Sun-Dried Tomato Plant Chicken Over Pasta


It was Sunday.

It was mutual frigidity in addition to rainy.

I was thinking soup for dinner.

Then, I came across this recipe on Little B Cooks' blog.  What a fun weblog to browse!  Her recipe for Sun-dried Tomato Chicken was my inspiration for dinner. 

I made a few changes to the master copy recipe.  And, I served my chicken in addition to sauce over pasta.

As a soul who blogs most nutrient in addition to recipes, in that place are times when I essay something novel in addition to then, afterwards wishing I had done the recipe a unlike way.  This dish was 1 of those instances.  Both my hubby in addition to I agreed that using this exact sauce recipe alongside homemade meatballs would last killer!  The chicken was good, but this sauce is somewhat similar to say, a Swedish meatball sauce ... but infused a flake alongside the season of the sun-dried tomatoes.  So, I excogitation to essay it alongside meatballs soon!

And, yesteryear the agency ... if yous intend yous don't or won't similar sun-dried tomatoes, I urge yous to essay it inwards this recipe.  The season combinations are lovely in addition to I know I volition last making this sauce 1 time again many times inwards the future!


four - vi boneless, skinless chicken breasts (either thin-cut or regular ones pounded out a little)
ii tablespoons flour
1/2 loving cup onion, diced finely
ii cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 loving cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained (if inwards oil) in addition to chopped
2 cups chicken broth or stock
1/2 loving cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1 tablespoon butter
Salt in addition to pepper
H5N1 distich of tablespoons fresh basil or scallions, chopped
Olive Oil
Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated (for garnish)


Heat a large skillet or shape Fe pan over medium heat.  Add inwards a drizzle of olive oil.  Season both sides of chicken alongside tabular array salt in addition to pepper.  Once petroleum is hot, develop chicken through ... turning to chocolate-brown in addition to develop on both sides.  Remove from pan, embrace loosely with foil in addition to laid aside.

Add the butter to the pan in addition to trim down heat to medium-low.  Add inwards the onions in addition to garlic.  Saute for most ii minutes.  Add inwards the sun-dried tomatoes.  Stir to combine.  Sprinkle the flour in, stir in addition to allow to develop for a distich of to a greater extent than minutes.  Add inwards the chicken stock in addition to whisk constantly until everything is smooth.  Add inwards the cream, whisking for a few to a greater extent than minutes.  Allow sauce to come upwards to a slight bubble in addition to thicken.  Add inwards the basil or scallions.  Stir.

Add dorsum inwards the chicken in addition to allow the sauce to coat the chicken yesteryear spooning it over the meat.  Cook for a few to a greater extent than minutes therefore that the chicken is warmed through.  Turn off burner in addition to allow to thicken on stove-top for a few minutes.

Serve over cooked pasta.  Garnish alongside to a greater extent than basil or scallions.  Sprinkle on about grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired.

NOTE:  My hubby suggested side yesteryear side fourth dimension adding inwards about sliced, sauteed mushrooms to the sauce.  Yum!

Incredibly Tardily Crusty Breadstuff {No Ask To Knead}

I constantly encourage my children to company out together with endeavor novel things - peculiarly things of which they are fearful. I bring been pushing myself to produce the same when it comes to baking bread. I decided to produce a niggling query into breadstuff recipes together with when I came across this one from Simply So Good, I was inspired to dive inward together with endeavor it. And, permit me exactly tell that I am inward beloved amongst this bread. So easy. So quick to prep. And, together with thus delicious.

First of all, something I genuinely adore nearly this detail breadstuff recipe is that it solely has 4 ingredients {and ane of them is water}. Secondly, at that spot is no kneading. I repeat, NO KNEADING. {No dough hooks, paddle attachments or mixers either.} Additionally, I beloved that the recipe for this breadstuff on Simply So Good's spider web log offers several options for add-in ingredients to brand dissimilar flavour combinations. Think Orange, Cranberry together with Nut Bread. Or, Lemon, Rosemary together with Gruyere Bread.  Alternatively, you lot tin ship away exactly add together inward your selection of shredded cheese{s} to brand Cheese Bread.

To brand the bread, you lot mix 4 ingredients together inward a bowl. Cover it together with permit it sit down for 12 - xviii hours. Form it into a ball. Heat upwards a large pan {with the lid on}. Throw the dough ball inward the pan. Bake. Cool. Devour.

I mixed the dough together at black inward like, less than 5 minutes. So ridiculously easy.


three cups unbleached all-purpose flour {plus a niggling to a greater extent than for dusting surface later}
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water


In a large mixing bowl, combine together flour, common salt together with yeast. Add H2O together with mix until a shaggy mixture forms. {2 - three additional tablespoons of H2O may live needed to allow dough to exactly come upwards together.}

Cover bowl amongst plastic roll together with fix aside for 12 - xviii hours. {Overnight industrial plant great.}

Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees, house a large cast atomic publish 26 pot amongst a lid inward the oven together with estrus for thirty minutes.

{NOTE: Cast atomic publish 26 is suggested, but whatever large pot amongst a lid that tin ship away withstand 450 bird oven temperatures volition work.}

Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface.

Gently shape into a ball. It volition live extremely sticky. Use flour on your hands to instruct by together with shape dough.

Cover amongst plastic roll together with permit sit down piece the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven together with drib inward the dough. {Do this carefully equally the pot volition live extremely HOT.}

Lid and bake for thirty minutes.

After thirty minutes, take lid together with bake an additional fifteen minutes. Remove breadstuff from oven together with house on a cooling rack to cool.  Slice amongst a serrated knife. Serve amongst butter or preserves.

NOTE:  If desired, the excess flour on the dough prior to baking tin ship away live brushed off amongst a pastry brush or wiped off past times mitt if also much is present.

03/29/18:  Updated photos together with made clarifications to recipe/post.

Sausage Gravy Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits

White sausage gravy is something I grew upward eating over homemade buttermilk biscuits.  I accept a grandmother (my "Granny") from Kentucky too she made some hateful biscuits!  And, she is the ane from whom I learned to build sausage gravy.

I latterly posted a recipe for Stuffed Breakfast Rolls, which got me thinking well-nigh a biscuit filled amongst sausage gravy that my mother in law used to society from a nutrient delivery companionship (Schwan's) years ago.  I loved them!  Unfortunately, the companionship stopped making too selling them.  I accept persuasion of them ofttimes over the years too decided to meet how difficult it would live to replicate that same idea.

The primary substitution hither is to build your gravy simply a chip thicker than yous would for regular sausage gravy over biscuits.  Then, yous volition live chilling the gravy inwards a gallon-size plastic pocketbook inwards the freezer earlier filling the biscuits.

I must acknowledge that although I accept attempted to duplicate my grandmother's buttermilk biscuits over the years, they accept never quite been a success for me.  (Remember ... I am baking-challenged to some degree!)  Therefore, I used Grand's canned buttermilk biscuits for this recipe.  This recipe volition yield 12 stuffed biscuits, but uses 24 biscuits to make.

We had some of these leftover, thus I wrapped them individually inwards foil too parked them inwards the fridge.  Just reheat them inwards the foil in a 350 marker oven for well-nigh 10 - 12 minutes.


12-ounce package breakfast sausage (pork)
iv tablespoons all-purpose flour
two 1/2 cups milk
Salt too pepper, to taste
3 cans Grand's (or similar brand) large buttermilk biscuits (24 biscuits total)
1 egg


For the Gravy:

Heat a large skillet (cast iron, if available) over medium-high heat.  Add sausage too suspension apart amongst a spoon equally it cooks.  I similar mine to acquire a petty crispy.  Cook thoroughly ... well-nigh 8 - 10 minutes.

Leave the rendered fatty drippings too the sausage inwards the skillet.  Sprinkle inwards the flour too whisk for well-nigh 1 minute.

Pour inwards the milk too maintain to whisk until it all comes to a slight boil.  If it seems likewise incredibly thick, add together inwards a chip to a greater extent than milk piece whisking.  Lower the rut to depression too allow to simmer for a few minutes.  The gravy volition thicken upward a lot during this time.

Season amongst tabular array salt too pepper.

Turn off the heat.  Allow to cool inwards the pan for well-nigh xx minutes.  Stir a span of times during cooling.

Once generally cooled, pour gravy into a gallon-size plastic bag.  Let all of the air out too seal. 

Place inwards freezer for about 30 - 60 minutes to firm upward too almost freeze.  (Mine took well-nigh 45 minutes.)  It needs to live real thick too cold.

Filling the Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

While gravy is firming upward inwards the freezer, draw of piece of occupation a large baking sheet amongst parchment newspaper or spray amongst non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.

Whisk 1 egg amongst a splash of H2O inwards a small-scale bowl.  Set aside.

Line 12 of the biscuits up on the baking sheet.
Using a tablespoon measurement spoon, press into the oculus of each of the 12 biscuits ... you're creating a "well." 
Once the gravy is fully chilled, take from freezer.  Press all of the gravy to ane corner of the bag, thus snip off a large opening on ane corner amongst scissors.

Squeeze a mound of gravy onto the oculus good of each biscuit, thus transcend amongst some other biscuit.  Seal the biscuit dough upward around the exterior edges to fully trap inwards the gravy "mound." Do this past times pinching the seams together tightly.  Then, press the seal downwardly a chip to fifty-fifty out the edges past times "cupping" your hands around the biscuit.  Do this past times asset the biscuit inwards your mitt too shaping equally yous would a meatball (just non quite equally round).  Keep working it until the seams seem well-sealed.

After you've made all of your biscuits, brush each ane amongst the egg wash. 

Do non allow biscuits to impact the baking sheet.

Bake directly at 350 degrees for well-nigh xv - 17 minutes (on transcend rack inwards oven) or until biscuits are golden brownish too no longer "doughy."

NOTE:  You may non exercise all of the gravy. I had well-nigh a one-half of a loving cup left.  Also, a span of my biscuits did separate a chip at the seams, but none of the filling leaked out.  Just live certain to seal equally tightly equally possible earlier baking.

Turkey Tenderloins Alongside Apple Tree As Well As Dried Blood-Red Stuffing

I know, I know ... Thanksgiving is but over a calendar month away.  Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 total Thanksgiving feast volition shortly live earlier me inwards late-November in addition to I'll live able to relish all of the tastes of said fabulous vacation shortly enough!

If entirely I had patience.

'Tis non a virtue of mine.

I latterly picked upwards the latest issues of EveryDay amongst Rachael Ray in addition to Food Network magazines (my monthly indulgences) in addition to I convey been swooning over all of the Thanksgiving recipes. 

And, frankly, I didn't desire to hold back some other calendar month to convey turkey in addition to stuffing.  So, I went out in addition to bought what I needed to throw together a quick(er) version of what volition live on my Thanksgiving table adjacent month!  And, nosotros enjoyed it this night ... hither inwards October.  It was but what I was craving.  And, it reminded me that at that spot involve live no rules to cooking.  Why produce we often intend nosotros convey to hold back until Thanksgiving to develop turkey?  Who made that rule?  Well, rules are ofttimes made to live broken.  What a culinary rebel I am!  Ha!

And, but a piddling side banking concern complaint ... I'm thinking this would live perfect for person entirely cooking for a few people at Thanksgiving, too.  Maybe a hubby in addition to wife.  All of the expected (and cherished) tastes in addition to flavor components of Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of a large bird!  Also, the turkey hither is super cheap ... around 4 or 5 dollars for a three-pack of tenderloins.  This fed my menage unit of measurement of 5 amongst plenty leftover for ii people the adjacent day.

Now, I'm going to endeavor to conduct y'all through my stuffing "recipe," but live forewarned that I don't ever stair out when it comes to making stuffing.  If my loosey-goosey "recipe" doesn't adapt you, y'all tin ever autumn dorsum on your ain favorite stuffing recipe, search for i online ... or intermission downward in addition to purchase the boxed sort (I hope that it won't live every bit good, though!).

That terminal role of my judgement at that spot was inwards reference to the boxed kind.  I'm certain your ain stuffing recipe is to buy the farm for! ;)

Regarding the breadstuff I exercise inwards my stuffing ... every fourth dimension nosotros convey piddling ends or pieces of loaves of breadstuff (whatever the variety) that convey gotten a piddling besides dry out or hard, I cut them upwards in addition to throw them into a gallon-size plastic zip-top bag.  I continue the pocketbook inwards my freezer in addition to when it's full, I brand stuffing.  Just allow to thaw a piddling bit, spread cubes out onto a baking canvass pan in addition to toast inwards a 250 flat oven until completely dried out.  You tin purchase prepackaged stuffing bread, however, if y'all prefer, or cutting upwards a loaf of bakery bread.


Boneless turkey thorax tenderloins (mine came inwards a three-pack totaling 1.25 pounds)
seven - 8 cups of cubed breadstuff (dried out inwards oven)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped finely
1 theatre apple, cored in addition to diced into cubes (peel left on)
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 handful of dried cherries, cranberries or raisins
Several cups of chicken stock or broth (maybe 3 - 4)
Butter (about a one-half of a stick)
Olive Oil


After your cubed breadstuff is toasted in addition to dried, dump it into a large mixing bowl. 

Sauté the onion in addition to celery inwards a teaspoon of butter in addition to a drizzle of olive fossil oil inwards a small sauté pan over medium-low heat.  Season amongst a piddling tabular array salt in addition to pepper every bit it cooks.  Throw inwards the apples, stir in addition to laid upwards for close 3 to a greater extent than minutes.  Turn burner off in addition to allow to cool for a few minutes.

Whisk the ii eggs inwards a pocket-size bowl, in addition to therefore pour over the bread.  Add inwards the cooled veggies in addition to apples.  Add inwards the cherries, the sage, the poultry seasoning in addition to a sprinkling of tabular array salt in addition to pepper.  Stir to combine.

Pour inwards plenty chicken stock or broth to moisten all of the bread.  I belike exercise 3 - 4 cups.  If y'all convey some left, y'all tin ever add together inwards a piddling to a greater extent than every bit the dish bakes if y'all run into it is looking besides dry.

Pour stuffing into a greased nine x thirteen casserole dish.  Place some dots of butter on the surface of the stuffing ... mayhap a pair of teaspoons worth.  Set aside.

Smear a pair of teaspoons of room temperature butter all over all sides of the tenderloins.  Season all sides amongst salt, pepper in addition to a dash of poultry seasoning.

Place tenderloins on overstep of stuffing.

Cover tightly amongst foil in addition to bake at 350 degrees for xxx minutes.  Remove foil, brush tenderloins amongst a piddling melted butter or stock therefore they produce non dry out out.  Bake for an additional xx minutes or therefore or until the internal temperature in the thickest role of the turkey reaches 165 degrees.

Remove from oven in addition to allow to residual for close 5 minutes earlier slicing turkey in addition to serving.  Perfect amongst some homemade mashed potatoes, sugariness potatoes and/or gravy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins

My honey sis is having surgical physical care for tomorrow.  I know that she can't swallow after midnight this evening.  So, I experience guilty making these to accept along for our woman bring upwardly as well as I to swallow during the long (and extremely early) get to the infirmary ... all the while, she can't fifty-fifty receive got a crumb!  But, I wanted something that would hold my mom as well as I over until afterwards inwards the solar daytime when nosotros tin larn inwards to the infirmary cafeteria for lunch.

Also, I had wanted to brand something to larn out behind for the kids when they come upwardly dwelling identify after school tomorrow spell I am with my sister.  I knew these would live on perfect.

These are a breeze to throw together!  And, straightaway is definately the fourth dimension of the twelvemonth for incorporating pumpkin into muffins!  These aren't super sugariness similar thence many other pumpkin muffins.  You tin actually sense of savor the pumpkin (and the chocolate) inwards this recipe!  Just live on certain to non utilisation a bittersweet chocolate inwards these.  You require the sweetness of regular chocolate chips since the actual muffin but has a low-cal sweetness.

And, but a picayune banking concern complaint ... you lot tin utilisation either chocolate chunks or chips inwards this recipe.

Yields: 12 Muffins


1 fifteen oz. tin 100% pumpkin
1 teaspoon soil cinnamon
1 teaspoon soil ginger
1/4 teaspoon soil cloves
1 loving cup chocolate-brown carbohydrate (preferably dark)
1/2 loving cup vegetable oil
two large eggs, lightly beaten
two loving cup all-purpose flour
1/4 loving cup oats (plus a picayune to a greater extent than for sprinkling on operate yesteryear of muffins)
two teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 loving cup chocolate chunks (or chips)


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Bring pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger as well as cloves to a simmer inwards a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until puree thickens.  This volition accept nearly 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl as well as allow to slightly cool for nearly five minutes inwards the fridge.

Next, whisk inwards chocolate-brown carbohydrate as well as oil, as well as then like shooting fish in a barrel whisk inwards eggs.

In a split bowl whisk flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda as well as salt. Whisk flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until but combined.

Fold in chocolate chunks (or chips).

Divide batter with the muffin cups.  Sprinkle tops with but a picayune to a greater extent than oats.  Normally, I would utilisation an H2O ice cream scoop to scoop out the batter into the muffin tins.  But, I couldn't abide by mine for the life of me today!  So, unfortunately, these muffins aren't quite equally pretty equally I would receive got liked!

Bake until golden as well as cooked through, nearly fifteen minutes.  Allow to cool on a cooling rack completely prior to serving.

Adapted from Sprinkle Some Sunshine.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Mini Pizzas

I am a huge fan of the flavors of buffalo chicken.  I honey the sauce, the bleu cheese dip, the celery ... all of it!

This mini pizza recipe satisfies my craving for buffalo chicken as well as pizza all inward one!  Could at that topographic point live anything better?

This seriously has to live i of the best recipes I've made inward a while!

(If you lot are non a fan of buffalo chicken, banking concern tally out my "note" below for a BBQ-style option.)

The recipe utilizes Rhodes™ frozen breadstuff dough or their frozen dinner rolls.  It volition yield 8 mini pizzas.  If you lot operate frozen breadstuff dough, you lot volition cutting the breadstuff into 8 equal pieces i time thawed.  (I honour it slowly to operate kitchen pair of scissors to create this!)  If you lot operate frozen dinner rolls, you lot volition need 8 rolls (thawed).  I describe my dough out of the freezer the black before, house it inward a zip-top gallon bag and let it to thaw out inward the fridge.

Recipe is adapted from Yvonne's Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Tried as well as Tasty featured on Rhodes website.


1 loaf frozen breadstuff dough (cut into 8 equal pieces) or 8 frozen dinner rolls (thawed as well as brought to room temperature)
two cooked chicken breasts (about two - iii cups afterward cubing or shredding)
iii tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 loving cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1/4 loving cup bleu cheese dressing (plus to a greater extent than for dipping)
1 loving cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Celery, for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray counter or piece of job surface amongst non-stick spray as well as flatten out dough into eight mini pizza rounds (in about four or five-inch circles).   Place dough on sprayed baking canvass or i lined amongst parchment newspaper that has been lightly sprayed. Cover good amongst plastic wrap and ready aside.

Combine the melted butter as well as hot sauce inward a pocket-sized bowl.  Pour over chicken as well as stir to coat.  (Chicken tin cease live cubed or shredded ... whatever your preference.)  Rotisserie chicken would piece of job dandy here! (I chopped upwardly my shredded chicken a flake as well as hence that at that topographic point wouldn't live long strands falling off when you lot seize amongst teeth into the pizza.)

Remove plastic roll from dough circles.

Top each circle amongst some bleu cheese dressing.

Spoon a piddling of the chicken mixture evenly over each circle.

Top amongst mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 10 - fifteen minutes.

Remove from oven as well as sprinkle on some finely diced celery, if desired.

Serve amongst some extra bleu cheese dressing as well as some celery/carrot sticks on the side.

NOTE:  Mr. prefers BBQ chicken as well as does non similar buffalo-style anything (or bleu cheese for that matter).  So, I adapted this recipe for he as well as my girls yesteryear substituting ranch dressing for the bleu cheese dressing as well as BBQ sauce (still combined amongst the melted butter) for the hot sauce.  Scallions or chives tin cease live used to garnish inward house of the celery.

Laura Bush's Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

As I am firstly to write this post, the final batch of these cookies is finishing off inward the oven. I simply could non hold off to portion this amazing cookie recipe amongst you. Basically, these are an amped upward version of oatmeal cookies. Chewy together with hearty, they are loaded amongst oats, coconut, pecans together with chocolate chips. So, thus good.
I had found a link on Pinterest a piece dorsum for these and repinned it thus that I wouldn't forget to get out this yummy-looking cookie recipe for myself.

I did some searching through dissimilar websites that convey posted this recipe throughout the years (including The New York Times together with Family Circle magazine) and it appears that around of the postings convey been pretty much the same in damage of ingredients, quantities together with directions.

In 2000, this recipe past times Laura Bush trounce out Tipper Gore's gingersnap cookie recipe inward a magazine contest. The 2 potential firstly wives each submitted a cookie recipe inward the months leading upward to the election together with readers voted for their favorite. This recipe sure has my vote together with volition (undoubtedly) last a favorite inward my household.

Yields unopen to four 1/2 dozen cookies.


iii cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking pulverisation
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon solid seat down cinnamon
1 teaspoon tabular array salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated carbohydrate
1 1/2 cups packed chocolate-brown sugar                  
iii eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
iii cups semisweet chocolate chips
iii cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake kokosnoot
1 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon together with tabular array salt inward a bowl. Set aside.

In a real large bowl, trounce butter amongst an electrical mixer on medium speed until polish together with creamy. Gradually trounce inward sugars together with combine thoroughly.

Add eggs i at a time, beating subsequently each. Beat inward vanilla.

(Switch to forthwith mixing amongst a safe spatula or wooden spoon.)

Stir inward flour mixture until simply combined.

NOTE: You may accomplish a indicate when you're blending inward the flour and remaining ingredients that y'all experience similar things volition never come upward together. It volition ... simply last along stirring. This becomes a real thick, hearty dough past times the fourth dimension that all ingredients are incorporated.

Stir inward chocolate chips, oats, kokosnoot together with pecans (if using).

For each cookie, driblet a heaping, rounded tablespoon onto a baking canvas lined amongst parchment newspaper ... spacing 2 - 3 inches apart. (Eight cookies per large baking canvas plant best so that the cookies produce not touch in i lawsuit baked.)

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies are yet slightly doughy inward the center. (Rotate baking sheet halfway through.) Allow cookies to cool on canvas pan for 2 - iii minutes on counter, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

11/16/17:  Updated photos together with made clarifications to recipe/post.