Friday, June 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Tenderloin with Ranch Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

This slow cooker meal is soooo delicious, it's unbelievably simple too!  The hard part is done when you get home from work, and all you have to do is cook the taters (or use instant if you're lazy) ;P
 One thing I may try next time is cut up potatoes and throw them in the slow cooker with the pork and see how they turn out in the end... I'm thinking they will be perfectly cooked and easy to mash, but who knows!  Feel free to try and let me know how it turns out ;)


For the pork:
1 pork tenderloin, preseasoned in the package- Italian three cheese flavor
1-1 oz. ranch dressing mix packet
1-10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken condensed soup

For the potatoes:
6 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. ranch dresing
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper

For the chicken gravy:
1-14.5 oz. can chicken broth
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour


-In a slow cooker, add the pork tenderloin, ranch dressing packet, and cream of chicken.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Once cooked, shred pork.
-Put the cubed potatoes in a large pot and cover the potatoes with cold water.  Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.
-Drain the potatoes and mix in the butter, milk, ranch dressing, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Mash until smooth.
-For the gravy, melt the butter in a small saucepan.  Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.  Cook about 5 minutes until thickened.  Season with salt, pepper, & garlic powder.
-Serve the pork over top of the potatoes and top with gravy.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birthday Cookies Recipe

I made these delicious lil dudes a few weeks ago for my brothers birthday and I'm still kickin myself in the ass for not bringing any back home... they were sooooo good!  I absolutely love sprinkles so these were right up my alley.  One cool thing about this recipe is that you can put any color of the melting chips in them.  I picked blue since I was making them for my lil' bro.


2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla 
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
2 cups chocolate melting wafers, color of your choice (you can find these in the specialty baking aisle at walmart or meijer)


-In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. 
-In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Stir in eggs and vanilla and mix until combined thoroughly.
-Slowly stir in flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Add in the white chocolate chips and chocolate wafers (and a bit of sprinkles if you wanna!).  Chill for 30 minutes in fridge so dough firms up.
-While dough is chilling, preheat oven to 350.
-Place sprinkles you will be using for topping in a shallow dish.
-Grease your cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.  Scoop dough with an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop and dunk the top in the sprinkles.  Place dough balls on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  
-Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned, depending on the size of the cookies you make.  Repeat with remaining dough until all of your chocolately deliciousness is complete.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chicken Recipe

This chicken is sooo good, serve it with white rice or some mashed potatoes.  What's better than dinner being practically done once you walk in the door?!


1 lb. chicken breast
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Mountain Dew Soda
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cloves freshly minced garlic
2 tbsp. soy sauce
dash of black pepper

2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water
crushed red pepper flakes for topping


-Combine the first ingredients in a crock pot and cook 6-8 hours on low.
-Take chicken out of crock pot and shred.
-Pour remaining sauce from crock pot in a saucepan and mix in the cornstarch and water.  Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.  Remove from heat and let thicken for a couple more minutes.
-Stir shredded chicken in the glaze sauce and serve over rice or mashed potatoes and top with some crushed red pepper flakes.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Homemade Famous KFC Bowl Recipe

This is definitely not the most photogenic of meals, but it's the most delicious!!  Homemade mashed potatoes, topped with homemade fried chicken, some gravy, corn, and cheese... droooool.  I want another one as we speak.  Once you try this, you'll never think of KFC's bowl the same.  There's no going back.


1 1/2 lb. chicken breast, cut into about 1" thick cubes
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
dash of paprika
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1 egg
1 cup milk
oil for deep frying (in deep fryer or deep skillet)

8 large potatoes- (peel and dice)
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup milk

2-10.25 oz. cans beef gravy
2 cups corn, warmed
8 oz. shredded colby jack cheese


-In a shallow bowl, beat together egg and 1 cup milk.  In another shallow dish combine the flour, paprika, salt, and pepper.  
-Dip the chicken in the egg mix, flour mix, then egg mix & flour mix one more time (so double dip the lil dudes).
- Deep fry the chicken in batches of oil at 375 degrees until chicken is golden brown and cooked thoroughly.  Place chicken on plates lined with paper towel when done to drain off any additional oil.
-While chicken is cooking, add the potatoes and dash of salt to a large pot filled with water just above the top of the potatoes.  Boil water and cook potatoes until fork tender. 
- Once potatoes are done, drain and add butter, milk, and dash of pepper and mash until smooth.
-Assemble your bowls starting with mashed potatoes, top those with corn, then chicken, gravy and cheese... YUMMMMMM


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe

My computer is finally back up and running, therefore so is my blog!! I've been so anxious to get my computer working again, I've been doing A LOT of cooking so I won't be running out of recipes any time soon ;)

I got inspired to make this recipe because I've always wanted to try the Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell but I didn't like anything they put on it, so with these I could create my own!


1 lb. ground beef (or shredded chicken)
4 corn tortillas, the smallest you can find (6 in.)
4 large flour tortillas, biggest and baddest tortillas you can find, plus 1 more
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 packet cheesy taco seasoning
queso (I just used the jar stuff and heated it up)
shredded lettuce, salsa, taco sauce, and any other toppings your lil' heart desires


-Cook ground beef thoroughly, drain any grease and add seasoning packet and finish cooking as directed on packet.
-Preheat oven to 325, then cook the corn tortillas just for a couple minutes so they get crispy.
-In the middle of each flour tortilla, add a scoop of ground beef and a dollop of queso.  Top with a corn tortilla, then top the corn tortilla with your lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa, and other toppings.
-With the extra flour tortilla, cut out a circle about 1 1/2 inches wide for each crunchwrap (once it's folded there's a little hole on the top that we don't want).  Place this tortilla circle in the middle of your assembled crunchwrap, then fold in the edges.
-Cook each wrap on a George Foreman grill (or a panini grill) until you have your delicious golden lines on each side and the inside is heated thoroughly.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Easy Peasy BBQ Pasta Recipe

So I haven't been on in a while, TOO LONG.  Last week at work I actually had a patient inspire me to keep up my dreams and get my butt back on my blog... so I am!! You know who you are, if you're reading this, THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This is ultimately my dream, and if there is one thing I would love to make a living doing in my life, it would be this!  There are food blogs out there that make $6k a month just posting their own recipes, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!  All I needed was someone to inspire me and push me to continue and not give up, and I found that in a place I would have least expected it, at work!! :)

Anywho, this recipe I came up with tonight in the midst of making dinner.  We were having an easy night grilling some brats and hot dogs and I needed to think of a side dish, and fast.  This recipe is quick and easy, and I'm pretty sure you'll have about all of the ingredients in your pantry.

-8 oz. noodles, any shape (I used egg noodles, but any will do)
-2 tbsp. butter
-2 tbsp. BBQ sauce of choice
-1 tbsp. Italian dressing
-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
-1/2 tsp. onion powder
-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
-1/4 tsp. black pepper


-Cook noodles as directed, drain and return to pan.
-Mix in all ingredients until combined and butter melted.

Simple as that, ENJOY!!