Teriyaki Chicken for Two

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This Teriyaki Chicken for Two recipe was adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for two cookbook. I found their procedure for crisping the chicken pretty unique. They weighted the chicken down by placing a large pot on top of the chicken weighted with 2 (14-15- ounce cans of whatever you may have on hand). The chicken browns evenly, and is nice and crisp.

This recipe is quick and simple to prepare and doesn’t require that many ingredients; my wife absolutely loved the sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with aluminum foil using enough foil to bring the edges to the top to secure it. Place 2 cans 14 – 15 ounces each inside the pan for weight. (I lightly sprayed the bottom of the aluminum foil with cooking spray).
  2. Trim any excess skin and fat off the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. In a nonstick skillet using the oil over medium high heat place chicken in the skillet skin side down, and then place the weighted pan on top of the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes or until skin is nicely browned and crispy. Flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate and then remove any fat left in the skillet.
  3. While the chicken is cooking in a bowl whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and bring to a simmer and then place the chicken in the skillet skin side up. Cook until sauce thickens and turns glossy, and then turn the chicken in the sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Slow Cooker Chili for Two

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This simple slow cooker chili recipe for two doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but takes enough time to cook in the slow cooker so you can get some things done while it’s cooking.  The chili is a little on the spicy side, but for me was just right. If you want to add a little more heat increase the amount of chipotle chili in adobo sauce or add some cayenne pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Chili for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce (minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground beef, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the burger into chunks as it cooks; cook until burger is no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered for 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

 

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

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These Monte Cristo Sandwiches take grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level – absolutely delicious!!

These grilled cheese sandwiches are quick to make, making them great for lunch, or an after school supper; you can have them on the table with some fries in less than a half an hour.

Monte Cristo Sandwiches
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 Slices of White Sandwich Bread
  • 4 Slices of Deli Turkey
  • 4 Slices of Gouda
  • 1 Tbsp of Mayo
  • 1 tsp of Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 3 Eggs
  • Milk - a little less than ¼ cup
  • Seasoned Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
Instructions
  1. in a small bowl mix together the mayo and mustard; aside.
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  3. In a shallow wide bowl whisk together the eggs and milk – big enough to dip one side of the sandwich in.
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  5. Lay out three pieces of bread, spread a thin layer of the mayo on one piece and top with a slice of cheese and then a slice of turkey (I used several slices because I used thinly sliced). For the second piece of bread spread on a little more of the mayo mixture and top with another slice of turkey and place another slice of cheese on top and place the 3rd piece of bread on top of that to form the sandwich.(do not skip the last slice of cheese it is needed to hold the sandwich together when the cheese melts).
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  8. In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat melt the butter along with the oil. Dip each side of the sandwich in the egg mixture like you are making french toast. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown, flip, and continue cooking until nicely browned and cheese is melted.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables
 
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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two

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Some time baking a whole cake for two people just doesn’t make a lot of sense. This Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two recipe bakes in two ramekins making just the right for two people. This is a simple and quick recipe, just add ice cream and you will create a delicious dessert for two.

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( 2 ounces chopped and 1 ounce broken into 2 pieces)
  • ¼ cup half and half or whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons egg (lightly beaten at room temperature)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the chopped chocolate together with the milk. Heat the mixture in a microwave for 1 -3 minutes or until chocolate is melted stirring the mixture until smooth, stir in the sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved; let cool slightly. Mix in the oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the flour to form the batter until just moist.
  3. Lightly spray two ramekins with cooking spray and divide the batter between the two. Push one piece of the remaining chocolate into the center of the batter of each ramekin.
  4. Baked for 15 minutes or until tops are just firm and center is gooey; let cool for 3 – 5 minutes and serve warm with ice cream on top.

Adapted from Cooking for Two cookbook

Buttermilk Pancakes for Two

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This recipe has just the right amount of batter to make about 8 small pancakes, just right for two people. This is a simple recipe that requires just a small amount of ingredients – chances are you will have everything on hand,

If you’re looking for a simple and quick breakfast recipe give this Buttermilk Pancakes for Two recipe a try. Enjoy

Buttermilk Pancakes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray or oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
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  3. In another bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, and melted butter.
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  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined and just moist; batter will be lumpy with some dry streaks. Let rest for 30 minutes before using.
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  7. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using a light coating of oil or cooking spray cook pancakes ¼ cup batter at a time until golden brown on one side, bubbles form on top, and edges start to firm up. Flip and continue cooking until browned.
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  9. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Roadhouse Burger Recipe

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This grilled Roadhouse burger is delicious. It is so thick it is hard to eat, but well worth the effort, because it is loaded with delicious condiments, with a garlic sauce defiantly highlighting the burger.

My son was home for the weekend when he made these I knew once the weather was nice enough I would fire up the grill and grill them myself. You can see the original recipe on my Sons blog at Blogchef.net

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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Garlic Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Burgers
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 onion hamburger buns
  • 4 large frozen onion rings
  • 2 large onions (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste; refrigerate until needed.
  2. Deep fry onion rigs in a deep fry at 375F until golden brown; set aside. (I placed these in the oven on warm)
  3. In a non stick skillet over medium high heat using the vegetable oil cook onions covered until onions begin to turn golden brown. Remove cove, add the water, and continue cooking until water is evaporated. Remove onions and set aside.
  4. In the now empty skilled cook bacon until browned and crispy; drain on paper toweling and set aside.
  5. Preheat and prepare grill on medium high heat. Form burger into 4 patties and generously season with salt and pepper. Just before burgers are done place the slices of cheese on the burgers, close lid, and continue grilling until cheese is melted. While burgers are grilling place buns cut side down on the grill to toast them. (these brown quick so watch them closely)
  6. To put it all together coat bottom half of buns with the sauce, place the cooked onions on the bun followed by the burger, bacon and then the tomato. Spread more sauce over the tomato and then top with a deep fried onion. Place top half of the bun on the mixture and enjoy.

 

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two

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I had some frozen cranberries on hand so I decided to give this Cranberry Pecan Muffins Recipe a try. In all honesty I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but what a surprise they are delicious!!

if you have fresh or frozen cranberries on hand give this one a try.

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Streusel Topping
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Muffins
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup pecans (toasted and cooled)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room Temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon confections sugar
Instructions
  1. Directions for topping
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and granulated sugar until mixture resembles wet sand. (a fork works good for this or use your hands) Mix in the pecans and set aside.
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  4. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt; set aside.
  5. Place the pecans and sugar in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse sand.; and place mixture in a large bowl.
  6. Mix in the egg, milk, and melted butter until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and mix until just moist; set aside 30 minutes until thickened.
  7. While batter is resting preheat oven to 375F and spray 4 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place cranberries, confections sugar, and a pinch of salt in the food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  8. Mix the cranberry mixture into the muffin batter and divide the batter equally among the 4 cups. Top evenly with the Streusel topping and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, remove from tin, and cool for at least another 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook – Cooks Country

Classic Chili for Two Recipe

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This Classic Chili for Two Recipe is the perfect amount for two people and doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. It is seasoned perfectly for my taste, that being just slightly on the hot side; but if you like it hot; you can turn up the heat by increasing the spices.

If you like chili and your cooking for two give this one a try.

Classic Chili for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ green or red bell pepper (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
Instructions
  1. in a large sauce pan using the oil over medium heat cook the onion, green pepper, and garlic seasoned with the cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook until vegetables start to soften. (3 – 5 minutes) break the ground beef up inco the mixture and continue cooing until ground beef is no longer pink inside.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans, bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue cooking until chili starts to thicken. (if chili is already thickened skip the last step – if chili starts to stick add ¼ cup water.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy.

 

 

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.