A Few New Recipes

I have been trying a few new recipes lately and I want to share them with you.

First, I made blackened chicken with an avocado cream sauce. The great thing about this recipe is that the cream sauce is made with non-fat Greek yogurt, so it’s healthy! I did add some chili powder to the seasoning I used on the chicken. Very tasty and very easy to throw together.

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Next, I made rosemary garlic butter steaks. Simple, but take a little longer to perfect. Some of the seasoning fell off the steaks will cooking, so I will have to work on that next time.

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I also made some tasty fried chicken. The first time I made this a few weeks ago, I did fry the chicken in the oven as instructed. This time, though, we were crunched for time (The Walking Dead was about to start), so I fried the chicken in a skillet. Jesse loved it. The buttermilk is great for keeping the chicken tender. I may play around with the seasoning next time to get it a little spicier.

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My favorite new recipe was chicken breasts in a lemon cream sauce. I love pasta and lemons so this was right up my alley. I served my chicken and sauce over thin spaghetti noodles. I wish I could have gotten the sauce a little thicker, but the flavor was great.

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All four of these new recipes are very simple and full of flavor and I will certainly be making them again.

My list of recipes to try seems to be ever-growing, including hundreds on my Yum! Pinterest board. Over the next few weeks, my goal is to try some homemade Asian dishes, like this honey sesame baked chicken. I’ll be sure to share that will y’all also.

Until then, happy spring!

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What I’ve Brought To The Table Lately

I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes recently. One of the tastiest (and easiest) recipes has been fish tacos.

I didn’t come up with this masterpiece myself. I found it on food.com. This is one of my favorite web sites because you can try new things and see others’ comments after they’ve tried it themselves.

My favorite thing about these tacos is the sauce. It sounds too simple to be any good, but it really goes well with the taco seasoning.

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I’m not crazy about seafood, but these tacos are delicious!

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On another note, I have updated our dining room table with a new centerpiece. I got some inspiration from Pinterest, but used some things I had already laying around the house.

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The coffee beans are from my favorite roast. (I bought the whole beans on accident a couple months ago. I don’t have a grinder.)

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A very simple way to change things up just a little bit and it smells so good!

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Erica’s Chocolate Milk Cookies

I have made my own cookie recipe! I was inspired by domino cookies (made famous by Great American Cookie) and, of course, chocolate milk.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of Nesquik chocolate flavored powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • Ghirardelli white chocolate chips to taste

The most important and delicious ingredient is the white chocolate chips. I am in love with Ghirardelli chocolate ever since my trip to Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. I found these on the baking aisle of our grocery store.

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The recipe is a very basic cookie recipe and makes about 3 dozen cookies.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare your cookie sheet either with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, Nesquik powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, combine softened butter and sugar on a medium speed until creamy.
  • Continuing to mix on medium speed, add eggs one at a time. Next, beat in the vanilla.
  • Now, set the mixer on low speed and add the flour mixture slowly.
  • When everything is completely mixed, fold in the white chocolate chips.
  • Spoon out as desired onto your cookie sheet. Make sure to leave about 2 inches between each cookie because they spread a lot.
  • Bake for about 9 minutes and let cool.

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These cookies satisfy a chocolate craving without being too rich. The texture is somewhere between brownies and cookies. Hot chocolate would be a perfect match if it hadn’t been so hot today.

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Let me know what you think! I would love to hear your ideas and other recipes!

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Creamy Chicken and Rice

This recipe is similar to one I found in a Campbell’s cookbook, but I did make some changes. It is one of my favorite comfort foods. I used to make this dish for my husband when we were first dating and he was very impressed.

Keep in mind that I don’t use exact measurements for this recipe, I just mix the ingredients to taste.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Green onions
  • Butter
  • Paprika
  • White rice
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, put the chicken breasts in a large pan or casserole dish. Place a small tab of butter on each chicken breast. When the oven has reached 350, place the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes.

While waiting for the chicken, cut the green onions and start to make the rice. When the timer goes off, flip the chicken breasts over. Then, put another tab of butter on each breast, then sprinkle with the green onions. Place the chicken back in the oven for 15 minutes.

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While the chicken is baking, keep an eye on the rice, adding butter, salt, and pepper to taste.

When the timer goes off this time, flip the chicken again and cover with cream of chicken soup.  Sprinkle some paprika on the soup, then bake for 15 minutes.

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After the time is up, take chicken out of the oven and serve with rice. This is a perfect meal for cold days and can be easily multiplied for guests.

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