Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Homemade Meatlover's Pizza

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury rolled pizza crust
  • 1 pkg. Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 can of Tomato sauce
  • pinch of Basil
  • 5-6 pieces Turkey Bacon
  • Hamburger (use however much you like)

Roll out pizza crust to desired thickness on a pizza sheet. Brown hamburger and microwave bacon. Spread tomato sauce over unbaked crust. Sprinkle the basil on top. Next top with the package of cheese. Follow with the cooked hamburger and bacon. Bake in the oven at 425 for 8-13 minutes. Enjoy!

You can use whatever toppings you would like - Spence and I usually like the meatlovers. This is our version, but usually on the Pillsbury pizza crust tube you can follow the directions on there for their pizza.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chocolate Chip Malt Cookies


1 cup butter-flavored shortening
1-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup malted milk powder
2 Tbs. chocolate syrup
1 Tbs. vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
6 ounces milk chocolate chips

In mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients; beat 2 minutes. Add egg. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in milk chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until starting to brown. Cool at least 2 minutes before removing to wire rack. Yields about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

I made these for a recent cookie exchange and they are AMAZING. I think these will be my go to cookies. I know I will never make just plain chocolate chip cookies again. They taste the best right out of the oven warm, but that doesn't stop me or my husband putting a couple in the microwave to warm and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BBQ Ranch Chicken and Texas Road House Biscuits & Cinnamon Butter

I first saw this recipe on Amy's blog and then I followed along and noticed Molly made it too! It had to be good - I trust these women's palates.

I made this with just 2 chicken breasts, but here is the original:

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
3/4 cup ranch dressing
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions (optional)
Bacon bits (optional)

Mix ranch and BBQ sauce together and pour over the chicken in a frying pan. Let simmer on medium to high heat for around 20-30 minutes until cooked.

There are some complaints that the chicken gets dry, but that hasn't happened to me. The sauce does thin out. If the sauce mixture starts to dry out, you can always add some water.

Sprinkle with shredded cheddar, green onions and bacon bits. Enjoy! (I forgot to do this step - Ooops! You know I was distracted when I didn't add CHEESE!)

Now on to the Texas Roadhouse Butter! I found this here.

  • 1 cup butter (a.k.a 2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor (I used a hand blender) and blend until mixture is smooth. Serve with hot rolls or muffins. This may be stored in the refrigerator.

Verdict: The hubby loved these, however I found them too sweet. I would either cut down on the corn syrup or the milk. But I will probably make it again!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. pumpkin
2 2/3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. chocolate chips (Used white choc. chips)
1/2 c. nuts, optional (Didn't use)
1 c. raisins, optional (Didn't use)

Cream together butter and sugar. When smooth and creamy add vanilla, egg and pumpkin.

Mix dry ingredients together and sift 2 times. Then add to pumpkin mixture mixing well. Add chocolate chips and optional nuts/raisins. Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

This recipe makes about 40 cookies. I used white chocolate chips, but you could use regular chocolate if you like - I didn't want the chocolate to overpower the pumpkin and I would really suggest using the white chocolate chips in this recipe.

This was a hit at my recent fall family get-together from My husband, who isn't a pumpkin fan even enjoyed these. This will become a fall staple in our household.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Instead of cooking yummy food and sharing it with you, my life has been consumed with buying a home. I have many new recipes for you and can't wait to start cooking in my new kitchen in early September!

Please stay tuned - in the meanwhile, see my home blog here:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Baked Beer Mac & Cheese

  • 3T Butter
  • 3T Flour
  • 1 1/2 C Milk
  • 1 1/2 C Beer
  • 5 C mixed cheese (cheddar, mozerella, parmesean)
  • 1lb Ziti or other shaped pasta (cooked)

Melt Butter in saucepan and whisk in flour stirring for 2 minutes over medium heat.

Add Milk to mixture and cook until bubbling.

Add Beer into mixture and cook until bubbling- cover partially and cook 10 minutes stirring periodically.

Add in Cheese and stir until melted.

Add in Pasta, Salt, Pepper, Hot Sauce, or any other spices you like. (We just used s &p)

Bake in a buttered 13"x9" baking dish at 375 for 35 minutes- let cool 10-15 minutes before eating

Beer + pasta in a main meal?!!! It was awesome!!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Schrodt Chili

  • 2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans tomato soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans water
  • 1 (42 oz.) can kidney beans
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes with puree (I get this from Meijer - sometimes hard to find)
  • 3 links italian sausage (Optional)
  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground hamburger meat (or ground turkey)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (heaping)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup onions (We use dried onion flakes)
  • 1 T chili Powder
  • 1 T sugar (heaping)
  • 2 T cumin (Optional -- This gives the chili a smoky flavor)
Brown ground hamburger.
Boil italian sausage & cut into thin slices.
Cook bacon and break into 1/2" pieces.
Combine ingredients into large pot. Heat to boiling then simmer for an hour to let the flavor set in.

Makes approx. 10 bowls

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Breakfast Skillet

First, cut the potatoes. almost in a cubed shape. Follow directions on seasonings package to coat potatoes and put in microwave.
While the potatoes are cooking, brown breakfast sausage. Set aside.
Next, scramble the eggs, add the milk and cook. Set the scrambled eggs in the bowl with the breakfast sausage.
When the potatoes are done, take them out of the steamer bag and add them to the sausage and eggs. Mix well, turning the mixture instead of beating. (You don't want to turn it into mush!)

This is my husband's favorite breakfast. He even requested it for his birthday dinner. It is pretty simple, and sooo good. You will love the smell of the potatoes - it's the best part.

Skillet makes 3-4 servings.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chicken Tortellini Soup

  • 2 c diced onion
  • 2 c sliced celery
  • 1 c sliced carrot
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ c dry sherry
  • 8 c chicken broth
  • 4 c cooked chicken, chopped (1 lb)
  • 3 c refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini (9 oz) (I used a little more)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix onion, celery, carrot, garlic and seasoning in oil in a large pot over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Deglaze with sherry and simmer until nearly evaporated, then add chicken broth and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add tortellini and chicken, and simmer, partially covered, until tortellini is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Bacon, Cheese & Potato Chowder

Serves 2-3

  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of potato soup
  • 2 cups frozen Southern-style hash browns
  • 1 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 slices Bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled

Mix milk and soup in large saucepan. Stir in hash browns. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the bacon and cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 min., stirring frequently.

Serve with fresh roll.

This is a variation from my friend from the Kraft Foods site. You can add green onions to garnish if you would like, but I left it out. This was super easy and filling! Spencer loved it and we will be adding this to our favorites!

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