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Bacon Cheeseburger Dip January 10, 2014

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We loved the Cheeseburger soup, (and you did too!) so I decided to go one step further and make a dip out of it. I found a recipe on Pinterest and I changed it up a little bit, once again, to make a delicious version we all loved. We couldn’t stop eating it! We were making the dip and Nachos, and we got filled up on the dip before we even got the Nachos in the oven! We think this dip is perfect for Sunday’s watching football and a perfect appetizer for parties!

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Ingredients:

1 1/2LB Ground Beef

1 1/2 Onion, Diced

2LB Velveeta Cheese, Cubed

6OZ Cream Cheese

1LB Bacon

1 Can Diced Tomatoes, Drained

1 Can Rotel with Green Chiles, Drained

1/2 Cup Milk

 

Directions:

Cook beef and onions in large pot.

Add velveeta, cream cheese, and milk and cook until cheese is melted.

Add tomatoes and rotel.

Add cooked and chopped bacon.

That’s it! Very simple, quick, and delicious!

Enjoy!

 

Chicken Parmesan December 30, 2013

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Chicken Parm is a super simple and really delicious meal. If you’ve already made your sauce, you’re halfway there! Many times I have a ton of sauce left over and I always freeze it. Then I can keep it for long periods of time and not over-sauce my husband. He’s not a huge fan of pasta so I have to figure out ways to switch it up and pace myself because I could totally eat sauce and pasta every day. This week, I chose to make chicken parm with my leftover sauce. I have never made it for my husband so I knew he would love it and enjoy not having the same old thing. My best friend was more than willing to join us for this dinner, thankfully she shares my love of food, unlike my husband, so we can bond over calories. She’s great because she always helps me cook and clean and it’s definitely always nice to have some company in the kitchen. Back to the chicken, I also enjoy having Veal Parmesan, which can be easily switched out in this recipe. There are very few steps and regardless which way you go the end result is fantastic. Good luck!

Ingredients:

1 LB Chicken Breasts, or as much or little as you need for your family

Homemade Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese

Eggs

Bread Crumbs

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Clean fat from chicken breasts.

Dip chicken breasts in egg seasoned with salt and pepper and then bread crumbs.

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Fry in a saute pan in oil until golden and cooked through.

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Place in sheet pan and cover with sauce.

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Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 400° until cheese is melted and browned.

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I served with angel hair on the side.

That’s it!

 

How To Properly Roast Garlic November 19, 2013

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It’s really, VERY simple! I’ve seen that a lot of people asking how to roast garlic the correct way and I see that many people, including myself at first, are completely intimidated by it. I’m not sure why, but when you first try roasted garlic I guess it just seems a lot more complicated than it is. I always thought there was some sort of secret technique involved to get the cloves perfectly cooked and tasting perfect. There is absolutely no special or fancy techniques at all.

All you have to do is place however many heads of garlic in an oven safe dish with the tops cut of to a flat surface. I usually cut them just below the point, however my mother cuts them a little lower to ensure easy access to each clove. This is entirely up to you. Next, drizzle oil all over the tops and around in the dish so that it goes down inside and slicks the bottom. I probably use about 1-2 TBSP of oil. Most of the time I use vegetable because that’s what I have closest to the stove, however olive oil works just as well and is better for you. It really doesn’t make a difference. Sprinkle with salt and pepper generously. Add about 1 TBSP of water to the dish for steaming, cover with tinfoil, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

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Take them out, check the cloves with a fork or knife to see if they are soft, almost mushy, right into the middle. I usually check the fattest ones and the innermost cloves. They are rarely fully cooked at this point, however it does happen depending on the amount of heads and size of the cloves. If not, you will probably need to add another TBSP or so of water, cover, and return to the oven for another 10-20 minutes.

That’s it! Very easy, very delicious, and very worth it.

 

Italian Garlic Pasta November 18, 2013

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As an Italian, anything with garlic tastes good to me. My family has always made these HUGE fantastic meals full of garlic and tomato sauce and by the end of the 17 delicious courses you feel like you are going to bust. Now, as an adult who married someone that doesn’t really like pasta and doesn’t really care for tomato sauce, I’m wishing it was socially acceptable to force feed my husband. With all these delicious Italian recipes passed down through the years I’ve been itching to make every single thing I can that includes garlic or sauce…Here is something I know everybody will love. It’s got the delicious roasted garlic butter, which is always a hit, and if there’s any question of how to properly roast the garlic, I will link back to my post on how to do it. It’s very easy if you know what you are doing and totally worth it. Most of the ingredients in this are really to your own taste as to how much you add. I never measure, so the ingredients are approximate and you will need to adjust to your liking. I personally like a strong garlic taste and a little less Parmesan, however the original recipe was the opposite.

Italian Garlic Pasta

Ingredients:

1 box Elbow Macaroni

1 1/2 – 2 Sticks Butter

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

Several Cloves of Roasted Garlic, I roasted two heads of garlic and and used 5-10 large cloves to get the taste I wanted. This part is entirely up to you as to how garlicy you want the garlic butter, which will be the base for the dish.

Directions:

Roast garlic.

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Cook macaroni until tender.

Mash garlic cloves and softened butter together in large bowl until mixed well.

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Once butter is to the desired taste, add a small amount of salt and pepper, lemon juice to taste, and pasta. Top with Parmesan and mix well. You may add more or less Parmesan to taste.

That’s it! Enjoy!

 

Photo Of The Day! November 7, 2013

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The photo of the day is my Margarita from last night. I fully intend to indulge myself again in T-minus 1 Hour and 37 Minutes.

 

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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I’ve noticed in the ever popular Cheeseburger Soup recipes that each has some odd ingredients. I don’t recall ever eating a cheeseburger with carrots or celery in it. I am aware of the fact the the potatoes are not in a normal Cheeseburger either, however you do typically have a side of fries…In saying this, I feel that potatoes are not an odd addition to an otherwise delightful bowl of soup. I wouldn’t eat this without potatoes because they definitely make it better. Celery and Carrots, on the other hand, do not sound appetizing to me in this so I removed them and added Bacon. I feel like Bacon is an excellent addition to a cheeseburger. This soup is delicious, at first glance I was a little bit leery of the ingredients, but decided to give it a shot. Since then, I’ve made it four times and I’m delighted to say it’s the best soup, (next to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana, of course) I have ever had.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients:

1-2 lbs Ground Beef

1/2-1 lb Bacon

2 Large Onions

4-6 Red Potatoes

64 OZ Chicken broth ( I use one 32 oz box of Swanson chicken broth and then mix one more with Better Than Bouillon)

1 Large pkg Velveeta Cheese

1/4 C Milk

1/4 C Flour

4 TBSP Butter

Approx. 1 TBSP each Onion Powder and Garlic Powder

Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper to taste

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Directions:

Chop onions, break up beef, and chop bacon finely. Cook all together in large pan until beef is browned and bacon is crispy.

Cube potatoes and boil until soft.

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Turn crockpot on high for 4 Hours and add cooked beef, onions and bacon. Add chicken broth, spices, and cubed Velveeta. I usually use a whole package, this is entirely up to you as to how cheesy you like it. I usually start out with half of the package and go from there.

Let heat until potatoes are done and then add potatoes as well. Let Velveeta melt and then add milk. Continue to add Velveeta as desired, Then make a roux in a smaller pot with 1/4 flour and 4 TBSP butter. (To make a roux, melt butter, add flour, boil and stir until thickened.)

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Once the roux is thickened, add to soup and then let soup sit until all cheese is melted. Stir occasionally. I like to serve this soup with some really good bread and garlic butter. I usually get either french baguette or ciabatta bread. Many people add a dollop of sour cream to each bowl. If I have it on hand I do and if not I eat it as is. This is entirely up to you, it’s fantastic either way! Enjoy!

 

Papa’s Famous Chili October 9, 2013

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When we were little my grandfather watched us a lot while my parents tended to the restaurant. He was always burning memories into our brains. Of the many wonderful memories I keep of him, his Chili is among the favorites. I always requested his ‘special’ Chili when I had friends over and even in the dead of summer. He added rice, which a the time seemed incredibly unusual, and taco seasoning. The flavor was so wonderful and rich and everybody always loved it. Unfortunately, I never did get the exact recipe since I was so young when he passed away, but luckily I remembered his secret ingredient and my grandmother conjured up the rest of the recipe as best as she could remember. I’ve never heard of anybody using taco seasoning in Chili, but man does it add some serious flavor!! Everybody knows Chili is a Fall favorite. As soon as the leaves start to change and the chill of Fall starts to move in, everybody starts craving warmth. It seems like as soon as it cools down Chili starts becoming a popular item at every restaurant and in every home. I thought this was a good recipe to add to my collection since I’ve made 2 batches already since Fall started and now that I am thinking about it I might just have to make another! I hope everybody will enjoy this Chili as much as my family always has, and will continue to.

Papa’s Famous Chili

Ingredients:

3 Cans Hunts Sauce

1 Small Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Red Kidney Beans

2 Cans Black Beans

1-2 LBS Ground Hamburg ( However much you like, I used 1 1/2 lbs for mine)

2 Large Onions Chopped to desired size

Approx. 2 TBS Minced Garlic

1 Package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Red Pepper Flakes to desired Heat level

Approx. 1 TBS Each Garlic and Onion Powder

I also added some hot sausage, your preference what other meats and veggies you add.

2 Cups Rice

Directions:

Cook meat, garlic, and onions. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Add in small amounts each to be sure it is mixed well and not too much for your crockpot. I think I have a 7 quart, and this recipe was right to the top and difficult to stir well. I left it on medium heat for 4 hours. Season to taste, feel free to add any other seasonings desired throughout cooking. I like to experiment a little with my Chili!

Cook rice on side, add to crockpot before serving or serve separately.

 

Crockpot Juicy Lemon Chicken and Vegetables October 1, 2013

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This dish was sort of a last minute thought that I just threw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and let go. It turned to to be delicious and easy and I didn’t need to buy anything! I love that! A little back story, we raised chickens for the first time this summer and nobody told us we were supposed to hang them to tenderize before freezing after they were slaughtered. The meat was so tough and awful it was difficult to eat. I have been desperately trying to come up with ways to cook the chicken we have and make it tender and moist. So far I have come up with cooking low and slow with PLENTY of liquid. When you make this, you can pretty much throw in whatever vegetables you want or have around, I just happened to only have carrots and onions. Also, When I made this I did not measure and I typically don’t measure anything so the amounts are approximate. I used a whole frozen chicken for this, however the chicken was the smallest at  just over 2 lbs.

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken (2-3 lbs)

1 1/2 32oz Box Chicken Broth

1 TBSP Oregano

1 TBSP Rosemary

2 TBSP Minced Garlic

2 Lemons, Sliced

1/8 C Lemon Juice

Carrots, Peeled and Cut to Desired Size

Onions, Chopped or Sliced

Salt and Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

I used frozen chicken, so I put that and the chicken stock and lemon juice in first and turned the crockpot on high. I added the spices once it started to warm. Once all the spices were in I started peeling the carrots and chopping the onions and lemons. I added the lemons first and then waited about an hour to add the onions and carrots. Once everything was in I covered it and set the crockpot for 6 hours on high. If the chicken is not frozen I would probably use the medium setting at first. After about 4 to 5 hours I checked on it and the chicken was fully cooked so I put it on warm/low for the last hour before my husband came home. The chicken was very flavorful and perfectly cooked, falling off the bone. I have never had chicken fall off the bone and be so tender and juicy. Andrew thought it was great and we definitely will be having this again!

 

Cheesy Queso Chicken With Rotel Vegetables And Rice February 26, 2013

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A few weeks ago I decided to try some Rotel. I had never had it or used it before, I had hardly even heard of it. I recently started using the blocks of Velveeta cheese for Macaroni and Cheese instead of Kraft boxes. On the back of the blocks it says Queso Dip and all it is, is half a block of cheese and a can of Rotel heated over the stove. I love anything spicy, Mexican, or just plain cheesy! We decided to try it out and see how we liked the dip. I had bought extra cans of Rotel because I saw that there were a lot of recipes that incorporated it and I thought I might try some of them and having it on hand would be smart. I went on the website and searched for a recipe I had all the ingredients for. I did have to tweak it a little bit, but it was so simple and I had everything right on hand. It came out so unbelievably good! The queso is delicious and we couldn’t pull ourselves away from the stove while it was still heating up! Andrew doesn’t really care for dips and cheesy food but he actually said it was one of the only cheese dips he had ever had that he really liked. We couldn’t stop eating it so when the food came out we put it on top, best decision ever!

You can find the original recipe, here.

Cheesy Queso Chicken With Rotel Vegetable and Rice

Ingredients:

1 Package Chicken Breasts, Cleaned and Sliced in half to 1/2 inch slabs

2 Cans Rotel With Green Chiles, Undrained

1/2  32 OZ Block Velveeta Cheese, (16 OZ) Cut Into 1 Inch Cubes

1 Can Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Drained

1 Can Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained

1 Cup Brown or White Rice, (I use 1 cup for 3-4 people.)

2 TBSP Cumin

Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut squares of tin foil, 1 for each person. Spray tin foil with cooking spray.

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Mix in large bowl corn, beans, cumin, and Rotel. In separate saucepan, mix second can of Rotel and 16 OZ Velveeta cheese and turn heat on low. In another saucepan, boil 2 1/2 cups of water and add 1 cup of rice. Simmer with cover on for 45 minutes.

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Place 1-2 breasts of chicken on each square of tin foil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and spread bean and corn mixture over each chicken breast until gone. Close tin foil around chicken and bean mixture to form little chicken ‘packets’.

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When rice has about 20 minutes left to cook, place packets on sheet pan and into oven. Bake 20-25 minutes. When done, wait a few minutes before opening packets and be careful, steam is very hot. Open each packet and check each chicken breast. If not cooked, close back up and put back in oven for 5-10 more minutes.

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Continue stirring queso and turn up heat to boil gently.

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Serve rice, slide contents of packet out over top of rice, pour queso all over beans and rice, and chicken. Sprinkle with Shredded cheese.

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ENJOY!!

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If you’re not used to buying brown rice or white rice, I always buy this kind. I find it right at Wal Mart or Hannaford’s. It’s easy to cook and the directions on the back are very clear and easily understandable. I say these things, because I have a very difficult time with rice. I can never cook it correctly and it always comes out really weird. This is the only rice I’ve used that I don’t have issues with.

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Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cake February 25, 2013

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This deliciously decadent cake is a family recipe from my parents’ restaurant when I was little. I can remember one of my many little jobs as a child at the restaurant was cutting up the Reese cups for this cake EVERY DAY! They sold almost an entire cake everyday at the restaurant and the piece or two leftover was always being fought over by the employees. We were like vultures with this cake. The last piece came into the kitchen and we flocked to it and dug our claws in. Looking back I think of us as animals clawing through the cake, shoving each other out of the way…Obviously, that’s not exactly how it happened. I picture the scene in Mean Girls when she flies over the table and attacks the girl, that was us, with this cake. Yeah, it’s really that good. I don’t even like chocolate OR peanut butter!

So for my niece’s birthday and my brother in-law’s birthday we had a little get together tonight at my in-law’s house. I was in charge of dessert, so I made the cake. I chose this, because every single birthday, no matter whose it is, we have chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. It’s Andrew’s whole family’s favorite cake. I figured this would be perfect! You can also find this recipe on my mom’s blog, at this link. I haven’t changed the recipe at all because it’s so perfect the way it originally was. Here it is! Enjoy!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Ingredients:

1 Box Chocolate or Devil’s Food Cake

Approximately 8 regular sized Reese Cups, chopped
Bake according to box directions in two 9inch pans. Cut top off of one cake once finished, set aside for cooling.

Frosting Ingredients:

4 Heaping TBSP Peanut Butter, Smooth

1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature

3 Cups Confectioners Sugar

4 OZ Cream Cheese

1/8 -1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

Beat peanut butter and butter together until smooth. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and beat in cream cheese and cream until desired consistency.

Frost top of cut top cake almost to edges. Place second cake layer on top. Frost entire cake and sprinkle Reese Cups on top. Drizzle chocolate syrup over top if desired.

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And the scraps were good too! I just couldn’t wait to I saved a little frosting and got my fill before dinner!

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Enjoy!

 

 
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