Monday, August 26, 2013

We LOVE Sriracha!

We LOVE Sriracha so much I get the big bottles and still can't seem to keep them around long enough. So when I came across this recipe for Sriracha Chicken, I knew I found a winner! The combination of the spicy, sweet and salty mixture was just perfect! I added some bell peppers and mushrooms for extra flavor and served my chicken over rice noodles. A quick and yummy weeknight dinner!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I Discovered Cheddar Cheese Soup!

I can't believe that after years of cooking with Cream of Mushroom Soup, I never discovered Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup until now! This isn't the ordered cheese flavor either. It's the Nacho Fiesta kind and it was PERFECT in tonight's Cheesy Beef and Bowties! Oh YEA! Talk about Sunday Night Done RIGHT!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nothing Says "We Will Miss U" Like Shortbread Cookies!

I received a set of cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma a while ago called Message in a Cookie. Unfortunately I can't link it because the product is no longer available. :( They're basically a set of 3 cookie cutters in the shapes of a rectangle, a heart and a star. The unique thing about them is that they have a press where you can insert letters and make your own greetings. Tonight, I made "We Will Miss U" Cookies for our Farewell Interns Lunch tomorrow. The recipe is a simple Shortbread Cookie but of course, the key to any cutout cookie recipe is patience, which I don't really have. Do you KNOW how long 2 hours of dough chilling feels like to me? TOTALLY worth it though!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Just Ranching It!

If we lived in Hidden Valley, my hubby would still not eat veggies but Hidden Valley Ranch and sausage, now that's a winner! I also added some mushrooms to make it seem a bit healthier. :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

You'll NEVER Guess THIS Came from a BOX!

Does this meal look like it came from a box? I doubt it but it certainly started there! I took a box of Mac and Cheese and turned it into a gourmet meal with ground beef, mushrooms, chili flakes and just to take it over the top, a BIG FRIED EGG! OH YEA!

It's My Birthday!

Better late than never right? Here are a couple of pictures from my birthday back in June. The first is me and my gf's at Tres and the other is me, my mom and my hubby at MY China. Fun times!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hillshire Farms...GO MEAT...I mean SAUSAGE!

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Coconut Curry and add some pineapples to the mix and I'm sold! Tonight we enjoyed a VERY yummy Coconut Curry Chicken Sausage Skillet served over rice noodles. (You can't really see the noodles under all that delicious sauce but trust me, we figured out how to get every last drop!)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

We're Never Without Heinz!

My hubby LOVES Heinz Ketchup! I mean, he'll literally put it on anything and everything so we're never without an ample supply. That's why I knew any recipe featured on their website would be a winner like tonight's Beef and Zucchini Pasta except instead of zucchini, I added mushrooms instead. The verdict? As yummy as I expected if not more and yes, you can totally taste the ketchup!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Delmonte-Inspired Dinner

Tonight's dinner was inspired by Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry from Delmonte's website. I just made a few minor changes like using Honey-Roasted Chicken Strips and adding mushrooms. I also served the chicken over rice noodles cuz my hubby LOVES that stuff!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu in Pasta Form!

This is a recipe that I came up with using some of my favorite convenience items like Foster Farms Crispy Chicken Strips and Pasta Roni Shells. I'm also a big fan of the salad bar where I picked up cooked ham and mushrooms. VERY easy and totally tastes like Chicken Cordon Bleu!


1 Tbsp oil 
1/2 c cooked ham, diced
4 crispy chicken strips, chopped into bite-size 
1/2 c mushrooms, sliced
Pasta Roni Shells, cooked 
1/4 c Mozzarella cheese, shredded 
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


1. In a pan, heat oil on medium. Add ham, chicken and mushrooms. Cook until mushroom is softened.

2. Stir in pasta and Mozzarella and cook until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Easy Beefy Mac and Cheesy!

Like my "Cheesy" title? LOL. Tonight we had a very easy but very yummy dinner. Delmonte's Beef Mac and Cheese featuring ground beef, Italian-style tomatoes and of course, lots of CHEESE! AND just for kicks, I added mushrooms too cuz that's just how I roll!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cajun-Style Fettuccine

We LOVE Cajun flavors cuz well, it's SPICY! Ok, I'm sure this isn't authentic but I figured if I add paprika and cayenne, I'm getting close! Tonight's dinner features Fettuccine with grilled chicken, mushrooms and bell peppers. ALL that in less than 20 minutes. Not THAT'S impressive!


1 Tbsp butter
1/2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 c bell pepper, diced
1/4 c onion, diced
1 c diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Cooked chicken, cubed
Fettuccine, cooked


  1. In a pan, melt margarine over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, bell pepper and onion; cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.

  1. Stir in tomatoes, milk, paprika and cayenne. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

  1. Reduce heat. Cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in fettuccine and chicken. Cook uncovered until thoroughly heated. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ground Beef - Tagine Style!

My hubby LOVES ground beef so I'm always looking for new ways to cook with it. I found a recipe for Beef Tagine and couldn't wait to try it! I mean, right when I saw the words cinnamon, apricots and raisins, I was sold! We also really love couscous so this was a no-brainer. The verdict? INCREDIBLE! I left out the chickpeas because we're just not a fan but everything else was just perfect!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Not So Original Ranch Beef and Noodles Skillet

I came across this Ranch Beef and Noodles Skillet from Hidden Ranch and couldn't wait to try it. I mean, ground beef and Ranch Dressing? How can that NOT be good? Well, mine wasn't made with the Original Hidden Ranch (hence the Not So Original title) because I used the generic Safeway brand. (Hey, I'm cheap!) It turned out amazing! Creamy and flavorful and of course, I had to add a bit of a spicy kick with some Crushed Red Chili Flakes!

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