Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sausage & Potato Soup

YUMMY!!! This is one of my new favorite soups ... it's been a while since we've had Ham and Potato Soup but I think I enjoy this one more ... LOTS of flavor!!! Sydney finished her dinner in record time tonight!!! (And that's a huge accomplishment) I used maple sausage which added a lot to the flavor of the soup ... I might try an Italian sausage next time as a comparison but this was DE-LICIOUS!!! Served with Onion and Cheddar Biscuits ... I'll blog that recipe on another day :-)

  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion/scallion
  • 3/4 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Garnish: Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Green Onion

  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, water and chicken broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, cook sausage over medium high until done, about 10 minutes. Drain any grease from sausage and add sausage the stockpot a long with the salt and pepper.
  3. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chicken with Wine Sauce (Hubby's Recipe)

Here's the recipe for our dinner that my wonderful Hubby made tonight ... it was very tasty :-) He served this over linguine noodles with steamed broccoli and caesar salad for sides!

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Mix flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat. Add chicken and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm. 
  3. Add mushrooms and white wine to skillet. Cook, stirring continually, for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add parsley and heavy cream to skillet. Cook over low heat stirring continually until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. 
  5. Serve sauce over chicken and ENJOY!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

This is one our favorite desserts and while I can't claim to have made any of the "ingredients", I still wanted to share this DELICIOUS "recipe" :-)

  • Pound Cake (toasted ... this make a huge difference)
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sauce (my favorite is Chocolate Espresso Merlot!!!) 

Cut the pound cake (from Costco) into 3/4" slices and toast. The toasted Pound Cake holds up so nicely against the juices of the strawberries and adds another texture to the dish! Normally I just pop them into the toaster but when entertaining large groups, it works great to put them on a cookie sheet and in the oven on broil for 2-4 minutes per side. Once toasted, top with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce ... I highly recommend a Chocolate Espresso Merlot!!! So many of my favorite things in one dish: coffee, vino, chocolate and fruit ... makes me want to go back for seconds :-)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baked Tilapia w/ Mango Peach Salsa

I was looking for something quick and easy (and healthy ... shhh!) to make for dinner and have been wanting to try my hand at Tilapia for some time now ... Prior to tonight I have yet to prepare, cook, or consume Tilapia, but after tonight it will me a staple in our home. This was GREAT!!! I made 3 Tilapia fillets for our family of 4, which worked out great for us, and served the fish with Sticky Lemon Rice and an Italian Spinach Salad ...

  • 3 (4 oz) Tilapia Fillets 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 2/3 cup Mango Peach Salsa (I love the brand from Costco!!)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 
  2. Coat bottom of baking dish with olive oil and place Tilapia fillets in dish. 
  3. Season with desired amounts of salt, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Flip fillets and season again. (At this point, I allowed the fillets to marinate for about 45 minutes) 
  4. Prior to baking, drop 1 teaspoon butter in the dish.
  5. Place in preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from over and cover each fillet with Mango Peach Salsa. Return to oven and cook for addition 2 minutes. (Fish should flake easily with a fork when cooked)
  7. Serve and enjoy :-)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Slow Cooker Chicken

This is a recipe that I received from my Hubby's Cousin's Wife ... and I LOVE it!!! It's so SIMPLE and VERSATILE that I make sure to have all 3 ingredients on hand at all times :-) I have used this chicken recipe for everything from Tacos and Tostadas to Mexican Salads and Enchilada Casseroles.

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10-12 Sweet Banana Wax Peppers (with about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1 cup Italian Salad Dressing (homemade or store bought) 
  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook until chicken is done (I've made this on both Low and High settings with thawed and frozen chicken, adjusting the cooking time accordingly)
  2. Remove the cooked chicken and shred.
  3. Remove and dice the peppers, discarding the stems.
  4. Combine the shredded chicken and diced peppers and add desired about of cooking broth from the slow cooker. 
From here, the possibilities are endless :-) 

All ready to cook ... and no prep dishes :-) YAY!

 Shredded and ready to enjoy with all the "accessories"

Tostada - My fav!
(Side note: on our old kitchen's counter top ... )

Soft Taco - Hubby's fav!
(And the new kitchen's counter top!!!)