Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

So I have made several new recipes lately but I never remember to take a picture of them. And I personally love to see pictures when I am looking for a new recipes. So I will try and remember to snap a few pictures. However in the meantime I would still like to share some of the recipes that I have really enjoyed.

My favorite recent recipe is Crock Pot Salsa Chicken. It is about the easiest meal I have made so far and it's delicious. Joe loved it and I think it will be a regular dinner for us. The crock pot is seriously one of my favorite kitchen items. It makes preparing dinner so easy!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken:

3-4 chicken breasts
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 jar of salsa (16oz)
1 cup sour cream

Place the chicken breast in the crock pot. Sprinkle the taco seasoning on top of each chicken breast. In a bowl mix together the salsa and the cream of mushroom soup. Pour the salsa/soup mixture over the chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 15 minutes before we were going to eat I used a fork and shredded the chicken and then added the cup of sour cream. We ate the chicken in tortillas and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Did you wear green today? I did! This day will always take me back to college days. We always made such a big deal out of St. Patrick's Day in college. I remember Joe and the guys used to always be out at the bar early in the morning for kegs and eggs. I never joined in very early since I always seemed to be packed full of classes to attend that day. (The wonderful joys of being in the College of Pharmacy I guess. . .) Today I am spending the day working like most others I know. I do plan on asking Joe if he wants to go for at least one green beer tonight after the gym and dinner.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cake Balls

I have really been getting into trying new recipes lately. I have always liked to cook and bake but now that I have all the kitchen stuff from the wedding and more free time than when I was in graduate school I am enjoying my time in the kitchen.

Last week Joe and I were invited to a house warming party. So I decided it was a great opportunity to try a new recipe. I had seen so many other blogs where people were making cake balls and I knew I wanted to try them. So that is what I decided I would take to the party. Here's the recipe I used:

Cake Balls

1 box of cake mix (any flavor but in this case chocolate)

1 batch of frosting (can frosting can be used but I made my own) recipe below

1 large bag chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting Recipe: From Betty Crocker Cookbook

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup baking cocoa

3 to 4 tbs milk

Mix powdered sugar and butter on low speed. Stir in vanilla and chocolate. Gradually beat in milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. The more milk you beat in the smoother it will get. If you get it too runny just ass a little more powdered sugar.

On Monday night I baked the cake in a 13x9 pan, let it cool and just covered it until the next evening. On Tuesday I finish the recipe with Joe's help. Joe crumbled the cake into fine crumbs while I made the chocolate frosting. Then in my mixer I combined about 3/4 of the frosting with the cake and mixed thoroughly. Then we rolled them into balls and put them in the freezer for about 45 minutes. I melted chocolate chips in a double broiler. Then we dipped each ball completely in the chocolate, topped with some sprinkles to add some color and set on wax paper to dry.

They were a big hit at the party and Joe really liked them. However Joe and I both agree that next time I am going to use less frosting so that the texture is more cakey and not so much like a truffle. They are definitely something I will make again!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I have been thinking for the past few weeks that I wanted to start a new blog. Then the other day I was going through an old blog I had while I was in college and I realized how nice it was to go back and read everything I was going through at that time in my life. Which confirmed in my mind that I needed to start a new blog. So here it is. I plan on updating it with lots of different things including new recipes I try out as I expand my knowledge in the kitchen and any other new experience that Joe and I have. (Such as when we buy our first home this year!!!!) Hopefully you enjoy reading this as much as I will enjoy blogging!