Monday, April 26, 2010

Green Chile Chicken

I found this recipe on a great blog called "For the Love of Cooking" Lots of good stuff over there... It is such an easy recipe and oh so tasty. My whole family loves it and I like that it is healthy and full of flavor. Serve with rice and it makes a great meal. By the way, this isn't a recipe with heat so if you want things a little spicy add some spicy red pepper flakes or jalapenos to the cheese.

Green Chile Chicken

4 chicken breasts
2 eggs
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
1-2 7 oz. cans whole mild green chiles halved
1 2.25 oz. can of sliced black olives
1/2 cup of cheddar, shredded
1/4 cup of monterey jack or cotjia cheese, shredded
1-2 tbsp of mayonnaise

Mix eggs & spices into a bowl. Trim chicken of any fat & slice each breast into 2 chunks. Dip chicken into egg mixture & add to a hot pan sprayed with cooking spray (or olive oil). Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and place in a baking dish. Cover each chunk of chicken with a green chile half. Mix cheese and mayonnaise in bowl. Sprinkle on top of chicken and green chiles. Top with black olives. Cook for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

R2D2 Birthday Cake

My friends little boy turned 6 yesterday. I was excited when I was asked to make his cake because he LOVES Star Wars... After this Star Wars cake for my monkey #1 I felt up to the challenge to make something new. Hello R2.

Just a note* He is about 5 layers of chocolate and white cake with buttercream frosting. The legs are made of rice crispy treats and frosted.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hash Brown Quiche

I found this recipe in The Essential Mormon Cookbook by Julie Badger Jensen. There are a lot of simple homey recipes in there that I will share. This recipe is easy and delicious for any time of the day. My family likes it for dinner made in individual serving sizes. I use my jumbo muffin tins and they think its something fancy. We often throw in a few extra ingredients like onions, peppers, or mushrooms or even pepperjack cheese.

Hash Brown Quiche

8 uncooked shredded frozen hash browns or patties
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup cubed precooked ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
8 eggs
2 cups milk or cream
½ teaspoon salt

Place hash brown patties in a greased 9×13 inch pan. Pour melted butter evenly over the surface of potato patties. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. (at this point I us a fork and press the potatoes so that there at no gaps and the potatoes cover the bottom of the pan completely) Sprinkle potatoes with ham and cheese. In a large bowl beat eggs. Add milk or cream and salt. Pour mixture over cheeses and ham. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes ( I think it’s about 40 in my oven, just until a knife comes out clean) serves 8

Monday, April 5, 2010

Barbie Birthday Cake

I have a pink fanatic, barbie lovin girl at my house. Although today is her birthday we celebrated yesterday while our daddy was home. I thought she would cry with excitement.. I dare say it was perfect.

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

This dry sweet popcorn is such a treat for me. Not because it is fancy or difficult to make but because it brings so many memories to my mind when I eat it.Our family called it Pink Candy Popcorn. It is an old recipe from my grandmother. I never knew her but my mom would make this popcorn and tell us stories. My mom wasn't a great cook but could make this popcorn just perfect. I'm sure it was the sweet tooth in her. I can see her standing next to the stove in our green kitchen stirring and stirring carefully minding the candy thermometer to get it just right for the final pour over the popcorn. We had a great big metal bowl that was perfect for making a big batch for sharing with friends or neighbors. Oh what a treat.

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

2 cups Sugar
2/3 cup half & half, cream or whole milk
1 TBS white corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
few drops red food coloring

Place sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt in saucepan on a medium heat. Stir well and cook until sugar has fully dissolved before allowing mixture to boil (this is important to avoid rendering the popcorn too sugary). Continue to cook stirring occasionally until reaching 230 degrees or slightly soft ball stage. Add vanilla and food coloring. Mix well. Pour over 6 quarts of popcorn and stir until well coated. Spread out on flat surface to let dry and cool.

Tank Birthday Cake

It has been a busy month here at our house.. Birthday wise especially. My 3rd monkey turned 9 about 2 weeks ago. He wanted something with Camouflage. Ummmm... ok. Enter the Tank Cake. Yes those are oreos. I wish I had a picture of the inside. I made a chocolate/white marble cake with the white batter dyed green. Camo outside.. Camo inside. Cool or what? Yeah, he loved it.