Monday, August 15, 2016

Chicken Bacon Pesto Alfredo Bake Recipe

Every once in a while I try to come up with some kind of concoction with random things I have left in the fridge, and every once in a while those random concoctions turn out pretty damn good.  This happens to be one of them!  

How did I come up with this one in particular?  I had a pint of heavy cream in the fridge- what better to make with that than alfredo sauce!?  A jar of pesto sitting in the fridge unopened, a bag of bacon bits and ends from our local meat shop that needed cooked, and lots of chicken in our freezer.  Combine it all together and throw it in the oven, and voila!


1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 lb. pasta, cooked 
6 pieces bacon, cooked and cut into pieces 
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp. pesto
1 pint heavy cream
1 stick butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste 
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 


-Preheat oven to 350.
-Prepare alfredo sauce; combine heavy cream, butter, and parmesan cheese in a small saucepan.  Heat on medium-low for about 10 mins then remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it sits.
-In a 9x11 baking dish, combine pasta, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, pesto, and alfredo sauce.  Top with mozzarella cheese.
-Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to get bubbly and brown.  Top with pretty parsley, if desired ;)


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy Recipe

I've always wondered what Salisbury steak was... Is it steak? Is it burger?  I've never even had it before.  What better way to try it than to make it myself!?  Heck, I'm always down for anything with caramelized onions!  This is a hubby meal all the way, he definitely approved. This also happens to be a one-pot dish... BONUS!


1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. veggie oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 tbsp. flour
2 cups beef broth
2 beef bouillon cubes
Parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish (if desired)
Eggs noodles or mashed potatoes to serve with


-Combine beef, bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce.  Form 4 patties.
-Heat oil in a skillet.  Place burger patties in skillet and brown on each side. Remove patties and set aside.
-Put onion slices in skillet and cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes until translucent and tender.  Add the 2 tbsp. flour to the onions and mix.  Cook about 1 minute til flour begins to brown. 
-Add the burger patties back to the skillet, then pour in the beef broth and add the bouillon cubes.  Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
-Serve patties over a bed of egg noodles or mashed potatoes, and spoon the onions and gravy over the top.  Garnish with parmesan cheese and some parsley to make it look pretty. Parsley makes everything look pretty ;)


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Homemade Hamburger Helper- Cheeseburger Mac Recipe

Growing up I always loved when my mom made Hamburger Helper.  I loved how simple yet delicious it always was, it never disappointed!  Now that I'm a "chef" according to my husband, making boxed Hamburger Helper is just not acceptable in his eyes... easy for him to say!  Sometimes I want a night of quick and easy dinner and dishes, ya know?  So with that being said, I decided I was gonna attempt my own "Hamburger Helper"... and the results are amazeballs! 

P.S. Did I mention this is a ONE POT DISH!?


16 oz. elbow noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1 tbsp. tomato paste
4 c. beef broth
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 c. shredded Monterey jack cheese
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Parsley for garnish
Bacon bits for topping, optional- and highly recommended ;)


-In a large skillet with high edges, heat the olive oil over med-high heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook til onions are tender, about 5 minutes.  Add the ground beef, and season with salt and pepper (to taste) and seasoning salt.  Stir in the tomato paste.  Cook til ground beef is browned.
-Mix in the beef broth and worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.  Add the pasta and reduce heat to simmer, cooking for 10-15 minutes or til pasta is tender. 
-Remove from heat and stir in both cheeses til melted, smooth, and combined thoroughly.
-Garnish with parsley and bacon bits, if desired.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cheeseburger Gnocchi Recipe

I've never had gnocchi, and to be quite honest, I have no frickin idea how to even pronounce it.  All I knew is that I wanted to make it!  #amateurchefprobs

This recipe is inspired by one I came across on Pinterest.  I figured if I don't like the gnocchi, what better way to mask the taste than with CHEESEBURGER!  I will admit, gnocchi is, um, unique.  It's got a different texture, but all-in-all it was yummy!  It's a combo of potato and pasta, and who doesn't like that!? 

This recipe was super simple, and the gnocchi being the star of the show made me feel like I was being all super-chefy. <---- Is that even a word? I'm declaring it one ;)


16 oz. package potato gnocchi
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-10 oz. can Rotel diced tomatoes
1 c. beef broth
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
sliced green onions for topping


-Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over med-high head.  Add gnocchi and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until fully toasted.  Remove gnocchi and set aside. 
-Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onions are tender, then add the ground beef and cook til browned.
-Add the tomatoes and beef broth, then add the gnocchi back into the pan.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the gnocchi is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5-6 minutes.
-Remove from heat, then stir in 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir til cheese is melted and combined.  Top with remaining cheese and the green onions. 
-Place the skillet in the pan and broil til the cheese is bubbly and golden brown (that's my favorite part!!)


Monday, July 25, 2016

Playing Catch Up!

Soooo it's been a while, eh?  Lots and lots and lots has happened since my last post in January...let me brief you!

First and foremost, we welcomed our newest addition to the family!!!! Miss Presley Anne <3  I cannot wait until she's old enough to cook with me :) :) :)  She's already hooked on Food Network ;)

We finally sold our first home after a year of 2 mortgages, then we partied hard to celebrate ;)

We had our first annual "Merica Tram Jam" for the 4th of July

We went to Cincinnati... I surprised my love with tickets to see the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark (he's got a ballpark bucket list- he wants to visit every single MLB ballpark!).  We stayed for the night, had a few too many drinks, and explored the crazy Cincy life... what a city!

Finally, food.  This is a recipe blog after all, right?!

I've still been cooking.  It's gonna take a lot more than a child to get me to stop!  I've got a notebook full of recipes to post, but my problem is that I make little notes on them as I'm cooking, or don't write down the exact measurements thinking "I'll remember this when I post it on the blog..." and then I don't bother to post anything for 6 months... :( I keep telling myself I'll get better, making small goals like posting just one recipe a week, etc etc and I always put this on the back burner. 
New goal:  1 recipe every 2 weeks!
That's doable, right!?  We shall see... LOL

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jamie's Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Let me first start off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I can't believe it's all over, where has time gone!?   

If you know me, you know I'm a PICKY ASS EATER.  My taste buds have, however, have made me venture out a bit since I've been pregnant.  I crave things that I don't like, and know I won't eat if I make them the traditional way.  This is a perfect example of that!  I grew up with my mom making beef stroganoff all the time, and every time she would make it, I would ask her to leave me some plain beef set aside so I didn't have to eat it with the sour cream or the cream of mushroom... Yeah, I was that kid. 

When I started craving this a few weeks ago, I knew I had to come up with something.  I stood in the soup aisle for a good 5 minutes trying to find something different to use besides cream of mushroom, and sure enough, I found cream of onion (which I never knew existed)!!  My next mission was to find something to thicken it and make it creamier without using sour cream (ick!!).  I had remembered the Philadelphia flavored cream cheese that I use with my white chicken chili, so I wandered to the dairy aisle and found a flavor to go with this dish!- Chive & onion.


1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
2 tsp minced garlic
1-15 oz. can beef broth
1-10 oz. can cream of onion + 1 can milk
1/2 lb. rotini pasta
1/2 cup chive & onion flavored Philadelphia cream cheese
1 tbsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


-Heat oil in large skillet.  Add onions and cook until tender.  Add ground beef, crumble and cook until no longer pink.  Drain as much grease from skillet as possible.  Season with salt and pepper.
-Add beef broth, soup and milk, garlic, and pasta.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to low and cover, and cook for about 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
-Sauce may still be thin, but will thicken as it sits.  If you would like it thicker, turn the heat on medium and bring to a low boil for a few minutes, stirring often, until thickened to your liking.
-Stir in cream cheese and parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
-Serve and enjoy!!