All posts tagged: recipe

Garlic Herb Chicken and Orzo

I’ve been on a quest lately to add more (good) recipes to my regular rotation, the process has been fun. I think my family members are happy too! I was getting bored with the meals I was cooking and presenting and I think they were bored with the regular dishes we were eating. All good. After looking at several different recipes on Pinterest for chicken and orzo, I came up with this. I love putting my personal flavor touches on already good recipes. This dish is quite tasty. Finish your plates with a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice and bit of fresh chopped curly parsley for flavor pop and presentation. This dish does not disappoint, promise! Ingredients…, 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 6-8 tenderloin pieces) 3 cloves garlic chopped 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 1 cup uncooked orzo Lemon wedges Chopped curly parsley Instructions… …

A Fine Hot Chocolate Is Life

Recently I have been obsessed with serving up a fine hot chocolate and with a giant marshmallow or two to boot! To be honest this obsession started a few weeks ago, I was watching yet another Hallmark movie (can’t seem to stop from watching these feel good, happy happy gems), in the movie there are a few quite warm and fuzzy scenes in which the featured stars are seen drinking some of the most delectably looking mugs of hot chocolate ever. After conducting some research on the finest of hot chocolates, I came up with this simple but divine goodness. Here’s all you need. Now I am no Chocolatier, but that bar of chocolate up there, sure helped to create some mighty fine goodness. By the way, by all means use whole milk if that’s what you have on hand. Serves 3/4 Ingredients Milk (2 cups) 1 4oz chocolate bar 1/4 tsp vanilla Your favorite huge marshmallows Process… In a medium pot heat 2 cups milk to warm Add in a half bar of good …

The King’s Supreme Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe could not be easier. I took an already great recipe I found on the web and tweaked it to my liking while considering what I had on hand in my kitchen, Peanut Butter Banana Bread it is! I am playfully calling it the King’s (as in Elvis) because from what I understand he loved the combo… bananas and peanut butter, yum! I must say this bread is delicious, it is deliciously decadent , but not too sweet and I mean that in a good way. The peanuts and peanut butter give it a great depth of flavor. Had to give you an inside look, plus… I had to have a test 😉 slice. Oh so good. Ingredients 3 very ripe bananas 1/3 cup melted butter 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 beaten egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanut 1/4 cup peanut butter pinch of salt Process Preheat oven to 350 Butter a glass loaf pan In a mixing bowl mash the bananas …

Grandma Jean’s Milk Gravy

Want a yummy and comforting food treat for breakfast? Try my mother in laws Milk Gravy the next time you are craving biscuits and gravy. It is so delicious! I never knew milk gravy existed during my pre-mom-in-law days long ago. Boy, was I missing out on a whole lot of yummy goodness Nothing wrong with a food treat, cheat meal, right? All in moderation, that’s key. Here’s just about all you need, but don’t forget the pepper. Start your roux (roux = a fancy culinary term for your thickening agent here) Cook your bacon and set aside the fat (drippings). I made 6 thick cut slices and it rendered about 1/2 cup fat. After adding in the milk bring the mixture to a soft boil All thickened up I made it easy on myself, store bought definitely works. I used the same cookie sheet that I cooked the bacon on (after the bacon fat is drained off) to cook the biscuits. This gives the biscuits a slight and oh so nice bacon flavor. Top …

Broccoli Casserole

I came across a similar recipe on facebook. After doing some recipe research I came up with my own version. This comes together quickly. Pop it in the oven and you’ll be free to tend to the rest of your meal prepping. Ingredients 4 cups fresh chopped broccoli 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 egg, beaten 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese, grated 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated 1/4 cup crushed croutons, I used a mixed type with both dark pumpernickel and light croutons. I crushed them myself. First I placed a few handfuls of croutons in a plastic ziplock bag, then I used the back of a stainless steal measuring cup to crush them. (primitive yes, but it worked) Process Preheat oven to 375 Combine the broccoli, cream of chicken soup, mayo, egg, salt and pepper. Mix well. Place mixture into a small casserole dish, I used an 8 x 4 dish Top with the grated cheese Next, sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs …

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the finished dish. I served it over spaghetti noodles, you could use any type of pasta here, regular or whole wheat of course. This really has a special depth of flavor, it is so very good. I think I will add this to my list of dishes, good enough to entertain with! Chop your onion small y’all :), just to be sure you end up with completely softened cooked onions in your finished dish. 4-6 cloves of garlic is perfect, I left them whole you can certainly chop them if you prefer. Fresh is best in my book, but dried herbs work just fine. I’m lucky in that in my neck of the woods (So. Cal.) rosemary bushes grow like crazy. Here is the mix ready to cook… After searching the web for an authentic chicken cacciatore recipe I opted to follow Ms. DeLaurentiis lead for the most part, except, my version is made in the crockpot. I adlibbed on a few things. I also took a few ideas from Saveur, one of my …

Tamales 101

Well it’s that time of year, I woke up early this morning to get my batch of goodness done. Tamales at Christmastime are a tradition in my family. I can remember my paternal grandmother making them with my mom every Christmas season when I was child. My mom continued the tradition… now all 7 of my siblings try to carry on this holiday family tradition. In years past I’ve turned my tamales making into an event of sorts, inviting my daughters, cousins and grandkids to join the fun. I planned Christmas crafts for the littles and breakfast time treats for all. I would recommend doing this as a way of ringing in the holidays with loved ones and cooking ahead, if you have the time. Cooked tamales actually freeze very well. Today I have been lucky enough to have my mother in law’s influence in the tamale-making department and that’s a very good thing! I believe hers are thee best. Her masa (the outer shell of the tamale) is always spot on. The thickness of …