Friday, August 29, 2008

Strawberry Scones

Brittany treated us to Strawberry Scones tonight!
The first photo is the finished product.
Britt says she will be making these again!

4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold heavy cream
3/4 cup small-diced dried strawberries
1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour and butter mixture. Combine until just blended. Toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of flour, add them to the dough, and mix quickly. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into squares with a 4-inch plain or fluted cutter, and then cut them in half diagonally to make triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush the tops with egg wash. 

Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outsides are crisp and the insides are fully baked.

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Easy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Tonight Brittany cooked a fantastic meal!
She also made dessert, Strawberry Scones!
I'll post that next!

Easy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


1/2 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 envelope GOOD SEASONS Italian Salad Dressing Mix
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2lbs)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1. MIX cheese, garlic powder, and salad dressing mix.
2. MOISTEN chicken with water; coat with cheese mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish.
3. BAKE at 400F for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
230 calories, 7g total fat, 3g sat fat, 680 mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 37g protein

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Finished Product! It smelled so good!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Easy Spanish Rice Casserole

I got this from a recipe exchange and Josh ABSOLUTELY LOVED this tonight! I was excited because it is way EASY. When I start working full-time, I am thinking that I could even do most of this the night before and then put it in the oven the next day. I also think this would freeze well!

1 lb hamburger
1 pkg spanish rice mix bag
shredded cheese
Frito corn chips

  1. Brown hamburger and drain grease.
  2. Make the Spanish rice per directions in the same pot as the hamburger.
  3. Pour into 9x13 pan when done. (you can see I used a round pan)
  4. Sprinkle with desired amount of shredded cheese and crushed frito corn chips.
  5. Bake in the oven until cheese is melted - 350 deg for about 25 minutes.
  6. Top with Salsa and Sour Cream

**For the healthly ones again you could easily use ground turkey and I used the WW Mexican Cheese.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Zucchini Bread

Here in MI, zucchini is a dime a dozen. Not literally but we are given zucchini on a weekly basis in the summer. I love it and am contantly looking for new recipes, so if you have any post them please. I got this recipe from my friend Jordan's blog site. It is her Mom's zucchini bread recipe..

I had to make some muffins because I don't own two bread pans.

Annabelle is devouring these as I type!

4 eggs

2 c. sugar

1 c. oil

2 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. shredded zucchini

1 c. nuts (optional)

Raisins & coconut (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix the eggs with the sugar.

  3. Add oil.

  4. Mix (seperately) the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and the baking powder.

  5. Add to the eggs and sugar.

  6. Then add the vanilla, nuts and zucchini.

  7. Bake in 2 greased and floured bread pans.

  8. Bake for 60 minutes.

Lasagna pizza cups

I got this recipe off of another blogger's site. Her name is Kelly; I don't know her, but thought I'd try this recipe and it was GREAT! Also, would you believe after 3 years of marriage I just bought a muffin pan today! I couldn't believe we didn't have one!

1/2 lb lean ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic gloves, minced

1 jar pizza sauce

1 can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well.

  3. Stir in 1 cup pizza sauce and remove from heat.

  4. Press biscuits on bottom and sides of a lightly greased muffin cups.

  5. Spoon 1 tbls meat mixture into each biscuit cup.

  6. Top with ricotta cheese (about 1 tsp) and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

  7. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes or until golden.

  8. Warm up remaining sauce and serve with the cups.

** I made this a bit more healthy by using ground turkey and low fat ricotta and biscuits. This was very tasty and something kids will LOVE!