Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pizza Sandwiches

These have recently become a family favorite after seeing the idea on six sisters. Its obviously super simple and I'm a little embarrassed to even be posting....but we love it so I gotta share!  Its also super quick and every single person (even my picky husband) loves it. But I'm tellin' ya, ya need to use the white bread and real butter. Taste will definitely be sacrificed if you don't! We've only made them with pepperoni or just cheese but the options are endless with this recipe!

Pizza Sandwiches

-Medium weight White bread (we use the "Italian" variety made by pepperidge farm)
-Mozzarella cheese mixed with a bit of parmesano orregiano
-Italian seasoning
-garlic powder
-SOFT butter
-other pizza toppings if desired (banana peppers, olives, sausage, etc.)
-pizza/spaghetti sauce

Mix soft butter with seasonings and garlic powder. I usually do about 4 T butter and 1 t. of ea seasoning.
Spread seasoned butter on one side of two pieces of white bread. Place on panini maker, griddle, or frying pan with cheese and desired topping in between bread. Serve with a dish of hot spaghetti/pizza sauce.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs

Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs 

We're on a major kebab kick lately. We have them at least weekly here. I love them b/c the chicken pieces are small, so they cook quickly and they're really flavorful. Anyway, I made these last night and here I am posting them already, so they are THAT good.
I got the recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and she grilled them up with veggie skewers as well and I'll include her instructions on those. I didn't make them b/c my family doesn't eat cooked veggies:(. Just FYI: I halved the marinade amount b/c I didn't make the veggies skewers.

Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs
from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into large pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, stemmed
  • 2-3 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, pepper, garlic and oil. Measure out 1/4 cup marinade and place in a covered container in the refrigerator to use for grilling. Place the cubed chicken in a large ziploc bag and the vegetables in another ziploc bag. Pour half of the remaining marinade over the chicken and the other half over the vegetables. Seal the bags and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (can be refrigerated up to 24 hours).
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water 30 minutes prior to cooking. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and alternate the veggies/fruit on separate skewers.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium heat and grill the skewers, flipping every couple of minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (about 7-10 minutes total, depending on the heat of your grill and size of the chicken pieces). The vegetable skewers only need a few minutes per side. Use the reserved marinade to brush over the chicken and veggies during the final minutes of cooking. Serve immediately.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sweet Cornbread

So...I know I just posted a recipe for Johnny Cake like two days ago....but, we had that delicious leftover Brunswick stew for dinner tonight and I didn't have any more JIF corn muffin mix so I went to and found this recipe for completely homemade sweet cornbread. I am picky when it comes to cornbread and this definitely did not disappoint. It was so moist due to the sour cream! Try it a mix of 50/50 soft butter and honey!

Sweet Cornbread
1 c flour
1 c cornmeal
1/4 c sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 egg
1 c sour cream
1/3 c milk
1/4 c butter, melted

Mix ingredients. Pour into greased pie pan and cook at 400 for 20 min. Garnish with honey butter.

Marty's Brownies

Admittedly, I've never been a huge fan of homemade brownies. I'm cheap and easy--  Ghiradelli or even Betty Crocker suit me just fine. But I had these at a playgroup and immediately got the recipe from my friend Jesi. So, throw your diet aside, ignore how much butter is in them, and make them. Now.They are delicious and easy! I skipped the sifting part and they turned out great! I served these with vanilla ice cream and Aunt Elisabeth's hot fudge sauce (also on the blog).

Marty's Brownies
1 1/8. c buttter, melted
2 1/4 c sugar
1 T vanilla
5 eggs

Sift together and then add:
1 1/8 c flour
3/4 c cocoa
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
Add one cup of semi-sweet choolate chips. Bake in greased 9x13 pan at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Dont over bake!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brunswick Stew with Johnny Cake

I have been on a serious BBQ kick lately! I realize stew is kinda a winter meal, but I think anything BBQ reminds me of summer. This is a good old-fashioned southern dinner idea. This is such a "man meal" and for the hardcore carnivore! All you vegans and vegetarians- look the other way! :)  I used some ideas from Jennefer's recipe in our family cookbook.

1 lb browned ground beef or turkey
16 oz pulled pork (Or any other kind)
BBQ meat with sauce (I bought the kind in the grocery store-- you know, the CURLY'S brand)
2 Chicken breasts (I used some that I had previously cooked in the crock pot....rotisserie would also be great here)
1 14 oz can petite diced tomatoes undrained
2 cans sweet corn undrained
1 can creamed corn undrained
2 C water
1 C BBQ Sauce
1/2 C ketchup
3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t cayenne pepper
S&P to taste
(I think this would also be great with green peppers and even carrots!) Combine in a pot! Mix and heat thoroughly. Serve with saltines or Johnny Cake (see below).

2 pkg of Jiff Corn Muffin mix
1/4 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
2 T honey
2 eggs
2/3 c milk or more for consistency

Place in a greased pie dish or 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 min. Serve with honey butter.