February 19, 2012

Recipe Round-Up

One of the biggest reasons I started doing these recipe posts is that I would be inspired and driven to actually cook the recipes I found on Pinterest, rather than just, Ooooh-oo-oooohhh, that looks yummy! Piiiinnn iiittt.... *yawn* Wow, what a productive afternoon! Now, what's for dinner.... mac n' cheese anyone?

Oh come on, you know you've done that too. *crickets chirping*  No?

*cough* Well... neither have I! It was just... an impersonal example. Yea.... yea! That's all it was! *shifty eyes* Honest!

Anyhow, these are the new recipes I tried out this week.

My kids don't particularly care for enchiladas and up till now, I had always thought it was the hot or spicy-ness of the dish in general.  However,  I am now re-thinking my opinion. I'm starting to believe it must the name, or perhaps the dish's general appearance that they find to be so offensive. For, despite this dish being sweet n'tasty, all but one turned their noses up at it right from the moment I set their plates down. Pish, whatever. They can eat saltine crackers for the rest of their lives.

Granted, it took a lot less bribing coaxing to get them to finish their dinner than it does when I make regular enchiladas, so I guess that's something!

Hubby and I really liked it. It was different, sweet, and yummy.

Just be forewarned: The recipe does require a bit of fore-thought since you marinade the chicken.  Which is why this has been on my dinner list for four weeks but I just barely made it last night. That's how much fore-thought I put into dinner.

Taste: 4 out of 5 stars
Ease: 3 out of 5 stars
Time: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Crispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce and Bow tie Pasta

I'm considering setting up a new recipe rating system.  This new system will based on how dirty my kitchen is afterwards and how many dishes it took to make . Gah!

This recipe was down-right delish, seriously, it was really good. But holy pain-in-the-dishwasher! I think I used a gazillion dishes to make this baby and when I was done, my kitchen looked like it threw up itself. 

Well... more than it usually does anyway.

And this was the recipe mentioned in THIS POST. You know, when Savannah's all upset at me for burning the chicken? Yea........

Anyway, it took a bit more effort than I like to spend on an average dinner night so this one will be reserved for special occasions only.

P.S. I don't have a food processor so put the corn flakes in a ziplock and used my rolling pin to crush everything.

Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 2 out of 5 stars
Time: 2 out of 5 stars

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not that I'm one to boast or brag about such things, but I've eaten a whole lot of cookies in my time, a whole lot. So, I gotta be honest. These were NOT the best cookies I've ever tried. And in truth, I didn't particularly love the chocolate chip cookie part. I would recommend just using your own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

However, I will say they were heavenly eaten fresh and warm, when the oreo cream was all gooey and the chocolate chips were melty.... yea baby. Total yumminess.

So I did nuke them in the microwave every time I snitched, cause they tasted the best when they were warm. Ahem... not that I snitched in the very often mind you!

The weirdest thing though, I had to lay on my back and suck in real hard to button my pants the other day. Can't quite figure out why.....

They are also the size of your hand! Well, my hand anyway. And you all know how looooong my feet are so, just imagine how long my hands are!   (Pissstt... *whipsering* Just so you know, I don't like to use the word "big" when talking about my hands or feet. They don't seem to care for that term very much and are a little a little sensitive about it.)

Taste: 4 out of 5 stars
Ease: 4 out of 5 stars
Time: 3 out of 5 stars

Okay, time to spill the beans! What recipes have you guys tried or made recently? Link up or comment and let me know! (P.S. I do have several of your recommended recipes on my dinner list. I just haven't made them yet, but I will!)

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Megan Jones said...

I have one tried and true recipe that I suggest to everyone. And the best part it's a crockpot recipe!

Italian Crockpot Chicken
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4-6T butter or margerine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg cream cheese
1 pkg Good Seasons dry Italian salad dressing mix

Put the chicken in the crockpot, tab butter on top, sprinkle dry salad dressing mix over top. Cook on low about 4 hrs (a little longer if chicken is frozen)

Once the chicken is cooked, pour juice from the chicken into a saucepan and add cream of mushroom soup and cream cheese. Heat over low until cream cheese is melted (stir often as it will scald the bottom of your pan).

While the sauce is simmering, cook the rice. Combine sauce and chicken in serving bowl and serve over the rice.

I like to pair this with corn, super easy. If you want more sauce, you can double the cream cheese, cream of mushroom soup and dry salad dressing. If you have leftovers, they heat up well and taste just as good! Don't try this recipe if you are on a diet though, it is very rich. And oh so mouth-watering good!

Abe n Annie said...

I tried to make that Crispy chicken recipe the other day. Part of my chicken was burnt and the other part didn't have any corn flakes left on it. It still ended up being really good though! However, I do have to agree with you about the dishes. I almost cried when I saw how many I had to do when I was done.

Amy said...

I think I have the same aversion to enchiladas as your children do. I never liked cheese. I think that's why. I hated it when my mom made enchiladas. I'd gag.
Bret likes them. But I very rarely make them... but come to think of it, with leftover pot roast meat (all fally-aparty and delish), maybe that would be good! (With a cheeseless side. Sacrilege, I know)

Sue said...

I'm all about those enchiladas!


Stacie said...

This last week I tried the Chicken Cordon blue recipe that you have in an earlier post. We really liked it, but I did make a few changes. For one Saltine crackers crushed on top, yuck! I used chicken stuffing (not cooked strait out the box) on the top with some butter drizzled on top. I also used big chunks of ham. My family loved it like that. It was very similar to a recipe that I make regularly. Minus the rice and ham.

Mother Smith said...

Wow! I feel like I hit the "jack-pot"! "3" CHICKEN recipes!!! I am going to try them All! Thanks, Megan! So looking forward to trying yours as well!

Becky said...

I have been reading your blog for a little while now, and I just love it! Thanks for writing! After your first "recipe roundup", I decided to review the recipes I have pinned as well. I posted them on my blog if you want to have a look.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Thanks Megan! Will definitely have to try that. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Annie - LOL! I know right! That recipe was way tricky.

Amy - Hmmm.... Interesting. I hadn't ever thought of that before. Maybe you're right!

Stacie - Thanks so much for your imput! And I like idea fo using the chicken stuffing. Will Definitely try that next time!

Becky - Thanks! And the list of recipes you wrote about looked WAY yummy!

cody said...

No other recipe can beat this simple and delicious treat! You can also check my page, its all about gourmet recipes.

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