Tag Archives: Cheese

Broken Down Chicken Casserole

1 Mar

 

Oh, honey … I’m cooking!

 

Call me plain-Jane, I made Chicken Casserole again. Although, I did experiment with some new flavors tonight {just not by choice}… So, I made a pit-stop at the grocery store on the way home from work tonight and grabbed some frozen broccoli, fresh chicken, and a can of chicken broth. What’s better than a casserole when you have no idea what to make but need to cook something filling that piles all the meat and veggies into one big heap?? Casserole it is. Needless to say, when I got home, I had run out of pepper and cheddar cheese. Great. Just my lucky day. So the improv began. No pepper? Ahh… how about some Montreal Chicken Seasoning. No cheddar cheese? Ahh… how about some shredded swiss? And while we’re at it, lets add a bit more rice this time too… And what does this give you? One really really bland casserole. I swear it was like eating plain chicken and rice. Thankfully, I made a salad and heated up some frozen French dinner rolls to supplement said casserole. Ehhh… I can’t win when I try new things without a recipe. I NEED RECIPES. And, I need to follow them! Otherwise we end up with concoctions like Bland Chicken Casserole a-la Domestic Goddess. Blah!

 

Tomorrow is an uber busy day. I’ve got a list of to-do’s that stretches across this room … but you know I love that. Hope you all had a great day & a better dinner than me! In closing … my list:

  • Buy more cheddar cheese
  • Go to Petsmart – Dog needs wet food. {My dog eats half wet/half dry. And, it has to be mixed REALLY well or he will pick out the dry pieces and lay them on the floor. Spoiled}
  • After a week of sitting in the dryer, the dry clothes are probably ready to be folded and put away
  • Clean this computer screen
  • Random Fact: My first car died on the side of the interstate. My mom always told me if it ever died, to take out anything that had my name on it and leave it there. {It was old, old, old} So, thats exactly what I did and the next day I called a tow-truck and he paid ME $100 to keep it. Match made in heaven.

Slim Pickin’s

29 Jan

 

Tuna, Tomato Soup, Fettuccine Noodles, Sliced Cheese, Lettuce, Milk, Blueberries, Bacon, Grapefruit, Wheat Thins, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Half a Loaf of Almost Crusty Bread, Fiber Bars, Four Day Old Chili, 5 Potatoes, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree….

 

{I wish you could have heard me singing}

 

 

The pickin’s are slim in my refrigerator this lovely night… I haven’t been to the store in almost two weeks. Now, a “domestic goddess” would probably be able to whip up a five star gourmet meal from the few trinkets I have in my pantry … but this wanna-be … she made grilled cheese and a wee’ bit -o- tomato soup. It calmed by grumbling belly for now, but I’m sure I’ll be hungry again by midnight. I just have a hole in my tummy that never fills up. {ask my mother how much she spent on groceries when I lived at the house!}

 

I have yet to determine the best method for grilled cheese. Do you butter the bread, or butter the pan? Real cheese or Kraft Singles? Frying Pan or Panini Maker? Sliced from corner to corner or down the middle? Personally, I’m a fan of buttering the bread first, using real cheese {two slices}, on a frying pan, sliced right down the middle… But that’s just me. What about you?!

 

Hope you all had a great day … I’m off to hit the hay. Black-tie dinner party tomorrow and can’t wait! I’ll have to give you all a report on the food/drink! Night ya’ll!!

Bring Me the Buns!

26 Jan

 

I’m told that if I ask politely, the grocery store will order special things for me. If this is the truth, I’m so excited. You see, I have this problem … a few weeks ago, I told you about the most amazing hot dog buns ever invented {Snuggles} and today I was told the grocery store near my house was no longer carrying them. So, I headed 25 minutes to Publix {they always have them} where the lady in the bakery told me they are discontinued {there is no way this is possible} … Ugh. I know you are thinking, I’m out of my mind and that “it’s just a hot dog bun” but I’m telling you: they are amazing! I was so disappointed – tonight I was going to make chili cheese dogs with the leftover chili from last night {I know, I know. How domestic of me.} In the end, I settled for the regular hot dog buns, but  just don’t think they hold in the chili as well as the U-shaped Snuggles. And, since they are made with more of a pita texture they don’t burn when you try to toast them in the oven. The regular ones did ok though and I felt proud to actually use my leftovers for another purpose! {go me}

 

On a completely different note: I’m a cheese lover. While at Publix, I was able to snag some of my favorite cheese; Port Salut. I adore this as a snack on some warmed up French bread with some salami. Yum. If you haven’t tried it, I really suggest you do. It’s ah’mazing! {and will be in my belly for lunch tomorrow, if I can wait that long} … Night ya’ll!

 

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball {Picture Tutorial}

11 Jan

 

Sweet. Chocolate. Cheesy. Goodness.

 

I had been waiting for an opportunity to make a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, and visiting my family and cooking them a ‘Second Christmas Dinner’ was just the opportunity! I made it early in the afternoon, chilled it, and served it while everyone was chatting and waiting around for me to emerge from the kitchen. And, it was perfect for me to make with my new mixer! Of course, I brought my camera with me … and had it in hand for a picture tutorial. So, here we go:

 

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

{Help yourself appetizer type dish. Serves plenty}

 

You will need:

One 8 oz package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter softened

1/4 tsp vanilla

2 TBSP brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

3/4 cup {or a bit more} mini chocolate chips

Graham Cracker sticks or pieces

 

And, here’s what you do:

1. With your wonderful mixer that Santa just brought you for Christmas, mix the softened {room temperature} cream cheese with the butter and vanilla.

2. Slowly add in the brown sugar and confectioners sugar.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Mold into a ball by rolling mixture in saran wrap … or line a bowl with saran and smush the mixture in to take form of the bowl.

5. Chill for at least an hour before serving with Graham Cracker sticks or pieces.

 

Simple. Easy. Delicious. I could easily sit down and eat this whole thing by myself. You know the food is good when you serve something to a ‘chatty’ room and you hear the hush come across the house. The sound of satisfied, full mouths! As always, I’d love to hear all about it if you make it! Enjoy!

Snuggle My Dog

6 Jan

 

My lack of domesticity got the best of me tonight. I fully intended on making Pho {beef noodle soup} because it is so cold outside! {and I wanted to post some pictures with the recipe on my blog} I even drove to the grocery store, maneuvered through after-school soccer mom grocery rush, and even returned my cart to the buggy-collector {HUGE pet peeve: Return Your Cart!} … I got all the way home and decided: It’s hot dogs for dinner!

Ok, don’t go screaming your head off. Hot dogs can be a great dinner! Might I recommend: Hebrew National Beef Franks! They are Kosher, so no artificial colors or flavors and no by-products … they taste simply amazing. And, I don’t have to worry about eating parts I can’t identify! {yikes} I paired them with some maple and bacon baked beans {yay for fiber} and a big glass of Stonyfield organic milk, and we were set. The hot dogs are a little pricey, but you can sometimes find coupons. Personally, I don’t mind paying a bit more for a pack of hot dogs that has ingredients I can trust. You can read all about these hot dogs and Kosher food requirements on their website: Hebrew National 

 

While we are on the topic of hot dogs… I must inform you of the most amazing hot dog bun ever created. Snuggles. They are u-shaped, and have no seam at the bottom – so they can hold an incredible amount of toppings without falling apart, dripping, etc. They are perfect for chili cheese dogs, or for someone who likes to have every topping imaginable on their dog. They are usually found in the deli, where the pita bread is kept. If you have never tried these, I’m telling you TRY. I’m not positive, but I feel like they are made out of something similar to a pita bread. They seem ‘lighter’ than a regular hot dog.. not so filling.. so you can enjoy your hot dog more. If that makes any sense at all. Oh, and they also come in wheat. True to their name, they really do snuggle your dog!

 

 

As always, if you try this stuff out, I’d love to hear! Hope you all have a great night. Enjoy!

Experiment Turned Edible Dinner: Ham and Cheese Quiche

4 Jan

 

Quiche Number Two: Complete. {Ham and Swiss Quiche}

 

Tonight, my second ever, mostly experimental Quiche turned into an edible dinner. {pat on the back} After my broccoli and onion debacle, it was necessary that I redeemed myself. And, of course the fact that the pie crusts were buy-one-get-one-free sure helped! Tonight it was ham and swiss {with a little bit of mozzarella}. I think I could get the hang of these Quiche! It’s pretty easy to slap one together with whatever veggies/meat you  have in the refrigerator. Who said being domestic couldn’t be easy!?

 

If you’d like to try to make this one, follow my directions from my previous post: Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche replacing the broccoli for ham, using 1/4 an onion instead of a whole, and substituting swiss for mozzarella.

 

However, I need to know how to make the bottom of the crust – crusty? I read on another blog that you need to put the pie crust in the oven for about 10 minutes before you put any ingredients in it. But then I read another one that said if you do this you need to line your pie crust with tin-foil. Any suggestions? The Quiche itself is not runny … but the bottom crust isn’t crusting. Any suggestions ladies and gentleman?

 

Well, thats all for tonight. If you get the chance to try this recipe, let me know how it goes! And, if you have any suggestions on the crust – I would love to know! Night, Ya’ll!

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

2 Jan

 

Last night, I watched nearly four hours of Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home. Everything from salads to beef bourguignon. Not only did it make me very hungry, but it sparked my little domestic bug. My emerging domesticity jolted me out of bed this morning {psh!} with an idea to bake a Quiche. Now, something about the word ‘quiche’ screams DIFFICULT to me. But, when I sat down and read over a few different recipes, I found there really isn’t that much to it. {to my delight} Armed with my camera and Julia and Jacques speaking to me like little voices over my shoulder, I set out to document the whole thing. So here we go:

 

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

{Adapted from: Allrecipes.com}

{Yields approx 6 servings}

 

You will need:

2 TBSP Butter

1 Onion – Minced {I’ll talk about this more later, but I really think 1/4-1/2 an onion is plenty}

1 TSP Minced Garlic

2 Cups Fresh Broccoli – Chopped Fine

1 Pie Crust – 9 inch

1 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Cup Milk

1 TSP Salt

1/2 TSP Pepper

1 TBSP Melted Butter

 

Here’s we go:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Over medium to low heat, melt butter {2 TBSP}, add onions, garlic, and broccoli. Cook slowly until veggies are soft.

3. Spoon into pie crust and add cheese

4. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Whisk well. Pour over the veggies and cheese.

5. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Until center is set. {or, if you’re like me.. attempt to wait patiently, peeking through the stove window every five minutes to ensure aliens haven’t taken you Quiche}

And, here she is:

 

Now, we need to talk about these onions. My Quiche looks beautiful… but tasted like an onion Quiche not a broccoli Quiche. I would strongly suggest using less onion. Perhaps a half an onion, or even a fourth an onion would be more appropriate. Needless to say, I could only eat one piece before the taste was too overpowering to continue. I will make this again, but next time with a smaller dose of onions!

 

She was beautiful though, and I really enjoyed making it. I think I’ll use the other pie crust {buy on get one free} and make a ham and cheese one for dinner?! I hope you enjoy. And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes!