Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Best French Toast You Will Ever Eat
I found this recipe on the front page of and yes, that was the title. It looks awesome. I haven't tried it, but it is interesting how you must soak for 10 mins and then finish in the oven.  Must try.

Perfect French ToastIngredients
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
Juice of 1 medium orange, (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cognac, (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
Zest of 1 lemon, (about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 slices bread, such as brioche, sliced 1-inch thick, preferably day-old
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, cognac, sugar, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes. Turn slices over; soak 10 minutes more or until soaked through.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry half the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to wire rack; place in oven while cooking remaining bread. Wipe skillet, and repeat with remaining butter, oil, and bread. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Serve warm with maple syrup, if desired.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Not Your Usual Chili

We went to our friend's house a few weeks ago for a chili dinner. I wasn't too excited because I don't normally love chili. But once I have a taste of this, I couldn't get enough. The flavor was so amazing. Who would have thought that combining taco seasoning, ranch mix and enchilada sauce would totally work? I had to get the recipe from my awesome friend Cammi. It's not your average, run of the mill taco soup either. This would taste so amazing with a warm slice of homade corn bread.  For dessert, make yourself some moist pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It doesn't get any better than that. (Not my pic, sorry)

1 pound of lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can of chicken broth
1 can of pinto beans, drained
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of dry ranch mix
1 can of mild green enchilada sauce

*Brown the meat in a large pot along with the onions and garlic. Add the chicken broth, beans, corn, taco seasoning, dry ranch mix, and enchilada sauce. Simmer on low until the flavors magically meld together. Add salt, pepper, and even a little cumin if you need to. Even better the next day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Pinterest has delivered once again. This one was a home run! Better than the Chinese restaurant in any town. And so easy! The picture is from Pinterest also because I was too lazy to photograph my own plate.- BJ

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
The chicken coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
The sweet and sour sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
       Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.   


Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These are the best thing that have ever touched my tongue. I found these on another blog so I used her picture, even though mine turned out just as pretty. You have to dirty a few bowls for this one but is it SO worth it!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Recipe adapted from: Recipe Girl

For Pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten

(OR use a boxed pancake batter)

Cinnamon Filling:
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze:
4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare Cinnamon Filling first: In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside. (You want this to rest and 'set up' while your preparing the other ingredients. Its best if it gets a little thicker, you dont want it liquidy)

Prepare Pancake batter:  In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg just until batter is moistened.  (a few small lumps are fine)
OR If using a boxed mix, prepare according to package directions.

Prepare Cream Cheese glaze: In a medium glass or microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth, then whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop about 1/2 cup of pancake batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your cinnamon filling baggie and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a spatula and cook until lightly browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer pancake to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you make the rest of the pancakes.

When ready to serve, spoon warmed cream cheese glaze on top of each pancake. Enjoy!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Strawberry Cream Cheese Croissants

 I found this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it. It turns out that it was so good that I had to include this on our blog! I had some leftover dinner roll dough and used that as my bread and it tasted great.  You've got to try this. I also used fresh pureed strawberries instead of the jam and it was fantastic!~BJ 
picture by Rumbly In My Tumbly

Strawberry Cream Cheese Croissants
recipe found on Pinterest


1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls- or homemade rolls
1/4 cup of homemade strawberry jam- or fresh pureed strawberries
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg + 1 tsp of water for egg wash


Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Cream until there are no lumps.

Unroll each crescent roll. On the fattest part of the triangle place 1 tsp on cream cheese mixture and one tsp of jam. Roll into a croissant shape.

Whisk together egg and water for egg wash and brush over each croissant.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until croissants are golden brown and inside is no longer doughy. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Roasted Veggie Tortellini with Alfredo

Roasted Veggies:
2 pints grape tomatoes
1 pound fresh asparagus
5-6 cloves garlic
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
1. Cut about 1 inch of the bottoms off each lovely stalk of asparagus. The bottoms are really tough and woody tasting. Chop the rest of the asparagus into 2 inch pieces.
2. Spread the asparagus pieces and the grape tomatoes out evenly over a large cookie sheet. 
3. Peel and roughly chop 5-6 cloves of garlic. Do not  be mistaken. You don't want to peel and chop 5 or 6 whole garlic bulbs, now. Just 5-6 of the little cloves that come in a bulb. 
4. Add the fresh garlic to the tomatoes and asparagus and drizzle olive oil over the top of them. You just need about 2-3 tablespoons.   
5. Grind a bit of salt and pepper over the top as well. 
6. Then, using two large spoons, toss the ingredients together. Make sure all of the veggies have a bit of oil on them. Toss your pan in the oven to roast at 400 degrees, for about 20 minutes, or until the asparagus is fork tender.  

While veggies are cooking, start making the alfredo sauce.

Alfredo Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups fresh parmesan, grated
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. use a whisk and stir in flour and cook for 30 seconds.
2. Add milk and garlic. bring to a boil (barely, just at the edges of the pan,)
3. Stir in parmesan. Whisk until melted. sauce will thicken as it cools.
(If your sauce is too thick, add more milk till desired consistency)

Dont be cheap people, go buy the good fresh stuff. 

Enjoy! -Rachel

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

Got this cheesecake out of the KRAFT Foods magazine and it was so easy to make and so tasty. I served it at a party I hosted and it was a crowd pleaser. Everyone asked for the recipe.
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Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
recipe by KRAFT

1-1/2 cups crushed NILLA Wafers (about 50)
3/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
32 KRAFT Caramels (I used a homemade caramel sauce instead)
3 Tbsp. milk
4 pkg. (8 oz. each)  Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1cup Sour Cream
4 eggs
1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided (I used cocoa powder)

Make It

HEAT oven to 325ºF. MIX wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup nuts and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Microwave caramels and milk in microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM (50%) 4 to 5 min. or until caramels are melted and mixture is well blended, stirring every 2 min. Pour over crust; spread to within 1 inch of edge. Cool. BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Melt 7 chocolate squares. Stir into cream cheese batter; pour over caramel layer. BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining nuts just before serving. Melt remaining chocolate square; drizzle over cheesecake.
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