05 February 2012

Lemon Balm Lavender Ice Cream


I grew fresh lemon balm and a lavender plant in my garden last year and was left puzzled with what to do with these delicious smelling herbs. So, Google being my best friend, I started searching for ideas. I stumbled upon this recipe and HAD to make it. This ice cream was my first attempt at homemade ice cream making (I have the kick ass ice cream churn attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer... if you have the mixer but not the attachment, spend the $60 and get it!!!). The ice cream turned out perfect and was the most fantastically delicious ice cream I have tasted in my entire life. The lemon balm gave a nice lemony note and the fresh lavender added the most delicate and elegant flavoring that I thought I was going to pass out it was so good!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups cream
1 teaspoon dried lavender
2 tablespoons fresh lemon balm, chopped
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 cups milk
1 pinch salt

PREPARATION:

Mix the cream with the lavender, lemon balm and 1/2 the sugar, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add the milk and salt and whisk to blend. Add the milk-egg mixture to the cream and slowly heat, stirring constantly (do not let boil). Cook until the mixture becomes slightly thicker and coats the back of a spoon (5-10 minutes). Strain the custard into a clean container. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

Sauteed Chicken with Cream Sauce


Ok, this is yet another Julia Child recipe. The recipe does call for various chicken parts (a combination of on the bone white and dark meat). I prefer boneless skinless chicken breasts, so that's what I rolled with. The cream sauce is amazing... you use the left over pan drippings and sautee minced shallots then deglaze the pan using white wine or vermouth (I use vermouth, its cheaper and tastes just as good as using wine). Reduce the sauce and add cream. Reduce the sauce again then swirl butter into it to top off the rich deliciousness. Spoon over the chicken serve. Simply amazing... but I did just gain 5 pounds talking about this!

Oh, and dry your meat before cooking it... it browns much better.

Veal Chops Braised with Herbs


This is a recipe from my Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook by Julia Child of course. Yes, little known fact, I worship her! The potatoes I made that day were from her cookbook as well, and very tasty.

The recipe is far too long and the directions very in depth. You might be able to google the recipe though.

I would suggest, for anyone who really enjoys cooking and wants a small challenge, you should have Julia's book on hand. Her recipes are amazing, and all 100% tested by Julia herself. Very worth the $60 on the 2 volume box set.

13 June 2011

Alrighty Then...

As I sit here eating my left over corn chowder from yesterday, I realize how long I just let my blog sit with no activity. I've also changed the URL, which stinks because all the people that had Kristie's Kitchen in their blogroll, well the link won't work anymore. :(

I've been uber busy with work and school, but things seem to be winding down a little bit with school. I've only got a week of class left and I think I'll be taking the summer off!

My goal with this blog, is to hopefully help some people clean and organize their homes, redecorate and remodel and make delicious home cooked meals (and its a place where I can go to just blather on about nothing special... lol)! You can see from my older posts that I have a lot of recipes posted, and I promise I'll put new recipes up again!

12 June 2011

Oh so sad... :-)

It's really sad that I haven't blogged in such a long time! With home projects coming to an end, and new projects starting up, I promise to blog more in the coming months!

22 November 2010

Thanksgiving

I will be posting Thanksgiving Day recipes probably on Friday night. Up for the making:

My savory bacon stuffing
Dreamy apply pie with hard sauce (thank you Pioneer Woman)
Pumpkin pie
Yorkshire pudding

Stay tuned!

15 November 2010

Whoopie Pies


These little pies are like delicious morsels from heaven! There are thousands of Whoopie Pie recipes out there from vanilla cakes to chocolate and from vanilla filling to marshmallow or creamy peanut butter filling! I recommend these for dessert with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. Delicious!


Ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup shortening
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract


Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease cookie sheets (I use parchment paper to ease clean-up)
- Cookies: in a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 cup sugar and 2 egg yolks (set egg whites aside for filling). In a separate bowl, sift together 2 cups of flour, 5 tbsp cocoa, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of baking soda. Begin adding to other mixture a little at a time. Between dry ingredients add portions of the milk, alternating them. Beat well. Add vanilla at the end. Drop by spoon fulls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire rack for cooling.
- Filling: Beat together 3/4 cup shortening, 2 cups confectioners sugar, 2 egg whites and a dash of salt until light and fluffy. Add 1 tsp of vanilla and stir.
- To assemble: spread a spoon full of the filling on the flat side of the cake and top with another cake making a sandwich.

Kristie's 7 Layer Bean Dip


Not to toot my own horn, but I make one hellofa killer bean dip! I made this and took it to a friend's Halloween party and I think it was the first thing that was gone! I served it with jalapeno lime scoops and regular scoops tortilla chips. Yum!

Ingredients
1 can refried beans
1 8oz container of sour cream
1 8oz package of shredded cheddar cheese
1 large tomato
1 can diced black olives
3 green onions
1 can diced green chilis (drained)
1/2 packet of taco seasoning

Directions
Mix the packet of taco seasoning into the sour cream and set aside. Spread refried beans on the bottom of an 8x8 glass baking dish. Spread sour cream on top of the beans. Next, layer the shredded cheddar cheese on top. Then layer, one at a time, tomatoes, black olives, green chilis and green onions.

Chill for about an hour. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!!!

24 March 2010

Greek Chicken & Pita Casserole

This isn't Burger King... you can't have it your way! Unless, of course, you come to my house! I not only made the Greek Chicken dish, but I made Mac-n-Cheese for my niece and salmon with steamed broccoli for our friend.

This dish was very different, I won't lie. It was good, but won't become a regular dish in our rotation... but I will make it occasionally. I think that the onions were maybe a touch overpowering. Though I followed the recipe, I think 1/4 cup of onion would have been fine. OK, here goes:

Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped chicken or turkey, cooked (I actually boiled 2 chicken breasts and then shredded them using 2 forks, it made 4 cups exactly)
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1.5 tsp Greek seasoning blend
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2-3 (6) inch pitas cut into bite-size wedges
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 medium Roma tomatoes chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c pitted kalamata olives

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine cooked chicken, soup, onion, broth, 1 tsp Greek seasoning and garlic. Transfer mixture to an ungreased 3 quart baking dish
  2. Coat pita wedges with cooking spray (I used EVOO) and sprinkle with remaining Greek seasoning (I added extra). Sprinkle pita wedges, tomatoes, cheese and olives on top chicken mixture. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until heated through. Makes about 4 servings (I think its more like 6 servings).

Wine Review

My sister went on a cruise a couple weeks ago, and their first stop was Key West. She went to the Key West Wine Company and bought a few different bottles. This particular bottle is Key Lime Wine. It is a very refreshing and sweet citrus flavor. This is a wine that would go good with a citrus chicken dish or a dessert. Very yummy!


Boston Creme Pie


There is no way to express how amazing this Boston Creme Pie was! I chose a very simple recipe online because I didn't have all the ingredients for the more complicated versions. Even taking that into consideration, it was wonderful! I used 3/4 cup of milk for the pudding and added 1/4 c Jamaican Dark Rum to make full cup (it should have only been about a tbsp, but that just wasn't cutting it for me). I have been requested to make this for Easter too!


Ingredients


  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla flavored pudding
  • 1 c cold milk
  • 1.5 c whipped cream (recipe calls for cool whip brand, I made homemade using heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 round cake (made to package instructions. Calls for yellow cake, I had white cake mix in the pantry)
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold milk

Directions

  1. Beat pudding mix and 1 cup milk with whisk (or hand mixer) for 2 minutes. Stir in whipped cream and rum. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut cake horizontally into 2 layers with serrated knife (I also shaved the top of the cake to make it into a flatter surface).
  3. Put bottom layer of cake on serving platter. Spread pudding mixture and put top layer on.
  4. Microwave chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute (my microwave only took 30 seconds). Stir mixture until smooth. Add sugar and milk and mix well. Spread over cake.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.









Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken with Melted Strawberries

This was such a good, and refreshing dish! The actual recipe calls from Parmesan cheese, but I thought fresh mozzarella sounded so much better. This is a very sweet and slightly savory dish that I was completely shocked by when my sister all but licked her plate clean! She is the pickiest eater next to my niece, so I was surprised, and impressed that she ate it. I served with herbed rice and steam broccoli. Yum!

Ingredients
  • 3 c fresh strawberries (halved or quartered depending on size)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c strawberry jam
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • Boneless chicken breasts (however many you'd like to make, recipe calls for 6, I made 4)
  • Fresh Mozzarella ball cut in thick slices (I used 1 large ball for 4 breasts)
  • 6-8 large basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In 3 quart baking dish combine strawberries, vinegar and jam. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Cut horizontal pocket into each chicken breast by cutting from side to side, but not through to the other side. Wrap 1-2 basil leaves around mozzarella cheese slice and stuff into pocket cut into chicken breast. Secure pockets closed using a toothpick or skewer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. In a 12 inch oven safe skillet, cook garlic in oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add chicken. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Bake uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the baking dish with strawberry mixture to oven. Bake mixture and chicken an additional 15 minutes (or longer, until chicken is no longer pink and strawberries are softened).
  4. Serve chicken with strawberry mixture spooned over the top and sprinkle with fresh chopped basil.

Stuffed Caprese Salad


This is a yummy twist on the traditional caprese salad! I was feeling totally adventurous and decided to make this last week for my husband, sister and best friend as a starter to dinner. Caprese salad is one of my favorites!!!

Ingredients
  • 4 tomatoes (I picked medium to large tomatoes)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp EVOO
  • 3 tbsp vinegar (I used balsamic)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Fresh mozzarella cut into small chunks (I used 2 large mozzarella balls and it was enough to fill the tomatoes)
  • 1/4 c slivered red onion
  • 1/4 c snipped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Cut the top off the tomato and spoon out the core, seeds and all, leaving about a 1/2 inch thick shell. Discard pulp. Sprinkle tomatoes with sea salt and pepper. Stand shells on plate (I shaved the bottom of the tomatoes so they would stand better)
  2. For dressing, combine EVOO, vinegar and sugar. Shake well.
  3. In medium bowl, combine mozzarella, red onion, basil and 1.5 tbsp of the dressing. Toss to mix. Spoon cheese mixture into the tomato shells. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, place each tomato on individual plate and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper.

Murgh Kari (Chicken Curry)


I had a serious Indian food craving last night, and had some left over chicken so I decided what the heck, lets try my hand at chicken curry. The thought of it the next day is making me drool. LOL. I think it turned out wonderful especially paired with potato curry, basmati rice and naan.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c cooking oil
  • 1.5 c chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1.5 tsp minced fresh ginger root (I used ground ginger)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp each: ground cumin, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 (15oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Sprinkle chicken breast with salt
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and partially cook it. Transfer chicken to plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high and add onion, garlic and ginger to remaining oil and cook until onion is tender. Stir in curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne and 1 tbsp of water into onion mixture. All to heat for about a minute while stirring. Mix in tomatoes, yogurt and some of the cilantro. Return chicken breast to the skillet along with any juices on the plate. Pour about 1/2 cup water onto the mixture. Bring to boil, turning chicken to coat. Add garam masala and remaining cilantro.
  4. Cover the skillet and simmer until chicken is completely cooked (about 20 minutes)



Wine Review

LAN is a rioja wine, product of Spain. This particular bottle is a 2005 crianza. This wine is a semi-dry red wine that is delightful when paired with beef. It has a slightly sweet flavor with a dry finish. I love this wine, it has become a staple in my home.


Herbed Garden Couscous

Wow is all I can say about this spin on a salad! This was so insanely simple to make and amazingly delicious to eat! (the ingredient list is long, but don't worry, its easy to make) Now, Rob is no fan of walnuts and didn't want them on his salad, but I made him try a bite with a walnut and even he is hooked! As long as you're not allergic to walnuts, try it even if you don't care for them. This is so good, I have made it a few times already!

Ingredients
  • 1 c whole wheat or plain couscous (cooked)
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c snipped fresh chives
  • 1/4 c snipped fresh Italian parsley (flat parsley)
  • 1/4 c snipped fresh mint
  • 1/4 c snipped fresh oregano
  • 1/3 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 c olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c coarsely chopped walnuts (toasted optional... I didn't toast mine)

Directions

  1. Cook couscous according to package instructions. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, chives, parsley, mint and oregano. Fold in couscous.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Pour over couscous mixture and toss to combine. Spoon into serving bowl or cover and chill up to 24 hours.
  4. When serving, top with feta cheese and walnuts.

Wine & Balsamic Glazed Beef


Again, excuse the quality of the picture. OK, so this was a very tasty recipe, however, if i could do it over I would have chosen a different cut of beef. See, I didn't want to spend the money on the beef tip loin or sirloin so I opted to get stew meat. Bad idea. Stew meat needs to cook all day to be tender, and with the quick cooking of this recipe, it just wasn't allowed ample time for tenderness. Oh well, new recipes are always a lesson learned. Other than the slight tough meat, it was very good! I served this with steamed broccoli and baked potatoes.

Ingredients
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 lb boneless beef top loin or sirloin steak (cut into large chunks)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 c dry red wine
  • 2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp butter

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Add steak only (don't add liquids or cover skillet). Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10-13 minutes or to desired doneness turning meat occasionally. Once cooked, transfer to platter and keep warm.
  2. Add garlic and red pepper to skillet and cook about 10 seconds. Remove from heat. Carefully add wine (especially if you use gas stove). Return to heat. Boil uncovered for about 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add mushrooms, vinegar, soy sauce and honey. Return to a simmer. Cook and stir 4 more minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Stir in butter until melted, spoon over steak.

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce

Sorry for the quality of this picture (and the next few), it was taken with my cell phone. OK, I made this dessert a month ago when my dad and his fiance came over for dinner. It was absolutely the most delicious chocolate mousse I have ever tasted. I was, admittedly, a bit skeptical because the recipe called for honey! Who puts honey in mousse? Rest assured, you couldn't taste it and it just added to the sweetness. I have made this a couple more times since then and its totally worth it! Side note, I used Ghirardelli bittersweet and semisweet chocolate.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 c raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp raspberry liquor or orange juice
  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbps brandy or orange juice
  • 2.5 c whipping cream
  • Chocolate curls or grated chocolate

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the jam over low heat until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in raspberry liquor (I used raspberry brandy). Set aside and cool completely.
  2. For the whipping cream, I use heavy whipping cream bought in the dairy isle at the grocery store. I use 2.5 cups of it and put it into my kitchenaid mixer and whip until light and fluffy.
  3. After whipped cream is ready, in another small saucepan heat chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in honey and brandy (I actually used Grand Marnier). Then add 1 tbsp of the whipped cream and blend until well combined (the texture is really odd, don't worry). Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. Remove 1 cup of the whipped cream and set it aside for later use.
  5. Stir about a half cup of whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. After that, fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate until fully blended.
  6. Put mousse into parfait glasses or fancy individual serving bowls. Put into refrigerator to chill. Top with some of the remaining whipped cream, raspberry sauce and curled chocolate when serving.

Mexican Rice

OK, this rice is very good, but I found it necessary to cut back on the amount of jalapeno as it is very spicy. Other than that, this is a delicious accompaniment to any Mexican entree.

Ingredients
  • 1 c long grain white rice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1.5 c chicken broth (I use reduced fat, low sodium)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, halved

In a medium sauce pan, cook rice in oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes.


Stir in onion, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and cilantro.


Add in chicken broth and bouillon cube and bring to boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.


Serve with tacos, burritos, fajitas or any other Mexican main dish. Enjoy!



Cinnamon and Lime Chicken Fajitas

This was a delicious dinner. The aroma the chicken produces while baking is mouth watering... and when adding it to the skillet with everything else... wow. This is simply delicious when adding cheese and sour cream. Delish!

Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (2 whole breasts)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (I used extra cinnamon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large garlic cloved, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Tortillas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F


Place potatoes in a shallow baking dish. Drizzly with about 1/2 the oil the recipe calls for and season with a touch of salt. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until tender.


Meanwhile, season the chicken with cinnamon, salt and pepper. Arrange in a separate baking dish and back about 30 minutes or until no longer pink and juices run clear (I cooked the chicken and potatoes at the same time on the same oven rack). When chicken is done allow it to cool enough to handle it and then shred it (I use 2 forks to shred).


In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat and saute onion and garlic until tender. (I cooked the jalapeno with the onion and garlic, I don't think it made a difference)


After the onion and garlic is cooked, add in the shredded chicken, jalapeno and lime juice and cook until heated through.


The recipe called for corn tortillas, but I am not a huge fan of them so I used flower tortillas. Heat the tortillas and spoon the chicken mixture into them. I added sour cream and cheese to mine and it was heavenly. I also made homemade Mexican rice to serve on the side.










16 January 2010

Wine Review: Witches Brew


A Michigan Red Spiced Wine
by: Leelanau Cellars, Omena, Michigan 49674

Thanks to my dear friend, Jen, this is my new every day favorite wine. This wine, if you can find it, has the BEST flavor. It is a very spicy wine with strong hints of clove and a sweet and smooth finish. Very delish!

Tres Leches Cake




WW Points = 14!!!!!

Holy crap! I new this was going to be a WW disaster recipe, but for god sake! 14 points! Wow. Save your points up for this one... I do have to say, it was well worth using some of my 35 weekly points, and something there is no way on this earth I'll make frequently. Dinner parties, though great times with friends, don't result in the most nutritious meals. Though dinner was well rounded, this killed it.... well, at least there were fresh blueberries on it, better than the maraschino cherries the recipe called for!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 10 maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar until light in color and doubled in volume. Stir in milk, vanilla, flour and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until firm but not dry. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes.
  5. Loosen edge of cake with knife before removing side of pan. Cool cake completely; place on a deep serving plate. Use a two prong meat fork or cake tester to pierce surface of cake.
  6. Mix together condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1/4 cup of the whipping cream. Discard 1 cup of the measured milk mixture or cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining milk mixture over cake slowly until absorbed. Whip the remaining whipping cream until it thickens and reaches spreading consistency. Frost cake with whipped cream and garnish with cherries.


Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables



Weight Watchers Points: 6pts per serving

This was an absolutely delicious New Recipe Friday recipe. I actually cannot wait to make this again it was that good. A bit too much though. I took the smallest chicken breast and it was still too much to eat, so I gave it to Robin to finish off. I served this with fresh French bread and an Olive Oil Balsamic dip, oh and herbed couscous! Now, the points above are for the chicken and vegetables, not the couscous... I threw the box away (the couscous is Far East brand).

This recipe is a Better Homes and Garden recipe...

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bottled Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 10 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces, or one 10-ounce package frozen cut asparagus, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup purchased shredded carrot
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped

directions

1. In a small bowl, stir together salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once. Add half of the dressing mixture to skillet; turn chicken to coat. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.

3. Add asparagus and carrot to skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; transfer to serving platter.

4. Stir remaining dressing mixture; add to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Drizzle the dressing mixture over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with tomato. Makes 4 servings.

nutrition facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4 servings
  • Calories 269,
  • Total Fat (g) 12,
  • Saturated Fat (g) 2,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 66,
  • Sodium (mg) 323,
  • Carbohydrate (g) 12,
  • Fiber (g) 2,
  • Protein (g) 27,
  • Vitamin A (DV%) 0,
  • Vitamin C (DV%) 0,
  • Calcium (DV%) 0,
  • Iron (DV%) 0,



Good friends good meal!




In the first picture.... my BFF and her hubby!

I am a dork and I really don't know the "proper" way to set a table, but this worked for me! I love having friends (or family) over for dinner so I can use all my pretty wedding gifts! Plus, its just fun to entertain! Especially entertaining in my new kitchen!

15 January 2010

Other Sides from 1-8-10





Ok, so these pictures were taken with my phone and suck really bad. Tonight's dinner will be much better because I'll be taking pictures with my new awesomely cool phone with a 4mp camera. Mmmm... new phone. Anywho, you can find the salad and dressing in my 2007 blog... as for the others.... the potatoes were the darling Monica's recipe that I can't remember where she got it from and the green beans are The Outback Steakhouse recipe which you can Google.


Sweet-n-Hot Glazed Salmon

Again, so not a fan of fish, but again made it with my "audience" in mind. Though, the did not find this to be spicy at all.... there was none left after dinner. So, I guess it was good like that!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (3/4 pound) salmon filet without skin

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven's broiler, and grease a broiling pan.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the apricot nectar, dried apricots, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cayenne. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until reduced by about half. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remove 1/4 cup of the glaze for basting, and set the remaining aside.
  3. Place the salmon filet on the greased broiling pan, and brush with glaze. Broil 3 inches from the heat for 8 to 12 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Gently turn over once during cooking, and baste frequently during the last 4 minutes. Serve with remaining glaze.