Baking, Entertaining, Recipes

Flourless Orange & Almond Cake

I wanted something yummy and fun for Easter Dinner dessert and ran across this cake on Pinterest.  Its pretty simple, but I had to do some finagling to convert it from European Measures to US.  I’ve NEVER heard of making a cake with boiled oranges but this worked well.  The icing sugar on top of the almonds is just the perfect touch of sweet.  I’d like to try this with a glaze on top as well – maybe add some poppy seeds?  

I added the almond extract to the original recipe as well, just an extra little kick of almond to go with all the orange.  Be sure you bake for the full time – at 1 hour, the toothpick came out clean – but the bottom/middle needed more time – especially when I used an 8″ pan.  I recommend 1 hr 20 minutes for the 9″ pan – 1 hour 35-40 min for the 8″ pan

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parmesan meatballs recipe
Budget Friendly, Entertaining, For the Freezer, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Parmesan Meatballs Recipe

I love quick and easy weeknight meals that taste like you spent a ton of time on dinner.  I have made this parmesan meatballs recipe two ways – one from scratch like the recipe below – and the other using frozen store-bought meatballs.  Both are tasty – and there is NOTHING wrong with using good quality frozen meatballs.  It’s a nice shortcut and makes getting dinner on the table a breeze.

The trick with meatballs (and meatloaf for that matter) is to handle it gently.  Mix without squishing the meat and make your meatballs without packing the burger together.  This will guarantee a tender meatball.  If you wanted to get REALLY fancy – put a small cube of mozzarella in the middle of the meatball as you form it.

You can also get these to the “bake point” and freeze the whole pan.  This parmesan meatballs recipe is great to whip out and throw in the oven on a busy day/night.  I really like to cook mine in cast iron, if you do you can go from stovetop to oven in one pan.

This is a way to dress up boring meatballs and make something “fancy” without a lot of effort.
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baked chicken & orzo recipe
Budget Friendly, Entertaining, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Baked Chicken & Orzo

I found a baked chicken & orzo recipe on Pinterest and adapted it for my family.  The recipe I found was HUGE, so i cut it down for 4.  Its simple and 1 pan.  Orzo is a great alternative to rice, cooks up nice and takes on flavor just like any pasta.  The original recipe called for way more butter than I used, and way more sage.  I like just a hint – you could totally substitute dried sage for the fresh if you didnt want to buy a whole package to only use 2 leaves.

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Baking, Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes

Incredible Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I love apple pie, honestly I love pie, but I hate making pie crust and I think it’s a waste of time.  Its futzy and never turns out great for me – so…confession time…I buy pie crust.  Pillsbury does a completely acceptable job, and it makes throwing a pie together pretty fast.  Generally pie crusts come 2 in a package, so you could make 1 apple pie, or two “one crust pies” like a pumpkin pie and a …….  dutch apple pie!

I don’t eat pumpkin pie – it is too close to pudding consistency – and pudding is against The Food Rules! (capitals and punctuation required)  So at holiday time, I have to make something besides pumpkin pie, but I don’t want an extra pie crust laying around – so I fiddled and faddled around until I came up with this dutch apple pie recipe.  Enjoy!

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Entertaining, Light and Healthier, Menu Planning, Recipes

Easy Italian Mozzarella Chicken Recipe

I’m always looking for ways to eat chicken that are a) tasty; b) healthful; and c) not grilled chicken breast.  To be honest, chicken breast is probably my least favorite cut – I’m a thigh girl.  But sometimes they’re on sale – or that’s what you have – so here’s a great recipe to transform a dry, boring chicken breast into a yummy dinner.

This is a fairly healthy recipe – using Wheaties or bran cereal like AllBran creates a crisp coating that is complimented with some spices – yum!

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Day-2, Entertaining, For the Freezer, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Fast & Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Todd really likes the chicken enchilada soup from Chilis.  I’ve never attempted it, not sure why.  This recipe came up in my Pinterest feed and I thought it would be a fast soup to have with grilled cheese on a cooler night.  I was supposed to make it Sunday night – but we went and saw the Avengers instead – so I whipped up a batch tonight.  For being a fast soup, it has a really nicely developed flavor.  It’s not necessarily weight watchers – but it’s tasty – and hearty – 1 bowl was plenty.

You can serve with taco-type toppings, but I liked it with just a crumbled tortilla chip or two.  It’s got a lot going on.  Original inspiration from GimmeSomeOven.com – but I adjusted to our taste and available ingredients. Continue reading “Fast & Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup”