Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

I have two recipes for this one. One is the original from Stove Top and the other is the perfected version...

I will give you both and you can make your own version.


1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 pkg (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced

1 tsp dried basil leaves, crushed

1 c mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatoes with their liquid in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, 1/2 c hot water and the garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside.

2. Place chicken in 13x9 dish sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture.

3. Bake30 min or until chicken is cooked through.

My Version:

Same as above but double hot water (may substitute with broth), double stuffing (just one can of tomatoes still - "yuck...gross...ew!"), and last but not least double the cheese - of course. I also precook my chicken so it is done when the stuffing is crisp and golden.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Goof-Proof Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Cast

If my life was somehow hanging in the balance and all I had to do to save myself or the ones that I love was to make chocolate chip cookies – we’d all be pushing up daisies. That is, until I found this recipe for the cookie-crippled like me. These actually turn out soft and not pools of goo resembling something of a cookie afterthought.


Cream the shortening and sugars then add the eggs and vanilla with a flip of a switch, then measure out the dry.

Flour and stuff

Fluff with a fork and slowly dump it in.

Give it a Whirl

I said SLOWLY!!!

Looks better

That’s better, keep it going a few seconds longer, just until…

Pulls Clean

it pulls clean from the sides. That way we don’t have to wash the bowl. Just kidding.

Add Chips

Add the chippage. Yeah, I just made up a new word.


This time I thought I’d try something different since the chips were gargantuan. I rolled some dough and stuck a bit of edible love in the center.

Cookie Attack

Line them up on an ungreased sheet so that these belly-bombs can practice their expanding powers; like what will happen to my thighs after eating them.


Look! They’re puffy and not piles of goopey-grossness that harden to the point of needing to be fully submerged in a tall, cool glass of milk just so you don't ruin all that dental work you spent the kids college fund on.

Cooling 2

The moment of truth. Deflation within acceptable standards while cooling.

Yummy Goodness

Success!!! Yummy goodness to be devoured by rabid wolves, bears, and webolos? If I can do it, so can your three year old.

Goof-Proof Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup shortening (butter flavor's best)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 1/2 cups flour

1 bag (or half) of chocolate chips

Nuts if you want'em.

Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry and slowly add. Stir until it pulls clean, scoop or form into balls. Bake at 375 for 8-10 min. Cool 1 min. on sheet before removing to rack. Store in airtight container.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bread Machine Dinner Rolls/Soup Bowls

This is a family favorite. It takes relatively little time on our part and the kids all get to get their hands into it. They love deciding which ones they shaped. (Rolls are pretty forgiving and taste just the same whether they were made by mom or BK)In bread maker:
2 tsp yeast
3 T oil
3 T sugar
1 tsp salt
~3 1/2 c flour (try 2 c white flour, 1 1/2 wheat flour)
1 T gluten (optional)
1-2 tsp dough enhancer (optional)
1 1/3 c tepid water

Set bread maker on dough setting and press start.
Grease 9x13 pan, shape rolls.
Cover w/ a dish cloth and let rest. Rolls should double in size. REMEMBER! your house needs to be warm to raise dough, close your windows.
My rolls had already started to raise when I thought to take the first picture.
Bake 350 degrees for about 20-25 min. Rolls should be golden and sound hollow when tapped.
I like to butter them while they are hot.

The recipe is the same if you are using your bosch or kitchen aid. Dump ingredients into mixer and kneed for 10 minutes. Let rest until it doubles (the room needs to be warm enough for the dough to rise!!). Mix for 30 seconds. Make rolls.

I follow this same recipe when I make soup bowls. This recipe makes about 12 rolls or 4 medium soup bowls ( or two large ones, but with JP being diabetic I try to cut carbs). Soup bowls just cook a little longer. Same rules apply.