Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a pie plate.
Top with corn, green chiles, salsa, cheese, and green onions, in that order.
Cover with foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes, removing foil for last 10.
Serve with tortilla chips. And margaritas. :)
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm a member of http://www.houseparty.com/, a website that allows you to apply to host parties that are sponsored by leading brands. Each party has a theme, and your assignment is to share the wealth with friends and family by hosting a House Party. This was the first mission I was sent on: DiGiorno Pizza and Breadsticks!
I received my "party pack" in the mail about a week before my party. Inside were coupons for free pizzas and party supplies, such as DiGiorno beads, table tents, coasters, and the snazzy finger basketball hoops you see above.
The day of our party, I picked up the pizzas: Pepperoni, Cheese, Supreme, and Sausage, Bacon, & Pepperoni. The spotlight selection pizzas, the boxes containing both pizza and breadsticks, were the Pepperoni and Supreme. These boxes contained (8) breadsticks in addition to a full-size pizza; the breadsticks cook alongside the pizza in the oven, and the marinara dipping sauce is easily heated in the microwave.
A delicious pepperoni pizza:
As another option for our guests, I put together a BLT Salad bar:
And for dessert, my strawberry version of Pizza Hut's dessert pizza:
And some festive cut-out cookies:
I tried to get creative with my sprinkles. That's supposed to be a basketball; can you tell?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
BLT Salad Bar
A tasty salad with some of my all-time favorite toppings. I like this for entertaining, because it offers guests the options and flexibility of a "salad bar," but the BLT theme allows you to get by with just a few classic toppings.
(2) bags prepared salad, such as American lettuce mix
tomato (I chopped up 3 vine-ripened tomatoes)
shredded cheddar (about 1 cup)
bacon (I cooked & crumbled about 6 strips)
croutons (about 1-2 cups)
Serve toppings in individual bowls, and allow guests to create their own salad!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
1 container refrigerated pizza dough (or bread dough)
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Another success! We'll definitely be making this again.
A Note From The Little Lady: Rachael Ray's serving suggestion is not as meatball subs, but as meatballs with dipping sauce. If choosing this option, serve sauce in a bowl, and surround with meatballs. Serve with toothpicks.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Scramble eggs over medium heat, adding in minced green onion and seasoning with salt and pepper. Heat sausage patty until cooked through. Make sandwich by layering egg, cheese, and sausage patty.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
One two-syllable word: Yum-my.
1/2-2/3 lb. ground beef
Worchestershire sauce, to taste
Steak seasoning, to taste
2 slices American cheese
2 slices thick, hearty bread
1/4 onion, thinly sliced
1 T. olive oil
tomato slices, if desired
Saute onions over medium heat with olive oil.
Combine ground beef, Worchestershire sauce, and steak seasoning in a bowl. Form into two hamburger patties. Grill over medium heat until reaching desired doneness, flipping halfway through. Melt slices of cheese over patties before removing from grill.
Transfer patties to bread, and top with tomato and onions.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Slightly Adapted From: The Deen Bros. Cookbook: Recipes From The Road
1 c. ketchup
2 T. orange juice
1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 t. Worchestershire sauce
1 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. cumin (or 1 t. liquid smoke)
3-4 chicken breasts (about 1-2 lbs.), or a 3-1/2 lb. chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, or prepare a grill.
Combine all ingredients except for chicken breasts to create barbeque sauce. Reserve 1/3 cup of the sauce for basting. Add the chicken to the remaining sauce in the bowl, turning to coat.
***If you have time, marinate chicken in sauce overnight or for a few hours. If you need to cook it right away, that's okay too. (The original recipe actually says nothing about marinating, but I like letting the flavor soak in when I can.)
Arrange chicken in a roasting pan or on the grill. Cook for 45-60 minutes, or until cooked through, basting with the reserved 1/3 cup sauce after 20 minutes.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Buffalo Chicken Anything seems to be the rage lately. And this didn't disappoint. I always know The Mr. is content when I hear little "mmm"s throughout the meal. I mean, really: buffalo chicken and mac 'n cheese... how could it be bad??
Thursday, March 11, 2010
So today I turn 26 years old, and show my face for the first time. That's me up there, celebrating my 24th birthday.
And because it's my birthday, I've decided that it's a good enough excuse to not worry about posting a recipe today. Today, I'm boycotting the kitchen and eating out. Because, although I love to cook, there's something not too thrilling about cooking your own birthday dinner, or baking your own birthday cake. Instead, I'm celebrating at a restaurant with The Mr. and ordering myself a tasty dinner and a sinful birthday dessert.
AND I'm going to ask you all for gifts.
I know there are ways out there to track the activity my blog sees. And if I was tech-savvy enough to look into those methods, I might have an idea of who all visits, where they visit from, and if there's really anyone out there reaping some benefits from what I post. But, to be honest, I don't know much about the interwebs. All I really know is how to take a crappy picture of something I make and slap it up here with the recipe... probably often with typos (my apologies).
So..onto my birthday request...
If you follow my blog, consider becoming a "Follower." I'm curious just how many people see the hideous photos I post. The Mr. keeps saying, "We need to get you some photography lessons."
I think what I really need is a good camera!
In the end, though I strive for impressive photos, what I'm most concerned about is offering something that tastes good and is fairly easy to make, no matter what it looks like.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Spread on top of chocolate fudge layer:
Frost and decorate:
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
New York, New York
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Heat 1 T. olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
Chop/shred leftover steak into small pieces; slice onion and green pepper into thin slices.
Transfer steak, onion, and pepper to the skillet. Season with Worchestershire and steak seasoning. Heat through until onion and peppers are tender.
Prepare hoagie buns by splitting and topping with cheese. Heat under broiler until cheese is just melted. Top buns with mayo and steak mixture. Serve and enjoy.
(The Mr. gets a big one AND an extra little one since his belly is hungrier than mine.)