Friday, August 21, 2009

The Best Pizza You Have Ever Had!

We call this dish "THE" pizza in our house! We love it! It is buffalo chicken pizza. I am not a big fan of lots of red sauce so when one of my best friends introduced us to this it was a huge hit!! It is a must have quick and easy recipe! We always make 2 pizzas so we have leftovers plus it is just easier.

What You Will Need:
A bottle of your favorite Ranch Dressing (We use Kraft or Ken's)
A Package of blue cheese crumbles
Moore's Buffalo Sauce
2 cups cooked chicken-cut into small pieces (you can use fried or boiled- both ways are great)
2-Pizza crusts (we get the thin kind- found right by the pizza sauce)
1 bag of mozzarella cheese
1 bag of finely shredded cheddar cheese

Simple directions:
1. Put your chicken in the bowl and add buffalo sauce, follow the directions on the bottle for desired amount of heat, then mix together
2. Take your two crusts and put a liberal amount of ranch on each- be sure to cover the surface area of the pizza
3. Sprinkle a 1/2 bag of each cheese on to each pizza
4. Then add the chicken- sprinkle over the pizza 1/2 for each
5. Sprinkle 1/2 the carton of blue cheese for each pizza- this makes this dish!
6. Then place in the oven at 425 degrees for 8 minutes each or until cheese is melted


This dish is even better served with celery and root beer. Enjoy!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome to our home...

I thought I would share a few pictures for our first kitchen.

Looking in to the kitchen from the living room
My beautiful Vera Bradley :)

The Kitchen Aid mixer
Notice the cookbook-gotta love Paula Deen

Hope you enjoyed the peak into our humble kitchen.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hot Chicken Salad

On of my favorites dishes is chicken salad. So when I saw this recipe in Paula Deen's cookbook, "Paula Deen and Friends:Living It Up Southern Style", I knew I had to try it. It was so easy to make and a great twist to a classic dish.

2 cups of cooked cubed chicken
1 and 1/2 cups diced celery
1/2 cup slivered almonds (I used what I had- Pecans- it was great too)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 cup crushed potato chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, celery, almonds (or chopped pecans), salt, onion, pepper,lemon juice, mayo, and cheese.
3. Then place the mixture in the prepared baking dish.
4. Then place the crushed potato chips on top. (I was skeptical but it was great)
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly

This is a delicious, perfectly seasoned, crunchy, chicken salad. It makes a great quick and easy dinner. It is even great for leftovers the next day either cold on a sandwich or you can reheat it. So gives this recipe a try you wont be disappointed.

As my love for cooking grows...

I love being in my kitchen and I truly believe it is the heart of any home. So being a huge fan and lover of blogging, cooking, and photography I decided to start my very own cooking blog. My husband asked me the question the other day why do you take pictures of all the food you are cooking. Good question, I guess to document what I am making. My cooking experience is minimal and I am a newlywed so I am learning everyday. So far mostly what I have documented have been mishaps especially when it comes to baking. I am a little better a preparing dishes and for my husbands sake thank goodness. On this blog I will post about things what is going on in our kitchen like: great recipes I tried, new gadgets, and all the ups and downs that comes with my new found hobby. I am really excited about this blog I love being in the kitchen and learning new things. I hope you join me as a share my love for cooking and joy of learning.