Category Archives: Cooking

Chicken – A new spin with some of my favorite ingredients!

I love garlic.  If you don’t, then you can simply stop reading now in an effort to find a new recipe.  However, if you love great flavors and you love garlic for flavor you must add these ingredients to your shopping list ASAP as you will get wonderful results and have a meal that will leave your family, or company asking for the recipe.  And, they’ll want more!

It is no secret I am a huge fan of Ina Garten and all her cooking expertise.  As I was watching a DVR’d episode of her show Barefoot Contessa recently, I saw her making Lemon Chicken Breasts.  I was half-way paying attention because I’ve made many of her chicken dishes before and thought this was just like the ones I had made already.  But, when I saw that she was using chicken breasts, rather than a whole chicken, that got my attention.  Then I noticed she was preparing it differently than other recipes I had seen, and it looked like I should try it!

Well, I did!  I made it this past weekend when friends of ours were coming over for a Saturday evening meal to just relax and enjoy.  I found the preparation of this Lemon Chicken to be very easy.  Sometimes I find lemon to be a flavor that I’m not sure I really enjoy with meats/seafood.  But in this dish, it was spot on, perfect, and wonderfully scrumptious.

Substitutions:  I didn’t have on hand the wine called for in the recipe, therefore I substituted chicken broth for the wine.  My chicken breasts were thinly sliced, therefore they cooked more quickly than the time in the recipe.  Aside from these minor changes, I made it exactly as written and am here again to say that I love Ina Garten!~

Easy Preparation: – This was very easy to put together.  I had it ready in my 9 x 13 pan about 3 hours before I was ready to cook it.  So, when it was time to finalize the meal, all I had to do was pop it out of the refrigerator, and pop it in the oven and cook it up.  That extra time of soaking in the marinade surely made it absorb even more into the chicken and caused the flavors to really marry.

Click here for the Lemon Chicken Breast recipe by Ina Garten.

Happy Cooking!


A great Super Bowl Recipe to Share – Buffalo Chicken Dip!!!

I had this recently, made by my friend Laura, and I have to tell you that I LOVED IT! I am not a lover of spicy foods, by any stretch of the imagination. So, when I tell you that you’ve got to try this, I promise.  I am not trying to make any converts out there for those that aren’t fans of spicy foods, but it is just tame enough that it won’t leave you needing to drink a gallon of water, but also just enough to have that Buffalo kick :>

Laura brought it in a 9x 13 baking dish and there were only 4 of us and I knew there was going to be tons leftover. I thought, “Poor Laura….she made these great dish full….and there re only 4 of us..there is no way we can eat all that!”

But, oh I was wrong. We devoured over 3/4 of it and can I tell you how excited I am to be making it this Sunday for our little Super Bowl Party! Oh yes we are partying hard.  It will be the girls, Jules and Mahaley ( they can join the pre-7pm festivities of course!) and then it will be Wayne, and our dear friend Susan that is coming in from Columbia, SC to spend the weekend with us!

Thank you Laura for sharing the recipe with me.


(you can serve this with nachos, crackers, pretzels, or celery!)  My top pick is with pretzels and celery)

1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened (by leaving @ room temp)

2 cans (9.75 oz) Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast, drained

2/3 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (original flavor)

2/3 cup blue cheese salad dressing

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

PREPARE:  Stir cream cheese in deep baking dish until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients and bake at 350 for 20 mins until hot and bubbly.

Too easy!

The Food Network – LOVE THIS SHOW

On The Food Network, my prime guilty pleasure in life, I really enjoy a new program called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”.  It intrigues me, because each week they have a different topics, like pizza, bacon, sandwiches, for breakfast, etc..and they have all the famous Food Network chefs, hosts, stars, sharing their favorite foods at all these restaurants around America.  It’s enough to make me want to drool, but more so I keep paying attention to the cities they say the food is in, in the event I ever go to that same city myself. 

I think also on a level it makes me really thrilled to know that these restaurants that are being featured, even though it is just 1 particular celebrity chef’s opinion, are going to get heeps and heeps of business.  So kuddos to The Food Network.  I love watching this via DVR!

If you haven’t seen it, check out!  Tuesdays 930pmEastern/830pCentral

Get 10 issues of The Food Network Magazine for $1.50 each – AND Frozen Lemonade Pie

The title alone got my attention as I was reading this month’s Food Network Magazine.

Frozen Lemonade Pie ( I wrongfully called this Iced Lemonade Pie on my facebook earlier today..)

This week while I am on vacation and was in Wal-Mart, I totally treated myself and bought The Food Network magazine that was at the check-out stand. It first got my attention because Ina Garten was on the cover in a small spot towards the top.  Then it was such a thick magazine, and only $3.99, that I decided to give it a try!  And let me tell you I love it…And I just put in the mailbox this morning the awesome deal to get 10 issues of the magazine for only $15.  That breaks down to $1.50 a magazine.  What a great investment into my kitchen and more importantly my creative juices in the kitchen!  Go pick up your magazine…..!

If you want to get a FREE TRIAL copy of the magazine to see what you think , click here.