February 14, 2009

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

I got this recipe from the sisters cafe blog.  I made them to serve with the chicken noodle soup I made this week.  They were super easy (20 min total prep and their on the table), and really tasty too.  Shawn and the kids all thought they were great for dunking in the soup.  I did adapt the recipe a bit to our tastes.

2 C bisquick mix (I used the heart healthy kind)
2/3 C milk
1/3 C shredded cheese
2 Tbl parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp parsley
2 Tbl butter (I used light margarine)

--mix together bisquick and milk just until moistened.  Fold in cheeses and drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 min. or until lightly browned.  Melt butter and add salt and parsley.  Brush on cooked rolls and serve immediately.  You can also sprinkle a little more parmesan cheese on them if you want.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I needed to bring a pot of soup to a Stake Youth activity this week and this is what I brought.  I got the recipe from a dear friend I served with in the Relief Society Pres.  She is known as the soup lady in our ward.  My family loves this soup and whenever one of the kids is sick this is the first thing they ask for.  It just makes everything all better.  You can use homemade noodles if you would rather, but the Kluski ones are so much easier!

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
diced carrots, onions, celery, green pepper
1-2 garlic cloves, minced 
1 tbl parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
4-6 chicken bouillon cubes
2 can cream of chicken soup (I use light)
2 pkgs chicken gravy mix
1 pkg Kluski noodles (found with all the other pastas)

--Boil chicken in water with bouillon until cooked through.  Remove chicken and set aside to cool.  Strain liquid  and then add enough water to make 3-4 qts liquid total.    Add veggies, garlic, parsley and pepper and simmer until veggies are tender.  Chop chicken and add to pot with veggies.  Add soup and gravy mix and mix well (you may have to use a big wisk).  Bring soup to a boil and add noodles.  Continue to simmer until noodles are tender and soup is thickened.  Enjoy!!

February 11, 2009

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

I got this off of The Sister's Cafe blog.  It was easy to make, moist and really yummy!  Everyone loved it.  I had a hard time keeping the kids fingers out of it until after dinner.  I did cheat and use canned chocolate frosting because I had some in my food storage that needed to be used.  I also did not have any buttermilk, so I just did the milk and vinegar thing.  I think this would also be great just as a regular chocolate cake without the peanut butter. 

2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 C sugar
1 C butter
1/4 C cocoa
1 C water
1/2 C buttermilk
2 lg eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla

-Combine flour, soda and sugar in a mixing bowl.  In a saucepan, melt butter.  Add cocoa and stir to combine.  Add water, buttermilk, and eggs.  Cook, stirring well until mixture boils.  Remove from heat and add to flour mixture and mix until smooth.  Add vanilla and mix well.  Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for about 25 min or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool for about 10 min and then spread with about 1 C peanut butter (softened in micro for a few seconds).  Let cool completely.  Spread with chocolate canned frosting or homemade. Enjoy!

-Chocolate frosting:
1 lb. pkg powdered sugar
1/4 C cocoa
1/2 C butter
1/3 C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

-bring cocoa, butter and buttermilk to a boil in saucepan stirring constantly.  Pour hot mixture in a bowl with the sugar and stir until smooth.  Add vanilla.

Chicken Parmesan with Rigatoni Bake

This was easy to make. I have never cooked chicken this way but it turned out really moist and delicious. I will definetly be making it again. I didn't have rigatoni so I just used what ever pasta I had on hand. I also used all plain bread crumbs and added some italian seasoning. It turned out great. I got this recipe off of http://www.picky-palate.com/

Chicken Parmesan Rigatoni Bake

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 Cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs plus 2 Tablespoons water
1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs (Progresso)
1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 lb dry rigatoni
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 26 oz jars of your favorite pasta sauce
6 slices of your favorite bread, toasted
Garlic Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pound chicken breasts to an even thinness with a meat mallet. Place flour, salt and pepper into a shallow dish. Place eggs and water into a separate shallow dish. Place bread crumbs and parmesan cheese into a 3rd shallow dish. Dip chicken into flour, then eggs then into bread crumb mixture pressing gently. Place coated chicken onto a baking rack placed over a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

2. Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Place olive oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, sauté onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic for 1 minutes then add pasta sauce, reserving 1 Cup for later. Reduce heat to low and stir in cooked pasta. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Cut chicken into strips and place over dish. Drizzle with reserved pasta sauce and serve. Spread butter over warm toasted bread and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. Cut into triangles if desired. Serve with each dish.

6 servings

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

This is a really great recipe.  Comfort food at its best.  I got the recipe from a Taste of Home cookbook.  It stays nice and creamy and doesn't dry out, even when re-heated the next day.  It's also super easy! I did change and lighten up the recipe a bit :)

3 C dry macaroni noodles or other pasta
2 Tbl light margarine or butter
2 Tbl flour
1 1/2 C milk
1/2 lb velveeta cheese(2%), cubed

-Cook pasta.  Meanwhile melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Gradually add milk and bring to a boil.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Reduce heat and add cheese.  cook and stir until melted.  Drain the pasta and add to cheese mixture.  Stir until cooked through.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!