year. Bagels have a unique feature and I’m not talking about the center hole.  Bagels are briefly poached in boiling water, before baking.  This process means the dough puffs up in the water and doesn’t rise in the oven when baking.

These bagels use Asiago cheese to make it special.  Toast your bagel and spread with cream cheese or your favorite jam.

If you have a kitchen aide go ahead and use it to make the dough.  I choose to mix, combine and knead by hand instead of using my kitchen aide.  Helps relieve the stress.

2 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast or 2 packages of yeast
2 Tablespoons honey
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces Asiago Cheese grated and placed in a large bowl.

Combine water, yeast and honey.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  You ant it to be bubbly and foamy.  Slowly add the salt.  Next add 2 cups each of the all-purpose flour and bread flour.  Mix to combine.  If your dough is still sticky add 1/2 cup of each flour until it starts to form a ball.  Sometimes you will use all the flour and sometimes you won’t.  Depends on humidity.

Turn dough  out onto a floured surface and knead for couple minutes.  Spray large bowl with oil and place dough in bowl, turning to coat.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour.  Dough should double in size.

Punch down dough and form into 12 to 14 equally sized balls.  Place on greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

While the dough is rising, fill a large pot with water.  Bring to a boil.

Take each ball of dough and punch a hole in the center.  Swirl your finger around to make the hole bigger.  Place back on the baking sheet until your water is boiling.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add two bagels to your pot of boiling water and let cook for 2 minutes.  Use a wooden spoon to turn the bagels and cook for 30 more seconds on the second side.  Remove your bagel to the bowl with cheese.

Cover and coat your bagel completely with cheese.  Press down gently so the cheese will stick.  Place on greased baking sheet.

Continue with the rest of your bagels.  Cooking in boiling water and covering with cheese.

Place bagels in oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  I start checking after 20 minutes to make sure the cheese is turning a golden brown and not burning.

Let cool and ENJOY!

Pizza Cookies

Pizza Cookies
Pizza Cookies

Friday night pizza night just went up a notch.  Gather your family and make some homemade pizza.  If that isn’t enough for a special treat and to follow the pizza theme make some Pizza Cookies.

Be prepared for Best Mom of the day!

Bake a batch of peanut butter cookies or oatmeal cookies.  (option buy a package of cookies)
White frosting homemade or store-bought
Strawberry jam
M&M’s
Life Savers dummies or pieces of licorice, strawberry and green apple
Shredded coconut or grated white chocolate

Choose a cookie and spread with strawberry jam to look like pizza sauce, or vanilla frosting to resemble mozzarella cheese.

Cut the life savers or licorice into pieces to resemble red and green peppers.

Add the M&M’s and top with coconut or grated white chocolate to resemble mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top.

Don’t forget to let the kids decorate their own pizza cookie or cookies.  Fun family night!  Don’t forget to take pictures, make some memories.  ENJOY!