Taco Pie

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This is a pretty fun take on tacos. The next time you have taco night with your family, try making a taco pie instead. You take a can of crescent rolls and press them into a pie pan and then layer on the beef, cheese and tortilla chips.  I used the garlic butter crescent rolls instead of just the plain crescent rolls and I think the garlic flavor helped make this pie even better. Once the pie comes out you can top it with your favorite Taco toppings. I recommend taco sauce. We didn’t have any in our house, and now I wish we did. It would have made this taco pie really good. I’d make this again. Maybe with some beans and corn inside the meat sauce next time.

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Taco pie recipe adapted from Taste and Tell

Taco Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 can crescrent rolls (8oz)
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • your favorite taco toppings

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Step 2
In a skillet, cook the ground beef until browned and cooked through. Add in the taco seasoning and the salsa and cook until warmed through.
Step 3
Unroll the crescent rolls. Separate the dough into 8 triangles. Line the pie dish with the triangles, with the small point at the bottom middle of the dish and the wide end at the top. Press the edges together.
Step 4
Pour the cooked beef mixture onto the crust. Sprinkle the crushed chips over the top of the beef. Drop the sour cream in dollops over the chips and gently spread. Top with the cheddar cheese.
Step 5
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve topped with lettuce, tomatoes and avocados.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I’ve been sick lately and haven’t been in the mood to cook anything until tonight. Being sick around Christmas time sucks. I was supposed to go to my cousin’s in Grand Forks, ND but I didn’t, because I didn’t want to get my whole entire family sick. They were having prime rib and my Mom said that it was fantastic when she got back on Christmas day. Hopefully getting sick around Christmas time doesn’t become an annual thing…..

This has been one of the best recipes on pinterest I’ve found in quite a long time. I think I look at pinterest too much during the day, because I’ve noticed that a lot of recipes get pinned over and over again. Every once and awhile, I’ll find something good I want to try though.

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The rice reminded me of the rice they served at the Habachi restaurant I went to at the beginning of this month. The only thing that was missing was the butter, so I added a tablespoon. I swear, I think when I saw them making it, they added a whole stick. The sweat and sour chicken was great too. You could totally cheat with this recipe and buy some of those chicken bites in the store that are already breaded and just dump the sauce over that. I will be making this recipe again. The next time you feel like going out for Chinese food stay at home and make it instead. You probably already have a lot of the ingredients on hand. Having frozen peas, carrots, and onions in the freezer always helps too! Here is the recipe. The recipe for the fried rice can be found at the link below too.

Recipe from Life as a Loft House

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bonless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup

Directions

Step 1
Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
Step 2
Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through.
Step 3
Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

 

Pretzel M&M Hugs

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I’ve been seeing a lot of pretzel creations on the Internet lately and this is one of them, thought I’d jump on the bandwagon myself. I went to three different stores looking for the round pretzels and no luck so I opted for the Christmas pretzels. The round ones actually work better because the hugs settle in there so nicely. All you do is place a hershey kiss on top of the pretzel and melt them in the oven for 4 to 6 minutes at 200 degrees, and once they come out you place an M & M on top of them. Super easy and it doesn’t require mixing anything in a bowl. What other pretzel creations will they come up with next?

 

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Pretzel M&M Hugs

Ingredients

  • Hershey chocolate kisses
  • M&M candies
  • Round or square pretzels

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Step 2
Place pretzels down on a cookie sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Put a Hershey kiss in the middle of each pretzel. Let the hershey kisses melt in the oven for 4 to 6 minutes. Immediately after the pretzel and hershey kisses come out of the oven place an M&M on top.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy

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This recipe intrigued me because I never had tried making candy in my crock pot before. I read some of the reviews on Food Network’s website and decided to change a few things. 1. Check the chocolate every hour and 2. I used only 1 pound of peanuts.

I learned that your crock pot can be a good way to temper chocolate. However, this recipe can be made in about 20 minutes on the stove top. I don’t have one of those fancy crock pots where you can set the timer to however long the recipe takes. I think it’s time to upgrade my crock pot. Mine only has 4 settings: Keep Warm, Low, High, and Off. Is there crock pots out there where you can set the temperature of it? Best Buy has a crock pot with 7 different settings on it for $80.00 and it had a timer.  That would be really nice to have.

The recipe states that this chocolate takes 3 hours to melt in the crock pot. That is WAY to long. My chocolate was done melting in an 1hr and 30 minutes. It’s a pretty easy recipe too, just chocolate and peanuts. Next time, I may try adding other ingredients to it or try different chocolate.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy recipe from Trisha Yearwood

Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds dry roasted salted peanuts
  • 4 ounces german sweet chocolate
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 pounds almond bark

Directions

Step 1
Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips and then the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.
Step 2
After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners.