Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Another cookie recipe given to me by a tenant!

Heather has lived here two weeks now and she made some chocolate peanut butter cookies to send her boyfriend and we got to try some as well.

These are a nice soft cookie!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
from someone on the foodnetwork (she couldn't find the recipe online)

8 sq (1 ounce) semi sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter chips **we decided it would be just fine to toss in the entire bag of peanut butter chips**

Heat oven to 350 degrees
In a saucepan melt chocolate, butter, and milk over low heat
Remove and add biscuit baking mix, egg, vanilla, and beat until smooth.
Cool to room temperature and add peanut butter chips.
Bake 6-8 minutes

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cake Walk

One of my co-workers has a daughter in another elementary school. She told me about the carnival that school has every year and they do a cake walk to raise money. People donate cakes, then there are 20 chairs set up in a circle, each chair has a number, someone plays music and when it stops you scramble to a chair, someone pulls a number out of a jar and they win a cake. You browse the table of donated cakes and get to pick whatever one you want. When you donate a cake you must be sure that you include a card with the ingredients. The theme for the schools carnival was Space Odessey 2009. Here is DH's cake decoration of the cake we donated. It's cute!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chinese Chicken Salad

I wanted a Chinese chicken salad for lunch today so I decided to make one.
I used Ina Garten's recipe, then I didn't like the dressing so I had DH throw more stuff into the dressing to improve it. Also I browsed Bobby Flays Chinese chicken salad and decided to combine both Ina's and Bobby's. I liked Bobby's vegetable ideas better. I also decided that I did not end up saving any $ by making this at home and next time I should just go to Cheesecake Factory and order myself one. This recipe tasted good, but DH said he gets a Chinese chicken salad from Lawson's for $7 and he likes the dressing better. I may have to start watching Sandra Lee's show about saving money. Oh no!

Ina's Recipe

Bobby's Recipe

My Changes


4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound asparagus, ends removed, and cut in thirds diagonally I didn't use asparagus.
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded
2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted I didn't use sesame seeds
Shredded Carrots, about 4
Snap Peas cut in halves
Romain Lettuce, ripped into bite sized pieces

For the dressing: My dressing did contain all of the following, plus some extras

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup good apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

MORE honey, dashes of Franks red hot sauce.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub with the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in large bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken into a large bowl.

Cut the peppers into bite sized pieces and toss in bowl.
Cut the snap peas in halves and toss into the bowl.
Cut the green onions, white and greens and toss into the bowl

Toss all salad ingredients in the bowl to combine

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing.
We poured our dressing into a gravy holder so we didn't end up over dressing the salad and the leftover salad will stay crisp.

Chow Mein Noodles are a must for me
Roasted Peanuts

(DH had both on his salad)