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Crack Potatoes

Crack Potatoes

I made the best potatoes last night and ate way too much!!  I found this recipe at Plain Chicken and had to try it.  They are absolutely delicious and next time I will have to half it or maybe even divide it into thirds and freeze the others for later.  It makes a lot and for just the 4 of us (although Cheyenne didn’t eat any) it was way too much.  I even had a plate of it for lunch today.

 

Crack Potatoes or Loaded Potato Casserole

2 (16oz) containers sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 (3oz) bags real bacon bits
2 packages Ranch Dip mix
1 large (28 – 30oz) bag frozen hash brown potatoes – shredded kind

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Sides, Uncategorized

 

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Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

I love red potatoes and I love them roasted in the oven and I am constantly looking for new flavors to make them.  I tried these Honey Roasted Red Potatoes tonight and they were amazing!!
Recipe adapted from My Tasty Treasures

 

 

Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 tablespoons finely chopped onion
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Place potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and top with onion. In a small bowl, combine butter, honey, mustard, salt and pepper; drizzle over potatoes. Mix thoroughly to coat all of the potatoes. Place back in a single layer.

Bake for 40 minutes or until tender, stirring a couple of times during cooking. Stir one more time and turn on broiler and place under broiler for about 2-3 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were so yummy and went perfectly with the Glazed Pork Chops.

Let me know if you get a chance to make these and how much you love them!!

Happy Cooking,
Lori

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Sides

 

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Glazed Pork Chops

Glazed Pork Chops

I made a delicious dinner tonight and it was devoured by everyone!  I love pork chops and I’m always looking for different ways to fix it.  Tonight I made Glazed Pork Chops adapted from a recipe I found via Pinterest from Budget Bytes.

This had such good flavor and I adapted the recipe and made it a little different and it was amazing!  I will definitely be making it again.

Here’s how I made it:

Glazed Pork Chops

4 pork chops (I used regular, not thick cut)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Additional brown sugar

In a bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Take pork chops out of package and rub the brown sugar mixture all over both sides of each pork chop. Make sure you use all of the mixture.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot (it will look wavy in the pan) add your pork chops. Cook the pork chops for about 5 minutes on each side.

Add some brown sugar to each side and cook for about 4 or 5 more minutes per side or until cooked through.

I really love brown sugar, so I added a handful of brown sugar each time I flipped it and they were amazing.

Place on a serving platter and pour/spoon glaze from skillet over the chops.

These had such good flavor and everyone loved them. I made some yummy coleslaw and Honey Roasted Red Potatoes to go with this and it was a delicious meal!

Let me know if you have a chance to make this and how you like it!!

Happy Cooking,
Lori

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Pork

 

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Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

I made these the other night with the Crockpot Italian Chicken and they were delicious!

I love carrots and these had such great flavor, there wasn’t any left over.

 

 

Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. Butter
3 Tbsp.Brown Sugar, packed (Light or Dark)
1 Tbsp.Maple Syrup
1 pound Baby Carrots (or whole carrots chopped into chunks)
Directions:
In a medium skillet, heat the butter, sugar, and maple syrup over medium heat, stirring until smooth and the butter is melted.
Add the carrots and toss to coat. Cover and reduce the heat to low.
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and glazed.
I had to cook mine a little longer, because I turned my burner too low on the stove.  Once I turned it back up to medium instead of simmer, they finally started to soften and I could have cooked them a little longer to soften a little more, but the rest of the meal was ready and they had softened up quite a bit.

Here’s the delicious dinner we had….

Let me know if you get a chance to make these and how you like them!!

Happy Cooking,
Lori
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Quick & Easy, Sides, Vegetables

 

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Crockpot Italian Chicken

Crockpot Italian Chicken

I know…I haven’t posted in a while.  We’ve eaten out a few nights and some of the meals I have made, I haven’t been all that impressed with.

But the other night, I fixed a very tasty meal!  I made Crockpot Italian Chicken and it was so yummy and everyone ate it up, even Cheyenne!

So without further ado, here is Crockpot Italian Chicken…

Crockpot Italian Chicken

Recipe from: Chef in Training

2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (thawed or frozen will work too.  I used frozen chicken cutlets & they turned out perfect!)

1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 pkg. Italian dressing mix

rice or pasta

Place the chicken in the crockpot.

Mix softened cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, and Italian dressing mix together and pour evenly over the chicken.

Cook on high 4-6 hours or until chicken is fully cooked and tender.  I had to turn mine down to low after about 3 1/2 hours because it started bubbling and boiling.

Serve over rice or pasta!

I served peas and Maple Glazed Baby Carrots with this and it was delicious!!

This was so good and the flavor is amazing.  I was so preoccupied with the Maple Glazed Carrots I was making that I forgot to make the rice. This was so delicious, I bet it would taste even better with the rice, but it was still delicious!!  Even Cheyenne loved it and said “This is good chicken, Mommy!”  It just warms my heart when she likes what I fix, eats it and especially when she tells me how good it is!

Let me know if you get a chance to make this and let me know how you like it!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Chicken, Crockpot Meals

 

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