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Monkeys can make flautas!

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My kids love to help me cook. I, on the other hand prefer to cook alone, with no one in the kitchen bothering me.  Last night, I asked my monkeys to help me make flautas and they were all for it. I even had the monkey boy plate the food and take pictures for me.
I am not super nice mom. I have never made flautas before so I figured a kid and a toddler couldn’t make it any worse or better than I would on my first time. So what the heck!

Here is how I made my first…..our first chicken flautas…..

2 bone-in chicken breasts
2 tablespoons tomatoe and chicken bouillon
1tablespoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chopped garlic or garlic powders
Tooth picks
Cooking oil
Corn tortillas
Toppings: Cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and salsa

In medium pot bring 3 cups of water, bouillon, coriander, garlic and half of the cumin to a boil. Add chicken and cook on low for an hour or until done and tender. Remove chicken and allow it to cool down.
Shred the chicken into thin strands and season it with salt, pepper, and the rest of the cumin.
In a pan or pot, fill with 2 cups of oil and turn heat on to medium. In another pan or tortilla cast iron thingamajigger that I need in my kitchen, heat your tortillas one by one. I have seen recipes that call for heating them in oil before later dropping them in oil……not necessary.
Roll about a spoonful of chicken into a tortilla and stick a toothpick through it to hold it together. (On a side note, my best friends family makes these and somehow, they don’t need tooth picks.) Repeat and make about 20 flautas.Then drop them in the oil for about 2-3 minutes and remove.
Top with Cheddar or pepper jack cheese, guacamole and sour cream and shredded lettuce.
My diva daughter and monkey boy enjoyed shredding the chicken, seasoning it and rolling the meat in the tortilla for me. I am starting to think I contributed much less than them.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Hot Mama

Growing up, one of the outings I looked forward to most was getting good grades then celebrating at one of my fave restaurants.

Usually it was a Chinese spot, but sometimes I craved those yummy Biscuits from Red Lobster. (Oh, the joys of living in Suburbia)

To this day, I still get a hunger for those yummy buttery bites of goodness.

I was super excited when i stumbled upon this recipe from Gimme Some Oven for the Red Lobster biscuits.

They are super easy and turned out great.

Todd Wilbur, author of “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes” has a recipe too. His calls for butter in the biscuit mix, which I will def try next. You can get his recipe from his GMA apperance HERE.

If you get the craving, here’s the ones I just made from Gimme Some Oven:

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
(Adapted from Joyful Abode

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Classy Chic & Chardonnay

As a kid growing up in a house of five kids it was every man for themselves when it came to getting the “good” food… and one of the items that would disappear from the pantry the quickest was always pop tarts. Blueberry, Strawberry, S’more, it didn’t matter the flavor; the sweet breakfast treats were a treasure. Over the weekend I decided I wanted to try to make my own version of the quick tart. I had some leftover pie crust in the fridge, nutella in the cabinet and I had recently purchased strawberries so I had the brilliant idea to put them together and let me tell you… it was a little piece of heaven in my mouth when I bit into it. Just like the store bought pop tarts they tasted good hot or cold but if you want a real mouth full of joy, bake these and…

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

On my list of recipes to try this week!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

We’ve had a really mild winter, which is pretty normal in these parts. But on a recent weekend when the temperature dropped into the 30s we were craving some comfort food and something hot out of the oven.

Twice-baked potatoes

  • 3 medium white potatoes
  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, or milk
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar
  • 1/8 tsp black truffle salt (optional see note)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bake potatoes at 400 until done, about 45 minutes. In the meantime, saute mushrooms in a tablespoon of butter until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Place the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large bowl to soften. When potatoes are done, cut them in half and scoop the flesh into the bowl, reserving the skins. Scoop as much flesh out as possible without tearing the skin. Mash potatoes with butter…

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

I am gonna try it.

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I tried another recipe off of Pinterest! Look at me actually making use of Pinterest and not just pinning it all. I found a yummy recipe for zucchini chips and made a few modifications. They are delicious and so easy to make, I have had them twice this week already!

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Basil
  • Margarine spray
  • Aluminum foil

Steps

1)      Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray with a nonstick butter spray

2)      Slice zucchini thinly and place on foil

3)      Spritz each slice with a little butter spray.

4)      Cook zucchini in hot oven for about three minutes, remove tray from oven

5)      Put a pinch of each cheese on each slice

6)      Sprinkle basil over slices

7)      Put back in oven under broiler

8)      Cook until cheese is melted and gets little crispy

 

Try it sometime! Great as a snack or as a…

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
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My son took a picture of his food….”just like you take pictures of your food mommy”

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Bringing that Rude boy home

So when I am not out ordering Rude Boy Chicken or anything else off of a menu, I am trying to find the best way to recreate a favorite dish I have ordered from a restaurant. I found a great Jamaican rub at a local grocery store. I am going to also try to make my own rub, but that’s another entry.

It is super easy and you can bake or grill your chicken. You can buy peices or use a whole chicken. Bone in or out, it has been delicious everytime I use the rub. Today,  I am using a whole chicken. The steps are simple and so are the ingredients. You can tweak the recipe to your liking. My kids love this because it is not as spicy as the chicken I ate (and of course let them taste) at Jamaican Gates. I made this with wings and sprinkled shredded Parmesan on top (like Buttons Restaurant in the DFW area serves theirs.). My mom and brother loved them.

•2-4 pound whole chicken

•1/3 cup of Adams Reserve™ Jamaican Jerk Rub

•1/4 cup of Olive oil

A small orange or a sweet apple.

Couple cloves of garlic

I mix the oil, the chopped garlic, and rub in a little bowl. Just so you know, the rub already has garlic in it. I adore garlic so I always add more. Then I just massage the chicken with my mixture. I get it all under the skin, around it and inside the chicken. I slice up most of the orange and cover the chicken with it. If its really small I grab another orange and put it inside the chicken. Most of the time I prep the chicken and keep it in the fridge for a day.  But if I am needing instant gratification for something sweet and spicy I just pop it in the oven. the flavor isn’t as intense but it’s still pretty good. All that’s left to do is bake it on 350 for 2 hours or more depending on how many pounds your chicken is.

You can serve it with steamed rice and cabbage with some ground ginger, salt and pepper sprinkled on top. If you are pressed for time like me, just grab a bag of 3 color deli Cole slaw in the packaged cabbage section and steam that in some chicken broth and fresh or ground ginger. You can also fry some bananas or plantains too. Its a tasty filling dinner that requires little thought, money, or time.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized