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Classin it up with balsamic chicken October 22, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 3:35 pm
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I have a deep and intense love for Italian food but absolutely hate the work that generally goes into making it, let’s just say I’m an expert on ordering take out manicotti but couldn’t make it if I tried. But in an attempt to be more fiscally responsible when my most recent pasta craving hit I decided to try my hand at a meal on my own. I got this recipe from my mom and love the bold flavors in the sauce. It is probably one of the easier things I’ve made in awhile but it sure didn’t look like it when I showed it off proudly to my roommates. This dish smells AMAZING when you’re cooking it and took me no time at all. My only complaint with the original recipe is it’s timing was off for me. It said to simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, mine was a paste in about 5. I’m not sure if that’s because I diced the chicken (I prefer that over strips which you end up cutting anyway) or what, but keep that in mind when you’re timing things.

The original recipe is here, but this is so good I’ll definitely keep the recipe in rotation: (note the picture I’m showing is not my plate but the one from the original recipe, my crappy phone camera couldn’t capture the deliciousness the same way)

Braised Balsamic Chicken Recipe

Balsamic Chicken and Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts (I cut mine up into bite sized chunks)
  • 1 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (the recipe said thinly sliced, I diced mine)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (I would recommend petite diced if you’re like me and don’t like large chunks of tomato)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 package noodles of choice (spaghetti worked fine for me but it’s judge free if you want to use something else)

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with garlic salt. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, and brown the onion and seasoned chicken breasts.
  2. Pour tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken, and season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes.
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Alfredo Sauce for Beginners June 12, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 7:54 pm
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While I may not be Italian I absolutely love Italian food. But Italian food and I have a sort of love hate relationship, I love eating it but I hate making it. I was home the other day though and my mom ended up making chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo for dinner, it was AH-MAZING, while the chicken is way out of my cooking league the alfredo recipe was surprisingly easy to follow. The recipe came from allrecipes.com, here it is!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat
  • Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with a wire whisk (when I did it the cream cheese and butter didn’t really mix together, so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little separated)
  • Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to get out the lumps
  • Stir parmesan cheese and pepper in
  • Stir until the sauce reaches the desired thickness

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Smores Bites May 9, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 7:48 pm
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One of my absolute favorite things about the summer is smores. I’m generally not an advocate of camping (bugs and I don’t get along) but I would kill for a toasted marshmallow. That’s why when I found this recipe the other day I was beyond thrilled, and slightly skeptical, of a smore that could be made indoors. I tried it though and they are insanely good and so easy! It’s almost like the real deal (a little less messy) but it’s a good fix for when you can’t make it to your nearest campsite to make a fire. Give it a shot, I got the original recipe here:

Ingredients
6 graham cracker sheets*, or 12 Saltine or Ritz Crackers (or as many as you wish)
6 large marshmallows (enough to fit your crackers)
12 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped (enough to top your crackers)

Directions:
1. Break graham cracker sheets in half.

2. Using clean scissors (or a clean knife) cut each marshmallow into 2 halves.

3. Heat oven to Low Broil.

4. Align graham crackers in the center of a cookie sheet about 1/2″ apart from each other.

5. Top each graham cracker with a marshmallow with the cut/sticky side down.

6. Place marshmallow topped graham crackers under broiler (turn oven light on if you have one) DON’T WALK AWAY, watch them closely as they will toast quickly, allow to toast until golden rotating pan with oven mitt as needed.

7. Once golden immediately remove from oven, place 1 Kiss in the center of each toasted marshmallow and gently press down.  For best results serve warm, just like a real S’more

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies March 16, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 8:56 pm
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Happy almost Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! I was feeling like making a dessert last night and felt like it was close enough to Saint Patrick’s Day to make it an Irish dessert! These brownies turned out AMAZING warning: they are incredibly addictive! I got the original recipe here. Give them a try:

Ingredients:

  • Brownie Mix
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s
  • 1 teaspoon brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Mix the brownies mix, 1/2 cup Bailey’s, vegetable oil, and 2 eggs. Bake them for the time and at the temperature suggested for the brownies
  • Mix the milk, 2 tablespoons Baileys, and brewed coffee in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave it roughly a minute, until it’s boiling. Let it cool to room temperature
  • Mix the butter and confectioners’ sugar and the butter. Next add the Bailey’s mixture and the vanilla extract.
  • Spread the frosting onto the brownies and enjoy!
 

Baked Parmesan Tilapia March 7, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:58 pm
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One of my favorite things about having fish for dinner is how quickly it thaws when it’s frozen. It is my go to whenever I’m running late, starving, and forgot to plan ahead. Normally I just throw some marinade on it, I found this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it! The original recipe called for thyme but I didn’t have any so I just used basil and oregano and it worked out fine!  Give it a try and tell us what you think:

Baked Parmesan Tilapia:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tilapia fillets
  • 1 Tbspbutter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 clove mincedgarlic
  • 1/8 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 cupParmesan cheese; grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Put on a baking sheet (spray the non-stick spray first) and bake for 10-12 minutes (it doesn’t have anything on it right now, add salt and pepper if you want but I didn’t and it turned out fine)
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, basil, oregano and parmesan cheese together.
  4. Once the fish is done (my mom says fish is done when it’s flaky, so that’s the standard I use), spread the mixture over it and let it sit in the oven for another 3 minutes.

Original recipe from: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/198891/Easy-Baked-Parmesan-Tilapia

 

Salsa Chicken

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:56 pm
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This chicken recipe is a fun fiesta recipe! Alright I’ll stop the terrible puns now, but seriously though this chicken recipe is awesome. It was so full of flavor! This is my moms recipe so give it a shot with a side of rice or nachos!

Ingredients:
– 1/4 pack of taco seasoning mix
-Salsa
-Shredded cheese (any blend)
1 chicken breast

Directions:
-sprinkle the taco seasoning mix ontonthe chicken
-brown the chicken in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side, this locks in the taco flavor.
-put the chicken in a pan and pour salsa over top
-place in oven and cook at 375 for about 30 minutes or unil the chicken is done.
-sprinkle cheese on top and put back in the oven for 3 minutes.

And you’re done! Enjoy!

 

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Cheddar Chicken February 20, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 4:09 am
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This recipe is so delicious! It tastes great and is so easy to make! My one issue was the bottom was a little soggy, if you have a rack to put the chicken on and than put into a pan I’d recommend that, however soggy bottom or not, this chicken tasted great!Here’s the recipe:

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4 buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed
2 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 clove garlic, (I bought a small container of chopped garlic awhile ago and it’s served me well for things like this)
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Heat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Dip the chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers adhere. When I did this very little stayed on, so I just patted a majority of the mixture onto the chicken when I put it on the baking sheet.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Enjoy!