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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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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pulled pork

Apr 2, 2011 by

one of my favorite food blogs is the pioneer woman.  her blog is amazing and talks about a lot more than just food.  when she posted this recipe, i knew i had to try it.  my mouth was watering! this dish is great for any season and is also multi-functional!  (never thought that i’d say that about food, but it really is!)  you can serve it on a sandwich, tom style with bbq sauce, pickles and melted pepper jack cheese, in a taco, on nachos, or use it for pretty much anything you’d want to put pulled pork on.  i’m thinking that it might even be great on a pizza… mmm. i’ve adapted the original recipe to be a two-person friendly, crock pot gig, with leftovers for one meal.  if you want to make...

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chicken zucchini bake

Feb 8, 2011 by

zucchini was on sale at publix a few weeks ago.  i get a lot of from the sale ads which incidentally, makes tom happy because i spend less on groceries each week.  thinking about zucchini took me back to summer and out of the icy winter that we’ve been having down here in nashville.  so i found this recipe online. it’s a recipe that needs a bit of tweaking, but was pretty tasty for a first try. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 1 8 oz. can refridgerated crescent rolls 2 tbsp honey mustard 2 c sliced zucchini 1/2 onion, sliced 1/8 c butter 2 c cooked, shredded chicken meat 2 eggs 1/2 c milk 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2...

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chicken taco soup

Feb 5, 2011 by

this is probably the easiest soup recipe that i have ever made.  the original recipe that i used needs some tweaking, as it was excessively “beany.”   nevertheless, it’s very simple to make and is really good served with chicken quesadilla rolls on the side.  even better, it can cook in your crockpot all day. adapted from: allrecipes.com 1 onion, chopped 1 16 oz. can pinto beans, drained 1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce 8 oz. beer (i prefer blue moon and drink the extra 4 oz.  quality control is always good.) 2 10 oz. cans rotel, undrained 1 pkg. taco seasoning 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts shredded cheese, optional sour cream, optional crushed tortilla chips, optional place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn,...

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pico de gallo

Oct 25, 2010 by

as mentioned in my previous post, i went a little crazy on the dips for quesadilla dinner last week.  pico de gallo is very simple to make and this is just one example of several variations.   This recipe makes about a cup and a half of pico.  Multiply as needed! 4 roma tomatoes, seeded, pulp removed and chopped.  (This is important, or you’ll end up with pico soup!) 1/4 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion, finely chopped. (Use whatever kind of onion that you prefer!) small handful of finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño, finely chopped.  (If you want more heat, leave the seeds in.) 1 tsp minced garlic dash or two of garlic powder dash or two of  ground cumin 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve immediately.  For...

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chicken noodle soup

Apr 3, 2010 by

easter dinner preparations were put aside for a little bit today so i could make my snot-filled hubby some chicken noodle soup.  sometimes when you’re feeling like crud, nothing tastes better than a bowl of soup, even if it is 72° outside. source 2 c wide egg noodles 1/2 tsp evoo 6 c chicken broth 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning 1/2 c chopped celery 1/2 c chopped onion 1 tsp minced garlic 2 heaping tbsp cornstarch 2 tbsp water 1 c diced, cooked chicken pre-cook chicken and dice it into small, bite-sized pieces.  set aside. bring a med. sauce pan of lightly salted water to a boil, add egg noodles and oil, and boil for 8 min. or until tender.  drain and rinse under cool running water. in a large dutch oven,...

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