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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate Almond Shot

I found this recipe on a drinks app, and have had it several times. I even got my favorite bartender (this was a few years ago when I actually went out to drink), to make it for me and put it on the drink menu! It's easy peasy, so enjoy.

Ingredients (per shot):
1/3 oz Amaretto
1/3 oz Creme de Cacao
1/3 oz Irish cream

Directions:
1. Layer the ingredients in the order listed.
2. Toast and drink!

Artichoke Dip

This dip can be made ahead of time, and put into the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Ingredients:
2 14oz cans whole artichoke hearts in water
1 1/2-2 cups grated Parmesan
1 cup mayonnaise
salt pepper

Directions:
1. Drain the artichokes well. Coarsely chop.
2. Combine the artichoke hearts, mayo and Parmesan into an oven safe container, mix.
3. Preheat oven to 350F, and bake for 30 minutes, or until the top starts to brown.
4. Serve this dip with toasted, thinly sliced French baguettes, bagel chips, or your favorite cracker.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Colorado Bulldog

I'll post a drink as my last recipe for the day. This one tastes a lot like chocolate milk. It's a favorite in my house, but it's not often made. Anyway, quite simple procedure!

Ingredients (per serving):
1 oz vodka
1 oz kahlua
Milk (6 oz)
1 splash coke
shaker
ice

Directions:
1. In a shaker, mix vodka, kahula, and milk. Pour into a glass filled with ice, and add a splash of coke.


Didn't I say it was easy? :) Enjoy!

Chunky Guacamole

This is my recipe of guacamole. I never measure, just taste, but I will try to put fairly close measurements to what I actually do for you. If it's not salty, or limey enough, just add a little bit more. It's really simple, and takes no time at all to do.

Ingredients:
4-5 small avocados, or 3 large, diced
1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1-2 roma tomatoes, diced

Directions:
1. Dice onion, tomatoes and avocados and put them all in a medium size bowl.
2. Slice lime in half, squirting half into avocado mixture. Add salt, mix.
3. Do a taste test, and if you like more salt or lime, add more!
4. Serve with your favorite chip. We like the Tostitos Black bean or fire chipotle.

Super Bowl Recipes

This is the final list of Super Bowl Party appetizers, dips, finger foods, desserts, and drinks. I hope you enjoy and try some of these recipes. Please leave feedback, I love getting comments!

Chicken and Bacon Wraps

Jalapeno Poppers

Chunky Guacamole

Colorado Bulldog

Mozzarella Sticks

Artichoke Dip

Chocolate Almond Shot

Avocado and Mango Salsa

Kristen's Margaritas

Cake Balls

Guacamole

Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

Boneless Chicken Wings

BJ's Irish Root Beer

*I will update this post every time I add a new Super Bowl recipe. I want them all to be together, so just keep checking back. I'll also post the link to this post on facebook!

Super Bowl!

Super bowl is this coming Sunday! Are you having a party, or going to one? I have some good dips, appetizers, drinks, and desserts that are good to make or take with you!
I will be posting recipes until Friday dedicated to the Super Bowl, so you can make sure and get everything before the big game.
Some of these I already have posted, so I will link them in the post instead of writing it all out again. I'm crossing off as I go, and I may add a few more on as I go too. If you have a recipe you'd like to see on here, let me know!

Here's a preview of the recipes I'm posting:
Avocado and mango salsa
Guacamole two ways
Artichoke dip
Chicken wraps
JalapeƱo poppers
Mozzarella Sticks
Wings/sauces
Cake balls
Fudgy oatmeal bars
Kristen's margaritas
Colorado bulldog
Chocolate Almond Shot
BJs Irish Root Beer

I will post a couple of these later today during nap time, get excited! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monkey bread!

This is an individual monkey bread. I make this every Sunday for our family breakfast and everyone loves it.

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
1 package biscuit dough
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
Cupcake pan

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces, dropping and mixing each in the sugar.
3. In a small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Heat until melted in the microwave.
4. Drizzle a spoonful of the butter mixture into the bottom of 8 of the cupcake slots. Drop 6 sugared biscuits into each of the 8 slots. Drizzle remaining butter mixture over each individual monkey bread.
5. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes, letting cool before eating.

*there will be overflow, so I suggest placing a baking sheet on the rack underneath the cupcake pan to catch. Or make sure you have foil at the bottom of the oven. It can be messy.









Thursday, January 26, 2012

Garlic Bread

This may not be the healthiest, but it sure tastes amazing, and it's probably much healthier than the pre-made frozen garlic bread. I made this for the first time the other night, just wanting to see if I could make something as tasty or even tastier than that bread. It's very garlicky, so if you don't like garlic as much, cut back by 1 or 2 cloves. No picture(s) this time, but I will be taking some next time I make it.

Ingredients:
1 loaf Italian or French bread (Italian is crisy, French is soft)
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Mix with a fork butter, parsley flakes, salt and garlic.
2. Cut loaf in half, and spread butter mixture over both sides.
3. Fold back together, and wrap in foil.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, butter mixture should be practically melted. Serve.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Peanut Butter cookies

Sometimes there is a craving for something sweet in our house...oh who am I kidding? We love sweets in our house, and last night when my husband asked what dessert was after dinner, I decided to make peanut butter cookies. Yum!

I'll post the recipe shortly, but here's a picture of the tasty treats.

Oven: 375F
Makes: 36 cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Granulated sugar

Directions:
1. Beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugars, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can, stir in any remaining.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten by making crisscross marks with the tines of a fork.
3. Bake at 375F for 7 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mediterranean Fettuccine with Shrimp and Spinach

I got this recipe off the back of my fettuccine bag. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious, and I am going to make it this week. I always like to try new things, so I'm excited to see how this tastes.


Makes 6 servings

Ingredients
1 cup sour cream, regular, low-fat, or fat free
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese with sun dried tomatoes and basil, regular or low-fat
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
8 oz fettuccine pasta, uncooked
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 bag (12oz) frozen, uncooked, peeled and deveined medium size shrimp

Directions
1. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, feta cheese, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set mixture aside.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, but after the first 8 minutes of cooking, add spinach and shrimp to boiling pasta. Cook pasta mixture for 2 more minutes. Drain thoroughly.
3. Add hot pasta mixture to sour cream mixture and toss gently. Serve immediately.

*Add-ons: For a spicier flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1 teaspoon dried basil.
Nutritional Information:
One serving
Calories:200
Protein: 12 grams
Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 19 grams
Cholesterol: 80mg
Sodium: 270mg

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Boneless Chicken Wings

Just in time for the Super Bowl! You can make your own boneless wings or wings with the bone with this recipe. I've done wings so many ways, then found a restaurant style recipe, tweaked it a little bit and made it my own. This is the one my husband asks for most of the time when I say we're having wings. It is good and easy!

Ingredients:
1lb chicken breasts or 1 package chicken wings
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic powder
oil for frying
Spicy Garlic and BBQ Wing Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup wing sauce
1/4 cup bbq sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder

-or-

Garlicky BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce (or your favorite)
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
1. Clean and cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces.
2. Mix flour, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder. Pour over chicken and mix until all chicken is covered.
3. Place chicken in an air tight container for at least an hour.
4. Heat oil to 350F. Once oil is hot enough, place chicken pieces in carefully. Cook around 6 minutes per side, until they're brown. Drain on a paper towel.
5. Place butter, wing sauce, bbq sauce, and garlic powder in a sauce pan. Heat until mixed.
6. Put chicken in a bowl, pour sauce over chicken, mix and serve with your favorite sauce. We use ranch!

Mozzarella Sticks

This is my version of some home made mozzarella sticks. They are a hit with my family! I don't make them often, but when I do, they are gone quick. Really simple recipe, quick to make, quick to eat. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
Mozzarella sticks (6)
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
oil for frying
2 plates
1 bowl

Directions:
1. Mix eggs in the bowl, set aside. Put 1/2 cup flour on one plate. Put bread crumbs and seasonings on the other.
2. Roll the cheese in the flour, then eggs, and then the bread crumbs. Roll in eggs and bread crumbs once more, then set aside.
3. Follow step 2 for remaining cheese sticks.
4. Heat oil to 365F. Gently place the cheese sticks in the oil until the outside is browned.
5. Serve with ranch or marinara, they will be stringy!