Thursday, October 29, 2009

Salsa Chicken

Being single during the week for the last month had me searching for simple meals. Most nights (I'm a little shamed to admit) dinner consisted of Pop Tarts or a Junior Mint milkshake.
So last night I decided to whip up something quick and easy for myself. I'd seen talk of this "Salsa chicken" and thought it sounded interesting.

1/2 c. Salsa
1 chicken breast
Taco seasoning

I sprinkled taco seasoning on the breast before tossing it in the crockpot on high and drowning it in salsa.

After it had reached the desirable temperature, I tossed it on a bed of buttery noodles. Really, not bad for a lonely Wednesday night!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Muffin pan tip

I hate when I run out of batter and can't fill up my muffin pan. If you only have half of the holes filled, there's a chance that your muffin pan will warp. To avoid this, you can fill the empty cups up with water, and Voila! No warpage.

Is warpage a word? Probably not. But my tip is still valid and that's all that matters!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TWO ingredient muffins? Yes please!

Yes, I am a cheater cheater pumpkin eater. I'm not ashamed, and I shouldn't be!
I have a wicked sweet tooth (surprise, surprise!) and my husband is out of town, so obviously I'm not going to make anything fancy.

Are you ready for the ingredients? Are you sure you can handle it? Okay.

One box spice cake mix
One can pumpkin puree (15 oz)

Yes, really! You combine the two together, and bake at 350 until the top springs back (15 minutes or so)

I whipped up some simple cream cheese frosting to top them. I know, muffins aren't supposed to have frosting. But I wanted frosting. Mmmmmmm. frosting.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baked Brie

Yesterday was my FIL's 50th birthday party, happy birthday FIL! I was to bring an appetizer, and after many google searches and blog searches for "Fall like appetizers that might be good with barbecued foods but are also impressive and easy to make", I settled on Baked Brie.

Really, this could not be any simpler, and it was quite impressive! I was very pleased that it was well liked!

Baked Brie

Wedge or wheel of Brie (I couldn't find a big enough wheel, so I used a wedge)
Plum Jam (Fig would be marvelous!)
1 package of crescent rolls or 1 sheet of puff pastry
1 egg

Freeze brie for an hour, then remove from freezer and cut in half. Spread Jam on 1 half of brie, then put other half back on top. Set aside.
Remove crescent rolls from carton, unroll, and lay out side by side. pinch seams together with your fingers. Roll flat with rolling pin. Spread jam in center of pastry sheet.
Place brie in center of pastry, and wrap pastry around it. (I also used a cookie cutter to stamp a shape here, but it disappeared.) Brush with egg white.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, on a dish with sides. Serve immediately, or stick in oven at 350 for ten minutes before serving.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blog changes

I've decided to remove the personal posts from my blog, and keep only the kitchen and crafty ones, since those are my most favorite hobbies. There just isn't a whole lot going on here for me to keep a personal blog.

Hope you'll stick around as I make some changes!