Monday, February 3, 2014

Blueberry Corn Muffins Recipe

These muffins are great for breakfast.  They are quick and easy to bake because the recipe uses Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. We don't normally like muffin mix from the box but Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix is the exception and we think it's the best muffin mix from the box and it makes really delicious corn muffins.  We packed a few this morning along with a thermal of coffee for our commute to work.  These are tasty carry-along breakfast alternatives to our beloved blueberry pancakes when we don't have time for a sit down breakfast at home. They can be stored in muffin boxes or containers for up to 3 days and when warmed up in microwave for 12-15 seconds, they taste and smell like freshly baked.  Warm or cold, these muffins taste great. Click here for the recipe.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chickpea and Sausage Minestrone

This is the best Minestrone that we ever had (both various home cooked versions we tried and the ones we had at fine Italian restaurants).  It's extremely easy and fast to make.  For a filling soup that is only 197 calories per serving, we are surprised to find out how delicious this Minestrone is.  The is awesome for busy weeknights dinners.  Click here for the recipe.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Peanut Butter and Jelly Omelet

We were at first skeptical about this recipe.  But we woke up this morning and saw a couple really ripe bananas sadly sitting on our kitchen counter.  We didn't feel like another morning with banana shakes. We happened to have no breakfast meat in our fridge or otherwise we would have made the traditional omelet instead.  Desperate to use the last two bananas before they really rot, we gave this recipe a try.  Surprisingly, it turned out to be quite good.  Just remember to not pour all the egg batter in one setting. The eggs in the recipe can make 2 - 3 omelets. The omelet should be thin and the peanut butter and jelly should be spread warm on the omelet.  We highly recommend skipping the pepper in the egg. DO NOT ADD THE PEPPER. The warm peanut butter, jelly and the banana in a thin omelet taste very similar to banana crepes. It's a good alternative for those times when we run out of time and we are too lazy to make batter for the crepes. (Click here for the recipe.)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Maple Smoked Sausage Supper

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We tried this recipe today and all we have to say is, the recipe doesn't produce a dish that looks like the picture at all and it's awfully sweet.  Everything is swimming in syrup.  We will not make it again, we recommend you not to waste your ingredients on this recipe!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Parmesan Potato Wedges

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We tried this recipe today.  While the potatoes came out tasting very good, they didn't look like the above photo with the firm crispy look and the even coating of Parmesan Cheese.  We thought the recipe would make us some potato wedges that have the crispiness of  French Fries.  But they turned out to have textures like roasted potatoes instead.   We will make this recipe again if we want some tasty roasted potatoes in the future, but we definitely need a different recipe for French Fries.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Buttery Apple Biscuits

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Today, we made biscuits from scratch for the very first time. Long time ago, we tried making biscuits from the canned dough but they were too salty for us and therefore we came to the wrong conclusion that we didn't like biscuits after all. But these Apple Biscuits we made this morning totally converted us into the new fans of biscuits.  They are so delicious and so easy to make. We just can't have enough of them.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chicken-Vegetable Chowder

I got this recipe from one of Betty Crocker's cookbooks: Soups Stews & Chilies,  and I made the worst chicken soup I ever made in my life.  I served this soup to my friends and I was embarrassed by it. I never tasted it before I served and that was my mistake. I had made chicken soups many times before and they were all good, as if nothing could really go wrong when chicken was thrown in a pot with carrots, onions and whatever vegetables.  But not this recipe.

I am suspecting the combination of the "condensed cream of chicken" and a "low sodium chicken broth" ruined the soup.  My friends had their first spoonfuls and their facial expression and slow eating movements told me something was wrong with this soup. Then I tasted it myself and it was awful!  I told everybody that the soup tasted and smelled bad and they should all stop eating.  Everybody was so relieved when I made the announcement. I trashed the entire 4 quart pot of soup that wasted my chicken and vegetables, let alone the 7 hours of electricity that my slow cooker consumed to make this horrible and toxic tasting soup.  I still don't know what went wrong.  This was my first time using the condense cream of chicken can soup to make anything.

Avoid this recipe in case you have the cook book or you saw it on the Betty Crocker's website.