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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Chicken in a Creamy Chipotle & Adobo Sauce

Today we have one of my favorite dinner recipes. It may not be pretty but it is tasty! A cream based spicy sauce is mixed with sun dried tomatoes and fresh spinach to wilt it, then combined with tender pieces of chicken breast.

So although this recipe has a long name, it is super simple to make. The level of spiciness is up to you. As the recipe is now, it has a little bit of heat. I like to add another pepper with extra Adobo sauce to really spice it up. If you are unsure, start with the called for amount then add more if you'd like. Remember, it is a lot easier to add heat than it is to take it away.

The second time I made this I added in sun dried tomatoes for a little extra flavor, but if you find yourself not having any at the last minute, it tastes great without them too.

Chinese Cabbage Salad

 Holy cats. This Chinese Cabbage Salad is super delicious. My picture didn't turn out anywhere near as pretty as Jamie's at Jamie Cooks It Up! but trust me on this one. Even the super picky eaters loved it and came back for seconds and thirds. Enjoy!

Chinese Cabbage Salad
Makes approx 15 servings

2-2 1/2 pounds nappa cabbage, washed and cut very thinly5 green onions, sliced thin1 cup shredded carrots (optional)3 packages ramen noodles, crushed (throw them in a Ziploc and hammer them with something heavy)1/2 C. butter1/4 C. sliced almonds1/4 C. sesame seedsDressing:3/4 C. peanut oil (or 3 T peanut butter + canola oil to equal 3/4 C) *I used the substitution and it turned out amazing. I am gonna use this from now on instead of actual peanut oil1/2 C. sugar1/4 C. rice vinegar2 T soy sauce
1.  Combine the cabbage, green onions and carrots in a large serving bowl. Set aside (or in the fridge).

2. In a large saute pan, combine the butter, almonds and sesame seeds. Cook, stirring frequ…

Mexican Chicken Haystacks

Oh My Goodness! This is seriously so good. My picture didn't do it justice but please take my word on it. Layer some of your favorite tortilla chips, in my case we used  baked cheddar tortilla chips, and layer it with rice, lots of tasty add ins and the most delicious and flavorful sauce ever. You have got to try this one!

The original recipe used a crock pot for this. I am not a fan of using a crock pot so I just cooked it on the stove top. I prefer this because chicken has a tendency to get a weird texture to it when it sits in a crock pot all day long. Also a plus is that it is done and ready to eat much more quickly.

Mexican Haystacks
Makes several servings

4 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks or slices2 cans beans, your choice, rinsed and drained (I used white beans)2 cans Rotel tomatoes (I used fresh chopped tomatoes)1 to 2 Tablespoons minced garlic1 can corn, drained1 can diced green chilies1 package dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dip8 oz cream cheese, softened1 cup milk1/2…

Dutch Apple Pie

Long time no see! My apologies for the long break between posts. Summer is busy and time seems to slip away so quickly. As my apology to you, I have an amazing recipe for a delicious Dutch Apple Pie. The crumb topping on this baby makes all the difference. Serve however you prefer, warm with ice cream or whipped cream, or maybe chilled from the fridge. Enjoy!

Dutch Apple Pie
Makes one pie

1 homemade pie crusts or 1 ready-made pie crust5 1/2 cups peeled cored sliced cooking apples1 tablespoon lemon juice1/2 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup brown sugar, packed3 tablespoons flour1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon nutmegTopping:3/4 cup flour1/4 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup brown sugar, packed1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Fit pie crust into pie plate.

3. In a large bowl, mix sliced apples, lemon juice, both sugars,flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pile into crust.

4. Prepare topping:In a medium bowl, with a pastry blender or a fork, mix flour, …