Honey Garlic Chicken

I have the worst luck with making chicken, I don’t know what it is, This sauce came out thick like weird molasses candy, and I just felt so unhealthy eating it. Not sure If I will make it again, but happy I tried it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

For sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip into eggs, then dredge in flour mixture again, pressing to coat.
  • Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately with honey garlic sauce.

Maui Scalloped Potatoes

I’ve always made scallop potatoes from a box, because when I was about 10 years old I thought that it was cool that I could make potatoes from a box. When I was making tuesday night dinner disney themed I was intrugued but this recipe that seemed like an easy enough recipe. Who knew scallop potatoes from scratch were so easy to make? I didnt have the crazy onion they called for I used a regular sweet onion. This is no means a healthy recipe, but it is very tasty and a great side to any meal! Another disney favorite recipe from Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Resort. 

 4 Potatoes

 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream

 1 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1/3 fresh parmesan cheese

1 medium Onion

1 tablespoon of salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven 375 butter bottom of 9×13 dish.
  2. Slice potatoes and mix in with heavy cream.
  3. Add cheeses and onion and salt until well mixed.
  4. Spread evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake center rack for 1 hour and 15 mins

Bourbon Steak Marinade

Another Disney favorite, from the Yachtsman Steakhouse. This marinade was super easy to make and pretty tasty. I only used half of the water because it didn’t fit in my bowl! I marinaded over night. I threw them on the grill and served them with the Scallop Potatoes .  Definite recommend for a different kind of marinade!

1 Cup of Jack Daniels

4 cups of water

2/3 cups Soy Sauce

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup of pineapple juice

Sirloin Tips

Marinate steak or fish for 24 hours in refrigerator. Grill steaks to desired temperature.

Marina

Steak Au Jus Sandwhiches

One of the easiest recipes I made in a long time, not to mention so tasty! A great middle of the week dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4lb Rump Roast ( I used a 2lb one)
  • 12 oz beer ( I used pale ale, DELICIOUS!)
  • One can of french onion soup
  • One can of beef broth
  • I also threw in a fresh onion

Instructions:

Throw everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours! If you want you can take meat out and slice about 6 hours into it and place back in crock pot to soak flavors.

I used french baguette for the sandwich, and scooped the juice to put on the side to dip.

Dorrito Pie

This sounds crazy but it is so good!!! Sort of like a trailer park pie! Unique and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco mix
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese ( I used whatever I had)
  • 3 cups crushed dorritos
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 stick melted butter ( I used 1/4 cup)

Steps:

  1. Cook ground beef according to package. Cook. add mix, add water drain grease.
  2. Take crescent roll triangles and lay into pie pan, tips of triangle arranged in middle, and press seams together.
  3. sprinkle half of dorritos into crust
  4. spoon ground beef over
  5. mix sour cream and salsa, spoon over pie.
  6. cover with cheese
  7. cover with rest of dorritos
  8. pour melted butter over
  9. bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins or until golden brown.

I topped with lettuce, olives and tomatoes!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.

Ingredients:

1Onion

1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)

 

You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!

Caldo Verde Soupas

I had this in a restaurant a few weeks prior and knew that it would be a simple recipe for me to duplicate. I had a yucky head cold, and wanted to make something to cure me. I am pretty certain this did the trick. I recruited a friend my Uncle Joe. We walked over to Uncle Joes house and he cut up all the ingredients, he was so speedy at it. He did all the prep work, and thats where most of work lies in this one. Next time I make it, I may use the instant potatoes because my aunt says thats what all the restaurants use anyways. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts cold water ( I used room temperture chicken broth)
  • 6 ounces linguica sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound kale, rinsed and julienned

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook sausage until it has released most of its fat, 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes or puree the potato mixture with a blender or food processor. Stir the sausage, salt and pepper into the soup and return to medium heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir kale into soup and simmer, 5 minutes, until kale is tender and jade green. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and serve at once.

I will def make this one again! 

Stuffed Corn Beef and Cabbage

This one my cousin paul found through a friend. Entered into the New York State Fair, Culinary Arts Competition. We found it pretty tasty.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Lbs Corned beef

4 NYS Russet potatoes

6 Carrots

½ Cabbage head

1 Onion,

sliced 6 Cloves

3 Bay leaves

1 Tbsp Butter

6 Black pepper corns

1 Tbsp Horseradish

Water

¼ c Brown mustard

Salt Corn oil

DIRECTIONS FOR COMBINING INGREDIENTS

1) Rinse beef.  Place corned beef, bay leaves, cloves, pepper, onions, and water (to cover) into a pot.  Cover, bring to a boil.

2) Reduce heat and simmer for 1.5 hours

3) Add carrots and simmer for 10 minutes.

4) Add cabbage and simmer for 15 minutes.

5) Remove meat, allow to rest, and drain the vegetables.

6) Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.

7) Wash potatoes well, rub with corn oil, and lightly salt.

8) Place potatoes in oven and bake for 60 minutes.

9) While warm hollow out each potato and place ¼ Tbsp. of butter in each.

10) Shred cabbage, meat, and chop the carrots and layer into the cavity.

11) Combine mustard and horseradish.  Serve with a dollop of the mixture.

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Dying to make this soup for years: this rainy fall day proved to be the perfect time! I brought it over to my cousins house to enjoy for dessert and little Audrey couldn’t get enough of it. She kept wanting more bowls and when we cut her off she kept saying I wish I could have more!!!  Thanks Cinnamon and Spice! 

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced ( didnt use celery I hate it)
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 + 1/2 cups half & half
2 cups cooked white meat chicken, shredded or cut into small bites
1 pound potato gnocchi ( Found this at target)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil ( I didnt use this)
fresh grated Parmesan and/or Romano, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven heat the butter and oil together over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir into the vegetables, cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, followed by the half & half.
  3. Add the cooked chicken. Bring up to a simmer and maintain for 20 minutes stirring often. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook the gnocchi separately according to package directions. Add them to the soup along with the spinach. Simmer until spinach is wilted. Stir in basil. Serve with grated cheese.

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Taco Salad- The Unhealthy Kind

I randomly decided to make this one day when one of my coworkers asked me if I have ever made it before, I said no but I did know how to make it , so I decided to put my skills to the test! My speciality is Paleo Taco Salad, but I decided for the dirty kind.

Here is how I cooked the meat: Just like Paleo Style: Paleo Taco Salad 

To make Dirty Taco Salad

  • Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cucumbers
  • Catalina Dressing
  • One bag of Nacho Dorritos

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!!!