Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from December, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Have I ever posted my weekly menus? I don't think so! Anyway, I decided to try this but I may not do this every week (as lately I've been slacking on my menu planning!)

Sun: Meatloaf and Potato Cakes
Mon: Breakfast for Dinner - French Toast, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs
Tues: Chicken and Proscuitto Stuffed Shells
Wed: Hamburger Helper (I just can't help but love it!)
Thurs: Going out with BFF, my husband is on his own
Fri: Pizza
Sat: Hockey Game (go out or eat at the game - yeah Nachos and Beer!!)

Quickest Dinner Ever - Chicken Quesadilla's

Whenever I buy a Rotisserie Chicken I generally make Chicken Quesadilla's. I've never blogged it because it doesn't seem much like a recipe but for a novice cooker, or a kitchen inept husband, this makes a delicious quick snacky type meal.... For us they're perfect to make when we only have about 10 minutes to make dinner because we have a busy night ahead of us (I made these the night "The Dark Knight" came out because we wanted to watch it but since it's not a short movie I wanted a quick dinner so it was 30 minutes from cooking to eating to clean up essentially!)

Chicken Quesadilla's

Ingredients
Flour Tortilla Shells
Shredded Chicken, cooked
Taco Blend Cheese
Taco Seasoning (or your own blend of spices such as: Cumin, Cayanne Pepper, Garlic Powder and Chili Powder)
a little bit of butter

Directions
- Sprinkle desired amount of taco seasoning on shredded chicken and mix well to flavor the chicken
- Heat some butter in a non-stick skillet (med. - med. high hea…

Potato Cakes

A few years ago my husband and I stayed at a hotel for our 5-year dating anniversary and walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner that I actually end up frequenting a lot more now that I work so close to it and it's a great place for a business lunch or meeting place. Anyway, I just remember one of the best meals I've had probably in the last 5 years.... Basic Roasted Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic but then the starcy side - Potato Cakes. Not technically potato pancakes but similar in concept. These were more like Crab Cakes with Potato instead.

Well, given that at this time in my life I really didn't know how to cook I actually emailed the restaurant to see if I could snag the recipe. Low and behold the executive chef actually replied with it a few days later! I've tried making these a few times and have never quite gotten them exactly right but last night was the closest I'd gotten...
The general concept of the dish is to take cold mashed potatoes and mold into p…

Beer Cheddar Risotto

Wow, I loved this! I made it a few weeks ago with some prepackaged bacon-wrapped filets for a hearty winter meal. It was pretty easy to make and it's Risotto so what's not to like?! My husband liked it but wasn't in love with it. But, he's not a huge fan of risotto - he's perfectly content with his rice being just plain white rice.

Also, just an FYI - the leftovers were FANTASTIC with some shredded chicken thrown in while heating up. Yeah, a few people at work were jealous when they smelled it in the good 'ol microwave!

Beer and Cheddar Risotto
http://cookingthisandthat.blogspot.com/2008/08/beer-and-cheddar-risotto.html
Makes 6 servings
Ingredients
1/2 small onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter2+ tablespoons olive oil
2 cups Arborio rice
12 oz. bottle of beer (preferably not light beer)
49.5 ounce can of chicken broth
5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

D…

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

I love spices, my husband loves Snickerdoodles so I thought these would be amazing! Plus, a few years ago when I saw the recipe really all I needed to see was the picture to know that I needed to make these. Well, I'm not sure why it took two flippin years but I finally made these during the annual Holiday Baking Day with my mom, grandma and aunts...

I'm not a huge chocolate fan but I really like these. In my opinion they're actually perfect because they're not too sweet but there is enough chocolate flavor to ensure that I'll really only want 1 cookie. The majority of others like chocolate much more than I do so they may have differing opinions. I know that everyone at our baking day really liked these and my husband did though he admitted he'd rather have a regular Snickerdoodle.

I think I'll make a variation of this recipe again sometime but without the chocolate maybe; just to compare!
Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
Source: Dierberg’s Everybody Cooks; Sept…

Mini Cream Puffs

Rob's brother got engaged and considering he and his fiance live about 13 hours away from the vast bulk of the family we threw them an engagement party the day before Thanksgiving. One of the dishes I made were these mini cream-puffs that I saw in my grocery stores quarterly recipe newsletter. I had considered making mini pumpkin cheesecakes but then my Mother-in-Law mentioned making a pumpkin layer cake she found so I didn't want to go overboard with the pumpkin.... plus, these just sounded so easy (albiet time consuming) and they looked so cute and yummy. I only had one but they definitely were delicious! I'll have to make these again sometime!



Black and White Mini Cream Puffs

Source: Everybody Cooks by Dierberg's (St. Louis area Grocery Store circular)

Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 package (4 servings) instant white chocolate pudding mix
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chi…

White Wine Cheddar Sauce - and Tortellini!

While purusing Katie's blog for ideas I stumbled across this dish and thought the sauce sounded amazing. I adapted the sauce a little for what I was making and to suit mine and Rob's tastes (aka simple)...


White Wine Cheddar Sauce
Adapted from Good Things Catered (Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli in a White Wine Cheddar Sauce

Ingredients
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup roasted garlic paste (made by roasting garlic in oven and squeezing garlic out of skin)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 c. dry vermouth or dry white wine
3 oz. aged reserve cheddar (preferably white), grated (about 1 1/2 c.)
(I added Cayenne Pepper for a little heat)

Directions
-Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
-When just coming to foaming, add garlic paste and cook until fragrant (about 1 min)
-Add flour and cook until beginning to turn golden (about 2 min.)
-Add vermouth and cook until evaporated (about 1 min).
-Stir broth into pan and simmer sauce until slightly thickened (about 2 min).
-Add cheddar and s…