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Friday
Jan112013

$50 giveaway WINNER!

First of all, I want to say thank you sincerely for all of your feedback, positive and constructive. I truly appreciate it! I have read through every single comment and plan to read through them all again. I will make changes according to what you like/dislike in the next few weeks. 

The lucky winner of a $50 Visa gift card is commenter #104, Kendyl!

Kendyl, send me your mailing address by clicking the Contact tab at the top of this page and I will get $50 in the mail for you!

Thanks again, everyone, and thank you so much for reading.

Saturday
Jan052013

Chicken and cheese casserole

Wow, you guys! I am humbled and so very grateful for your comments on my giveaway post (please enter to win $50, if you haven't already!). I love my blog and all of you, and I want to deliver the best product possible. Thank you so much for your valuable input and for reading my blog. Thank you, thank you!

My three boys and I have a little vacation planned for the next few days, so I am trying to get a few tasks accomplished tonight. Laundry is done, dishes are done, boys are in bed and now I am sitting down to deliver you an easy dinner recipe that my family and I loved.

After this comes packing. Ughh, how I dislike packing.

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients:

Meat from 1 Rotisserie chicken

1/2 of a small onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, sliced

5-oz. bag croutons

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup milk

Mix well. Pour into the prepared baking dish. 

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the top and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

Chicken and Cheese Casserole

Dinner just does not get any easier!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 5, 2013

Serves: 8

Total time: 1 hr

Chicken and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients:

  • Meat from 1 Rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 of a small onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 5-oz. bag croutons
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Combine all ingredients, minus ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese over top and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

 

 

Friday
Jan042013

$50 giveaway!

I have not hosted a giveaway since August! What the heck! After ringing in the new year, I had the urge to spruce up my website a bit and give something away to one of you. I have made a few changes to this beloved food blog of mine, and I plan to make more down the road to better please all of you! 

I will send a $50 Visa gift card to a randomly selected commenter. Tell me what you like about this website, or what you think would improve it. All of your input will be greatly appreciated!

For additional giveaway entries, leave separate comments for any or all of the following:

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I will randomly select a winner on Friday, January 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Monday
Dec312012

Tomato barley salad

I lied again. Another post sans sugar. I promise I will cease my lying once the new year begins. I have a few more hours.

I have been on the frugal side lately, so I scoured our pantry for a salad ingredient in anticipation of a family gathering. I had purchased pearl barley on sale a few months ago, and spotted it on the top shelf. Perfect! So here you go, friends, a totally made-up, yet delicious and healthy salad for your next gathering. Your family and friends will love it. Mine did.

By the way, a giveaway is coming in the next day or so because I love you all so much! Stay tuned!

In a large saucepan, combine:

1 1/2 cups uncooked pearl barley

3 cups water

Place pan over medium heat and cook until simmering. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until liquid is dissolved and barley is tender. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a medium bowl, combine:

Cooked barley

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons basil, chopped

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. You will love this, I promise, even sans sugar. 

Enjoy! Happy 2013, friends!

Tomato Barley Salad

I love the lightness and uniqueness of this salad!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Dec 31, 2012

Serves: 8

Total time: 1 hour

Tomato Barley Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pearl barley
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the pearl barley and water. Place on burner over medium heat until simmering. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until liquid is dissolved and barley is tender. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cooked barley, tomatoes, onion, parsley, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec262012

White chicken lasagna rolls

I lied. I told you my next post would be about something that went along with my unhealthy holiday trend. That didn't happen! It's next, though, I promise. In the meantime, I present to you a variation of one of my favorite lasagna recipes. This is a fun alternative to typical lasagna. Lasagna turned inside out, if you will!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! My boys and I have had a lovely week so far. Lots of presents and love. Sassiness, too, but mostly love.  

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook 12 lasagna noodles 3 minutes short of the package instructions. Drain and rinse. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

2 chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded

13.75-oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped

3-oz. package cream cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix well.

Set the cooked lasagna noodles on a flat surface and divide the cheese mixture among them, spreading evenly across the surace of the noodles.

Tightly roll up the noodles and place them seam side down onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with another 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped parsley.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese mixture is heated through.

Enjoy, friends! Merry Christmas to you all!

Printable recipe: White chicken lasagna rolls