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Empinadas

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When we were in Chile Empinadas were everywhere!!! However all the ones me and Eddie had the opportunity to try were full of either onions, hard boiled egg, or had a weird olive still with the pit on the inside. The Crust was always the best part and I knew I could make fillings both me and Eddie would like . . . so when my brother was in town this week we decided to take on the challenge of making our own and it was well worth it!!


The Dough  (recipe from epicurious.com) Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg
1/3 cup cold water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Directions:
1) Mix Flour, Salt and Butter untill mixture is "sandy"
2) Add egg, water, and vinegar and mix untill it forms a ball
3) Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

The Fillings I used 3 different meats for my fillings but you can use whatever you want
**Spicy Taco Ground Beef
**Chipotle Garlic Ground Turkey
**Cajun Chick…

Garlic Oil

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Pizza Hut has released the Cheesy Bites Pizza Once again. We got really excited it and ordered it right away but were really disappointed. Their new crust which is supposed to be light and airy was just thin and flimsy and not really that good.

This put me on a mission to make my Cheesy Bites Pizza once again


The one thing I did take from the Pizza Hut Version was garlicky crust so as mine was coming out of the oven I spread a little homemade garlic oil on each cheesy bite

Quick Tips about Infused Oils from http://www.epicurious.com • Always keep flavored oils refrigerated. Infused oils last about 1 month when stored properly. • Allow flavored oils to sit out at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes before each use. • Don't use flavored oils for deep-frying—leftover particles will burn.

Homemade "Re-fried" Beans

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I LOVE mexican food and refried beans but never seem to buy them because Eddie won't eat them . . . However the other day I ran across a recipe on Chef in Training to make your own in the crock pot and I knew that I just had to try it

WARNING this recipe makes ALOT i think the next time I make them I will cup the recipe into a third

Homemade "Re-fried" Beans


Ingredients:
1 Package of dried beans (i used black)
5 bullion cubes (i used beef)
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1/4 cup butter

Directions:
1) Place Beans in CrockPot and cover with water
2) Add Seasoning and cook on low until beans are soft (mine took 9 hours)
3) Drain Beans and add butter
4) Mix with a hand blender or kitchen aid until beans are mashed then Enjoy

Taquito Burritos

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Taco Time has been advertising Crisp Burritos for a while now and that got me thinking that I could make those. While I've never actually had one I just assumed they were taquitos but with burrito fillings on the inside so from there came my Taquito Burritos!

Taquito Burritos
Ingredients:
Corn Tortillas
Chicken
Cheese
Rice
Hot Sauce

Directions
1) Pre Heat Oven to 425 degrees
2) Mix the Chicken, Rice, Cheese, and Hot Sauce together
3) Microwave 6 tortillas at a time for 1 minute
4) Add a spoonful of the mixture to each tortilla and roll up
5) Place on Baking sheet and spray with cooking spray
6) Bake for about 20 -25 minutes

Dinner Prep for the Week (July 21st)

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Trying to eat a little healthier and going unprocessed again starting this week . . .


I'll be trying two new recipes this week
As we speak I have beans in the crockpot for homemade refried beans and on tuesday we will be trying Lasagna Roll Ups 
Hopefully they turn out good!!

Garlic Chipotle Chicken

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I have been in LOVE with the Chipotle Cubes from Knorr and While my mom was in town we found a whole bunch of new flavors including these Garlic ones I'm pretty impressed with


Last night I put my two favorites together Chipotle and Garlic

Garlic Chipotle Chicken
Ingredients:
2 Chicken Breasts
2 Garlic Cubes
2 Chipotle Cubes
Olive Oil

Directions:
1) Marinate Chicken Breasts in Garlic and Chipotle and a little Olive Oil for at least 30 minutes
2) BBQ for 15-20 minutes each side
3) Serve with Rice, Pasta, or make into a Burrito

Grilled Chicken Taquitos

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I always crave Mexican food and we had left over Grilled Chicken from our BBQ the other day. Typically I would shread it up and make burritos but decided to try out the grilled flavor with taquitos. . .  I paired it with a roasted salsa for an Awesome Dinner last night

Grilled Chicken Taquitos
Ingredients
Grilled Chicken (Shredded)
Cheese
Roasted Salsa
Corn Tortillas
Cooking Spray

Directions
1) Pre Heat Oven to 425
2) Mix together Chicken, Cheese, and Salsa
3) Microwave 6 tortillas at a time for a minute
4) Spoon 1 spoonful of chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll up
5) Place on Baking Sheet and spray with cooking spray
6) Bake for about 20 minutes

Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

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What other way is there to celebrate Mac and Cheese Day then with Mac and Cheese?!?

While I typically use Buffalo or Cajun Chicken for my Mac I had some left over Spicy Taco Chicken I decided to use which I thought would go great with eddies idea of using Spicy Nacho Doritos as our Bread Crumbs

The end product was an awesome dish that honored Mac and Cheese Day Perfectly!!!

Mac and Cheese Taco Bake
Ingredients
Pasta
Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Spicy Taco Chicken
Cheese
Spicy Nacho Doritos - Crushed

Directions
1) Pre Heat Oven to 350 degree
2) Cook and Drain Pasta
3) Add Cheese Sauce, Chicken and Cheese to Pasta
4) Place in Baking Dish and top with Doritos
5) Bake for 30 minutes

Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread

I was cleaning out my office the other day and came across a recipe I totally forgot about but am totally going to make again - - Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread!!!

Most people have heard about or seen pictures of Hasselback Potatoes and this is super similar but wayyy more carbs and yummy goodness :)

Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread Ingredients:
Pizza Dough
Olive Oil Spray
Greek Seasoning
Butter
Cheese

Directions:
1) Pre Heat Oven to 400 degrees
2) Form Pizza Dough into 2 Loaves
3) Turn Oven down to 350 degree and cook dough for 20 minutes
4) Spray Bread with Olive Oil Spray and Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning then cook for 5 more minutes
5) Take out Bread and let cool for 15 minutes
6) Slice Bread 3/4 the way through about every inch
7) Place a little Butter and Cheese in Every Cut and cook for 5 more minutes or untill Cheese is melted

Mac and Cheese Day 2014

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Today (July 14th) is Mac and Cheese Day so what better way to celebrate then by making Mac and Cheese!!!

Here are 5 recipes I rounded up from my site to get you started

Baked Mac and Cheese
Ham Mac and Cheese
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
Super Easy Mac and Cheese
Cajun Mac and Cheese


Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

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I didn't have to cook last night for 4th of July but I did bring Eddie something Special to work to share with his co- workers for lunch

Fresh Fried Chips and Salsa + Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I have made taquitos quite a few time and always use some kind of hot sauce but I went back to a classic and my favorite Buffalo Sauce for Eddie and his co-workers yesterday

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients:
-Shredded Chicken
-Buffalo Sauce
-Shredded Cheese
-Corn Tortillas

Directions:
1) Pre Heat Oven  to 425 degrees
2) Mix chicken, hot sauce, and cheese together in a bowl
3) Microwave 6 tortillas at a time for one minute
4) Fill tortillas with about 1-2 tbs of mix then roll up and place seam side down on a greased baking sheet
5) Spray tops of taquitos with cooking spray
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes

Product Review: Smith's Beef Barbacoa

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I was super excited when I joined a campaign with BzzAgent for Taste of Mexico at Smiths thinking that I was going to get to taste some awesome Mexican food but like all mexican food in Utah this was also a big disappointment

I went to the store and picked but a package of Beef Barbacoa which I thought would be somewhat similar to the Carne Asada at Trader Joes that me and eddie are OBSESSED with but NO!



I cooked up the Beef Barbacoa the same way I would any taco/burrito meat I make . . . In the Crock Pot hoping to have awesome Burritos ready for dinner when I got home but Eddie really didn't care for it. . .the meat wasn't the best in our opinion and was actually really stringy and the flavor it was marinated in kind of disappeared (guess i should have realized this when it was on manager special over half off for $2.49 originally $5.99)

I have a few more things to try with them that I am hoping will be a little bit better because the Beef Barbacoa was just a huge disappointm…

Homemade Baja Blast

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Eddie is OBSESSED with Baja Blast he either gets a Baja Freeze from Taco Bell or Drinks the Soda from 7-11 at least once a day

Me and Eddie have discovered the Secret!!!! Searching around the internet there are a ton of recipes for how to make it on your own but every one is a little bit different . . . here is ours


1) Full cup with ice
2) Add in a little Blue Powerade (about 1/4 the way up)
3) Fill with Mtn Dew

Colby Jack Stuffed Crust Pizza

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This week has been the week of not having everything I need to make the things I want

Eddie wanted me to make pizza last night and typically I make stuffed crust pizza and stuff it with string cheese . . . I had mozzarella but only enough for the pizza so I compromised and stuffed the crust with Colby Jack. . . I was a little worried about it at first but it turned out Great

Colby Jack melts a whole lot more than the string cheese so it will seem like the cheese disappeared from the crust when you like at it but as soon as you take a bite it tastes like you're biting into cheesey bread

Colby Jack Stuffed Crust Pizza
Ingredients:
-Pizza Dough
-Colby Cheese (cut into String Cheese sized pieces)
-Plain Tomato Sauce
-Oregano
-Basil
-Mozzarella
-Pizza Toppings

STEP BY STEP Instructions



Breakfast Paninis

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I love sandwiches but don't really care for Breakfast - -  However Eddie LOVES breakfast so I try and make him something monday and tuesday mornings when we have our days off

This week I put my Love for Sandwiches and Eddies Love for breakfast together and dressed them up for a "fancy" Breakfast sandwich

Breakfast Paninis 

Ingredients:
Bread
Eggs
Bacon
Cheese

Directions:
1) Cook Eggs and Bacon
2) Pre-Heat Panini Grill
3) Assemble Sandwiches with Cheese on Both Sides
4) Place in Panini Grill until both sides are golden brown

NOTES
-You can use a frying pan if you don't have a Panini Grill
-I don't use any butter or cooking spray but feel free to if you want