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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Teriyaki Chicken with Fried Rice

This is fool proof and too easy!

1 pack of BLSL chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1 small can of pineapple rings
Garlic Powder (maybe 1/2 tsp)
Onion Powder (about the sameish)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bottle Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste or Marinade
1 TBS butter

For the Fried Rice:
2 cups cooked white rice
Soy Sauce (about 2 TBS)
Garlic and Onion Powder (I have no clue how much)
3 dashes of Cayenne Pepper
3 Eggs
1 TBS Sweet Chili Sauce
Sesame Oil  (around the wok twice)

Melt better over med high heat, add chicken and cook until chicken gets a little brown, doesn't have to be cooked all the way thru, in fact I prefer it not be.  I like to cook it on high heat to get that little browned and then finish cooking in the sauce.  It always turns out so tender that way.

Remove pineapple rings from can and stir in the brown sugar w the pineapple juice to dissolve.  Add to chicken, season w salt, pepper, onion, garlic and both peppers.  You can throw in the pineapple now if you want.  It's your call.  Add the teriyaki sauce and put a lid on it.  You have rice to make!

Heat wok to med high heat and melt a little butter, scramble eggs and set aside.
Crank up the heat and add the sesame oil.  Once hot add rice and remaining ingredients and stir frequently so it doesn't burn.  (If you want to add peas and carrots, do it now, I don't so I didn't.)   Make a well in the middle of the wok and add the Sweet Chili Sauce so it "melts", stir to combine.  Fry until your little heart is happy and add the egg back.  Service with Chicken.

If you don't feel like going thru the trouble of making fried rice, I often just service with white rice  because the teriyaki sauce is so amazing.  My husband would love it if I made rice with every meal, overnight.  Even with spaghetti.  But I don't, because that's dumb.

Meatball Subs

I think I have made you meatball subs before.  I made baby buffalo chicken sandwiches for Amanda and Michael's Burfday party at my house and I had half a pack of the Hawaiian sweet rolls left over so I made baby meatball subs to use them up.

20 frozen meatballs (not Italian)
1 1/2 cup ketchup
3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
Whatever bread you wanna use
cheese (I like mozzarella)
bread and butter pickles

Preheat pan to med heat and add meatballs. Cook a few minutes to defrost and brown a bit.

Add Worcestershire sauce and allow to reduce just a tad, not too long.  Add ketchup, garlic and onion powder and brown sugar and stir to combine.

Put it on low, put a lid on it and let it roll for about 20 minutes to heat the meatballs thru.  Stir it occasionally.

On your griddle (if you don't have one, stop what you're doing and go buy one right now..I'll wait......)

You're back, great.  Heat griddle to 350 and brush with a stick of butter, just enough to cover the griddle.  put the buns inside down into the butter and allow to crisp up and soak up the butter.  Remove when just starting to brown.

Add meatballs to the sub rolls, top with cheese and pickles if you so desire.

This is one of my favorite meals.  Kid friendly, too.  Actually, most of my recipes are because I'm a picky kid eater.  It's cool, it's how I roll.

Onion Pasta

This is an easy, quick pasta meal.  It takes less than 30 minutes and my picky husband really liked it.  I'm not a big fan of this left over, so eat it all or throw it away.  Or you could choke it down at work the next day and dream about a burger.  Whatever tickles your fancy.

1 tub of onion and chive cream cheese
1 tsb of garlic
dash of cayenne pepper
1 lb chicken, cut into bite sized pieces 
salt and pepper
2 tbs butter
Whatever pasta you want.  I made cork screw cuz it looked fun

Heat butter in a skillet on high and saute chicken until just browned on the outside.  Chicken doesn't have to be done, you just want a little color on it.  
Turn the heat down to med low and add cream cheese, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper.  
Stir on low to melt and put a lid on it and allow chicken to finish cooking.  
Spoon over cooked pasta.  

For the bread I just used regular crescent rolls.  I bake them according to the package directions and about the last 5 minutes of baking I melt 1/2 stick of butter with a lot of garlic powder and parsley.  And by a lot,  I mean probably a solid tablespoon or more.  pour over the bread and bake another 5 minutes or so.  Sprinkle w Parmesan cheese. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Amanda and Michael's Burfday Party!

My friend, Amanda, and her husband, Michael, celebrate their birthday's together every year because they are one day apart.  Talk about short end of the stick, right?  At least her bday is the day before so if he slacks on the present she can get him back the next instant karma.

Anyways, we had her and a few other friends over for some apps and game night that started at 6 and lasted until the wee late hours of the evening.  Ok, so everyone left around 1am, but we are almost 30 and thats gettin a bit late for us.  I made a bunch of delicious food and just as most of it was being finished I realized I took NOOOOOO photos.  This is what I hadn't yet devoured on my own plate.  Sorry for the poor quality, paper plates don't make a great back drop.

The menu consisted of the following:

Mini Buffalo Chicken Samiches
Cuban Roll Ups
Crack on a Stick
Potato Skins
Bean Dip
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Mini Cheesecakes
Funyuns- Amanda and I used to eat them as kids. Like the whole bag. In one night.

The picture above showcases the Potato Skins:
8 medium sized baking potatoes
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese
sour cream

Heat oven to 350.  Scrub potatos and place in a pan.  Drizzle with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 1-1 1/2 hrs.  Remove and let cool.
Once cooled enough to handle, slice in half lenght wise and scoop out some of the flesh and save for another use.  Don't go crazy scooping out the flesh, you just need a little dip for your bacon and cheese.  I should probably rename to something like potato boats or something, because I want more than just a skin!
Anyways, put the potatoes skin side down back in the pan and brush with a little more oil, return to the oven to crisp up a bit.
Remove and add crumbled, cooked, bacon and cheese and put back in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt. Top w sour cream.  Delicious.

This little guy is a Cuban Roll!  He's sad because we ate his friends. 

2 cans of crescent rolls
6 slices of ham
1/4-1/2 cup of cooked pork (I used left over pork loin I had made for dinner) 
2 TBSP dijon mustard
2 TBSP dill pickle relish 
1/2 cup of swiss cheese (I used shredded because its what I already had) 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Unroll crescent rolls and separate in 2 pieces (4 rolls total) 
You need to lay it out long ways to start building.  Layer mustard, cheese, ham, pork and then pickles
Starting at one end roll, jelly roll style and press the seams to seal well.  Using a sharp knife cut into 5-6 pieces and lay on a greased baking sheet.  
Bake and serve.  They are great, even at room temperature!  They were all gone. 

Crack on a Stick AKA Brown sugar smokies: I found this recipe on a long time ago and it is a friends and family favorite and I HATE making them.  Loathe it, would rather slam my head in a sliding glass door.  Why? I dont know, they are sooo easy. You will need:

Aluminum foil
One package of Lil Smokie Sausages
1 package of bacon
2 cupsish of brown sugar

Preheat to 350
Line a deep 13x9 inch pan with aluminum foil.  Let me say it again, Line a deep 13x9 inch pan with aluminum foil.  DO IT!  If you don't you will hate me, yourself, the world and somehow it will be your husbands fault and I can't be liable for breaking up marriages over caramalized bacon grease.
Spead brown sugar in the bottom of the aluminum foil covered pan.
Cut bacon into 4-5 pieces and wrap around sausage and secure with a toothpick.
Place sausge on top of the brown sugar and bake for about 30-45 minutes until the bacon looks cooked.
Remove from pan fairly quickly and place on your serving platter.  Little hint: lightly spary your service platter with non-stick spray.  You're Welcome.

The Mini Buffalo Chicken Samiches I have given you the recipe previously.  The only difference was that I boiled the chicken on low for a few hours while I prepared other things.  When it was done I shredded, added my spices and hot sauce and put it directly into the crockpot on low.  I served them with my ranch dressing and I put out celery, lettuce and little hawaiian rolls.  Not one person ate the celery.  Not a single stalk of celery was consumed.  I think one or two people put lettuce on their sandwich, but I put it out and it's not my fault they didn't want that yucky green stuff.  I tried.  Thats my story.

I belive I have made bean dip for you in the past.  Some girls in my art class in high school turned me onto this and it has been a party fav ever since.  Its super easy and you can make it ahead.  Just layer cream cheese, Hormel Chili with Beans and then top with 2 cups of shredded cheese.  Add some hot sauce or cayenne if you want and then bake until it bubbles.  Serve with chips or crackers.

Potato Salad like my Momma makes.  Lady makes the best macaroni and potato salad and she doesn't really like either of them.  I love, love, love it when she makes it.  Taste like home.

5 medium sized gold and red potatoes. (It's what I had)
1 cup of mayo
1 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
1 tsp onion powder
Dash of galic powder
1/2 tsp of celery seed, that's the secret
2 TBSP of dill pickle relish
3 chopped boiled eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and cube potatoes and boil in salt water until tender, do not over cook. Drain and allow to cool.
In a big ole bowl, add potatoes and everthing else,  Mixing carefully as to not break up all the poatoes.  Its a salad yo, not mashed potatoes.  You kinda just have to add and taste to how you like it, but don't skip the celery seed, it's the best!

Pasta salad was nothing special so I won't bore you with the details.  I didn't make my normal pasta salad because the little glass dressing thing was dirty.  It was good, but it wasn't all that.

The brownies that everyone loves is a big lie.  I do have a recipe that Anita gave me to make some from scratch brownies that were amazing, but I didn't have time for all that.  I chopped up 2 hersey bars and threw it in the brownie batter.  Everyone things I'm all Sarah Lee up in here over some boxed brownies.

The Mini Cheesecakes were really good and I totally cheated, but I'm tired so you will have to wait on this recipe because its night night time.

Heres a picture of my adorable little nephew, Julian to hold you over.  Isn't he just a doll!  :)  Thanks for stopping by.

BBQ Bacon Chicken!

Chicken, BBQ and Bacon...does it get any better?  I normally would have grilled the chicken in this recipe, however, my grill is in pieces and at the county dump right now so I had no other option.  RIP grill, you will be missed until I get another one and then I'll trash talk about how you didnt evenly distribute heat anyways and I'm glad you're gone.  Until then, break out the skillets!  

5 BLSL chicken breast
2 TBSP butter 
2 cups BBQ sauce (use whatever we are gonna put a bunch of stuff in it anyways)
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP honey 
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
10 slices of cooked bacon
5 slices of cheese (I used Colby, but use whatever you have in the fridge) 

Season chicken with salt and pepper while melting butter in a skillet.  
Once butter and skillet are hot, hot, hot, lay the chicken in the skillet and just allow to brown for about 30 secs to one min on each side.  
Reduce heat to medium-low and add BBQ sauce, sugar, honey and spices.  Stir together and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes or until the dishwasher is unloaded.  Just be sure the chicken is cooked all the way. 
Once chicken is cook thru, top with 2 pieces of bacon and then the cheese, return the lid to the pot and cook until cheese is melted and serve.  

I really like this, my husband does, too, he just doesn't know it.  If you aren't into spicy cut out the cayenne and red pepper flakes.  We like to endure pain while we eat.  Do what feels right.  

Lazy Chicken Parm

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My husband loves Chicken Parmesan, but when I get hope at 7 or 8 pm breading and frying chicken is not happening, That's why I call it "Lazy".  

4 Tyson spicy frozen chicken patties
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
Spaghetti and Sauce (see previous spicy spaghetti sauce) 

Prepare chicken patties according to instructions, I usually bake them until very crisp.  I spoon about a TSB of the spaghetti sauce on the chicken and then top with cheese.  Return to the oven to melt the cheese and serve with spaghetti and bread.  

The bread that you see in the photo is a slice of french loaf slathered in pesto sauce and then I melt mozzarella cheese on top.  

This is one of my husbands favorite meals and its sooo easy.