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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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Recipe by Christine Titus
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Cuisine American
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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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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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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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Recipe by Christine Titus
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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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Recipe by John (Jake) Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  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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Mom’s Chicken and Yellow Rice with Broccoli & Cheese

I have a quick and easy recipe for you to day on this lovely Spring Sunday! The weather here in Indiana is beautiful and it’s calling to me to come sit on the porch and sip a nice fruity cocktail or maybe just some Iced Tea. Either way, that sunshine isn’t going to soak itself up! Lets get to the recipe shall we?

Mom’s Chicken and Yellow Rice with Broccoli & Cheese is such an easy, one skillet meal. It comes together fast (especially if you pre-chop everything earlier in the day or the night before), easy clean up since it’s only one pan. Just throw a salad together and you’ve got a very tasty meal and very happy tummies!

First, season the chicken with the garlic pepper to your liking. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 – 10 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper; cook and stir 4 minutes or until softened. I really wanted to use an orange bell pepper here, just for a pop of color, but I couldn’t find a good orange one, so I opted for red. Really any color is fine.

Now add your water and bring to a boil, stirring to release browned bits from bottom of skillet. Stir in Rice Mix; return to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes.

Now place broccoli and chicken over the rice; cover. Cook 5-10 minutes longer or until broccoli and chicken are heated through. Now you’ll want to sneak a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Add more garlic pepper if you wish, or just some salt & pepper.

The final touch, sprinkle cheese over top and cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted, and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Season chicken with garlic pepper to your liking. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken; set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic and bell pepper; cook and stir 4 minutes or until softened. Add water; bring to boil, stirring to release browned bits from bottom of skillet. Stir in Rice Mix; return to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Place broccoli and chicken over rice; cover. Cook 5 minutes longer or until broccoli and chicken are heated through. Here is where you can have a little taste, and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Add a little more garlic pepper if you wish, or just some salt & pepper.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over top; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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