Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady), chopped
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (more or less to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons milled/ground flaxseed
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Additional Toppings
  • ¼ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 3½ quart or larger slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine chopped apples, milk, water, oats, sugar, butter, and flax- stirring to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (overnight). Stir in ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into the oatmeal just before serving.
  2. If desired, serve with additional toppings (1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts, each)

 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

the best chocolate chip cookie The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve got to say this is the best batch of chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever made. It’s also only the second batch but none the less they were the best chocolate chip cookies. You’re supposed to let them cool like my wife does, but my favorite thing to do with fresh chocolate chip cookies is to take them straight out of the oven and dip them into a cold glass of milk. They are warm and delicious and crunch and moist and soggy all in one. That’s a lot of things for a simple cookie, but these are the best cookies.

My wife thinks I’m crazy when I do this because they have a tendency to fall apart and down to the bottom of the glass and I fish for them like a 5 year old who lost his marbles. Actually she has the same look on her face now that she knows this will be on the internet. Huh.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix together just until completely combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. For large cookies, scoop the dough into ¼ cup portions and space about two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. For smaller cookies, scoop the dough into portions of about two tablespoons.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for about two minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

 

Garlic Citrus Sauce

Garlic citrus sauce Garlic Citrus Sauce

This recipe was originally a happy by-product of my Garlic Citrus Chicken and Dan and I loved the flavor so much that we couldn’t help but make it again! I think it will make a delicious marinade this summer!

Garlic Citrus Sauce
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Oranges, Juice and Zest
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and Zest
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 TBSP garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP pepper
  • 1 TBSP Basil
  • Flour as needed (To Thicken!)
Instructions
  1. Put chopped onion and minced garlic into a medium saucepan with 4 tbsp butter and cook until onion is opaque
  2. Add your Olive Oil
  3. Add Orange zest, Lemon zest and seasonings
  4. Add water, BBQ sauce, Lemon juice and Orange juice
  5. Cook on medium heat until boiling
  6. Turn off eat and whisk in small amounts of flour until the desired consistency is reached

 

Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich

So here is an idea for breakfast or dinner, we chose to make this for dinner because it was nice and easy!

Cinnamon Waffle Chicken Sandwich Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich

 

What I would like to do when we have more time is make the waffles with bits of bacon too, so you’d have a bacon cinnamon waffle with fried chicken.

 

Cinnamon Waffle Chicken Sandwich2 Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich

 

Cinnamon Waffle Fried Chicken Sandwich
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Fried chicken
  • Package of Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon cinnamon rolls
  • Bacon, optional
Instructions
  1. Make your fried chicken
  2. Heat up waffle iron and place 4 pieces of cinnamon rolls next to eachother to make a waffle
  3. Combine and enjoy!

 

Garlic Citrus Chicken

Garlic Citrus Chicken Garlic Citrus Chicken

After I made this chicken Dan told me he never wanted me to make it any other way!! It was delicious! We live in California and our grocery store had some rather amazing smelling oranges when we went shopping and I got the wonderful idea to use them in dinner! After I finished cooking the chicken I took all of the liquid and boiled i down a little bit and turned it into an amazing sauce that we poured liberally all over our entire dinner, I made just the sauce a few days later and have since posted the recipe and you can find that here : Garlic Citrus Sauce  (I think this will make a fantastic marinade for summer grilling!) . I made the Parmesan Potato Wedges as a side dish with this amazing chicken and the flavors were perfect together!

Garlic chicken potato Garlic Citrus Chicken

Garlic Citrus Chicken
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Oranges, Juice and Zest
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and Zest
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 TBSP Garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Basil
Instructions
  1. Cut Chicken into cubes
  2. Put chopped onion and minced garlic into a medium saucepan with 4 tbsp butter and cook until onion is opaque
  3. Add your Olive Oil
  4. Add Orange zest, Lemon zest and seasonings
  5. Add Chicken and cook on medium heat
  6. Add water, BBQ sauce, Lemon juice and Orange juice
  7. Simmer until chicken is cooked through
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Parmesan Potato Wedges

Parmesan Potato Wedges Parmesan Potato Wedges

 

These were AMAZING! I love potatoes, I was vegetarian for a few years but my Dad used to joke that I was really a potato-arian because that’s practically all I ate!

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Dan jokes that the real reason I love potatoes so much is my Irish ancestors, and I’m inclined to think he may be correct. I just can’t get enough of potatoes of all shapes and sizes and these are pretty close to my number one favorite! they are a much healthier alternative to french fries (heaven knows we eat more than our share of those!) and don’t even get me started on the amazing flavor!

 

Parmesan Potato Wedges
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Irish
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Idaho Potatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese, a lot if you're like me
  • 1 tbsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Season salt
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cut potatoes into slices and place on a baking sheet
  2. Spread olive oil evenly onto potatoes
  3. Sprinkle the seasonings
  4. Bake in the oven at 350* for 35-45 minutes

 

Poor Mans Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is a quick and delicious recipe alternative to actually making meatballs and waiting for them to cook. It only takes about 10 minutes to get your spaghetti fully cooked.

Poor mans spaghetti and meatballs Poor Mans Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

Poor Mans Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • Your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tbs garlic salt
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 2 tbs Italian seasonings
Instructions
  1. Brown your ground beef while getting your pot ready to boil the noodles.
  2. Season the beef while its cooking
  3. We like to mix the pasta sauce in the meat while we wait for the noodles to finish cooking, that way everything is nice and hot while you wait.
  4. Combine and enjoy!

 

Sausage McMuffin

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Sausage McMuffin
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Sausage links
  • 1 Hash brown patties
  • 1 English muffin
  • Butter, optional
  • Thinly sliced cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Cook the sausage and hash brown in the same pan until golden brown
  2. Butter your english muffin, add cheese
  3. Assemble sandwich and chow down!

This is a simple recipe for delicious breakfast sandwiches.

Perfect Potato Salad

Perfect Potato Salad Perfect Potato Salad

 

From our friends at Half Baked Cooks!

Perfect Potato Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 5 lb bag white potatoes
  • 1.5 cups Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • 6-8 celery stalks
  • ½ vidalia onion
  • 4-5 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. First, boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes. Drain into a colander and run under cool water for a minute or so. Place in a bowl and put in the refrigerator for a few
  2. hours.
  3. When you remove the potatoes from the fridge to peel, the skin should pull away with barely any effort.
  4. Peel the potatoes and chop into 1 inch chunks.
  5. Dice the celery and chop the onion super fine. Dice the hard boiled eggs however small or large you prefer. I used an egg slicer and diced.
  6. Place half of the potatoes in a separate bowl. Add mayo, celery, onion, eggs, mustard, celery salt, and salt & pepper. Mix slightly.
  7. Pour remaining potatoes on top and fold in. Toss the whole mixture until evenly coated.
  8. This recipe is best to make a day ahead of time. Allow to chill overnight in the fridge and the flavor is absorbed nicely! Enjoy!