Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pancakes and Ice Cream

It's hot here.  Uncomfortable, sticky, sweltering, yucky, hot.  So dinner preparations call for minimal cooking, and something extra special to take our minds off the steaminess outside.

Pancakes fit the bill very nicely.  The griddle doesn't produce a lot of extra heat it doesn't seem, and since we're in peach season, I decided to make Peach Pancakes.  And then just for fun, we topped them with ice cream.  As the recipe says, these pancakes are very "sturdy" and held up well to the melting ice cream.  With just a little syrup drizzle, it was the perfect foil to the hot day.

I don't think ice cream will become our usual choice for a pancake topping, but it sure was tasty today!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Feeling Peachy

Peach season has finally arrived!  I love peach things.  Maybe it's the fact that my grandpa fed me peach ice cream at three days old, or maybe it's because they are just amazing and yummy.

As soon as the peaches in the stores become something other than fragranceless rocks, I'm in.  And then I have to find something to use all the fruit I buy.  This go around I settled on these Peach Pie Bars.  I'll admit, I didn't feel like doing a lot of work like making pie crust.

These bars are yum, and even though the peaches should take center stage, the crust is definitely the star of the show.  So buttery and yum!

Hope your summer is extra peachy!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Not Too Tan-gy

Several years ago there was an ad of two people comparing the "tangyness" of the product advertised.  Even though I no long remember the brand or the product, I will never forget the "not too tangy" (said with a hard g) phrase that was oft repeated throughout the ad.

This Sweet and Tangy Chicken is "not too tangy".  There's a great mix of flavors, that works with the chicken rather than overwhelms.  I used whole boneless breasts, but I would recommend using the tenders as recommended by the recipe.  I think the flavor will go further for each bite of chicken.  Ours was tasty and juicy, but I could have used more of that flavor.  It really is tasty.

P.S. These are quite possibly the best grill marks I've ever had on anything I've ever made.  I'm going to quit trying now. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cowboys and Other American Things

We recently returned from a short trip to pick up our kiddo from camp, and made a stop off at the Mall of America on our way home.  As a result, our fourth was pretty low key, just dinner with my family.

I did my best to get in the theme of things without actually doing a lot of work.  (It is a holiday after all.)  So along with fried chicken from the local Kroger, and contributions from my sister and mom, I made a few sides that were kind of fun.

First there was this all American salad.  It was inspired from something on Pinterest, but I chose to use blueberries, cherries, and strawberries plus Havarti cheese for the white stripes.

I also made these Cowboy Beans.  I'm usually no lover of baked beans, but these had bacon and enough other things to sound tasty.  They SO were!  Plus, they were even easier than the recipe because I just Kirkland bacon bits (of course), put everything in the crockpot, and let it warm for a couple of hours on low.  It doesn't get better than that.

I hope your fourth was a very happy time of celebrating, and now that summer is half over (yikes) I might be around just a tad more.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For the Love of Kabobs and Butter Rice

For some reason my June menu was heavy on the kabob recipes.  I've had these Sweet Shrimp Kabobs pinned for quite some time, and after tasting them, I highly regret not trying them sooner!  Such a great sweet and savory flavor that doesn't overwhelm the shrimp.  Definitely making these again.

Then add this recipe for Lauren's Famous Butter Rice that's been popping up in all my feeds, and you have yourself an excellent meal.  This rice is amazing.  There's really nothing earth shattering here, but it was tasty, and I only used about 1/4 cup of butter instead of a 1/3.  Imagine the calorie savings. ;)

I love it when there are two yummy winners in one meal.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


This Easy Crockpot Lasagna sounded like a super fast path to yummy lasagna, but I'm not sure how I feel about the results.

First, heavy lasagna on a hot, humid 90+ degree day wasn't the best coincidence of menu planning.  Second, against my better judgement I used the Ragu as listed in the recipe.  I don't normally prefer Ragu as a jarred spaghetti sauce, and I kind of wished I'd gone with my gut feel and used Prego like I normally do.  Third, this is a big dish.  Now I have an endless supply of leftovers of a very mediocre dish.

And that's where I'm conflicted.  My kiddo loved it, and has eaten the leftovers for two lunches straight.  Plus, as easy recipes go, this is definitely a great candidate.  I'd say if you love lasagna, and choose your normal favorite pasta sauce, this is probably a good possibility.

I'm guessing this recipe gets lost for me, however.  I can't face this many leftovers again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creamy Dill Chicken Pasta with a Kit Kat Chaser

After several days out of the kitchen on vacation, it's been fun to be back cooking again.  So fun, in fact, that I'm willing to make multiple new recipes in one day!

I had already planned on this Creamy Dill Chicken Pasta.  It's really just Alfredo with a twist, but it's a tasty one.  I used dried dill because I didn't have fresh.

So then we needed 'zert.  We always need 'zert, but it was hot so I went looking through my recipes on Pinterest, that I sought out all the no-bake possibilities.  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Bars caught my eye.  They are an awful lot like the Scotcheroos that we love, but the Kit Kat is an added bonus, and it used up some of the random Kit Kats that have been sitting around in the cabinet.
The bars were good!  My kiddo said they set off her "sweet meter", but cut them smallish (I did 16 pieces out of an 8" square pan) and you'll be fine.