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Chicken Mammogram


Get your pitchforks and torches, you are about to become apart of an angry mob. Why? This is another chicken post. Before you click off this recipe has a big perk; you get the pound the snot out of chicken. It is just a fabulous way to vent out all the frustrations of the day/week/month, just be careful not to over do it otherwise instead of a nicely flattened boobie you might end up with mangled bits of meat that might be better suited for a Gwar concert or horror movie set. I enjoy this one again as instead of getting frustrated while I cook and end up swearing I get it all out before I even start cooking, it also requires very little prep which is a HUGE bonus in my books. Plus it makes you look like a savvy kitchen genius. Another gem from Mom edited and adjusted by me.

Mom’s Asparagus Pesto Chicken

AKA: The Chicken Mammogram

Kitchen stuff you’ll need:

  • Oven or convection toaster oven, 9×13 pan (best for 6 boobs…. an 8×8 would work for 4 boobs), a meat tenderizer (it looks like a mallet), a cutting board, sharp knife (whatever size you are comfortable with, you don’t need it for much), possibly a cheese grater unless you cut up bits of cheese with a knife instead. Oh and a large freezer bag, and 2 plates.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts (I use 6)
  • 5 Spears of Asparagus per piece of Chicken (in my case for 6 boobs = 30) with the hard bits snapped off and washed
  • 1/4 cup of mozza approx. per chicken breast (or provolone or your preferred cheese or blend of cheese)
  • 1 Jar of Basil Pesto sauce (I use Classico)
  • fresh parmesan cheese (optional)

Note: The pesto sauce comes in a small jar, do not be alarmed, this would cover 12 chicken breasts, I made the mistake of putting my spoon inside the jar after it touched raw chicken so I HAD to dump the whole thing on the boobs otherwise I could have made do with just half the jar.

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
  • Flatten the breasts one at a time inside the freezer bag using the FLAT end of the meat tenderizer mallet and a cutting board (to save your surface from oddly shaped divets from your tenderizer depending on how hard you pummel the chicken). They should be about 1/4″ thick all over by the time you are done. I do them all at once to get it out of the way & pile them on a plate. You can sprinkle them with your preferred seasoning or just salt & pepper. I keep it simple and leave them naked for the time being.
  • Shred your cheese and put your asparagus into groups of 5.
  • Put a flattened boob on your spare plate, top with 5 spears of asparagus almost centered, sprinkle with your cheese, and roll the breast over the cheese & asparagus encasing them. Place in your oven dish and repeat until all your boobs are stuffed.
  • Next drizzle the breasts with pesto sauce as much or as little as you like. At this point you can also sprinkle with parmesan cheese or more mozza or not. Make it yours, fiddle with it until you find your favorite.
  • Place in the oven for about 40 minutes (or more or less depending on your oven and quantity of breasts. Ensure that no pink juice runs out when you poke them with a fork. If you have an instant thermometer the centre should read about 165 degrees F. I don’t have one of those I just uses my e-balls to determine no pink.

Good luck and happy eating

Chicken parm parm


Another Chicken  post, sorry. It’s a current trend and I’ll be posting some tips at a later time which are non-chicken related. I stumbled upon an easy way to make chicken parmesan that I don’t think is too bad for you besides the cheese. Added bonus is that it is baked not fried like it is traditionally served in restaurants. I’ve been serving it up beside spaghetti noodles & greens of some sort. I like it as it doesn’t require a lot of “prep” which is great for those who don’t have a lot of time (or for some of us patience) for that kind of thing. And it doesn’t require any fancy schmancy kitchen stuff either. Again another easy recipe to halve, or multiply. The topping turns into this awesome crunchy, chewy cheeziness I can’t get enough of…. yummm

So here it is…..Chicken Parm Parm

Kitchen stuff you’ll need:

  • oven
  • a way to mash up garlic either a press or one of those ceramic thingy’s or the fine grate on your cheese grater (the little tiny ones)
  • 9×13 dish
  • A cheese grater unless you are using pre-grated cheese

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts (I serve 6)
  • 2 garlic cloves shredded or mushed or pulverized
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more or less or omit)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese (I use about 2 cups… you can use more or less)
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese  (I use about a cup total…again you can add more or less)
  • A package of croutons in your favorite flavor… I prefer parmesan…again make it to your taste

Note: the sauce can be a ready made flavored sauce like a parmesan, four cheese, or basic basil or you can use a large can of crushed tomatoes and season with fresh or dried herbs. I like to keep it basic as I am usually in a rush so I stick with a large jar of Parmesan Tomato sauce.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over base of 9×13 pan
  • sprinkle mushed up/finely shredded garlic & red pepper flakes on bottom of pan, swirl around to spread it out evenly
  • Place chicken breasts nicely in pan, try not to crowd them too much
  • Pour jar of tomato sauce over breasts (or crushed tomatoes and then season with fresh or dried herbs to your taste) make sure all your boobies are covered
  • Sprinkle half your Mozza & Parm over the sauce try to get it evenly if you can, if not no big deal.
  • dump croutons and spread out over cheese/boobs evenly
  • Top the croutons with the remainder of your cheese.
  • Pop in the oven and for 6 boobs time would be about 40-45 minutes. If making this with 4 I would hazard a guess your boobs would be done in 30-35 minutes depending on their size. If making this recipe for 2 or less halve this entire recipe.

Happy Eating

Here we go again & Mom’s Jammy Jam Chicken


Well I assume it has been well over a year since I posted on here and since I am back on mat leave  cookin up some delicious things in my kitchen which are simple and super easy to make I thought I’d start sharing again.

Today I am cooking up the second set of this delicious chicken dish I received from my mom and no swear words were uttered as I prepared this dish. Its fairly economical to prepare as one 500mL jar of jam & one 473 mL container of salad dressing is enough for 2 dinners, plus it uses chicken thigh which is cheaper than breast however more fatty. So if you want to use only white meat purchase instead a package of 6 breasts and the sauce should cover it (I have yet to try since chicken boobies are pretty $$ still) This recipe can serve 5 adults and one toddler with 3 thighs each  & one for the toddler, 6 people if using 6 chicken breasts or just 4 people with 4 thighs each. Its also easy to reduce this to 2 servings or multiply for more so it will be good for pot lucks or serving for guests too.

Mom’s Jammy Jam Chicken

 

Things in the kitchen you’ll need: oven, 9×13 oven safe dish, bowl, something to mix with.

Ingredients:

1 package of chicken thighs or chicken breasts

1 cup of apricot jam (or peach jam)

1 cup of catalina dressing

1 pkg of onion soup mix

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix catalina dressing, jam & onion soup mix together in bowl.

place chicken evenly in dish, try not to crowd the meat too much, pour mixture over chicken evenly. place in oven for 60 minutes, then pull out, flip chicken over and bake for another 20 minutes.

ding! chickens done.

Broccoli & rice make great sides for this. Highly unlikely you’ll have leftovers but it will reheat well on the rice the next day.

Happy eats!

Happy Balls


Mega Meat Balls

Mega MeatyBalls!This evening I made meatballs subs, pictured are the ones I made previously. I changed things up a bit this time and edited my sauce. What I am discovering is finding the perfect ball size. Last time, as you can see, my balls were HUGE, these were stuffed with mozzarella cheese which of course made them quite a bit bigger than what they already were. This time I reduced the amount of meat mixture I used to make them as well as made them a bit easier to handle; previously I could barely make it through one ball let alone three that was called for each serving. They went from being the size of my fist down to fitting comfortably in my hand (about 1-1/2" diameter) and thus I actually made it through two balls, so I am making progress. Making the right size balls is quite the art and it actually does affect the way the dish tastes. When the balls were huge the only flavor one could focus on whilst eating was meat, it was actually overwhelming. With the smaller balls I could actually taste the delicious sauce I made AND the cheezy surprise hidden perfectly in the centre. It was delicious. So my dear flakies, when you make your dish make sure you make your balls the right size! Everyone will prefer a different size ball so play around with them until you find what works best for your table.What I enjoy about this recipe is that it uses italian sausages so you don't have to fiddle fart around with your meat mixture, it's already done for you.Amazing Meatball Subs!Feeds 5-6 (3 balls per sub)Kitchen stuff you will need:scissors, sharp knife, largish bowl, cutting board, oven or toaster oven, stovetop or hotplate, large skillet and rectangular pan, spoon, tongs (or fork would do it), can openerIngredients:Italian Sausages, I used mild flavored and 2 packets of 4 sausages @ about 4" in length, remove meat from sleeveMozzarella cheese cut into bite sized cubes, one cube per ballExtra Virgin Olive Oil1 onion chopped2 garlic cloves chopped6 mushrooms choppedone 28oz can of crushed tomatoesjust under 1 tbs of italian seasoning (a blend of rosemary, thyme, oregano) you can use fresh or dried.)1 tbs ketchupsalt & pepper to tasteAbout 1 cup of shredded fresh parmesan cheese or use the pre-shredded Kraft Italian Blend cheese.6 italian sub bunsDirections:Preheat oven to 425 degreesCut mozzarella cheese into cubes and set near the mixing bowl.Remove meat from its outer "shell" and place in bowl. Form into balls and place on the rectangular pan. Put one cube inside each ball and ensure it is completly encased in the meat. Drizzle the meatballs lightly with olive oil, roll them around a bit in the oil so they won't stick to your pan (I learned this the hard way) Once the oven is done heating up, stick your pan of balls inside and cook for about 18 minutes.Once the meatballs are in the oven put your skillet on the stove on about medium heat with about 1 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add the chopped onion, garlic and mushrooms stirring frequently for about 5-6 minutes, once the onions and mushrooms begin to soften it is time to add the crushed tomatoes, italian seasonings and ketchup (salt and pepper to your taste). Turn the heat down and keep an eye on it as it will bubble and spit at you if it gets to hot. Bring this mixture to a nice simmer. place your sub buns on baking sheets and toast them in the oven once the meatballs have been removed. Only keep them in there about 3 minutes or so as they will burn quickly.Now plate up one bun, top with 3 balls and goob the sauce over top quite liberally and top with cheese, repeat for each serving. Serve with a mixed green salad and your favorite bevvie : )Enjoy!Dinner is served!

Happy Eating!

 

The potatoes were obscene….


Welcome to another instalment of Burned Cornflakes! Not a whole lot has happened since my epic feast was served on the big holiday however I nearly screwed up an “old faithful” of mine. Growing up I watched meal after meal with any leftovers they would be placed and labelled in a container and placed in either the fridge or freezer for future use, I was always lectured on the importance of NOT WASTING. Let me just say that this lecture didn’t really sink in (sorry mom… in ways it did! Promise!). I am absolutely NO SAINT in this area; I bin a lot of food, some of it is still good, some beyond rotten from the depths of a lunch bag or worse. I get upset about it, whine or nag only sometimes but mostly I just methodically toss things in the bin with a pursed lip and a guilty conscience.

After the “epic holiday feast” was done there were leftovers which we mostly took care of in the amazing turkey soup I helped hubs make. Further down the list of leftovers were potatoes, I didn’t know what to do with them and having a family audience (read this as “my mom has eyes like a hawk and would BUST me for wasting if I dared“) so I squashed them between 2 gently used pie plates (yay for recycling!) and tossed in the freezer. Yes, IN THE FREEZER. I figured they would be alright because I saw advertised a big company preparing mashed potatoes to whip out of the freezer on a whim and show off to your relatives. (side note: I do find the ads very annoying). That aside when in doubt I toss EVERYTHING in the freezer, if it ends up freezer burnt it will probably either have one of 2 fates… tossed into a dish that over cooks everything or in the bin. LOL.

Once that was all done I kind of forgot about them until hubs asked for dead shepherd for dinner. I could imagine the light bulb going off over my head as I remembered the potatoes. So I set on my merry way to preparing a beloved family dish. I sliced up 8 extra potatoes to ensure I had enough coverage as when I make my dead shepherd it is usually fit to serve about 10 people. There I was happily cooking away listening to my potatoes & parsnips boil, the meat brown and the microwave struggling to defrost 2 lbs of pre mashed potatoes. Once my meat & onion had browned completely I drain the fat off and add in the rest of my ingredients. I went to my faithful freezer of random food and started pulling out random chopped things to add in; I noticed this little Tupperware container in the back with something unknown in it, with a shrug of the shoulder and not a second thought I tossed the puppy in with my other random finds. Not until this mystery substance melted and created a large liquid content did I start worrying. Then came the aroma (it smelled pleasant) and I got to thinking….. what the heck did I just put in the dead shepherd?

I panicked.

Only slightly.

Promise.

Until I realised with a sweet wave of relief that we had saved of my epic experiments making Au Jus for gnarly beef dips, this one in particular was roasted garlic au jus (yum!). With a (small) leap of joy I happily finished up and served the “Frankenstein” dead shepherd. (I have a dear friend who calls experiments Frankenstein’s, I loved the term so much I added it to my vocab). So I got lucky….this time. It could have possibly still lead to disaster as one of the sauces I had put in as part of my “wild card” flavorings was a brown sugar flavour, so I passed this one by the hair on my chinny chin chin.

As for the potatoes they were a tad obscene, I may have made too many. Actually, I will admit it I did make too many as the topping was HUGE. I had about 2-1/2″ thick worth of potatoes (I had combined the left over mashed potatoes with 2 parsnips and 8 freshly boiled potatoes mashed with unsalted margarine). So a lesson learned from an old classic recipe we adore.

As a treat I’ll sound off my classic “un-Frankenstein-ed” version of Dead Shepherd.

NOTE: makes approx. 10 servings! (good for making a big batch and freezing mini meals for later).

What else is great about this is you can add or subtract anything you like and you’re almost guaranteed a great dish. Experiment with different ground meats, ingredients and toppings!!! Though I have no idea what one would do for a vegetarian version of this…. Possibly mashed beans/lentils and Portobello mushrooms (?)…. Have to brainstorm on that one!

Thinking about it, this is almost the un-recipe of recipe’s as there are no real set rules! Dare I say an anarchistic dish?! *gasp*

Kitchen Stuff you will need:

  • 2 largish pots
  • an ovenproof dish
  • strainer or lids to pots
  • stovetop or hot plate
  • oven or toaster oven
  • a spatula or spoon to stir
  • potato masher (a fork works but it is labour intensive)
  • cutting board
  • knife (sharp, preferably unserrated)

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg lean gr. Beef (or preferred ground meat, if using ground turkey you WILL need to use olive oil or cooking oil to ensure the meat doesn’t stick and burn to the pot)
  • 0.3 – 0.5kg of lean gr. Pork
  • 1 Medium to large red onion chopped
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning (to taste)
  • Worstershire sauce about 3 tsp (I eyeball it)
  • Barbeque Sauce or Fruity HP Sauce * optional* about ½ cup; in place of this you could put in about ½ cup of beef broth or French onion soup mix. Experiment and make it yours!
  • 1 can of Baked beans *optional* experiment with flavors! J
  • Vegetables of your choice you can use freshly chopped or mixed froxen vegetables. I use about 4-5 cups of frozen vegetables.
  • 7 potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 parsnips peeled and sliced *optional* – I add these in for added nutrition and sneaking more veggies in to my resident picky eater
  • Water
  • Margarine or butter *optional* about ¼ cup
  • Sour Cream *optional* to taste or serve alongside your dinner if people like potatoes and sour cream!
  • Shredded cheese *optional*

Directions:

Set oven to “broil” (my oven defaults the broil temp to 500 degrees and I don’t change it.) ensure your oven rack is set to the right height to accommodate your oven dish.

Place potatoes and parsnips in large pot fill water to cover them and place on high heat to boil. Once they bubble violently turn down the heat to medium. The potatoes will be cooked when they slide off the fork.

While the potatoes are boiling brown the meat in the other large pot with the onion on med-high heat. Sprinkle with Montreal Steak seasoning (or not!). Once the meat has browned drain the fat into safe container and dispose of the fat safely. DO NOT POUR IT DOWN ANY DRAINS!!!!

Return the meat pot to the stovetop and add in the worstershire sauce, the bbq sauce (if you are using) and the baked beans. Stir. Add in your veggies stir and let them soften/warm through. Once this is done remove from the heat (turn off your burner). Slide all your ingredients into your waiting oven dish.

Once your parsnips and potatoes have finished boiling, remove them from the heat, drain and begin mashing. Once the mashing is on its way add in the margarine and continue mashing to your desired consistency. I like to sometimes add sour cream and mash it in too. It is up to you and your taste buds.

When you have your desired mashed potato awesomeness grab a spoon and top your meat base with them. I like to draw a pattern in mine so when the potatoes brown in the oven it makes a cute picture. If you so desire sprinkle the cheese top of your potatoes for a kid pleaser (and cheese lover!)

Place in the oven for about 15 minutes until the potatoes reach your desired browned/crispyness.

Serve.

This recipe is great to refine to your particular tastes and what your guests, family likes or make it the way your family did. Plus it is super easy!

Remember to label your leftovers (with everything) to avoid disasters in the future!

Happy Eating J

 

Put your blindfolds on!


Well I did it. A feat on a rather simple dish, I cooked with out a recipe, no guidelines no referencing.

Just me, my ingredients and cookware.

In my world not only is it terrifying, it borders on disasterous.

However I lucked out, dinner was DEEEEEEE LICIOUS!

What did I make??? Well I made lasagne, but not my “usual lasagna.”

My usual lasagna is basically browning beef, tossing it in sauce, sorting out glued cooked noodles and putting an obscene amount of cheese on top (I think I maxed out one time at 3 packages of shredded cheese.)

So this is what I did with what I had:

What you’ll need: stovetop or hot plate, oven or convection toaster oven, sharp knife, cutting board, spoon, pot, 9×13 oven safe dish.

Ingredients:

2 lbs of ground turkey

1 red onion chopped

2 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

fresh oregano (season to taste)

2 cups ricotta cheese

1 10 oz box of frozen chopped spinach

1-2 jars of Classico sauce (I use these because they don’t add sugar to it and the ingredients are in English not strange scientific gibberish.)

2 cups shredded cheese (or 1 package of shredded cheese) preferably mozza

1 box of lasagne noodles (I used the “oven ready” kind however if you prefer the regular kind make sure you pre-cook the noodles)

Directions:

pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a pot on med-high heat add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the cut up onion, the oregano leaves and the ground turkey. Once the turkey is browned add to the sauce, mix well.

Line the bottom of your 9×13 pan with noodles, top with sauce, then dollop the ricotta cheese on top, sprinkle the spinach on then place another layer of noodles, repeat in any order you wish. Once you have layered to your desire load up the top with as much shredded cheese as you like.

Pop in the oven for about 30 minutes and Voila! A delicious dinner.

Helpful tidbit: clean up the cookin dishes while the lasagnes a bubbling away in the ol oven.

Happy Eating!

 

 

Did you say “ribbed”??? and saying “Thanks”


Again it has been a while since my last posting here on burned cornflakes however I assure you I have been creating in the kitchen from delicious homemade soups, to chilli experiments and discovering how hard it is asking for help. Quite frankly when I get the help (whether asked for or not) I realise now just how awesome it is to have it. I broke my hand just 2 weeks ago, it has been a learning curve to get things done one handed and asking for help on the simplest of tasks and I have been dealing out gratitude by the truck load. Some of the many things I needed help doing have been cutting, slicing, grating, turning lids, pulling lids off, holding the plate/pot/misc item still while I work which probably looked a tad ridiculous….. Which is why sometimes the task was simply lifted from my fingers, which I gotta admit, is kinda nice.

So I have a recipe for you that hubs has recently perfected, taste tested by the family and has an overall 5 star rating for ease, simplicity and yumminess. It is a pork rib recipe I was taught by my cousins and hubs nailed the new cooking process.

This is how it goes:

Kitchen stuff you will need: sharp knife, cutting board, large bowl, tongs, grill, large pot, stove top (possibly hot plate depending on its heat abilities)

Ingredients:

  • Pork back or side ribs (bone in)
  • water
  • Fresh Ground Sea Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice (hubs used juice from 7 lemons)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper (if desired)

Directions:

In a large pot bring ribs to a boil and bubble on med-high heat for 45 min

During the last 5 (or so) minutes preheat your BBQ to high (about 500 degrees)

Remove ribs from pot and take out to your hot grill, cook 10 minutes per side for a total of approx. 20 min.

On cutting board slice ribs to individual pieces and place in large bowl. Douse in lemon juice and salt (and pepper), toss and mix (careful these will be hot)

Place on table and bask in glow of awesomeness as the “mmmmm’s” and “nom nom nomming” start rolling in!

I recommend serving with corn, green beans and mini potatoes.

Happy Eating!