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The Challenge of the Blog Break

14 Jan

The issue for me with initially falling behind on blogging was that it starts to perpetuate itself.  I have so many photos from earlier on that I have no idea which recipe was used to make yummy food.  Was it this potato soup recipe or this potato leek one?  This chili recipe or that one? How much of this Huevos Rancheros recipe did I make up as I went along?! Here’s a few items that I plan to figure out though, because I remember nothing if them not being delicious.  Sounds like Round 2 may have to occur to test I’ve paired them together correctly, but I guess if eating delicious combinations is my cross to bear; well, then, I’ll just have to take one for the team!

The million dollar question is how to keep my life…err…recipes organized going forward.

 

Baked Fake Out Chick-fil-A Chicken Strips

16 Dec

There’s not a ton of fast food that, in my opinion, tastes halfway decent, but on occasion I used to enjoy Chick-fil-A.  So, when I came across this recipe, I think it went on the menu that same week.  We’ve already had this at least twice, the second time, we tried marinating the chicken in pickle juice as I had read somewhere that it was supposedly the “secret”, but honestly we both thought it was a bit too salty and prefer it without.

This would also be a great option for kids as they are baked, not fried, and chicken fingers/nuggets/etc., always seem to be a crowd pleaser!

Baked Fake Out Chick-fil-A Chicken Strips 

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes or strips
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup regular breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Non-stick spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.  On top of the tray, put a cooling rack and spray the rack with non-stick spray.

Place the olive oil in a shallow dish.  In a separate shallow dish, combine Panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and powdered sugar together.

Toss the chicken in the olive oil then dredge the pieces in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure each piece is coated evenly. Place the nuggets on the cooling rack and spray the tops lightly with non-stick spray.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Recipe slightly adapted from Sing For Your Supper 

Still here!

23 Jul

By the beginning of September, I’ll have my new kitchen and be SO EXCITED to be making normal food again. In the meantime I do have some recipes in the backlog to get up, and I’ve been experimenting with baking recipes without measuring cups. :) Came out decent though!

I made these Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars, and they really do taste just like Reese’s Cups like Michelle says!

We interrupt these recipes…

1 Dec

As most of you know, I have an unhealthy paper/stationary obsession.  Between making my own invitations for parties like the Halloween ones or bridal shower and deciding to have our wedding invitations custom designed, I would say my interest in stationary is well above average.

So, I started thinking about our holiday cards a while ago, but I was a little stuck that I didn’t really have a picture of us that seemed right.  As part of my search I found a couple Christmas card options at Shutterfly that I thought might work with a silly photo we have from Halloween in our costumes, but if I had had a nice professional photo that I could crop or change the orientation on (although I do wish you could sort cards by orientation), there probably would have been even more options!  This just makes me think that next year I’ll have to make sure to nab some snazzy photo for next year’s ordering!

Then I found out about the free 50 Christmas card promotion that they’re offering if you write a blog post, and it just seemed to all fit perfectly into place. :)  They even have matching address labels,  photo calendars, and some holiday party invitation options, so watch out.  Ms. I-love-coordinating coming through!

Here’s a few options I’m considering…

 

NYC Eatings

9 Jul

A quick snapshot of some of the delicious items people enjoyed while we were in NYC.


Corrie’s Halibut with Fava Bean Mousse – Tribeca Grill

Cupcakes – Billy’s Bakery

Cupcakes – Magnolia Bakery

Crepes – Les Halles

Pinkberry

We also enjoyed Marc Murphy’s Landmarc, walked into Rice to Riches but unfortunately were just too full to even try it.  We also didn’t get to Levain Bakery or Stand for its Toasted Marshmellow Milkshake or like 5,000+ other places!

Oh well…guess we’ll just have to go back!

Repeats

2 May

I’ve made a few new things lately, but we’ve definitely gone the road of tried and true the last couple weeks.  Some of the ones made recently are just worth revisiting, so in case you’ve missed them!

Szechuan Noodles

Baked Beans

Two Apple Salad

Fattoush

Hashweh

Chicken Gyros

My first guest blogger :)

10 Mar

I’m spoiled. My Sitti (grandmother) was an amazing cook. My mom is an amazing cook. My HUSBAND is an amazing cook, and *blush* he likes to cook for me. haha So its a great day when he makes me something. Coming up…two guest posts from Mr. Corrie (everyone has some code name for their significant others on blogs…what should his be?!?).

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