Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend. I’ve always thought of Memorial Day weekend as the start of summer. Summer to me means grilling out and campfires. I had neither of these experiences this weekend. I was really bummed.

I thought back to past Memorial Days, where my family would get up early in the morning to watch my dad march in the Memorial Day ceremony. After the ceremony my dad would work on finishing up planting the garden. We’d always end the day grilling dinner.

I wanted to grill out on Memorial Day, but seeing that it was suppose to rain all day I decided to marinade some chicken and cook it in the oven. I figured it’d be as close to a grill as I would get this weekend.

In a large bowl I put one cup of plain Greek yogurt.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

Next I put the sour cream into the bowl.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

To the sour cream I added the dill.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

I always like to mix my ingredients every once and awhile, just because I love seeing the recipe come together.

To the mixture of yogurt, sour cream and dill, I added the packets of ranch dressing mix.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

After I mixed the ranch dressing powder into the mixture I added the garlic.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

Next, dice up the chicken. You’ll want to make sure to keep them somewhat of an even size so they cook evenly.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

Add the chicken to the marinade.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

Mix the chicken and marinade together.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

Next, put the chicken mixture in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or over night.

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

After the chicken is done marinating, you’ll want to grease the baking sheet. I used olive oil this time as I was out of the spray kind. I have done it both ways and either is fine. Place the chicken on baking sheet.

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Cook the chicken at 350* for 25 minutes.

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I hope that you all enjoy!

Dill, Garlic, Ranch Marinated Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix
  • 5-6 cloves garlic (minced)

Directions:

  1. In large mixing bowl mix sour cream, plain greek yogurt, dill, garlic and chicken.
  2. Transfer to plastic bag.
  3. Store in refrigerator for at least 3 hours., but no longer than 1 day.
  4. Grease baking sheet.
  5. Place chicken on baking sheet.
  6. Put in oven and bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes or until done.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Organization in the Works!

This morning I spent most of my time organizing things for the blog.  I worked on my blog planner as it is in need of serious work.  It’s getting there, but it is still no where near what I would like it to look like in the end.

After organizing the blog planner for awhile, I decided to spruce up the blog.  I absolutely love when a food blog has a recipe index.  Since, I’m a huge fan it, I figured my readers would probably love it as well.

I found this super easy step by step guide posted by The Pajama Chef.  (You can find the step by step guide here) In following her steps, I was able to create my recipe index with ease.  I’m really glad that I decided to start this right away since it looks like it would have taken a really LONG time to do if I had more posts.

After sprucing up the blog I decided that the blog really needs more recipes!  I spent a good deal of time seating on the deck thinking of recipes.

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I really like being able to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.  I am very happy that it is FINALLY nice enough outside to sit out on the porch.  Even Brewer spent a great deal of time outside with me.  He loves the fresh air.

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Now time to go to the store and buy ingredients of new things to make!

I hope everyone enjoys this Memorial Day weekend, be safe and remember the reason we have Memorial Day!

Taco Fiesta in Yo Mouth Dip

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We take birthdays, holidays, and work anniversaries seriously in my department at work.  We like to come up with reasons just to bring in food for a pot luck.  This week we celebrated the birth of our co-worker Kim.  Like usual, I wanted to try and make something new and try it out on my co-workers.  This time I wanted to make something tacoishy (I know this is not a real word, but it fits with how I was feeling J) because that is what I was craving the morning of the pot luck.

I completely forgot to go to the store on my way home from work on Wednesday night and didn’t feel like going out again once I was home. I figured I could just run to the store during my lunch break.

Fast forward to Thursday morning. I ran to the grocery store with my co-worker Emily (she also had to pick something up for the pot luck). On the way over I told her I was thinking of doing something tacoishy so I knew on my “list” I need sour cream and taco seasoning, but that really didn’t mater because I kept coming up with ideas in the store. We ended up bouncing around from aisle to aisle as I thought of new thing to add. It went kind of like this:

After getting to the store I thought, “diced green chilies would be amazing in the dip!” Emily agreed that they would really add to the dip. We got chips to eat with the dip, blue corn tortilla chips. Then we headed to get the taco seasoning in the ‘Mexican’ food isle. I figured shredded cheddar cheese would be AMAZING in the dip. Off we went to get the cheese. “What about Mexi-corn?!?!,” I asked. Emily agreed that it would be a great idea. We walked to the canned vegetable isle. After getting the Mexi-corn, I realized I never picked up the sour cream. While walking all the way to the other side of the store to pick up the sour cream, I realized I never picked up the diced green chilies that I wanted to add to the dip. Once again, back to the ‘Mexican’ isle.

Finally we pay for our items and head back to work. Now time to put the dip together!!

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In a large bowl I put the sour cream and taco seasoning.

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Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning. When making a dip I like to mix the dry ingredients first that way it creates a nice base to the dip and I can make sure all the dry ingredients are mixed in well.

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I then added the draining diced green chilies and Mexi-corn.

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I had to mix it very carefully as I didn’t really plan out a big enough bowl to add everything to it.

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CHEESE!! I love cheese. I mixed that in.

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Guess I don’t have a picture of everything mixed together like I thought.

Well, after mixing everything together I let it ‘meld’ in the refrigerator for an hour.

It was then time for the ‘party!’

Chips + Dip = soooo good!

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Now I was really expecting to take some of the dip home with me to eat with dinner, but I guess my coworkers had other ideas. At the end of the day, I had nothing, that’s right NOTHING left. I guess they really liked the dip.

I was really happy to see that everyone enjoyed the dip, especially since I made the dip up on the fly. I plan to put this recipe in my recipe binder and make it again in the future.

Taco Fiesta in Yo Mouth Dip

  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 24 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 4oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 11oz can Mexi-Corn
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix sour cream and taco seasoning together.
  2. Stir in diced green chilies and Mexi-corn.
  3. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese.

Happy Thursday!!

I am in the process of writing my first recipe post.  It will be posted tomorrow!  I am super excited.

I have learned many things over my first week as a ‘blogger.’

1. Blogging takes a LOT of time.  I knew it took time going into blogging, but I never realized how much time, until I started actually doing it.

2. Research, research, research!  I have done a lot of researching on blogging.  I have read a bunch of different articles on what to do and what not to do.  Taking all of this information in is a bit overwhelming.  I am glad that my co-worker Emily is here for me to ask questions.  She has helped a lot.

3. You must prep.  One thing that Emily taught me is prepping.  Plan out your posts. I thought since today was such a nice day out, I’d plan out my post for tomorrow outside on the porch! (Don’t mind the Lime-A-Rita in the background :), it’s finally nice enough out to sit outside and enjoy a cocktail!)

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4. I really need to organize more.  I have some things organized, but I feel that I could have a much better ‘Blog Planner.’

 

Well, I have to get back to writing the post for tomorrow!  Super excited to share the first recipe!

Case of the Mondays

I’m sure we’ve all had them, a case of the Mondays.  I day that we really didn’t want to do anything.

For me it started right away in the morning.  My alarm clock went off and I just wanted to stay in bed.  I thought I heard my roommate in the shower so, I hit the snooze button.  A couple of minutes later, the alarm starts going off again and I know I have to get up or I’ll be late for work.  When I get up, I realize that my roommate is still sleeping and I didn’t hear the shower.

I got ready and headed to work.  I felt super sleepy at work and wanted some coffee, but I realized I left my cup at home.  I blame Monday morning brain.

The work day wasn’t too bad.  My co-worker Emily and I tried a new place for lunch.  We would have made it back on time if there wasn’t traffic.  Who would think that there would be traffic at 11:30 on Monday.  Darn construction.

The rest of the day wasn’t too bad either.  When I woke up this morning, I was dreading having a million phone calls. I feel that most people call on Mondays, but it wasn’t the case today.  Thankfully because I really didn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again.

I came home to my roommate’s cat waiting for me like always at the door.  He then proceeded to meow until I put everything down and pet him for a good 10 minutes.  After which he ignored me for the most part until he became hungry and wanted me to feed him.

I can’t wait to curl up and go to bed.

Robert Rothschild Farm – Grab and Go – Snack Set

Robert Rothschild Farm Grab & Go Snack Set

 

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This past weekend I went on a bus trip to Ohio and decided to pick up some things to eat on the bus.  I bought the Robert Rothschild Farm Grab and Go Snack Set as well as Mediterranean Snacks Tapas 2 Go (I’ll put this review up later).

It’s a good thing that I bought two of each since I accidentally deleted the pictures of the products before I was able to transfer them to my computer. Epic blogging fail on my part.

There are a bunch of different “flavors” to choose from for the Grab & Go snack sets from Robert Rothschild Farm’s.  Besides the onion blossom horseradish dip, they also have a chocolate fudge dip, raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip, and a raspberry wasabi dipping mustard, all served with pretzel twists.

What’s all included in the snack set?

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–       3.4 oz jar of Onion Blossom Horseradish Dip

–       small bag of pretzel twists

Overall feedback

I really enjoyed the dip; it had a nice bite to it from the horseradish.  It reminded me a lot of the blooming onion dips that are served at restaurants that serve blooming onions.  I had a lot of dip left over after I was done with the pretzels.

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Would I buy again?

Yes, I would buy it again.  I think I might try some of the other flavors as well.

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Website:

http://www.robertrothschild.com/

It’s Created!

I’ve been speaking with my co-worker Emily (find her here) for awhile now about starting a blog about food. Today I finally did it. I can’t help but feel a little giddy inside about being able to share my reviews with other people besides her.

I’m very thankful that Emily said she’d help me get this started and be here for me with any questions that I might have about the whole blogging thing. She might be regretting that after the first couple of weeks.

Here’s to the start of something new!