Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Casino Bakery Cuban Bread

We don’t get to go to Tampa, FL as much as we’d like, but anytime we do, hubby insists on bringing home some Cuban bread. This is something his family adores! Cooper isn’t as crazy about Cuban sandwiches as Michael, but he loves a good grilled piece of Cuban Bread and a bowl of Spanish bean soup. We’ve tried a few different bakeries in Tampa, but this is by far the favorite one. We’ve had some Cuban families come here in our area and they use this same bakery to get food from. Also, we’ve had some families try to make this bread here. Unfortunately, this just isn’t something you can make here. I had one person tell me, from my favorite Cuban restaurant here that it doesn’t work because of altitude. I don’t know about all that jazz, but all that matters to me is getting a yummy piece of Cuban bread…and this is my preference. It freezes well and lasts 3-6 months in the freezer with no issues.

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Chicken, Uncategorized

Chicken and Biscuits

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I decided I wanted chicken pot pie, but to be honest, I’m NOT a fan of classic “pie crust” chicken pot pie. My other chicken pot pie recipe is good, but I it wasn’t what I wanted either. A while back my cousin Lisa posted on Facebook that she made chicken and biscuits and it looked SO GOOD and I knew I was needing to make it. I just decided to make my own recipe up, because I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t want to put potatoes in it like the other recipe calls for.

I registered for my classes. I’m trying to get my bachelors degree. I’ve already accomplished an associates degree, but I just wanted to go further. My friend says that I should have with to school to be a therapist…because well I rock in the advice department. No just kidding, I’m not going to toot my own horn here. Seriously though, I really am looking forward to this, but I am very nervous. What if I can’t finish it? Perhaps it’ll be too hard…I don’t know. One of the classes that I am taking is about legal writing. It has a ton of writing and I suck at writing. You can tell from my blog how horrible I am at it. I try, but….ya know!

 

Recipe for biscuits

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup celery

small bag of frozen mixed veggies

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cup milk, extra if mix is too thick

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups cooked chopped chicken

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

butter

Add butter to a frying pan. Add onion and celery. Cook until translucent. Add flour. Cook for one minute. Add chicken broth and milk. Stir until thickened. Add chicken and veggies. Cook until veggies are tender to your liking. If the mixture is too thick then add a little more broth. Add salt and pepper. Pour into a baking dish. Add biscuits to the top and bake until biscuits are lightly browned.

Dessert, Uncategorized

Apple Crisp

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I was digging through this cookbook again that my mother in law gave me. I just happened to have a bunch of apples sitting in my fruit and veggie bin. I was pretty excited because I had bought these apples on sale. They were 1.99 and I got 8 apples. There was nothing wrong with them…they were just yummy, yummy apples. I literally had EVERY ingredient for this. I can rarely say this happens in our home. It’s like I plan a meal menu for the whole entire month and I go recipe to recipe and write down every ingredient I need. I swear there’s something called a pantry monster. You know, like the dryer sock monster?!? I don’t know, I think that I just get tired of shopping and give up. Yep, I know that sounds lazy, but maybe I am. Whatever the case may be, we ate some yummy apple crisp.

 

6 medium apples, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup butter

Heat oven to 375. Place apples in a 8 or 9 in square pan. Sprinkle with lemon juice and water. In another bowl combine remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples. Bake for 40 to 45 minute or until the apples are tender.

 

Chicken, Uncategorized

Garlic Herb Chicken

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I’ve tried this recipe a few times and I finally figured it out. It really needs to be browned. Without being browned it tastes just flat. I can’t even describe it. It just tastes horrible. If you get a good even brown on it, it’s super good. I love the show Worst Cooks in America and I get tickled when Anne does the cookie monster voice and says brown food is good food.

 

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 minced garlic cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons parsley

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper

Mix broth and cornstarch. In a pan head olive oil and saute chicken until golden brown. Add garlic. Cook until done. Remove chicken. Add broth and spices until thickened. Add chicken.

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Chili BBQ Chicken

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A few years ago, my mother in law moved to NC. I’ve mentioned this before to ya’ll. Anyway, I was very lucky to receive all of her recipes, cookbooks, etc that she has collected through the years. Included is a 1979 Pillsbury Family Cookbook. Tonight I pulled out this book and decided I wanted to find something different. Generally, when I see recipes that use ketchup in BBQ sauce, I keep flipping, but I just thought, well why not?? Let’s just try it out. I’m SO happy I did. I did add an extra few splashes of Worcestershire sauce. I will say this is a keeper for our family. Not only is this recipe inexpensive to make, but the family ate every bit of it up. Even asked for seconds! That’s a winner in my book!

Chicken

1 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Mix everything together and dress the chicken. Grill. If you choose to use bone in chicken tightly cover chicken with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes and then grill until done.

Noodles, Uncategorized

Basil Broccoli Pasta

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I sat today and reflected on the last 11 years of my life. It’s hard to believe I was pregnant with a little bit twelve years ago. Today I sat and watching him leave elementary school. My years are flying by so quickly and I’m not able to blink. Every time I do, another year or five is gone. I’ve also forced myself to come to terms with things that I can’t control. This is something I have struggled with for my whole entire life. I’ve always liked things to feel manageable, controlled, rounded. Some of this is doable, but not everything. Isn’t it funny how it takes a long time to be able to come to terms with things? Accept things…

I’ve known that Coop has had issues with one of his classes this year. I really thought it was because he rushes and he’s bored easily. I thought it was silly mistakes. Turns out he really is struggling. All the other subjects he does great in. He makes fantastic grades.  I just couldn’t understand. I’m slowly getting that he really just needs the extra help. I’ve been working on lining up a tutor for him. Hopefully this will help next year. I hate that I have to pay for one, but I don’t want him to fall behind.

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, sliced

1 bunch broccoli florets

1 cup chicken broth

16 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked

1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil

pepper to taste

grated parmesan

Cook Pasta according to directions on the package. Set aside. Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic. Cook until lightly golden. Add broccoli. Increase heat. Cook and stir gently until broccoli is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broth. Reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender. Add cooked pasta to skillet. Mix thoroughly to allow pasta to absorb flavor. Transfer to a serving dish, top with remaining ingredients.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Sam’s Choice Italia

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I had high hopes for this, because I LOVED the risotto that I made from the same brand. However, this isn’t the case. It tastes just like pasta roni.  I probably wont buy it again, my homemade alfredo is better. This seems to still have a powdery texture. It also doesn’t even have any kind of cheese taste that you get from the parmesan in regular alfredo sauce. In a pinch though, this is a more economical brand to buy. It would be the reason I purchased it. Sometimes you just need something and you’re running out of time. I really like to not let all the liquid out, because it becomes really dry if, really quick. It also helps to add a little parmesan into it. It is decently creamy if you do these steps. Like I said, if I’m in a pinch, I’ll make it again. Otherwise, it just wasn’t my favorite….I was a little disappointed.