Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blueberry Breakfast Braid

This gorgeous berry-filled bread could easily feed a crowd!

**new picture to come**

This lovely breakfast braid is a labor of love. I usually make it the night before because it does take a little while to make. Honestly though, it's like making cinnamon rolls with yeast where you have to let the dough rise because the braid dough contains yeast and you have to let it rise :) You could definitely wake up a little early if you wanted to eat this at 8 or 9 in the morning.

This is also a fantastic recipe to make with mixed berries.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dirt Pudding

A ridiculously easy, delicious dessert that is super fun for the whole family.

Dirt Pudding #recipe #Oreo #dessert #pudding

I have always loved dirt pudding. I think it's one of the most adorable and fun desserts out there and I know my kids think it's so awesome when I make it. This one is easy to throw together and it's rich and fluffy. Gummy worms are a must, so don't forget them!

Dirt Pudding #recipe #Oreo #dessert #pudding

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken

This Tex Mex chicken is perfect to top some rice or roll up in a tortilla.

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #texmex

I have made this slow cooker chicken recipe a thousand times over. It's probably my favorite Tex Mex recipe I've tried. I love that you just have to slice up the chicken and peppers and throw them into the crockpot with some of the other ingredients. It can be cooked for 6 to 8 hours or 3 to 4. You can serve it over rice, which is my favorite way to eat this particular recipe, or you can serve it in a tortilla. This recipe is courtesy of my friend, Jessica.

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #texmex

Easy Chicken & Biscuits

This total comfort meal is ready in under an hour to warm your belly!

Easy Chicken & Biscuits #recipe #comfortmeal #chicken #maindish

This is definitely such a throwback meal for my little family. When I was first married, I made the box meals where you mix everything together and bake it. I loved them back when they first came out and still love them. But you can definitely make more if you do it it semi-homemade. I would love to take this chicken and biscuits meal, that is very reminiscent of chicken pot pie, and make a more homemade version than this. Still, it is a wonderful meal to throw together and bake when you want a good comfort meal that sticks to your ribs!

Easy Chicken & Biscuits #recipe #comfortmeal #chicken #maindish

Friday, August 20, 2010

Triple Layer Triple Berry Cake

Strawberry and yellow swirled cake stacked and topped with Cool Whip and berries galore!

Triple Layer Triple Berry Cake #recipe #cake #fourthofjuly #layercake #strawberry #blueberry #dessert

This is my take on a recipe called Triple Berry Cake - mine differs a little :) It's great for Fourth of July - being red, white and blue! I took strawberry and yellow cake mixes and swirled them together. Then topped the whole thing with Cool Whip,fresh berries, and raspberry preserves. This was actually made for Nick's birthday way back before I started my blog, so I definitely need to remake it and get a picture without flash.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good & Garlicky Sweet & Sour Pork

This sweet and sour stir fry is an easy, but outrageously delicious pork dish!

Good & Garlicky Sweet & Sour Pork #recipe #pork #stirfry #sweetandsour

I love simple dishes like this sweet and sour pork recipe. I don't know why, but we don't eat a ton of pork. Maybe I've just had bad luck with finding good pork recipes (if you have a favorite, leave me a comment!) but the ones I have found I really love. This one is one that I could eat weekly. Plenty of garlic. Loads of veggies. Pineapple. That's the stuff!

Oven Denver Omelet

No skillet required for this oven baked Denver omelet!

Oven Denver Omelet #breakfast #eggs #omelet #ham #recipe

This is one of my favorite types of omelets -- a Denver omelet is also referred to as a southwest or Western omelet. It contains ham, onion, and green bell pepper. It took me such a long time to figure out how to do an omelet folded up like a quesadilla without messing it up. I still have yet to make one the proper way all rolled up delicately, but this is such an awesome cheat. Make it in the oven. It's more of a bake than anything, but regardless, it's the best. It's so easy and simple to throw together and then you just stick it in the oven and let it bake. That's it. Slice and serve. Too easy, right?!

Oven Denver Omelet #breakfast #eggs #omelet #ham #recipe

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Grilled Chicken with Jalapeno and Carmelized Onion

This grilled chicken is sweet and spicy and topped with a jalapeno and caramelized onions.

Grilled Chicken with Jalapeno and Carmelized Onion #recipe #chicken #jalapeno #onion #maindish

This is a grilled chicken recipe, but every time I have made it,  it was the dead middle of winter in up-upstate New York. So I had always made it in the skillet, but it works out alright in the end because you also have to use the skillet for the onion sauce anyways.

Grilled Chicken with Jalapeno and Carmelized Onion #recipe #chicken #jalapeno #onion #maindish

Chicken Tortilla Bake

No rolling tortillas up, this chicken tortilla bake is reminscent of enchiladas without all the hassle.


Before I begin...I apologize for being MIA for the last few days. Had an extremely busy weekend and then my lovely camera really didn't want to transfer photos last night. So FINALLY here are some recipes. I have 3 to share today :)

*Update 2/23/17: We used to eat this tortilla bake all the time. I, however, never got a better picture of it and I am formally here to remove the atrocities I called pictures back in the day. LOL! I hope to get some new pictures soon for this old family favorite. I know that what Americans call enchiladas is not really authentic, so when I refer to enchiladas...I'm talking those rolled up filled tortillas covered in sauce and cheese, NOT authentic enchiladas. This tortilla bake has always reminded me of Americanized enchiladas without the hassle of having to roll up all the tortillas. Honestly, it's not that hard to roll up tortillas, but this just skips that step. They are lazy enchiladas :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Lover's Candy Cookie Bites

Peanut butter cookie dough plus peanut butter cups equals a peanut butter lover's dream!


I highly suggest a glass of milk with these Peanut Butter Lover's Candy Cookie Bites. I made around 6 or 7 dozen with 3 pkgs of cookie dough. I have almost a full bag of Reese's cups left. I got a bag of cups per tube of cookie dough just to be sure. :) And be super careful...they are incredibly delicious and may be habit-forming!!

The Very Best Salisbury Steak

Say goodbye to TV dinner salisbury steak and try The Very BEST Salisbury Steak instead!

The Very Best Salisbury Steak #recipe #maindish #beef

While I am still not the biggest fan of salisbury steak, Nick and the kids love it, so I do make it every once in a blue moon for them. This is nostalgic of the tv dinner version, except that it tastes 8 million times better. I really don't mind making this for dinner because it's basically like a mini meatloaf with gravy.

The Very Best Salisbury Steak #recipe #maindish #beef

Picture update 12/13/2013 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crockpot Chili Dogs

These chili dogs are a perfect non-hassle recipe to make for a crowd -- all done in a crockpot!

I think it's genius when people come up with crockpot recipes that I would never in a million years have thought to try. This crockpot chili dog recipe is one of those. It's fast and you can easily double it (maybe even triple it - if you try triple the recipe, let me know if it works in a standard size crockpot!). If you are looking for a recipe that can feed a crowd - whether it's a birthday party or a football game gathering, this recipe will become your go-to.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

The combination of cookie dough and brownies topped with a decadent Nutella or milk chocolate frosting - all in one little bar!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies with Nutella Frosting #dessert #Nutella #brownies
These chocolate chip cookie dough brownies have always been a huge hit when I take them anywhere. I decided to take them to the August FRG meeting with a new twist: Nutella. I used the Duncan Hines frosting creations starter and mixed in some Nutella. I topped it off with sprinkles. It was a great addition. It got rave reviews from the soldiers again :)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies with Nutella Frosting #dessert #Nutella #brownies
*Picture Retake 9/15/13*

Hobo Dinner

Customizable packets that are basically a mini meatloaf dinner -- perfect for everyone in the family to get what they want.

Hobo Dinner #recipe #beef #veggies

Hobo Dinner is one of our all-time favorite meals and I've made it more times than I can count. Recently for my picture retake, I decided to try out tossing the veggies with pesto and just seasoning the patty with salt and pepper. It turned out amazingly and I will definitely being doing it that way again. My favorite veggies to put in mine are potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. You can make it with red potatoes, gold potatoes, or russets. You can throw in pearl onions. The possibilities are endless. It can be served up with various condiments - we used to eat ours with ketchup, except for Nick who had buffalo sauce with his.
**Picture Retake 9/8/13

Friday, August 06, 2010

Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

Perfectly soft, perfectly chewy and packed with M&Ms!

Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies #cookies #dessert #chocolate

These have got to be the BEST cookie recipe ever. I, in fact, say it may surpass my mom's molasses cookie recipe. Sshh! Don't tell her I said that :) It's my go-to for any M&M cookie craving. They keep amazingly which can be any issue with some "soft" cookies.

Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies #cookies #dessert #chocolate

Picture update 11/10/2013

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Cheesy Tuna Shell Casserole

My tried and true tuna noodle casserole recipe that is cheesy and oh so comforting!

Cheesy Tuna Shell Casserole #recipe #tuna #casserole #maindish

This is classic tuna casserole with a little extra love...and by love, I mean CHEESE! After years of making tuna noodle casserole, I figured out which variations of ingredients made the best combination (or at least our favorite combination). First, I love cream of celery instead of cream of chicken. I don't know why but it just really works. Second, shell pasta is a must because it really grabs and holds the flavors of the casserole. They are the perfect vessels for flavor! Lastly, loads of cheese makes the whole thing perfection! I love peas in my tuna noodle casserole and tend to prefer frozen peas over canned peas. If I do frozen peas, I toss them in with the pasta while it cooks.

Update 2/2/13: One of my all-time favorite recipes that is my own. I crave this all the time! Recently we tried this good ole favorite with homemade cream of celery soup, so I got a couple new pictures. It was incredible with homemade. I also used sharp cheddar, which I highly recommend.

Cheesy Tuna Shell Casserole #recipe #tuna #casserole #maindish

Pete's Scratch Pancakes with Pineapple

This pancake recipe is tried and true by a man named Pete's family -- and now my family too!

Pete's Scratch Pancakes (with pineapple) #recipe #breakfast #pancakes #homemade #pineapple

This recipe comes from Bill Hilbrich who told his story of how he came upon it: "It was the Fall of 1987 when Pete Nyhus walked into our office, just to visit. We started talking about breakfast, and he reached into a wastepaper basket and pulled out a scrap of teletype paper. He wrote out this recipe, and my family has never used pre-mix since." The pineapple is my own touch. It could be substituted for any other type of fruit or even grated carrots or zucchini or candy. They are extremely fluffy and the taste cannot be duplicated out of a box :)

Pete's Scratch Pancakes (with pineapple) #recipe #breakfast #pancakes #homemade #pineapple

I think this is my last recipe blog for the week. Next week, I should have one for every day!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Skillet Herb Roasted Chicken

 Sage and thyme seasoned chicken that tastes like it's been slow cooked for hours!

Skillet Herb Roasted Chicken #recipe #chicken #maindish

This was a first time for me on this skillet herb roasted chicken. It turned out very well. Next time, we are going to have carrots (buttered) instead of green beans as a side.. We thought that was the only thing that could have been better and more fitting with the roasted flavor of the chicken. The chicken is SO tender and the seasonings just make it so delicious! Hope you all try this one out!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

This cheddar broccoli soup is hands-down my family's favorite soup. Nothing has come close to beating it!

Cheddar Broccoli Soup #recipe #soup #cheddar #broccoli

I have never met a cheddar broccoli soup that I have liked more than this one. It takes the cake. I have wanted to try and replicate the double cheddar sauce because I'm afraid Ragu will stop making it and I won't be able to make my favorite soup anymore. But so far, I have struck out on that venture. Nowadays, I make this without pureeing the veggies and with fresh broccoli and tons of it. Still love it just as much as the first time we had it.

Cheddar Broccoli Soup #recipe #soup #cheddar #broccoli

Recipe update 1/23/2011: Another good way to prepare the soup is by puree-ing the soup after adding the broccoli florets into it (you may have to do this in a couple batches). The Panera Broccoli Cheese soup that I tried did that. I personally love the big chunks of broccoli in my soup, but it might be a way to get my 3 y/o to actually eat the broccoli.

Update 9/2/2012: Had to get a new picture of this one. We made it with fresh broccoli for the first time - you can get so much more broccoli using fresh :)

Updated 12/18/2015: Sometimes I am super lazy and don't puree anything at all. It still turns out tasting fabulous and dirties one less contraption in the kitchen!