Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Weber's Kick'N Chicken Seasoning

My new favorite all purpose meat seasoning!!!! I have used it so far on most of my meats, like the hamburger, chicken, and pork steaks. It is really yummy. It smells soo yummy cooking. here is what it looks like. If you don't have some already, go run to the store and pick you up a bottle, it is worth the extra trip!

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
from Maggie at Hillbilly Housewife

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup Biscuit Mix
3 medium eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt (need waaaaaaay more in my opinion)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
Get out a 10" iron skillet. Cook the hamburger and onion in it over medium heat. Break the meat up into smallish pieces with a fork and cook it until there is no more pink showing. Drain off the fat if necessary. While the meat is cooking get out a medium sized bowl. In it combine the milk, biscuit mix, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix very well with a whisk, or you can combine it in a blender. (it is thin). You want it pretty smooth. When the meat is well cooked and drained, pour the batter over it in the hot skillet. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake the dish at 400° for about 35 minutes, longer if need be. It should be puffed up and brown on top when it is done. Remove the pan from the oven and cut it into 8 wedges.
My variations: ---- i only added about double the salt and i could have added a bit more, i salted, peppered and garlic'd my meat and then i also added the 1/2 tsp of salt....could have used at least 3/4 tsp, in my opinion.
I only cooked mine for about 25 minutes.
I used a Colby/Jack blend.

This is my plate.....it was good, a tad bit on the plain side but dear husband loved it...i think he got all the way up to Thirds :)............that empty spot on my plate is where i placed my salad.....yummy!

Now, just as i was putting up this post, i had intended for this leftover peice below to be part of dh's lunch...but i decided to reheat up about half of it...........boy, it is BETTER after being in the fridge for a few hours...now it was Really good!

This recipe is what i would call a comfort food, simple, plain, easy and yet pretty tasty. I am thinking of some things i might add to it the next time around, maybe some mushrooms, some swiss cheese.....some spoonfulls of salsa maybe? just to jazz it up a bit.

i say, with just that leftover, the meal was a hit :)

Yummy Leftovers - Monterey Chicken

This stuff makes for great leftovers! I heated up the rice and the chicken and i ate it rolled up inside of a Romaine lettuce leaf, with the last bit of broccoli on the side. It was delicious. Pretty healthy too, though i cancelled out the healthiness of the meal with my dessert :(....oh, and the two mini Reeses's cups..........hey, i did drink 2 glass of water with lime juice....

sorry, no pics of my leftovers, i gobbled them up too soon!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Strawberry Cake (with real strawberries)

This is so yummy! Dh loves it! And, it is perfect for the month of February, pink cake for Valentine's Day. This would be totally cute if done in a two layer cake, with the layers shaped as a heart...

Strawberry Cake

1/2 cup hot water
1 small pkg strawberry Jello
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh/frozen strawberries ***thaw and drain VERY well if using frozen.
1 pkg yellow cake mix
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour cake pan. Mix ingredients in order they are listed, except for the eggs. Mix them well in a stand mixer until very well mixed. Mix in one egg at a time and beat well. Pour into cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until done.


1 box powdered sugar
1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen *** if frozen, drain and thaw well, if not drained well, you will end up using a ton of powdered sugar
1/2 stick of melted butter
Mix well and add enough powdered sugar until nice and thick. Spread on cake. Enjoy!

Monterey Chicken

Yummo! This was a big hit tonight. It looked wonderful on the table (we all know we eat with our eyes first) and the taste totally was enormous! i will post the recipe and then add my "changes" at the bottom. the *** denotes where i have made changes.

Monterey Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lbs. total
1/4 tsp. salt ***
1/8 tsp. pepper ***
1/3 cup bottled barbecue sauce - Head Country is the only BBQ sauce allowed in my home!
4-8 slices cooked bacon, according to your taste preference ***
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese - i used a monterey jack/colby blend.
4 scallions, trimmed and sliced

Heat oven to 350 ยบ.Place chicken in a single layer in a greased baking dish.Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon on the barbecue sauce.Bake in oven for 25 minutes, or until all pink is gone.Top each breast half with 1 or 2 slices of cooked bacon. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake in oven 5 more minutes.Top each breast half with fresh scallions.

*** I used Weber Kick'n Chicken Grill Seasoning as an all purpose seasoning..tasty and pretty!

***I did not cook my bacon first. I just wrapped the breasts with one piece of bacon per breast, you could do more, i thought it was plenty. This added so much flavor, both to the chicken and most importanly, to the pan drippings/broth that was in the bottom of the dish.....that yummy goodness was heavenly with spooned up over the plain Jasmine rice i had made as a side dish....wow, that rice was almost as good, if not better, than the chicken itself!!! You can see the rice below on my plate with the yummy pan goodness on top of it!
**** you want to make sure you do NOT drown the breasts in the BBQ sauce. I just lighted brushed the tops of it well, not very much even drained down to the bottom. Just pretend you are basting the tops of the chicken in the sauce, don't drown it, as i think that would ruin the taste, because the end result you do not taste it and say "hmmm.. this is BBQ", it is a very subtle flavor.

Menu Plan Monday

Those with an * beside it is a new recipe and will be critiqued about on this site in the coming days.

Monday - Monterey Chicken*, rice and broccoli and cauliflower

Tuesday - Impossible Cheeseburger Pie*

Wednesday - Dorito Chicken*, rice

Thursday - Top of Stove Casserole

Friday - Steak Quesadillas, rice and beans

Saturday - Creamy Ranch Chicken on noodles, peas
for more great menu plans, head over to Laura's.