Monday, March 27, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies



Yes, I did try ANOTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe!

I can't even count how many of them I tried. 

This one is a bit different with the melted butter and mostly brown sugar. They ended up very chewy and rich....and didn't last long! I have never met a chocolate chip cookie recipe I didn't like...especially when they are warm right out of the oven!



 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 c. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
2 c. chocolate chips

Mix the melted butter and sugars. Stir in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt, and baking powder. Add chocolate chips, stirring well. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 325 for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are browned. Cool on baking sheets a bit before removing to racks to cool.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ranch Baked Cheddar Chicken




This is so delicious!



I love ranch dressing, and mixed with cheese and mayo...yum! The panko adds a nice crunch too... a quick and easy meal.


Ranch Baked Cheddar Chicken

3 chicken breasts
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 c. mayo
1/2 of a package of dry ranch dressing mix ( 1 oz. size package)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 c. panko crumbs ( I used seasoned)

Line a baking dish with foil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper,and place in the baking dish. Combine the cheddar cheese, mayo, and ranch seasoning. Spread on top of chicken and sprinkle with panko. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until juices run clear.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pepper jack Pimento Cheese



I often stir up some pimento cheese to have for a quick lunch or snack. We really like this recipe with pepper jack cheese.


It's got just the right combo...a slight kick from the pepper jack with the subtle spice of the Worcestershire...such a tasty spread!





Pepper jack Pimento Cheese

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
dash of Worcestershire sauce
2 -3 Tbsp. pimento
1/4 c. real mayonnaise

Combine all and mix well. Spread on crackers or bread. Great on top of grilled burgers!




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Hotdish



This is a great recipe for when you feel like some comfort food. It's perfect for using up leftover chicken or turkey,too. 



I love to dish up a bowl of this cheesy goodness to enjoy on a cold winter day!


Like today...it's cold and SO windy......



Cheesy Chicken Noodle Hot dish

1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. mayo
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 c. cubed cooked chicken
1/4 c. chopped red pepper
1/4 c. chopped onion ( if desired)
1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
12 oz. egg noddles, cooked and drained

Mix the soup,mayo and lemon juice. Stir in the chicken, red pepper,onion, Monterrey Jack cheese, and 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, top with remaining cheese, and return to oven for another 5 minutes until melted.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goulda Bites



For the Super Bowl this year, I made some Gouda Bites. I haven't had them in years and came across the recipe recently. They are just SO easy, and are such a fun appetizer to make. I love the melted Gouda with just a hint of garlic..... and the crusty crescents of course!


This is a recipe originally from Taste of Home, back when the magazines were worth hanging on to and reading over and over. I used to get ALL of them, loved the glossy pages and awesome recipes. Now the magazines are smaller, and the pages are made from a cheaper material. I still find some great recipes, but I do find I'm online reading recipes more and more. Still....there's nothing like getting some happy mail....and paging through a colorful magazine!

Here's the simple recipe:


Gouda Bites
(T of H)

1  8 oz. tube Pillsbury Crescents
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 oz. Gouda, cut in 24 pieces

Spread the crescents into a long rectangle, pinching the seams shut. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Cut into 24 pieces and lightly press into ungreased mini muffin tins. Bake at 375 for about 3 to 4 minutes. Place a slice of Gouda in each and return to oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes longer, until golden brown, and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Smore's Cream Puff


Happy Valentines Day!

I made some mini cream puffs and turned them into some smore's for Valentines Day. 

I took off the top and added a Dove chocolate and some mini marshmallows and put it under the broiler until golden.


Then I put the top back on....yum! What a fun treat for Valentines Day!



Mini Cream Puffs

1/2 c. water
1/3 c. butter, cubed
dash of salt
1/2 c. flour
2 eggs

In  a large sauce pan, bring the butter, water and salt to a boil. Stir in the flour all at once until smooth. Take off heat, and let stand a couple of minutes. Add egg one at a time, beating well, until mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheets and bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove and immediately split puffs open, remove tops and set aside to cool. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Banana Bread


I have quite a few recipes for banana bread that I have collected over the years, and I like them all. 

But I saw this one made with some cinnamon, so I decided to try it. 

So glad I did!





Very moist and delicious..and the hint of cinnamon was delicious!


Banana Bread

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
4 ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream the sugar and eggs, add the oil and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda,salt, and cinnamon. Mix until just combined and pour into 2 small greased loaf pans or one 8x5 loaf pan and bake about 1 hour at 350.