Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nothing New

So I just wanted those who follow this blogg to know that I just haven't cooked anything interesting in the last couple of weeks. That is why there have been no posts lately. Hopefully next week I get something interesting going in my kitchen!

Baked French Toast - Like no other!

I made this for a very good friend of mines baby shower a couple weeks ago and everyone wanted the recipe. I myself was very impressed with this dish as well as I have never made it before. I don't know why I do this to myself but I always seem to "experiment" when I need to cook for a group, lucky me so far every time I have done this it has turned out really well because I never have a back up plan!! I got this recipe from one of my best friends who got it from her Sister-in-law Jillian Tomco.

So here it is:Step 1:

Bottom of a 9 x 13 pan
1 1/2 C Brown Sugar (I used dark but light would be just fine)
6 T Maple Syrup
1 1/2 sticks of butter melted

Step 2: Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Get 12 slices of white sandwhich bread (brioche bread would also be delicious)
1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese, at room temp spread each slice of bread with cream cheese
Top one slice with a nice Cinnamon and white sugar mixture
Slap one of those other cream cheesed bread slices on top and make a sandwhich
Cut each sandwich on the diagnal.

Step 3: Smash the sandwiches into the 9 x 13 pan (don't worry they will all fit you literally have to cram them in the pan)

Step 4: Topping
In a bowl mix
5 eggs
1 3/4 c milk
1/2 t vanilla
Once that is all mixed pour over the top of the sandwhiches. Cover & refridgerate over night.The next morning pop it into a 350 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes.

Serve with fresh berries and whip cream.This is perfect for a special occasion. If, and I mean "If" there are left overs they hold beautifully in the fridge for a few days. Just reheat in the microwave and top with whatever, to enjoy this awesomeness again.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pork Chops & Potatoes - Crock Pot Style

Here is another recipe that I have been meaning to post for a while. I just recently discovered that pork chops done in the Crock Pot - are AWESOME!! Anyway I tried this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it so here it is.

6 Pork Chops - no bone
1 10 oz can of cream of chicken soup
1/3 c sliced mushrooms
1/4 c Dijon Mustard
1/4 c Chicken Broth/stock
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dried basil leaves
1/4 t black pepper
10 red potatoes, sliced
1 mediun onion - sliced like you were going to do onion rings only a little thinner

Heat a little butter and a little oil in a pan. Season pork chops with a little salt and pepper and brown on both sides.

Mix all other incredients together well and place in the bottom of the crock pot. Place the pork chops on the top of that mixture. That's it your done!

Cook on Low 8-10 hours or on High for 4-5 hours. I did the high temp and it was great.

Chinese Cashew Chicken - Crock Pot Style

As I sit here waiting for this yummy dinner to be ready us to eat I sit down and pop in the original Parent Trap Movie and off to blogging I go. So this is what we are having for dinner tonight and probably tomorrow night.

1 lbs Fresh Bean Sprouts or 1 - 16 oz can of Bean Sprouts (I find that a good named brand is just fine in the canned department!)
3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1 can of cream of chicken soup - undiluted
1 can of cream of celery soup - undiluted
4 green onions chopped
1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 T of soy sauce
1 cup whole cashews

Combine everything but the cashews. Mix well.

Cook on high 2-3 hours in the crock pot. About 20 minutes before ready add in the cashews.

Serve over rice.