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Bubble Pizza

I made this tonight. Next time, I think I'll let the girls help by cutting up the biscuits for me. The fun thing is that the 'pizza' pulls apart in little bite-size pieces. Yum!

Bubble Pizza Recipe

From passthesushi.com

2 containers refrigerated biscuit dough, 6 biscuits each (I used Pillsbury)
1 jar pizza sauce (14 oz)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup pepperoni (or other favorite toppings) (I cut the pepperoni into 1/4's, too)

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a sharp knife or kitchen shears, divide each biscuit into 4. In a large bowl, combine diced biscuit dough, sauce, 1 1/2 cups cheese and toppings. Stir to combine.

Pour mixture into greased 9×13 baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, checking to make sure dough is cooked through and cheese is bubbling. Note: I covered mine loosely with aluminum foil to keep the cheese from getting too done.) Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

15 Minute Chicken Soft Tacos

I printed this a few weeks ago and finally made it tonight. Super easy and yummy! And plenty of leftovers for lunch - yay!

I'll copy/paste the original recipe, then I'll note the changes I made.

15 Minute Chicken Soft Tacos

1 Tbsp. oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cups water
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Mild Salsa
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
10 flour tortillas (6 inch)
3/4 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 6 min. or until cooked through.

ADD water, salsa and seasoning mix; stir. Bring to boil. Stir in rice; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 min.

SPOON chicken mixture evenly onto tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Fold up sides of tortillas to enclose filling.

My changes:

I browned two chicken breasts then added 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup water to the pan. Brought to a boil, lowered the heat and simmered (while covered) for about 30 minutes. Then I shredded the chicken. I also reduced the water and rice by half, because it was mostly just me and my husband eating it.

Just a quick one...

Made this today, and it was good! I know lots of people are always looking for good crock pot recipes. This one has balsamic vinaigrette in it, and it gives the stew a nice flavor.

Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Zuppa Toscana

I made this soup the other night and it was DELICIOUS!!

The soup is a knock-off of Olive Garden's, but I think mine was way better. It has so much flavor and the texture is great and it really warms you up from the inside. Both Kyle and I were all hot after we finished eating dinner.

I adapted the recipe from one I found on allrecipes.com. I'll post the basic version and my changes in italics. My version is spicy, so if you're not big on spicy food then I suggest using regular ground sausage and adding pepper/red pepper flakes/etc. as your taste allows.

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There was a feature in this month's Southern Living magazine about southernplate.com. She's apparently had this blog for a while, and she just came out with a cookbook. I have been printing off a bunch of recipes from her site, such as these:

Slow cooker cheesy chicken and rice

Slow cooker southern style pork bbq

Slow cooker chicken and wild rice

Grilled chicken tenderloins without the grill

I love how she has stories along with the food, and the recipes are really easy to print.

Mmm - coconut shrimp

I love coconut shrimp! This recipe sounds easy and was well reviewed.

Original recipe here.

Baked Coconut Shrimp

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
3 egg whites, beaten until foamy

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse and dry shrimp with paper towels. Mix cornstarch, salt, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bow; pour coconut flakes in a separate shallow bowl. Working with one shrimp at a time, dredge it in the cornstarch mixture, then dip it in the egg white, and roll it in the coconut, making sure to coat the shrimp well. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  3. Bake the shrimp until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center and the coconut is browned, 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through.

Someone in the comments section left a copycat recipe for Outback's orange marmalade dipping sauce:

Orange Marmalade Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons stone ground mustard with seeds
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
dash of salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

I am definitely going to have to try these! With a bottle of chilled white wine... Mmm...

Beef Tips

Okay, so this is nowhere even close to healthy. This is one of those meals that you have a small portion of then fill up the rest of your plate with veggies to balance it out. But it's SO easy, SO good, and SO cheap. I served this to some friends who came over for dinner this weekend, and they each had seconds then requested the recipe!

Original recipe here.

Beef Tips

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
2 cups water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 cup water

In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Saute the onion until almost translucent.
Add the stew meat and cook on high heat until meat is browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes.
Pour 2 cups water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet. Stir in garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Meanwhile combine the gravy mix with 1 cup water. Mix thoroughly and stir into the meat mixture. Bring to a boil stirring frequently until slightly thickened.

Parmesan Orzo Primavera

This sounded yummy and simple. I think it would also be good to add in some shredded chicken or some sauteed shrimp to make a one pot meal. I would definitely add some spices - minced garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I assume you could also substitute vegetable broth to make it vegetarian friendly, right?

Original recipe here.

Parmesan Orzo Primavera

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth
1 cup Orzo pasta, uncooked
2-1/2 cups chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, green onions, red peppers
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan

COMBINE chicken broth and pasta in medium saucepan. Stir in 1/3 cup water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 7 minutes.

ADD vegetables; mix well. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

STIR in Parmesan cheese.

Chicken and Dumplings

Today is my birthday, and I wanted something easy to make for dinner. No way I was going out to eat with three kids in tow! I've wanted to try chicken and dumplings for a while, and this recipe was emailed last week. Slow cooker = easy!

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Everyone ate this, including the hubby and two toddlers! I call that a success!

Golf party - help wanted!

I am co-throwing a golf-themed bachelorette party this Saturday for one of my good friends. All I'm in charge of is the food for the first "hole" at her apartment. We'll be going to several bars, restaurants, people's houses, etc. throughout the night, so I don't want to overdo it either food- or beverage-wise (even club sandwiches might be too heavy), but I do want it to be special. I would appreciate any ideas for light golf-appropriate appetizers!

Thanks! :)