Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms

I wanted to make this prior to Thanksgiving, but ran short of time before having to leave town. So, Sunday after Thanksgiving the itch to make these hit...The recipe says it makes 48, but somehow it only managed to make about 40 for me.
Here is the recipe, courtesy of Hershey's.

48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
About 4 dozen cookies.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chicken Club Sandwiches...sort of, AND fries

Ingredients (for two sandwiches):
4 Slices Oscar Mayer Center Cut Bacon
1 Chicken Breast, flattened
4 pieces of Bibb Lettuce
1 Vine Ripe Tomato, Sliced
2 Ciabatta Rolls
1 Baking Potato, cut into 1/2 inch fries
Vegetable Oil for frying

Heat oil in saucepan. Do not overfill the pan, and do not over-heat the oil! To test oil temp, drop one fry into the oil. When it starts to bubble, its ready. Monitor the pot closely so it doesn't boil over. Be careful!
Drop small batches of the potatoes (about half the fries) into oil, cook until golden brown
Remove to a paper towel
Season immediately with salt

Pound chicken breast until flatted, about a 1/2 inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat 1 T. of oil in skillet, add chicken. Saute 4 mins each side until chicken is cooked through.
Set aside to cool.
Cook 4 slices of Bacon in microwave
Slice Ciabatta rolls and toast
Slice chicken in half
Assemble sandwich with Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon and Chicken.
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Chicken Milano

This is the Chicken Milano recipe on

Only modifications made were to add parmesan to the cream mixture, and also cut up the chicken after sauteeing and let simmer with the cream. Additionally, I used fresh fettucine noodles from RP's Pasta (, a local pasta maker in Madison, WI. The flavor of the noodles (egg-iness) was pretty prominent but still quite tasty! The strength of the sauce combined with the strong flavor of the noodles made for a very rich dish. I might try this with their linguine next time.

I could also see making this sauce into a vegetarian friendly dish using portobello mushrooms and vegetable broth.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Chicken Fried Chicken - Comfort food!

This is the Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe from
It's super easy. I flatten my chicken before dredging in egg and cracker mix. Can be easily made without the potato flakes, but the flakes do add a little something extra. I serve with Mashed Potatoes and Corn spiced with red pepper flakes.
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Apple Crisp - sort of...

My craving for apple pie has been partially solved this evening! I had some granny smith apples calling my name so I decided to make the filling and topping for this apple pie recipe on

Instead of baking in a 9-inch pie crust, I buttered a small casserole dish, dumped in the apples, and baked them for 20mins before putting the topping on. Once I put the topping on I baked it for another 25 minutes. Then broiled for about 2mins to crisp up the top a little bit more. Probably wasn't necessary!
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