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Tasty dinner meals

Chicken and Waffles

Yesterday was national waffle day.  Since I didn’t realize that until after breakfast I had to think of another way to eat waffles. I mean I guess I could have just had waffles. . .

Chicken and Waffles

The result of my scouring the internet: chicken and waffles. My dad and I found a couple of recipes that we used to help create our dinner last night.  The result was amazingly delicious!!

Waffles: Buttermilk Waffles – Grandbaby Cakes

Chicken: Homemade Chicken and Waffles – Grandbaby Cakes

Syrup: Brown Sugar and Butter Pancake and Waffle Syrup – foodiewithfamily

For the chicken we used the same ingredients but kind of eye-balled the measurements.  We also used chicken breast instead of wings.  Another variation was that we did out chicken two ways little strips and whole breasts.  Both were super tasty.  I think I might never by syrup from the store again after making this homemade version!

 

Enjoy,

Jess

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St. Patrick’s Day – Fun Foods

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow!  I love this holiday for all the fun foods!  I have been browsing pinterest and food blogs for fun green food ideas as well as other festive ideas.  Here are some of my favorites; click the picture to go to the recipe!

1. Crab Stuffed Baked Avocado – Domestic Fits

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2.Cucumber Cups Stuffed with Spicy Crab – Domestic Fits

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3. Lucky Leprechaun Hats – Betty Crocker

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4. Ligurian Pesto with Spaghetti – Bon Appétit

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5. Cheddar Biscuits – Kraft Foods

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6. Irish Cheesecake – Kraft Foods

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7. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes – Brown Eyed Baker

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8. Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwiches – Bon Appétit

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9.Green Eggs and Ham – Martha Stewart

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10.Vegetarian Split Pea Soup – The Curvy Carrot

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11. Monster Veggie Burger – Shape Magazine: Healthy Eating

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12. No Bake Mini Grasshopper Pies – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

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13. Mrs. O’Callaghan’s Soda Bread – Bon Appétit

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Hope these pictures and recipes gave you some ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day food festivities!

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.

Dusting

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.

dippin

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.

Pre-bake

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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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!

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

Ingredients:

2 Talapia Fillets

1 Clove of Garlic

1 Onion

Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Cup Cilantro

Salt

Tortillas

Cabbage – Chopped

Tomato – Diced

Directions:

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.

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5. Prepare the tomato and cabbage.

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

Tacos Side View

Open Face Sandwiches + Tomato Soup

Gary has a signature dish that he likes to make every now and again.  He makes open face sandwiches and tomato soup.  His mom taught him how to make the sandwiches! I think this meal is perfect for the fall, so I thought I would share it with you all!

Open Face Sandwiches for Two

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

8-12 Slices of Turkey or Ham

2 Hoagie Rolls

8 Slices of Colby-Jack Cheese

Italian Dressing

1 Can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup

8 Slices of Tomato (Optional)

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cook the soup according to the directions on the can.

3. Slit the hoagie rolls in half. Drizzle of Italian dressing on each side of the hoagies.

4. Put the 2-3 slices to meat per side of hoagie.  Now repeat with the tomato and cheese slices.

5. Put the hoagies on a baking sheet and put them in the oven.  Cook sandwiches for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

6. Remove sandwiches from the oven and enjoy with the tomato soup!

**Note: Gary added jalapeño slices to his sandwiches the other night, and that is what the green slices are in the pictures.