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Basil Chicken Panini

There is this local "hole-in-the-wall" joint by my house that has this fantastic panini that I get every time I'm there (well, both of the two times I've been there is several years!).  Simple sandwiches are usually pretty easy to replicate, and this one certainly was.  I think at the restaurant it's literally just called the "Chicken Panini" however it's the ingredients in the description that drew me to it.  At the restaurant it's grilled chicken, basil, diced tomatoes and asiago cheese on buttered sourdough, however when I made it at home I omitted the tomatoes (not a fan) and used delicious Ciabatta from Panera.  Yum, just as declious at home as it was at the restaurant, though without the bar food cost or the nasty cigarette stench.  In fact, it was probably better because the only thing (aside from the tomatoes) that I don't like about the sandwich from the bar is that they use full basil leaves.  I love basil but it's actually a l…

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ah, Chocolate Chip Pancakes how I love thee!  Seriously, there are just times that I absolutely C-R-A-V-E chocolate chip pancakes and big 'ol glass of cold milk.  I found these pancakes while looking through the blog of  Joy the Baker and knew that I had to make them the next time I was craving pancakes.  We had them for dinner but obviously they'd be a fantastic breakfast or addition to brunch.  I, personally, like chocolate chip pancakes with powdered sugar but my husband just used some delicious maple syrup and still loved them.  For a little extra indulgence - some whipped cream and sliced strawberries maybe?!


Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes
Source: Joy the Baker, adapted from BlogChef
Printer Friendly Recipe
Ingredients
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips (depending on how chippy you fee…

Orange Chicken

I'm not a huge fan of Asian foods... I've just never really found much that I like. However, I do occasionally crave the sweeter style chicken dishes like Sesame Chicken or Orange Chicken. Lately I've been wanting to make something new with chicken, but I've also been wanting either Orange or Sesame Chicken. Well, that's something new to make so there you go. Overall we liked this but the 2 complaints I had were that 1.) the chicken wasn't crispy enough and the coating was falling off of some of the pieces and 2.) the sauce ended up SOOO thick and I only used half of the cornstarch thickening agent. I'll make this again at some point and then I'll use less thickener and maybe not simmer the chicken in the sauce so long - just fry it thoroughly and then toss with the sauce before serving.



Asian Orange Chicken
Source: All Recipes
INGREDIENTS
Sauce:
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

Fresh Pasta

Fresh, homemade pasta always intimidated me but I've been wanting to try it forever. Well, for a few months at least. Anyway - I came, I saw and I kicked it's a$$! Why I was afraid of this I have no idea?! It was so easy and tasted fantastic. AND - I was making this without a pasta roller and it was still that easy. Honestly though, I could not get over how great the fresh pasta tasted. I've always been able to bake great Pasta/Italian dishes but there was always something holding it back from making it taste phenomenal... apparently it was the pasta itself. I'm not saying that I'm going to make fresh pasta everytime I want Spaghetti now, but for canneloni, lasagna, ravioli, etc. I think I may more often than not. Those are meals we typically have on the weekend because they're more time consuming anyway so I may as well spend an extra 20 minutes (not including the dough rest time). It'd totally be worth the effort! I will say one thing though - if you'…

Homemade Oreo's

ccasionally my husband and I both really crave Oreo's. We both want something a little sweet with our lunches so 2 Oreo's will usually suffice. I've had this recipe in my folder to try for a long time now but when I've been craving Oreo's I usually don't have the time to bake anything. Overall I really liked this recipe and they were really easy to make however if I make them again I may modify some. First of all - next time I may try vanilla beans rather than vanilla extract. Though I LOVE vanilla I thought the vanilla would be too overpowering for most people. Secondly, I don't think I baked long enough for the size cookies I made. They were bigger than I anticipated and pretty chewy. Next time I'll make sure to keep them a little smaller and double-check the cooking time. Third, and I'm not really sure about this one, but I couldn't find Dutch Process Cocoa in my grocery store so I used the Hershey's Special Dark, which contains Dutch Pro…

Chicken Spedini

Chicken Spedini is a great recipe that looks like a lot more work than it really is. If you've never had it before it's basically a thin chicken breast, breaded and topped with proscuitto before rolling and grilling. It's cut in to smaller pieces resulting in less cooking time - a great weeknight meal with a simple side, or fancy enough to make a more special meal out of it!Chicken Spedini
Source: Dierberg's School of Cooking (local grocery store with fantastic recipes!)
Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Directions
- Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap; pound chicken gently with mallet until very thin (about 1/8-inch thick).
- On waxed paper, combine bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, lemon peel and garlic.
- In…