Monday, January 31, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie

A couple weeks ago I asked my mom if I was allowed to start making dinner for my family once a week. She said of course! Last week I made the most yummy thing I have ever tried! Its Chicken Pot Pie. My family and I LOVED it. We left out the peas. Bon Appetit!

Chicken Pot Pie
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves-cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3. In the saucepan over medium heat cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove frim heat and set aside.
4. Place the chicken mixture in the bottom of pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Not Your Average Grilled Cheese

I was reading a book and in the back it has a few recipes that are used troughout the book. I honestly have never tried it but it sounds amazing. I can not wait to try this!

Not Your Average Grilled Cheese:
2 slices of white bread
Plenty of butter
A little mustard
2 slices of smoked Gouda Cheese
2 slices of Cheddar Cheese
And some fresh basil if you have the craving

Preheat your stove to a warm temp. Both sides of the bread with butter. Lightly spread a little bit of butter on one side of bread. In the middle of the bread put the cheese and cook to your liking. Make sure cheese is melted and oozing out the sides. Enjoy!
Makes 1!

Fancy Fruit Tarts

When there used to be book study once a month some groups would bring tasty treatz! One summer after noon Siena Eshella my Mom and I had book study and it was that time to bring treatz. We all chose to bring this wonderful fruit tart. It was way easier than I expected! This tasty treat is great for dessert and its light! Everyone at book study loved it! You will too!
Fancy Fruit Tarts
1 package refrigerator piecrust dough
Purchased "hardening shel" ice cream topping or vanilla yogurt
Fresh fruit of your desire chopped up small

Unfold one piecrust at a time and place on a lightly floured work surface
Turn piecrust over to make sure both sidesare lightly covered with flour. Gently roll out piecrust with rolling pin.
Using a 3-inch flower-shaped or round cookie cutter, carefully cut out pieces of piecrust. Place each cut out crust in a 12- cup muffin pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Continue until both piecrusts are used.
Prick bottoms of each piecrust with a fork. Place prepared muffin pan in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove muffin pan from refrigerator, and bake tart shells in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
Remove shells from pan and place on a serving plate. Spread bottom of each tart shell with either the chocolate or yogurt. Arrange fruits of your choice on top and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until ready to serve!
Makes about 12!

Fairy Berry Tea

When its cold out I know most people love to drink a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate but I love a hot cup of tea. This is a very refreshing yet hot drink for anybody! If you like raspberries and mint I reccomend you try this one!
Fairy Berry Tea
1/4 cup honey
2 mint flavored tea bags
4 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup fresh red raspberries
Orange Slices or Mint sprigs for taste (optional)
Place honey in a teapot: then add tea bags. Pour in boiling water. Cover and let steep for about 5 minutes. Then remove the tea bags. Pour hot tea into a pretty tea cups and place 2-3 raspberries in each one. Add a small slice of orange or mint sprigs if desired.
Makes about 4 cups!

Puppy Chow

Whenever I say im eating puppy chow people always think dog food. This is FAR from dog food. This is one of my most favorite snacks. I took it to school once and everyone went crazy for it! This is super easy and I think you should try it!
9 cups crispy rice cereal squares
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container. I always add lots of powdered sugar to coat it well!

Peanut Butter Pancakes

I woke up craving pancakes but not just any pancakes I wanted peanut butter pancakes. I have to admit I stole this recipe from Jaime and Jen :) I of course made a HUGE mess but in the end it was Deffinatally worth it! Everyone said that they were delicious. Thank You Jaime and Jen for the Wonderful recipe! Hope you like just as much my family and I did!

Peanut Butter Pancakes:

1 1/4 cups flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
3 Tbsp melted butter

Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. In a large bowl, combine the milk, peanut butter and egg. Whisk until smooth. Combine the flour mixture with the milk mixture and gently stir until just combined. Fold in the melted butter.

Spray non-stick spray on the heated griddle. For each pancake, pour 1/2 cup batter onto griddle. Cooke until golden brown, turn when the edges are slightly dry. Makes about 8 pancakes but mine made more.