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Kids in the Kitchen: Baked Apple Pudding

Happy Wednesday everyone! Mid-week, we’re almost to Friday, just a couple days more! I have treat for you though. We’re going back in time just a smidge. We’re going back to the Pioneer days. I’m talking 1800s folks. And I’m bringing my daughter along with us. Actually, she brought us along with her. She had a project that she had to do for school. They were studying things about the Pioneers. They were given a small list to choose from for their project like build a small log cabin or covered wagon, or make a pioneer toy, or make a pioneer recipe and bring enough for the class to sample. Well guess what she chose?! Yea, it’s no big surprise. So I set out to ask my good friend Google for some Pioneer recipes. I was surprised to find a lot more than I had expected, and even more surprised at how easy a lot of them are. Now this recipe in particular is, in my opinion, more of a fall recipe. It has all those fall flavors in it like apples and cinnamon. To me that screams fall. However, I knew that her classmates were going to be sampling this, so I wanted to make sure we made something most kids would enjoy eating. So, we chose this recipe for Baked Apple Pudding. I have no idea where the original recipe came from, seeing as how it was the 1800s and all. I do not claim it as my own, I simply found it on a google search, and now I’m sharing it with you.

We learned some cool things about the Pioneers and what cooking was like for them. For instance, cooking was a major part of their daily life. A lot of work went into making sure they had enough to eat. They raised their own meat, they had huge gardens. They made things like sausage and smoked meats. They did a lot of canning, pickling and other preserves. Breads, cakes, pies were all made from scratch from whatever they had available. They separated milk into cream for butter and baking, and milk for drinking. They never wasted food either. Dried out bread was made into bread pudding and bones were turned into soup. I suppose if we all worked as hard as they did to provide their own food, we’d probably have a lot less waste too. Nothing irks me more than wasted food. Anyway, one last point before I bring out the pudding, as you can imagine, cookbooks were not really a thing back in those days. They weren’t readily available (and you know they didn’t have google). Cooking was a past down art. It was either that or trial and error, but you would figure it out. This is why I find it so important to cook with our kids. Even today we still pass down the art of cooking. A tradition that should never end.

So baked apple pudding! Here we go! It’s really an easy recipe and doesn’t take much time to put together. The most time consuming part was grating the apples. We’ll get to that part in a minute, but first, you wanna combine your egg, sugar and butter. You want to beat that until it’s creamy. The recipe was written as using 1 cube of butter. Yea don’t feel bad, I had to google that. It’s 1 stick. As Paula Deen would say “We’re gonna use a whole stick a butter y’all!” 😂

Yes, we used the kitchen power tools, we cheated a bit. So once you have those three things combined and creamy, you can set that aside. Here comes the messy part. You gotta grate the apples. I did this by hand like I would grate cheese. It’s messy, but kinda fun, and the most time consuming part of the recipe. Once it’s done, everything else is a breeze. I grated the apples for her while she finished up step 1. No need to peel the apples, you want peel and all. Although I did core the apples first. You can use a food processor to shred the apples if you want to, to speed things up. However you want to do it, so long as they are shredded/grated. Then toss that in the bowl with the butter mixture, and fold it in until combined, then add your dry ingredients and combine that well. We left out the nuts, as Andrea is allergic to them. Also, if you’re sharing this with a classroom, you may want to leave the nuts out just in case of allergies. We did not miss the nuts. The recipe did not specify what kind of pan or dish to bake this in, and did not say whether or not to grease the pan or dish. So I went with common sense. I use a 1 1/2 quart oval baking dish, and I did spray it with cooking spray.

So at this point it looks like oatmeal. And honestly, before it’s baked, tastes like apple cinnamon oatmeal. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but neither does oatmeal. 😂 Now you’re ready to bake this. Let me tell ya folks, this dessert is very fragrant. My whole house smelled of apples and cinnamon and oh man… it was heavenly. So meanwhile… as the pudding bakes in the oven….

Yea, clean up time! 😂

After about 30-40 minutes,  your baked apple pudding is done. It’s nice and browned on top, a little crisp, but the inside is moist and delicious. Almost like a bread pudding, but there’s no bread. Typically this is served with a bit of cream, or the recipe also says “a white sauce”. Not really sure what that is, so I’d go with whipped cream! It’s absolute amazing with a dollop of whipped cream. Needless to say, Andrea got a very good grade on this project.

~Happy trails!

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  1. Beat egg, sugar and butter.
  2. Add apples and mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. (see note)
  5. Serve with cream or a white sauce. (see note)
Recipe Notes

*A cube of butter is 1 stick of butter.

The recipe did not specify what kind of pan or dish to bake this in, and did not say whether or not to grease the pan or dish. So I went with common sense. I use a 1 1/2 quart oval baking dish, and I did spray it with cooking spray.

No clue what white sauce is, but whipped cream is fantastic on this!

Source: chronicleoftheoldwest.com

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Lighter Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

It’s Wednesday folks, and I don’t have a wine to share with you! 😱 I know, right? Imagine how I feel! Being wineless. It happens though, but don’t worry! I’ve got an amazing pasta salad recipe for you though! It’s that time of the year where people fire up the grill, host cookouts, or get invited to cookouts and outdoor potlucks. When the grill masters get that itch to fire up the grill, that’s when it’s the perfect time for pasta salads, potato salads, fruit salads, you name it cold salads to make their grand entrance! This one in particular will steal the spotlight, and if you’re still working hard  to eat healthier, like I promised myself I would, or if you just want to keep your lovely figure, don’t worry! This beautiful salad is all lightened up. It tastes absolutely sinful though. I found the original recipe over on Life in the Loft House, and thought to myself “how can I lighten this up so I can enjoy this without feeling guilty?” Well, here’s what I came up with! Come on in the kitchen and I’ll show you how simple this is. Another one of my favorite things about the salad. Simple!

So first, you’re going to cook your Rotini pasta until it’s al dente. That should take about 8 minutes or so. While that’s bubbling away on the stove, dump your mayo, sour cream and ranch dressing mix in a large bowl.

Then whisk it up real good until it’s all combined. When your pasta is finished cooking, drain that, and rinse it in cold water until cool. Set the pasta aside and cut your grape tomatoes in half.

Now add your pasta, bacon (which I used a pkg. of real bacon pieces), tomatoes, olives and cheese to the large bowl with the dressing.

Toss gently to combine. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. I hope you enjoy this delicious, creamy pasta salad as much as we all did.

 

 

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Recipe by Christine Titus
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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rotini and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, dry ranch dressing mix, garlic powder and milk with a whisk until thoroughly combined. Add pasta, cooked bacon pieces, tomatoes, olives and cheese. Gently toss to completely combine everything together.
  3. Cover and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

If after chilling in the fridge, and your salad seems a little dry, just add a little milk and stir to combine to moisten it up.

Slightly adapted from Life in the Lofthouse

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Light and Refreshing Berry Fruit Salad + Kids In The Kitchen

Monday already!? What a busy weekend we had over here! The weekend just flew by. The weather here was so incredibly nice, you couldn’t resist firing up the grill, spending time with friends on Saturday and having a great potluck (or pitch-in as the native Hoosiers call it) with tons of delicious food, and then spending a beautiful Sunday with family, once again firing up that grill for a wonderful meal. We had soooo much food this weekend and I have sooo much to share with you. The first thing I must share with you though, is my favorite part of this weekend. My daughter spent some time looking at recipes (just like her mother) and decided she wanted to make something for me. She knows I absolutely LOOOOVE love love love fruit salad. Her and I share a deep love and passion for all things strawberry. So she came across a recipe over at Kristine’s Kitchen Blog. We modified it just very slightly, and came out with a brand new favorite fruit salad! My daughter was SO excited! She went to the store with her Grandma, shopping list in hand, and bought all of the things she needed to make this.

I gotta tell you guys, one of my favorite things to do is cook with my kids. For the moment, it’s just the one out of the four that seems interested, but that’s ok! We have so much fun. And it’s so important to get your kids in the kitchen and cook with them. My mom and grandma did with me. I think the first thing my mom taught me how to make was spaghetti sauce. I’m not 100% certain, but it’s definitely the one I remember the most. I enjoyed it, but as I got to be a teen, I swore I wanted nothing to do with it anymore or anything else domestic related. 😂😂😂😂 So here I am many years later, a stay at home mom, and all things domestic, loving every minute of it.  Here’s the thing guys, when those kids show interest in helping, no matter what it is, harness it. Let them help. They want to be part of something. They want to spend time with you. Don’t wave them off, bring them in the kitchen with you. There’s always something they can do.

Because I believe so heavily that kids in the kitchen is so important, I want to make it a regular on my blog. Maybe it will give you some ideas to try with your kids, or grandkids, nieces, nephews, what have ya. So let do this! Come join me and Andrea (age 10) in my kitchen while we introduce you to this beautiful fruit salad!

This is a very easy salad, with plenty of things for the kiddos to help with. I started off by pitting the cherries, and cutting up the strawberries into bite size pieces. Then I had Andrea pretty much do the rest, starting with rinsing and patting the berries (very gently of course) dry.

Then once she patted them dry, she put them all in a big bowl. I used the largest bowl I have, to make sure she had enough room to gently toss with ease, when it came time for that.

This is the part where we stood back and commented to each other how pretty that looked. The berries are just so vibrant in color. I love naturally beautiful fruit salads. Our next step was to mix the very simple, yet incredible dressing. We got a small bowl and mixed together some lime juice and some honey. You can use fresh lime juice if you want to, but we used bottled.

Once that was all mixed up, it was time to drizzle that all over the berries.

Then you very carefully and gently toss to combine it all and coat the berries in that wonderful dressing. Andrea has watched me in the kitchen so often, and we have of course done some cooking together before, that she is fully aware that the cook gets to taste! We did not skip this step. We tasted, we were both very dramatic about how wonderful it already tasted, and then had to cover it and put it in the fridge before we sat there and just ate the whole thing right away! This salad is so incredibly light and refreshing, even after a big meal like what we had. Perfect light dessert. You could serve it with a dollop of whipped cream if you wish. We could not wait to share this with our family! Everyone (except my berry hating husband) absolutely loved it! Andrea got a lot of praises for this.  I hope you and your kids enjoy this salad as much as we did!

 

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Light and Refreshing Berry Fruit Salad Yum
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  1. Rinse and very gently pat your berries and cherries dry.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and honey. Pour over fruit and toss gently to coat.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Fruit salad is always best served the same day it's made, but it's still good the next day.
Recipe Notes

Very slightly adapted from kristineskitchenblog.com

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Healthy Pineapple Green Smoothie

So here it is, May 9, 2017. Like a lot of people, I kinda made myself a promise at the beginning of the year, as cliché as it sounds, I was serious about it. Most people say they’re going to lose such and such amount of pounds. I on the other hand, didn’t want to make myself any promises I couldn’t actually keep. So I promised myself I would live a healthier life, starting this year. The reason for this promise to myself, is because I feel tired all the time, my energy level is actually a joke. I also had a heart attack a couple years ago, and I hadn’t even hit 40 yet! If that’s not a wake up call to watch your health, I don’t know what is! So, this year, I’m as serious… as a heart attack. LOL too soon?

Anyway, for workouts, I’ve been on again off again. It’s still 2017, I can still live up to my promise! So, climbing back into the saddle, it’s time to take those workout sessions serious, let myfitnesspal help me, and eat better. I don’t diet, by the way. I call it “eating better”. Diets are these things that just set you up for failure, by depriving you of the things you love. If you love chocolate chip cookies, there’s no reason in the world you can’t have one. It’s all a matter of how many of those cookies you have. Speaking of things I love, and I do have a sweet tooth, I love fruit. Fruit is like a two-fer for me. It’s healthy AND it’s sweet! Can’t beat that! So what I’ve got for you today, is a wonderfully healthy smoothie. I use this as a snack actually. A post-workout snack to be precise. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but after a good workout, I’m starving! We all have to hydrate and replenish after a good workout, and this is my favorite way to do that! Check this out….

Don’t you go poo pooing about spinach. Spinach has so many healthy things going on for it, I’d have to take all day to list them. But here’s a few, a little blurb taken from foodfacts.mercola.com: “Health Benefits of Spinach: Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.” If you need more reasons to eat your leafy greens, visit that website. Don’t like spinach? Or it just sounds weird in a smoothie? Don’t worry! You can’t taste it. You get all of the health benefits, without the flavor of spinach. Between the vanilla Greek yogurt, apple juice, banana and pineapple, it tastes like a tropical fruit smoothie. And the fruit, not only does it have awesome vitamins like Vitamin C to help boost your immune system, but it also helps to hydrate. This, my friends, is a perfect post workout snack. Or just a snack. YUM!

 

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  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from garnishandglaze.com

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

As soon as the weather just hints at warmer days to come, I start craving that warm weather food! You know, like grilled burgers, cold salads, corn on the cob!!! OMG Corn on the cob! One of my favorite things to eat during the warmer seasons. I saw a pile of it at the grocery store on my last trip, and took a peek at them, and they were beautiful! Can’t believe I only bought 3! I knew I was only really feeding it to myself and kids, but it was perfect corn! I’m hoping they have some more when I go back this week. Oh, and yea, just myself and my kids on the corn. If I haven’t mentioned this before, my husband is to corn like a vampire is to garlic. Not kidding. He hates the stuff. Not even corn bread! He won’t touch it. I could complain, but honestly, more for me!! HA!

Another one of my favorite foods during the warmer months are shredded (or pulled) meat sandwiches, put on a hamburger bun or Kaiser roll, dripping with delicious sauce, and topped with yummy coleslaw (or like my kids, put the coleslaw on the side). I normally decide on the main dish and THEN figure out the side dish, but since I saw this corn, it came first and I needed a main dish. I wanted something that was really going to wow my taste buds, and make my kids cheer my name. I have thousands of recipes in my files, but seriously, nothing jumped out at me 😂 so I hopped on over to Lemon Tree Dwelling, one of my favorite food blogs. If you haven’t checked it out, you should! Cathy over there, really knows how to wow your taste buds! I took one look at her Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken and already knew it was perfect! So that’s what I’m sharing with you today, is her perfect, delicious, out of this world, Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken. You can’t go wrong with this one folks. It’s so easy, and one bite, you’ll think you’re in heaven! Here’s my insanely bad picture, (😂 I’m trying to get better! I swear!) and her wonderful recipe. Make this!! Take it to a potluck, or just serve it to your family because it’s pure love! You won’t regret it!



Creamy Tomato & Cucumber Salad

You know what I love about Spring and Summer? The beautiful salads! I absolutely love salads, and this time of year, you get the best and prettiest produce to work with. Pretty bright colors, whether it’s a fruit salad or a vegetable salad, or even a pasta salad. They are just so bright and fresh. Lots of eye appeal, not like my photos… 😉

I bring to you today, a Creamy Tomato & Cucumber Salad. It’s bright, it’s fresh, and it’s delish! Oh let us not forget it’s super easy! Another cool thing about salads, they can usually be made ahead of time. This is all of that! So lets get started. Gather up all your ingredients, which isn’t much, and pay no attention to the only two cloves of garlic on that cutting board! I actually did use 4.

So you got everything? Good, now prepare your vegetables, minus the garlic, and toss them into a big bowl.

Now, just set that aside for a minute, and grab a smaller bowl. In that, you’re going to toss in your dressing ingredients. Mayo, sour cream, garlic and freshly cracked black pepper.

Whisk that up until it’s thoroughly combined, and then, dump it on top of your veggies in the big bowl, and gently toss to coat.

Now you just cover it tightly, and store it in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let all those flavors blend. Then just before servings, sprinkle with a little sea salt to taste and enjoy!

 

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  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and toss into a large bowl. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise, then cut each half again lengthwise, to give you 4 long sticks. Slice those into bite size chunks and toss those into the bowl. Alternatively, you can slice the cucumber thinly, and then cut the slices in half. However you do it, you just need bite size pieces. Slice the red onion into thin slices and add to the tomatoes and cucumbers.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, pressed garlic cloves and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Pour dressing onto vegetables, and toss gently to coat. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to let the flavors blend. Add salt to taste just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from natashaskitchen.com

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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole

Any recipe that has a name that starts with “Cheesy” will have my full and undivided attention! We love cheese around here. In my opinion, you can NEVER add too much cheese. The more cheese, the better it is. There’s just something about that ooey gooey goodness that is so incredibly comforting. Especially when you add pasta to it

This recipe makes a ton. I’m not gonna lie. 😁 I had enough to feed an army, I’m not kidding. That’s not always a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with leftovers. I meant I didn’t have to cook the next night and could take the night off. What’s bad about that? Also, since it makes so much, and it’s soooo good you’re going to want to share it, it’s perfect to take to a potluck. Not going to a potluck anytime soon? No big deal, you can turn this one casserole into two separate casseroles and cook one tonight, freeze one for later! I’m a huge fan of cooking ahead and stashing homemade meals in the freezer. They’re better for you than what the freezer section at the grocery store has to offer, they taste better too, and those nights you just don’t feel up to cooking, no problem! Dinner’s already made. Just have to pop it in the oven.  Anyway, lets get on with this recipe so you can go make it for your family.

It’s not a difficult casserole to make, as most casseroles aren’t. First we’ll start with the elbow mac. Cook that according to the package directions until they are al dente (cooked, but firm). While that’s cooking, throw some steamable frozen broccoli in the microwave and cook that according to the package directions, and set aside. While that’s all going on, you can be shredding your cheese.

I bought the sharp cheddar already shredded, so I got to skip that step. I know, I’ve heard it a million times, and people everywhere are saying this, that pre-shredded cheese in the package, do not melt as well as shredding it yourself. I disagree, because I’ve never had that problem. Like ever. Maybe I’m lucky, I doubt that strongly, but hey! Maybe that’s my super power. Pre-shredded cheese melts for me. The only kind of cheese I have found this to be true, is pre-shredded Parmesan. That really doesn’t melt as well as shredding it yourself. So, for the Gouda I had to do myself, and I recommend you do the Parmesan yourself too. Stop and snack a little, it’s ok. Who is going to know?! 😋

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to chop up your chicken.

Now, the best part, making the cheese sauce! Just a little butter and flour, whisked together, and cooked only for a couple short minutes to get that floury taste out. Then slowly add your milk, cream and seasonings, whisking all along the way until it’s nice and thick. Then you add your cheese, handful at a time, whisking until melted. NOW, we get to mix it all together!

Oh man… look at that cheese!!! 😍😍😍 Mix all that yummy together, and spoon it into your prepared 13×9.

Toss your topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top.

Pop that beautiful thing into the oven to bake, 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. Check it at 20, you don’t want to over cook this or it can dry out. You just want it to be nice and hot and bubbly.

All that’s left is to serve, and enjoy!


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degreees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. While macaroni is cooking, steam broccoli in microwave according to package directions, set aside.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and let cook 2 minutes while stirring. Slowly whisk in cream, milk, and seasonings. Cook over medium heat while stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and stir cheeses until melted.
  4. Toss cheese sauce, pasta, broccoli and chicken together. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over macaroni.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or just until hot and bubbling. Do not overcook, you don't want it to dry out.
Recipe Notes
  • If you are pre-cooking chicken for the purpose of casseroles, I season my chicken breasts with Garlic Pepper prior to cooking them. You can just salt & pepper them as well, or season to your liking. I do not recommend leaving them unseasoned. The more flavor the merrier!
  • No cooked chicken on hand? No problem! Grab a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store deli, or check out the freezer section and grab a package of fully cooked grilled chicken breast strips.
  • Freeze Option: You can split this huge casserole into two casseroles. I like to use the throw-away foil baking pans for this purpose. Prep casserole as per directions above up to baking, pour into your aluminum baking pan, wrap with a layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil, tightly. Label and freeze. To use frozen casserole, thaw in the fridge. When ready to bake, bake as per directions above.
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Salty Dog Cocktail

Is it warming up where you are? It started warming up around here in the southern half of Indiana a bit earlier than we all had expected. Only a few days ago it was close to 80 degrees! To me, that’s summer weather, but I’m not going to complain. Ok, I might complain a little, but it’s not about the heat. It’s about the darn biting bugs! They’re out already, and looking for me to chew on specifically, I just know it! Anyway, aside from that, It’s still nice to sit on the porch with good company in beautiful weather, especially if you have a pretty little citrus cocktail to sip on. I am no bartender, but if I can mix this up, then you know it has to be easy! There’s only a couple of ingredients and it’s so easy, delicious, refreshing, and so pretty! Mix up a couple of these and share one with a friend while enjoying the warm weather, wherever you are.


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  1. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of your lowball glass (also known as a rocks glass or old fashioned). Pour some salt on a small plate, and dip rim of glass into salt to salt the rim. Add ice to the glass, then add juice and vodka. Top with lemon lime soda to fill glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
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Fabulous Frito Dogs

Fabulous! And when I say fabulous, I mean Fab-u-lous! Fabulously delicious, fabulously fast, and fabulously not a single complaint at the dinner table! If that’s not fabulous, I don’t know what is!

Much like myself, my family loves simplicity. It really doesn’t get any easier than this. This makes an awesome and easy weeknight dinner. There is not a lot of fuss going on right here, and lets not forget one of the important parts about this recipe, it’s cheap! Oh yea, totally budget friendly. Check out these ingredients….

That’s it! That’s all it takes to make this cheap, simple, yet fabulous dinner. I served it with some fries, but you could serve it with onion rings, or a salad! Fruit salad, coleslaw, garden salad, potato salad, noodle salad.. whew! The options are endless! Grab some hot dogs, chili with no beans, can of diced green chilies, can of cheddar cheese soup (by the way Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup would be EXCELLENT in this just to kick it up a notch), Mexican blend cheese, a nice fat red onion, corn chips and some buns, and you’re going to have a house full of happy peeps too!

Now, you can cook your hot dogs any way you want. Grill them, broil them, bake them, boil them, over a campfire, whatever makes you happy! I chose to bake mine, mostly because my personal Grill Master was not feeling too good, and I didn’t want to bug him just to grill hot dogs. Personally, I prefer hot dogs grilled, but if I can’t have that, baking them is my next favorite way. It’s pretty quick and pretty fuss free. Just line a baking sheet with parchment paper, score the tops a couple times and pop them in the oven. Turn them about halfway through the baking process. Easy peasy!

These dogs remind me of the county fair, which by the way I haven’t been to one since I was a kid! I really should do that one of these days, but until then, I have these Fabulous Frito Dogs that I can make right here at home, and now you can too! So go make some already!


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Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. To Prepare Hot Dogs:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place hot dogs on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Score the hot dogs with 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4-inch deep.
  4. Bake hot dogs for 7-9 minutes, or until heated through, turning occasionally.
  5. To Prepare Chili Mixture:
  6. In a large saucepan, combine chili without beans, cheddar cheese soup, and chopped green chilies. Bring to just a boil, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Lower temperature, and let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until completely heated through and hot.
  7. Serve hot dogs in buns; top with chili mixture, onion, corn chips and cheese.
  8. Yield: 8 servings.
Recipe Notes

Control the heat! You can make it spicy if you like spicy food, just use hot green chilies. If you like a milder spice, use mild green chilies. You can also use Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup in place of regular Cheddar Cheese soup to kick it up a notch.

This makes enough sauce, that if you want or need to make more hot dogs, you could throw in another package. Or, it makes really good chili cheese fries the next day.

You can also grill the hot dogs if you prefer. Any way you like them best, is the way to go.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Jake’s Garlic Lemon Chicken

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I am so excited, and not just because it’s Friday! I’m also excited to be sharing with all of you, the most epic, ridiculously delicious chicken recipe. This is one of my favorite main dishes, and it’s not even my recipe. It’s my husband’s! He’s nice enough to let me share this with all of you.

Jake’s Garlic Lemon Chicken, is the first recipe my husband made for me before we were married. He asked me if I liked garlic. Psh.. duh.. I love garlic! In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much garlic. So, he says “You gotta try my chicken!” I was skeptical, but willing. I didn’t even know he could cook, and when he didn’t whip out a recipe to read from, I was even more shocked! The aroma as this chicken baked was just taunting me. I couldn’t wait to try it. I will never forget that first bite. Ooohhhh man… the most juicy, flavorful chicken I have ever eaten in my life! After all of the laughter he brought me (and still does), making me laugh until my sides hurt, and now this chicken, that was it! I knew I had to marry this man! The kids love this recipe too, in fact, for some reason it hadn’t been made in quite awhile, and when Andrea (my 10 year old) asked if we could have this for dinner, I may or may not have squealed in delight. Pretty sure I did, but we’ll keep that between us mkay?

Hubster is not the measuring type of guy. He’s not even a recipe type of guy. He’s a concoct it in his head type of guy, and it just works really really well. If you don’t like a lot of garlic, then don’t use as much garlic. It’s really just one of those kinds of “recipes”. I don’t want to waste any more of your time, because you’re going to need to go make this for your family ASAP. So lets get to it, shall we?

You’ll want to get your 13×9 glass backing dish out, first thing. Then you’re just going to pour some olive oil in the bottom of the dish, just basically coat the bottom. Then you’re going to place your boneless skinless chicken breasts on top of the oil. As you can see here, our chicken breasts were HUGE. So we only used three, because once we cut those in half, this will feed 6. So use as many or as little chicken breasts as you need. Now take a fork, and pierce the top of the chicken breasts several times. The idea here is to let that lemon juice get into the chicken. Now pour some lemon juice over the chicken. Jake estimates that he probably used about a cup of lemon juice. You really can’t over-do the lemon juice, so just eye-ball it. You want it swimming, as shown below. Then, take about 3-4 large garlic cloves per chicken breast (depending on the size of your chicken breasts), and press it right over the top of the chicken. Spread it out a bit, as my husband says “It’s like a blanket of flavor” LOL. Seriously, if you are not a total serious garlic freak, feel free to cut back on the garlic. My whole household are garlic freaks so… yum! Now, once he has blanketed his chicken breasts with garlic, he seasons to taste using Garlic & Wine Seasoning. This is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well. Now sprinkle some parsley over the top. All that’s left to do is pop it in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear.

All that’s left to do is pop it in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear. I served this up with some green beans and roasted potatoes on the side. We were all in our own little heaven at the dinner table.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

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Jake's Garlic Lemon Chicken Yum
Recipe by John (Jake) Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pour a good amount of olive oil into the bottom of a 13x9 glass baking dish, to coat bottom of pan.
  2. Place chicken in pan, evenly spaced.
  3. Pierce top of chicken several times with a fork.
  4. Evenly pour lemon juice over the chicken. You can't over-do the lemon, you want it kinda swimming in the lemon juice. We used approximately a cup.
  5. Press garlic right on top of chicken breasts, distributing evenly. Season to taste with Garlic & Wine Seasoning and parsley.
  6. Bake in a preheated 435 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  7. Notes:
  8. Garlic & Wine Seasoning is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online here https://shop.meltingpot.com/collections/seasonings, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well.
Recipe Notes

Notes: Garlic & Wine Seasoning is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online here https://shop.meltingpot.com/collections/seasonings, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well.

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