Saturday, May 29, 2010

Crockpot salsa chicken

{recipe from}frosted bake shop
1 jar Medium salsa
frozen corn
1 can of black beans

Put the frozen chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Don't worry about it being frozen.
Pour the salsa on top of it. Make sure you use Medium salsa or else it may be a little bland. Cover the chicken with the corn (as much as you like) and the beans. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low
Chop up some good toppings...fritos, cheese, onions, tomatoes, etc... and then put them on top of your chicken. I shredded the chicken real quick with a fork before putting in the bowl. And I always put the chips on top so they aren't soggy. One more good meal for the busy, crazy days! Enjoy!

Chicken Taco soup

I am LOVING this site Frosted bake shop...I have found so many recipes that I want to try ASAP!

Chicken Taco Soup

Rotisserie chicken - shredded (as much as you like!)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 package taco seasoning (or 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tbsp. red taco sauce
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1/5 cups frozen corn
avocado slices
tortilla chips
Take the shredded chicken and heat it up in a skillet. Add the taco seasoning to the chicken and stir until it is well coated. Allow the chicken to heat all the way through and then set aside.

Add your onion and celery to a soup pot with a tiny bit of olive oil and heat on low for a couple of minutes. You want the onion to be soft and translucent. When it is done, add the chicken broth and water to the pot. Then you can add the rest of the ingredients.

Add the chicken to the pot and cook the soup on low for about 20 minutes. So easy! You could do this in the crock pot also & could add more flavors (beans, rice...). Next time, I will add some fresh lime... so many options. We topped ours off with cheese, avocado, tomato, cilantro & chips. Yum!

Buttermilk Chicken

Buttermilk Chicken {from frosted bake shop}

Frozen chicken tenders (you can also use breasts, I just always prefer the tenders)
2 cans cream of chicken or mushroom - whatever you have on hand
Buttermilk to fill 2 cans

All you do is throw the chicken into the crock pot like this. Don't worry about it being frozen.
Pour the cream of whatever you choose over the chicken. Tonight I chose cream of chicken and cream of mushroom! Fill both of the empty cans with buttermilk and then pour over the chicken. That's it! Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Eat with mashed potatoes or over egg noodles.

Choc Chip Cookie DOUGH Cupcakes

{recipe from} Frosted bake shop

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 salt
1/2 cups soft butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 box white cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs

Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and then blend in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour mixture until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips and then form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Place on baking sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.

After the dough has been frozen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line the muffin cups with paper liners or non-stick spray.

Beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs until well blended. Spoon into the muffin tins, filling 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball in the top center of each cupcake.
ake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes & until a toothpick comes out clean (not in the cookie dough ball!). 
Frost and enjoy! Here is a picture of the yummy cookie dough middle.

Guacamole Salsa

{recipe from} frosted bake shop

Guacamole Salsa
1 lb. tomatillos (or more if you want it thinner)
1 jalapeno pepper (or more if you like it spicy)
1/3 bunch cilantro
1 thick slice of onion
1 garlic clove
1 avocado
1 tsp. salt
Peel and wash the tomatillos - they are usually found over by the cilantro & peppers, and have a husk on them. Cut them into quarters and put in the blender. Follow with the jalapeno, cilantro, onion, garlic, avocado & salt. Be sure to put the tomatillos in the bottom of the blender and not the avocado so it doesn't stick to the blade. You might have to help it start by shaking or using a mixer at first. But, once it gets going the juice from the tomatillos will help move the other ingredients around.

That is it! I was told it lasts for about a week in the fridge. I did notice that it thickens up in the fridge, so if you want it thinner grab a couple more tomatillos to mix in again. Super easy and so good!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ice Cream Choc. Chip Cookies

{recipe & pic from} Picky Palate
Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks softened butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoons pure vanilla
Heaping 1/2 Cup vanilla ice cream (frozen from container)
4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.  Add in ice cream until combined.
2.  Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix.  Add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips; mix until just combined.  With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are cooked through.  Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.  Serve with a marashino cherry on top :)
3-4 dozen cookies

Ranch & Bacon Chicken Croissants

Ranch & Bacon Chicken Croissants
{recipe from} Or so she says...
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mayo
4 TBS. chopped green onion (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
5 tsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
1/2 cup - 1 cup diced celery (optional)
2 (10-13 oz.) cans of chicken, drained.
1/2 - 3/4 bag of Hormel Real Bacon Pieces
Lettuce (optional)

Directions:  Blend together the mayo, milk, and ranch dressing mix in a bowl.  Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and dry mustard.  Add the celery and onion (optional).  Flake the chicken with a fork and add to the ingredients.  Mix well.  Chill for several hours for the flavors to combine.  Serve on croissants (add lettuce if you want ).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Banana cake with Chocolate frosting

Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Banana Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk*
1½ cups mashed ripe banana
Chocolate Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
* If you don’t have buttermilk you can make your own by stirring 1½ teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice into ½ cup of milk and leaving for 10 minutes.
To make the cake, heat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a fork to combine well.
In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat well, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one by one, and then the vanilla. Beat well for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally until you have a smooth batter.
Using a large spoon, stir in half the flour just until it disappears into the batter. Stir in the buttermilk and then the remaining flour the same way. Quickly and gently fold in the mashed banana and then divide the batter between the 2 cake pans.
Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes until the cakes are golden brown, spring back when touched lightly in the centre, and begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Cool for 10 minutes in the pans on wire racks. Then turn out onto the racks to cool completely.
To make the frosting, combine the butter, cocoa and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring often for about 5 minutes, until the cocoa dissolves into a dark shiny essence. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners sugar and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at low speed until you have a thick smooth frosting.
To complete the cake, place one layer, top side down, on a cake plate and spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top. Cover with the second layer placed top side up. Spread the rest of the frosting evenly first over the sides and then covering the top of the cake.

Ultimate Choc. Chip Cookies

{recipe & pic from} Phe/MOM/enon
The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
3 cups plus
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
16 oz. flavorful bitter or semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly butter them, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or a large bowl if mixing by hand, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

3. Using your hands, shape knobs of dough about the size of a large walnut and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Stagger the rows of cookies to ensure even baking. Bake 12-15 for smaller cookies, 14-17 for larger ones or until the tops are a light golden brown. If the cookies are neither firm nor dark when they are removed from the oven, they will cool chewy and soft. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If somehow they don't get inhaled immediately, they may be stored airtight at room temperature for up to one week.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congo Bars

A mix between a cookie and a brownie???!! 

{recipe & pic from} Bakerella
Congo Bars

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 lb. light brown sugar (Oh my and thank you!)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
11.5 ounce package milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

By mixer:
Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter and sugar using a mixer until blended.
Add eggs, one at a time to sugar mixture, mixing on low in between each addition.
Add vanilla and mix.
Add flour and mix until combined.
Stir in chips and then pecans.

By hand:
Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Stir brown sugar into softened (not melted) butter in another large bowl until butter disappears. You can use the back of your spoon to help incorporate the two together.
Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture and stir well after each egg.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts. Mix well.
Add dry flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Coat a 13 X 9 pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Make sure you don’t over bake.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Fluffernutter Cookies

OH MY...These look so YUMMY...can't wait to try them!

 {recipe & pic from} Picky Palate

Fluffernutter Cookies
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 cup marshmallow cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix the peanut butter and egg until well combined. Slowly stir in the marshmallow cream until just combined. You want to see the marshmallow cream not fully incorporated, almost like swirled through. With a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until baked through. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Definitely grab some milk with these bad boys and Enjoy!!
about 18 cookies

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Onion Roasted Potatoes

Onion Roasted Potatoes {recipe from} Andrea Barlow

Cut 4 or 5 large potatoes into a 9x13" pan
Add 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1 packet onion soup mix
Mix together and cook on 425 for 35 minutes.
Stir throughout to avoid potatoes sticking to the bottom of the pan.


Monday, May 10, 2010

XXL M&M Cookies

{recipe & pic from} picky palate
XXL M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup sugar
1 Cup packed light brown sugar
2 extra large eggs
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla
3 3/4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 oz bag chocolate chips
1 bag M&M’s (you’ll have some left over)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer beat the butter and sugars until well beaten. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips. Do not mix in M&M’s!!
2. Scoop 1/4 Cup of dough and press into a muffin top pan (or just press onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet). Now, press your M&M’s onto pressed cookies. This way they won’t break apart!! Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges just start to turn golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes on muffin top pan or cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Grab a tall glass of milk and EAT until your hearts content
About 18 XXL cookies!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bajio Chicken Chile Salad

Bajio Chicken Chile Salad {recipe from} your homebased mom

5 chicken breasts (I only used 4 large ones)
1/2 cup salsa
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 cup brown sugar (more to taste)
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies
6 oz. Sprite (1/2 can)
Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Return to crock pot and cook 1 more hour. Thicken the juices with a little cornstarch mixed in water.

Serve with flour tortillas, lettuce, cheese, black beans and any other taco fixings.
If you want it spicer rather than sweeter add a hotter salsa and more green chilies.

Simple Perfect Enchiladas

SP Enchiladas {Recipe from} Your Homebased Mom

1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
1 can (28 Ounce) Enchilada Or Red Sauce
2 cups Chicken Broth
½ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro

1-½ pound Ground Beef
1 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
2 cans (4 Ounce) Diced Green Chilies
½ teaspoons Salt

10 whole (to 14) Corn Tortillas
½ cups Canola Oil

3 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
½ cups Chopped Black Olives
1 cup Chopped Green Onions
½ cups Chopped Cilantro
Preparation Instructions

Step #1 – The Sauce
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil and flour and whisk together to make a paste, cooking for one minute. Pour in the red sauce, chicken broth, cilantro, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30-45 minutes.
Step #2 – The Meat
Brown the meat with onions in a skillet. Drain off fat. Stir in 2 cans diced green chilies and seasoned salt. Set aside.
Step #3 – Tortillas
Heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium heat. One by one, using tongs, fry tortillas in oil until soft, not crisp – about 30 seconds per side. Remove to a paper—towel lined plate. Repeat until all tortillas have been fried.
Step #4 – Assembly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour ½ cup red sauce in bottom of baking pan. Spread to even out. Dip each tortilla into red sauce, then remove to work surface. Spoon meat, a little grated cheese, a little black olives, and green onions in the center of tortilla. Roll up and place, seam down, in baking pan. Repeat until pan is filled. Pour extra red sauce over enchiladas. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle cilantro over enchiladas before serving.

Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole {Recipe From} Your Homebased Mom

2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
2 medium cans of enchilada sauce
1 large can stewed tomatoes (I used the petit diced tomatoes)
2 small cans sliced olives
2 dozen corn tortillas
1 lbs. grated cheddar cheese

Fry meat, onion and garlic. Drain off fat. Season with salt and pepper. Add everything but the olives, cheese and tortillas. Cook for 20 minutes and add olives. Put in a 9 x 3 baking dish in layers. First layer half the tortillas, cover with sauce, layer of cheese. Repeat ending with cheese on top.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.