Heather Moore
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Posts from January 2014

BLT Wraps

All your party guests will pick up one or two of these to enjoy with the game for sure!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 flour tortillas (8-in), room temp
16 bacon strips, cooked and drained
2 to 3 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups chopped tomato

Combine mayo, sour cream, salad dressing mix and red pepper flakes; spread on tortillas.  Layer with bacon, lettuce and tomato.  And roll 'em up. 

(Of course you can use more bacon!)

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Reuben Cheese Spread

Set this dip up a few hours before the game in your slow cooker and it'll be all ready to go at kickoff!

2-1/2 cups cubed cooked corned beef
1 can (14 oz) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Snack rye bread

In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine the corned beef, sauerkraut, cheeses and mayonnaise.  Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm with rye bread.

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Curry Chicken

Spice it up at the table with crushed red pepper flakes, if you dare!

1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tsp curry powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp canola oil
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup chopped tomato

Cook rice according to package directions.  Sprinkle the chicken with curry, salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, saute chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink.

Stir in coconut milk and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened.  Add the spinach and tomato; cook for 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.  Serve with rice.

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Spaghetti and fresh tomatoes

Did you catch Paul and Ringo on the Grammys last night?  Paul McCartney is a big supporter of the "Meat-Free Monday" movement.  (And while I am not a vegetarian, I do enjoy the monetary savings of going meat-free once a week!)

1 package (16 oz) spaghetti
2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
12 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1-1/4 cups julienned fresh basil
1 can (2-1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
4 tsp balsalmic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, olives, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Drain spaghetti; add to tomato mixtue and toss to combine.  Cook garlic in oil over medium heat until tender. Pour over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat.

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Fancy like a restaurant dish but tasty like homemade!

1 package (12 oz) fettuccine
8 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
Additional shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions.  In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp.  Remove to paper towels to drain, reserving 1-2 tbsp drippings.

Saute the chicken in drippings until no longer pink.  Add the mushrooms and green onions; cook until mushrooms are tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Stir in the cream, cheese, paprika and pepper.  Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.  Stir in the bacon.

Drain fettuccine; place in a serving bowl.  Add the chicken mixture; toss to coat.  Garnish with additional cheese.

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Scalloped Potato Chili

Even people who don't like "soups" will like this meat-and-potatoes pleaser!

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 cans (16 oz each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) stewed tomatoes
1 package (5-1/4 oz) scalloped potatoes
1 can (8 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp chili powder
Shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the beans, tomatoes, contents of the potato package, mushrooms, water, salt and chili powder; bring to a boil.  reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Sprinkle with cheese.

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Quick Pizza Sammies

It's a fast weeknight meal the whole family will love!

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1-1/2 cups pizza sauce
1 loaf (16 oz) French bread, halved lengthwise and sliced into four portions
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Mix the beef and seasonings just until combined.  Divide into twelve portions (each sandwich gets three mini-patties).

In a large skillet, cook patties for 3 to 5 minutes on each side; drain.  Pour pizza sauce over patties and heat through.  Spoon onto French bread; sprinkle with cheese.

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Chicken Soup

Now that I am on the mend, thought I'd share my simple chicken soup recipe that never fails to help me feel better.

2 cups chicken broth
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 celery stalk, sliced
1/4 cup sliced baby carrots
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup wide egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste, plus saltine crackers if you like them

Saute the veggies in oil in a large saucepan until crisp-tender.  Add broth and bring to a boil.  Add the chicken breast and reduce heat to a simmer.  Once the breast is cooked, remove it from pan and shred it.  Return chicken to pan and add noodles; simmer until noodles are tender.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Eat with crackers.  Make sure to drink all the broth in your bowl!!!
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Favorite "Guilty Pleasure" Driving music!

A survey by Insurance.com also asked 2,000 people what they consider to be their "guilty pleasure" to listen to while driving.  In other words, stuff that they SECRETLY LOVE jamming out to in the car. Any of these on your “Secret” list? ~Dennis
Here's the Top 10:
1.  Bruno Mars, 12%
2.  Taylor Swift, 12%
3.  Lady Gaga, 11%
4.  Journey, 9%
5.  Katy Perry, 9%
6.  Coldplay, 8%
7.  Justin Bieber, 7%
8.  Madonna, 6%
9.  NPR (National Public Radio), 6%  (???)
10.  Rush Limbaugh, 5%
An overall breakdown for men and women wasn't provided, but the site notes that the most-popular "write-in" choices for WOMEN were "gospel music" and EMINEM, and the most-popular write-ins for MEN were ADELE and TUPAC.

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Caesar Chicken Burgers

Everything you love about a chicken caesar salad plus it's on a handy-dandy bun!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
4 slices red onion
2 tbsp butter, softened
4 hamburger buns, split
2 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing, divided

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken over medium heat until juices run clear, turning chicken at least once.  Remove and keep warm.  Cook the onion slices in the same skillet until tender.

Spread butter over cut sides of buns.  Place buttered side up on an ungreased baking sheet.  Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 1 minute or until golden brown.

Toss romaine lettuce with Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup dressing; spoon onto bun bottoms.  Top with onions, chicken and remaining dressing.  Replace bun tops and serve!

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