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?

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Ingredients

  • 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.

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Ingredients

  • 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.

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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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Top Sirloin with Onions and Carrots

20 Sep

Today’s recipe comes from the 12th edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. It can be found on page 333 in that edition.

When I moved into the last house that I lived in, I found the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, which I’ve been told is of some merit. It took me 10 months before I ever wound up using it, but I finally did, and this was the first recipe I chose. A very simple dish with some entirely unnecessary bacon instructions in there, I was still happy with my hearty meal of steak and potatoes.

(Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, this post is the first in which I used touched-up photos. Digital finishing of pictures was something I’ve avoided up until now, but I’m slowly learning how to be a real photographer. My apologies to any photo purists out there.)

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Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 small onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 8 small white or orange carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 4 small red potatoes, cut up (1 pound)
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup beer, dark beer, or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1 ½ to 2 inches thick
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

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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.

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Ingredients

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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Baked Crab Cakes (with Spicy Avocado Sauce)

18 Jul

Today’s recipe comes from circle-b-kitchen.com.

Despite my love of almost all seafood and my particular affinity for crab, I don’t believe that I had ever sampled crab cakes prior to making these. When I came across the recipe, however, they sounded and looked way too good to pass up. So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work with a pound of jumbo lump crab meat. The result was another addition to my long list of seafood favorites.

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Ingredients

For sauce:

  • 1 ripe California avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (may need more)
  • 1 chopped Serrano or jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

For crab cakes:

  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over and coarsely shredded
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives or scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Spanakopita

21 Feb

Today’s recipe comes from healthy-quick-meals.com.

In an attempt to be more accommodating for my vegetarian friends, I consciously chose to make a dish that didn’t have any meat in it. Although I’m pretty divided on Greek food, I decided to give this Spanakopita (a kind of Greek spinach pie) a try. My opinion of the final product changed twice, but in the end, I enjoyed it enough to probably make it in the future when I’m entertaining my herbivorous friends.

For this recipe, you’ll need a 9×13″ baking pan.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 pound spinach (about 2 bunches)
  • 5 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 pound feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 12 sheets phyllo

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Peanut Ginger Chicken

4 Feb

Today’s recipe comes from  Jaylene on NibbleDish.com.

Any chicken that’s made with peanut butter is at least enough to interest me.  Add in ginger and you’ve sold me. My kitchen partner and I made this chicken and turned it into a very hearty meal through the power of rice and broccoli. We’ve made a bunch of dishes since, but he still swears that this is hands down the best thing we’ve ever made. While I’m not so ready to give it the gold, it’s certainly in the competition for it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • White pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Parsley flakes or fresh parsley

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Garlicky Lemon-Pepper Chicken

22 Jan

Today’s recipe comes from TheHungryMouse.com.

          This Lemon Chicken is apparently a signature dish of some chap called The Angry Chef (and not the restaurant in LA that I found while trying to track down this fuming fellow to give some credit). Whoever he or she is, I would hire them as my personal chef based on this dish alone. This recipe does NOT mess around – it loves garlic, lemon, and seasonings of all kinds. You may even think it’s being excessive, since it forgoes measurements of any kind for the spices and herbs and instead just has you blanket the chicken with them. But trust it. It won’t betray you, baby.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Pure olive oil
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic salt
  • White pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried parsley
  • Powdered lemon peel

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Cheddar Biscuits

20 Jan

Cheddar Biscuits

Today’s recipe comes from Folkmann.ca.

Everyone I know shares the same opinion of Red Lobster: As great as the seafood is, it’s the free Cheddar Bay Biscuits that help get them into the restaurant in the first place. I’ve taken home a dozen of those babies before, because they’re hands-down the best free restaurant food you will ever encounter. This recipe comes pretty damn close to replicating those delicious, savory Cheddar Bay Biscuits – and best of all, you can probably cook them up in the same amount of time that it takes the waiter (or waitress) to bring them to your table!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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