Tuesday, January 26, 2016
This melt in your mouth pulled pork has the perfect balance of flavor, sweet, tart, a little tang the best part of this is the balsamic vinegar, it makes the pork so tender then the addition of the sweet brown sugar, garlic, Dijon mustard and ketchup all of these flavors make a different delicious melt in your mouth pulled pork. Then grab your favorite buns and place this pulled pork on the bun and I love it
topped with Cole slaw and you have a great meal. Make some French fries on the side. This is perfect for anyone, even for working people you simply put the pork in the slow cooker in the morning and when you get home you simply make the sauce in about 20-25 minutes and your dinner is done, I always love making this and taking a little out for myself for leftovers for the next day for my lunch. instead of the ordinary barbecue sauce, I like this recipe much more then the regular BBQ sauce that I make, I just love all of the flavors that when they come together yumm..I saw this recipe and when I see balsamic vinegar I am a huge fan, after my recent post about making my own balsamic glaze it became so sweet and I loved it. It became an entire new flavor I never had before.
Monday, January 25, 2016
This simple citrus chicken has such great flavor from the orange and lemon, you have seared browned chicken in a buttery garlic sauce then paired with the citrus is a perfect combination, so simple to make just grab a few nice oranges and lemons and you have a easy meal that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes. The balance of these ingredients is perfect, great to make for a family dinner or a crowd.
I saw this recipe and had to try it right away, that's what is on the table for dinner tonight with some basmati rice and some fresh asparagus would go perfect with this dish. This is a nice refreshing meal, not heavy just the perfect balance. It also makes a great presentation with all of the beautiful colors of fresh fruit and green from fresh parsley.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
This chicken dish has a perfect moist and tender chicken breast on the inside and perfectly browned on the outside, then a creamy sauce with mushrooms, garlic, just the perfect amount of Parmesan cheese, with thyme and oregano. This chicken paired with this creamy mushroom sauce is the perfect easy dish to make for a crowd or a simple dinner that you will all love, I found this recipe and knew we would love it. Even if someone in your house does not love mushrooms the sauce and chicken alone is so good that you will reel them all in to eat, ( okay if your kids will not eat the mushrooms, just take them out of their dish, no big deal)
So what is everyone doing in this major snowstorm, well I am snowed in and planning to bake and cook all weekend why not try some new recipes and some favorites. For one I made this chicken last night, with also a big pot of chili, and today my all time favorite cheddar corn chowder with corn, potatoes, onions, topped with the cheddar cheese and bacon, yes bacon everything is better with bacon, and this soup is to die for it's the best soup I ever made, I have been making it for years, the recipe is on my blog you can search for it in the search window, then making another favorite stuffed pepper soup, recipe also on my blog, with some homemade cornbread. Also for some snacks and desserts buffalo chicken monkey bread, omg, I will post that recipe, and chili cheddar and cream cheese dip, with scoops to grab that delicious dip. And will try some muddy buddy recipes, pound cake, crumb cake, and I will find some others to try out, perfect time to blog and bake.
Recipe adapted and photo source from:http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/01/skillet-chicken-with-creamy-mushroom-sauce/
Friday, January 22, 2016
This muddy buddy mix is the perfect treat, with eat bite you bite into a layer of fluffy powdered sugar, then a rich chocolaty, peanut butter then the crunch of the cereal that gives this treat layers of flavors when you take a bite. How could something so super easy with few ingredients be so good and yet so easy, it's just so good.
There is a trick to making this because literally everyone has made or eaten muddy buddy mix so many ways to make this, the most important is your ratio of your ingredients to the cereal, you without a doubt need a lot of powdered sugar, two cups for me are good but you can add more if needed.
This treat literally takes 5 minutes to make and from the taste of it you would think you spent a long time making this, It happens to be our favorite snack, great for kids snacks, grab a handful and take in the car, perfect for company, football games, make a bunch of different kinds of muddy buddy mix and place it on the table and let everyone enjoy all the different varieties. Their are endless recipes for Muddy Buddy mix, you can also find on my blog. I think my favorite is the Cinnamon And Churro and cookies and cream, and I can go on and on.
I should have named my blog cinnamon and sugar, because they are the most wonderful foods on earth to me. If I could I would and I actually do put cinnamon on mostly everything I eat, sugar well I love sugar.
9 cups rice Chex cereal
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Place 2 cookie sheets on counter and place 2 pieces of parchment or wax paper on the cookie sheets and set aside.
1. In a large bowl add all of the Chex cereal and set aside
2. In a large storage bag place the powdered sugar and set aside
3. In a medium sized microwave proof bowl combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter, then microwave for 1 minute, remove from microwave and stir with a spatula. If needed place back in microwave for 20 seconds and stir until completely smooth, after the chocolate mixture is completely melted add the vanilla extract and stir until it's all combined.
3. Place the chocolate mixture all over the Chex mix and gently with a spatula stir to completely coat all of the cereal.
4. After the cereal is all coated with the mixture, pour into the bag with the powdered sugar, seal the bag and shake, shake, shake. Gently turn bag upside down and back and fourth to get all of the cereal coated. Place on the 2 cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper until set. After it is set and cooled place into a airtight container and enjoy.
Friday, January 15, 2016
This amazing Caprese chicken made with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, basil is great enough on its own, but placing a avocado, then a balsamic glaze on top just adds this great dish into something incredible. The chicken is seared to perfection in Italian seasonings, then on top a slice of avocado that is just so creamy( by the way if you do not like avocados you will in this dish, they just blend in so perfectly) it may be because your putting a delicious balsamic glaze on it, and topping it with fresh basil, oh boy is this dish so good..and the presentation is very impressive if I do say so myself, when I served it the family said wow..
And by the way I had no idea first how to make a balsamic glaze and when I found out you simply put 1 cup in a pan on medium- high heat until boiling then to a simmer, and then simmer for about 5-8 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon and reduces to half, while your house is going to smell like vinegar for the first few minutes, then all of the sudden a sweet wow glaze is made from 1 ingredient, did anyone know it's that easy to make, well I didn't, actually I rarely use balsamic glaze but I will now, it is the best, I made some pasta on the side and the sauce dripped off the chicken onto the pasta, and the rest of the pasta I ate with the pasta. So there is my theory on glazed balsamic sauce, AMAZING!!!
Recipe slightly adapted and photo source:http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/01/avocado-caprese-skillet-chicken/
Monday, January 11, 2016
This roasted almond butter is so good, a few ingredients and you have your own fresh almond butter,
great for toast, dip strawberries or apples. So creamy, and just that hint of honey comes through with every spoonful, great way for you and your kids to get your fiber, protein, and vitamins while loving it. I used this almond butter to make the amazing pumpkin seed spiced cranberry snack bars, which by the way you have to try those also. Here is that recipe. http://cookiescrumbsandchickens.blogspot.com/2016/01/pumpkin-seed-spiced-cranberry-snack-bars.htmlThis is so good, you will find yourself eating right out of the jar, and that's okay because it's good for you. So simple no artificial ingredients simply honey roasted almond.
Recipe and photo source:http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/03/honey-roasted-almond-butter/
Sunday, January 10, 2016
These bars are the ultimate snack healthy bar, with the best ingredients, honey, almonds, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds ( Pepitas), almond flour, and almond butter, and this have that amazing pumpkin spice added to it, it's just right, the best bar to keep you going for the day, you can wrap them individually and grab and go, or keep them on your counter and eat one a day, but I can promise you this. You can't eat just one. I have to say I will try to never buy a nut bar snack, these are like the Kind bars, and you can make these right at home in no time, so easy to make just placing in a bowl baking and letting them cool, the prep work is very simple. I went onto Sally's Baking Addiction and found and made this recipe and just keep making them, I always have these ingredients on hand, we love nuts, dried fruit, almond butter, and even if you grab the ingredients once you can get a few batches out of these, thank you for this amazing recipe we love it and I know you all will..
I am going to try to develop and make some new recipes for snack bars, I seem to be always running to stores to buy them, when I have been thinking about it, you can simply come up with your favorites and make them into snack bars without all the preservatives just healthy simple snack or granola bars. Also today going to make my favorite of all times, my cinnamon pecans, they are so so good, you can just eat handfuls of them and before you know it they are gone, I have made them so many times I can make them with my eyes closed, I will post the recipe today.. Also made a tender juicy London Broil, with my marinate that I have been using for years, I can't believe I never posted it yet, but last night I made it, perfection so keep an eye out for that recipe today also..Have a great day..
Saturday, January 9, 2016
This creamy tomato basil tortellini soup is so delicious, the best part of this soup is the addition of the sweetness from the carrots, you do not actually taste carrots it's the taste that people say, hmm what is that in the soup that makes it so good, it's the sweet carrots that take away the acidly from the tomato's, plus it also makes it a beautiful color, then the garlic, onion, are added you will get just the perfect amount, not to much but just enough to make this soup so good, then it's always best with the addition of a fresh herb and the fresh basil is the perfect addition, this is not your ordinary tomato soup, I hate canned tomato soup but this with the cream makes this a creamy soup
I am sure everyone grew up on canned tomato soup, with some grilled cheese, well no more bump it up with all of these fresh ingredients and the cheesy tortellini yumm..Have some nice Italian bread and you will love this. I love after I found this recipe..
Recipe and photo source:http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/09/slow-cooker-creamy-tomato-basil-tortellini-soup/