Friday, June 27, 2008

Alright Marianne...this is for you!

I got this recipe from Williams-Sonoma and this has become my favorite cookie recipe, I hope that it works for your shower! It calls for a ton of chocolate chips, don't be shy with them....they will turn out sooo yummy!!

~Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies~

1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/4 C Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 C Brown Sugar
6 Tbs Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 C Semisweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 C White Chocolate Chips
3/4 C Milk Chocolate Chips

In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat on medium until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until well blended. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until incorporated. Mix in the chocolate Chips.

Bake at 350 from 10-13 min.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Help Wanted

Okay girls, I am in search of some killer recipes for cookies of all kinds. I know you have a favorite cookie recipe so please share. I am particularly looking for some oatmeal cookie recipes and double chocolate chip recipes. But please share whatever you've got. I am putting on a shower for one of my high school friends who is having a baby and thought it would be fun to do a homemade cookie buffet. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches?!?

Add pineapple to anything and I will love it. This recipe is no exception. It sounds kind of odd but it's delicious.

On an onion bagel put desired amounts of sliced ham, pineapple ring, sliced mozzarella cheese. In that order. If the pineapple is directly on the bagel it will get soggy. Wrap it in tin foil and put it in the oven on 350 until the cheese is melted.

Don't knock it till you've tried it!!

Chicken with Lime Butter

Sorry, it took me so long to post this recipe. I know Jana posted another one that is a little different from mine so, here is mine. Take your pick.


4-6 boneless chicken breasts

salt and black pepper
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 /2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until no longer pink, and juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, and keep warm.
Drain excess oil from pan. Pour lime juice in same saucepan, and cook over low heat until it begins to bubble. Add in butter. Continue stirring until butter becomes opaque, and sauce thickens. Remove from heat, and stir in dill weed and chives. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve over rice or noodles.

**Since this is one of our family favorites it seems like the recipe for the sauce serves one person so, I typically triple the sauce for extras.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Chicken with Lime Butter

Any of you who were at Bunco at Lindsay Shumway's have had a version of this. After she made it I went online and found a copy-cat recipe. I am obsessed and even my very picky husband loved it!

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup butter (I used less than this)
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
(I also added 1/4 tsp. minced garlic and a dash of lemon pepper to the butter)

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until no longer pink, and juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, and keep warm.
Drain excess oil from pan. Stir in lime juice, and cook over low heat until it begins to bubble. Stir in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue stirring until butter becomes opaque, and sauce thickens (mine never thickened really). Remove from heat, and stir in dill weed. Spoon sauce over chicken, and serve over rice.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fish Taco

I know not everyone likes fish, but these taco's are becoming a big favorite at my home.

Corn shells (we like Don Julio)
Fish Sticks (We LOVE the "Trident" from Costco)
Chiptole Sauce
Pico de Gallo (type of salsa)
(Instructions for Pico de gallo)
1/2 small white or red onion finely chopped
2 T lime juice
2 large tomatoes finely diced
1/4-1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 Anaheim pepper chopped (no seeds)
(1/2 garlic clove minced in you want)

Cook your fish sticks. While fish is cooking, shred your Cabbage and make you pico de gallo.
To "cook" corn tortillas, I dip them in water them use a frying pan until they turn a little brown.

Top tortilla with a fish stick, cabbage, chipotle sauce, and pico de gallo sauce.
*Chipotle sauce can be found in the deli section and does have a bit of a kick, but girls if I can handle it, you can!
(Next time I make them, I'll post a pic.)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


When it comes to Kabobs what you see is what you get. But here are a few tips that I like to use when making them:
~Soak stick over night to prevent them from burning
~Pam the sticks
~Baste veggies with olive oil to prevent burning. Or my preference is to marinade them in a oil base dressing.

(my favorite, it's a good marinade for everything)
~Add fresh pineapple. Marinade it is brown sugar and pineapple juice or a little water.
~My favorite meat marinades are soy sauce and garlic and Yoshida's.

( you can get it in bulk at Costco, I use it for a lot of things: stir fry, meat balls etc.)
~You can put the meat and veggies on separate sticks because meat takes longer to cook than veggies. The down fall is that they don't look as cool.
"But MarKey, I don't have a grill!"
~I have grilled Kabobs on my George and it works fine.
~You can also put them in the oven on broil.

My Favorite Options:
cherry tomato

Kudo's to Elyse

While down in Lake Powell I made your (Eric's) Carne Asada Tacos and they were a hit! The meat was delicious.... we ate it by its self!! 


Thursday, June 5, 2008

~Neiman-Marcus Cookies~

My Friend put this on her blog and thought it was funny and too good not to share. This is a recipe for the famous Neiman-Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies. This Lady has been e-mailing everyone she knows to get her story and this recipe out there for everyone to see. Here is her story:

Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a very expensive store; I.e., they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00.

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas, and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the 'Neiman-Marcus cookie.' It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe, and the waitress said with a small frown, 'I'm afraid not, but you can buy The Recipe.' Well, I asked how much, and she responded; 'Only two fifty -it's a great deal!' I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to myTab.

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement, and the Neiman-Marcus Charge was $285.00! I looked again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, 'Cookie Recipe-$250.00. ' That was outrageous!

I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress said it was 'two fifty', which clearly does not mean 'two hundred and fifty dollars' by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money because, according to them, 'What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the Recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point.' I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the State of Texas . I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General's office for engaging in fraud. I was basically told,' Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your money back.' I just said, 'Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I' m going to have $250 worth of fun.' I told her that I was going to see to it that every Cookie Lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus...for free. She replied, 'I wish you wouldn't do this.' I said, 'Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you ripped me off!' and slammed down the phone. So here it is!

NeImAn~MaRcUs CoOkIeS (Recipe may be halved)
2 cups butter
24 oz. Chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 cups sugar
1 - 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Turkey Avacado Wraps


1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 or 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, drained and finely chopped
(or you can just use a chipolte sauce)
6 10-inch flour tortillas or flat-bread wraps
12 ounces sliced cooked turkey or chicken
1 recipe Black Bean-Corn Salsa (like the one Markey posted a bit ago)
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced


1. In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise and chipotle pepper. To assemble wraps, spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over tortillas. Top with turkey, Black Bean-Corn Salsa, and avocado slices. Fold bottom one-fourth of tortillas over filling. Fold in one of the sides of each tortilla and roll up, starting from the edge with the filling. If necessary, secure wraps with wooden toothpicks. Serve immediately or wrap each in plastic wrap and chill for up to 4 hours. Makes 6 wraps.