Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Little Slice of Summer Heaven

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it is one that as soon as I have an excuse to make it, I'm jumping right on it. However, I can totally vouch for it for a couple reasons. One, I got it from a lady in our neighborhood who has the BEST recipes. Two, it contains ice-cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, caramel sauce and cool whip. Done deal right there. What's not to love about that combo??? Let me know if you try this and what you think!!!

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

You need to work fast so the ice cream doesn't melt. Have all the ingredients ready to assemble. It helps if you have someone help you unwrap all the sandwiches (this might be a good exercise for my 3 year old???). This is a great dessert to make with kids.

24 ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped

1/2 jar fudge sauce

1/2 jar caramel sauce

1 pkg toffee bits

1 large tub cool whip, thawed

4 heath bars or Skorr bars, roughly chopped for the top of the dessert

Place 12 sandwiches in a 9x13 pan. You may have to get creative to make them fit. Then pour 1/4 the jar of fudge on top of the sandwiches. Add 1/4 the jar of caramel, then 1/2 the bag of toffee bits, then spread 1/2 cool whip. Repeat layers. Then chop the Skorr or Heath bars and add them on top. Cover and place in freezer overnight.

TIPS: When you add the second layer of ice cream sandwiches you will have to apply a little pressure to make it fit the pan.

If you slightly microwave the fudge and caramel it is easier to pour.

You can make this 2 days before your party.

Are you drooling yet??????

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

If you're looking for a delicious, easy, super yummy want-to-bathe-in-the-sauce meal, this is a great recipe. I modified this Southern Living recipe to make ours. It calls for buttermilk, which I don't have on hand, and of course couldn't buy just a cup of it, but I found an extremely decandent chocolate chip bundt cake that uses buttermilk, so bingo! Perfect excuse to make a special occasion dessert and use some more buttermilk. (I'll be posting that dessert recipe later!) Anyway, I served this chicken with rice because I like to spoon the sauce on my rice too, but mashed potatoes would certainly be tasty with it too!

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

1/4 cup butter

4 chicken breasts (it calls for bone-in, but I used boneless)

1 1/2 cups buttermilk, divided

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 can cream of mushroom soup

sliced baby portobello mushrooms (I used about half of a mushroom package but would have used the whole thing if I weren't the only one eating mushrooms)

fresh, chopped thyme (I used dry thyme seasoning)

seasoning for chicken (salt, pepper, Tony Sacheres)

1. Preheat oven to 425. Melt butter in the oven in a lightly greased 13x9 dish. (about 3 minutes)

2. Meanwhile, dip chicken in 1/2 cup buttermilk, sprinkle with seasonings, and dredge in flour.

3. Remove dish from oven and add mushrooms and thyme. Arrange chicken (breast sides down - I guess if you're doing the bone-in - for boneless, I don't think it matters) in baking dish.

4. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Turn chicken and bake for 10 minutes.

5. Stir together soup and remaining 1 cup buttermilk. Pour over chicken and bake for 10 more minutes - put some foil lightly on top to prevent the chicken from browning too much.

6. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Whisk soup mixture in baking dish until blended. Drizzle over chicken, or if you have certain family members who are not as into sauces as you are, leave in the dish so that you can spoon your own sauce onto your meat.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bear With Me...

I've got some great new recipes to add! I'll be working on adding those the next few days. Hey, if I can at least get the recipes posted, I can do pictures later, right?

Just to get your taste buds tingling, here's what's coming:

An Easy, Healthy side dish - who doesn't need more of these?!?!
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Can't Stop Eating Chocolate Chip Bundt cake (I'm actually eating this right now and came up with this title because I SOOOO want to go back for seconds. Or, it could be thirds, but whatever, who's counting.)
Everything Soup

So, now that I've got that written, it will motivate me to post!!!!

Also, please leave a comment if you find this blog and like it! :)