peanut ginger chicken

Jun 11, 2013 by

grilling season is my favorite.  i have a hubster that loves to grill, and does a fine job, i might add.  it is easy.  i whip up a marinade the day before and boom dinner is halfway done.  but i mostly love grilling because it means less dishes.  i’ve come a long ways from when i was little and would only eat hot dogs from the microwave.  even when we went camping.  (can you really count it as camping when you’ve got a microwave in the camper?) i am a sucker for peanut butter.  usually, i just eat it with a spoon… from the jar and never really imagined it in a marinade.  but it is very tasty.  you should give this recipe a try.  and definitely make the salsa to go with it!...

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pizza rolls

Jan 15, 2012 by

the super bowl is just around the corner, and these definitely need to find a spot on your spread.  they’re basically a dinner roll, made with pizza dough and filled with cheese and pepperoni.  i tried a new pizza dough recipe for this, and the key ingredient is honey.  it’s a different dough than my chicago style dough, but it is perfect for rolls.  next time i want to add a bit of rosemary to change things up. slightly adapted from: the doctor’s kitchen 1 c warm water 1 tbsp honey 1 packet yeast 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil mozzarella cheese, cubed pepperoni slices evoo, to top rolls italian seasoning, to top rolls parmesan cheese, to top rolls combine honey and warm water in a bowl.  sprinkle...

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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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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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seven layer dip

Feb 19, 2011 by

this isn’t a very pretty seven layer dip.  but it’s a lot of fun to make, especially if you go all out and make your guac and pico from scratch.  i won’t list measuring amounts for this recipe, but if you follow the amts from my refried beans, pico and guac recipes, you will have enough for a 9 x 13″ pan. here’s what you’ll use: refried beans shredded cheese sour cream guacamole shredded cheese, part ii pico de gallo black olives spread the refried beans in the bottom of your serving dish. sprinkle shredded cheese on top. carefully spread sour cream on top of the cheese.  i put the dish in the fridge at this point and prepped the guac and pico. spread guac on top of the sour cream.  i used a potato...

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spinach artichokeless dip

May 1, 2010 by

i’m all for food that is cheesy and delicious.  this definitely fits in that category.  when we go to applebee’s, tom normally orders the appetizer sampler platter and shares his spinach artichoke dip with me, so i can pick out the artichokes for him.   it’s a win-win situation.  you can easily add artichokes to this recipe, just drain a can of them and chop them up into bite sized pieces.  we keep things artichoke free around here, though. 🙂 you could use the base and make a seafood dip substituting the spinach for crab meat, lobster pieces and shrimp.   i’ll have to try that next! 1/2 jar of roasted garlic alfredo sauce 1/3 c grated parmeggiano reggiano cheese 1 1/2 c grated mozzarella cheese 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed...

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pizza dip

Feb 23, 2010 by

this is a very delicious recipe from my aunt debbie.  i’m sorry for the quality of this iPhone photo*, it just doesn’t do this dip justice.  you’ll have to try it for yourself! *edited on 1/1/2012 – updated and added pics! 8 oz. cream cheese 1/3 c sour cream 1 tsp oregano 1/8 tsp garlic powder 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 c pizza sauce 1/2 c pepperoni* 1/4 c green onion* 1/4 c green pepper* 1/2 c mozzarella cheese *other toppings of your choice may be substituted. preheat oven to 350°. beat first five ingredients in a small bowl using mixer.  spread in a pie dish. spread pizza sauce over top. chop pepperoni, green onion and green pepper.  sprinkle on top. bake for 10 min. shred cheese and put on top. bake for...

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