Monday, July 13, 2015

Tangy Chicken Tenders

2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast, sliced into tenders
½ cup bbq sauce (I used Jack Daniels Spicy)
1 tbsp. Franks Red Hot sauce
½ an onion, diced
¼ cup minced garlic
¼ cup brown sugar
A few dashes of Cajun seasoning and/or hickory smoke salt

Place all ingredients in a plastic bag and make sure all chicken pieces are coated.  Refrigerate for 2 hours so that flavors can meld together.  Grill over medium heat until chicken is done and juices run clear.  If it’s not grilling season, bake in oven for 25 minutes at 350. 

These are great as is but I love to make slider sandwiches with them! All you need to do is cover with a piece of pepper jack cheese and serve on a sweet Hawaiian roll.  Yum!

Grilled Green Beans

1 pound fresh green beans
4 slices of bacon, diced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. minced garlic
¼ medium onion, diced
Salt & pepper

Wash and thoroughly dry green beans. Season with salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and shake to mix.  Place on foil that has been covered in non-stick spray.  Place on the top shelf of grill for 20 minutes, flipping half way through.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Bacon Jalapeno Beer Cheese Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ C. beer
6 slices bacon, diced and cooked
¼ tsp garlic powder
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved, seeded and diced
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients together except for the shredded cheddar.  Place into greased baking dish.  Cover with shredded cheese and crumble some crackers on top.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm with crackers or tortilla chips.

This was a major hit at my family dinner on Sunday.  Simple to make and just enough kick to be tasty but not overwhelming.  Could add diced chiles and some sour cream if you wanted to make this go further. 

Dorito Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sour cream
4 oz. chopped green chiles
1/3 cup Bacon Bits
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together and allow to chill for at least 3 hours for the flavors to blend.
Top with additional bacon bits right before serving

Serve with crackers, chips or raw veggies. (Doritos are best!)

This was super easy to make and really did taste excellent on Doritos, which I am usually not a fan of. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baked Italian Casserole

8 ounces rotini pasta
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
12 ounces spaghetti sauce
8 ounces cottage cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/4 pound sliced pepperoni
1 can (2.25 ounce) sliced black olives with jalapenos, drained (optional)
1 can (4 ounce) mushrooms, drained (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta according to the package.  Brown the meat with onions and garlic. Drain noodles and meat.  Add spaghetti sauce and layer in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. If you would like to add the mushrooms or olives, mix in as well.  I chose not to add either.  Mix cottage cheese, Italian seasoning and shredded cheese together.   Spread on top of the noodle and meat mixture.  Top with pepperonis.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbling.

I didn’t have rotini noodles so I used elbow macaroni which tasted just fine.  The flavors tasted even better together the next day when warmed up for lunch.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cool as a cucumber

As spring finally rolls around, are you looking for a great new drink for the warm days of summer ahead? I recommend this delightful cocktail!

I admit, this sounds funky but it is amazing and smooth. And I don't even like cucumbers!

1 part cucumber vodka
1 part watermelon pucker
1 part lemonade
splash of 7-up or Sierra Mist

Mix, serve over ice and bring on summer!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oatmeal Cake

This is one of my favorite family recipes EVER. It reminds me of family reunions, loved ones and sunshine.  My mom makes this for me on special occasions.

1 C. raw oatmeal                                                                             
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. boiling water                                                                     
1 1/2 C. flour
1 C. white sugar                                                                                               
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. brown sugar                                                                             
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. shortening                                                                            
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix the oatmeal and water.  Let stand 20 minutes.  Beat the two sugars and shortening together.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Sift flour, soda, salt and cinnamon together and add to sugar and egg mixture.  Add oatmeal mixture last.  Bake at 325 degrees in 9 x 13 pan for 35-40 minutes.  While cake is still warm, spread with the frosting below:

Frosting for oatmeal cake:
6 Tbsp. butter                                                                                   
1 C. coconut
1/4 C. half & half or cream                                                           
1/2 C. brown sugar                                                                         
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt the butter, add other ingredients.  Spread on the cake and put under the broiler until brown.

For more of my family recipes, our cookbook is available on Amazon.