idaho sunrise (baked eggs and bacon in potato bowls) I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
Broccoli Bites for Kids File this under the Onion Soup Mix Recipe category, though there is no Lipton onion soup mix in site. I may even serve these at my next dinner party, they were that good! While babysitting for my 6 year old picky eater niece, I had to come up with a good lunch that would be fun for the two of us to make together. She is not a big broccoli fan (or any vegetable fan), but I told her we would add melted gooey cheese and form the patties with our hands. Please don't laugh when you read this recipe, it is terrific and easy. I made it my own by adding homemade breadcrumbs and fresh chopped steamed broccoli along with lowfat mozzarella cheese mixed with the cheddar. Broccoli Cheese Bites (adapted from My Tasty Treasures & WholeSomeBabyFood.com): 16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli) 1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese 3 eggs salt & pepper 1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells When I'm in my cooking 'zone', creative juices tend to flow and I start throwing random things together so nothing goes to waste. This recipe is a result of using up leftover ingredients I had from other dishes I prepared for the freezer. I figured chicken, pesto and cheese would work with pasta fairly well and so I hoped for the best. We enjoyed these Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells from the freezer and even my husband was impressed how these came out! I come from the school that any good tasting filling is versatile in different applications, whether it be stuffed into baked dough, layered or stuffed with pasta or even used as a pizza topping. This dish came about after realizing I had quite a few leftovers of pesto, cooked and shredded chicken, various cheesse and jumbo pasta shells. Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells original Joelen recipe In a large pot over high heat, boil water and prepare pasta shells as directed on package.
General Tso’s Chicken This recipe for General Tso's chicken has been the most popular on this site since I first posted it in 2009. Month after month it continues to be the most viewed and searched for recipe here. I love that so many of you, presumably, have visited on a mission to replicate this tasty dish from a favorite take-out. Over the past few months, I've been testing and retesting this recipe for my cookbook, and want to share a new revised version. I've loved all your feedback and incorporated some changes that'll make this General Tso's even better. The biggest improvement is in the frying process. (Update: If you've enjoyed this General Tso's Chicken recipe, check out many more Chinese restaurant favorites in my new cookbook The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home.) Almost nobody in Hunan has ever heard of General Tso's Chicken, the most famous Hunan dish in America. You may know the dish as General Tsuo's, or Tzo's or Tao's or some other variation.
Black Magic Cake… Originally I had not planned on blogging this cake, but after the rave reviews from co-workers, I figured it was a must! I made this late Sunday evening and could not get around to photographing it because the ganache had not thoroughly set up before I went to bed. The next morning, it was boxed up and taken to feed the co-workers. I managed to cut one reserve piece before I dashed out of house, just in case it needed to be photographed. Typically when I make cakes, I like to post a photo of the whole cake and then a piece of the sliced cake; however, my snooze hitting ways did not allow me to do this today. I was introduced to this cake via a cooking/baking forum; it was receiving rave reviews, so of course I had to hop on the bandwagon and give it a try. Apparently the coffee is used to bring out the flavor of the chocolate – making it more prominent as opposed to flat and one dimensional. The result is the most decadent, moist, delicious cake that will ever cross your lips! Notes:
Stromboli I know lots of people are gearing up for the Super Bowl this weekend. Good times, yummy snacks, and funny commercials. If you're looking for another recipe to throw amongst your spread, look no further... this Stromboli is guaranteed to please a crowd! When I saw a guest post at Liv Life for Football Party Stromboli, I knew I had to make it for Matt. To say my husband likes football (or any other sport for that matter) would be an understatement. Kim's post called for frozen dough, which is definitely an option if you're looking for a little less preparation. IngredientsYields 2 loaves 1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast 1 1/3 cups warm water (110° to 115°) 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp salt 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour Filling:The quantities below are for 1 Stromboli. Directions In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water. Punch dough down.
Hasselback Potatoes These Hasselback potatoes looks beautiful, don't' they? Here, I also added several cloves of garlic to these Swedish version of baked potatoes to enhance the flavor. It turned out great, they were very delicious, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.. Updated: November 26th 2013 This is an updated post with a new video guide on How To Slice Hasselback Potatoes Hasselback Potatoes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 6 Medium Size Potatoes 2 - 3 Cloves Garlic, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 30 g Butter Maldon Sea Salt Freshly Ground Black Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 220˚C (425˚F). Arrange the potatoes in a baking tray and insert the garlic in between the slits. Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes turn crispy and the flesh is soft.
Chili & Cheese Macaroni Comfort food is always welcome on the table. In our house, we love macaroni and cheese along with the different variations. To prove it, I shared 12 mac & cheese recipes along with a version using buttermilk not too long ago. So here's another version to add to our growing list of mac & cheese variations. This time, I incorporated some favorite hot dog toppings, chili and cheese. This Chili & Cheese Macaroni brings together all the spice of chili and the creamy goodness of melted cheese. Chili & Cheese Macaroni recipe slightly adapted from Cook's Illustrated table salt 1/2 pound elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked pasta) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85% lean) 2 medium onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 12 oz Colby Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
Twice Baked Potatoes, Two Ways Hiiii Abby!!! This blog post is dedicated to Abby. Abby emailed me a few weeks ago requesting a recipe that could be made in the microwave. You see…Abby is shacking it up in a dorm this year with only two kitchey-type tools at her disposal: a microwave and a mini-fridge. No biggie, Abby; I got you, gurrrrl! Meet the Twice Baked Potatoes. I made ‘em two ways: decadent and amazing (bacon, cheddar, jalapenos, sour cream) and healthy and good (yogurt, chives, zucchini). I’m not even gonna pretend the healthy way tastes better. You’re gonna start by forking the potatoes. Now, pretend you’re in a video game. If you’re going right (oven), then put them on a baking sheet, season them with salt, pepper and olive oil and bake. If you’re going left (microwave), you’re going to place them on a microwave safe plate, season them with salt, pepper and olive oil and nuke. (Directions for both are below!) This is what potatoes look like when they come out of the oven/microwave. Thrilling picture, isn’t it? P.S.
Roasted Garlic Pizza I had originally un-published this post as part of the purge but after repeated emails asking where the post went, I decided to re publish. Ever since I tried kickpleat's pizza dough recipe, we've had different pizzas probably once a week. Our favorite, however, is the roasted garlic. Try it - and please, let me know what you think!! The Easiest Pizza Dough In The Worldeverybody loves sandwiches 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)1 cup warm water2 1/2 cups flour1 teaspoon honey1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons olive oilcornmeal Preheat oven to 400F. Sprinkle baking sheet with cornmeal and press dough into it to your desired thickness. Roasted Garlic Pizza 1 recipe Easiest Pizza Dough In The World1 head garlicolive oilsalt & peppershredded mozzarella cheeseoregano Preheat oven to 400F. Keeping head of garlic whole, peel away loose papery exterior. Once garlic is cool enough to handle, unwrap from foil and place on cutting board (not wood, preferably).
Turkey Ricotta Meatballs Recipe Ricotta cheese is the “secret ingredient” in these turkey meatballs to keep them ultra moist! Healthy, and delicious! If you take a look around CenterCutCook, not a single turkey recipe can be found! Of course, you could sub ground turkey in recipes like this one for Mexican Pizzas or this one for Enchiladas, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve always been a little afraid to cook with turkey. I’ve used it in the past with okay results, but I always found myself thinking “this would have been better with ground beef.” While I was in college, I met a lovely lady named Katie. I’m SO excited to share this recipe with you today, because for the first time, I found a turkey recipe that didn’t leave me thinking, “this would’ve been better with beef!” Once again, as with the Tomato Basil Chicken I made last week, I was able to snip some fresh basil and parsley from my backyard. Notes: These meatballs are delicious in several forms. Prep Time: 15mn Cook Time: 25mn Total Time: 40mn
Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella I love me some pasta. Look no further than here for evidence of that. This baked penne dish is among good company…and it can definitely hold its own. Tender pasta is smothered in a smoky mozzarella cream sauce and littered with delicious chunks of chicken, vibrant broccoli and tart sun-dried tomatoes. One Year Ago: Chicken Spiedie SandwichesTwo Years Ago: Peanut Butter Crunch Snack BallsThree Years Ago: Chocolate Scotcharoos Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella Note: See the asterisk below the recipe for make-ahead directions. Ingredients Topping: 3/4 cup bread crumbs (store-bought or make your own) 2 tablespoons butter, melted Filling: Directions In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and butter and set aside. Notes *The casserole can be prepared in advance with the following steps: after the broccoli is removed from the boiling water, plunge it into a bowl of ice water and cool completely. Printed from Mel's Kitchen Cafe (www.melskitchencafe.com)
Lasagna Stuffed Shells Recipe | Poormet Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant I order one of two things, lasagna or some sort of alfredo. It is something I could eat everyday but am too lazy to make it at home… ever… it just takes too damn long. So, in an attempt to decrease the time it takes to make lasagna (and because I stumbled across a post somewhere) I was going to do some sort of lasagna spin-off. Well, I couldn’t find what I was looking for in the store, and these giant shells were on sale so I decided to stuff them with everything that is in lasagna. This did not save me anytime at all. I can’t really call a post mine without there being some disgusting looking mixture of ingredients. The meat mix was half ground beef half sweet sausage. Next up, I got the sauce rolling and started cooking the shells according to their box. The sauce was stole from “The Worlds Best Lasagna” on allrecipes: onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and sugar. Bored of regular lasagna? Ingredients 1/2 pound Ground Beef
Behind the Bites: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos During the holidays, most of us attend multiple gatherings. Chances are at least one of those parties will be a potluck dinner. The first time I made a dish for a potluck was during my first Christmas living in New York City. I started with taco meat, then added cheese. I took it to the party and the only person to try it was the one known as “the crazy old man” in the editorial art department. My culinary skills have improved since then and for this recipe, I create a potluck dish made in a slow cooker. BEHIND THIS BITE I made these for the first of many Christmas parties this year. I really love crock pot tacos. These were perfect for the party. Eat well, cook often ...THE RECIPE Makes 40 tacos; 4 hours, 30 minutes 5 lbs Chicken breast, boneless 1 can Tomatoes, diced, drained (28 oz) 1 can Black beans, rinsed (15 oz) 1 can Corn, drained (15 oz) 1 C Onion, diced 1 C Tomato sauce (15 oz) 2 Jalapeños, sliced 2 Tbs Chili powder 1 Tbs Cumin