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Broccoli Cheese Soup: Panera Bread Copycat Recipe

On Wednesday my sister and I volunteered to make the soup supper to go with the Advent service at church. Before you go thinking I'm some kind of charitable, goodhearted soul, I must tell you that the only reason that I do it is because I LOVE COOKING. In case you hadn't figured that out yet. Okay, so I was like, "Whadaya think, Nemo? Will two huge pots of soup, a crockpot full of barbequed meatballs, five trillion chicken salad sandwiches, fifty thousand and two loaves of bread, and a couple bazillion desserts cover it?" Well, it would have, except everybody had to try a huge bowl of BOTH kinds of soup AND meatballs. Barbequed meatballs in broccoli soup. I had to leave the room. Anyways, we ran out of soup after about ten minutes of serving. So during church I had a sudden inspiration (um, Pastor, if you're reading this, that was a typo. Anways, I burst out of church and ran up to my friend screaming, "Hey guess what!! Yeah. I mean it would be like getting paid to have fun. Okay.

How to Make Proper Barbecue Chicken There's a lot of misconception when it comes to "barbecue." The problem is the word itself. It's used as a synonym for grilling, refers to the grill itself, or to the meat being grilled; it also has a sauce named after it; and sometimes it's just the word for the party itself held outdoors in somebody's backyard. American purists see things a little differently. Which brings us to barbecue chicken, a staple of the summer grill. The sad fact is that often times the answer is no. The problem, and the result, is charred all over the place, a crapshoot for succulence, often dry and sad. I believe good barbecue chicken is low and slow followed by fast and hot; that's the easiest way to achieve fantastic results. This way is a vast improvement over most methods, and won't take all afternoon. the dry rub keeping half the grill hot and half of it cooler, i.e. Then, and only then, we see the appearance of barbecue sauce, when the chicken is essentially finished cooking. (makes 2 cups)

Salted Chocolate “Twix” Bars We’re watching our friend’s cat right now, and it’s a lot of fun. Kramer and I want to get a pet so badly, but I just don’t think that I have the time, energy, or, frankly, money, to take care of an animal the way I would like to. For now, though, it’s just fun to pretend to have a pet for a week. His name is Eddie and he’s pretty funny. I’ve never had a cat before, but Kramer grew up with them so he’s more accustomed to their behavior than I am. My dog at home, Tessa, is always so interested in what you’re up to and even sleeps under the covers at the foot of the bed, which I love and miss so much! These bars really do taste like Twix, and I’m not even exaggerating. Your ingredients. Combine your flour, brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Cut your cold butter into cubes and add to the flour. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until a course mixture forms. Mix in the water and the egg yolk until combined. Spread the caramel over the baked shortbread crust.

Balsamic BBQ Glazed Chicken A homemade balsamic bbq sauce is used to glaze chicken as it’s grilling. The result is tender chicken with a slightly sweet, and tangy taste. Summer is one of my favorite seasons for one simple reason: grilling. We finally invested in a Big Green Egg last year and it completely changed the way I think about grilling. I could go on and on about it, but I won’t, because I’m sure I’ll be talking plenty about it in a few months when it’s not cold and wet here in the Midwest, and we actually get out to use it. In the mean time, I used a grill pan to grill up some Balsamic BBQ Glazed Grilled Chicken, and steak. This recipe is all about the balsamic bbq sauce that you use to baste the chicken while it’s grilling. While I used a grill pan with great success, I know this recipe would turn out even better using a grill. Is anyone else just itching for Spring to arrive? Prep Time: 5mn Cook Time: 35mn Total Time: 40mn

Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests Confession: sometimes I’m a brat. This is totally true. Sometimes I’m sleepy, my eyelids are heavy and I just want my way, like, right now. Currently, if I could get my way in all things life, this is how it’d go: 1. More hours in the day for me to work and say hi to friends. 2. 3. 4. When I’m sensing my brattiness is taking over my usual good and positive nature, I gotta put myself in check. Like any good thing, it starts with a good amount of carbs. The trick I found to crispy hash browns/latkes, etc. is you must sprinkle the potatoes with a bit of salt, let them stand and then squeeze out the moisture. Next you’re going to add some good stuff to the potatoes like a shallot, garlic, some pepper, paprika. Add a few tablespoons of the potato mixture to the muffin cups, and lining the bottoms and sides using your fingers. You want to make sure they’re compact as possible. Oven time! After about 12 minutes, they’ll look like this situation below. More oven time! Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

Vampire Cookies Every year I see lots of Halloween cupcakes and cakes that are rather boring in their decorations. They may have faces of ghosts or vampires painted on top with colored icing, but that really doesn’t do much to set them apart from non-holiday cupcakes. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I think it’s fun to go over-the-top where ever possible and really take decorations as far as they can go. I did this last Halloween by creating Vampire Cupcakes – cupcakes filled with a blood-red cherry pie filling that “bled” when you bit into them. Like the cupcakes, I wanted the cookies to be a pale white color and filled with something bright red. I made the bite marks by poking two holes in the dough with a toothpick before baking. The cookies have a light vanilla and butter flavor to them, and are the perfect color to really set off the red of the filling. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Makes 2 dozen.

Ad Hoc Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe March 2, 2010 nothing beats fried chicken and waffles! My love for fried chicken, much like my love for noodles, is not very discerning. I can definitely tell the difference between good and bad noodles and chicken, but my love is so all-encompassing that I can forgive faults easily. Chang’s Fried Chicken in Octo Vinaigrette is pretty damn tasty, but one fried chicken recipe in the whole book just leaves me wanting more. salt, flat leaf parsley, lemon, honey, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, thyme for brine Even if they were in the book, knowing Chang, the recipes would be multi-day, multi-step processes. People on the internet have long been singing the praises of Keller’s fried chicken so I couldn’t wait to try it. cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, flour for coating Keller cooking style is precise, detailed and well-thought out, as is reflected in his Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe. flour coating all ready to fry seriously good! Ingredients Brine Directions

The Perfect Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe The perfect cookie dough truffles are so easy to make and perfect for entertaining or enjoying as a treat. Cookies hold a definite place of distinction around my house – from our chewy chocolate chip cookies to out of this world peanut butter cookies and let’s not even think about forgetting my absolute favorite cookie dough dip. They all are our favorites. So, I decided I’d combine some flavors from our chewy chocolate chip cookies and my chocolate chip cookie dough dip to make the perfect cookie dough truffles recipe. Let me just go ahead and tell you now, when you pop one of these babies in your mouth, you immediately feel like a kid again sneaking a little bite of the cookie dough. Err… well… I at least did. The best part? I left a few out for all of us to enjoy and then boxed the rest up for her to keep in her freezer so she could enjoy them whenever she needed a little nibble of cookie dough truffles. Here’s how I make my cookie dough truffles. The Perfect Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe

How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom: 24 steps (with pictures) Reader Approved Four Parts:Applying Feng Shui to Your BedAvoiding Negative EnergyCreating Balance Through ColorsMaking Other ConsiderationsCommunity Q&A The ancient Chinese method of Feng Shui helps us to balance our homes and create happier, more successful lives, room by room. We often turn our attention to the bedroom, the sanctuary where we can rest and recharge. Having the proper Feng Shui in the bedroom can help your romantic life as well as your ability to rest and to feel in control. You have to know how to keep the chi flowing, and how to deflect any negative energy that may enter your room -- and your life. Steps Part 1 Applying Feng Shui to Your Bed <img alt="Image titled Feng Shui Your Bedroom Step 7" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">7Keep your bed far away from any TVs, desks, or other distractions. Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Magic Sauce Recipe I call this the magic sauce recipe. In part, because it makes everything it touches shimmer with deliciousness. It's magic like that. Technically, it's a riff on a chimichurri sauce - one that veered off the rails in a big way. Let's just start by putting one thing out there. It's as versatile as a black dress. - More Herb Recipes - - More Paprika Recipes - - More Quick Recipes - 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste 1 well-crumbled bay leaf pinch of red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon + fine grain sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Gently warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. While the oil is heating, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a mortar and pestle. Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Makes ~2/3 cup. Print Recipe

recipe: sweet & sour chicken I was ridiculously excited when I came across this recipe for homemade sweet and sour chicken. You guys, it is SO GOOD. It’s a little involved with several steps (coating chicken, frying a little bit, then baking) but it is all worth it. Trust me. Start with a plate of chicken breast, cut into chunks. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Mix up your sauce: ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Dip the chicken into cornstarch and then in beaten egg. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and coat all the pieces with the sauce. Bake that for about an hour, turning the pieces once or twice. Serve it all together and enjoy! Sweet and Sour ChickenIngredients 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and pepper 1 cup cornstarch 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup canola oilFor the sauce (1 batch) 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup ketchup 1 cup vinegar 2 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powderPreparation Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks, season with salt and pepper.

Curtis Stone: Pesto Glazed Chicken Curtis demonstrates his easy method for pounding up perfect pesto to use as a glaze for a moist chicken breast. Lightly herbed spaghetti rounds out the meal. Ray Kachatorian total prep To make the pesto: Using a Bump and Grind or another large mortar and pestle smash the garlic into a coarse puree.

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