Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creamy Rosemary Potatoes

I absolutely love au gratin potatoes, so when I saw this recipe in my Pioneer Woman cookbook I had to try it. Not the healthiest, but come on, are potatoes ever healthy??

Here's the recipe with a few minor changes.
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 small/medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Thinly slice your potatoes.

Combine the milk and half & half. Place all the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, and pour half of the milk mixture over them and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt the butter and then add your garlic and onion. Cook about 4-5 minutes or so over medium low heat.

Add the softened cream cheese to the skillet. Cook and stir until the cream cheese is smooth and combined in. Pour in the remaining half of the milk mixture then add your salt and pepper to taste. Now throw in your green onions and rosemary.

Stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan.

Spray a large baking dish with Pam and add your soaked sliced potatoes. Pour the skillet mixture over the potatoes, and sprinkle the last 1/2 cup of Parmesan on top.
Bake for about an hour, or until it's nice and golden brown.

Add some parsley on top before serving to give it some color. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mom's Butter Baked Chicken

My mom calls this creation of hers butter-baked chicken. Can't go wrong with that! This chicken is super delicious. It's easy to throw together and it comes out nice and moist!

Here's what you'll need for 4 servings:
  • 4 chicken breasts (I use boneless skinless)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 425

First, pour a little of the evaporated milk in a small dish...just enough to dip your chicken in. After you dip each piece of chicken in the milk, roll it in the flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Melt butter in 13x9 pan and cook the chicken in the melted butter for 30 minutes at 425.

Mix water, can of soup, and what's left in your can of evaporated milk together. Turn chicken over after 30 minutes of baking and pour soup mixture on top. Bake for 30 more minutes until nice and golden brown.

The gravy this creates is delicious! It's great if you want to cook some mashed potatoes to go along with it. Mmmmmm....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Golf Cookies

These are the cookies I made for my dad's 50th birthday party. Super easy to make!

Here's my sister - queen of the cupcakes!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baby Cookies

I love decorating cookies, so any excuse I can find works for me! Here are some cookies my mom and I made when she was in town for the weekend. Hope you enjoyed them Kacie!

You can find the recipe for the cookies here. Happy baking!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Green Goddess Dressing

This salad dressing is delicious. It makes me want to eat salads every night for dinner. Seriously. Aaaand Danny wants to eat salads for dinner too. Now that's saying something. :)

What you need:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
Add everything except the sour cream to a blender...
Blend until nice and smooth...

Now add the sour cream in and blend just until mixed in...

Refigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!