a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Cheese Crisps

So John and I have gone low carb.... sigh.... it ISN'T a pretty picture.  Actually,  tossing the melodrama aside, it isn't as hard as I thought it would be, and I've lost 7 lbs in just one week.  So it is definitely worthwhile.  However, I would still gnaw off my own arm for a small dish of noodles, a chocolate chip cookie,  a lil sugar in my coffee... for the love of M&Ms, man!

For me,  the hardest part is nighttime. I'm done working, and I'm  relaxing, and I've got NOTHING to munch on. So I trolled the Internet for ideas and found CHEESE CRISPS!  Heavenly,  amazing,  wonderful CHEESE CRISPS!

I've tried them a couple of times and perfected a few options:

*sharp cheddar (literally just plain sharp cheddar)
*garlicky mozzarella (mozzarella sprinkled with garlic powder)
*Colby-pepper jack (a fabulous flavor Sargento makes)

Really they are super easy.... the recipe I found online used shredded cheese, but I didn't like the randomness of the chips I got with shredded.  Slices offer uniformity that allows me to cater to my OCD side.

Also apparently it is VERY important that you use parchment paper.  Not foil.  Not an unlined pan.  PARCHMENT PAPER.  I didn't try it without.  I just took their word for it.

Mostly this is about finding flavor combinations you like. The sky is the limit! So use your imagination.

1. Preheat your oven to 350°
2. Fold your cheese slices into quarters.
3. Place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. (Leave sine room in between quarters.)
4. Sprinkle with any seasonings you're using.
5. Bake.  Start with 7 minutes. Cook them until the cheese bubbles up and the edges start to brown.
6. Remove them from the oven and move the parchment paper to a cool surface (like your counter).

If your eating low carb like us, heck even if you're not,  you're welcome!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Eggs To Go

John and I are trying to eat healthier.  But for people with SEVERE sleep issues from chronic pain (and chronic co-sleeping), making eggs before work in the a.m. every morning is NOT easy.  Soooooo Eggs To Go was born.  It requires prep-ahead time, but then we just pop 2 in the microwave and VOILA we can eat a protein-filled breakfast in just 60 seconds each morning.

Here's how:

[Use paper liners in a cupcake pan, VERY IMPORTANT:  spray the liners with cooking spray!]

(picture coming later today)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Whisk together a dozen eggs.
Stir in your toppings.
[John's topping choices:  frozen hashbrowns, breakfast sausage (cooked), cheddar and broccoli.]
[Jami's choices:  spinach (fresh cut into ribbons) and feta cheese.]
Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full with egg mixture.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.  (make sure the eggs look fully cooked)
Store in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
Microwave 2 Eggs To Go for 1 minute prior to eating.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Swiss Chicken

All week we have been trying out EASY recipes from the Internet. When possible,  I'm trying to make them even easier because we are SWAMPED over here.  This one DELIVERED!  It was VERY easy and VERY yummy!

Swiss Chicken

Chicken breasts
Swiss cheese
Cream of chicken soup

Place the chicken breasts in a 9x13 pan. Salt and pepper the chicken. Cover the chicken with slices of Swiss cheese.  Pour cream of chicken soup and then one can of milk over the cheese.  Cover with panko.

Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Then bake uncovered until panko browns.

We served it with couscous and broccoli.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meatball Casserole

So this week has been Pinterest recipe week.  And today's episode was Meatball Casserole. It was AMAZING! 

I didn't follow the recipe kinda did my own thing cuz I was going for so-easy-you-can-still-cook-after-a-mind-numbing-day. It was! And we LOVED it! 

(All ingredients from Aldi)
Texas Toast
Spaghetti sauce

In a 9x13 pan: 

Made a "border" of Texas Toast (next time I think I'll line the bottom with Texas Toast too).

Poured a bag of meatballs in the center.

Covered with spaghetti sauce.

Sprinkled mozzarella over the top.

Baked at 350 (next time I'll try 400) for about 45 minutes (until cheese and exposed bread starts to brown).


Friday, June 20, 2014

Cousins Sub Salad

I found this recipe... put a little Jami-spin on it.... and came up with my own version:

Cousins Sub Salad
1 head of iceburg lettuce, chopped into large pieces
1 red onion, roughly chopped into bigish pieces
8 oz block of provolone cheese, cubed
4 oz salami, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 oz pepperoni, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 oz deli turkey, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 oz deli ham, chopped into bite-size pieces

====TOSS the above in a BIG salad bowl===

Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing (I used 1/2 cup!)

===TOSS the salad again===

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

===TOSS the salad again===

Cherry tomatoes
Black olives

===gently TOSS the salad===

Refrigerate for a lil' bit.
Add croutons to your serving.

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