Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

Chicken & Dumplings Casserole - So yummy!  And easy!

Chicken and Dumpling Casserole
Courtesy of Deep South Dish

Now this recipe is fairly easy. I was surprised on how good it came out, because I have tried recipes like this before and they were a flop.

2 cans of chicken broth
4 pieces of boneless chicken breast (I used frozen from Walmart)
1/4 cup of butter
1 cup of self rising flour (or 1 cup of regular flour and 1 1/4 tsp of baking powder)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of mixed veggies (I added this part, sneaking those veggies in again)

Here's how to make it.

First things first, if you're using raw chicken, you'll need to bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil. 

Add the chicken breasts (or whatever pieces you are using) to the stock, bring back up to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.

Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Reserve the stock - you'll need it in a second.

Melt 1/2 a stick of butter and pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

When the chicken has cooled down, shred it. I usually use two forks to do this.

Spread the chicken on top of the butter in the baking pan.

Combine 1 cup of milk with 1 cup of self-rising flour. You can also substitute regular all purpose flour - simply add in 1-1/4 teaspoons of baking powder plus 1/8 teaspoon of salt and whisk that together before mixing with the milk.

And whisk that together.

Pour the flour mixture very slowly over the chicken so not to move the chicken around.

Don't stir!

Now strain the chicken stock that you used to cook the chicken in.

Add the cream of chicken soup to that.

And whisk it until it's well blended.

Pour that very slowly and carefully over the flour and milk mixture.

Again, do not stir!

Bake at 400 degrees F about 35 to 45 minutes or until top begins to brown.

Spoon out and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mini Deep Dish Fruit Pizzas

Mini Deep Dish Fruit Pizzas -
The Easiest Mini Deep Dish Fruit Pizzas
Let me say this is the best freaking
dessert I have had in a long time. OMG!
I made these last night while my wonderful 
dinner was in the oven and I didn't try
them. I like fruit but I am not a big 
fan of mixing my foods. Don't ask me 
why. I have no idea. So I made these
to take to work, I work at a school,
and because, here in NYS it's regents 
week. And the staff is bringing in food 
for a week long pot luck. We get to share
different foods and try different things. 
It's a lot of fun and oh so yummy.

So anyway, when I finally did eat one,
today, I wished I had tried them last night,
but I don't think they would have ever 
made it to school today for the staff.

Here is the recipe:
Courtesy of PinCookie

1 small package Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 large container cool whip
4 cups of any kind of fruit

Cook sugar cookie dough either as 1 large pizza, small cups or small cookies at 350- cooking time will depend on what type of cookie you are making (generally 6-7 minutes for small cookies, longer for one large cookie), do not over cook. Whip softened cream cheese, then add in cool whip until nice and smooth. Place in Ziploc bag, cut off tip, pipe frosting onto cookies. Decorate with fruit.

Because it is winter here, I used frozen berries. Every mini pizza got a raspberry, blueberry and a strawberry.
They all went at my work, I kind of wish I made more. :(

New Food Blog

before I start let me tell you a little about why I started this blog and a little about myself.
I started this blog because I am addicted to Pinterest and all the wonderful recipes on there. And some of my coworkers are loving the food I bring in, not to mention my family is really benefiting from all of food that I try out at home.
So I decided to make a blog and put all of my wonderful food finds in one place. That way everyone can enjoy it. And I have already tried them! That's the best part!
About me - I am a married, mother of two teenagers, that are very picky and very hungry. I like to make different recipes because they get bored really quick. Funny thing though, since I started cooking recipes that I researched a little, my daughter actually asked me to start cooking bad, she says my food is too good and she will gain weight if I keep cooking like I have been. Ha! That is a great compliment. I never thought I would hear that from my kids. Even my son says that the thing he will miss the most while in the Marines, is my cooking. And he will be happy to come home to eat. Man, I love my kids!
So let's bring on the recipes.

I made this for dinner last night and let me tell you, it was a huge hit.

Sloppy Joe Squares Recipe
Courtesy of Betty Crocker
Sloppy Joes with crescent roll!!!

1 lb of lean beef (80% at least) (you can use ground chicken or turkey instead)
1 can of sloppy joe sauce
2 cans of crescent rolls
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
tablespoon sesame seed (I omitted this part)
1 can of corn (I added this part, use any veggie you like)

Step 1
Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

Step 2
Unroll 1 can of the dough; place in greased 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Press in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of dish. Spread beef mixture over dough; sprinkle with cheese. Unroll second can of dough; place over cheese. Sprinkle with sesame seed.

Step 3
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and dough is golden brown. Cut into squares to serve.

This recipe is so good. If you love sloppy joes and I know most husband's and kids do, then this is an easy recipe that takes that dish and gives it a good twist. 

I added the corn so that my kids get some veggies in there (and yes I know corn isn't technically a veggie). I also omitted the sesame seeds because we aren't very fond of them. You can play with certain recipes and have fun with them, without ruining the outcome.

I hope you like this if you decide to make it. I have to say, I am not a big fan or sloppy joe's but this made it so much better.