August 9, 2014

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Corn & Black Bean Salsa
(Compliments to cousins Katie & Emily!)


3 Cans Corn, drained
3 Cans Black Beans, rinsed & drained
8-10 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
Bunch of Green Onions, chopped
5-7 Avacados, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Squeeze 1 Lime (add Zest if you like)
1 Jalapeno, seeds & ribs removed, minced-optional

2 Packages Good Season Zesty Italian Dressing
1/2 C. Vinegar
1 TBSP OliveOil
1 TBSP Water

Combine and pour over salsa, mix and serve.

Instead of canned corn I used frozen. I just pulled it out of the freezer, rinsed it in a strainer to start it to defrost and added it first. By the time I was done chopping and mixing the corn was perfect.
You can find the Good Season dressing packs by the dressing where you'd find the Hidden Valley Ranch packs.

March 19, 2014

Sesame Chicken

SESAME CHICKEN-Crock Pot Style! Serves 4-6 People

1 1/2 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts (2-3 pieces)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove
(It didn't call for it but I added 1/4-1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Put chicken into crock pot.
Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.
Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. 
Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to crock pot - can leave chicken in and simmer on low or serve.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

My recipe turned out to look nothing like the picture. It was however delicious. I'm assuming the juice from the chicken added too much liquid to the recipe and it was not thick at all. So, next time I may cook the chicken, drain it maybe 15 minutes before its done then add the sauce and continue to let it marinate. Then remove the chicken and follow the recipe from that point.

I made jasmine rice and had green beans with it. All of us liked it. Yay!! A successful dinner :)

January 18, 2014

Chewy Deliciousness Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2-1/4 c.  Flour
  • 1 t. Baking Soda
  • ½ t. Salt

  • 1 c. Butter, softened
  • ½ c. Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ c. Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 t.  Vanilla
  • 1 Egg

  • 2 c. (12oz) Milk Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and egg. Beat well.
  5. Add dry ingredietns to creamed mxture. Mix well.
  6. Add chocolate chips. Mix well.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoonfulls, 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 7 - 8 minutes at 375°F.
  9. Remove cookies from oven, place on cooling rack.