Thursday, December 31, 2009

Crockpot Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

This was so good & super easy!! I have a love affair with Chicken Lemon Rice Soup...or anything with lemon & chicken in it ;) I found this recipe & altered it a little to make a soup consistency & it worked out perfect. For leftovers, just add a little chicken broth to make the broth thinner while you are warming it up. Enjoy ;)

~1 cup long grain converted white rice
~1 small onion, diced (you can add celery too)
~2 Tbsp. olive oil
~8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
~1/2 cup dry white wine
~1/2 cup chicken broth
~1 cup fresh lemon juice (I added a little cooking Sherry as well)
~1 dash Tabasco sauce
~1/3 c. milk
~6 boneless chicken breasts
~salt and pepper to taste (I added 1 tsp. of pepper & lemon pepper)
Put first 9 ingredients in slow cooker. Stir. Place chicken breasts on top. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.
Serves 6.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Best Ginger Snaps EVER!!!

Merry Christmas week everyone!! I hope you all are having a great time off & enjoying your families ;) It has been a crazy last couple of weeks, and I have to admit that I am really not proud that there is absolutely NO ornaments on our Christmas tree yet! I have had no motivation to put them up....especially since our puppy Chloe will try to eat them! She will be 5 months old already this week! Anyway, I will have the next couple of days off and I will hope to blog some more recipes...especially for New Year's Eve, when we will have some people over to reveal our updated basement!! (which is why our house is a little torn up right now)

Well we had our annual Christmas cookie party on Sunday with my mom & aunts...I made Ginger Snaps & Peanut Butter kisses....mmmm I think I ate all the ginger snaps myself when I got home with my huge container of cookies!! Enjoy - Pictures to come!

I doubled this recipe to make approx. 100 cookies

~1 cup sugar
~¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
~1 egg
~¼ cup molasses
~2 cups unsifted flour
~2 teaspoons soda
~½ teaspoon salt
~½ teaspoon cinnamon
~¼ teaspoon ground cloves
~¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375°. Cream sugar and butter. Beat in egg and molasses. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed. If desired, chill dough for easier handling. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Makes about 48 cookies.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Beer Cheese Dip

Perfect for a Holiday Party!! My mom gave me this recipe from her friend Karen...enjoy!!

~2 8 oz pkg. cream cheese softened
~1 envelope Dry Ranch dressing (Hidden Valley)
~1 can beer
~1 med. onion chopped really fine (more if you'd like)
~2-3 C. fancy finely shredded cheese

I use a mixer: Whip cream cheese until smooth, add onion, dry dressing, mix again. Add 1/2 can beer until consistency you'd like. Can add add'l beer if needed. Drink the remainder! lol Fold in shredded cheese until all mixed. Add more cheese to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours to blend flavors. Serve with pretzel crackers, or any kind of cracker, or serve in hollowed out bread and serve with bread from inside as well as crackers. Yummy!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

crock pot creamy chicken & potato soup

It's that time of year again to enjoy the crock pot!! With us being so busy lately, I am really trying to cook with the crock pot more...I love these recipes that just combine a bunch of things, but they come out tasting sooooo good! There is enough for lunch today and dinner tonight too ;) I combined 2 different recipes for this soup, enjoy!

~4 chicken breasts (I use frozen)
~1 1/4 c. chicken stock (depending on how thick you want the soup)
~1 can cream of chicken soup
~8oz. low fat cream cheese
~1 tsp. salt
~1 tsp. pepper
~1 tsp. poultry seasoning (I use Frankenmuth chicken seasoning)
~1 small white onion, chopped
~1 green pepper, cut into rings
~4 carrots or baby carrots, chopped (I omitted)
~12-15 small red potatoes, cut into quarters

Coat bottom of crock pot with cooking spray. Cut veggies and add carrots to bottom if using. Place chicken on top, and add remainging veggies. Beat together chicken stock, soup, and cream cheese and pour over top. Add seasonings.
Cook on Low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken with forks before serving!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Turkey & Rice Casserole

yummmm, I never thought I would be a fan of casseroles until I made this! We had some leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving & my mother in law makes a similar dish to this with that gave me the idea to use water chestnuts instead of mushrooms in this recipe (we dont like mushrooms!). I also used Rice instead of noodles too...I don't have a picture because we ate it all up to fast, it was sooo good & easy!

~1 package (10 ounce) frozen peas, thawed under cool running water
~2 cups diced cooked turkey
~1 1/2 cups cooked noodles (I used 1 cup cooked Basmati Rice)
~4 tbsp. butter or margarine
~1/4 cup chopped onion
~8 ounces sliced mushrooms (I subbed with Water Chestnuts)
~1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup (I used Cream of Chicken)
~1/2 cup milk
~salt, to taste (I added pepper as well)
~1/4 teaspoon curry powder
~1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning (I used Frankenmuth Chicken Seasoning)
~1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine turkey, rice, and peas in a buttered 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Melt all butter in a saucepan. Sauté onion and mushrooms (water chestnuts) until tender; blend in soup, milk and seasonings and cook, stirring, until well blended and hot. Pour soup mixture over the turkey and noodle mixture; top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 350° oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.Serves 4.