Saturday, January 29, 2011

~ Lynnette's Dinner 4 Results ~

Happy Saturday Morning Everyone!! :)

Hope that you are all doing well!
I apologize for taking a while to post my Dinner 4 results, I have been slightly under the weather. Well, to no avail, I have completed the wonderful task of cooking Dinner 4!


Mushroom Chicken....

So, it didn't photograph very well... but my tummy didn't mind!
 I have to tell you, for me this really would have had to taste like motor oil for me not to like it.. I mean it has some of my most favorite ingredients in it! Mushrooms and Cream Cheese! lol! Oh' Man, this did not disappoint! It was fantastic! I mean mouthwatering over the moon yummy goodness! I don't think that even gives it enough credit! I agree with Stacy 100% that this is now our replacement for Alfredo sauce..

I mean it was so incredibly easy to prepare. I'm down for any recipe that I can use my crock pot for! I did make a few modifications due to what I had on hand in my pantry and fridge. (Yeah, we are rebels!) First off, I sauteed a pre-washed pre-sliced package of baby  portabello mushrooms, as well as using brown gravy instead of chicken gravy.. (this did discolor the sauce- but did not ruin the flavor)  Ry liked it so much that he had 2 servings and Bean ate her entire serving with ZERO complaining!! :) I served mine over egg noodles because that's what I had on hand. I'm sure it would be wonderful regardless of what you select! :)

This gets a definite A++



Country Apple Dumplings

Oh boy, I was sooo excited for this one, as you probably noticed by the posting of the recipe! :)  I mean it has Mountain Dew TM in it for crying out loud!  I did not cook these the day I cooked my Mushroom Chicken. I decided to test them out on the unsuspecting students of my husbands class. They were having a cookout and I didn't want to show up empty handed, so I decided to bake these!


this was the part where I was a little unsure.. they didn't look very appetizing here...

I have to be totally honest, I didn't even get one!!! Those boys ate them right up! And the consensus from the peanut gallery was that they were simply amazing! Perfect about of bite to the apples, and not an overly sogginess (if that's even a word.. if not, I'm making it one now) from the soda pop.

There were a few tips that I did, that may help.. First off, after peeling, coring and slicing my apples I placed them in a chilled bowl with some lemon juice. This kept them from oxidizing and turning brown.  I also used a small rolling pin to roll out the crescent dough so that they were wide enough to completely cover the slice without tearing. In addition to those tips, instead of using 1 1/2 cup of white sugar, I used 3/4 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup light brown sugar. It made 16 perfect little dumplings!

and when I pulled them out of the oven, that's when I was was certain they were going to be wonderful!


I will keep this recipe and bake it again! I may just have to half the recipe depending on who I make it for..

I give this recipe a firm A


I just love receiving facebook messages and emails letting us know that you have tried or are going to try any of the recipes that we have selected!! We hope that you are having as much fun as we are! So far this has been quite the fun little journey!

Can't wait til next week! I will post recipes Sunday night! Be on the look out!
Happy Cooking  Ya'll!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stacy's Kitchen- Dinner 4 RESULTS

Happy Thursday, my wonderful cooking friends! I am so thrilled to blog about tonight's recipes! To say they came out amazing is truly an understatement!! Here is the run down on the recipes...


Mushroom Chicken
(for the recipe click here)

My goodness, I dont even know where to start!! Well, I guess I should first explain how much I LOVE crock pot/slow cooker recipes! I am always trying to find new recipes for slow cookers and this website (http://www.slowandsimple.com/) has so many options to choose from. I am so happy Lynnette and I chose this recipe. Since I am only cooking for myself and Brian, I used 2 boneless/skinless chicken breast but I kept the sauce amount the same as the recipe (which I am sooo happy I did, more sauce for the noodles). I used turkey gravy instead of chicken bc that is what I had in my pantry. I also used mushroom soup with a white wine from SutterHome (cheap but does the job!) I added fresh mushrooms and the cream cheese about 1 1/2 hrs before serving. I know the recipe called for only 30 minutes of cooking, but i changed the time due to some of the reviews of the cream cheese being all clumpy when it was served. I served it over bowtie pasta and my gosh, it came out AMAZING! Brian walked in the door from work and said "HONEY, What are YOU COOKING!?" haha! It smelled the entire house up! mmm mmm good! When B took his first bite, he said "I think we have officially replaced our chicken alfredo recipe" (Which, by the way, is his FAVORITE pasta recipe! If that tells ya anything about this dish...) I will say this, if yall dont try any other recipe, try this ONE! You will not be unhappy! It's easy and the results are truly amazing! Brian said after dinner, "Honey, you DID write this down in our cookbook, right?!" haha Well, Rest easy my dear, this recipe is here to stay!


The only thing I dont like about slow cooking food, is the clean up! The food can get all caked on and is such a pain to get off! Well I found these little liners at the store and I am soooooo happy I did! It makes the clean up as easy as making the dinner! Just pick it up and toss it in the garbage. The bag is plastic but it doesn't melt, not even on high. I highly recommend these liners to anyone with a crock pot!!

Rating: A++++




 Country Apple Dumplings
(recipe can be found here)


These little guys were sooooooo good too! Easy easy easy to make! I cut the recipe in half, since it's only B and I eating, which still came out to be alot. I followed the recipe to a "T" (Im so proud of myself... haha). I needed to redeem myself after my disasterous whoopie pie-saucers, and my goodness did I do so with this recipe! They tasted like a goey cinnamon  roll crossed with apple pie! I paired it with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream and I seriously think my tummy is still in heaven from eating it!! Sooo sooo good! I cant say it enough!  


(They dont photograph very well, but they made up for it in taste!!)

Rating: A+



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Now this wasn't on the menu for tonight, but I finally found dry packets of yeast for the dinner rolls in our Dinner 3 Menu! yay! Sooo, I decided to make them tonight as well! ( I mean heck, I am already overloading myself on carbs, might as well go out with a bang! haha!) Well I wish I could say these little guys were as great as the other two recipes I cooked today, but unfortunately they werent. Ive never made bread, or homemade rolls ever... pillsbury is my bestie when it comes to biscuits and rolls.... but I was up for the challenge! Im not sure what I did wrong, but they didnt rise and they came out looking like little hard ping pong balls! I dont know about you, but when I have a dinner roll, I want it to be soft and moist! I couldnt even taste it because they were so hard and crunchy... maybe I just overcooked them (which I totally wouldnt be surprised) BUT I did follow the recipe to a T!

I think from now on, I will stick with my pillsbury store bought rolls! lol!
Rating: C-


All in all, tonight's dinner ROCKED! The slow cooker Mushroom Chicken and the Apple Dumplings are by far KEEPERS! Try them and ENJOY them!!!! You will not regret it! Happy eatings!! :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

~ Dinner 4 Menu ~

Happy Wednesday everyone!
Hope you are all having as much fun as we are!!
Dinner 3 menu was selected because we all pretty much have the ingredients already.. and the dessert just sounded oh' so yummy! :)  We will be making... drum roll please......


Mushroom Chicken - this is for all you mushroom lovers out there!! :) We stand united! (teehee)


The absolute greatest thing about this dish... it's in your CROCKPOT!! :)

photo by susan

You will need:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package of chicken gravy mix
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup
  • 8 oz. cream cheese

You will also need the proper amount of Pasta or Rice..  You can decide which you prefer. ;)

Here is the link to the recipe:
http://www.slowandsimple.com/Mushroom_Chicken-r-372.html


Now for dessert we thought we should do something neither one of us have tried.. and well, it just sounded too good to pass on..


Country Apple Dumplings  - Hello.. this has Apple and Dumpling in the title.. it should be AWESOME!



photo by Tricia Jaeger


You will need:
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew ™


Yup, that's right.. It calls for Mountain Dew™ that is just another reason why it should be pure awesomeness.. (not really sure that's a word.. but just for today, I'm going to pretend) :)

Here is the link to the recipe:

We look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing if you come up with your own tips or tricks! :)
Happy Cooking!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stacy's Kitchen- Dinner 3 RESULTS

Hello my fellow cooking friends! This dinner was definitely the comfort food of all comfort food! It's cold here in NC, about mid 20's, so a nice hot soup hits the spot for sure! Here is the run down on the recipe!


Cheeseburger Soup
Well, if any of you had Brian's first reaction, you're probably not
gung-ho on trying this one! When I told him what I was making, he said "maybe it's a pb&j night for me?" haha! Not quite, although, I did have peanut butter and jelly on standby!


To begin, I did read all the reviews before I started cooking. I was really worried on one of the reviews because it said it was similar to a potato soup, and B hates hates hates potato soup. So I went into this recipe with the mindset of making this more of a stoup (rachael ray term lol.. meaning a stew/soup) I doubled the hamburger meat to 1 lb. I browned up the meat with one whole yellow onion. I was confused on whether or not to drain the grease, as to the recipe didnt specify. I decided to just keep the grease, I used extra lean meat so there wasnt that much grease. Mixed in the basil and parsley according to the recipe and I added one can of chicken broth with one cup of water and 1 tsp of better than bouillon (my fav fav fave bouillon!... it's a little more pricey but DEF worth it!) I used red potatoes and I didnt cook it as long as the recipe stated, bc I did not want it to turn into mashed potatoes or even a creamy potato soup. I followed the rest of the recipe except I used half velveeta, half real cheddar. The results were DELICIOUS!! Brian even LOVED it! Say bye bye to the pb&j! It's a very hardy meal so you dont need to eat much else with it. It wasn't too cheesey and it came out exactly like I had hope... more of a stew-soup than a creamy soup. Yummy Yummy Yummy! It's quick and easy to make and most the ingredients are things we all already have in our pantries and fridges!


 I wasn't able to make the Dinner rolls because, again, I live in a small town and I could NOT find dry packets of yeast ANYWHERE! So I had to settle for some butter bread.... and it tasted just as great with the soup! I will definitely be making the rolls once i find those darn little packets! haha!

I will most definitely be making this again. I already wrote this recipe down in my cookbook, if that says anything! :)


rating: A+   Yummmmmmmy!

~ Lynnette's Dinner 3 Results ~

Alrighty.. I have been a little under the weather the past few days and was struggling with the motivation to actually go to the store and prepare this dinner.. However, I have to tell you that I was really looking forward to making this soup. Also, I was pleasantly surprised at the cost to make this soup. It was very inexpensive!

Cheeseburger Soup I


Hmm.. where do I begin on this recipe. The prep work was pretty easy.. I was a little skeezed out by the fact that you brown the meat with the veggies.. (so I did mine separately). I did really like the flavor. But I struggled with the consistency of the cheese.. mine balled up in the bottom of the pot.. (even after blending it with the rue). It was still pretty yummy.. but I'm thinking it would have been better with Velveeta.. or something creamier.. I also made a few step modifications.. I did not cook the potatoes until the last 15 minutes prior to serving/eating the soup. I wanted them to have a bit of a bite. I was really worried they would over cook. Instead of chicken broth I used Beef Broth, I also added an additional cup. :)  I loved the veggies, the celery, potatoes and carrots were perfect! Both Ry and I really enjoyed it! And I will say that I'm looking forward to having the left overs! :)

I will be keeping this recipe for sure.. I may make some minor changes.. but that's the fun of cooking!!
I give this recipe a B+

Classic Dinner Rolls


Okay. so I blame my results of this recipe on the fact that I felt like death warmed over last night.. These rolls were sooo good! I loved the semi sweetness that the tiny bit of sugar gives them. I also liked the consistency of the roll. My rolls did not rise.. well.. the puffed up a bit.. but definitely not doubling in size. The end results were these not so beautiful uber yummy little ball rolls! lol! Again.. I did think they were VERY tasty! Bean even had them this morning with butter and jelly for breakfast! :)

I give this recipe an A!

Can't wait to hear Stacy's feedback!
Be sure to let us know what you thought too!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dinner 3 Menu

Happy Monday Everyone..
After a wonderful 3 hour skype session with Stacy, we have decided on the menu for the week.

So for Dinner 3 we will be making Cheeseburger Soup! With the chilly weather we thought it would be a nice comforting meal.  We also both had hamburger meat in our freezers! lol! Now mind you, this isn't like your everyday Sonic Cheeseburger. It has celery, carrots and potatoes in it.. I don't think I've ever ordered a cheeseburger from a restaurant that had those items in or even on it. :)

Since this is a pretty hearty soup/meal, we decided to nix the idea of a side and decided to make homemade yeast dinner rolls! :) ~ Can you say YUUMMOO! I can smell them now! (okay, I really can't, I have a terrible cold) :o)

Sound like fun? Sure should be! Come along and cook with us!!!

Here are both recipes with their links:

Cheeseburger Soup I
Cheeseburger soup photo by Missy Anne

  • 1/2 pound ground beef (per the review/suggestions you can double the beef)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese ( per the review/suggestions you can double the cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Classic Dinner Rolls

2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter OR margarine

http://www.breadworld.com/Recipe.aspx?id=792


** TIP**
Don't be afraid to read the reviews and suggestions!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stacy's Kitchen- Dinner 2 RESULTS

Oh where, Oh where do I even begin..... haha! Well let me first start off by saying, I was so excited for this meal. Brian just LOVES chicken pot pies and he is such a lover of sweets! I just KNEW he was going to like it! What I did not realize is how much I was NOT going to like making some of it! lol! Ill elaborate later.... haha
Chicken Pot Pie
This was an AMAZINGLY easy and Yummy dish! I am not usually a fan of "pot pies" mostly because I've only had the frozen ones! haha! Well B loves loves loves them... so I would only buy the cheap-o 75 cent ones and would eat a sammie for dinner while he ate a pot pie! lol! Well I am so happy I found this recipe! I did do some minor changes, who would have thought?! I boiled two boneless skinless chicken breast. As those were cooking, I saute some fresh mushrooms in a tsp of olive oil. After the mushrooms were cooked I added in some cooked veggies (I just bought a bag of frozen mixed veggies). Added some dried minced onion, dry garlic and wine seasoning, oregano, and basil. After the chicken was cooked I cut it up and threw it in with the veggies to coat it with the seasonings. Then I mixed in 1 can cream of chicken soup with 1/2 can cream of cheddar soup. Threw it in a casserole dish and topped it with the bisquik mixture (which i added some paprika, and garlic powder to... just to give it some flavor).   Cooked it according to the recipe and it came out FANTASTIC! I can no longer say "ewww" when I talk about pot pies! haha! I have officially switched over to the "pot pie" eating side!




Red Velvet Whoopie Pies


Ohhh gracious, where do I even begin with these? I am someone who loves to cook and bake and do all things in the kitchen but my goodness these little puppies took FOREVER to make! First, I am sure I used every single cooking dish in my house.... literally! I had to start my dishwasher just so I could have enough room for the dishes from the dessert. Then my arm seriously felt like it was going to fall off or my whisk was going to break in half mixing the dough. Everything was done by hand, except for the froasting.

...45 minutes later, the cookies/whoopie pies are ready to go into the oven. Ummm lets just say this, my "little" pies came out looking like huge saucers! So the 2nd batch I halved the amount of dough I put in each cookie... umm yeah the 2nd batch still came out looking like saucers, just alittle prettier I guess! (see last picture) lol. So at this point, 1 hr and 15 min into this recipe, Im thinking maybe I am just being bias because of the time length. I kept trucking through it because, by golly, I spent this much time on them they better came out tasting golden!

Now onto the filling/froasting.... I did my own variation of the filling due mostly to my own person preference of not caring for cream cheese froasting. So I did a cinnamon buttercream froasting, which consists of 1 stick salted butter, 1/2 stick crisco, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 bag of powder sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, then milk for thining to consistency you desire. It was yummy so I thought shoot these are going to taste YUMMY now.....

So I arrange all my little saucer/cookie/pies with the froasting, and yes that part was piece of cake... BUT then you have to refrigerate for 30 MORE MINUTES! Grrrr! So i put those bad boys in the fridge knowing they just HAVE to taste delicious with all this hard work....


umm...yeah lets just say I was not impressed and well B couldn't taste test it bc he went to BED! lol! Yes, these little guys are definitely time consuming.. maybe I totally just bombed this recipe! I had to have done something wrong bc they were not that good! Like we have mention in several posts, Lynnette is our baker (I think I need to get a lesson from her) but from a person who loves to cook, this recipe was HARD and so not what I thought the end results were going to be. They were cakey blah little cookies with froasting in between. Ohh and total side note.... this is not a dough you would want to lick the spoon on... the dough was yucko! And yes, licking the spoon is one of my favorite parts of cooking sweet treats so i was bummed! hehe! If you are a Baker or if you have enough guts... I say try this.... I must have messed up somewhere but i actually did follow this recipe to the "t," minus the froasting. Trust Lynnette, she is a fantastic baker... but I just couldn't hack this recipe! booo! =(
 
Left side---> 2nd batch                    Right side---> 1st batch (haha)
Note: Those plates are FULL sized dinner plates- "the big boy plates"


All in all, this meal was an "adventure" to say the least! haha! Chicken pot pie is a definitely Keeper! The Velvet whoopie pies...ummm i need a tutor! haha! Hope you all enjoy your weekend and I hope you join us for our NEXT ADVENTURE this week!!! :)




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lynnette's Dinner 2 Results

Okay, so yes.. We chose a pretty easy recipe this week. Well I too tend to deviate from a recipe. I found that the Chicken Pot Pie was a great "Base Recipe" to be able to do some creative changes to it.. :) 
For the Chicken Pot Pie, I substituted the cream of chicken soup with cream of mushroom. I also used a frozen mix of corn, carrots and asparagus and added sauteed portabello mushrooms. :)  We can't eat green beans in our house as Bean is very allergic to them! So I had to find veggies that were edible in our house! :)
Let me tell you, it was DEVINE!!! Well, that is if a Chicken Pot Pie can be.. I will make this again FOR SURE! Bean loved it! Ry loved it! And my friend Becky did too! ;)








(it didn't photograph very well - but was super yummy)



This is a recipe to keep, and have fun with! It is pretty true to it's name of being the impossibly easy Chicken Pot Pie! :)


For dessert.. where do I begin.. These are a little time consuming.. but oh' so worth it!
To test this recipe, I had Ry help me. To see if "anyone" could put it together! lol! He did great! It does have quite a few steps. There are a few tips that I would recommend when baking these Yummalish Whoopie Pies:

* keep the Baking soda and apple cider vinegar aside, do not mix them as the directions suggest. Just as you are combining the wet ingredients, mix the baking soda and the apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl. Let them "do their thing", and then add it to the wet ingredients.
This will help the cookies to bake up and be super fluffy! :)

* Also, when baking your cookies you want to be sure to not over cook them. If you do, they will be like little red velvet hockey pucks! When your cookies start to puff up in the oven, just touch the top of one cookie, if it springs back or begins to, then pull them out of the oven! Be sure to place them on a cooling rack right away. They will continue to cook if you don't.

These Red Velvet Whoopie Pies were oh' so yummy! To quote Becky "they are the perfect mix of flavor and sweetness" :) So with that said, I will make these again!
I will keep this recipe as well, in fact, I intend on making them for Bean's school staff for Valentines day! 

I hope you all enjoyed Dinner 2 and come up with some cool creative Chicken Pot Pies as well! I hope that you enjoy making Whoopie, Pie s that is.. ;)

Happy Cooking!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dinner 2 Shopping list

Well, since this week has just flown by, I suppose we should post the shopping list for Dinner 2! :)

We are making Chicken Pot Pies!
:) ~ Brian's favorite!
You will need the following ingredients:

1 12 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 to 2 chicken breast 
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
Original Bisquick® mix
milk 
1 egg

You will also need:
1 mixing bowl
1 casserole dish

Here is the link to the recipe:

  
For Dessert we will be making Whoopie Pies! : )
This recipe is rated as an intermediate level.. But I have faith, We can do it!! .. :)
*  Tip – Do not overcook your cookies!!


For this recipe you will need the following:
2 large baking sheets
Parchment Paper
microwave safe bowl
2 large mixing bowls1 medium mixing bowl - for icing




1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
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For the Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped

Here is the link for this recipe:

Can't wait to see how they turn out for everyone!! :) 
Happy Cooking!!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stacy's Kitchen- Dinner 1 RESULTS


Okay, Okay... I have to admit I was quite "worried" about this menu. Apples and caramel on a pork chop? Blue Cheese in Potatoes? And Chips with fruit? Ummm, not exactly a combination I would come up with, BUT hey I'm willing to try it! And Boy was I impressed... with MOST of it! There are some minor changes I would do..... so here is the run down on the 3 recipes...



Caramel Apple Pork Chops



So let me be honest, these pork chops were not a big hit at this house. B looked at it and said "Babe, what's your back up plan for dinner?" Not exactly the response I was looking for... haha! It was an amazing concept, I just dont think our taste buds were so thrilled with MEAT tasting like Dessert?! lol. It was cooked great, the caramel sauce mixed with the apples was amazing, but then to put it on a pork chop? Not much of a fan of that. If you are more willing to have your meat taste sweet, then I most definitely recommend this! Personally, I wont be making it again...  but hey, it looked pretty on the plate! :)

Grade: C-




Blue Cheese Potatoes Delmonico



These potatoes, were a huge HIT! I did, however, make some minor changes. (Surprise, Surprise) Just a little side note, I am notorious for never following the recipe to a "T." I say why not have fun and make something that really caters to your specific taste buds. Not only that, but I live in a small town in North Carolina and it has proven to be a little more difficult to find certain items at the local grocery store. The biggest change I did was I decided not to use cream (more figure friendly) and I lowered the flour- butter measurements. I used 3T butter to 3T Flour.... I then mixed in about 1 1/2 cups of milk (Im only cooking for 2 people) and I mixed that on the stove for about 10 min or so until thickened... then I added the cheese until smooth. Put that mixture on top of the cooked potatoes in a casserole dish- top it with some minced onion (everything tastes a little better with onion hehe) and garlic and herb bread crumbs. Cooked it according to the recipe and then I broiled it just to brown the top a little bit more. They came out tasting FANTASTIC! This will definitely be something I make again.

Grade: A+


 Complete Meal





Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

One word for this, YUMMMMMMMO! This was fantastic! I had to improvise a smidge for the reason, A- most fruit is not in season therefore it costs an arm and leg to buy it and B- I live in a small town so I dont have a very large selection. So I bought a bag of Dole Frozen mixed berries with pomegranate, put fresh kiwi, and gala apples in it. I did have to add some sugar to cut down on the tartness of the berries, but it was amazing. The chips, I did change the recipe a little (again, surprise surprise)... I put real butter on it instead of butter flavored cooking spray (yuck in my opinion) and then I cooked it according to the recipe. I would recommend cooking it for a minimum of 10 mins... they come out crispier. I then paired it with some BlueBell homemade vanilla ice cream... and it was DELICIOUS! B gobbled it up like it was no ones business. Again, this would definitely be a recipe I will make again. I think next time, I will wait until the fruit is in season because I am sure that will make this recipe to die for!

Grade: A+






All in all, this dinner was a success! Had a BLAST cooking it! I cannot wait to cook Chicken Pot Pies next! B said his tummy is already grumbling for that!! Pot pies are his fav!!! Happy eatings and I hope you all try these recipes!! Just remember, cooking is about having fun! Dont be afraid to try new things and experiment with old recipes to make new creations!! :)

Dinner 2

With the weather being chilly, Stacy and I thought we should do a comforting menu.. So, Chicken Pot Pie it is! :)

Yes, it is pretty hard to mess up a pot pie, but we wanted to make things that you would all be likely to make in your own kitchen.

For dessert we are getting ready for the "season of  love". We thought Red Velvet Whoopie Pies would be a fun recipe to try!
* These are also a fantastic gift idea to make for your loved ones for Valentines Day! :)

We will post the recipes and shopping lists that we will be using tomorrow!

Can't wait!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dinner 1 Results for Lynnette

Good Evening Everyone!
Okay, so Dinner 1 was a Success! :)
I had Ryan and Carrie (my friend for the last 8yrs) be my taste testers..


Caramel Apple Pork Chops
okay, I followed this recipe to the t.. I thought it turned out pretty good. The pork chops however, were a little under seasoned. They needed a slight seasoning prior to cooking. 
I give this recipe A





Blue Cheese Potatoes Delmonico
I have to admit, I was a little worried making these. I am not a fan of blue cheese. However they were pretty good, and my husband LOVED them! I even sent a pretty good sized bowl home with Carrie!  They needed some minor salting.. I just topped it with a sprinkling of sea salt at the end.. :) * I will say that they also make a very large portion, so if you are a small family, you may want to scale back the recipe.
I give this one an B+


And to end with the Fruit Salsa..
It was GREAT! I loved it! I did not use Strawberries, and think that it did lack because of it.. but I used granny smith apples, kiwi's and frozen peaches.. I also used peach preserves. :) It was very yummy!
I'm pretty sure this would be amazing on Vanilla Bean ice cream too! :) Great light dessert.
I give this recipe an A+


So, overall.. We liked all three recipes.. Can't wait to read how Stacy's turned out! :)

We will post Dinner 2 Tomorrow!

Happy Dishes!

It's MONDAY!!! :)

Hi everyone! We are so very excited that today is Monday! We are soo excited to get cookin! :) 
Below are the links for all of the recipes for today!
If you have any questions, please let us know!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops   By: Karena 












photo by: Prospective PhD




Blue Cheese Potatoes Delmonico By: SMITHJLS 
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blue-Cheese-Potatoes-Delmonico/Detail.aspx














Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon chips  By: Ann Page 





photo by: Allrecipes







These recipes are all from Allrecipes.com.
This Site is AWESOME! And a definite favorite for the both of us! :)  Stacy even has the app on her iPhone! :)
Stacy and I will be skyping while cooking, so it should be a ton of fun!

Can't wait for the cooking to commence! :)