Friday, January 30, 2015

White Chicken Chili

This weekend, I will be cheering for the New England Patriots. I do like the Patriots but it isn't like I even have a choice. My Uncles are ecstatic. My Maine friends are excited. It is the only professional football team I have watched in person. Are you going to watch the game? Or will you be watching the commercials? I think my daughter will only be watching the game for the Halftime show. Since chili is a great dish to make while watching football, I decided to make the dish our cousin made this past summer. It is a little spicy with tender chicken and beans. It is perfect for a cold day.
White Chicken Chili
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock
2 (14.5 oz.) cans Northern beans (drained and rinsed)
5 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 tsp chili powder
2 cups salsa
8 oz. pepperjack cheese, grated

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock, beans, chicken, chili powder, and salsa.
  4. Allow the dish to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cheese and allow to melt.
Recipe adapted from

One year ago...............................I made Pepperoni Cheese Bread.
Three years ago...........................I made American Beauty Cake.
Did you already know..................
-The New England Patriots have won the most consecutive games in one season.
-The Carolina Panthers lost the most consecutive games in one season.
-The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost the most consecutive games.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Queso Blanco Cheese Dip

Here is the serious question: are you allowed to cheer for a different team then your favorite team? I'm just asking. Now, I always cheer for the Denver Broncos but they will not be heading to the Superbowl. Then I cheer for my husband's favorite team which is the Dallas Cowboys. Well, my husband's friends tell me I can't cheer for his team since they aren't my favorite. Then I made the mistake of posting Go Patriots! They told me I can't cheer for the Patriots either. Well, I disagree with their logic. Since we have four children, then I would only be allowed to cheer for one child. Right? Well, I will cheer for the team I want to take home that Superbowl ring this weekend even if it isn't my beloved Broncos. If you are heading to a Superbowl party, you really should make this dip. It is cheesy and easy. My kids couldn't get enough of this recipe.
Queso Blanco Dip
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup white onion, diced
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
12 oz. white American cheese, shredded
6 oz. Pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/4 to 2/3 cup half and half

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium low heat.
  2. Add the onion and tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the American cheese, Pepper jack Cheese, and the 1/4 cup half and half. Stir until mostly melted.
  4. Add additional milk until the desired consistency.
Recipe adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

One year ago..................................I made Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Two years ago................................I made Hash Brown Potatoes.
Three years ago...............................I made Mushroom Burgers.
Did you already know..................
-The NFL team with the most revenue is the Dallas Cowboys.
 -In 1989, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys franchise for $150 million.
-In 2014, the average NFL team is worth over $1.4 billion.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buffalo Chicken with spicy blue cheese dip

After the Superbowl, I'm unsure what my husband will be doing with his weekends. He is always watching the NFL network. When he talks to his best friend, they are talking about which team will win. Since they have rival teams, it is a fun to listen to them talk smack to each other. I guess they will need this down time to recover from football season. I am hoping their jerseys can be put away for at least a couple of months. I don't even have a t-shirt with my favorite team but I do have a t-shirt of my husband's team. He even tells me how nice I look in the shirt. Since it is the end of football season, I wanted to make some buffalo chicken. This chicken isn't dipped in the traditional butter but I couldn't tell. It is so tender and I really liked it. My son made the dip for me. I must be influencing him since he asked where the cayenne pepper was since the recipe called for it. I told him it is with the spices and he said forget about that and he added hot sauce instead. I really liked the dip. If you are hosting a party, definitely make this recipe.
Boneless Buffalo Chicken
 3 Tbsp butter milk
3 Tbsp Frank's Redhot Original cayenne pepper hot sauce, divided
3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar, divided
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, chopped into bit size pieces
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided 
2 cups carrot and celery sticks

  1.  In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, 2 Tbsp hot sauce, and 2 Tbsp vinegar.
  2. Add the chicken to the buttermilk mixture and toss to coat. 
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  4. On a plate, combine the flour with the cayenne pepper, salt, and ground black pepper.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 Tbsp hot sauce and 1 Tbsp vinegar. Set aside.
  6. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium high heat. 
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade and evenly coat in the flour mixture. 
  8. In the skillet, cook the chicken in batches until golden brown about 4 minutes per a side. Add additional vegetable oil if need. 
  9. Once cooked through, remove the chicken and place onto a paper lined plate.
  10. Drizzle the chicken with the hot sauce and vinegar mixture. 
  11. Serve with the Spicy Blue Cheese Dip (recipe below), carrots, and celery.
Spicy Blue Cheese Dip
2/3 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 cup blue cheese, chopped
1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp Frank's Redhot Original hot sauce

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream, blue cheese, vinegar, and the hot sauce.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*Note: I buy the solid blue cheese block and then I chopped it. I notice the quality of taste for the blue cheese is so much better. 

Recipe adapted from

One year ago.....................................I made Fried Rice.
Two years ago...................................I made Cheddar Biscuits.
Three years ago.................................I made Fluffy Dinner Rolls.
Did you already know..........................
-In 1948, the Los Angeles Rams were the first NFL team to put logos on their helmet.
-The only NFL team to have their logo on one side of their helmet is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
-The NFL team Cleaveland Brown do not have any primary logos on their helmets.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mango Rice

To me, a mango is a complicated fruit. It has a crazy large seed inside of it. When I first buy it, it doesn't seem ripe enough but then I wait too long and it is past ripeness. When I made this recipe, I picked the perfect mango. My children ate all the mango and then they ate all of my mango garnish. I liked the mango rice which is sweet with a coconut flavoring. I did skip garnishing it with coconut cream since I liked the flavor without it. The mango is used only for a side and not to flavor the rice. It is the perfect way to end a meal.
Mango Sticky Rice
2/3 cup sticky white rice

1/2 cup coconut milk
3 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 mango, sliced

  1. Rise the rice to clean.
  2. Soak the uncooked rice in water overnight. 
  3. Drain the rice. 
  4. Steam or cook the rise accordingly to the package.
  5. In a medium pan, heat the coconut milk, sugar, and the salt. 
  6. Stir consistently until the sugar is dissolved. 
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil. 
  8. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
  9. Place the sticky rice into a bowl. 
  10. Slowly add the coconut mixture over the rice and stir. Do not over drench the rice since the rice should absorb the coconut mixture without a wet porridge. 
  11. Serve with the sliced mango on the side. 
Recipe adapted from

One year ago....................................I made Steamed Buns.
Three years ago................................I made Orange Chicken.
Did you already know................
-The color of the mango is not an indicator of ripeness since some mangos are green.
-Some 300 old mango trees have been known to still bear fruit.
-The mango is native to India and Burma.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thai Rice Soup Khao Tom

At the grocery store, I stood in front of the fish sauce. I knew I needed it for this recipe but I walked away. Then when I returned to the grocery store, I attempted to buy it again. I had so many thoughts going through my head like it will smell. Does my sister really eat dishes with fish sauce in it? How could it possibly make a dish better? I think I would rather buy anchovies. Then I walked away again. I couldn't do it. This dish is suppose to have fish sauce. This time I omitted it but I will keep it in the recipe just for you. See you may like fish. You may eat it on a regular basis. I avoid it. I will eat seafood just not fish. I remember my Dad taking us fishing. I remember staring at their unblinking eyes. I remember how the house smelt but most of all I remember how it tasted. So, yes I walked away.
Thai Rice Soup (Khao Tom)
8 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 large shallots, minced
1 celery, chopped fine
1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 1/4 cups rice
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
garnish: fresh scallions chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock, ginger, celery, shallots, lemon grass, and rice.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce low to a simmer for 3o minutes or until the soup is a porridge like consistency.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the pork. Remove from heat and set aside.  
  4. Dischard the lemon grass. 
  5. With a slotted spoon, transport the pork from the skillet into the saucepan. Mix well.
  6. Add the cilantro, soy sauce, and lime juice. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with the scallions.
Recipe adapted from

One year ago...........................I made Breakfast Cookies.
Two years ago.........................I made World Peace Cookies.
Did you already know.........................
-Fish sauce is the extraction from salted, fermented fish. 
-It takes about six months to ferment the fish.
-In several cuisines, fish sauce is used as a condiment.