Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lindsey's Yummy Goodness of a Chicken Casserole

Jason went out of town this past weekend on a dirt bike trip. I thought I could handle being at the house alone, but I was on the phone with Lindsey, and she talked me into staying the night, thank goodness because I wouldn't have discovered the most amazing casserole! I don't know what it is called, but when I put it in my mouth...I thought "OH MY GOSH!" This is so so so so good. But there is nothing healthy about it. You COULD make it healthier though.
2 cans Cream of Chicken
2 cans Cream of Mushroom
1-8oz bag of Cheddar Cheese
1 lb of Chicken Breast
1 bag of Wide Egg Noodles
1 Sleeve of Ritz Crackers
1 stick of butter
What to do.....
Preheat oven to 350 F
Boil Chicken in water, and cook noodles in seperate pan.
While those are cooking combine the soups and cheese in a bowl and mix up. When the chicken is done, cube the chicken and throw in mixture. When noodles are done, do the same. In a 9x13 in casserole dish, spread mixture evenly in the dish. Crush up the Ritz Crackers and put on top of the casserole. Melt butter in the microwave and pour on top of casserole. Then cook 20 minutes. Try not to drool over the stove while you watch and wait for it to cook =) ENJOY!

Caramel Apple Spice Kiss Brownies

Basic Blondies w/ Caramel Apple Add Ins


6-7 TBS butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder

"Add ins":
1 tsp. apple pie spice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
45 caramel apple hershey kisses (this is less than one bag)

Preheat oven to 350.
Line an 8x8 pan with foil and lightly spray with PAM.
In a large microwave safe mixing bowl melt the butter. Allow to cool for 5 mintues. Mix the brown sugar with the melted butter and beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
Add salt, slowly mix in flour and baking powder until incorporated.
Mix in apple pie spice and cinnamon.
Pour into prepared pan and use a greased spatula to evenly spread mixture in pan and level the top.
Meanwhile, place the unwrapped hershey kisses in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stirring half way through. After one minute, stir until smooth, and drop by spoonfuls onto blondie batter. Swirl using a toothpick to create a marbeled look.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in the middle. Cool on rack before cutting.

Ahh, these are also amazing, and I made these the same night I made the Pumpkin Spice Kiss Brownies. I found this recipe from the blog Macaroni and Cheesecake, I love that name for a blog! Those are two of my favorite foods! I could wait to try either so I made them both =) Luckily I had somewhere to bring them. These got a thumbs up from THE Lindsey Johnson.

Mmmm...Pumpkin Spice Kiss Brownies

I found these brownies on Dinner and Dessert and they are very very very yummy. I made these for our friendship group for our youth girls on Saturday. Got great reviews =) When I first put a Pumpkin Spice Kiss in my mouth...ahhh, it melted. I highly recommend that you try them before these kisses go off the shelf.


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, at room temperature
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar

45 Hershey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Kisses, unwrapped

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, butter the foil and place the pan on a baking sheet.
Whisk the flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon together.
Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the butter, stirring until it melts. It’s important that the chocolate and butter not get very hot. However, if the butter is not melting, you can put the bowl back over the still-hot water for a minute. If you’ve got a couple of little bits of unmelted butter, leave them-it’s better to have a few bits than to overheat the whole.

Working with a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate-butter mixture, mixing only until it is incorporated-you’ll have a thick, creamy batter. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds-the dry ingredients won’t be completely incorporated. Then finish folding in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula. Fold in the raisins, along with any liquid remaining in the pan. Scrape the batter into the pan.

Place the unwrapped kisses in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir until smooth, and then drop by spoonfuls into the brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marbled effect.Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is dry and crackled and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Carefully lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil edges as handles, and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares, each roughly 2 inches on a side, taking care not to cut through the foil.
Here is the Pumpkin Spice AND the Caramel Apple Spice Blondies...don't they look yummy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Chunkers

What a name right? "Chunkers" because they make you chunky, because they are so darn good that you want to eat the whole batch! My third week or TWD and it's cookies again! yeah! I love cookies, so I am living it up! This recipe was chosen by Claudia, Mmmmmmm good choice.

That is how I feel when I eat one of these cookies. They are probably the ugliest cookies, but they are soooo good. They have a very chewy "brownie-ish" inside texture to them. I did omit the raisins though, didn't think they sounded as good with them. There is un-sweet, bittersweet, semi-sweet and milk chocolate morsels ALL in this cookie, plus some pecans. Mmmm...I think I may grab another one. This cookbook has so many darn good recipes it's unreal. This being my favorite cookie made so far =) out of three. My pictures are not so good and do not do justice to how they really taste. I just hope my dear sweet husband might get me a "sweet" camera for my birthday or Christmas?? Anyway...cookies...ahhh, they are so good, and I totally suggest you bake these yummy goodness cookies...they definitely got the Yummy Goodness of Approval. (I don't really have one of these, but I might just start =) ENJOY!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Whopper Malted Drops

Oh where do I start with these sweet treats....well how about I start about saying FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. I say that because...I burnt a batch of these sweet treats because I didn't put down my parchment paper. ::Gah! What was I thinking!:: But I still had a good time making these. Rachel from Confessions of a Tangerine Tart picked these amazing cookies and a good pick she made. I was lucky to have another church get together to make Tuesdays with Dorie cookies I don't have to eat them all at home =) Here I sit in my work uniform and my apron cooking up a storm of cookies...(well burning up a storm)
This is my second week for Tuesdays with Dorie...and if you are wondering why I'm not posting the recipe to those of my local readers. It is simply because you need to go out and buy the wonderful amazing delicious book Baking: From My Home To Yours I have seen more recipes for fruits I would have NEVER imagined cooking with. It's a neat experience and though I am lucky enough to have my first two weeks cookies =) Yum! There will be more challenges for me to bake and I look forward to it! Thanks for checking out the blog and I hope you enjoy! (And join TWD and buy the book!) Enjoy!Source: Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Pioneer Womans Crispy Yogurt Chicken

Yummy Yummy!

Mmmmm....this was very good! I am going to link the recipe to this in my blog and not type it because it's 10:49 and I am tired =) Pioneer Woman calls for Panko Bread Crumbs...well I couldn't find them ANYWHERE, so I used regular bread crumbs. (If you know where to get them, please inform a woman) They were a bit soggy...but still oh so good. I recommend this to anyone, it's pretty easy and pretty fast. There were a TON of What's Cooking girls on the nest that had this is their blog. ( Here are a few....Carrie and Jenn and The Home Cook...there are many many more. These girls all have the recipe in their blog and it's also located here...along with many many other awesome foods that the Pioneer Woman makes! But here are some pictures of mine so you can take a look at how it turned out! Enjoy!

Monday, September 1, 2008

TWD: Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

I have just jumped on the bandwagon of Tuesdays With Dorie bakers. You bake one thing a week and then post a blog about your experience. They ask for you not to post the recipe so you will feel urged to buy the book, which is a GREAT baking book if you love to bake.

So for my first week Stephany picked Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters. I was glad this was the first one I jumped in on because I love cookies! They were very easy to make and very very scrumptious. They are a mixture of three different cookies combined...Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter. I am so excited about joining this group because it will challenge me to make stuff I am too afraid to make! Buy the book and join the fun!

From Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan

Pizza Bubbles

1 can (7.5 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (I used 1-1/2 cans)
1 cup pizza sauce (I used 1-1/2 cups)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat over to 375 F. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Separate dough into 15 biscuits. Cut each into quarters; place in medium bowl. Stir in 1-1/2 cup pizza sauce to coat. Spoon biscuit mixture evenly into dish.

Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown and center biscuits are no longer doughy.

Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 more minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Cut into squares; serve warm with additional pizza sauce for dipping.

This is really quick and perfect for a lunch.

The Lady and Sons Fried Pork Chops

I got this recipe from of course Paula Deen. Jason bought me tickets for our 1st anniversary to see Paula live when she came to Nashville, I went with my mother and had a blast! This is one of the recipes she cooked, and they are some of the best pork chops I have had.

6 Cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons House Seasoning, divided
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
6 pork chops
1 Cup buttermilk
1 Cup AP flour

House Seasoning
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in airtight container for up to 6 months

Heat Oil in large, heavy bottomed pot to 350 F.
Sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of the pork chops, rubbing them thoroughly into the meat.
Pour buttermilk over meat and turn to coat on all sides. Season flour generously with House Seasoning, roll each chop into flour, and shake off the excess. Carefully place the chops, 2 at a time, into the hot oil, and cook until the outside is golden brown. Take 1 chop out and make a small cut at the thickest part to check for doneness; adjust time accordingly for the rest. Drain on paper towels before serving.

Angie's Famous Strawberry Cupcakes

I believe these cupcakes were pretty popular on the What's Cooking board on I took my chance to make them for my sisters birthday party, and I'm just now getting around to blogging them. I found them on Katie's food blog.

2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar (or a little less)
2 eggs
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. chopped strawberries

1/4 c. strawberries
1 Tbsp. strawberry liquor (found at liquor stores, duh...not Publix.....)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 cupcake pans.
-Sift flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl.
-In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
-Add eggs one at a time until combined.
-Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.
-Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
-Fold in berries.
-Fill cupcake pans 3/4 way.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
-For frosting, put berries, liquor, and juice in saucepan.
-Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce to a simmer for 5 mins.
-Let cool then blend until smooth.
-In bowl of mixer mix cream cheese and butter until creamy.
-Add sugar, then vanilla.
-Add berry puree until smooth.
-Frost cupcakes when they are completely cooled.

Key Lime White Choclate Chip Cookie

Ahh, I must say these are some of the best cookies I've eaten! I loved these! I took these to our church Tailgate Party on Sunday and everyone liked them! They all thought they were White Macadamian Nut cookies, but when they bit into them, they were so much better! I found this recipe from Sarah and they are the bomb. Enjoy!

1/2 Cup butter (room temp)
1 Cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1.5 Cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 Cup fresh key lime juice (reg lime ok) I found mine in the produce section with the lemons and limes
1.5 tsp grated lime zest
1-1.5 Cups White Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup powdered sugar (for decoration)

Preheat Oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg & egg yolk until smooth. Stir in lime juice & lime zest. Combine flour, baking powder & salt; blend into the creamed mixture. Add white chocolate chips and blend.

Form dough into 1/2 inch balls and arrange on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Sift powdered sugar over cookies while still warm.

Cinnamon Toast Rollups

Cinnamon Roll Up
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 package crescent rolls
1/4 cup butter, melted

2/3 Cup powdered sugar
1 TB milk
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir together first ingredients
Unroll crescent rolls and brush with melted butter and sprinkle sugar mixture on the triangle
Separate dough into triangles. Roll up each triangle, starting with the shortest side; place on a slightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
While roll-ups are cooking mix glaze ingredients
Drizzle on roll-ups when done.