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Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

16 Feb

Today’s recipe comes from Food, though in the interest of full disclosure, I originally learned about it from Rainy Day Gal, who linked to the original Food Network recipe on her blog post.

After looking desperately for another food that could be considered “Ann Arbor” themed, I gave up and went to the reservoirs of my StumbleUpon likes. After narrowing my options down to three delectable-looking dishes, I chose one that is certainly the least-healthy thing I’ve made in all my time being Chef JAJ. You don’t need to look any further than the pound and a half of cheese that this recipe uses to know that it’s not for the Weight Watchers among us. But I absolutely love buffalo chicken, and the thought of it mixed in with some macaroni and cheese was enticing enough for me to eschew long-term health concerns for short-term hedonism.

A note for this recipe: I currently don’t possess a 9×13″ baking pan, and while I’ve made due in the past without one, this was the recipe that bucked the limits of the casserole dish I’ve been using. I couldn’t even use all of the cheese sauce that I had – though I saved the excess reserves to use as dip or something, because it was the greatest-tasting cheese concoction I’ve ever had. Just make sure you have the proper cookware before you begin this massive recipe.



  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup hot sauce (preferably Frank’s)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • 1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 ½ cups)
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese (about 2 cups)
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
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Creamy Paprika Chicken

29 Sep

Today’s recipe comes from Zoom Yummy.

For my first recipe in a long time, I wanted to make something safe but new, something that I had never had before but that I could be pretty sure I’d enjoy. When I came across this recipe for chicken with “heavenly” paprika and cream sauce, I figured I had found my dish. As suggested from the original site, I cooked this and had it over fusilli. I recommend getting some if you’re planning on hitting up this recipe.

If you’re well-stocked, you may not need to go get anything, adding to its appeal. Even in a temporary housing situation, I had most of the ingredients on-hand.

I made a few alterations, mostly replacing chicken legs with boneless and skinless chicken breasts. Sorry, but I figure, if I can choose to have chicken without bones in it, why bother having it with them?



  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 5 cups chicken bouillon or broth
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ cup whipping cream

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Artichoke Pasta

27 Sep

Today’s recipe comes from healthy-quick-meals

As a general rule, I like to try new things. Whether it’s entertainment, experiences, or ideas, I enjoy the novel and tire of the old. This inclination is probably why I decided to try this Artichoke Pasta when I came upon the recipe. I was skeptical from the start, when I read the ingredient list, and my skepticism only grew as I continued the recipe. Unfortunately, this one did not turn out for the better.



  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • ½ cup marinated artichoke heart juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese for final dish

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Beef Stroganoff

22 Sep

Today’s recipe comes from the 12th edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. It can be found on page 334 in that edition.

Happy with the previous dish that came out of my Better Homes Cook Book, I turned the page and saw a recipe for one of my favorite dishes, beef stroganoff. Yeah, it’s not the healthiest meal, but my taste buds simply don’t give a damn. With vigor I followed this recipe and ended up with one of my favorite foodstuff concoctions to date. Note that I left mushrooms out of my incarnation, because I hate them. I’m sorry I hate them. I’d change it if I could.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 cups hot cooked noodles


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Potato and Cheese Pierogies

18 Sep

Today’s recipe comes from my Gourmet Connection.

Because of my dad’s Polish background, pierogies were common in my household growing up. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember, so when I came across this recipe for homemade pierogies, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to craft my own.



For dough:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup water

For filling:

  • 1 1/2 pound baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 to 1 cup dry farmer’s cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to season

For sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chives

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Angel Hair Pasta Salad

18 Jan

Angel Hair Shrimp Salad

Today’s recipe comes from

Prep Time: 15 minutes    | Cook Time: 15 minutes



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream (Heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Pesto sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 splash Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce
  • 2/3 lb Angel Hair (/Capellini)
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut in strips
  • 1/4 lb snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 lb shrimp

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