Thursday, March 3, 2011

~ Dinner 9 Menu ~

Hello Everyone!!

We thought we would go the semi healthy route for our next menu.. Notice I said.. semi. :)  For Dinner 9 we will be making Italian Chicken Packets along with Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes and Chocolate Marshmallow Pillows for desert! :) I did say semi! lol!

For the Italian Chicken Packets you will need:

Itlaian Chicken Packets photo courtesy of
4 cups frozen broccoli cuts
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup light Italian dressing
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 breasts = 1.25 lb)

So as you can tell, this is the "healthy" recipe! haha! But it looks delish and fairly simple to make!
You can find the link to the recipe here:

We were thinking that we couldn't just eat chicken alone.. so we decided to make these yummy Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes. Okay.. so chicken and potatoes..not a unique decision.. but it does sound pretty good! :)

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes photo courtesy of Allrecipes member Heather
 For the Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes you will need:
4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 onion, sliced into rings
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

You can find the recipe here:

Now for the most NON healthy part of dinner.. I have to give Stacy full credit for picking this recipe out.. :) We both have a serious sweet tooth and these sounded to good to pass up!
I recently made homemade marshmallows, so I will be using them. However, you can use store bought marshmallows if you'd like! :)

For the Chocolate Marshmallow Pillows you will need:

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   pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
   tablespoons water
2/3 cup chopped pecans
12  large marshmallows cut in half
   cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/3 cup whipping cream
   teaspoon butter or margarine
   teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Yup, these are totally NOT healthy..  but I'm betting they are totally worth it!! :)
Can't wait to see how these recipes come out! Be sure to share your results with us too! 
Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stacy's Kitchen- Dinner 8 RESULTS

Okay, so apparently, I completely fell through on my promise to stop being a slacker! lol! The last 2 weeks has been so hectic with Valentine's day and then we went out of town on vacation... so I PROMISE I will be more on top of things now! haha! (Let's see if I can stay true to my promise this time =P ) 

Now on to the results....

Lasagna Rolls
So, this recipe was good... but I did have to modify it a smidge. I make lasagna all the time in my house, and it's one of Brian's favorite recipes. Well he doesn't like it when I change alter recipes he likes lol. So with that being said, I tried to modify it a wee bit by adding ground beef to the mixture... The recipe as a whole was very similar to the one I cook just minus the spinach. As soon as brian saw it, he goes "EWWW what is that green stuff? Why did you change the recipe?" I swear I feed a 5 year old at times... lol! Anyways, he said it was good but he liked my original recipe better. Soooo, it looks like I wont be cooking this again. We did have company over that night, and Carly said she LOVED it. I personally didn't care for the prep of this recipe. It seemed really tedious with having to roll each one up. I much rather just slap it in a dish and throw it in an oven. lol.

Rating: B

Spumoni Cookies
O.M.G! These little things were AMAZING! I was soooo nervous about cooking something that had pistachios and cherries inside of a cookie... but by golly miss molly, i was soooooooo wrong! We alllll ate these little guys up like there was no tomorrow! The only thing I did different was I added dried cherries and it was fabulous! These were so moist, and soft, and then when you would bite into them you would taste a nut with some tart but sweet cherries covered in chocolate! YUMMO! I will make these again, and again, and AGAIN!

Rating: A+

Hope you all had a wonderful almost 2 weeks, while we went on hiatus lol! Check back soon, because we will be posting Dinner 9 recipes today or tomorrow! :)