Thursday, July 5, 2007

Amazing Vanilla Berry Dream

This stuff really is dreamy. So, so, so good and super easy. The perfect Summer treat.

1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 quart vanilla yogurt
8 oz. whipping cream, whipped
1 bag frozen raspberries (or any berry mixture... I definitely prefer the raspberries)

1. Mix the pudding mix straight into the yogurt. Stir until well blended. You may have to use your hand mixer.

2. Fold the whipped cream into the yogurt mixture.

3. Right before serving, fold your partially defrosted berries in. If you mix them in any sooner, they'll discolor your pudding mixture and it won't look as pretty. And you want your pudding pretty!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Chicken Panini

2 1/2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/4 cup mayo
2 T bacon bits
2 T thinly sliced green onion
2 T Ranch dressing
8 slices of bread
1 tomato cut into 8 thin slices
4 slices cheese

Mix chicken, mayo, bacon bits, onion, and ranch. Spread on 4 of the bread slices. Top with tomato and cheese and other bread. Grill on a George Foreman type grill (sprayed with PAM) until golden brown.

Monday, July 2, 2007

A Fabulous Food Frenzy

Hello all! So, I've decided to compile all our favorite family recipes... those from growing up, from now, all my favorite fondue staples, etc. You'll find rouladen, green jell-o cake, peanut butter brownie cookies, jello- chocolate chip cookies, Sara's yummy orange jell-o, and cold broccoli soup (just kidding! These are supposed to be the tasty memorable recipes!) I've also included my family favorite meals, that are kid friendly and easy to whip up together. But... I want your recipes, too! I intend this to be a collaborative site... if you have any family favorites, that you find palate pleasing and simple to put together, share, share, share! If you make a new dinner one night that is fantastic, share the recipe or a picture. Either leave it in the comments or e-mail it to me and I'll include it. Or I'll give you the login for this site and you can post it yourself. Hopefully this will be a great resource to find some of your favorites... and now I won't have to look through six recipe books to find that "one" recipe that I love. I don't intend to leave lots of posts, but on the rare occasion that I put together a weekly meal plan, I'll post it. And if you have a meal plan... post it (Jen... you know who you are!) Or if you have any other food related ideas, thoughts, helps, recipes... post them here. Mmmmm... I'm already excited.

Potato Casserole

7-8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (I use frozen hashbrowns to save time)
1/2 bunch chopped green onions
1 8 oz. sour cream
1 can cream of mush soup
11/2 c shredded cheddar

Arrange potatoes in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Poke holes with end of wooden spoon and sprinkle with onions. Press down. Mix soup and sour cream and layer over potatoes and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 35o for 15 minutes, until cheese is melted.

There's a million ways to make potato casserole... I use frozen hash browns and add a little veggie broth and bake them alone in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then I add the toppings and bake another 15-20 minutes

Cheesy Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked and cubed
1/2 t pepper
1 t paprika
1 t salt
1/3 c flour
sliced mushrooms
2 cans cream of mush soup
1 c sour cream
1/2 c milk
parmesan cheese

Mix pepper, paprika, salt and flour in bowl. Coat chicken chunks in mixture. Brown coated chicken chunks in oil. Arrange in 9x13 pan. Generously sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Layer sliced mushrooms over top. Mix soup, sour cream and milk together and pour over chicken and mushrooms. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Serve over noodles or rice.