Food Updates

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Recipe Disasters

Okay, I must admit that Blogger is confusing me. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it. Also, I don't have the internet in my apartment, so I'll only sign on when I'm procrastinating at the library. (But don't worry; that will happen at least twice a week.)

I keep trying new recipes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, but they keep turning out gross. For instance, last week, I made a chicken recipe that consisted primarily of dipping a boneless, skinless chicken breast in an egg. Then you dipped it in crushed goldfish crackers (cheddar) and shredded cheddar cheese. I love chicken, cheddar goldfish crackers, and cheddar cheese ... but not together, apparently. It was not so good.

I also made a pasta and mushroom recipe a few weeks ago that I think is worth mentioning. It was one that my mom makes at home, so I know I like it. It called for 4 oz. of garlic and herb cheese spread. My mom recommended Alouette, but all I could find was Philadelphia Cream Cheese. So I used that. While it was cooking, the pan smelled disgustingly like cooking cream cheese. It actually tasted OK, though. Then, that night, I woke up in the middle of the night absolutely convinced that my pillow smelled like cream cheese and completely revolted by it. I got up and went to the bathroom, where I became convinced that, in fact, my entire apartment smelled like cream cheese! When I went back to bed, I turned the pillow over and decided that the other side smelled neutral enough that I could sleep again.

Those are my Food Updates for the day.

Lo Mein

My older sister and I have been making a Chicken Lo Mein recipe rather frequently lately, and it has been well received by the rest of my family.

2 lbs Chicken Breast, cut into small chuncks
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tsp Garlic powder
1.5 lbs boiled linguine
2 cups cut broccoli
1.5 cups chopped cabbage
1 cup water chestnuts
2 cups chopped peppers
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 tbsp olive oil
1 packet of fried rice seasoning
1 tbsp corn starch

Add oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and chicken to large skillet on Medium High. Heat until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Add broccoli, peppers, and onions. Cook for 5 minutes, then add cabbage and water chestnuts. Add fried rice seasoning and corn starch to thicken sauce. This can be mixed with linguine, or served over linguine.

The original recipe actually said to marinate the chicken in the soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic for 24 hours, but who wants to do that?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Monster Pasta

I feel bad that I'm the only one posting, but I made a pretty good recipe last night, so I thought I would share.

Ingredients:
1 Box Jumbo pasta shells (they look like huge Velveeta shells)
1 container Ricotta or Cottage cheese
1 can shredded chicken

Cook the pasta shells (count the number you want to make, then add a couple more because some might break).
Mix the chicken into the cheese.
Drain the shells and spread them out on foil or wax paper so they don't stick together.
Stuff them with the cheese mixture using a big spoon.
Place them in an oven-safe pan and cover with marinara sauce.
Then cover with shredded cheese of your choice (optional, but cheddar was really good).
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

This definitely isn't the healthiest dish, but it sure is tasty! It's also good without the chicken for a vegetarian option.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Chocolate Ramints

So, I just made up this recipe today with my roommate. It turned out pretty awesome. It's similar to the hay stack recipe.

Melt two or three squares of Chocolate Bark (see previous recipe).
Add about 5-6 drops of peppermint extract.
Stir in one package of Ramen that has been broken up into pieces that are about the size of rice crispies.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto wax paper (foil also works if you don't have wax paper, but you might want to spray some pam on it first so the cookies don't stick).
They taste like andy's chocolate after dinner mints, but they have a little crunch, mmmm.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Haystacks (aka My Great-Grandpa Meyer's Favorite Cookies)

I made about 30 of these cookies this week and they were gone in less than two days. They're awesome tasting, and really easy to make.

Ingredients:
One pkg. Chocolate Bark (for candy making, usually found with chocolate chips in baking aisle)
One bag pretzel sticks
One bag mini marshmallows

Melt about 4 chunks of chocolate in microwave according to package directions. Then quickly stir in some of the pretzels and marshmallows until they're all covered. Plop large spoonfuls onto wax paper and let set. Repeat until you have the desired number of cookies. Also, pecans or other nuts can be added... the marshmallows are also optional.