Monday, February 7, 2011

Recipes up the WAZOO!

This weekend went by entirely too fast! Anyone else agree? Dang I wish there were more hours in a day!

We had such a busy weekend - but so much fun! Hope this isn't too big of a post.

First, my baby sister went to her first dance... with a boy! If you remember, back in October she had gone to Homecoming but it was just with her group of girlfriends. I went over to my parent's house on Saturday, curled her hair and applied her make up for her - I can't help but get choked up when I look at her, she looked absolutely beautiful!
The theme was 'Beauty and the Geek'
Proud big sissy right there :)

And yesterday, I managed to make some really tasty things for Superbowl 45 yesterday! Let me just show you!

Jalapeno Popper Dip
2 8oz bricks of cream cheese (I like Philly but you can use the store brand too)
1-1 1/4 cup of mayo
1 6oz bag of Parmesan cheese
 1 4oz can of diced jalapenos
 1 4oz can of diced green chilies

1. Soften the cream cheese to room temperature, combine with mayo, can of chilies, half can of jalapenos, and half the bag of Parmesan cheese.
 2. Pour into an oven safe dish, sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on the top of the mixture
3. Bake at 350degrees F until bubbly golden brown on the top.
My two cents:
-Depending on how spicy you like things, you can add the entire can of jalapenos but beware like Nelly says - It gets a little hot in here!
-You can serve with cut up chunks of crusty bread or Triscuits (my favorite)

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
4 chicken breast fillets (or thin cut chicken breasts)
4 TBSP butter
1/2 - 1 cup buffalo sauce (I use Frank's)
5-10 Russet potatoes
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
2 TBSP olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400degrees F
2. Wash, dry and wrap in foil the potatoes, place in preheated oven for about an hour or until you pierce it with fork and it's soft inside.
while potatoes are baking
3. Dice raw chicken into small bite size pieces (about 1/2 inch)
4. Melt 2TBSP butter over medium/high heat and saute chicken for about 5-8 minutes (or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink inside), add salt and pepper to taste.
5. In another saucepan, melt 2 TBSP of butter, add the hot sauce and mix together.
6. When chicken is done, toss together with the hot sauce.
7. When potatoes are finished baking, remove from oven and immediately open from foil. Wait until cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop out the guts. Be careful not to scoop down too far or you will break the skin.

8. Turn potato skins over and brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes
9. Remove skins from oven, flip back over and fill with buffalo chicken pieces, sprinkle each little 'boat' with a little bit of cheese.
10. Place potato boats back in the oven for about 3-4 minutes until cheese melts and serve immediately - enjoy! :)

My two cents:
-These little guys are spicy, so again, depending how much spicy you can handle, go easy on the hot sauce to coat the chicken.
-I gotta pat myself on the back for a minute because I've never been able to 'gut' a potato for twice baked potatoes or anything, so I was really excited I was able to do it this time! :)
-Spoon a little of the extra juice in each boat to make spicier

I also made a super easy salsa from 5th Belle Avenue! Here are the ingredients, just chop the cilantro and onion and mix everything together. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

it made a LOT more than this, I just forgot to take a picture before everyone dished up

Whew, that felt good! Hadn't cooked like that in a loooong time!
Also, I have a confession, I did not get things unpacked like I'd hoped - I got a few things here and there but not thing big unpacking I was shooting for, hopefully this week and weekend I can continually work on it, I'm not giving up on me yet! :)

How were YOUR superbowl weekends?! Any must try recipes?! Leave me your link if you did make something yummy! :)

PS - did anyone else LOVE Glee last night? The Lady A song was soo good!


  1. Your sister looked so pretty!! And thanks for sharing these recipes, I love trying out new ones!

  2. The food looks so yummy! YOUR LITTLE SISTER LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!

  3. Those potato skins look so good!! I still have potatoes left over so I might have to try that one! Your little sister is precious!

  4. I'm having trouble unpacking suitcases - I can't even imagine unpacking life in boxes right now! Good luck to you on that! Glad you had some good food and a fun Superbowl night! :)
    And your sis looks pretty! My sisters are 12 and 8 so all that's coming up soon for them too!

  5. Ohh goodness, those recipes look AMAZING. I'm going to try them out soon I hope! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and your sissy looks gorgeous...crazy how fast they grow up, huh! =]

  6. My favorite thing I made this weekend was Caramel Chex mix. It is sooo good. I posted it yesterday here is the link-

    Your sister looks so cute! Love their theme.