Sunday, June 19, 2011

30 Minute White Chicken Chili

Today is my handsome hubby's birthday!!! (Which means I need to warm up my golf swing for tomorrow . . ) Happy, Happy Birthday Toph!!! He is without a doubt the most amazing husband ever!!! This chili is pretty amazing as well . . . the best compliment in the world is having someone ask you for a recipe after trying your wares . . . and this one has got a few requests! Plus can you beat feeding your fam something delish in less than 30 minutes . . . I think not!30 Minute White Chicken ChiliRecipe by: Emily
2-3 Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 can cream of Chicken Soup
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 4oz can diced Green Chili's
1 cup Chicken Broth
1-2 can's Cannellini Beans or Great Northern White Beans
1-2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 cup Pepper Jack or Mexican Blend shredded Cheese
1 cup Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Oregano
Diced Jalapenos (Optional . . . to give it a little more kick)

1. Saute the chopped onion over medium heat in one tablespoon of oil in a medium pot for 6-7 minutes. Add the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink 6-7 minutes.

2. Add the chicken broth, oregano, green chili's and jalapeno. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cream of chicken soup and beans and bring back to a simmer for a few minutes.

3. Add the sour cream and shredded cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve garnished with sour cream, corn chips and or shredded cheese.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chocolate Banana Bread-Bread Pudding

I got home last night smelling smoky from grilling pizza on the grill at our Young Women's activity prepping for girls camp (I am a die-hard girls camper . . . love it!) and spent a few hours in my kitchen making Chicken Enchilada's and a super easy and delish Chicken Chili. I am bringing dinner to my darling neighbor and started cooking and couldn't stop . . She is a southern gal so I opted for a "southern dessert." This dessert is everything a dessert should be . . . totally fulfills the chocolate craving and is rich, easy to make and is a great dessert to make when utilizing leftover bread!!! I love Dori Greenspan's Cocoa-Nana Bread recipe! I make it whenever I have browning banana's and freeze it for another. Today it made a grand appearance in a bread pudding that knocked my socks off! I think our neighbors will enjoy it . . . I did . . .Chocolate Banana Bread-Bread Pudding
Recipe by: Emily
5-7 Cups cubed Chocolate Banana Bread (fill the pan!!!)
4 Eggs
2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla

1. Spread the cubed bread evenly in a 2-quart baking dish. In a bowl beat the eggs, milk, brown sugar and vanilla together. Pour over the cubed bread and allow to "soak" in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

2. Preheat an over to 350 degrees. Cover the bread pudding with foil and place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, uncover the pudding and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with a scoop of ice cream and caramel or chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tangy Chicken, Apple, Walnut, and Bacon Salad

Salads rock!!! They are simple . . . make great use of leftovers . . . can be altered to fit current cravings (and picky eaters) and pump your bod full of energy without making you feel like a soggy beanbag . . . I love the dressing for this salad! It can be tweaked left and right to tickle any taste buds!Tangy Apple Cider Dressing
Recipe by: Emily
1/2 cup Mayo
1 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
2-3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the salad I simply toasted walnuts, crisped some bacon, chopped an apple and roasted a chicken breast and tossed all the goodies together with the dressing . . . and enjoyed!!! Great summer lunch or dinner!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Owl Birthday Cake

My hat is off to all of the pastry chefs and bakers who are constantly swirled in flour and powdered sugar and who must have piles of dishes to contend with at the end of the day! I make cakes for family members and dear friends . . . and it is a work out . . . but one I LOVE doing! Thanks for asking me Sandy!!!It has been a busy night filled with powder sugar dusting my kitchen (and probably whole house) the enticing smell of cakes baking. . . incredible caramel frosting topping chocolate chip cookie dough flavored cupcakes, . . . little owl faces peering at me from all over my counter tops and finally an owl birthday cake finally finished and ready to celebrate a DARLING little boys first birthday!!!Happy Birthday Cade!!! You have an amazing family who loves you to pieces buddy!