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Hawaiian Style Chicken

I planned on making Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs one day but then neither my husband or I were really in the mood for them and really just wanted a grilled chicken sandwich or something. I went ahead and marinated the chicken as planned and just made some sliders on rolls. Honestly, this chicken was amazing and would have been a fantastic way to make some Hawaiian style chicken kabobs - all I would have had to do was cut the chicken in to cubes, marinate and skewer with some pineapple, bell peppers and red onion...
Hawaiian Style Chicken
Ingredients
2 B/S chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded to about 1/3"
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Directions
- mix together all ingredients (minus chicken) well and pour in to a freezer weight resealable bag
- add chicken, seal bag and toss to coat chicken well
- marinate in refridgerator for 2 hours
- gril…

Chocolate Dessert Pizza

We had the family over for my grandmother's 88th birthday. We kept it pretty simple by ordering pizza since my brother and sister-in-law were in town and my brother misses St. Louis style pizza. In addition to the salad, pizza, wings, 2-types of garlic bread (1 with cheese, one without), there was dessert. In keeping with the pizza theme I made a chocolate pizza. OH.MY.GOD this was good. I must admit I was hesitant that it wouldn't turn out as well as it did because I had a h-e-l-l of a time rolling the dough and it ended up being a thicker crust than I desired. I'm sure it would have been just as good with a thiner crust but if you make this and have as hard of a time as I was then no worries - it'll still be fantastic!



Chocolate Pizza
adapted from this recipe of Giada DeLaurentiis's... my version listed below
Ingredients
2 rolls Pillsbury Recipe Creation Cresent Dough (fave semi-homemade thing EVER)
1/4-1/3 cup Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
2 Tablespoons Mini Cho…

Baked Ravioli

I'm really craving fall foods. Well, not necessarily fall foods per say, more just rich, hearty, warm foods - like a fantastic baked pasta. I typically make lasagna or manicotti/cannelloni when I want a baked pasta but this time I decided to vary it up a smidge. We were recently at an Italian restaurant and I almost ordered the Baked Ravioli because it looked so good, but we were really just there for the bar side of the restaurant so I got a Roast Beef sandwich instead. Ever since though I've been wanting Baked Ravioli. What better way to curb that craving than to make it myself?!

(photo from Martha Stewart)
Baked Ravioli
Adapted from: Martha Stewart
Ingredients
Serves 4 to 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, or oregano
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 pounds store-bought ravioli
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Menu Monday: August 24 - 30

It seems that lately I'm ALWAYS trying to get back in the swing of blogging but honestly, what better way to do so than hold myself accountable with a menu plan....

M: Baked Ravioli
T: Chicken Cordon Blue with Roasted Potatoes
W: TBD
R: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs
F: Tacos
S: Dinner with the family for grandma's birthday...
S: depends on grocery store sales, weather, etc... I'm really looking forward to fall foods!

Sweet 100 - Not as Sweet as Most!

I've been so busy this summer that I haven't cooked much, let alone blogged much. I'm going to try to post a few food related posts until I get back in the swing of cooking though. First up - My Sweet 100 list. I'd seen this going around a LONG time ago and saved the list on my computer for a rainy day. It's not a rainy day but I felt like looking it over anyway.

How the Sweet 100 Works:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

I really don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and this proved just that. I’ve had 35 of the 100 on this list (that I know of as some on the list I don’t know what it is!)

1. Red Velvet Cake
2. Princess Torte
3. Whoopie Pie
4. Apple Pie either topped or baked with sharp cheddar
5. Beignet
6. Baklava
7. Black and White Cookie
8. Seven Layer Bar (also known as the Magic Bar or Hello Dolly bars)
9. Fried Fruit pie (sometim…

Fantastic French Toast

I've recently gotten some of my time to plan, prep and organize back, something for which I am extremely grateful. I've decided that since Sundays are my regular grocery days that I will make sandwiches for lunches most days of the week on Sunday night while dinner is in the oven. Really, it makes sense. I mean really, how hard is it to make a sandwich? To make 6-8 sandwiches for my husband and I to grab quickly in the morning to throw in our lunch takes just a few extra minutes than making one, PLUS, we don't have to worry about it in the morning when I've inevitably overslept. Well, I started this back up last weekend and realized that with he and I using a different bread we had a lot of leftover bread that we'll just snack on - may as well put that to good use. I could have made croutons, but we don't eat a lot of salads, I could have made fresh breadcrumbs but I didn't need any, I could have had sandwiches on the menu, but as you read we've been ea…