Easy Chicken Chili

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Don’t faint ~ it’s actually a NEW post!!!! I needed a long break from thinking about food ~ as much as I love to cook, I do need a break from even thinking about it once in awhile.

Quite a bit has happened since I’ve been gone from the blog. The most important being my daughter got engaged and Mr. Meat Eater was out of work and is now back at work. The wedding date is June 9, 2012, and we are very excited and I’m sure you will get sick of me talking about it in the months to come. As for Mr. Meat Eater ~ he can never fully retire or we will kill each other.

I loved this recipe ~ it’s a bit spicy but not bad and you can always make it spicier if you prefer by adding hot sauce before eating.  It’s easy to make but it needs to simmer on the stove for about an hour so keep that in mind.

Easy Chicken Chili

2 poblano chili peppers, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsps olive oil
2 (14.5 oz) cans zesty chili style dice tomatoes (I used Del Monte)
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
1 (16 oz) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (12 oz) can beer or 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used beer)
1 envelope white chicken chili seasoning (I used McCormick brand)

Put the olive oil in a Dutch oven and heat. Saute the first 4 ingredients over medium-high heat for 8 minutes or so or until tender.

Add the diced tomatoes and the next 5 ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.

Serve with desired toppings.

Makes 4-6 servings

Happy Cooking!

Raspberry Coffee Cake

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I have another recipe for a raspberry coffee cake that involves my springform pan and while it’s not hard to make it seems more complicated than it needs to be.  This recipe takes all the yumminess of that more complicated recipe and makes it so much easier.  I think it tasted better because it WAS so easy.  Try it and see what you think!

Raspberry Coffee Cake

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened (I used light)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Beat cream cheese, butter, and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla and beating until mixture is smooth.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the cream cheese mixture at low speed until the mixture is well blended.

Spread into a greased 9×13 pan. Spoon preserves over the top and swirl carefully with a knife. I used more than 1/2 cup preserves ~ more like 3/4 cup.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until the cake begins to leave the sides of the pan.

Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Cut into squares.

Makes 12 ~ 15 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Christmas Cookies

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I thought I would take this post and tomorrow’s to repost recipes for cookies and candy that I use at the holidays.  This year my daughter is making the cookies so I think I will make some new candies instead.

Christmas Cornflake Wreaths

 

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 

Peanut Blossoms

 

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

 

Libby’s Super Super Easy Sugar Cookies

 

Spicy Molasses Cookies

 

Cinnamon Snowballs

 

Chocolate Drop Cookies

 

Dog Biscuits for Your Furbabies!

 

Looking for more?  If you click on “Categories” over on the right, then scroll down you can click on Cookies and find 34 recipes already here.  I’m sure I’ll try a few new ones in the next week, LOL!

Happy Cooking!

 

 

Holiday Salad

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My daughter served this salad on Thanksgiving and it was sooooo good.  I know the bowl looks really messy and I’ll take the blame for being a messy salad tosser.  The recipe called for a raspberry vinaigrette and I couldn’t find just a plain raspberry vinaigrette so I used a raspberry-pomegranate vinaigrette and it was superb as well as being fairly healthy.  This salad is chock-full of yummy ingredients and the color just makes it perfect for the holidays.   The recipe came from allrecipes originally.

Holiday  Salad

1 (10 ounce) package Italian-blend salad greens
1 (5 ounce) package spring mix salad greens
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 medium red apple, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) bottle raspberry vinaigrette ~ I used about 1/4 to 1/3 of the bottle

In a large salad bowl, toss all of the ingredients except the dressing.

Just before serving, drizzle with vinaigrette and toss.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Cooking a Prime Rib Roast for the Holidays

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Wow!  December 1 already.  It doesn’t seem possible that this year has gone by so fast.  Remember when you were a kid and the days just seemed to drag…not so anymore.

Since Christmas and New Year’s is coming up, I thought I would post on how I make prime rib.  It is an expensive piece of meat but don’t let it intimidate you.  It’s really very easy to do.  If you google, you will find there are lots of ways to roast it, this is just how I do it.

My family likes it RARE ~ as in waaaay too red for me.  I like it medium rare.  I’ve been known to cut it in half in order to be able to cook each to the way I want it.  Usually, I just roast to rare and I eat the ends.

I think that prime rib has so much flavor that I keep seasonings to a minimum.  I usually just salt and pepper.  Sometimes I cut slits in the meat and stick in pieces of garlic but that’s about as far and I go.  If you like fresh herbs or Dijon mustard, those would be good, too.  I usually season just before it goes into the oven.  If you are using a boneless roast, use a rack.  If it’s a bone-in roast, use the bones as a rack.

I cook low and slow ~ a lower temperature for a longer time.  That’s what works for me.  I roast at 325º for about 20 minutes per pound.  It’s really important to use a meat thermometer so you’ll know exactly whether your roast is done to your liking.  Stick it in the middle of the roast, making sure it’s not touching bone or fat.  For rare, I like the temp to read130º-140º, for medium rare, I like it to be 145º-155º.  I’ve found that those are the temperatures that work for me in my ovens.  If the meat isn’t up to temperature, I just let it go a little longer and keep an eye on it.  I know the conventional wisdom says it keeps cooking after taking it out of the oven, but I have never had it go up more than a degree or two ~ definitely never 5 or more degrees.  I’ve checked! Your mileage may vary! You can google meat temperatures to get a chart for medium and well.  I would be voted off the island if I let meat get to medium or well, LOL!

The end slices will be done the most and the middle the least so you should be able to please everyone.

I usually serve with a horseradish sauce and sometimes I defat the dripping and serve with that.

Happy Cooking!

Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Mr. Meat Eater and I went to Richmond to have Thanksgiving with our daughter and her boyfriend.  My daughter cooked her first Thanksgiving dinner and it was FANTASTIC!!!   I am happy to pass the torch!  We missed having our son with us to enjoy the meal but he had dinner at Disney World so we were all jealous.

Here are some pictures:

And this is how we felt when our turkey comas set in:

On to the recipe…this muffin recipe is fantastic!  I found it in the December issue of the Food Network magazine and it’s a keeper.

Now, I would do a few things differently when I make them again.  First of all, this recipe makes way too much streusel.  I like streusel as much as the next person but really I could have gotten away with about 1/4 to 1/3 of the amount of streusel.  I hate wasted ingredients and that’s what I felt about this streusel.  I think I could get away with using less butter in the streusel, too.  I made the full recipe and 1  1/2 sticks are just too much.  Butter is too expensive to waste it.  The rest of the recipe worked OK and the outcome is delish!

Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

Muffins:
1 cup dried cranberries, rough chop
1/2 cup rum
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups eggnog
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla

Streusel (Full recipe so cut it down if you want):
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, mix the rum and the chopped cranberries. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt.

In another medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, eggnog, eggs and vanilla. Fold dry ingredient mixture into wet mixture. Batter will be lumpy. Do not overmix. Fold in the cranberries.

Scoop batter evenly into prepared pan ~ I use an ice cream scoop.

For the streusel, mix all ingredients together until it looks like lumpy, wet sand. Sprinkle with fingers over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Test with a toothpick before removing from oven. Cool in pan for a few minutes then carefully remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

Happy Cooking!

Mary’s Cranberry Apple Casserole

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This is fabulous!  Mr. Meat Eater and I were practically fighting over it.  It’s a very easy dessert to make and, frankly, I wouldn’t be above eating it for breakfast.  It’s certainly perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing this recipe with me ~ it’s going to be a favorite in our house!

Mary’s Cranberry Apple Casserole

Filling:
2 cups fresh whole cranberries
3 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples (I just sliced mine because I am lazy)
1 cup sugar (I used about 3/4 cup since my apples were very sweet)
1 tbsp. flour

Topping:
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Heat oven to 350º.

Mix the filling ingredients and pour into a 8×8 or 9×9 square, greased casserole dish.

Combine the topping ingredients and spoon over the filling.

Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender.

Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes about 6 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake

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Wow ~ this coffee cake is wonderful!  A must make and  perfect for the upcoming holidays or anytime you need a special coffee cake.

It looks more complicated than it is ~ it’s really easy and best of all it looks like you have spent hours in the kitchen.

Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Topping:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cup whole fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans

Cake:
1/2 cup butter at room temp
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream (I used less fat sour cream)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350º. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan with aluminum to prevent any leaking (I did have a little leaking but the foil caught it).

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and set aside (I just whisk it all together since I don’t own a sifter).

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter and bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil, pour it in the bottom of the ungreased springform pan. Sprinkle the cranberries (whole) and pecans over the top of the butter/brown sugar mixture. Make sure that they spread out over the entire pan.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Spoon this cake mixture over the the top of the cranberry mixture already in the pan.

Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan.

Makes 8 -10 servings.

Happy Cooking!

More Potatoes ~ Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Casserole

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I have a serious addiction to potatoes.  I love them in any form and we have potatoes fairly often.  DH is not a fan but humors me.  I found this recipe on allrecipes and changed it around a bit to suit me and it’s delish!

This recipe is pretty easy even though you will have to make a cheese sauce.  Just take your time and it will work.  I especially love that it makes a small casserole so if you are a small family, it will work perfectly.

Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Casserole

4 russet potatoes, sliced into very thin slices
1 onion, sliced into thin rings
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsps butter
3 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400º and grease a 1 quart casserole dish. I used a 9×9 glass dish.

Layer half the potato slices in the bottom of the dish, top with all the onion slices, top onions with the rest of the potatoes and season with salt and pepper if desired.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in flour and salt and whisk continuously for 1 minute. Stir in milk and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. Stir in the cheese ALL AT ONCE and stir until the cheese melts, about 60 seconds or so. Pour sauce over the potatoes. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Holiday Frittata

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I actually make frittatas for dinner quite often ~ especially when I don’t feel like cooking.  They are very easy, always delicious, and I can use of bits and pieces of veggies in my fridge.  I can also use meat or not depending on how I feel.  This recipe (from allrecipes, I think) is super easy and would be great on a holiday morning.

Holiday Frittata

1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsps butter
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (I used mushrooms instead)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
6 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella (I used cheddar)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

In a frying pan, melt the butter and saute the onion, green pepper, and garlic for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes and parsley and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Stir in the veggies.

Pour into an ungreased 9 inch pie plate and bake, uncovered, at 350º for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Makes 6 servings.

Happy Cooking!