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.

 

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

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

Frito Pie Hot Dogs

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With summer fast approaching I thought it would be a great time to put together these Frito Pie Hot Dogs. This recipe is simple and quick and you and your guests will love them.

This is a great recipe for a summertime party or looking into the future a great game day recipe.

Fire up the grill and enjoy.

Adapted from Blogchef.net

Frito Pie Hot Dogs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 beef hot dogs
  • 1 bag shredded Colby-jack cheese
  • 1 can chili
  • A bag of Frito chips (coarsely crushed)
  • Sliced green onions (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat chili in a sauce pan; set aside and keep warm.
  3. Heat and prepare grill over medium high heat.
  4. Lightly toast buns cut side down on grill; set aside.
  5. Grill hot dogs until slightly charred and heated through.
  6. Place hot dogs on buns and spoon a generous amount of chili over each hot dog. Top with the corn chips and then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  7. Place hot dogs on a baking pan and bake at 350F until cheese is melted. Garnish with the green onions.

 

Pizza Spaghetti Bake

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This Pizza Spaghetti Bake recipe is quick and simple to put together and just requires a few ingredients.

Use your favorite spaghetti sauce and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni (3.5 ounces sliced)
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk together and then mix in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, and oregano and then mix in the cooked spaghetti.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the spaghetti mix into the casserole dish.
  5. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top, and top with ½ of the pepperoni slices. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top and then top with the remaining pepperoni.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Adapted from

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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.

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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

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.

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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