August 31, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

I grew up not being a fan of chicken pot pie because it always had peas in it...well I decided to make my own version from scratch.  I will never buy another frozen chicken pot pie again.  This is a quick and easy meal that your whole family will enjoy!
Makes 8 Servings
1 lb - Boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 box - Stuffing (chicken flavor)
1 bag- Mixed frozen vegetables
1 pkg - Pillsbury pie crust
1 can - Cream of chicken
1 Tbsp - Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp - Flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Cut chicken up and cook in pan w/ olive oil. Season chicken w/ Paula Deans seasoning (Johnny's seasonings work too).
2. Cook veggies in ½ cup of water then drain.
3. Once veggies are done add cream of chicken, heavy cream, flour, and mix on low heat.
4. Add chicken to veggie mixture.
5. Cook stuffing to the boxes directions.
6. Add stuffing to the veggie/chicken mixture, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Put pie crust in the pie pan then fill w/ veggie mixture, add additional pie crust to top and cut slits for air.
8. Bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutrition Information:
PER SERVING: 429 calories, 10g fat, 626mg sodium, 24g carbs, 17g protein

August 30, 2010

I love food!

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and fell in love with their food? Well, I have, and I want to help you fall in love with food too! There are so many choices on a menu which makes it difficult to decide what you want. My goal is to help you with your choices. Here are a few of my favorites:

Chicken Fajita Wrap - The Loose Wheel (Tacoma, WA)
Classic French Onion Soup - Mama Stortinis (Puyallup, WA)
Cleopatra Pizza - Cinebarre (Seattle, WA)
Crab & Cheese Dip - Northwest Vintage Wine Bar (Puyallup, WA)
New York Steak - Casa Mia (Puyallup, WA)
Salt Crusted Roast Prime Rib of Beef - Gateway Cottage (Tacoma, WA)
Spanakopita - My Greek and Italian Restaurant (Puyallup, WA)

Spicy Salsa

Although there are wonderful salsas to buy at the store, I think homemade salsa tastes better; plus you can make it as mild or hot as you like!! 

1 can - Rotel
1 can - Whole canned tomatoes
1 - Jalapeno (makes your salsa medium, use more to spice it up)
1/4 cup - Walla Walla onion, diced
1 tsp - Garlic salt
1/2 tsp - Cumin
1/4 tsp - Sugar

1. In a food processor add the jalapenos and onion, chop for a few seconds, then add all of the other ingredients and chop until you get to your favorite salsa texture.

2. Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then enjoy!

August 23, 2010

Chipotle Brownies

Bring a fun dessert to your next gathering!
(makes 4 servings)

1 tsp + 1 cup - Butter (2 sticks)
1 Tbsp + 1 cup - All-purpose flour
4 oz - Unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups - Sugar
1 tsp - Ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp - Ground chipotle chili pepper
4 - Eggs
1 cup - Chopped mexican chocolate or semisweet chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1. Grease and flour an 11x7 baking pan with 1 tsp butter and 1 Tbsp of flour.

2. Heat the remaining butter and unsweetened chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining flour, sugar, cinnamon, and ground chipotle.  Then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth.  Stir in the chopped chocolate.

4. Poor the mixture into a prepared baking dish and bake until the center is set.  Around 35 to 40 minutes; let it cool completely before cutting.

Pigs In A Blanket w/ Bacon

Instead of making the traditional pigs in a blanket my boyfriend suggested that I somehow add bacon to it also.  He thinks bacon should be included in every meal. :)  Here is my version of pigs in a blanket with bacon.

1 pkg - Cocktail wieners
2 cans - Crescent rolls
4-6 slices of thin cut bacon
2 Tbsp - Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Unroll the cresent rolls and cut the triangles into thirds.

2. Spread the dijon mustard onto the dough.

3. Cut the bacon into small pieces, just large enough to wrap around the wieners.

4. Place the bacon ontop of the mustard on the cresent rolls, then the wiener. Wrap the wiener with the dough making sure it is nice and tight. You don't want the wiener to slip out!

5. Place the wrapped wieners onto a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.