Buffalo Chicken Tenders

11 Apr 2014 In: Recipes


Buffalo Chicken Temders Do you like chicken wings? What about buffalo chicken wings?  You know something spicy… I love me some buffalo chicken wings but sometimes I’m just lazy and really do not feel like fighting with the chicken bones and just want the juicy meat all by itself.  That’s why I love some buffalo chicken tenders. How about you… Do you like buffalo chicken tenders? I had a a few chicken breasts in fridge and cut them into tenderloins, seasoned them in flour, egg wash and then seasoned panko crumbs.  I fried them and then basted them in a hot and spicy buffalo sauce.  These chicken tenders were so easy and delicious they completely hit that chicken tender craving I was having. Buffalo Chicken Tenders These chicken strips are great for an everyday meal, tailgating, weekend game gatherings, parties and picnics. Make sure you serve them with celery and bleu cheese for dipping and you got a great way to enjoy some chicken tenders with a little kick. Yum!!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Mini Mushroom and Feta Frittatas

9 Apr 2014 In: Recipes

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Mini Mushroom and Feta Frittat

Mini frittatas with eggs, mushrooms, feta cheese and shallots made in muffin tins make for a delicious easy breakfast.  The use of the muffin tins make this a prefect on the go breakfast that you can throw in the microwave and warm in seconds.  With frittatas you can pretty much add whatever you want inside.  This recipe I chose to add juicy mushrooms with shallots and feta cheese.

 

Mini Mushroom and Feta Frittata

You know that sounds yummy… right!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Marsala

26 Mar 2014 In: Recipes


Chicken Marsala

A favorite family classic in our home is a simple Italian dish made up of chicken cutlets with garlic and mushrooms in a sweet sauce.  I think sometimes in another life I was Italian, because I cook so many Italian recipes at home.  Having a variation of chicken recipes in my repertoire definitely gives me the ability to make different chicken dishes for my family.  I mean dinner can get pretty boring if the same dish is being made every night.   I like to use three chicken breasts, cut in half each one and then pounded to 1/4 inch.  This not only  stretches the meal but also helps with tenderizing and cooking time.

 

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I love cooking Italian because you can make some of the delicious meals with such few ingredients.  This classic Italian dish is truly one of the easiest recipes to make and will make all think you were in the kitchen for hours at a time.  Trust me once you make this dish once you will find it become a staple in your home. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Funfetti Pudding Cookies

11 Mar 2014 In: Recipes


funfetti pudding cookies

Did you know that you can make cookies out of a box of pudding mix? Well you can… pretty cool right!!!! Adding the pudding mix to the cookie batter makes the cookies soft and chewy just the way I think cookies should be.  I’m not really a crunchy cookie type gal.

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I also added vanilla and butter extract to the mix to give it that vanilla cake flavor also.  Plus when you add sprinkles, who doesn’t like a little sprinkles to their cookies.  It just makes it Fun and Pretty!

Funfetti Pudding Cookies

 

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There is nothing sweeter then the smell or freshly brewed coffee in the morning.  The excitement I get when I hear the my coffee machine turn on, it guarantees what I know to be the beginning of my day.  As you can see I am a coffee lover!  Having a 7 week old definitely gives me the need for coffee in the morning.  Having a newborn definitely has been like starting parenting all over again.  You see my oldest are 11 and 8, so its definitely taking me a little bit to get used to, but I am enjoying every minute of it… even the sleepless nights.

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I think I have gotten my routine down now though which I think is one of the best things with a little one.  Usually while Jacob is sleeping and the older ones are waking up to get ready for school I sneak in my kitchen, for 5 minutes and make my coffee.  While I finish up making lunches, I have Jacobs bottle warming up and my coffee brewing. 

Once my coffee is finished I add brown sugar to my cup and then sweet cream.  I love my coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I love using Coffee-mate’s creamer, so you had to know how excited I was to see their new Extra Sweet and Creamy Creamer.  They have some delicious flavors, like the Italian Sweet Cream Coffee-mate creamer.  Sweet, smooth, adds great flavor and a perfect combination with my strong coffee. Coffee-mate NEW Extra Sweet & Creamy Read the rest of this entry »

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

5 Mar 2014 In: Recipes


fried mozzarella sticks

Is there an appetizer that no matter where you go you always find yourself ordering?  When my sisters, brother and I were little, and even up to this day when we go out to eat, we always get fried mozzarella, whether it be in the stick form or wedges, we always get it. I mean what is better then hot crispy fried cheese???? NOTHING, I know!!!!

There are so many variations to making mozzarella sticks.  You can fry them. You can bake them.  You can roll them in breadcrumbs or… you can roll them in Panko crumbs.  Panko was the way I chose to go.  I love using panko crumbs.  It just gives your food such great texture and the crunch you get is pretty outstanding.

My mouth is starting to water just thinking of these mozzarella sticks…. Mmmmmm.

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Yellow Rice with Johnsonville’s Sausage

26 Feb 2014 In: Recipes

I’m always thinking of quick and easy recipes to make at home for dinner. Especially with a newborn now and the kids’ busy schedule life can get pretty hectic. When I was asked to create a recipe for Mardi Gras, using Johnsonville Kitchen’s new fully cooked sausage, I knew I wanted to make a rice dish that was easy, simple and very delicious. I mean who doesn’t like rice? But I didn’t want just any regular rice, I wanted to make yellow rice and incorporate it in my recipe with the Johnsonville’s fully cooked sausage. I mean who doesn’t think of some kind of jazzed up rice dish for Mardi Gras… I know I do. Especially if its packed with lots of flavor, which this one is. :-)

I used the Johnsonville’s New Orleans Brand, Andouille Smoked Sausage of course, it went perfectly with my Mardi Gras-inspired recipe. These split rope sausages have such great flavor and they have NO Fillers, which is HUGE! Did you know that Johnsonville Sausages are proudly made using only premium cuts of pork to pack in the real flavor and is also available in other unique flavors. I also like these split rope sausages because it allows portion control and if a recipe doesn’t call for using all of the sausages then I can save them for another day, another recipe.

I also added a few touches of my own, such as chopped garlic, onions. green pepper, chicken stock for the rice to cook in, and a can of diced tomatoes. This is a perfect 30 minute meal for any day of the week, especially during a busy week.

Now I know that Mardi Gras isn’t for a few days but early planning is always the key to a great celebration. If your like me and you wont be finding yourself celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but still want to celebrate the planning ahead is exactly what you need to do. Invite some friends and neighbors over make a big pot of this delicious Yellow Rice dish and enjoy!

Just make sure you have some King Cake to end the night with!!!!! :-D

Johnsonville Split Rope Sausage is packed with flavor to make your dinners easier and more delicious. Get ready for Mardi Gras with Johnsonville! Visit Johnsonville.com for great recipes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.

Yellow Rice with Sausage

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Yellow Rice with Sausage

This yellow rice dish is packed with lots of flavor and delicious sliced Andouille sausages.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Long-Grain Rice
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 packet Yellow Food Coloring, (I used Vigo)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • For Sausage Mixture:
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 package Split Rope Sausages, Andouille Sausage, cut in 1/2 inch slices diagonally
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium pot combine all rice ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it is boiling lower the heat to a simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes or until rice is completely cooked.
  2. For Sausage Mixture:
  3. While the rice is cooking in a large sauté pan add olive oil and butter and heat on medium heat. Once that is melted and heated add the garlic and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  4. Next, drain and then add the can of tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper. White that is cooking chop up the split ope sausages in 1/2 inch slices diagonally.
  5. Cook for 12 minutes. Once the rice is finished cooking add the yellow rice to the sausage mixture and cook together for another 5-10 minutes just to combine all the flavors. Add more salt and black pepper if you choose.
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Frittata

Have you ever heard of the saying “everything but the kitchen sink?”  That saying is used when you add so many ingredients to a dish but the only thing you excluded was literally the kitchen sink.  In frittata’s you can add so many different ingredients, practically any vegetables or meats work beautifully in them.

For some of you, frittata might sound too fancy a word to say or even try to make, but the truth is that frittata’s are so easy and simple to make and they an be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  If your ever in a bind and have no idea what to make for dinner, trust me frittata’s will save you.

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Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

If you know me you already know that I am a true lover of ALL things red velvet.  I mean from Red Velvet Cake to cookies to brownies to pancakes.   I think it not only has to do with the flavor but also the color is just so pretty, and you know you eat with your eyes first.  SO what is better then bright red cookies or cake… NOTHING! :-) Read the rest of this entry »

and then there was 5…

1 Feb 2014 In: Thoughts

“Dad, how much do babies sleep, because Jacob sleeps a lot…”  This is what our first born asked my husband just yesterday.  My husband replied they sleep a lot because that’s how they grow, and also remember your brother came 5 weeks early too.  So all the sleep he is doing he would be doing inside your mom’s tummy if he was still there, like he was suppose to be.

Do you guys remember me telling you all that I was feeling ready for Jacob to come.  I mean I was 35 weeks and I was prepared for him to come two weeks early because that’s how early Julian and Kayla came.  what I was not prepared for was for Jacob to make his appearance 5 weeks early.

At 1:15am on January 19th I was awoken from my bed with my water breaking.  I mean I actually heard it POP!  It was crazy, because I know what it felt like when you water breaks, due it breaking with my daughter but that was 8 years ago, so I was a little rusty.  I rolled my husband over and said, “Uhhh I think my water just broke.”  Next thing I know we are waking the kids up getting ready and driving to the hospital at 3:30am.

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