Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Pasta

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Pasta
This is as good as it gets...even better then some Olive Garden dishes!!

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Cloves garlic chopped (fresh or dried)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (dried or in oil)
1 cup Chicken broth (divided)
1 cup cream
2 large chicken breasts (shredded or chopped)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 leaves basil chopped (I just used dried) but fresh would be the best!
1 Package bowtie or penne pasta (about 13.5 oz)*whole wheat tastes great.

Directions:

Cook pasta, drain and set aside. Meanwhile melt butter, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Turn heat to medium and boil. Reduce heat after boiling and simmer for 10 minutes until the tomatoes are tender. Add the cream and bring to a boil, stirring until it thickens up. Meanwhile season the chicken with salt and pepper and warm the oil and saute the chicken until cooked. Set chicken aside. In the same pan used for the chicken, bring the other 1/4 cup of chicken broth to a boil and stir in the pan juices. Add this to the cream sauce and stir in the basil.Toss the pasta and sauce together and top with the chicken. ( I just mixed it all up together)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sweet Nachos

By Stephanie's Kitchen
serves 4

Oil for frying
6 small flour tortillas-cut into 8 triangles each
your favorite vanilla ice cream
honey butter(recipe below)
Cinnamon and sugar mixture ( 1/4 cup sugar + 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon)
cinnamon toast crunch crushed (added by my mom Marcia and my sister Ashley)

Heat oil in shallow pan over medium heat. Cook tortillas until brown and crunchy. Place on paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Place tortillas on plate. Scoop vanilla ice cream over tortillas. Pour honey butter over ice cream and tortillas. Sprinkle top with crushed cinnamon toast crunch.

Honey Butter
(this makes a ton so half recipe)

1 cup honey
1 cup butter, softened
5 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

Warm honey in the microwave. Using a mixer, add softened butter and mix until all the butter is melted through and blended well. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth and creamy. Enjoy! My new favorite dessert.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quick and Easy Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:
2 Stalks Broccoli
1 can Evaporated Milk
2 cans cream of celery soup
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Dash of Curry
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Steam broccoli until dark green and tender. Blend broccoli in blender with evapoarted milk. Pour into large saucepan, add soups, cheese and seasonings, simmer until cheese melts and serve warm.

Even better with bread bowls!!