Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mushroom-Sausage Ragu

It's not surprising that I love being in the kitchen.  Some people have their retail therapy, others get massages and manicures, but I cook and bake.  The entire process; preparation, cooking and decorating and plating is my therapy.  As much as I enjoy preparing meals that are packed full of different steps and processes, during the week I just don't have that kind of time.  I need to be able to get a well balanced meal on the table in a short period of time so we can eat at a decent hour.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DB: Challah Bread

Making bread is a process that honestly never ceases to amaze me.  Honestly, there is truly something magical about combining a few simple ingredients and watching it transform to a fluffy, light, buttery bread.  As much as I love bread of any sort, there is just something about homemade bread that takes it to another level.  I enjoy the process, controling the quality of ingredients and of course, getting to enjoy the end product fresh from the oven. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

SRC: 3 Ingredient Ice Cream-With Brownies and Caramel

Today is another reveal day for the secret recipe club.  This is only my third round, but I thoroughly look forward to every month's blog assignment.  I am constantly introduced to new blogs that are packed full of recipes that look and sound absolutely amazing.  This month I was given Kelli's blog, Ambition's Kitchen.  This actually wasn't the first time for me to come across her blog; Kelli had my blog for a previous round and I was captivated by her blog, pictures, and recipes.  While looking through her blog last time I found quite a few recipes that I knew I needed to make, and she's kept the delicious recipes coming.  Let me just start by saying Kelli sounds like a woman after my own heart; she's all about family and delicious food.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thick and Chocolatey Brownies

It's no mystery how I feel about chocolate.  To say I love it would be an understatement, at the least.  Now, you probably also know how I feel about brownies and that my favorite type of brownies are those ooey, gooey, chocolatey, stick-to-your-teeth kind.  If you need to read an in-depth recap of my love and fondness of this type of brownie, here it is.  Now, if you just want to move onto the good stuff I promise I won't deter you much longer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Crispy Oven Chicken Tenders

I believe chicken tenders are a staple in every 2 year old's diet and Tucker is no exception.  Although his he has a very mature palette for his age, and he eats a multitude of different foods chicken tenders are hands down one of his favorites.  They are my "go to" for him when he shows absolutely no interest in any of the options I give him.  You know, we all have those days where nothing sounds good, right?  Well our kiddos are no different. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BLT Pasta

Summer is unofficially, officially here.  We have been experiencing record high temperatures, already.  Since we haven't even hit the primetime for extreme temperatures and heatwaves, I'm somewhat leary to see what's in store.  Oh well, I guess that just means my ice cream maker will be getting a real workout this summer!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for May 20-26, 2012

Hamburgers, 3 bean salad and grilled vegetables
Melt in your mouth chicken, squash and roasted asparagus
Tortellini spinach bake with creamy lemon sauce, side salad
Chicken with red pepper aioli,  
Pork florentine, roasted broccoli and baked potatoes
Homemade pizza

Friday, May 18, 2012

Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Putting it quite simply, this cake is a chocoholic's dream come true.  Devil's Food Cake, where have you been all my life?  I've tried various chocolate cake/cupcake recipes and none have compared to the pure chocolate goodness that is devil's food cake.  Don't get me wrong, they've all been good.  I mean, they were chocolate, of course.  But this cake trumps them all, if I do say so.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spicy Sausage Casserole

If you were to write a play by play of your weeknight routine what would it look like?  Here's a glimpse into my typical routine, it can get quite hectic.  After work I trudge through rush hour traffic, pick up my cute little man, then tolerate more rush hour traffic and finally make my way to my house.  Once I get home the race is on; it's time to play, prepare supper, feed my family, get Tucker ready for bed, relax for a minute (maybe) and then get myself in bed.  Can you relate? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for May 13-19, 2012

Sunday-at my brother and sister-in-law's for mother's day
Eat out
Double cheddar cheese burgers with grilled vidalia onions, french fries and bbq beans
Mushroom fajitas
Fish tacos with mango-strawberry salsa
Mushroom-sausage ragu, salad and garlic bread
Gourmet grilled cheese, sides tbd

Have a great week!

Bean and Cheese Burritos

When I was younger my Grandma would always have an afternoon snack of some sort ready for me once I got out of school.  One of my favorites was bean burritos.  It was pure goodness with creamy beans and gobs of cheese.  It's been quite some time since I prepared one of those bean burritos for myself but they still hold a special place in my heart.  When I came across this recipe for bean burritos on Josie's blog all those memories of that wonderful afternoon snack rushed back.  Her description of her bean burritos sounded exactly like the one's my Grandma had made me countless times.  It didn't take long at all to determine that I needed HAD to make these very soon!  Once I discovered them I actually put the on the menu for the next week.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fudgy Brownies

Let's talk brownies for a second, shall we?  What type of brownie person are you?  Do you enjoy brownies that are more cake-like?  Or do you prefer brownies that are ooey, gooey, fudgy and chewy?  I am a fudgy brownie girl, myself.  I love sinking my teeth into a fresh-from-the-oven, chewy brownie.  There is just something about it that is so deliciously satisfying.  The brownie is warm, gooey, fudgy, and full of rich chocolate goodness.  Is there really anything better?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

I am a ranch girl through and through; but lately I've been enjoying blue cheese dressing as my dip of choice when I have hot wings.  I'm slowly growing to enjoy it on certain salads, as well.  I have noticed a pattern with bottled dressings versus homemade or those enjoyed in a restaurant; I just really don't care for bottled dressings.  I'm not sure what it is about those bottled dressings but they just lose something; I'm guessing it's the added preservatives to expand the shelf life that make the difference?  Again, just guessing but that's what I'm going with!  So, since I'm not a fan of most bottled dressings I make my own at home.  And, since my palate has matured and I enjoy blue cheese not only in various dishes but as a dressing I thought it was about time to make my own blue cheese dressing. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monster Magic Cookie Bars

So we've all heard of the classic dessert known as Magic Bars.  You know, the bars with a graham cracker crust that's topped by condensed milk, chocolate chips, chopped nuts and coconut?  Yes, you know know what I'm talking about.  Well, as much as I love this classic, I have a deliciously rich new spin to share with you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Rice

I am so excited to share this recipe with you!  This particular recipe has been a long time coming.  I know, I know, you're thinking a little rice, cheese and few other ingredients; what's so special about that?  Well, it's so special because it's so delicious.  I was first introduced to this side when I visited a local restaurant and had their shrimp enchiladas that was paired with garlic-jalapeno black beans and this deliciously rich, creamy and cheesy jalapeno-cream cheese rice.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for May 6-12, 2012

Chicken chile burgers, homemade french fries, and coleslaw
Creamy pasta with sausage, salad and garlic bread
Chicken enchiladas, rice, and garlic black beans
White pizza with chicken and herbs

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Salads have to be one of my favorite foods.  First, and foremost, they are delicious.  They are light, healthy and can be topped and adorned to fit any taste.  Even the tastes of the pickiest eaters.  They can even quench the hunger of those "meat and potatoes" guys, aka my husband.  Although, I can have a salad filled with plenty of vegetables, and sometimes, fruit, Spencer needs a little more heartiness to bed of veggies.  So to give him the same healthy benefits of a salad with a little more heartiness, we'll typically add a grilled chicken breast. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for April 29-May 5, 2012

Sunday-Hamburgers, sides tbd
Monday-Eat out- White River Fish House
Tuesday-Something quick, coming back from out of town
Chiles rellones with tomato sauce, rice and beans (hopefully we'll get to this this week)
Chicken burgers, grilled asparagus and corn
Spinach salad with tomatoes, strawberries, dried cranberries,walnuts, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, other side tbd
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