Monday, March 16, 2009

Creamy Chicken Lasagna


3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, either place the chicken in a saucepan with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes, or until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from saucepan, and shred. Or microwave chicken until cooked, turning every few minutes, then shred.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Dissolve the bouillon cube in hot water. In a large bowl, mix the chicken with the bouillon, cream cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

4. Spread 1/3 of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9 inch square baking dish. Cover with the half of the chicken mixture (this works best by dropping mixture onto the sauce using two spoons), and top with 3 lasagna noodles; repeat. Top with remaining sauce, and ?.k, jmhngbfvdcsz

5. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven.

Green Chili Burrows


1 Roast

1 to 2 cans Diced tomatoes (better if they have green chilis in with them

Seasonings like: garlic powder, season salt, salt, pepper, and any other meat seasonings you like.

1 to 2 can of green chilis (depending on how hot you like it)


Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Add probably 1 cup water. Let cook on high for like 5 hours and then check. If cooked, then take the roast out and shred the meat. Add the shredded meat back to the pot and simmer for 1 hour. Serve on tortilla shells. Serve with rice if you like. Also can top with cheese or sour cream. The roast can be cooked over night if you think it will be a tough one. Just to the roast and plenty of water and some seasonings. Cook on Low over night. In the morning if cooked take the roast out and shred it and then add the tomatoes and green chilies to the crock pot and meat. (Make sure to pick out any access fat in the crock pot before add the tomatoes and green chilies.) Simmer on low until ready to eat.

Pork Barbecoa


3 pounds pork (shoulder & Boston butt work really well)
20 oz coke
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 clove garlic
1- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup tomatillo sauce (or crushed tomatillos)


Cut pork into small cubes, around 2", and place in crock-pot. Pour enough coke to cover meat. Add clove of garlic and ketchup - mix together. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until tender enough to shred meat. Shred meat in a separate bowl. Remove liquid in crock pot except for enough to cover the shredded pork. Add brown sugar and tomatillo sauce to liquid in crock-pot. Add shredded meat. Let simmer until you're ready to eat.

Zucchini Boats


1 cup water
2 cups stuffing mix
2 zucchini, medium-large, sliced in half lengthwise
cooking spray
12 precooked meatballs, cut in quarters
2 cups pasta sauce
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, add stuffing mix, cover and remove from heat. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop out most of the pul from the zucchini halves. Place in a 9x9 inch (or similar size) baking dish coated with cooking spray. Fill each zucchini half with 1/4 cup stuffing and 12 meatball quarters, and top with 1/2 cup sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle each zucchini half with 1/4 cup cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.



1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbls. yeast, rapid rise
2 Tbls. sugar
3-4 cups flour (3 1/2)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cube butter
Toppings: Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salad or vegetable supreme.


1. Mix water, yeast and sugar- dissolve.
2. Add in flour and salt and mix by hand.
3. Knead and let rise 10 minutes
4. Melt butter on large cookie sheet
5. Roll or press dough out almost size of cookie sheet
6. Cut into 14-16 strips and then cut lengthwise
7. Lat strips in butter on cookie sheet to coat and then turn over and place on sheet so butter
side is up. Do all strips.
8. Top with cheese, garlic, and/or salad supreme.
9. Let rise in cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes, until almost fills cookie sheet.
10. Cook at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 15-25 minutes.

Beef Taco Skillet


1 lb. ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup water
6 flour tortillas(6"), cut into 1" pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Cook beef in 10" skillet until well browned, stirring to break up meat. Pour off fat. Stir in soup salsa, water, and tortillas. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Stir. Top with cheese. Can also add corn or green peppers.

Makes 4 servings.

Taco Soup


1 1/2 lbs hamburger
1 chopped onion
1 15 oz. can pinto beans
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 15 oz. can kidney beans
3 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
2 Tbls. Taco seasoning
1 15 oz. can corn
1 1/4 cup water


Put hamburger and onion in soup pot and brown meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then add rest of ingredients and let simmer until flavors blend, about 1/2 hour. Top with grated cheese, corn chips, and sour cream. Can be frozen.

Cheese Soup


8 med potatoes
7 carrots
1 1/2 cups flour
2 quarts boiling water
1 cup diced celery (optional)
2 cubes butter
1 lg bottle cheese whiz (16 oz)
12 chicken bouillon cubes


Cook desired combination of vegetables in small amount of water(salted). I usually use a bag of california blend veggies and potatoes. In large pan- melt butter. Add flour and stir. Boil water with bouillon and add to flour and butter. Stir until thick. Add cheese whiz and stir until smooth. Pour vegetables with some of its water into cheese mix and stir.

Yields: 14 servings.

Southwest Chicken Chili


3 halves-3 whole chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
1 med. Green pepper chopped
1 zucchini chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can Ranch style pinto beans, drained
1 can Bush's regular baked beans
2/3 - 3/4 cup mild Picante sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt


Cook chicken and chop into bite-size pieces, reserve. Cook onions, green peppers, zucchini, and garlic in 2 tsp. vegetable oil. Then add rest of ingredients except chicken. Simmer 20 minutes. Add chicken for the last few minutes. Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped grean onions, diced avocados and olives if desired.

Creamy Ranch Chicken


6 slices bacon
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. ranch dry salad dressing mix
1 1/4 cup whole milk
3 cups dried medium egg noodles
1 Tbsp. finely shredded Parmesan cheese


Cut bacon into narrow strips. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; discard all but 2 Tbsp. of drippings. In the same skillet cook chicken in reserved drippings until tender and no longer pink, turning to brown evenly. Sprinkle flour and salad dressing mix over the chicken in the skillet; stir well. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in bacon. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Serve chicken with noodles; sprinkle with Parmesan.

Yield: 4 servings.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

From Rachel Ray

3 Tbs vegetable oil
2 1/2 pounds thin-cut chicken cutlets, cut into thin 2-inch long strips
2 Tbs grill seasoning, recommended brand Montreal Seasoning by McCormick
2 red bell peppers, cut into thin, 2-inch-long strips
1 onion, chopped
3 lg cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 8 oz can slice water chestnuts, drained
1/4 lb fresh bean sprouts
3 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
1 head iceberg lettuce


Place a large nonstick skillet over high heat with 3 Tbs of vegetable oil. Season the chicken with the grill seasoning and, once you see ripples in the oil, add the chicken pieces to the hot skillet in an even layer. Stir while it cooks through, about 3 minutes. Add the red bell pepper, onion, and garlic and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.

While the chicken and veggies are cooking, combine the hoisin sauce and the chicken stock in a small bowl. Add the liquid to the chicken along with the drained water chestnuts and stir to coat everything in the sauce. Cook for about another minute to heat up the water chestnuts, then add in the bean sprouts. Stir to combine and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with the toasted sesame seeds.

Remove the core of the iceberg lettuce by slamming the head, root end down, on the countertop--really slam it! Once you turn the head over, you'll find that the root can be easily pulled out away from the leaves. Cut the head into 6 wedges and arrange the wedges around the bowl of chicken, making the leaves resemble the petals of a flower.

Yields: 8 servings

Orange Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

From Rachel Ray

3 Tbs. vegetable oil, divided
3 1/4 cup chicken stock, divided
1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
salt and black pepper
1 16oz bag of broccoli florets
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6-8 oz each, cut into large bite-size pieces
1 lg onion, thinly sliced
3 lg garlic cloves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 5oz can sliced water chestnuts
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
1/4 cup cilantro or parsley leaves, about a handful, chopped


To a sauce pot over medium-high heat, add 1 turn of the pan of vegetable oil to a sauce pot, about 1 tablespoon. Once hot, add jasmine rice, a little salt and pepper, and stir to coat in the oil. Add 2 3/4 cups chicken stock, bring to a bubble then place a lid on the pot and turn heat down to medium. Cook according to package directions, about 18 minutes.

As the stock for the rice is coming up to a simmer, blanch the broccoli: Place a medium skillet filled with one inch of water over high heat with a tight fitting lid. Bring up to a boil, add some salt and the broccoli florets then cover and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the broccoli and reserve.

As the broccoli starts working, start the chicken: Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of vegetable oil, about 2 tablespoons. When the oil ripples, add the chicken, spreading it out in an even layer. Let it completely brown up on one side, you will have to resist the urge to stir it for about 2-3 minutes. Give the skillet a shake, stir and continue to cook and brown the chicken for 5 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet to a plate and reserve. Return the skillet to the heat, add 1 more turn of the pan of vegetable oil, about a tablespoon. Once oil ripples, add onion, garlic, red bell pepper, red pepper flakes, ground coriander and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the orange juice and hoisin sauce. Add the mixture to the skillet with the veggies along with the slice water chestnuts adn the reserved chicken. Sitr to combine and add in the remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock and the blanched broccoli florets. Cook the veggies and chicken together for about 2 minutes, or until everything is nicely coated and cooked through. Add the cashews and the cilantro or parsley and remove from heat.

Remove the lid from the rice pot and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve orange cashew chicken with a spoonful of ricew on top of each portion.

Yields 4 servings

Hawaiian Haystacks


1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can milk or water
3 chicken breast halves
season salt
black pepper
chicken bouillon granules (not more than a tsp.)
minced onion
garlic powder


Blend soup and milk or water (I don't usually blend it). Cook chicken and dice. Heat soup mixture in pan and add seasoning to taste. Then add chicken and heat until warmed through. Serve over rice with toppings.

Toppings:Cheese, olives, chinese chow mien noodles, pineapple, red bell peppers, corn, etc.

Chicken Sonora


3 lbs. chicken breasts, baked and chunked
1 dozen flour tortillas, torn into quarters
1/2 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 lb. Cheddar cheese, shredded


1/2 cup mild taco sauce
1 can cream of Mushroom soup
1 can cream of Chicken soup
1 can chili without beans
1/2 cup milk
1 small can chopped green chili peppers
1 small onion, chopped


(These ingredients will give you a bit more than you need. Use your best judgment when building this casserole so that it doesn't overfill your pan. ) Layer in a 9x13 un-greased pan: 1/2 chicken, 1/2 tortillas, 1/2 sauce, 1/2 cheese. Repeat layers. Place dish in jelly roll pan lined with aluminum foil to catch any drips. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes, until bubbles. Let sit for a few minutes before serving with sour cream.

Chicken Enchiladas


1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can creamed corn
1/3 cup chopped green onions
3 Tbs. taco or fajita seasoning mix
2 cans (5oz) premium chunk chicken (you can use reg. cooked chicken)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup canned ripe olives, sliced (optional)
10-12 flour tortillas


Mix first 8 ingredients using only half the cheese. Spread 1/2 cup chicken mixture on each tortilla. Roll up and place side seam down in a 9x13 baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas filled. Pour remaining mixture on top. Top with remaining cheese and olives. Microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until heated through.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Olive Garden

In your stand-mixer or breadmachine, mix together:
1 1/3 cups of water
4 tsp soft butter
4 cups of flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast

Step 1:

Olive Garden Breadsticks, Pizza Hut Cheesesticks recipe picture 2Then, roll it out into a log and divide it into 16 pieces.

Roll these pieces into cigar-shaped sticks ofbread.
Arrange on a baking sheet.

Step 2:

Olive Garden Breadsticks, Pizza Hut Cheesesticks recipe picture 3Cover, and let rise for 45 minutes.

Step 3:

Olive Garden Breadsticks, Pizza Hut Cheesesticks recipe picture 4Preheat your oven to 400*F.

Use your brush to butter each stick, saving some butter for later. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Step 4:

Olive Garden Breadsticks, Pizza Hut Cheesesticks recipe picture 5Cook for 15 minutes.

Remove, then brush twice more and add another sprinkling of kosher salt and a light sprinkle of garlic powder.

Tada! Olive Garden breadsticks.

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup by Todd Wilbur




  1. 1
    Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. 2
    Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  3. 3
    Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
  4. 4
    Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. 5
    Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  6. 6
    Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.