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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fiesta lime chicken

Jul 24, 2012 by

i love knockoff recipes.  most often, you can usually tweak them to be better than the original!  this is the case with fiesta lime chicken.  i’ve been making this dish for quite a long time (as in about the time tom and i started dating 9(!?!?) years ago).  it has evolved and changed several ways over the years.  it started as chicken breast, marinated in italian dressing, topped with queso and melted cheese, served over broken tortilla chips and mexican rice.  the only thing that has stayed the same is the cheese, chips and rice. slightly adapted from: america’s most wanted recipes for the marinade: 1 c water 1/3 c teriyaki sauce 1/2 lime juice (i used leftover nellie and joe’s from easter key lime pie, but usually use 4-5 freshly squeezed limes.) 3...

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pot pie

Jan 22, 2012 by

we have finally found our favorite b’ham restaurant.  it sure did take a while.  the archer ale house is an english style pub house, in the basement of an old fairhaven building.  the food reminds us of one of our nashville favorites: the flying saucer.  tom loves their pizza, i’m a huge fan of their pot pie.  it is very spicy and just warms you all of the way through!  they make it to order and it is well worth the wait. but pot pie shouldn’t just be saved for when you go out.  it is easy to throw together and even anti-pot-pie tom loves it.  i used frozen thanksgiving turkey leftovers, but feel free to use any chicken or turkey that you may have on hand.  chunked, shredded, whatever you prefer.  just try...

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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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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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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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chicken mediterranean pizza

Sep 26, 2011 by

one of the things that i miss the most about tennessee is publix.  i can’t say enough wonderful things about the store.  one of my favorite things to pick up there was pre-made pizza dough and top it with just about any topping i’d like.  pre-made dough is non-existent in wa.  i’m working on a replacement recipe (aka future post), but it is not as easy as going to publix and buying it pre-made in the bakery.  just sayin. i suppose that this is a “things that i miss about michigan” post, too.  the inspiration for chicken mediterranean pizza comes from cottage inn pizza.  i’ve never seen a pizza like it on a menu since moving, so of course, i had to re-create it at home. cornmeal pre-made pizza dough (or any form of...

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chicken spinach pasta

Sep 21, 2011 by

while away from the blog, i discovered another site (huge time consumer) called pinterest.  don’t get me wrong, i LOVE pinterest and all of the ideas that it gives me, but it is very addictive.  i’m getting better with it, but for a while, it was pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin. fellow pinners, you can relate.  🙂  if you’re reading this blog and are a fellow pinner, you can follow my pins here: http://pinterest.com/jshoe84/pins/. any hootenanny, this recipe was inspired by a pin from pinterest.  it’s very rich, but has lots of flavors going on.  the original recipe called for marscapone cheese, but i had a coupon for philadelphia italian cheese and herb cooking creme.  it was very good in this recipe.  next time, i may stick with the plain ol original flavor,...

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cajun jambalaya pasta

May 22, 2011 by

tom and i love going to the cheesecake factory.  forget about the endless search for a parking spot.  forget about the crazy wait. forget about the overpriced slices of cheesecake.  it’s entirely worth it.  the far away parking spaces help to burn the extra calories.  the wait is spent at the apple store.  the cheesecake is devoured bite by bite and lasts a few days in our fridge at home.  the food is out of this world! tom’s favorite is the cajun jambalaya pasta.  my favorite is adam’s peanut butter cup fudge ripple cheesecake.  i figured out how to make the pasta but am nervous to even begin to find a recipe for the cheesecake.  i think i’ll just stop at the pasta and opt out of turning into the michelin woman. slightly adapted...

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