peach whiskey bbq chicken

Jan 5, 2012 by

this dish is very simple to throw together, but tastes like it took all day.  it is another dish that i have made a few times before blogging about it.  the most recent time, i used my new favorite kitchen “thing”… my dutch oven. swoon! i was always anti dutch oven.  oh, they’re so expensive… oh, i can do the same thing in a crock pot… oh, i can do the same thing in a pyrex dish with foil over the top.  i’m here to say that i’m a believer in the dutch oven now and am trying to find as many dishes to make in it as possible.  thanks, hubby for the awesome christmas gift! this dish is best served up with some garlic smashed potatoes.  the sauce can be poured over the...

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chex mix

Jan 1, 2012 by

christmas time is definitely a time of year for an excessive amount of sweets.  if you’re like me, you usually need a salty snack to immediately counteract a sweet snack, or vice versa.   chex mix does the trick, every time.  make a large batch and package it up to share with family and friends! this is my mom’s recipe, which was handed down for a few generations.  according to my mom, this recipe comes from the days before store-bought chex mix.  it is much better than the store bought stuff, as most every kind of homemade chex mix is.  it does call for an ingredient called accent… which is pure msg.  i couldn’t not find it in the store (i can’t imagine why! ;))  i did notice a difference in taste w/out the...

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italian chicken soup

Dec 26, 2011 by

after stumbling upon this soup, i have made it THREE different times.  THREE.  that is a lot of times for me to make something in a few months time.  just sayin’.  i have modified the original recipe to make it a bit easier to throw together.  the amts below will work for about 4 people.  double, quadruple, as needed. i have also made a few modifications to the original, mainly with the sauteing oregano in evoo.  for the first time, i didn’t have fresh oregano on hand and used the dried stuff, as a substitution.  it burned and did not turn out all that well.  i never really tried it again and can’t taste that the soup is missing anything.  also, the jalapeño does not add much heat, so don’t be intimidated.  on to...

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egg nog waffles

Dec 24, 2011 by

it’s the time of year for… egg nog, among other things.  i wanted to find a way to incorporate egg nog into our breakfast.  i first tried egg nog french toast, which was a massive fail.  they were very blah.  we went to ihop and devoured egg nog pancakes, which were AWESOME.  so i decided to try egg nog in another one of our favorite breakfast dishes: waffles.  these are a bit cakey, but most definitely egg-noggy and wonderful.  the recipe yields two average sized waffles; double and quadruple, as needed. source: cake and allie 3/4 c flour 1/4 c cornstarch 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 c egg nog 1/3 c vegetable oil 1 egg in a large bowl, whisk together the...

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cheese sauce

Dec 14, 2011 by

this cheese sauce is great.  it is great with chili cheese fries, can be used for dunking pretzel bites, smothered on top of nachos… i’ll bet that it would be great mixed up with some pasta.   the evaporated milk gives it a very smooth texture and the cheese can easily be changed, based on what you’re serving.  try pepper jack with your pretzel bites or nachos.  white cheddar for pasta.  the possibilities are endless! source: seriouseats 8 oz. cheese, grated 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk 2 tsp (or more) frank’s red hot sauce cayenne pepper, to taste in a small bowl, toss cheese and cornstarch, until the cheese is evenly coated.  put in a medium sauce pan. add 2/3 of the can of milk and hot sauce.  add the...

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pretzel bites

Dec 14, 2011 by

who doesn’t love pretzels?  they’re a great snack for just about any occasion.  you find them at the mall while you’re shopping, at the ballpark, at the movie theatre, at home… you get my gist.  this recipe is fairly simple and easy to make.  it just takes a bit of time.  but all great things take time, right? of course, these pretzels do not compare to my aunt linda’s, but they’re still pretty tasty.  she makes the best pretzels on the planet! source: twopeasandtheirpod 1 1/2 c warm water 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 pkg active dry yeast 3 oz butter, melted 2 1/2 tsp salt 4 1/2 – 5 c flour vegetable oil 3 qts water 3/4 c baking soda 1 whole egg, beaten w/ 1 tbsp cold water coarse sea salt in...

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aunt deb’s cheesecake

Dec 13, 2011 by

when i first tried my aunt’s cheesecake, it was love at first bite.  my aunt and i share the same chocolaty sweet tooth, so it was not a huge surprise that this cheesecake is pure awesomeness.  i cannot even begin to describe how perfect this cheesecake is.  it has a very unique blend of light fluffiness, but is still very rich.  you can top it off with fruit topping, chocolate/caramel syrup and/or whipped cream.  or of course, you can eat it plain, because it can definitely hold it’s own! i tried to make a lighter version of the recipe using neufchatel cheese and light sour cream.  it doesn’t affect the texture too much.  so if you want to feel a little less guilty about indulging in this dessert, i’d definitely recommend the substitutions.  the...

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pollo rosa maria

Dec 11, 2011 by

carrabba’s italian grill is one of my all-time favorite restaurants.  there is not a single restaurant to be found anywhere near the lovely state of wa, so i’ve had to take matters into my own hands.  i believe i first made this dish back in october to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.  it took a lot of work to create this dish, but it was most definitely worth it! i made a few tweaks to the original recipe, such as omitting mushrooms… we’re not big mushroom fans.  if you’re also a fellow mushroom hater, you may want to cut down the lemon butter.   other than that one tweak, the recipe is spot on! source: recipesecrets 2 chicken breasts, split for stuffing, seasoned for grilling 2 slices prosciutto ham 1/4 c fontina cheese 1/4...

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