Monday, September 27, 2010

Sept 27

250. Honey Bun Cake

*yellow cake mix
*3/4 cup vegetable oil
*4 eggs
*1 cup sour cream
*1 cup brown sugar
*1 TBSP cinnamon

*2 cups powdered sugar
*4 TBSP milk
*1 TBSP vanilla

Preheat oven to 325
In a large bowl mix together cake mix, oil, eggs and sour cream
Stir about 50 strokes until the large lumps are out
Pour half into a pan, I used a bunt pan
Pour the brown sugar and cinnamon
Pour the half over it and then swirl it
Bake for 40 minutes
Frost while hot

To make frosting mix together powder sugar, milk and vanilla!

251. Honey Pecan Chicken

We had company over! This was a hit with everyone!

*2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/8 tsp pepper
*1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
*1 tsp minced garlic
*1 TBSP butter
*3 TBSP honey
*3 TBSP chopped pecans

Brown chicken in butter in non stick skillet
Add garlic and reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until cooked through
Drizzle with honey and sprinkle pecans

252. Mac and Cheese

so this was in a mag  that I read and I thought I would try it. It was ok. I was not overly in love with it. My daughter does not like Bacon. I know strange right! At least we made it through dinner with a guest without screaming and almost no crying!

*1/2 lb elbow mac
*3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 in pieces
*3 eggs
*12 on evaporated milk
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp cayenne
*1/4 tsp nutmeg
*1 1/2 cup cheddar
*1 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese
*1/2 cup Parm cheese

Cook salt water and add noodles
Preheat oven to 475
cook bacon until its crispy
drain the noodles and add the bacon to the pot
mix together the eggs, milk, salt, cayenne, nutmeg and cheeses
pour into pan and bake until bubbling about 14 minutes

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sept 26

245. Honey Glazed Pork

this was so good and we all really liked it.

*1/3 cup honey
*2 TBSP soy sauce
*1 TBSP brown sugar
*2 TBSP sesame oil
*TBSP balsamic vinegar
*2 pork tenderloins

Preheat oven to 450
In a bowl mix honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and vinegar
Place the tenderloins on a roasting pan cook for 15 minutes
Take out and lower heat on oven to 350
Baste with honey sauce
Cook for 45 minutes

246. Beef Pot Roast

This was good. It was easy and tasty!

*2 tsp olive oil
*4 lb chuck roast
*1 onion chopped
*2 cloves garlic minced
*2 bay leaves
*1 tsp satl

Preheat over to 325
Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat
Add oil and sear meat for 4 minutes on each side
Arrange onion, garlic and bay leave on the bottom of the pan
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover
Cook for 30 minutes
Reduce heat to 300 and cook for 1 1/2 hours

247. Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

My sister in law sent this to me and we all loved it. the kids really liked it and I have noticed this year that Elise really likes Broccoli

*4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
*salt and pepper
*4 TBSP butter
*1 onion chopped fine
*1/4 cup flour
*1 cup chicken broth
*1/2 cup heavy cream
*1/2 cup dry sherry
*1 1/2 lb broccoli florets
*1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Heat the boiler
Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper
Melt 1 TBSP butter in a large non stick skillet over medium high heat
Cook chicken until golden brown about 3 minutes per side
Transfer to a plate
Add the remaining butter and onion to empty skillet and cook over medium heat until onion is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes
Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute
Whisk in broth, cream and sherry and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes
Return chicken to skillet, reduce heat to low and cover
Cook until cooked through, about 15 minutes
Transfer to boil safe baking dish
Meanwhile, microwave broccoli, covered in a bowl for 2-4 minutes
Add broccoli and 1 cup cheese to skillet
Season with salt and pepper and pour broccoli mixture over chicken
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and broil until browned, about 4 minutes

248. and 249....not so well! Maybe next week!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

sept 19...again

242. Lemon Lime Cookies

I saw this recipe in a book I was reading and I thought maybe I would give it a try. Elise has never liked a cookie and I am on the hunt for one she will eat. Well, she loves these. We all really liked them and you can make them in any flavor

*1 package of Kool Aid powder, any flavor
*1 2/3 cups sugar
*1 1/4 cups softened butter
*2 eggs
*1/2 tsp salt
*1 tsp baking soda
*3 cups flour
*1/2 cup sugar

Mix the Kool Aid and sugar together and add the sugar until its fluffy
Add the eggs and mix well
Mix in the salt and baking soda
Add the flour in half-cup increments
Make into 2 tsp balls and roll in the 1/2 cup sugar
Bake for 10-12 minutes

243. Mini Deep Dish Pizza

The kids thought that these were really cute and we did not have cut up pizza!

*premade or home made pizza dough
* pizza sauce
*shredded mozzarella cheese
*pizza toppings

Preheat oven to 425
Place squares of dough into muffin pans
add the pizza sauce and cheese
top with whatever your family likes
Cook for 12 minutes, mine cooked fast!

244. Pad Thai

It was ok. I wont waste you time or mine to type it out!

Sept 19

239. Broccoli Chicken Divan

This was good and while I was making Elise was telling me that she hated it. She was not going to eat it. I braced for a battle and then she ate it all and asked for seconds. So she loved it. Both kids ate it all!

*1 lb chopped fresh broccoli
*1 1/2 cup cubed, cooked chicken
*1 can cream broccoli soup
*1/3 cup milk
*1/2 cup shredded cheese
*1 TBSP melted butter
*2 TBSP Dried bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 450
Place broccoli in saucepan and cover with water
Bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes
Place broccoli in a 9 inch pie plate, I used a square baker
Top with chicken
In a bowl mix milk and soup and pour over chicken
Top with cheese
Melt the butter and mix in breadcrumbs and then sprinkle on top
Cook for 15 minutes

240. Key Lime Pie

This is so yummy. I love key lime pie and its really not hard to make.

*1 cup white sugar
*1/4 cup flour
*3 TBSP cornstarch
*1/4 tsp salt
*2 cups water
*3 eggs
*1 TBSP butter
*1/4 cup key lime juice
* pie crust
*1/4 tsp cream of tarter
*6 TBSP sugar

Preheat oven to 425
Separate the eggs
beat the yolks and set the whites aside
Combine the 1 cup what sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan
Gradually stir in the water
Cook over medium heat until thickened
Gradually stir in the sugar mixture into the egg yolks, beating constantly
Return mixture to saucepan and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
Stir in butter and lime juice
Let mixture cook slightly
Beat the egg whites until light and fluffy
Add the cream of tarter and continue beating until stiff peaks form
Gradually beat in the 6 TBSP of sugar until meringue is stiff and glossy
Pour the lime mixture into the pie crust
Spread meringue over, make sure the push it to the sides
Cook for 6-7 minutes

241. Thyme Roasted Chicken 

This was good and took almost no time. Plus I used the left over chicken for the Chicken Divan!

*1 small chicken
*salt and pepper
*2 lb potatoes cut into quarters
*olive oil

Preheat oven to 425
Clean the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper and thyme
Place in a pan and nestle potatoes around the chicken
Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
Cook for 1 hour or until temp is 165
Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sept 17

237. Sweet Mustard Chicken Bake

This was so good and easy to make. The kids liked it and it was a god quick meal!

*4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
*1/2 cup honey
*1/4 cup dijon mustard
*1/2 cup butter, melted
*black pepper

Preheat oven to 350
Mix everything together and pour over chicken
Bake, basting frequently for 45 minutes

238. Biscuit Pizza bake

we had this earlier in the week and Eli and Dave really liked it. I thought that it was fine. Elise was not a fan. To be fair, we has been only eating oatmeal, kraft cheese slices and mac n cheese....So I cant judge based on her.

*1 lb ground beef
*2 tubes refrigerated biscuits
*1 can pizza sauce
*1 cup chopped bell peppers
*1/2 cup chopped onion
*1 can mushrooms, drained
*1 package pepperoni
*1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
*1 cup shredded cheddar

In a large skillet, cook the beef over medium heat (I would cook the onions in with this. I do not like the taste of raw onions and they needed to be cooked more)
Quarter the biscuits and place in a 3 quart baking dish
Top with pizza sauce
Drain beef and place in dish over pizza sauce
Layer with peppers, onion (if you did not cook with beef), mushrooms, pepperoni and cheeses
Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes

Saturday, September 11, 2010

228. Pesto eggs

*1 TBSP veg oil
*1 egg
*1/4 cup cheddar, shredded
*salt and pepper
*1/2 tsp pesto

Heat oil over medium heat
In a bowl beat egg, cheddar, salt and peeper together
Pour into pan and stir for 3-5 minutes
Stir in pesto

229. Spicy Meatballs

*1 lb ground beef
*1 lb sausage, crumbled
*salt and pepper
*1/2 (or more) seasoned breadcrumbs
*1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
*pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix together and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
Here is a trick that I do. I make them into meatballs and throw them in a large stock pot. Then I pour sauce in with the meatballs and cook them in the sauce. I cook them over low for maybe 45-50 minutes. They are so good and its really easy.

230. Seafood Skillet

We had this the other night and it was really good. Elise did not care for the bell peppers in the rice but other than that it was good. I did not love it as much as dave since I am a not a huge fan of Coconut!

*3 strips of bacon, chopped
*1 lb small bay scallops
*1/2 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*1 can coconut water
*1/4 cup water
*2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp res pepper flakes
*1 bell pepper chopped, any color
*2 cups instant rice

In a large non stick skillet cook bacon for 4 minutes, over medium heat
Add scallops, shrimp and garlic; cook over medium high heat for 4 minutes
Add coconut water, water, bouillon, salt and red pepper flakes
Bring to boil
Add peppers and simmer for 3 minutes
Stir in rice, cover and remove from heat
Let stand, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or into liquid of absorbed

231. Peanut Butter cookies

Today is Eli's fifth birthday party and we thought this year we would only do cake and ice cream. So I thought I would make some cookies to go with it. So all morning I will be making cookies

*1 cup butter
*1 cup peanut butter
*1 cup white sugar
*1 cup brown sugar
*2 eggs
*2 1/2 cup flour
*1 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp salt
*1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars
Beat in eggs
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
Stir into batter
Put batter in fridge for one hour
Heat oven to 375
Roll into 1 inch balls, flatten with fork, making the criss cross
bake for 10 minutes, Do NOT over bake!

232. Chocolate covered marshmallow cookies

I made these too big and we did not have enough for the party. I will put a note in how to make them smaller!

*1/4 cup, plus 2 TBSP flour
*1/4 cup, plus 2 TBSP whole wheat flour
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp baking soda
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*3 TBSP butter
*3 TBSP brown sugar
*1 large egg
*9 large marshmallows, halved
*9 onces semi sweet chocolate

Preheat over to 350
In a medium bowl whisk together flours, salt, baking soda and powder and cinnamon
In a large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together, until light, about 4 minutes
Add egg and beat to combine
With beaters on low add the flour mixture and beat until combined
Drop dough by Tablespoon.....this will make cookies too big. So maybe a half tablespoon. they should not be huge cookies and mine were
flatten cookies so that they are 2 inches across
Cook for about 7 minutes, rotating pan half way through
Put marshmallow on top and cook for another 2 minutes or until marshmallow is soft.
Heat a glass bowl over a saucepan of water and melt chocolate
dip the cookie into the chocolate and let cool

233. Surprise cookies

these are good!!

*1/2 cup butter, room temp
*3/4 cup powdered sugar
*1 tsp vanilla
*2 1/4 cup flour
*chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350
Beat the butter for 30 seconds
Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, beat until combined
Add the flour and beat
You will need to kneed the dough a little
Roll into 1 inch balls and hind the chocolate chips inside
Bake for 12-14 minutes

You can then frost them or not.
I frosted mine and will put the recipe below and added sprinkles!

234. Icing

*1 cup powdered sugar
*1 TBSP milk
*1/4 tsp vanilla

mix in a small bowl.
You may need some more milk
dip cookies into the bowl to coat the tops
Let dry!

235. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

We love these potatoes. you can get a big bag at Costco and they are not a lot of money!

*2 lb small fingerling potatoes
*6 cloves garlic, crushed
*olive oil, for drizzling, up to 2 TBSP
*Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 500
Spread potatoes over a cookie sheet
scatter garlic
Coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
Roast for 20 minutes

236. Mozzarella Chicken

*4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
*1/4 cup butter
*salt and pepper
*4 slices mozzarella cheese
*1 egg, beaten
*2 cups flour
*1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
*1/4 cup butter
*2 tsp minced garlic
*1 cup dry white wine

Preheat over to 350
Please chicken between two pieces of wax paper and pound to 1/4 inch thick
Spread with butter over inside and season with walk and pepper
Place slice of cheese on breast and roll and close with toothpicks
Dip breasts in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs
Place in a 9x13 baking dish
To make sauce: in saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter and add garlic
Add wine and simmer
Pour over chicken and bake for 30-45 minutes

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sept 6

223. Chocolate Cake

It is a good basic cake that you can so a lot with! We all really liked it.

*1 package (18.25 ounces) devil's food cake mix with pudding
*1 cup sour cream
*1/2 cup vegetable oil
*3 large eggs

Mix together with a mixer
Spread in a 9x13 pan
Cook for 20-25 minutes at 350
Test with a tooth pick!!!

224. Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

As our friend Jason said, It taste like a wendys frosty. and it does!

*1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
*8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
*1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
*1 teaspoon pure almond extract 

*4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Mix the first four together until creamy
Add the powdered sugar in slowly. 

225. Lasagna

It was good! I like the one I normally make more but oh well!

*1 lb ground beef
*1 lb sausage, out of casing
*1 small onion chopped
*2 cloves garlic minced

*box of lasagna noodles (you may not need the whole box)
*1 container of ricotta cheese
*1 tsp Italian season
*1 TBSP parsley 
*1 egg
*1 LB mozzarella
*1 cup parm cheese

Ground the sausage, beef, onion and garlic together
Either you can make your own sauce or use jarred. (tonight I used jarred sauce)
Mix sauce with drained meat
Mix the ricotta, egg, parsley, It. seasoning and salt and pepper together
In hot water soak the noodles for 15 minutes. (this way you dont have to cook them.)
In a pan layer meat and sauce, then noodles, then ricotta and top with cheese
Repeat until you have used everything. I only did two layers!

226. Garlic bread

*1 cup warm water
*1 TBSP butter
*1 TBSP fry milk powder
*1 TBSP sugar
*1 1/2 tsp salt
*1 1/2 TBSP parsley
*2 tsp garlic powder (I used more)
*3 cups bread flour
*2 tsp dry yeast

Place in bread maker, 1 1/2 lb loaf on basic cycle

227. Garlic butter

*1/2 cup butter
*1/2 tsp minced garlic, I used a little more
*1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*2 tsp garlic salt
*1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
*1/4 tsp pepper
*pinch paprika

Mix together and serve with bread

Sunday, September 5, 2010

220. Steak Pizza

This was so good. I knew that my kids would not eat it so I made them their own I cant tell you if its for kids or not.

*1 steak (I used sirloin)
*1 pre-made pizza crust
*8 ounces provolone cheese
*1 cup grated cheddar cheese
*2 TBSP spicy mustard
*2 tsp Monterey steak seaoning
*half a small onion, chopped
*2 tsp olive oil

In a small skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat
Add half of the steak seasoning and cook until clear
Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on the steak and cook as you like. I just threw it in a skillet
Spread the mustard on the pizza crust
Cover with provolone cheese, then cheddar and top with the steak that has been sliced.
Add onion and cook for 7 minutes

221. Pie Crust

So I made my own...just buy the stuff from Pillsburry! I am not going to lie. It was just as good and so much easier to make.

222. Ginger Salmon

So there is a song by Barenaked Ladies, its on the kids cd. The guys talk about things they like and dont like. In the song one of the guys I dont like we can not tell Elise what this fish is!

*2 tsp olive oil
*1 TBSP honey
*1 TBSP Dijon mustard
*2 tsp ginger
*1 lb salmon

Mix the olive il, honey, mustard and ginger in a bowl
Brush over salmon
cook for 15-20 minutes in a 350 oven or until fish flakes with a fork

Thursday, September 2, 2010

217. Applesauce

*3 lb apples, peeled, cored and chopped
*3 cups water
*1 cup sugar
*1 TBSP lemon juice

Place apples in a large saucepan and barley cover with water
Simmer over medium low heat until apples are tender 20 minutes
Run through a blender (dont put the water in at first. Blend it as you need it.)
Stir in lemon juice and sugar
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes

218. Lime Steak

This was so good. I let it sit overnight and it was good. The kids liked it, we liked it. You could really taste the lime.

*1/4 cup lime juice
*1 orange juiced
*3 cloves garlic, smashed
*3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
*1/2 cup olive oil
*salt and pepper
*2 lb flank steak

Combine and place steak in marinade 
Grill until medium rare

219. Zucchini Oven chips

So good!!!

*1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
*1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp garlic powder
*1/8 tsp pepper
*2 TBSP milk
*2 1/2 cups sliced zucchini

Preheat oven to 425
Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk
Place milk in shallow bowl
Dip zucchini slices in milk and dredge in breadcrumbs
Place on baking sheet, make sure to spray with cooking spray
Bake at 425 for 30 minutes