Friday, January 13, 2017

Lemon Glazed Chicken

I've made this recipe several times. Kids love it. I love it. Any time I make dinner and don't sit down to a chorus of complaints, win

Lemon Glazed Chicken

1 1/2 lb chicken
Salt and pepper
Cornstarch
A little Sesame oil
Olive oil

Cut up chicken into bites. Season well with salt and pepper. Dip in cornstarch and fry in hot oil until lightly browned.

For the lemon sauce:
1 c chicken broth
1 t lemon zest
1/3 c lemon juice
2 T soy sauce
3 T honey
1/2 t ginger
2 T cornstarch

Whisk together. Add all the chicken back into the pan and add the sauce. Cook until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked.

Potato Cheese Soup

I got this recipe for Potato Cheese soup from my neighbor. It's delicious and quick and easy.

1/4 c.  butter
2 1/4 c. water
4 c. potatoes, diced
2/3 c. chopped celery
3 diced green onions
6 T butter
6 T flour
2 1/2 c. milk
1/2 t pepper
1 t salt
2 c. cheddar cheese
1 lb bacon, cooked extra crisp

Cook butter, water, potatoes, celery and green onions for about 20 minutes until potatoes are done.  In another pan, melt butter, add flour and slowly pour in milk. Heat until thick. Add seasonings and pour into potatoes. Add cheese, corn, and bacon. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sour Cream Banana Bread

1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas
3/4 c sour cream
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 1/4 c flour
1 t baking soda
3/4 t salt

Beat oil and sugar. Add eggs, mashed banana, sour cream and vanilla and beat until smooth. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to wet ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Butter and flour just the bottom of two loaf pans. Divide mixture between and bake at 350 for 45 min or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rainbow Pinata Birthday Cake

Dalton requested a rainbow birthday cake and I thought this pinata one would be fun.  Fun it was, though not exactly perfect... Sienna helped, we'll pretend it was that.

Filled with his favorite candy, Mike and Ike's


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cheese Rolls

I've made another use of my pizza dough recipe. I've been using it to make cheese rolls - basically pizza dough with a piece of string cheese inside. They're good. Certain brands of cheese work better than others - probably fake kinds, so it doesn't melt out of the roll, but I haven't quite figured that out yet. Also, I keep forgetting the garlic and that makes them way better.

Cheese Rolls
1 T yeast
1 c water
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1 t minced garlic
2 T oil
2-3 cups flour
About 9 string cheese, cut into fourths

Mix up the dough and roll into balls. Hide a piece of cheese in each, sealing as best you can. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Crockpot Beef Stew

This was easy to put together and John and I both liked it.

Crockpot Beef Stew

1 lb stew meat
2 potatoes
2 celery
2 carrots
1 onion
1/2 c. corn
1/2 c. peas or green beans
1 can beef broth
1 can V-8 (11 oz)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. chili powder
1/4 t. pepper

2 T. cornstarch
1 T. cold water

Mix everything but the cornstarch and water. I doubled the recipe and put half in the freezer.  Cook on LOW 6 hours.  Mix the cornstarch and water, stir in and cook another 1/2 hour.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Minute Black Bean Soup

This soup is so fast and easy to make, and amazingly, my kids all love it. It literally takes five minutes, if you have cooked rice on hand.


Black Bean Soup

2 cans black beans (not drained)
1 can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked rice

Blend the beans and chicken broth in a blender until smooth.  Add the salt and heat on the stovetop until warm.  Serve over rice in bowls.

Garnish with toppings like:
sour cream
shredded cheese
tortilla chips
avocado
diced tomatoes
sliced green onions
lime

My favorite toppings combo is tomatoes, lime, and a little cheese.