Monday, August 31, 2009

Second Voyage

Well hello again! It's Aleisha speaking... It is the end of cooking night number two and here is what took place in our kitchen...

Chicken Parmesan

Smore Bars

Monday night is a very busy night for all of us. We all have night classes on this day so trying to find time to fit in dinner was a bit of a challenge. Luckily, my class doesn't start until 7 so I was able to get a jump start on not only dinner, but dessert also.

Nobody likes to eat a cold dinner and since our schedules just happened to work out to where I leave before any one else gets home I decided that I could do the majority of the prep work for dinner and put it in the fridge and then the boys, who ever gets home first, can finish it up and pop it in the oven so that we can all have a hot meal (Caleb got home first).

So without further ado here is what it takes to have a dinner similar to what is pictured above...

Chicken Parmesan

2-4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts ( 1 for each person eating)
2-4 Cups of Bread Crumbs
4 Tablespoons of butter
4 Tablespoons of cooking oil (your choice)
1lb of Mozzarella Cheese
I Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees F.

SPREAD the bread crumbs on a plate.

COAT chicken breasts with bread crumbs (press down firmly while coating with bread crumbs).

ON medium-high heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Sautee the breaded chicken breasts until they are deep golden brown on both sides (they will not be completely cooked, they will finish in the oven). Drain on plate with paper towels so that they don't get soggy.

PLACE 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish large enough to hold the chicken breasts in one layer. Add the chicken breasts to the baking dish; top with the remaining sauce and then top with Mozzerrella cheese to your hearts content.

COVER with foil then cook the chicken Parmesan in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken breasts are cooked thoroughly.

Serve over pasta and voila! You have a fast and yummy home cooked meal.

Now, for those of you with a sweet tooth (sweets are my weakness)...

Smore Bars

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips (18 oz)
  • 41/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and crumbs. Stir in melted butter until soft dough forms. Press into ungreased 13×9-inch pan.
  2. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt.
  3. Spread chocolate evenly over crust.
  4. Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over melted chocolate.
  5. Broil with until marshmallows are toasted. (Watch closely; marshmallows will brown quickly.)
  6. Cool 10 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Serve warm.
  7. Store any remaining bars tightly covered.
  8. ENJOY!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Fresh Start

Well hello blog world! It's so good to see you again.

Whilst living in a house containing four college students, it has become fairly common and convenient(though less cost efficient) to find ourselves frequenting local fast food* shops and spending our hard earned $$$. So, after a long/heated/food filled discussion, we decided cooking for one another every night or so could remedy this.

Here's the skinny: We need recipes. All kinds and sorts and variations. And that's where YOU come in. We hope to update this blog, AT THE VERY LEAST, once a week with fresh and tasty dishes that any ol' student with hunger pangs can prepare. This blog is intended for universal use and we are really hoping you use it! If you'd like to contribute to the blog (we really wish you would) shoot us an email/text/instant messsssssssage. Any way you want to contact us really. And we'll send you the log in info for the blog so we can get cookin'!

That being said, here's our first contribution:

We had these tasty morsels earlier this evening. Kind of the inspiration for the blog.



4-8 Thinly sliced beef sirloin steaks (one for every person joining you for dinner)
Bottle of your favorite teriyaki sauce
Bottle of Mongolian fire oil (optional, for those of you who like to spice it up)
A bundle or more stalks of asparagus
2 or more Red Peppers (sliced thin and vertical)
2-3 cups sliced white mushrooms (totally your call, less or more is fine)
1-2 cups quartered artichoke hearts (canned is fine)
Stick of butter (cold)
2 or more green chiles (optional, once again for those who like to spice it up)
Skewers (wooden or non)
1-2 Casserole dishes

All of our ingredients were found at Smith's, the local grocery store


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Coat the bottom of your casserole dish with teriyaki sauce and Mongolian fire oil liberally

Vegetable prep- wash and vertically slice red peppers and green chiles, then cut about 1 inch off of the bottom of the asparagus stalks

Meat Prep- take your favorite seasoning salt (we used Kirkland's Seasoning salt) and rub into into both sides of your sirloin

Lay out the meat so that is can be filled and rolled

In each piece of sirloin place 1 asparagus stalk, 1 slice of red pepper, 1 slice of green chile, about 5 slices of mushroom, 2 artichoke hearts, and a thin square of butter (sliced off of the stick) into the center of the sirloin

Take one end of the sirloin and wrap it over the veggies to meet the other end. This should create a roll

Put a skewer through the roll to hold it together and repeat the process until all of your sirloins are filled

Place them side by side in the casserole dish, take any extra veggies and place around the outside of the sirloin rolls and top it all off with teriyaki sauce liberally. Place in the oven to cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the sirloin is cooked to your liking.

These rolls are a meal in itself, however it would be nice to serve them over a plate of white rice. Its all up to you.

From start to finish this took us about 45 minutes of work in the kitchen, but if you really know what you're doing I think you could finish this in about 30.

When ours were ready to hit the heat, they looked like this. MMMMMMMM!

Viola! A tasty beefy veggie dish made with love

-Adam, Lei, Caleb, and Jameson

*Jameson does not eat at nor condone any sort of fast food. Ever.