Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken


I paired this delicious brown sugar garlic chicken with Sam Choy's Yakisoba Noodles which I buy at Costco. I would highly recommend looking for this at the store, or something similar.

This is the sort of chicken that I would not want to eat just by itself, rather it needs the flavor and crunch of Yakisoba noodles and vegetables. You could also put it over sticky rice and steamed vegetables. I love the noodles since you can easily microwave a pouch and it is delicious and filling.

Slow Cookers can be fussy sometimes, a bit like ovens. Some models run much more hot, maybe a lid doesn't fit tightly on top and too much steam escapes and you end up with dry chicken. Knowing your appliances is important in cooking. If you have noticed that your food turns out too tough or dry when you cook on high (which is exactly what happens to me), know to cook it on low and maybe check it early to see if it is cooking faster than expected.

This recipe got mixed reviews from the site I found it at, Six Sisters' Stuff. I thought it turned out delicious when paired with the Yakisoba noodles. To me they are important to the success of the dish. If you try it without them please let me know how it turned out for you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Strawberry Scones






Delicious, tender scones with a sweet strawberry glaze. I thought these were better on day two. They held together a bit better and were nice and moist. Normally I cut scones into triangles but this time around I went with rounds and I really like the shape better. They seem to have less burnt edges this way.

I adapted a recipe found at Heather Cristo for this recipe. I simplified her recipe a bit and I loved the result. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chocolate and Mint Oreo Cupcakes



Recently I posted a recipe for these amazing Chocolate and Mint Oreo Cupcakes over at Mom Spark. They make a lot and one thing I really enjoyed was that the next day the Oreos on the leftover cupcakes became soft. Yummy! Head on over to check it out.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Lime Punch



Recently I posted a recipe for this tasty Lucky St. Patrick's Day Lime Punch at Mom Spark. Head on over to check it out.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Show Stopper Saturday Link Party Featuring Rainbow Recipes!


Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great start to your weekend. Today I have a special feature. I'm happy to be co-hosting the Show Stopper Saturday Link party with Will Cook For Smiles, Joyful Healthy Eats and Simply Gloria. I hope you enjoy browsing all the wonderful submissions and link up a few of your own too. Have a great weekend!

5 Rainbow Recipe Features

From Top left going clockwise:

  1. Rainbow Cloud Cake at Julie's Eats & Treats
  2. Skittles Rainbow Fudge at Lemon Tree Dwelling
  3. No Bake Pound Cake Bites at Shaken Together
  4. Rainbow Yogurt Parfait at The NY Melrose Family
  5. Mason Jar Rainbow Cake at Belle of the Kitchen
Co-host Favorite:
My favorite submission for the last link up were these adorable Chocolate Mint Sweet Rolls at Frugal Foodie Mama. So yummy! So pretty!


Here are your hosts!

Gloria from Simply Gloria!
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Lyuba from Will Cook For Smiles!

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What our hosts have been up to lately:




Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Recipe Roundup *Updated for 2014*


I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy all the food and be safe. Note - This is a repost from last year. I have been so sick the past few weeks and have not been cooking very much.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad




Since trying Mexican Street Corn last Summer, I have fallen in love with the flavor combination of corn, Cotija cheese, and Ancho and Chipotle chile powders.

I will admit that using canned corn saves a bit of time at the sacrifice of some flavor, so it is up to you to prepare the corn as you prefer. At this particular time, I went the canned corn route and it was delicious. Next time I will try grilled for a bit more flavor.

Many thanks to Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice for this recipe. Instead of plain chili powder, I used Ancho chile powder which has great flavor. Chipotle chile powder would also be great.


Roasted Ranch Potatoes and Carrots



A tasty side dish that both kids and adults will enjoy. If you prefer, you could leave out the onions and carrots and just use potatoes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Swedish Meatballs (IKEA Copycat)



Swedish Meatballs are a dish that I have tried making in the past that just didn't live up to my expectations. Recently I tried a recipe I spotted at One She Two She that completely blew me away. A mixture of ground beef and pork is the key to the most delicious little meatballs you've ever tasted.

I was a little bit worried that the sauce recipe contained no sour cream. Personally I like a little bit of tangy sour cream in a sauce like this, so next time around I might try adding just a little sour cream. As it is though, it is a light tasting sauce that works well with the meatballs.

My favorite brand for egg noodles is Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta. You can usually find them at Wal-Mart, but check their online locator for more stores near you. This style of egg pasta takes a bit longer to cook but they are nice and thick, perfect for Swedish Meatballs.

Notes:
-The gravy recipe makes just enough to cover the meatballs. If you want extra to serve over noodles, double/triple gravy recipe.
-We wanted a large batch to have in the fridge for leftovers during the week, so we doubled the meatball recipe and quadrupled the gravy recipe.
-We thought the leftovers the next day tasted even better. It seemed like the sauce absorbed flavor from the meatballs and tasted richer. When I tasted this immediately after preparing, the sauce taste was very light.