Caprese Chicken

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Tomato + Basil + Mozzarella on top of ANYTHING is good. Or good in anything in general. My tomatoes in my garden are FINALLY turning red, half of them anyway.... but some also have some teeth marks in them. So, I don't trust those. I also have an abundance of basil in the garden right now and have been making lots of pesto. Pesto on top of mozzarella and tomatoes would be good too. This is so simple to make. I just used a bottle of Italian dressing to marinade the chicken in. You could use … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Couscous with Apricots and Pistachio

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This meal has probably been one of the best meals we've had in a long time. Really impressed. I had to have a bite of everything together, the couscous, chicken, glaze, and grilled apricots. Bobby Flay really nailed this one and it's pretty healthy too. The only part I didn't like was boiling the vinegar. Ben got a really good woof of that when he came back from setting the grill up. Not a pretty smell, but it sure does make a really good glaze for the chicken when it's all cooked down. I … [Read more...]

Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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Sadly, I had to eat this dish all by myself. I wish I could have shared it with somebody because it was so good. My husband wouldn't eat it because he's lactose intolerant. Guess he's missing out! I think it would suck to be allergic to dairy. I just love cheese so much. I love Food Network dearly and I thought the decision they made with Paula Deen was a little unfair and now Smithfield is doing the same thing. People make mistakes and she apologized. Robert Irvine lied on his resume but … [Read more...]

Beer Can Chicken

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I am so excited about having a smoker. So far we've tried salmon, pulled pork (which was the best pulled pork I've ever had) and a whole chicken. Seriously, you have not had good pulled pork until you've tried it smoked. Pulled pork made in the crock pot just doesn't do any justice. It was over cooked a tad, but man was it really good. I used the left over smoked salmon to put on bagels with sour cream and chive cream cheese. Having a smoker is well worth it. You can smoke so many different … [Read more...]

Easy Chicken Cordon Blue

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I've been messing with different camera lenses lately. I really do like how close up I can get to the food pictures I take using my macro lens, but then I also like my 55 mm lens. You can pretty much do anything with your picture if you have a 55 mm lens. That is if you have the largest file size setting your camera can go pixel wise. The part I like most about using my 55mm lens is being able to zoom in really close to something, almost as if I was taking pictures with my macro lens and just … [Read more...]

Orange Chicken

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Whenever I stop at Trader Joe's in Minneapolis, I have to pick up at least 3 bags of their Mandarin Orange Chicken. I haven't been able to get there for awhile, and I was craving it, so I decided to try making my own. This recipe is just as good as the Mandarin Chicken at Trader Joe's. What I like most about the Mandarin chicken at Trader Joe's is, how simple it is to make. You just cook the chicken in the oven, heat the sauce up in the microwave, and they even have those rice packets you can … [Read more...]

Mustard Spanked Chiken + a giveaway (contest closed)

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  Oh, Chicken, did you just cluck at me?" Crap. "No, " I squawk hoarsely. "I believe you did. Yes, you did. You remember what I said I'd do to you if you clucked?" If you make this chicken for your loved one, he will cluck because it is good, but don't kiss him because the chicken is coated in garlic. The skin was very crispy and flavorful and the chicken turned out so juicy and moist.  You can mess with the different types of mustards and herbs used in the recipe. I used … [Read more...]

Chicken Baked in Cornflake Crumbs

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What can I say about this recipe? It tasted like corn flakes on top of chicken and that was it. The cornflakes on the bottom of the chicken were soggy and not crispy at all. Ben suggested to cook it on a wire rack. Not really sure if I'd make this again. I really wanted to like this recipe because usually  I've liked most of Trisha Yearwood's recipes of hers that I've tried so far. They're such easy recipes. I like the idea of this though. I want to try it using different flavored potato chips.  … [Read more...]