Tuesday, January 31, 2012

chicken pesto sandwich

Yesterday I made our yummy Chicken Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes. 
I have left over pesto, chicken, and cheese- 
Chicken Pesto Sandwich 

  • crusty baguette or bread- i like the kind from costco 
  • pesto 
  • mozzarella cheese 
  • left over chicken 
  • tomatoes 
  1. Spread pesto over bread
  2. add tomato, chicken and cheese 
  3. broil till cheese melts
Cut up tomato and add balsamic vinegar, and salt for a fresh tomato salad.

Same ingredients, whole new taste

** if you still have left over pesto place into old fashion ice cube trays freeze. Pop them out and store in freezer. Take out cubes when needed.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

winners- ticket kitchen giveaway

we have our ticket kitchen winner. 
Our grand prize winner is Sue Lambrix
 - She won a serving for 4 of the Salted Carmel 
Our second place is Erica Williams - She won a Three Chili and Vanilla Mint 
Our third place is Shannon Hattyar- she won a French Chocolate 

Please contact me with your address and info so I can get you your prizes. 
thank you to ticket kitchen and all those who participated. 
We truly enjoy all the love and support you have shown us.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

popcorn party

Who does not love popcorn? I do!! Last week I had a
girls night popcorn party
A grown up party needs grown up popcorn.  We had six types of popcorn. 

1. white chocolate with candy 2. sweet kettle corn 3. rosemary 

4. creamy carmel    5. bacon    6. garlic and parmesan 
Basic popcorn

  • oil 
  • popcorn kernels
  • salt 
  • butter 
  1. Cover the bottom of the pan with oil and seeds and 1-2 T butter 
  2. Turn heat to medium 
  3. Cover
  4. When you hear the corn start a popping crack the lid 
  5. Take off heat when popcorn stops popping. 
  6. add salt 
1. White chocolate with candy 

  • white chocolate chips 
  • candy cane 
  • candy 
  • tin foil 
  1. Make basic popcorn 
  2. melt desired amount of white chocolate chips 30 second in the microwave mix then 10 seconds until melted 
  3. - I added  finely chopped candy cane for a peppermint taste 
  4. lay popcorn on tin foil and drizzle over melted chocolate and candy. Sprinkle over candy and mix with hands. 
  5. Cool and serve 
2. Sweet kettle corn 
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup oil 
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla 
  1. add all above ingredients into pot or a whirly pop and turn on medium heat 
  2. keep shaking pot or turning whirly pop until popping stop
3. Rosemary 
  •  1 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • rosemary sprig 
  • salt 
  1. add oil and rosemary sprig and turn on medium low heat 
  2. infuse for 5 minutes 
  3. take out sprig and half the oil 
  4. add kernels
  5. when done add oil you took out 
4. creamy carmel corm 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 3/4 cups light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 2 cups half & half 
  • *5 bags "Orville Redenbackers's" LIGHT (microwave) popcorn
  1. make basic popcorn or pop microwave popcorn - discard all unpopped kernels 
  2. in heavy 3 quart pan, heat sugar, corn syrup, butter, and 1 CUP half and half, stir constantly 
  3. when it comes to boil add remanning half & half  
  4. still till reaches 240* on candy thermometer 
  5. poor over popcorn 
- this does take a while 

5. bacon 
  • bacon bits 
  • bacon grease 
  • popcorn kernels 
  • salt 
  1. cook bacon 
  2. while grease is still hot add kernels
  3. cut up bacon and add 
6. garlic and parmesan 
  • roasted garlic bulb
  • 1 garlic clove
  • oil
  • 5 T butter 
  • parmesan 
  • popcorn kernels 
  1. roast garlic bulb in oven 
  2. cover bottom of pot with oil and a garlic clove heat on low for five minutes 
  3. remove clove 
  4. add popcorn kernels and pop 
  5. blend up parmesan cheese, 3 roasted garlic cloves from bulb and add to melted butter 
  6. pour over popcorn 

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Friday, January 20, 2012

mason jars

I love mason jars !! 
I think they are iconic for any kitchen. Here are some fun ideas of what to do with your mason jars 

 Make them into a garden. I have this in my window 

I thought this was fun. Take an old salt carter spout and add it to a mason jar to easy pour 

I love to drink out of old jars. My mom used to have them in our cup drawer growing up. It reminds me of my childhood. 

This is my favorite. Serving size pies in a jar. I love this idea. A great "thinking of you" girlfriend gift. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grandma's Lemon Cookies

Now I know that you are thinking seriously more lemons. I am in love with lemons right now. My name sake grandmother would cook me these cookies every time I went to her house and they are my favorite. 

Lemon Cookies 
  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar 
  • 2/3 cup corn starch 
  • 1 cup flour 

Lemon Frosting 
  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 2+ Tbs Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • rine of a Lemon 
  • -Powdered sugar to spread - Can be a whole box you buy at store. All Preference.

1. Mix butter and powdered sugar 
2. Add corn starch 
3. Add flour and mix 
4. Drop teaspoons onto cookie sheet and indent and cook 325* for 15 minutes - 
5. Cool 
6. Mix frosting butter 
7. Add  fresh squeezed lemon for  juice 
8. Grate lemon 
9. Add powdered sugar to spreadable consistency. 
10. ENJOY !!!!! and then say "this is the best cookie ever"
11. Hide them because you will eat the whole batch. 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Giveaway- Ticket Kitchen

Six months ago we made a new years resolution. (who says you can't make a resolution in july) To find something for us to do together- just for us.  Thus our blog was born. It has been a great six months and our love for each other and cooking has grown more than we have imagined. We truly have enjoyed sharing the start of our journey with all your wonderful love and support. To thank you, we have a wonderful giveaway available to all our current followers on our blog or facebook and anyone who comments telling us what your new years resolution is. 
note: We will be having multiple winners :) 

Our give way, just in time for Valentine's Day, is from the wonderful Ticket Kitchen. I am sure that you have heard of this delightful, hot chocolate on a stick, treat since they have been featured on the Today show, in Real Simple, Sunset Magazine,  Ladies Home Journal, Amy Atlas Events, Cooking Light and The Chicago Tribune to just name a few. They are just celebrating their one year anniversary and it has been fun to watch their new company grow. Congratulations to our local friends.

Giveaway results will be posted the evening of  Wednesday, January 25th. 
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

popcorn party

I had my popcorn party last night. It was so much fun. Thank you to all my friends who came and ate one of my favorite treats with me.
Pictures and recipes will be up soon!!! 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing

Well here it is friends iheartfoodandsocanyou recipe. This amazing couple loves food as much as we do so we decide to do a recipe swap for all our wonderful fans.  For the month of January, they decided to post delicious but healthy recipes to jump start the new year. Here's one that is incredibly easy and so very delicious. You know how sometimes you can taste the "healthy" in healthy cooking...well not here. The chicken tenders come out hot, crispy & flavorful and don't forget the creamy ranch dressing. You will love making this for your family or just for you:-)

B&K currently reside in Orange County, California. They enjoy cooking and baking together in their kitchen as well as finding restaurant gems in the OC. We are not acclaimed chefs or bakers nor do we pretend to be. We are two people with a small camera that love exploring food and enjoy learning how to make simple items extraordinary. 

Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing 
(Originated from Rocco Dispirito- Now Eat This!)


  • 1 C Whole wheat Flour
  • 2 1/2 C panko bread crumbs (preferably whole wheat but if you can't find it don't sweat it)
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 4 Large egg whites
  • 8 oz (about 8) chicken tenders
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray (I used Pam- Organic Olive Oil)
  • 3 Tsp ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
  • 6 Tbl reduced-fat sour cream
  • 6 Tbl low-fat buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Start by pulling out two shallow dishes and a medium bowl. In the first shallow dish, place the flour and in the second mix the panko bread crumbs with the poultry seasoning.
  3.  Place the egg whites in the medium bowl. Using a whisk, whisk until the egg whites are foamy but not to where they hold stiff peaks.
  4.  Place a wire rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. 
  5. Season your chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.    *** Here's where the fun part begins. K would be very proud of my since I'm not a huge fan of touching raw meat haha.
  6.  Place the chicken tenders in the flour and shake off any excess.
  7. Now place the floured chicken tenders into eggs. Coat them until they are completely covered. 
  8. Once at a time, place the chicken tenders into the panko bread crumbs and coat each one completely. Place on the wire rack.
  9. Salt and pepper the chicken tenders again as well as spray a little bit of cooking spay on each one (both sides). This will help give them a golden look. 
  10. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden & cooked all the way through. 
  11. While the chicken is baking whip together your ranch dressing by mixing the seasoning, sour cream and buttermilk together. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
The chicken tenders were delicious, especially paired with the ranch dressing. The dish is so good and pretty healthy too with only 198 calories a serving. Happy New Year everyone!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recipe Swap

My dear friend also has a love of cooking and we are doing a recipe swap this week. Check out My Grandama's Lemon cookies on her page iheartfoodandsocanyou and stay tuned for her recipe tomorrow. Looks so delicious I think I am going to make it tonight for dinner. She also has some amazing bread and muffin recipes that will be cooking up in our kitchen soon. Thanks friend.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

{review} Squeeze Inn Hamburger

Have a craving for a delicious classic hamburger?

 I did. I was down in Napa today and decided to try Squeeze Inn Hamburger. I had heard great reviews and Kevin had been trying to get me to go for some time. Side note: I am very picky about my burgers. Will not eat fast food burgers. It has to be the best to be eaten by me. No medium quality. A couple years ago I went to the Build a Better Burger contest on food network and these burgers hold their own.

Squeeze Inn delivered. It was delicious. Better than five guys who has soggy buns. Their buns were fluffy yet also grilled which gave it a little crunch. The meat was hearty juicy and delicious!!!
The French fries are also fresh. Better than In and Out.
I am a big fan.
Squeeze Inn has multiple locations. 
 Napa - 3383 Solano ave in the redwood shopping center.
And now just opened in Vacaville -
211 Peabody rd ste f

I highly recommend. Check it out. Next time your travels take you to napa don't think twice about stamping Squeeze Inn Hamburger in your travel passport.


Let us know how your experience was. 

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