Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chicken Asado

There are a few reasons I love Filipino food. First, it tastes great. Second, it's so easy to make. Third, it's make-now-serve-later kind of food. (I think we can all get on board with that.) I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, Rose. Thank you!
Bone in chicken pieces (dark meat is best)
1 C. Soy sauce
1 C. Lemon or lime juice
2 Cans of diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Oregano
2 Cloves of minced garlic
You can also add onion or potato to this dish and it would be delicious.
Place all ingredients in deep sided electric/regular skillet. Cover with a lid, and cook over medium low-medium heat for about 2 ½ hours until it reduces to a thick sauce. About the consistency of spaghetti sauce. Stir periodically. If it's not thickening and dinner's around the corner, just remove the lid and simmer until it thickens. Serve over rice.
This dish can be stored on the counter top for a day or two. The soy sauce and the lemon juice act as preservatives. No joke! In the Philippines a lot of people don't have refrigerators. What a great solution to a problem. Now that being said, I do have a refrigerator so, I put the leftovers away. Now, if it accidentally gets left out overnight... it's probably fine.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana (It's spot on)

The Zuppa Toscana is the only thing I get when I go to the Olive Garden. Well, that and the Calamari aka "Sea Creatures".  Looking at it, it looks simple enough and boy it is simple! And at around $4 a batch, it rivals going out. So, here is my take on Zuppa.
½ lb. Italian Sausage
1 Medium Onion-diced
2-3 Baked (or nuked) Potatoes-yes baked!
3 Cloves Garlic-minced
9 C. Water
3 T. Chicken Bullion
*Salt to taste
3 C. Chopped Kale
½ C. Milk
Crushed Red Pepper
Brown the sausage and onion in soup pot.  Drain off extra fat or you can even rinse it with water if you really want to get rid of extra calories. Add potatoes, garlic, water, bullion & salt.  Bring to a simmer and add kale. When kale is tender add milk and serve. Crushed red pepper can be added to individual bowls to taste. Tastes really close to the real thing.
*Some bullions have a lot of salt so taste your broth before you salt it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Soup Up a Cake Mix

Have you ever tried to make cupcakes or cake with a boxed cake mix and it fell flat or just fell apart? Me too! Well these simple additions to the mix well help it turn out a little more cake-like.
1 Cake Mix
1 Box of a Complimentary Flavor Instant Pudding
1 Extra Egg
That's it!
Make according to package directions adding in pudding and extra egg. Easy peasy and way better.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Peanut Butter Apple Dip

This is a recipe that I got from Kelli S. from a ward recipe book. I know Kelli is a great cook and this recipe didn't dissapiont. What goes better with apples than peanut butter?

1-8oz. Cream Cheese
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Peanut Butter
¼ C. Milk

Mix together in bowl with mixer. Serve with sliced apples. Yummy!