Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spicy Mexican Dip

Very delicious dip right here! We had it at Bunco last night.

2 sticks cream cheese (8 oz each)
2 cans Rotelle
1 can green chills
1 jalapeƱo (or less, depending on how hot you want it.  Try doing 1/3-1/2 first!)

Simmer rotelle, chillies and jalepeno in a large sauce pan.  Cube cream cheese (1 inch cubes) and stir until melted.  Serve with tortilla chips or bread.  Warning.  Super addicting.

Source:  my friend Cheryl

Friday, January 16, 2015

Indonesian Chicken

This super easy chicken dish/marinade reminds me of food from the indian restaurant near our home.  Must be the curry ;)  Instead of serving over rice, the chicken and sauce would also be delicious wrapped up in a small piece of naan bread.  We like to buy the small pieces of naan bread from Costco and grill them until they are warm.  Super delicious!

(I double sauce recipe.  Use half for marinade, half for extra sauce for the chicken and rice).

1/2 c orange juice
1/4 c peanut butter
2 tsp curry
4 chicken breasts

Mix and marinade the chicken for at least an hour.  Grill, or put it all in a pan and cook it on the stove top.

When chicken is done cooking garnish with:

1/4 c toasted coconut
1/4 c currants (I use raisins since I always have those on hand)

Top chicken with coconut and currants.  Serve over rice or coconut rice.

Recipe Source:  no idea!
Picture Source: Cooking Asian Food

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lauren's Latest Fail-Proof Pizza Dough

Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

You will never need another pizza dough recipe after this one!


for the pizza dough-
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey {or sugar}
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 cups bread flour {give or take 1/2 cup...depending on the heat & humidity}
for the cheesy garlic bread sticks-
1/2 recipe Fail-Proof Pizza Dough from above
2 tablespoons softened salted butter
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese {use the real stuff!}
1/4 pound grated mozzarella cheese
{salt & pepper, if desired}


For the pizza dough--In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn't stick to your hands. Once you reach this stage, knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes! That seems to be the magical number. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean! {*This is the point when you could freeze your dough!! Divide into portions, place into freezer bags, seal removing all air and freeze. To use, remove from freezer and let sit out to get to room temperature and double in size; 6-8 hours. Then use as you'd like.} Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn't dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours. That's it! Use as desired.
For the Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks- Preheat oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone inside. {If you don't have a pizza stone, use an upside down cookie sheet...a tip I got from Natalie!}
Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
Spread pizza dough out into a 12-inch circle on parchment paper. {This makes it easier to transfer to the pizza stone.}
Spread the butter and garlic mixture over dough and top with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Top with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper, if desired. {That step is totally optional!}

Complete Recipe and Photo Source: Lauren's Latest.  Go to the link for awesome step by step pictures!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Carmel Dip

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c canned pumpkin
1/3 c carmel ice cream topping
1/4 c sour cream
1/2 tsp nutmeg (sounds like a lot to me…)

Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  Gradually mix in other ingredients.  Beating until smooth.  Mix well.  It gets fluffier as you mix.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Yam Praline Crunch

My SIL Sara's classic sweet potato casserole with the delicious topping my husband asks for every year at Thanksgiving.  Super delicious.  

Photo Source:Bakers Royale
Recipe Source from my SIL at ReddHotRecipes

  • Yams:
    • 28 oz. Can yams, drained and mashed
    • ¼ t. salt
    • ¼ c. butter
    • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
      • In 8 x 8 inch casserole dish, mix all ingredients well. Sprinkle with topping. Microwave on high 8 minutes or bake @ 350 for 25 minutes (until bubbly)
  • Topping:
    • 3 T. butter
    • 3 T. flour
    • ¾ c. dark brown sugar
    • ¾-1 c. pecans, chopped
    • ½ c. sugar
    • ½ t. cinnamon
    • 1 t. vanilla
      • Mix all ingredients in separate bowl until all butter is mixed in thoroughly. Sprinkle over yams.
    • *This is a must have at all Thanksgiving feasts (you may want to half the topping to make it less of a dessert and more of a side...but your family might complain! It's SO good!

Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns

This is a hearty recipe and makes a good amount of food (heavy pan). Its a great improvement from the one time I tried to make an overnight breakfast casserole in the crockpot that had too much salt in it. My husband woke up in the middle of the night thinking the house was on fire from the cheese burning to the sides of the crock pot. He graciously faked his way eating through a bowl of it so I wouldn't feel bad. Then I tried it myself and threw the whole thing in the garbage. It was terrible…and so funny….after the fact! This recipe is much improved and a keeper! :)

Recipe Source: My SIL Heather
Photo Source: The Kitchn

Makes 1 9x13-inch casserole

Prep 10 mins

COOK 55 mins

READY IN 1 hr 15 mins

1 pound sliced bacon, diced 1 sweet onion, chopped 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed 9 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese 1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese  

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir bacon and onion until bacon is evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer bacon and onion to a large bowl. 

Stir in potatoes, eggs, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and Swiss cheese. 
Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs are set and cheese is melted, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Yummy Alfredo Sauce

1/4 c butter
4 oz cream cheese

In a medium sauce pan, melt above ingredients and add 2-3 TBSP flour to thicken.  Cook for 1 minute or so oner medium heat.

Add and stir:
2-3 c milk (can use half cream and half milk if desired)

Add and stir:
1/2-3/4 c parmesan cheese

Add and stir:
garlic powder and salt to taste

Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat, stirring until thick and bubbly.  Delicious served over pasta and with blackened chicken.

Recipe Source: My SIL Charity
Photo Source: Tasty Kitchen