Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Adobo Chicken Legs

So I'm trying to take a healthier approach to my cooking. I found a recipe for adobo chicken on skinny tatse but was missing some ingredients. So I went crazy and made my own version:
It was amazeballs!
6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
1/3 c. teriyaki sauce
4 chiplotle chilis with adobo (roughly chopped)
1/4 c. white cooking wine
1 small head of garlic (crushed)
fresh ground pepper
4 bay leaves

Marinate chicken in wine, teriyaki sauce, garlic, chiplotle, and pepper, for at least an hour (overnight is ideal). Add chicken, 1/2 cup water, bay leaves and marinade into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the cover and cook an additional 15 minutes, until the sauce reduces. Discard bay leaves and serve. I chose cauliflower and green beans to go with ours, but you can serve over some rice too. It was absolutely delicious. 


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shameless Derby Plug!

Here I am in my hippie, crunchy, derby mama glory :)
So even though I barely have time to write posts here, I decided to make a blog dedicated solely to my newest obsession, DERBY! Roller derby is an amazing sport and I'm having such a blast. Check out my blog, Life, Love Derby if you're interested in keeping up with my adventures in skating and hitting. You can also check out my Facebook page dedicated to my derby alter ego, Flashpoint (can anybody guess where that one came from, lol). My team, The Upstate Roller Girl Evolution is also actively seeking skaters. Check out their Facebook page if you're interested. No experience required, I can attest to that, lol.

BTW: Above photo taken by Jason R Scott of TN at our last bout against the Little City Roller Girls.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Corn Dip

This is seriously the best dip ever! I literally eat this with a spoon!

1 bag of frozen corn, or 2 cans (drained)
1 block of cream cheese (cut in chunks)
1 stick of butter (cut in chunks)
About 1/3 of a jar of jalapenos plus a little juice

Preheat oven to 350. Take cheese and butter and stick in microwave for about 2-3 minutes, just to get it kinda creamy. Add it to oven safe bowl with corn and jalapenos and give it a good mix with a spoon. Stick it in the oven for about 30 min, stirring every 10, till bubbly. Break out your favorite chips, or a spoon (lol) and enjoy.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

I Suck at New Year's Resolutions

My resolution to blog more has obviously not been kept up, lol. 4 months into it and I suck! I'm sure my followers are wondering if I fell off the edge of the planet or something. Well, here I is! Been pretty busy with my new part time job as a firefighter for West Union, full time mommy, and full time roller derby girl! Whew! I think I sometimes have to remind myself to breathe. I do plan to get back on it and start blogging more, including a separate blog solely for the fun that becoming a derby girl entails. Got Easter this Sunday and I made a couple little goodies for my dude that I will show off once I'm done. I also got an ever growing list of goodies to make for his first birthday (first birthday, OMG!) which is less than 4 months away (cue uncontrollable sobbing). Keep on the look out tomorrow for a post with either a craft of recipe. For now, let me show off my little dude in a current picture :)

Ok ok, so two pictures. Tee hee :)
Here he is smiling for my little sis while I was doing my annual burn training

And here he is exploring with his babysitter. My gosh he's getting huge!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Cookies!!!!

I was invited to my first ever holiday cookie swap. Now remember, I'm just now starting to get into this whole baking thing, so this was no easy task for me. I borrowed a friend's Kitchen Aide mixer (man I love that thing) and decided I wanted to go for the win and make swirly christmas cookies. I found the recipe on Pinterest (of course) and got my ingredients together, and went at it. Now it wasn't exactly easy, or pretty. I had a small meltdown halfway, so I asked Charlie to make his yummy PB cookies just in case I royally screwed up.

First off, the swirly cookies. Courtesy of Our Italian Kitchen.

If you see the original source here, you'll see that she did a much better job than me.

2 cups flour, plus possibly a few more tbsp (the original recipe called for cake flour, but I just used regular old all-purpose flour since I was all out of a softasilk)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup unsifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (cut in chunks)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp of food coloring of your choice(and/or 1/2 tsp of any desired extra extracts)
1 1/2 cup holiday sprinkles

1. In a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugars with paddle on medium until well blended.

2. Add butter in, gradually, and continue mixing. Add in vanilla extract. At this point, your dough will form a ball on your paddle.

3. Remove all your dough and divide into two equal parts. Return one portion back in to the mixer and add the food coloring and any extra extracts. I used Betty Crocker gel food coloring in green and vanilla extract for this batch. You could coordinate your colors and flavors, for example green food coloring matched with a mint extract or yellow with a lemon extract, etc. Also, if you are using liquid food coloring, you will need to add a few tbsp of flour to keep the dough from becoming too wet. Mix until the color is spread out evenly.

4. Roll out each portions of your dough, between two sheets a wax paper until is reaches about 11 x 9 inches and is 1/4 inch thick. Slide both unto a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. *This is where my mini meltdown ensued, because the dough was falling apart. I would leave it in the fridge for longer than 2 hrs.*

5. When firm, remove the top sheets of wax paper from both. Brush the uncolored vanilla dough lightly with water using a pastry brush. Then flip the colored dough onto the vanilla uncolored dough so they are stacked atop each other and even. Press the edges lightly with your fingertips to seal them together. Using a small pairing knife, trim the edges of the dough to make straight, even lines, if you want. I simply pressed the ends together and had 2 yummy end pieces covered in sprinkles :)

6. Pour out sprinkles onto a large platter and set aside. Be sure your dough is still cold, but flexible. Once it's ready, begin rolling the long side of dough into a swirl, jelly-roll style. Now, don't get nervous (like I did) if the outer layer of uncolored dough tears a bit. It's no problem, just pinch and pat those tears and voila, then just keep rolling.

7. Now gently lift your dough log onto the sprinkles and roll away. Cover the log completely with your sprinkles. Wrap the colorfully decorated log in plastic wrap twice. Depending on when you want to bake the cookies, either place the wrapped dough into refrigerator for about 3-4 hours or you can put it the freezer and keep it there for up to 2 months. (If freezing, give yourself time for the dough to defrost in the fridge overnight before cutting.)

8. Now the easy part. Slice your dough into 1/4-1/8 inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly golden. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cookie rack to finish cooling. Enjoy your whimsical Christmas cookies!

Not the prettiest thing in the world, but not bad for baking from scratch cookies for the first time :)

*Stay tuned next week for Charlie's famous PB cookies*

Christmas Traditions

With this being my little man's first Christmas, I've been thinking a lot about what Christmas traditions I wanna start with our little family. We didn't celebrate Christmas much at our house, so I don't have much to go by. I started asking some friends, and this is what I've come up with so far.

  • Elf on a Shelf: I wanted to start this tradition this year, but funds wouldn't have it. So next year I plan to incorporate this little guy in our festivities. I actually had a friend make a blog just about her Elf. You can check it out here. I plan on doing the same next year.
  • Christmas Eve PJs: I love this idea! You let them open one gift on Christmas Eve and it's PJs for them to wear that night. I can't wait to let him open it :)
  • Noche Buena: This is a cuban tradition that I definitely plan on continuing. We'll have the traditional spanish dinner on Christmas Eve. Roasted pork, black beans and rice, yucca, tostones, and of course... FLAN. Mmmm!
  • Of course, we'll do all the other fun stuff like cookies, decking the halls, etc.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I'd love to expand my list.

Wordless Wednesday - Christmas Pictures Part Dos

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!