TO DIE FOR – Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo – soooo easy!

Ok guys, here is my recipe for Shrimp Fettucini alfredo that is TO DIE FOR and as always it’s super cheap and easy!! I don’t currently have a pic of the finished product or even the cooking steps yet because it was devoured in no time flat and I was too impatient to try ! I wanted to eat it NOW! It’s that good. You will be surprised at how super simple, with very few ingredients it is , and you will never touch a “jar” of alfredo sauce again! (eeeeewww!) I’ll come back and add some more pics next time I make it.

So here we go!

1 pound fetuchini noodles – cooked

12 TBS of unsalted REAL Butter

1 1/3 cups of  HEAVY whipping cream. (NOT half and half, its just not the same!)

6 cloves of garlic

10 oz of  shaved or shredded parmesan cheese (two 5 oz containers shown below) (I prefer the SHAVED as seen in the picture, melts sooo much smoother!)

14 oz of uncooked peeled shrimp, or more if you prefer! 🙂

 

these are the brands I use, all found at walmart….

 

thats it! here’s how it goes down……

 

The big secret here is to cook it all LOW AND SLOW. let each step take it’s time.

Step 1. melt 12 Tbs of butter in a med. size sauce pan. on LOW heat!

Step 2. using a garlic press, mince  6 garlic cloves. add them to the butter. now SLOWLY let it simmer, stirring occasionally. let the juices cook out of the garlic for several min. you need to keep a good watch so as not to burn it. once you see that the garlic pieces are shrinking and things might be turning just the slightest bit brown then…..

Step 3. pour in 1 1/3 cups of heavy whipping cream. stir continuously until the cream heats up. (keep the burner on low!)

Step 4. Once the cream is hot, start adding in your cheese. Add it in a little at a time, while constantly stirring. simmer on low for about 10 min or so, stirring every min or so. you want to get all the cheese melted and thickened.

Step 5. once your noodles are ready and your sauce has thickened and simmers for a little while, add in your shrimp. Stir and cook for about 5 min until the shrimp are pink.

Step 6. remove from heat and serve over pasta !

 

THATS IT! SUPER EASY! so easy its almost not even a recipe! ha ha.  and oooooh so good! just remember, LOW and SLOW!

makes enough for a whole family. a little goes a long way!

Enjoy!

Iced Mocha Latte’s

I have been a bad girl. I told you all that I would not abandon this blog after I had opened Sweet Addictions, and here it is, six months since my last post. Forgive me! It wasn’t my intention for it to be so long. This year has just FLOWN by! Anyone else think so? It’s been so busy busy BUSY!

To make up for my procrastination, I am posting somthing that is so delicious, and so easy, and so CHEAP, you’ll have no problem forgiving me for being so late. I just know it 😉

What we have here is a Homemade Iced Mocha Latte !!  It is soooooooo yummy, any coffee lover will LURVE this! And get this, it breaks down to about $0.51  a cup! sure beats the $4.50 some “other” places charge!  To me it tastes like Starbuck’s mocha frappachinos that you buy in the glass bottle.

Also, you won’t believe how EASY they are! No special machines needed! and it takes no time at all.

Let’s get started!!

Whats needed:

1/2 cup instant coffee granules

1/2 cup boiling water

4 cups chocolate milk

2 cups cold water

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Ice

optional:

whipped cream

chocolate or caramel syrup

start by boilng 1/2 cup of water (microwave works best, cook for 1-2 min depending on your microwave). Mix in 1/2 cup of instant coffee granules until completely dissolved. Pour coffee into a large pitcher. Now pour in 4 cups of chocolate milk. I used the premade chocolate milk they sell at the grocery store. (You know, the brown jug of milk) (one half gallon will make two batches) but “homemade” chocolate milk should work fine too. Now pour in the coffee mixture, 2 cups of cold water, and one can of sweet condensed milk. Mix it all up and serve over ice! THATS IT!! Can ya believe it?!? One batch makes around 6 glasses or so, maybe more or less depending on the cups 😉 

For an extra treat, add some whipped cream, and drizzle on your favorite syrup. We like caramel and chocolate.

And of course refrigerate any leftovers.

I don’t think we’ll ever spend money on that expensive stuff again with this recipe! Who wouldn’t benifit from saving a few bucks in the coffee fund these days??

ENJOY!

2 for 1 – Thick and Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

Are you feeling the pinch of the economy? Looking for ways to stretch your grocery budget? Let’s face it, who couldn’t stand to save more money? Well here’s a wonderful recipe that not only saves you money, its EASY! Oh and did I mention its delicious too? This is a recipe that I have adapted over time starting with a soup that my mother used to make me when I was sick. I tweaked a bit to fit my current cooking style/ needs, and it’s been a hit every time!  What’s really great about this recipe is that it uses leftovers!

let’s begin!

Day 1:   

Start with two whole chicken fryers . Fryers are cheap! they run me about $3.50 – $4.00 at wally world. Rinse chickens very well inside and out. Place in baking dish breast side up.

 

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drizzle them with olive oil

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Now grab you a bottle of this:

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McCormick Grill mates Chicken Rub

 

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Evenly coat both sides of each chicken

 

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Until it looks like this

 

 

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Bake Chickens at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hour – 1 hour 45 min

 

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Carve chickens and serve!

 

AFTER DINNER:  Allow chicken carcasses and stock to cool completely

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De-bone chicken carcasses. Be careful of small bones!

 

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Tear into bite sized pieces and place pulled chicken as well as any leftover chicken from tonight’s meal into a dish. Now I must say, I feed a family of 5, and that includes a husband well over 6 feet tall, and two growing boys, (one a teenager, and one a pre-teen) PLUS we also had a guest for dinner, and we STILL managed to have this much meat left over. If for some reason you end up with not enough, it’s simple to throw in a couple cheap chicken thighs or a chicken breast if need be.

 

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Now your left with all of this wonderfully SEASONED chicken stock. Carefully go through the stock one more time checking for small bones

 

 

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Pour stock on top of chicken pieces

 

 

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Cover and refrigerate for the next day. If you are planning to freeze for a later day, I suggest refrigerating it over night first, as it makes the next step easier

 

DAY TWO

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Here is the chicken & stock after sitting overnight in the refrigerator. We want to now skim off all the yellow fat that has risen and settled on the top.

 

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So with a spoon, start skimming off the fat. It will be soft like pudding

 

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It will now look like this . The stock will have formed into a gelatin like substance. (  I know, this has not been a pretty process so far, but it gets better I promise!)  Now if you want to be able to remove even more fat, you can skip the step of pouring the stock in over the left over chicken and refrigerate them separately, but I didn’t want the chicken drying out, and preferred for them to marinate in the seasoned stock over night. Plus I don’t consider a bowl of pasta a very low fat meal to begin with, so a tiny bit of fat only adds to the flavor in my opinion, but you do whatever works best for you!

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 Pour chicken & Stock into a large pot. I tend to use my (OLD)  pressure cooker shown here, because it is a nice tall pot, which helps when doing lots of boiling. HOWEVER, if you do choose to use a pressure cooker, do not put the lid on the pressure cooker! we are just using it as a normal pot!

 

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Cover chicken and stock with water and turn on stove to medium high. (if you have numbers on your stove I use around 7 or 8  )  don’t fill the whole pot as we need room for the carrots, and you can always add more water later. As you can see here I still have a little bit of fat  in there. That part is up to you.

 

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Now Unwrap 14 or 15 Chicken flavored bouillon cubes

 

 

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Add Bouillon cubes to pot.

 

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While the pot starts to boil and melt the  stock, Slice you up a bunch of carrots. Again, how many you want is up to you. We like carrots so I use close to all of a small bag

 

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Don’t cut them too thick or they will take a long time to cook. Try to get them as even and uniform as you can so that they will all be done around the same time.

 

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Now add your carrots to the boiling pot. Let boil.

 

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Add water if needed

 

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After about 10 min or so check the carrots. You want them to be soft and cooked through.

 

 

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Once your carrots are soft, grab you a 12 oz bag of spiral noodles

 

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and dump the whole bag into the pot. yup the whole bag. The noodles cook the fastest, so it’s important to wait until the carrots are done before you add the noodles

 

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Stir everything up (hey where’s my spoon?)  And continue to boil. Stirring occasionally so that nothing sticks and burns to the bottom.

 

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Add water again whenever needed. Now we like our soup thick and chunky so I tend to let it boil down. I don’t care for soup that’s too brothy.

 

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When noodles are soft, this is what you get!  Nice thick and chunky homemade comfort food Chicken noodle soup!

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This one pot feeds all five of us, usually with a bowl or so left over for tomorrow’s lunch. It tastes as great the next day as the day you cook it, however, after it sits overnight it does soak up all the liquid. I actually like that it does that. So if you were to cook the soup the night before, you could actually use it as a noodle side dish! This meal is so versatile!

 

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So there you have it! Two chickens, two very cheap meals! Money saved with happy tummies!

I hope you will try it!

 

Lets take another look at how easy it was using such few a(and inexpensive) ingredients! TWO MEALS with only SIX  inexspensive ingredients!

 

 

Thick and chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

 

2 chicken fryers

McCormick Chicken rub

Olive oil

 

Carrots

14 chicken bouillon cubes

12 oz bag of spiral noodles

Water 

 

Wash chickens and pat dry. Place chickens in baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and cover with chicken rub seasoning. Bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours to 1 hour 45 min

Carve and serve

Cool chicken carkasses 

De bone

Pour chicken stock over remaining chicken (or skip this step and store them seperately, you choose)

Refrigerate , or freeze

 

Remove chicken fat from stock, and pour chickens/stock in large pot. Cover with water and turn on medium high. Add 14 bouillon cubes. Slice carrots and add to boiling water.  Once carrots are soft add 12 oz bag of spiral noodles. Add water if needed. Boil until noodles are soft

Serve

 

ENJOY!

 

 

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Favorite thing Friday – Nesting bowls

This installation of Favorite Thing Friday is about….

NESTING BOWLS

I love nesting bowls. Its becoming an addiction. I have been planning this post for over a month now, but wasn’t sure when it would ever get posted because I keep adding to my collection. I was surprised to see that one of my very favorite bloggers “PW”  made almost this exact same post just the other day! We even have some of the same bowls! Too cool. Maybe this will be a start of some sort of Bowl Lover Movement or something. Ooooor maybe not. But back to the topic. 

I love bowls. I love COLOR.  I love Colored bowls! I love NESTING bowls! bowls with spouts! bowls with lids! and if your really lucky, bowls with Rubber bottoms! Ooooohhhhhh aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!

In my personal opinion, you can never have enough bowls. Especially for cooking. But the fun doesn’t stop there! oh no, we use bowls for millions of things! dog bowls, bowls to hold glitter, popcorn bowls, cereal bowls, bowls to hold leggo’s, the list goes on and on! But when you are cooking, bowls of all sizes truly are a MUST! It certainly makes or breaks my cooking experience. If I can’t find a proper sized bowl for the task it throws a wrench into my whole cooking experience and brings my whole process to a screeching halt. Not that that will ever be a problem for me anymore with my ever growing collection of bowls 🙂

Let me share with you some of my favorites! (fair warning, this post is very pic heavy so please be patient!)

 

We’ll start with a set that has it all;  a handle, a spout, they have gorgeous COLOR, they nest, and have RUBBER on the bottom to prevent movement and slipping!

 

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Aren’t they beautiful?? Yes bowls can be beautiful! These “batter bowls” have such gorgeous spring colors. I purchased them “like new” on Ebay. I really really wish I knew who made them, as there are no markings on them that say where they originated from, and they are such wonderful bowls, I would love to have a back up set! But alas, I’ve never seen another set like them. Don’t they make you get excited for spring??

 

 

 

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These are fun “terra cotta” looking bowls. Bold lucious colors, they nest, which is very important, as I would not be able to store all of these bowls that I have if they didn’t nest!  These also have RUBBER on the bottom! which is an excellent feature when cracking eggs! I purchased these from Good Ol’ Wally World. Love love love these bowls!

 

 

 

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These were a fun little find. I got these at Target in the dollar spot section! I couldn’t resist the purty colors and for only one dollar! They don’t look it here, but they are large mixing bowls and are big enough for popcorn for the whole family!

 

 

 

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These are also a Wally World find. There are only two, but they nest, and they are elegant enough for company. The bigger one is huge, its actually the largest bowl I have. The pics really don’t due justice the the bowls’ size. Great for a nice big salad!

 

 

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These are my “pinch bowls” they are from Pampered chef, and are adorable handy little things! I use them to pre-measure vanilla and spices and things of that nature when I get ready to start a recipe, oooh and they each have their own lids! very awsome.

 

 

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Yet another Wally World find. These nesting bowls are special because not only are they Purty, but they each have lids, AND they are stainless steel inside. Very handy bowls. I would have taken a pic of them nesting as well, but the little green one currently has leftover icing in it. I Know right, leftover icing, who can imagine that?

 

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These are 10 glass nesting bowls. I think there is a size here for just about anything and everything! Most of them are great prep bowl sizes, while the largest 3 or 4 sizes are mixing bowls or serving bowls. The smallest bowl is so tiny, its just the cutest thing. It’s probably the reason I wanted the whole set, for that one cute little tiny pinch bowl, lol. Purchased at Walmart, at a great price for so many bowls!

 

 

 

The following bowls were an awesome find indeed. I ran across these bowls on Ebay, and the price was just too good to be true! In fact it was, the seller made an error in the auction and was auctioning off two for the price of one. He was nice and honest enough to honor it, So I got two sets for an awesome price! I’ve got one of them put aside and am considering using it as a giveaway soon if I can bare to part with them. So stay tuned if you want a chance to win a set of Free bowls! More free giveaways coming soon too!

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Aren’t they so purty?

 

 

 

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Here is a fun set! Its a batter bowl with matching prep bowls. Found on Ebay, purchased “New – never been used”, and I’ve never seen a set like it before! PLUS a suprise bonus, the prep bowls are also MEASUREING CUPS!  Bonus! and a fun pattern to boot!  Ohh and it also has the cutest little pinch bowl too! Just adorable.

 

 

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These bowls are actually our eating bowls. We use them for cereal, soup, and ice cream mostly. I wanted to include them because I love their color. they are great bowls.  

 

So those are my favorite bowls!

 

Here are the bowls that are next in line to join my kitchen!!

 

 

 

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I’m Waiting until these great batter bowls get back in stock, LOVE the colors , and the second set I can see myself totally using in the fall! They both have handles, pour spouts and RUBBER on the bottoms! Whoot! Great prices too!

 

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This is a set of nesting mixing bowls by Pyrex. The print is called Woodland. It was made in the 60’s and is very hard to find! They are very heavy too so shipping is pretty high. I know they aren’t my usual flashy colorful style, BUT I am a lover of  BROWN and I already have the matching set of Casserole dishes. I’ve seen several sets of these that have the princess handles on them, but I’d prefer the nesting set without handles. So on I search!

 

 

 

 

Here are a few bowls that I would  like to have!!! 🙂

 

 

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Ohhhhh these bowls are LOVELY. They are from Williams-Sonoma and retail for $160 . Yikes! That is the only reason these sweet bowls are not sitting in my kitchen right now !

 

 

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All of these sassy bowls can be found at Target.com , oh my aren’t they all just YUMMY! mmmm mmmm mmmmm, I want, I want, I want them all!

 

 

 

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Ahh more Kitchenaid Cook for the Cure product! These bowls are pretty in Pink, large, and are for a great cause!

 

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Aren’t these little bowls Purty! These would be so much fun to have in the kitchen

 

 

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 Saw these on ebay, they are so pretty but pricey. Wish I knew where they originate from

 

  

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Do these bowls really need an introduction?? I mean come on, thy are COW PRINT! with Pink! These are so ME! Too bad they are hard to find and are a bit more than I want to spend on bowls at the moment. But they are sooo cute!

 

 

 There are so many wonderful bowl sets out in the world today. I couldn’t believe how expensive they can be! I left most of the high dollars ones that I like out of this post, because frankly I seriously doubt I’ll be seeing any of them in my kitchen any time soon.

 

So there you have it, My name is Judy and I’m a nesting bowl ADDICT!  🙂

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

My husband is a cookie monster. His favorite type of cookie of all time is, you guessed it, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. He requested that I make them, so I tried a new recipe the other day. His reaction to these cookies was amazing. He literally said that these were the best cookies he’s had in his entire life! That’s saying something, cause if he didn’t like it, he would have no qualms in saying so. I thought they were great too. In fact so did all the kids. It had a great bold flavor, nice and buttery and full of vanilla flavor.  So we highly recommend you give this one a try! 

 

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces of  Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
  • 3 oz chopped and toasted macadamia nuts (half a 6 oz bag)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugars, beating well at medium speed with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Stir in white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Chill dough for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in preheated oven. (use your discretion, as baking times in recipes are never correct) Cookies will be soft. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Chicken Divan

I can’t have a cooking blog and not share with you my most favorite homemade dish of all time. It is called Chicken Divan. Its a family recipe, and it is deeply loved by all who have tried it. All that is except for my husband, and that’s only because he is highly allergic to mayonnaise. Because of his allergy however, I have not actually had Chicken Divan in several years. A problem that I decided needed to be rectified immediately!! So I whipped up a batch today and decided it was time to share the Secret Family Recipe, I must really love you guys 😉

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 CHICKEN DIVAN

 

 

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The Cast and Crew:

3 Large Chicken Breasts

2 packages of frozen broccoli (optional, or as my brother would say, broccoli isn’t even an option!)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (divided)

paprika (not shown in pic)

THE SAUCE

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2 cans cram of chicken soup

1 cup of mayonnaise , Hellmans – NOT salad dressing

1 small carton of sour cream

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 tsp Curry Powder

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Step 1 – cook chicken (debone if necessary)

 

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Step 2 –  Steam Broccoli

 

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Step 3 – While the chicken and broccoli are cooking, start making the sauce. Pour two cans of cream of chicken soup into a mixing bowl (or most of one large can)

 

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step 4 – add 1 cup mayo, 1 small carton of sour cream (or half of a large), 1 TBSP of Lemon juice, (yes you need the lemon juice)

 

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Step 5 – now here’s where the magic happens! Add in 1 tsp of Curry Powder (oh my sweet curry, how I love you so)

 

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Step 6 – Mix well, (oh my mouth is watering from the heavenly smell!)

 

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It will look like this – try not to lick the bowl when the heavenly smells waft towards you. oh we’re getting close!!

 

 

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Step 7 –  in a greased 9×13 inch pan, cover bottom of pan with broccoli. (in the original recipe this is where you would sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the broccoli, but I don’t eat parm, so you won’t see it here)

 

 

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Step 8 – Add cut up cooked chicken on top of the broccoli

 

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Step 9 – sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded cheddar on top of chicken. But lets be honest here, when it it comes to cheese, I never measure. I usually use more than called for as well

 

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Step 10 – Pour sauce over the cheese, oh its coming together and I’m starting to get excited!

 

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Step 11 – spread evenly, lick the spoon if you must 😉

 

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Step 12 – Sprinkle remaining cheese over sauce

Here’s where I failed you, you would now sprinkle paprika on top of the cheese. But alas I was so excited I forgot to check to see if I had any, and I do not. Lucky for me the paprika is mainly for color and doesn’t add much flavor, but when you do use it, it adds a bit of pretty oomph

 

Step 13 – bake in oven for aprox 30 – 40 min. in a 350 oven

 

 

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Step 14 – while it is baking, cook your rice. If I am cooking for a lot of people I will use my rice cooker, but since this is just for my lunches this week, I made some instant rice on the stove

 

 

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Step 15 – remove from oven, this is what it will look like after 30 min ( I just couldn’t wait another second! If you used paprika it will have a very pretty red color on the top, and if you leave it in a few more min the top will brown lightly. But I just had to have it NOW!

 

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Step 16 – Serve over rice and ENJOY!!!!

 

Hope you fall in love with it as much as I did! Oh and this is definitely NOT a low fat calorie free food! lol. but it sure is comfort food! I’m considering renaming it Chicken DEVINE!

 

Recipe:

3 Large Chicken Breasts

2 packages of frozen broccoli (optional, or as my brother would say, broccoli isn’t even an option!)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (divided)

paprika (not shown in pic)

THE SAUCE

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2 cans cram of chicken soup

1 cup of mayonnaise , Hellmans – NOT salad dressing

1 small carton of sour cream

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 tsp Curry Powder

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– Cook chicken & cut up into pieces

– Cook & Drain broccoli (optional)

– Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over broccoli (optional)

– place chicken over broccoli

– sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

– pour sauce evenly over cheese

– Sprinkle second 1/2 cup of cheese over sauce

– Sprinkle paprika on for color (optional)

– Bake in 350 oven for 30-40 min

– serve over rice

EAT & ENJOY!

It’s HERE! Color revealed!

  

It’s HERE! and its PINK!!

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 Yes fellow chef’s and reluctant chef’s, my new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer is HERE!!!!!!!!! So exciting! The color choices were a bit tough. There are so many different choices. I could have gone with a blue to match my kitchen, but this pink one won my heart. What girl wouldn’t want a pink mixer?? lol!  Oh and it’s not just any pink, its Komen Pink! This is a Limited Edition color, and for every Komen Pink Stand Mixer sold, Kitchenaid donates $50 to the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation! How cool is that?? I support Komen when ever I can, the Komen walks are a lot of fun, and I do it in my Daughters name, because I am doing it for her and her health.

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This little splash of pink looks so nice in my blue kitchen! I’m lovin it already and I haven’t even plugged it in yet, lol! It comes with a  5 qt stainless mixing bowl, a wire wisk (not shown in picture, it was in the bowl) , a flat beater, a dough hook, and a pour spout lid (that also helps with splashing) , Niiiiice!

Mark has requested that my first adventure with my new mixer be cookies, so I am making my cookie monster his favorite chocolate chip cookies, from scratch! cause it’s easy now! 🙂

Just wanted to share the excitement!  COOK FOR THE CURE!