Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas

4 medium-sized flour tortilla shells
1 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper
1/2 cup scallions, diced
8 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 avocado, diced
mild cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp butter

Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven, turn heat to 400, and cook 15 mins per side.

Add 1/2 tbsp bacon drippings to a skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and saute about 2-3 mins until softened. Add the chicken in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking. Remove the chicken and scallions to a plate and rinse out the skillet.

Add about 1/2 tbsp butter to the skillet over medium heat. When foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery. Layer one side of the tortilla with chicken, bacon, avocado, and a little cheese. Use tongs to flip the other half of the tortilla over and press down. Cook the tortilla for about 1-2 mins on each side or until golden brown and crispy.

Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, adding a little more butter for each tortilla as needed. Eat & enjoy!

Makes 4 quesadillas.

Recipe by Kevin and Amanda - Here is the link to this and lots more. . . click HERE.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

I found this on the blog called Make It Do.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
2/3 cup granulated sugar
zest and juice of 1 orange
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
For the glaze:
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper cups.

Melt 1/2 cup of butter and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, zest the orange and add sugar. Using your hands, rub the orange zest and sugar together until well blended and fragrant. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds. Mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl whisk together sour cream, eggs, vanilla, orange juice, and melted butter until well blended. Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Gently stir until just combined. Do not over mix, a few lumps are fine.

Spoon into muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes, or until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.

While the muffins are baking, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons orange juice until smooth.

Remove muffins from pan, place on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet beneath to catch the overspill. Allow to cool for a few minutes before drizzling the glaze over muffins.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Apple Salad

I needed to take this to a party the other day and couldn't find the recipe. I decided I better post it here. This is an awesome easy salad that will compliment any get together.

This can easily be doubled for a larger crowd.

8 oz sour cream
2 T Milk
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 Cup coconut - shredded
1 t Almond Extract
5-6 Apples. Quartered and cut up into bit size pieces. Do not peel.

Throw all of these ingredients together and you've got an easy hit.