Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chicken Enchilada Soup

There is a soup store not far from my home that makes an amazing Chicken Enchilada soup. This is not like the usual chicken tortilla soups I have seen. This is a thick, creamy soup. The ingredients are listed on the soup I buy from this particular store, and they include water, chicken, cream, milk, butter, corn flour, black beans, corn, cheddar, seasonings. I have always wanted to make this soup at home, so I decided to try to replicate the soup by using this recipe as a guideline. I did not measure everything exactly. I used butter, chicken that I cooked in the crockpot with taco seasoning & then shredded it, half n half, all purpose flour, corn flour, onions, garlic, black beans, Rotel, cheddar cheese, cumin, oregano, and dashes of coriander, pepper, green Tabasco, chili powder and smoked paprika. The result was very good and close to the soup I buy, but it was missing something and I don't know what. Maybe I should have added taco seasoning straight to the soup. I want to try this again sometime and hopefully eventually I can figure out what is missing from the soup. Overall it was good.

*Corn flour was hard for me to find. I ended up using this Masarepa which I am not sure if it is exactly the right thing but I think it worked.

Grilled Maple Chipotle Pork Chops

Grilled Maple Chipotle Pork Chops from Southern Living (found it in my copy of Southern Living's Our Reader's Top Rated Recipes)

(I did not make the smoked gouda grits also in the recipe)

This was very good and easy, a nice change from the usual bbq pork chops. I will make this again.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Buttermilk Baked Chicken from Patrick & Gina Neely via Food Network

Really good flavor. Next time I would not bother baking it on a rack as the bottom of it did not get crispy anyway and racks are a pain to clean. The only things I did differently were that halfway through baking, I sprayed a little olive oil on the chicken because the coating looked a little dry. Also, I took the onion slices from the marinade, tossed them in the leftover breading, and baked them along with the chicken. Surprising, they weren't too bad, though next time I will spray them with olive oil before putting them in the oven. Overall this was great (though it didn't look like the picture.)

Adding this to the Master List.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chinese-Style Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Chinese-Style Glazed Pork Tenderloin from Cook's Country

Tons of ingredients, not good at all. Definitely would not make this again. What a waste. Cook's Country  has a lot of hits, but also a lot of misses.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Molasses Grilled Flank Steak from Jamie Deen

Molasses Grilled Flank Steak from Jamie Deen

Easy, awesome, tasted great, used basic ingredients.

I took the marinade and made it into a dipping sauce by boiling it (rolling boil) for 5 mins. Incredible!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Roasted Moroccan Chicken with Carrots

Tonight I made this recipe for Roasted Moroccan Chicken with Carrots from Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. It was really good. I omitted the carrots but wish I had made them as well. I did spatchcock the chicken to make it cook faster- I think that worked well. I am pretty sure I will make this again.

Lidia Bastianich's Shrimp Scampi

The other night I made this recipe for Lidia Bastianich's "Shrimp Scampi" which I cut out of Food Network Magazine. This was really incredible! As good as restaurant quality! Next time I would cut down on the lemon- it had just a titch too much lemon for my taste. I also think next time I'd serve it over angel hair or linguini. I doubled the amount of dry breadcrumbs called for. I also removed the tails from the shrimp completely- makes it easier to eat. I can't wait to make this again!