Saturday, 29 May 2010

Simple Barbecue Sauce

This sauce goes perfect with the Best BBQ Chicken recipe that I have. The molasses was the only thing that I didn't have on hand. My hubby found that on the syrup aisle. The Cider Vinegar is on the Vinegar aisle. It was all at my local grocery store. I think this sauce is good. I wouldn't write home about it. It is better than any store bought one I have tried but if you have a favorite this might not compare. Again this is a Martha recipe from her Everyday Food Recipe Book #54
Stupid me forgot to take a picture of the BBQ sauce before I threw it out.

3 cups Ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 cup water
1 T paprika
1 T onion powder
1 T Mustard powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced by a third, about 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before using. (To store, refrigerate up to 2 weeks.) Enjoy!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Best BBQ Chicken

My hubby and I have been trying out new recipes lately. Our newest and probably most favorite find is this delicious chicken from yes, you guest it Martha Stewart. It just looked mouth watering, so we decided to grill these bad boys up. It is probably the BEST chicken I have ever had. It doesn't take long to just add a little extra to spice things up. Mmmmm, Mmmmm good!

2 T paprika
2 T chili powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 cups Barbecue Sauce

Heat grill to medium, lightly oil grates. In a small bowl combine the paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper; sprinkle spice rub all over chicken. Reserve 1 cup of the bar-be-cue sauce for serving. Keep remaining sauce in another bowl for basting.

Grill chicken, turning often, until cooked through, 15-20 minutes. During final 5 minutes of cooking, baste chicken with barbecue sauce. Serve chicken with reserved sauce. Enjoy!
There will be a barbecue sauce recipe posted in the next couple of days. If you become a follower it will just pop up and let you know. There that is my little plug.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Moms Potato Salad

By far my mom has always had my favorite potato salad. Every time I try store bought I wish I hadn't. None of the salads I have had compare. It is so simple and yet it is my favorite. Let's face it mom always knows what is best:)

This is the perfect side dish to any BBQ. It is really easy to make. The only thing that I struggle with is remembering to make ahead of time. If you have this issue like I do, then just put the potatoes and eggs in the freezer while your meat cooks. It turned out great. Then I just added the rest of the ingredients (already prepped and in the fridge) right before the meat was served.

6-8 potatoes ( I use red potatoes just change it to 8-10 potatoes)
3/4-1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp dill pickle juice to taste
4 green onions chopped
3-4 hard boiled eggs, diced
1 cucumber chopped
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until barely done in salted water, still firm (about 20 minutes depending on size of potatoes, red potatoes take about 15 minutes) Boil eggs for 15 minutes. Dice both. Mix with the remainder of ingredients. Chill several hours before serving. Enjoy:)

Variations: Add parsley, dill, basil, i package Good Season's Italian dressing, Lawry's Seasoned salt, sour cream, bacon, chopped celery, or dill pickles.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad

This is another new salad. I loved this. It is very refreshing and healthy. My kids that don't like tomatoes were not fans at all. My kids that do like tomatoes gobbled it up. My hubby has mixed feelings about veggie's so he wasn't sure. Again in is a Martha Stewart recipe. I heart her...conviction and all:)

I definitely would serve this at a ladies luncheon but not a kids party. I loved the way that the corn popped in my mouth, and the delicious tastes all blend together so nicely. I think it is a perfect summer time salad. Mmmmmm
2 ears of corn (husk and silk removed)
2 pints cherry, grape, or pear tomatoes, halved, or quartered if large
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 T fresh lime juice
1 T olive oil

Stand ear in a large wide bowl; with a sharp knife, carefully slice downward to release the kernels. Discard the cob. Add tomatoes, avocado, green onions, lime juice, and oil to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to combine. Enjoy!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Watermelon Lemonade

This is a new recipe for me. I made it with my kids and I recommend that you make it with older kids, cause my little ladies made a mess of my kitchen while making this. It was fun for them though. This may be an acquired taste. The mint leaves was not my kids favorite. Maybe eliminate the mint for kids. Then again my 5 year old had 3 glasses. My hubby was not a fan, but I liked it. I maybe would add less mint for my taste bubs

It is actually fairly easy to make and I think it is delicious. It is out of Everyday Food by Martha Stewart Issue 54. I LOVE her Everyday Food Cookbooks. They have some of my most favorite recipes in them. The cookbooks are coordinated by month so it usually uses ingredients that are good in that season. This issue is for July/August so of course she had a Watermelon recipe. I just happened to get lucky at Sam's Club. They were taste testing the yummiest watermelon. It is extremely early for like I said LUCKY us.

2 Lemons, quartered
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 medium seedless watermelon flesh cut into chunks.

Squeeze lemons into a large pitcher; add squeezed lemon quarters. Add mint and sugar; mash with a wooden spoon until mint is bruised and sugar is dissolved

In a blender, puree watermelon in batches until smooth: pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher (you should have about 8 cups juice). Stir to combine. Serve over ice. Refiderate covered for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Baja Chicken Kabob

Is there anything better than meat off the BBQ? Every time that I make kabobs I think of my mom with all of her different bowls of veggies, fruit, and meat that she is adding to the kabob. I do it just like her. It is funny when you think of the things that you do just like your parents.

Recently, I tried to make my own marinade. I think it turned out pretty good. I buy a marinade packet and read the ingredients on the back. I basically keep everything the same except I leave out the Silicon Dioxide and things like that. I mean really who needs Silicon Dioxide. :) I have done it with my fajitas and now with my kabobs. These taste pretty scrumdiddlyumpious so try them out.

1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 cup minced or even blended red pepper
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 clove garlic minced
2 T Lemon juice
2 T Lime juice
1 T honey
1/4 cup canola oil
2 T water
2 T vinegar
2 lbs chicken cut for kabobs

Mix all the ingredients before you add the chicken. Add chicken coating all sides. Place in refrigerator for and hour or longer if you can.
Put kabob sticks in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
Arrange fruit, veggies, and meat on sticks. I like to use at least 3-4 pieces of meat per skewer.
I use:
Red Pepper
Green Pepper
Purple Onion
Marinaded Chicken
Grill on a medium to medium low heat. If you grill smaller pieces of chicken it works out better. Sometimes if they are a little thick it might be better to grill them prior to the veggies, and fruit. Serve these delicious kabobs over rice. ENJOY!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Easy breezy Oreo Cookies

My sister found this recipe. She had a friend make it for her and she fell in love. She then gave the recipe to my mom and me. My mom made them for me and YUMMY! I love these cookies and could they be any easier to make. I think NOT! I suggest you run out to the store and have some Devil's food cake on hand for the next time you need to make some delicious cookies.

1 box Devil's Food Cake
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs

In a large mixing bowl add cake mix, oil, and 1 egg. Mix well then add second egg and mix well. The consistency resembles a tootsie roll. Roll in a small ball, place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Cool then Frost with Vanilla Frosting. Enjoy!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Bacon Tomato Pasta

I was in a dinner rut a few years back and really needed a new recipe. My sweet and wonderful friend Alma came to the rescue like she always does. She had found this recipe in a cooking magazine and loved it.

I made it for dinner that night and I was immediately in love. This recipe has just the right ingredients to make my palate happy. I love Italian as well. Give me a little oregano and I am one happy lady. Jeron made the comment when he ate it that it tastes like something you could get at a restaurant.

8 ounces uncooked linguine (the recipe calls for Linguine not bow tie. Both work.)
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 c chopped onion
1 pkg cooked bacon
1 1/3 cups tomato grapes halved
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta, drain, and reserve 1/2 c pasta water. In a large non stick skillet over medium high heat add onion and saute 2 minutes. Add bacon and saute 2 minutes. Add tomato, garlic, and oregano saute 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Add pasta and reserve water, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Cook 1 minute on medium heat or until thoroughly heated and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Layered Cookie Bars

I haven't made these a lot but I do love them. I got this recipe 5 years ago off of the internet. The first time I made these was for my daughters baby blessing. We had a ton of people coming so I basically made every treat I could find. This one was actually one of my favorites. Plus it is so EASY! Who doesn't like easy? I have tweaked it just a titch. It calls for Vanilla Wafers, which I never have on hand so I did graham crackers, and there isn't any butterscotch chips in the original. Other than that it is the same. I really HATE nuts in treats but I like them in this. If you are like me you can omit them if you want.

3/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cups graham crackers
6 T Cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips chunks
1 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup HEATH or Score bar
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Heat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in 13x9x2-inch baking pan in oven. Combine crumbs, cocoa and sugar; sprinkle over butter.

Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly on top of crumb mixture. Top with chocolate chips and toffee bits, then nuts; press down firmly.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Chill, if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature. About 18-24 bars. Enjoy!