Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Rolls

This is one of those recipes that can be varied in so many ways, depending on what you have on hand or what you like.  Of course the one ingredient that I find missing from the recipe is hot peppers and I will definitely add them when I try it out.  How about some mushrooms?

The first thing that came to mind when I found this recipe is to try it out as something different for one of my favorite meals . . . Chicken Parmesan.  Change the cheese to mozzarella and you're good to go!

I'm going to have fun varying the ingredients with this recipe :)

  • (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  1. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and black pepper; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stir together sundried tomatoes, cream cheese, and pesto. Spread cheese mixture evenly over chicken breasts. Roll up jellyroll fashion; secure with wooden toothpicks.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and paprika. Dredge chicken in bread crumb mixture. Place in a lightly greased 7- x 11-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 26 to 28 minutes; let stand 5 minutes. Remove toothpicks, and slice each roll into 6 rounds.

Source:  Mr. Food

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The holiday season is upon us!  Seems like the other day our family got together for the yearly feast and here it is again.  The years have scattered family members all over the place, but we all come together for Thanksgiving to give thanks for everything we have been blessed with.

This year, The Captain and I will celebrate our first Thanksgiving as a married couple.  My wonderful husband is what I am most thankful for this year.  After spending way too many years alone as a grieving widow after being a wife for 20-something years, the good Lord so blessed me with the most perfect man for me.  He was worth waiting for and I am enjoying life once again!

As I've compiled the following list of Thanksgiving links, my hunger grows for turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes and a number of delicious desserts that we typically eat on Thanksgiving.  The search goes on for something new and different for an appetizer.  Going through all these recipes is a form of torture!

Here's a list of some awesome Thanksgiving links to help you plan your family feast:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Traditional Herb Dressing

Countdown to Thanksgiving!

Here is a basic dressing recipe from Mr. Food.

Spice it up with your favorite ingredients . . .

When making this recipe, I add italian sausage
and never make any dressing recipe without
green onions!

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 45 min
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed herb-seasoned stuffing
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery, and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Add broth and stuffing cubes, and mix gently until well combined.
  3. Spoon stuffing into prepared casserole dish. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until heated through

Source:  Mr. Food

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Potato Puffs

Makes: 24 large or 72 small puffs
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 1 hr 5 min

  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • egg yolks, beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a soup pot and add just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium and cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain off water, mash the potatoes, and allow to cool.
  3. In a small saucepan, saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add sauteed onion, the cracker crumbs, salt, and pepper to mashed potatoes; mash mixture.
  4. With your hands, roll mixture into balls and place potato balls on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk and bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden and crusty.

Source:  Mr. Food

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rocky Road Chocolate Cake

Doesn't this look sinful?

This is one of those semi-homemade desserts!


  • (18.25-oz.) package German chocolate cake mix
  • (3.9-oz.) package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups milk, divided 
  • (3.4-oz.) package chocolate cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  • 1. Beat cake mix, next 5 ingredients, and 1 1/4 cups milk at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Pour batter into a lightly greased 4-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil); remove from heat.
  • 3. Sprinkle cook-and-serve pudding mix over batter. Slowly pour hot milk over pudding. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours.
  • 4. Meanwhile, heat pecans in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.
  • 5. Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle cake with pecans, marshmallows, and chocolate morsels. Let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted. Spoon into dessert dishes, and serve with ice cream, if desired.
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