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.

 

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice

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One dish recipes are always appealing to me and the combination of chorizo sausage and pork chops just added to the appeal. This One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice is a fairly simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time.

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 bone in pork rib chops (I used an assorted variety pack because thats is all that was available)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage (this is the smoked version – cut in half length wise and the cut into ¼ pieces crosswise)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (shopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon Cajun spice blend
  • 3 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the rice and 1 ¼ cups chicken broth; cover. Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; fluff with a fork.
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  3. While rice is cooking season pork chops generously with salt and pepper. In a 12 inch skillet using the oil brown the chops on one side for 4 – 6 minutes; set chops aside on a plate.
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  5. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet and cook the onion, red pepper, and sausage until vegetables are softened. Mix in the thyme, Cajun seasoning, and garlic and continue cooking for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the remaining chicken broth stirring any dripping from the bottom of the pan; and then mix in the precooked rice.
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  7. Arrange the pork chops on top of the rice mixture, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until pork chops are 145F and the rice is tender.
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  9. Remove pork chops to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. (when removing the chops scrap any rice sticking to the chops back into the pan)
  10. Add the green onions into the rice mixture and serve with the chops; Enjoy.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chicken Cacciatore for Two

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Chicken Cacciatore for Two

Sometimes it’s hard to scale down a recipe for 2 people without sacrificing the quality of the recipe, but this Chicken Cacciatore for Two recipe is delicious. This recipe is fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. You can use 2 chicken leg quarters in this recipe or 3-4 chicken thighs depending on whats available. I used 3 because that’s what was in the package.

If you’re cooking for two give this one a try it’s excellent. Enjoy

Chicken Cacciatore for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5-ounces)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; remove chicken to a plate. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.
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  3. In the same skillet cook the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until vegetables are softened and start to brown. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes and cook until mixture is rust colored. Mix in the wine stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan and continue cooking until liquid is evaporated.
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  6. Mix in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and then work the chicken into the mixture. Cook covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until chicken reaches a temperature of 175F. Remove cover and cook on medium high until sauce starts to thicken and chicken is done. (185F.)

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

I needed to free up some time in the afternoon so I decided to put this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak on tonight’s supper menu. I think there is some room for improvement but I decided to prepare it as written to see how it was.

I thought it was a little on the salty side but I guess it depends on your taste – my wife loved it. The next time your looking for a good slow cooker recipe give this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used ground round)
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 one ounce package dry Au jus mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk; form into eight patties.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup and Au jus mix.
  4. Roll the patties lightly in flour and brown them on both sides in a large skillet using the oil. Arrange the parries in a pyramid shape in the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until burger is done.
  6. Serve hot with the gravy over the top of the patties and mashed potatoes.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Smothered Chicken Bake

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Smothered Chicken Bake recipe

Smothered Chicken Bake

The sun dried tomato pesto gives this Smothered Chicken Bake recipe a delicious and unique flavor. This is a simple recipe that requires few ingredients, and is quick to prepare; you can have this dish on the table in less than an hour.

Smothered Chicken Bake
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup Sun Dried Tomato pesto
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce ((15 oz)
  • Serve over rice or pasta
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy; remove bacon and set aside on a plate covered with paper toweling to drain.
  3. In the same skillet cook red pepper pieces in the bacon dripping to crisp-tender; using a slotted spoon place remove the pepper, and place in medium size bowl. Add the Alfredo pasta sauce, Sun Dried Tomato pesto, and mix until combined.
  4. In the same skillet, season the chicken with pepper and cooked until nicely browned on both sides. Place chicken in the bottom of an 11 x 7 casserole dish and pour the sauce over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice or pasta.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Basic Muffins Recipe

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If you looking for a basic muffins recipe that is nice and moist; this is it.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, is fast to put together, and makes a pretty good size batch.

Serve warm with butter making for a delicious breakfast.

Basic Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1cup granulated sugar (less 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups plain low-fat yogurt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one egg at a time,.mix in half of the dry ingredients and ⅓ cup yogurt. Mix in the remaining yogurt and dry ingredients a little at a time until incorporated.
  4. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and distribute the batter evenly in the cups. (batter will be very thick an ice cream scoop works good for this)
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown; serve warm.

Adapted from Cooks Country.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Hot Fudge Pudding and ice cream. How good can it get this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is rich and delicious and is a simple recipe to put together.

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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ⅔ cup Dutch processed cocoa (divided)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate (shaved or chopped)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Spay an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix the coffee into the water and set aside.
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  4. In a small bowl whisk together ⅓ cup cocoa, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar; set aside.
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  6. Heat a saucepan with water that you can fit a small bowl into just to simmering. Place the bowl on top of the water and melt the butter in the bowl. Mix in the semi sweet chocolate, and ⅓ cup cocoa stirring until chocolate is smooth and melted; set aside.
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  8. In another small bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.
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  10. In a medium size bowl mix together the ⅔ cup granulated sugar, milk, egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix until moistened.
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  12. Pour the batter into the baking dish evenly so it comes all the way out to the sides. Evenly sprinkle the cocoa mixture over the top of the batter and then gently pour the coffee over the top.
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  16. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from the sides and the mixture is hot and bubbly. (don't over bake)
  17. Let rest 45 minutes and serve with ice cream.

Adapted from Baking Illustrated

 

Chili Spaghetti Casserole

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This one dish Chili Spaghetti recipe is simple to put together and has a great combination of flavors. It is quick to put together so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. This is a great after school or work recipe.

Give it a try; enjoy.

Chili Spaghetti Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can spicy vegetable chili (18.8 ounces – you can also use any good brand of vegetarian chili)
  • 1 can Italian stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
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  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain and rinse. Place cooked spaghetti in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. While pasta is cooking cook the burger and onion in a large skilled until burger is no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Stir in the chili powder, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste; cook until heated through.
  5. Mix the chili mixture into the spaghetti and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Chicken and Rice For Two

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Sometimes just cooking for two can be a challenge. This chicken and rice for two recipe is simple and delicious, and fairly quick to prepare.

Put this on the menu for supper; you’ll love it.

Chicken and Rice For Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together ¾ cup chicken broth, rice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cove and microwave for 7-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
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  4. Salt and pepper the chicken. In a medium size sauce pan using the oil over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; set chicken aside on a plate.
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  6. Reserve one tablespoon of the oil in the sauce pan, add the onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cook until onion is soft and starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add wine while scrapping any dripping off the bottom of the pan and then add the remaining ½ cup chicken broth.
  7. Mix in the rice and place chicken in the pan skin side up. Cove and bake until rice is tender and chicken is done.
  8. Remove chicken to a plate and lightly cover with aluminum foil. Mix the parsley into the rice and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve chicken and rice together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Basic Dog Treats Recipe

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Puppy dog was running out of treats so I had to get busy and do some baking. This dog treats recipe is simple and quick to put together – and your favorite canine will love them.

Do your best friend a favor and give them a try.

Basic Dog Treats Recipe
 
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Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. And line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients stirring until dough forms. (add a little extra water if necessary)
  4. Using a spoon – spoon out dough, and roll into balls, like making meatballs. Placing them about an inch apart on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork like making peanut butter cookies.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until dough hardens.
  6. Cool and refrigerate; use as needed.