Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dad’s Chicken Cordon Bleu – Family Sharing

My dad made some tasty Chicken Cordon Bleu and we wanted to share it with you all.  This is also the first picture tutorial on the blog!

flatten chicken

Flatten each chicken breast.  A wood dowel works really well to do this.


Dust each chicken breast with garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, and parsley (fresh is best).  Apply one slice of swiss cheese, a slice of ham, and another slice of cheese.

roll the chicken

Roll up each chicken breast.

Rolled Up in paper

Wrap the chicken breasts in wax or parchment paper.  Twist the ends tightly.  Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.


Mix bread crumbs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne (the cayenne is optional).  Whisk together one egg and 2 tablespoons of milk.  Coat a baking dish with cooking oil.

Egg dunking

Unwrap the chicken and dunk it in the egg mixture. Repeat for each chicken breast.

bread mixture dunking

Roll the chicken in bread crumb mixture. Again repeat for each chicken breast.


Place the chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes or until done. (Baking time may vary due to oven temperature differences).

Post-Bake (Done)

You can spray the top with some vegetable oil to help brown the tops a little more.

Final Dish

Mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli are tasty sides to this chicken cordon bleu!

Dad’s Chicken Cordon Bleu


4 Chicken Breasts

Onion Powder (to taste)

Garlic Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Parsley (to taste)

8 Slices of Swiss Cheese

4 Slices of Ham

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Milk

Bread Crumb Mixture:

1 Cup of Bread Crumbs

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt

Pinch of Cayenne (Optional)


1. Flatten each chicken breast.  Dust, to taste, with garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, and parsley.

  • A wooden dowel works well to flatten the chicken.
  • You can use dried parsley, but fresh is best!

2. Layer onto each chicken breast one slice of swiss cheese, 1 slice of ham, and then one more slice of swiss cheese.

3. Roll up each chicken breast.  Then wrap each one in wax or parchment paper.  Make sure to tightly twist each end.

4. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

5. In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • The cayenne pepper is optional.

6. In another bowl whisk together the egg and 2 tablespoons of milk.

7. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking oil.

8. Unwrap the chicken breasts one at a time.  Dip each breast into the egg mixture, and then the bread crumbs.  Place the coated chicken breasts into the baking dish.

  • You can spray the top of the breasts with some vegetable oil to help the chicken brown up a little more.

9. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

10. Remove from the oven and Enjoy!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

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Peanut Butter; one of my favorite things!  When I saw that it was peanut butter day, I knew I HAD to make something!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes (Recipe From: Cupcakes by Susannah Blake):

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons Milk

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Peanut Butter Frosting:

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1 Cup Peanut Butter

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

3 Tablespoons Milk

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Chocolate Cupcakes:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on high.  Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

4. Mix in the flour and the milk until creamy.  Beat in the cocoa powder and the vanilla extract.

5. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners.  Only fill the liners 2/3 full of batter.

6. Bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.

7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven.  Let the cupcakes cool completely!

Peanut Butter Frosting:

1. In a bowl melt the butter in a microwave for 30 seconds on high.

2. Mix the peanut butter in with the butter.

3. Beat in the powdered sugar.

4. Gradually beat in the milk, one tablespoon at a time.

5. Beat until smooth and creamy.

6. Pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes!

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Talapia Fish Tacos

The other night my dad and I made fish tacos for dinner.  They were so tasty!  I really enjoy cooking with my dad.  We make so many tasty dishes whenever we get together!

Taco Birds View


2 Talapia Fillets

1 Clove of Garlic

1 Onion

Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Cup Cilantro



Cabbage – Chopped

Tomato – Diced


1. Dice the garlic and 1/4 of the onion. In a medium cast iron skillet sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil.

2. Add the fish, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper to the skillet.  Cook until the fish starts to golden.

3. Remove from heat and shred the fish in the pan.

4. Add the cilantro and salt to taste.

Fish in Skillet

5. Prepare the tomato and cabbage.

6. Fill a tortilla with shredded fish, cabbage, and tomato to your liking and enjoy!

Tacos Side View

Gingerbread (men and sandwiches) – Christmas Baking Part 3

I also made cookies with Gary’s mom, my sister, and my mom too!  My favorite cookies we made were the Gingersnap cookies with Lemon filling and the traditional gingerbread men cookies!  We also made several other cookies, a cinnamon cookie and a Truffle-filled Thumbprint cookies.

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Gingersnap Cookies with Lemon Filling



3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Large Egg

1/2 Cup Molasses

2 1/2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Lemon Filling:

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon


1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.

3. Beat in the egg.  Then add the molasses and mix.

4. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and the salt.

5. Now add the creamed mixture to the flour mixture and mix well.

6. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.

  • Try to make them all the same size so that when you sandwich the cookies together one cookie won’t be bigger or smaller than the other.

7. Place 1 inch balls onto a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart from one another.

  • The cookies are going to spread out on the cookie sheet.

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

9. While the cookies are baking, in another medium mixing bowl cream together the butter and the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.

10. Add the lemon extract and juice and beat for 1 minute.

11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 2 minutes.

12. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack and let them cool completely.

13.  Pick two cookies that are similar in size, spread about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the lemon cream onto one cookie.  Then sandwich the cookies together and enjoy!

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