Saturday, August 20, 2016

Red Pepper and Corn Quesadilla

If you're looking for an easy, flavorful, meatless dinner option...well then, look no further.

These guys have it all: zesty pepper jack cheese, a savory corn and pepper mixture, and a perfectly crisped tortilla. Add these to your menu this week and I think you'll find these will become a family favorite!

-Flour tortillas
-1 15.25oz can  of corn, drained
-1 red pepper, diced
-1/2 of a white onion, diced
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 tablespoons butter
-1 block pepper jack cheese, shred the whole thing

1. In a medium pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the diced onion, saute 5 minutes. Add the red pepper and the corn. Saute about 10-15 minutes, gradually raising until the corn gets a slight browned crisp. Pour mixture into a bowl, add the salt, stir and set aside.

2. In the pan, melt about 1/2 tablespoon of butter over medium heat...just enough for the tortilla to fry in but you don't want it swimming in butter! So depending on your pan size, start small and add more butter if needed. Place tortilla on the butter, on one half of the tortilla layer shredded cheese then a few tablespoons of the corn/pepper mixture. Honestly, the amount of cheese and corn/pepper you use will depend on how many quesadillas you need to make so there is no "right" amount. Let the tortilla fry about 3 minutes, when it's nice and browned gently fold the empty side over, press down with your spatula and cook another minute to make sure it will stay together and the melty cheese will bind it together. With each new tortilla, add a little bit of butter to the pan so each one will have fresh butter to fry in.

3. To serve, slice into 2 large triangles or 4 smaller ones. I find with these 2 large triangles works best so the corn and peppers don't flop out. Top with sour cream.

A Seasoned Greeting Original Recipe

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

And we're back.

Things are looking a bit different around here. For starters, I've ditched the Blogspot and gained a ".com". Go ahead, check the navigation bar. No more "" and just!

Second, you'll notice I've been able to step up my photo game. Getting married has been amazing...I have my best friend, someone to share my life with, and access to a better camera that takes my blog photos from "blah" to "ba-bam!".


-9" graham cracker crust pie shell
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1 stick butter, softened
-1 cup chocolate chips
1. Heat your oven to 325.
2. Beat the eggs for 3 minutes until foamy. Then beat in both sugars, the flour, and then the softened butter. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Pour into pie shell, bake 60 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Ask Chef Dennis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Oven Kabobs

Kabobs aren't just for the grill anymore.

Dress a basic chicken kabob up however you want. Add onions, peppers, zucchini...whatever. It's your kabob.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes and there you have it! Oh, and make sure you've soaked your skewers for several hours, it should be a no brainer that you don't want to stick dried out wood in a blazing oven.

You might want to serve these Sweet & Spicy Kabobs with a side of Kleenex, there's much more of a kick than I thought.

-Chicken breasts cut into kabob chunks
-1/4 cup water
-4 tablespoons honey BBQ sauce
-3 tablespoons hot sauce (cut back to 2 if you don't like things too spicy)
-1/2 cup brown sugar

1. Place chicken chunks on skewers. Heat oven to 375.

2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the water, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and hot sauce. Simmer 5-6 minutes until the sugar is melted and sauce is heated. Spoon over kabobs, reserved a bit for dipping. Season with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder.

3. Bake kabobs for 25 minutes. Spoon remaining sauce over top.

Sauce Source: Budget Savvy Diva


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Garlic and Sage Brown Butter Ravioli

I wouldn't say I'm a chronic re-decorator, more of a chronic shifter. Since this pretty much sums up my current financial situation...

...I like to rearrange my decor from room to room to give myself the feeling of having new things.

My latest creative is these wall circles. I saved the tops of Bath & Body Works candles and used some scrapbook papers to make a really cool wall piece!

This pasta dish is so freaking easy and quick to throw together, but tastes way more involved than it is! I suggest only making this with ravioli or tortellini, don't try using just regular pasta.

-1 (20z) package refrigerated cheese ravioli or tortellini
-1/2 cup butter, cubed
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh sage
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Cook ravioli according to package.

2. In a saucepan melt the butter and add in the minced garlic. Cook over medium heat roughly 6-7 minutes to brown the butter and the garlic. Add in the sage and salt and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Source: Taste of Home Cooking Magazine, October 2013

3. Pour in cook ravioli, stir to coat. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Espresso Frosting and South Park Cake

After watching a few episodes of Chopped the other day, I got to thinking...those challenges are way too easy. Ya know what would really bring in some viewers? Have the contestants look inside my fridge and have to come up with an edible scrumptious dinner. I imagine Ted Allen would say a little something like this:

"Ok, inside your fridge you have questionable leftovers, grape jelly, hot sauce, and a soy sauce packet. You have 30 minutes on the clock."

Now that's a challenge!

Behold my South Park cake. I'm really happy with how this turned out. Admittedly, I did skip out on doing their gloves and shoes butttttt I got so fricken tired and thought they looked fine as is. The frosting is a rich espresso, I forgot to take a photo of it, but I'll definitely be making it again it was that good! I basically used my mocha frosting recipe that I've made several times before, but eliminated the cocoa and increased the espresso powder.

-1 cup butter, softened
-2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee
-1 and 1/2 tablespoon espresso powder (I used Cafe Bustelo in the yellow pack)

1. Whip together the butter and the powdered sugar, add the tablespoon of brewed coffee and espresso powder. If mixture is too firm, add brewed coffee a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Spread onto a cooled cake.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blush Alfredo

I was thumbing through a People Style Magazine the other day. I normally chuck these freebie magazines right in the trash, but I was exceptionally bored one evening. A couple key points:

1. I have to say this whole "oxford shoes are so chic and sexy" thing needs to be over.

2. Just because a celebrity is wearing it doesn't mean it's trend-setting and fashionable.

3. Those god-awful flowy/tapered/pleated pants that are super popular right now look decent on only about .3% of women. Unless you are a size 0 with no curves it just looks like you are lazily trying to hide your thighs and ass in pajama pants you're trying to pass off as real pants.

4. There was a pajama section and the pajama sets were $200. HAHAHAHAHHA! I'm sorry, this one still cracks me up. People are really spending over $20 on pajamas? God that's rich.

This is a divine tomato Alfredo sauce that you absolutely must try. The original recipe called for using jarred Alfredo sauce, but trust me my Alfredo recipe is so quick and tasted 150 times better than that jarred stuff.

-4-5oz tomato sauce (I use Muir Glen Organic)
-handful chopped basil
-Homemade Alfredo Sauce
       -2 tablespoons butter
      - 2 tablespoons flour
      -2 cups heavy cream
      -1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
      -1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (don't skip this!!)
      -1/2 teaspoon salt
      -1.2 teaspoon pepper

1. Melt butter in a saucepan then stir in the flour. Pour in the cream. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir to melt. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Add another tablespoon flour if you need to thicken the sauce. Simmer to reduce, 30 minute. 

2. Pour in the tomato sauce and chopped basil and stir to combine.

Source: Pinterest

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Copycat Panera Orange Scones

These delicious scones are almost an exact replica of the Panera Orange Scones! Perfectly zesty, orangey, not too crumbly, and filling!

Makes 8 scones
-1/3 cup sugar
-zest of 2 navel oranges
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-8 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg

1. Heat oven to 400. Combine the sugar and orange zest. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add in butter, using your hand to combine until mixture has formed a coarse meal.

2. In another bowl, combine the sour cream and the egg. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Using your hand, form dough into a ball.

3. Place on a lightly floured surface and form into a circle about 7" wide. Cut into triangles. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake 17 minutes.

-3 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 cup powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed OJ

1. Combine all ingredients. When scones have cooled, spoon glaze evenly over each scone. Let set, then repeat to double-glaze.

Source: My Baking Addiction