Monday, November 29, 2010

Bloody Marys!

What you need:
Bloody Mary Mix
Worcestershire sauce
Celery salt
Lime juice

If you don't have a cocktail rimmer than cut a lime into slices and rub the lime around the rim of the glass. Roll in celery salt. Pour 1.5-2 ounces of vodka into the bottom of glass. Top with bloody mary mix, a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce, shake of pepper, shake of celery salt and mix.

Drink up! XO!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Sneak Peek at My Fall Project....

                                                I love, love, love all the pretty, bright colors.

Can you guess what I'm making?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ranch Chicken Wings

What you need:
2 pounds chicken wings, thawed
3 (1 oz each) packets of dry ranch dressing mix
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
Oil for frying

Step 1) Sprinkle the wings with one ranch packet. Let stand in fridge for 4 hours.
Step 2) Mix one packet of ranch with the flour and one with the egg.

Step 3) Dredge chicken in flour then egg and then the flour again. Fry til crispy.

I really liked how these wings turned out, but next time I think I'm trying this recipe with chicken tenders instead!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Its starting to get a little chilly here in the Midwest so I've been using my slow cooker quite a bit. Slow cookers always seem to go with colder temps in my mind. It's definitely going to be a Crock Pot winter here at Cheese Grater.

What you need:
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons butter
4 chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
29 ounces chicken broth
29 ounces stewed tomatoes
1 cup salsa (I used black bean and corn salsa)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (more for spicy... I think I used about 2 teaspoons)
Shredded cheese (I used shredded queso cheese), sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips for topping.

 Simmer garlic and butter in bottom of slow cooker on low until butter melts. Do not brown garlic! Add chicken broth, tomatoes, salsa, and cumin. Cook on low 8 hours. I added my chicken about 2 hours before soup was finished so it wasn't too dry. And I cooked my chicken in a tiny bit of oil with paprika and ancho chili spice. Yum!

I served the tortilla soup with Mexican grilled cheese. I kind of just invented this while the soup was cooking. Instead of buttering the bread, I used chipotle mayo. Instead of American cheese, I used shredded queso cheese, shredded jalapeno jack cheese and some salsa con queso. Turned our pretty good!
This meal is perfect for a rainy or snowy lazy day. Give it a try!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crock Pot Garlic Clove Chicken

What you need:
3-4 lbs any kind of chicken (I used breasts)
1 large onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon pepper
30-40 garlic cloves, peeled

Place onions in bottom of slow cooker. Toss chicken with olive oil, salt, paprika, pepper and all of garlic cloves. Pour into slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-6.
S sure liked it!

I know the 30-40 garlic cloves seems like WAY too many, but its not... I swear! I used all forty of them. The garlic ends up roasting so it has a somewhat sweeter flavor to it and is perfect on toasty bread. Peeling the garlic took quite some time. A friend read my facebook status about peeling all that garlic and recommended a garlic peeler to me. I had never heard of that! Ordered it that evening on eBay for $.99 and that included the shipping. That thing works amazing!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

What you need:
1 box spice cake mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
cream cheese frosting (I cheated and used canned)
ground cinnamon (for garnish)
brown sugar (for garnish)

Bake as directed according to the spice cake mix box.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Ummmm Can You Say Scary?!?!?!?!

Chad spends the majority of his free time fishing and he recently got some new fishing waders. Fishing waders need to be stored hanging up to avoid creases in the rubber. If the rubber creases then the chances of tearing is pretty good. If the rubber tears then the waders are completely useless. Our townhouse has a basement, but its not finished and we just use it for storage. Since we are planning a move in the next couple months I have started packing a lot of stuff up and the basement is a complete mess! Anyway, Chad decided to hang the waders in the basement and silly me assumed that he would hang them off to the side INSTEAD OF RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. And my right in the middle I mean this.........
So one day before work I was putting some early Christmas presents in the basement to hide and got the shit scared out of me. The basement was pretty dark and the light from the patio door window illuminated the waders. I swear I thought there was a dead body in the basement! Those damn things are still hanging there and every time I go downstairs my heart jumps a little.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Step 1) Remove seeds from the pumpkin.

Step 2) Rinse well!
Step 3) Pat dry or let air dry overnight.
Step 4) Spray the cook sheet with cooking spray. Coat liberally with your choice of spice. I used cayenne pepper, chili powder, kosher salt, paprika, and ancho chili spice. I also drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil.
Step 5) Bake at 300 for 45-55 minutes or until seeds become crunchy.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Somebody wasn't very happy with her Halloween costume!