Monthly Archives: October 2011

White Chicken Chili

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This is my favorite dinner.  I could probably eat it everyday!  I found this recipe in a Southern Living magazine about 5 years ago.  I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe.

What you will need:

1 Tablespoon of Butter or Margarine
3 Cooked Chicken Breast (shredded)
2 Tablespoons of Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
2 (14 ounce) Cans of Chicken Broth
3 Cubes of Chicken Bouillon
1 teaspoon of Ground Cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
3 (16 ounce) Cans of Great Northern Beans, rinsed, drained and divided
1 (4.5) Can of Chopped Green Chilies
2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Chopped Cilantro

Top with cheddar cheese, sour cream or green onions

Melt your butter in a dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add your chopped chicken, onion and garlic powder.  Stir and cook about 3 minutes.  Next add the broth, bouillon,  cumin and red pepper bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
Stir in green chilies and 2 cans of the white beans .
Mash the remaining can of beans in a small bowl.  Whisk together the flour and milk and stir into the mashed beans.  Add the mashed bean mixture into the chili, stir often.  While simmering chop your cilantro.  Add the cilantro and stir before serving.  Serve with desired toppings.

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Grandma Real’s Dorito Chicken Casserole

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My mother-in-law was a great cook, among many other things.  Yesterday was my husband’s 38th birthday and what he wanted for his birthday dinner was his mom’s Dorito Chicken Casserole.  She called it Mexican Chicken, however, there is not anything Mexican about it beside the jalapenos.

This dish has become not only one of my husband’s favorites, but all my kids too.  You are not going to see this meal on any heathly websites, but is was his birthday!  It is deliciously cheesy, crunchy and has just the right amount of heat.

What you will need:

3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups of shredded Velvetta
1 can of cream of mushroom
1 can  of cream of chicken
2/3 of a 11 1/2 ounce bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos, CRUSHED
4 ounce can of sliced jalapenos

Preheat your oven to 350.  Crush your bag of Doritos.  In a large bowl, mix ALL the ingredients. In a greased casserole pan, dump the mixture .  Bake about 20 minutes.

Honey Bun Cake

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I made a new cake that I have seen on several blogs.  That was a clue it is must be good.  Well that is an understatement, it was YUMMY.  I am actually trying to find an excuse to bake it again.

This is a perfect cake for a Sunday Brunch.

What you will need:

 1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix
¾ cups Vegetable Oil
4 whole Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 325º. Butter or spray a 13×9″ baking pan, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs and sour cream. Stir by hand, about 50 strokes will do or until large lumps are gone. Pour half of your batter into prepared pan.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the batter. Spoon the other half of the batter over the cinnamon sugar. Using a knife, swirl so it looks like a honey bun.

Bake for about 40 minutes.  I poked holes in mine so the icing would drop down into the cake.

To make your frosting, just whisk powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the hot cake.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Decoupage Pumpkin

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I am always on the lookout for easy crafts.  I found one of the easiest crafts to do WITH YOUR KIDS.    I had one of those small real pumpkins, that are pretty impossible to crave. Did I mention this project is super cheap, almost free if you already own a bottle of Mod Podge.  I saw this project on t.v., but could not remember.  So I googled it and found directions over at Make and Takes.

What you will need:

Mod Podge

2-3 sheets of tissue paper

Small Pumpkin

Take your tissue paper and cut several banana shaped cut outs.  Coat the back of the paper with a thin coat of your mod podge.  You can do 2-3 at a time, but don’t do to many because the paper needs to be wet when it is applied.  Press the paper to the pumpkin and carefully smooth out any air bubbles, but don’t worry about wrinkles.  Continue til the pumpkin is covered.  Let is dry about 15 minutes and then do a top coat of mod podge.  The design opportunities are endless.  You can add an initial, or pictures.  I have a safari bathroom, so I choose a cheetah print with a bow on top.

Kettle Cooked Cajun Potato Chips

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Have you ever purchased those kettle potato chips at the store?  They are my favorite chips.  I usually purchase the plain chips and sprinkle Cajun seasoning on top of them, delicious!  However, last night I forgot to pick up my bag of chips at the store, so I thought I could make my own.  I googled and found a recipe over at www.lifesambrosia.com.  Her recipe is super easy and all you need is potatoes, 1 1/2 cups of oil and seasoning.  Also, your kids will think you are really cool for making homemade potato chips.

What you will need:

3-4 potatoes thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil

Your choice of seasoning

You will need a heavy two quart sauce pan.  Heat the oil over medium high heat.  While the oil is heating up, I peeled and sliced my potatoes.  I used my food processor, that has a slicing blade.  Once the oil is hot, place some of the potato slices in the oil.  You will cook them for about 6 minutes, depending how thick your slices are.  Mine were pretty thin and took about 4 minutes.  Once they are done, take them out and place on a plate lined with paper towels.  While they are hot add your seasoning, so it will stick.  I used Cajun seasoning.  However, you can have fun and try all kinds of seasoning (curry, sea salt, etc).