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4.19.2013

Chicken Ranch Burgers

These chicken ranch burgers came from Julie's Eats & Treats.  Julie did a review on our KIC Mount for us a few months ago (read it here).  Julie has lots of great recipes...you should check out her blog!  These burgers were SO delish.  Super easy to throw together and perfect for the warmer weather that is upon us.  I cooked these on my grill pan on the stovetop and they were just perfect but we love to grill and I think they would be great cooked that way too!  I am sure these will make an appearance over the summer many times because we really loved them!

Find the recipe here

 

4.18.2013

Strawberry Biscuits

Today's recipe is a delightful, spring breakfast.  I made these strawberry biscuits from Buns in My Oven for breakfast last weekend and served them with some fresh strawberries.  They are so delicious!  My family could have easily eaten the entire batch of them....and we probably should have.  While they are incredibly delicious straight out of the oven, I don't think that baked goods with strawberries in them keep well for long.  The strawberries get mushy and lose their flavor.  The couple we had left were still ok but they needed some strawberry jam spread on them.  MUCH better the first day they were made.  But no fear, I am confident your family will have NO problems finishing these off in one morning!  They are that good :)

Find recipe here

 

4.16.2013

Orange Frosted Brownies

I made these brownies yesterday that I found over at Crazy for Crust.  First, let me talk about Dorothy over at Crazy for Crust.  She is super creative with food, great to work with and such a sweet lady!  She has done quite a few reviews for our KIC Mount and even has our ad on her blog.  Here is her latest post about the KIC Mount.

Now on to the brownies...Personally, I love the combination of chocolate and orange.  I think they are a match made in heaven.  However, I do not cook with oranges very often in general.  My oldest daughter hates oranges!  She is my adventurous eater.  Really, she loves most everything I make and is always willing to try new and different foods.... so I hate to take something she LOVES (chocolate) and ruin it for her with something she HATES (oranges).  These brownies were not for us though.  I sent them with my husband to a meeting at church so I didn't feel so bad making them.  I even got to sneak a little piece before he left and they were so good!  A nice refreshing citrus twist on a brownie...perfect for spring!

Find the recipe here

 

4.15.2013

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes are popular in my house.  There is never one complaint when I make them.  We had our life group meeting this past weekend.  It is a time to get together with friends from church, study the Bible (right now we are studying Jerry Bridge's book The Transforming Power of the Gospel), eat and fellowship together.  The host was making sub sandwiches so I brought these pimiento cheese twice baked potatoes for a side dish.  I made one batch without the pimientos for the kids and I made another batch for the adults.  In the adult version, I made the recipe as written except that instead of all cheddar cheese, I used half cheddar cheese and half Pepper Jack cheese for a little kick.  I would have to say both were equally delicious and everyone seemed to love them!  I made A LOT and one family got sick and couldn't make it.  I thought I was going to be taking lots of potatoes home but they were almost gone!  One thing I love about this recipe and twice baked potatoes in general is that they can be made ahead of time.  You bake the potatoes, scoop out the inside, add your butter, cheese, sour cream, etc and refill the shells and then place in the fridge until you are ready to bake them in the final step.  I have even frozen them at that point for later and that works great too!  Super easy and crowd friendly.  Love it!

Get the recipe here

 

4.12.2013

Sweet Garlic Pork Chops

I saw this recipe for Sweet Garlic Chicken and thought it sounded so good and so easy that I had to try it right away.  While I pan sear and cook many cuts of meat in a skillet, sometimes it is nice to throw together a quick marinade or sauce and stick the meat in the oven to bake.  That way there is less hassle when I have to help one child trying to do her homework and two more children hanging on me while trying to also get dinner on the table.  By the way, my KIC Mount, is also a vital tool during this time of dinner prep & homework :)  I did alter the recipe since I had pork chops instead of chicken so I have included my version below.  I hope you enjoy.  We really liked it!  I served it with mashed garlic potatoes and broccoli...perfect compliments to the pork :)

Sweet Garlic Pork Chops

recipe source:  Adapted from My Recipe Journey

6 bone-in pork chops

2 Tbsp olive oil

8 garlic cloves, minced

8 Tbsp brown sugar

Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops and place in a foil lined baking pan.  In a small skillet, saute the garlic in the oil until fragrant.  Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar.  It will be a thick crumbly mixture.  Spoon evenly over the pork chops and then spread it all around the top.  Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20-25 minutes.

 

4.10.2013

Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

So my family and I were shopping at Costco the other day and I bought a huge jar of coconut oil.  Probably not a wise choice since I have never tried it before.  A smaller size to sample first would probably be a better idea but I keep hearing talk about this coconut oil on all the blogs I follow and have been wanting to try it.  It was there- huge jar and all- and I bought it.  I can't say I regret it, thankfully :)  I went on a search for the perfect recipe to try first with my prize find and finally decided on these Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies from Averie Cooks.  I have mentioned before that I am not a huge cookie lover.  I love them straight out of the oven...all warm and soft and gooey...but later when they are kinda hard and uninspiring?  Not so much.  These cookies though are soft and flavorful...SO, SO delicious.  I am totally in love with them right now.  And get this: no butter at all!  Coconut oil takes the place of all the butter in this recipe.  I can see why it is so popular.  Try them today.  You won't regret it.  And while you are at it, pick up a gigantic jar of coconut oil from Costco.  I am thinking it won't be so hard to use it all up :)

Find the recipe here

 

4.9.2013

Have you ever watched Worst Cooks of America on the Food Network?  That show cracks me up.  I love watching these people that have no clue what to do in the kitchen learn from Chef Anne Burrell and recently, Tommy Flay, how to cook.  The second season of Worst Cooks had Chef Anne battling Robert Irvine.  In one of the episodes, Robert Irvine had his team make this fish dish.  I thought it looked so good that I found the recipe online.  I have since made it many times.  It is addictively delicious and simple to make.  I have written the recipe out as I have altered it to fit my tastes and preferences.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Mahi-Mahi with Mango Sauce and Fragrant Rice

adapted from Robert Irvine

 

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water  
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, chopped
  • Salt

 

Mango Sauce:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (I think he used grapeseed oil)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper  
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

 

Fish:

  • 4 mahi-mahi fillets
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (again, he used grapeseed)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, chopped, for garnish

 

For the rice: Combine the rice and water together in a large saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook the rice for 20 minutes.

 

 

For the sauce: Peel the mango and dice.  In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the mango, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.

 

Heat a large, nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat.

Rub the fish fillets with the oil, salt, and pepper. Place in the hot pan and sear until golden on 1 side, 3 to 4 minutes.  Turn the fish over and cook until cooked through, another 3 to 4 minutes.

 

When the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and gently stir in the scallions. Season with salt, to taste.

 

Place a mound of rice on each plate. Top with mahi-mahi. Spoon the mango sauce over each fillet and top with chopped scallions. Drizzle the liquid from the mango sauce around the rice.

 

 

4.8.2013

Yesterday, we had beautiful spring weather.  The sun was shining and it was finally warm enough to go outside without a coat...and short sleeves!  Kenton and I wanted to walk at the park and the girls wanted to play on the playground so we went to a park near us called Plum Creek that had both.  What a nice afternoon we had.  When we got home, it was definitely grill time!  While Kenton was outside grilling, I was inside making these potato skins from Eat Cake for Dinner.  I do not make potatoes all that often.  I hate cleaning them and it always takes so long for them to cook but this recipe was nice and quick.  After a 5 minute boil, you stick them into the oven for another 13 minutes and it's done.  The recipe came together fast and it was a total hit with the whole family.  The only thing I changed was that I left out the bacon.  I know, I know, how could I leave out bacon?!  I didn't have any in the house...so I used scallions instead and they were still delicious :)  I will most certainly be making potatoes more often and the dipping sauce was the best part!  It was so good, we are already brainstorming more ideas of how to use it!

Get the recipe here

4.3.2013

I thought I would take a break from some recipes to fill you in on an exciting thing we are doing this month. 

For the entire month of April KICMount will donate $10 from every purchase to Baptist Bible College (Springfield, MO). #GOBBC is a great institution whose reputation is built on educating young men and women and equipping them to make a difference in the Lord's ministry. KICMount is a magnetic iPad mount and it's inventor is a big fan of this institution. Together we hope to raise awareness and some funding to assist the college and the student body. Check them out online at www.gobbc.edu and purchase your magnetic iPad mount at www.kicmount.com

4.1.2013

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter yesterday.  We always enjoy going to church and having our family over for fun and lots of good food.  On Friday, I shared with you our favorite holiday rolls...these Cranberry Walnut Rolls.  They are absolutely amazing and so very good with honey butter.  This Easter I changed it up a bit and decided that since cranberries and oranges go so well together, that I would make orange butter instead.  I used this recipe from Real Mom Kitchen and it was totally a match made in heaven!  This orange butter was so good, I am sure it would be amazing on everything from  plain dinner rolls to English Muffins.  YUM!

3.29.2013

Cranberry Walnut Rolls

I made these rolls this past year for Thanksgiving.  They were a huge hit.  My mom ate two (and these rolls are quite large) and then complained the rest of the night that she ate too much and shouldn't have had the second roll....but she just couldn't help herself because they were so good.  Then Christmas came and she requested (demanded, really :)  that I make them again.  Now Easter is upon us and what is the only thing my mom and now my brother too are demanding makes an appearance upon the dinner table?  These rolls, of course :)  I believe we have a standing holiday dinner roll here...perfect for any and all holidays!  This cranberry walnut roll is fairly easy to make for a yeast roll, beautiful and tastes slightly sweet...and is even better with honey butter. 

Find this recipe here from Brown Eyed Baker.  Try them for Easter this year.  Who knows, you may start a tradition with your family?

3.28.2013

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

My brother is a veterinarian in the army.  He was stationed in Washington which is quite far from us here in Ohio but he was deployed to Afghanistan a few weeks ago.  Before he left, he was able to come home for a week and spend some time with us.  I loved having him here....and so did my girls.  They really had a great time with him.  While he was home, I tried to make as many foods as I could that I knew he liked.  He was over for breakfast the last morning before he had to return to Washington and await deployment and I made this Blueberry Breakfast Cake for him.  He loves blueberries and has always had a very big sweet tooth so this was perfect for him.  I am pretty sure he had more than one serving so I think he liked it :)  Really, it was absolutely delicious.  It was like the best blueberry muffin in cake form.  There wasn't much left but I definitely enjoyed it the next morning or two (until my oldest discovered there was still some left :)  With Easter just a few days away, I think this would be a wonderful breakfast for the holiday. 

Find the recipe here from Life as a Lofthouse.

3.26.2013

Fall off the Bone Chicken

I often buy chicken thighs and drumsticks because my family loves dark meat and I can almost always find them on sale.  I am always looking for new recipes to make with them.  I found this recipe last week via Pinterest on The Lovely Pantry's website and it was so crazy delicious, I think I may not have to look anymore...which is saying a lot.  I am not one to repeat recipes very much.  I like to keep the menu at home different and exciting.  But this chicken was so, so good.  I cannot stress that enough.  A lot of times I will remove the skin because it makes it greasy and fattening but I left it on for this recipe and I was so glad I did.  The skin crisped up perfectly and was the most delicious part.  I could have taken the skin off all my childrens' chicken and hoarded it for myself- it was that good.  The spices used in this recipe are just perfect.  I will admit, I was skeptical about the fennel seeds, but they made the dish over the top good.  The only thing I altered was that I made my own honey mustard.  I used these ratios: 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp brown sugar.

Try this recipe today.  You will not be disappointed.

3.25.2013

Samoa Pudding Mousse

Ashton over at Something Swanky just posted a review of our KIC Mount this weekend.  Check it out here.  Her and Dorothy at Crazy for Crust both have delicious desserts to tempt you....and our ad in their sidebar :)   If you are looking for a dessert idea for Easter, they have so many wonderful ideas to choose from you will have a hard time deciding!

This recipe today is one Ashton posted last year when she did a series on recipes with Girl Scout Cookies.  If you like Samoas, she also has a dip, a pie, a fudge...you name it...and they are all delicious.  I think I have tried all of them except for the fudge (I am not a big fudge person).  Anyway, this recipe is for a pudding mousse made to taste like the Samoa cookies and it is yummy.  It is super easy to put together yet show stopping enough for company :)  Like I told you before, my family loves chocolate and coconut so this wasn't a hard choice to make and we really loved it :)  If you missed out on the Girl Scout Cookies this year and are hungry for a Samoa, try this recipe out...all you need is a pudding mix, cool whip tub, coconut, caramel, fudge sauce and shortbread cookies.

3.15.2013

Red Brie Pasta Sauce

I come from an Italian family.  I love Italian food but I really don't make it enough.  I think it is because my grandmother (we called her Nonna), was full-blooded Italian and made the best food ever.  My favorite dish of all time was her gnocchi.  I have yet to find it's match.  Really, this is because she never wrote down any recipes.  I remember making gnocchi with her when I was a little girl.  There were never any recipes or measuring cups around...she had it all in her head and when she passed away, they passed with her.  Now this recipe is nothing like anything she used to make.  In fact, when I saw it, I was so intrigued by the use of Brie cheese in the sauce that I had to try it.  Not very authentically Italian but I think that is why I loved it.  I can't come close to authentic....but this was super fast, super easy and crazy delicious.  I.could.not.stop.eating.it.  (And I may have hid all the leftovers so I didn't have to share...not that there were many!).  It has quickly become our favorite red sauce.  I have made it quite a few times.  I will say though that it tastes best on just plain noodles so the purely delicious sauce can shine through.  I tried it with Italian sausage one night and I wouldn't do it again...the flavor of the sausage overtook the sauce that I so desperately wanted to taste.  I was deeply disappointed.  A more neutral protein like chicken might be ok though.  Find the recipe here

3.14.2013

Blueberry Muffins

The grocery stores have been getting some spring fruits here in Ohio.  The strawberries aren't quite sweet enough yet but are a nice change from apples and oranges.  And there have been a lot of blueberries too.  I picked up a package the other day and decided to make these blueberry muffins that I found on Sally's Baking Addiction.  They were fantastic!  I am always annoyed when my muffins taste great but they don't have that nice, full, rounded top.  These puffed up beautifully.  Sally has figured it out...apparently lots of baking powder, filling the muffin tins all the way to the top and starting with a very high temperature for a few minutes and then dropping it down.  Kudos to her because it worked!  Beautiful and delicious...a great muffin recipe.

3.13.2013

Coconut Macaroons

So, I have a story about today's recipe.  Last year, we took our girls on vacation...part of it was spent on the beach in Ocean City, NJ.  Our hotel had a tiny kitchen so we did a lot of cooking.  We made breakfast every morning and made at least part of dinner.  For instance, we went to the Farmer's Market they had there and bought the best corn on the cob I have ever eaten.  Really, it was so sweet and delicious!  We definitely don't get corn like that here in Ohio.  Wonder why....?  Anyway, we would make the sides, like corn on the cob and green beens, and buy the main dish.  One night it was amazing crab cakes.  So the last morning of our stay at the beach comes and we decided to clean out our fridge for breakfast rather than waste all that good food.  The girls woke up to fried chicken and a cookie.  My husband and I had corn on the cob and a cookie.  Our girls got the biggest kick out of the breakfast we had and still laugh about it.  Those cookies weren't just any cookie, though.  They were the best coconut macaroons I had ever had the pleasure to taste.  Our family loves chocolate and coconut and these cookies definitely did not disappoint.  There was a place on the boardwalk that was supposed to have the best macaroons and I had been secretly wanting one.  My husband surprised me by picking up a dozen after the girls had gone to bed the night before.  At the time I chided him for buying so many but as soon as I tasted one, all complaints went out the window.  They were SO good.  I had forgotten about them until Nikki at Chef in Training posted a recipe a few weeks ago.  (Of course, I pinned them with my wonderful KIC mount!) As soon as I saw them, I knew I would be making them.  They were a great little reminder of our vacation in the middle of winter....and dare I say, as good too.  The only thing I did differently was to dip the whole bottom of the macaroon in chocolate like the ones we had in Ocean City.  Definitely a keeper recipe :)

3.12.2013

Easy French Baquettes

So here are the french baquettes I made to go with yesterday's Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches.  These baquettes were super easy to make.  It took no time at all to mix the dough together and bake these up.  And they turned out perfect.  I even doubled the recipe.  I will definitely be making these again.  It is not much harder to make these rolls yourself than to run to the store and pick up a bag of store-made bread!  Check out the recipe on the blog A Kitchen Addiction.

3.11.2013

Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)

Slow cooker meals come in handy for me on weekends.  On weekends, we like to spend time with our three girls.  It is still winter in Northeast Ohio but yesterday we got a little glimpse of spring.  It was sunny and warm with temperatures in the 50s. A perfect day for a trip to the zoo.  I threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker before we left and by the time we got home, dinner was ready.  The only thing I did differently was to use precooked sausages which was even easier because I didn't have to cook the sausage before placing it in the slow cooker.  And everyone loved this meal...especially my husband.  I even have leftover sauce with the peppers and onions.  I am thinking I can toss it with some cooked noodles for another great meal. 

Recipe from Shugary Sweets can be found here

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