Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brown Butter and Sage Chicken Chunks

Brown Butter and Sage Chicken Chunks

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup sage leaves
2 Tablespoons Butter

Cut the chicken into small chunks (about 1-1/2 inches) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Melt the butter in large skillet over medium-high heat and cook until the butter begins to brown and turn fragrant.  Add the chicken and sage and cook for about 3 minutes without stirring until the chicken begins to brown.  Stir, turning the chunks and sage to brown evenly, until thoroughly cooked and coated in the butter, about another 3-4 minutes.  Serve hot.

This was very good!  And fast!!  Would definitely make it again.  Found on Pinterest.


Orange Blueberry Muffins

ORANGE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (I used 1/2 cup and probably could have added even more!)
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350^F.

Beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients.  Combine buttermilk and orange juice.  Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  After each addition, beat mixture at low speed until blended.  Fold in blueberries.

Place paper baking cups in muffin pans; add batter, filling 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.  Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.

Recipe said this makes 12 muffins, but I got 12 and had enough batter left over to fill an 8-inch round cake pan!  So I sprinkled that one with coarse sugar and baked it for about 25 minutes to make a coffee cake.  


Adapted from Paula Deen magazine, Jan/Feb 2006.  

The muffins were good, but there was not even a HINT of orange, even though I doubled the amount of orange juice called for.  I think it needs some grated orange peel!  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or thawed frozen blueberries)

In a large bowl, stir the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together.  Add the egg, milk and melted butter and stir until combined.  Fold in the blueberries.

Let sit for 1 hour.  I did NOT do this.  And they were fine!

Heat a griddle over medium high heat.  Brush with a little melted butter.  Scoop 1/4 to 1/3 cup portions of batter onto the griddle and cook until the pancakes are bubbly and dry around the edges. Flip them and continue cooking about 1 minute or until browned on the bottom.

Serve hot with butter and syrup (or butter and brown sugar according to Todd's recipe).

Very good pancakes!  Next time I'll wait the hour and see if it makes any difference.  I might also add a little lemon peel to perk up the blueberries.

Recipe from allrecipes.com



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pepperoni Bubble Bread

Pepperoni Bubble Bread

1 can Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup sliced pepperoni
1 Tsp dried oregano (or 1 Tbsp fresh minced oregano)
1/2 tsp minced roasted garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

Preheat the oven to 350^F.  Spray a 9-inch loaf pan well with cooking spray.

Quarter the biscuits and put them in a large bowl.  Add the remaining ingredient, reserving 1/4 cup cheese for later, and toss to coat each biscuit piece with the oil and seasonings.  Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling on top.  Remove from the oven and use a knife to loosed the edges from the pan, then invert onto a serving platter.

Serve warm.

Yum!!  Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest.


Bourbon Crack Chicken

Bourbon Crack Chicken

2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp evoo
1 tsp minced roasted garlic
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 Tbsp applesauce
1/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp catsup
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/3 cup lite soy sauce
1/2 cup water   (omit water if using previously frozen chicken!)
2-3 lbs chicken tenders, thawed

Combine everything except the chicken in a small bowl and whisk until well mixed.  Put the chicken in the crockpot and pour the sauce over, coating the chicken well.  Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.  Serve over rice.

Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest.  This was delicious, but, even though my chicken was thawed, water still cooked out of it and diluted the sauce too much (in my opinion).  I will make this again, but I won't add the 1/2 cup water!



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Pancakes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 Tbsp melted butter, cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium apple, grated
Butter for griddle

Syrup:

1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Add the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla and stir until just combined.  Fold in the grated apple.

Warm the maple syrup and stir in the vanilla.  Set aside.

Preheat a griddle and brush with a bit of melted butter.  Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto griddle and cook 1-2 minutes or until small bubbles begin to form on the pancakes.  Flip them and continue cooking until golden brown (about 1 more minute).  Serve immediately with the warm syrup.

Good pancakes.  Not as tender as my favorite Buttermilks, but the apple-spice flavor makes these a winner!

Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest from www.averiecooks.com.





Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

1 tea "bag" Lipton's Black Pearl tea
6-oz boiling water
2 tsp sweetened condensed milk

Place the tea "bag" in a mug and pour in the boiling water.  Let steep at least 4 minutes or until the tea is a dark color.  Remove the tea bag and stir in the sweetened condensed milk.

I thought this was OK, but it's not something to rave about.  On the other hand, I'm more of a coffee-drinking kind of girl, so maybe that's why I wasn't terribly impressed?

Recipe found on Pinterest.