Monday, August 22, 2011

Taste Explosion!

I discovered this recipe a few weeks ago on Pinterest. I can feel your shock and amazement. It is a Pioneer Woman recipe, so I was expecting nothing less than fireworks. This Taco Pizza recipe is very similar to an Indian Taco, which I have been wanting to attempt for a while now, instead of waiting on October to roll around when I heave on over to the fair and eat five in one night. One pesky detail that I was NOT excited about doing was having to make my own pizza dough. I used to make homemade bread with my grandma and it was such a fun experience but that was when I was a kid, and I didn't have a two-year old nipping at my ankles, and my grandma let me throw flour all over the kitchen floor. I saw that this recipe required two hours of preparation, and twelve minutes of cook time. Two hours of prep, are you kidding me? The only meal that I put that much time and effort into involves driving to Glenpool for sausage rolls and donuts. Alas, I threw caution to the wind and decided that I was going to give it a shot. With the help of my mother on how to get the dough to rise, it turned out perfectly. Now keep in mind that I had to spend about three hours prepping instead of just two, because my husband wouldn't touch black beans, cilantro, or any of the other delicious toppings with a ten foot pole. So I followed the recipe for half of the pizza, and the other half was dough, taco meat and lots of cheese, just how Pooh Bear likes it. My side was black beans with some taco seasoning, cooked to the consistency of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, green leaf lettuce, and sour cream/buffalo sauce. How have I not thought to marry the two main staples of my diet until coming across this recipe?? I was a little disappointed in myself to say the least. Sour cream plus Frank's equals the most delicious topping for any dish. Of course I doubled the amount that was listed in the recipe, it only made it more phenomenal. You should do it too. This is one of those dishes that you simply cannot have just one serving. I had three and it was worth every last bite. As I was wiping the sour cream from my face I was like a kid on Christmas morning, nearly bursting with excitement to tell all my friends of this recipe as if I had just won the lottery. One last thing I love about this recipe is that you have big breaks in between prepping for cleaning dishes. I hate recipes that leave you with what seems like every dish you own on top of the stove, who wants to tackle that after eating? Not me. This recipe made it easy to clean as I cooked, leaving me with only the plates and a baking sheet to clean when we finished eating. There, my novel is complete. Best recipe ever!

Shammy Says "Words can't express the pure joy I feel when finding a recipe like this"

Homemade tortilla strips--surprisingly easy!

Just one more slab

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top of the Muffin to You!

These Peach and White Chocolate Chip Muffins almost didn't get made. I bought the ingredients for them a week or so ago and my peaches went bad. So I threw them out and then realized I had intended on making these muffins with them. Damn. Now I had to go all the way back to the grocery store just for two peaches. I was at Walmart today and picked up a couple as I was shopping for some other things. I came home and vowed to make them after lunch, even though I would have rather taken a nap. I am beyond happy that I decided to make these muffins because they are the best I have ever had. I found the recipe on FoodGawker and they looked amazing. They were ridiculously easy to make, inexpensive and the hardest part was cutting the peaches. I highly suggest you give these a try, they are perfect for breakfast if you are on the go!

Shammy Says "Here's your problem. You're making just the muffin tops. You've gotta make the *whole* muffin. Then you...Pop the top, toss the stump. Taste."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Promised You the Good, Bad and the UGLY

Dipping the chicken, completely unaware of the massacre that was to come...
When I began this blog, I told you that I would blog about the good, the bad, and the delicious. Well, this was HORRIFIC. This was one of those meals that we have all had the pleasure of cooking, the recipe that turns into an utter nightmare as soon as you begin cooking. The recipe was Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili dipping sauce. My intentions were good, but I have the common sense of a rock so that didn't help me in this situation. I planned on making oven baked french fries out of my russet potatoes that I had in my pantry to go along with the chicken. I have made oven baked fries many a time, so why all of a sudden did they turn to mush as I was cooking? I am still scratching my head on that one. So as I was attempting to salvage the "fries" I set my oil on high(I don't know why I did this either) and plopped 6 strips into the pan as soon as I thought it looked ready. Burn baby burn! In case you are not quite grasping the severity of the situation, no worries I documented it...

Anyone hungry for some fry crispies and some chicken strips that even your dog wouldn't eat?!
An utter disgrace

So after the first two batches got fried, literally, I figured out the secret. Turn the heat down! Voila, I turned the heat to low and look what happened! Golden perfection, the problem is that we only ended up with 6 small strips which was just enough to tide my husband over as an appetizer. They were quite tasty, so for anyone wanting to attempt this recipe who isn't an utter moron like myself, go for it!
Pretty delicious after I nearly burned the house down

Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Shammy Says "Balls"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mexican + Pizza = Ecstasy

Mexican Pizza at it's finest

This post should come as no surprise, I love Mexican just about as much as I love my child, maybe a little more. All kidding aside, I could not wait to try this recipe. This is another Pinterest find, slowly but surely, Pinterest is becoming my go-to site for recipes because it is mostly women like myself discovering, cooking, and perfecting delicious recipes. You can add or omit any ingredient that you choose, making this the ultimate dinner recipe. I will post the recipe below, which I happened to follow to the letter and it turned out phenomenal, as you can see above.

Mexican Pizza Recipe

Shammy Says "My new favorite mexican dish"

Don't Think, Just Eat

Too good to be true

I am not going to muck up this post with a bunch of words. To put it simply, ever since I posted this picture on Facebook I received over fifteen requests for the recipe, so that is why I am blogging these cookies. To keep it short and sweet, I don't eat chocolate chip cookies, they simply don't tempt me and never have. Until now. I saw a picture of these on Pinterest and they looked so gooey, chocolatey and delicious. Folks, they are so much more than that. These cookies changed my very existence. I plan on making a huge batch just to have around the house when I want a little nosh, when the cold weather kicks in of course. Wonderful, delicious, amazing and tantalizing are just a few words that come to mind when I think of these cookies. Oh yeah it was also voted the New York Times best chocolate chip cookie recipe, if that validates my opinion any more.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Shammy Says "TOO GOOD"


Go buy these NOW

I like to include grocery store gems in my blog, because I know how awesome it is when you find something so good from the grocery store that you would rather eat in than out, at least for me. I have tried EVERY brand of frozen waffles in the freezer section and I finally found "the one." I buy this brand all the time, but I was buying the "Pomegran Plus" kind. They were decent, but the other day I saw that they just came out with the "Homestyle" and figured I would give them a shot. Son of a nutcracker these are delicious. I am not lying when I say they taste just like home cooked waffles. I wanted to eat four, but stopped myself after one. If I weren't going to be in a bikini this weekend I would have polished off the entire box. These are a tad more expensive than Eggo waffles but you I've said it before and I'll say it again, I will spend the extra money if it is yummers.


Simple and Yummy!

Cashews, bell peppers, and chicken OH MY!
I was searching for stir fry recipes to try last week and came across this one on the internet. It looked easy and delicious, 2 things I love about a recipe. It was actually one of the easiest recipes I have come across, and it passed my taste test with flying colors as well. The thing I love about stir fry recipes is that they are so versatile, you can switch out ingredients to suit your own palate. I went ahead and used the garlic, bell peppers, and hoisin sauce as the base for this one, just to see how it turned out. Naturally, I loved it and Pooh Bear told me to make it orange flavored next time with no bell peppers. He is hands down the hardest person to please when it comes to food. I will definitely make this dish again, but next time I will switch a few ingredients to suit my very picky husband!

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Shammy Says "Cashew Chicken Stir Fry is a GO!"

Monday, August 8, 2011

This Will Be a Two-Parter

This dish just does it for me

Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole. Greater words were never spoken.  I knew that this dish would be phenomenal because of the title alone. My predictions were proven right after tasting it, although I made a few mistakes that I fully intend on rectifying in the near future. The recipe called for six cups of frozen hash browns, and I figured one bag would do the trick. I was sadly mistaken. I should have used at least two bags. Also, I didn't use a measuring cup for the cheese either, so it ended up really cheesy. Who the hell do I think I am, Rachael Ray? Needless to say, it turned out good but VERY rich. So rich that you could really only eat one serving. Every time I try to be cool and measure ingredients using my eye it backfires. Lesson learned. I am not Suzy homemaker, I HAVE to follow directions. Back to the dish, it was heavenly. If you care for Buffalo Sauce even in the slightest, this dish is for you. You can sub the ranch for blue cheese if you prefer to do so. I would have done that but Pooh Bear loves ranch, so I acceded. All the ingredients worked very well together, and will work even better when I use the correct amount of potatoes and cheese. I can't wait to make this again, but will probably wait until the weather cools down a bit.

Recipe------->Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole

Shammy Says "Even more phenomenal served with Tostitos"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Comfort Food


Oh nacho cheese Doritos and sour cream, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I have been eating this snack since I was a little girl. I remember standing in the kitchen begging my mom to let me eat this for dinner. She always denied my request, being the good mother that she is, but as soon as I flew the coop I have been having this for dinner quite often, and guilt free I might add. Every time someone is around when I am eating this, they ask me "why the HELL are you eating chips with SOUR CREAM." I simply reply by saying "just try it." They try it and end up loving it, going on and on about how weird it sounds but how good it is. I figured I could not run a food blog without mentioning one of my all time favorite things to eat. I don't know how I came up with this concoction, and I don't need to know. All I know is that it is delicious.

Shammy Says "JUST TRY IT"