February 25, 2015

Easy Breakfast Pie

I was never one for breakfast (except occasionally on a Saturday or Sunday morning).  However, I began to have a love affair with eggs about 5 years ago and now I happily look forward to breakfast most mornings.  It could be as simple as a perfectly fried & seasoned egg alone or over a slice of Canadian Bacon, a 2 egg omelet with just cheese and ham made in one of the tiny pans I have just for breakfast OR it could be something heartier like Challah French Toast or this wonderful Egg Pie!

Having breakfast, for me anyway, sets me off on the right foot for the day. My son who is now 13 has been into hot breakfasts for about 4 years now and every morning, no matter how crazy it is, he gets one.  And yes...its challenging to make that happen some mornings.  But you know what...in my little mind, I'm giving him a leg up for his day at school and plus I feel good knowing I do something nice for him since we are apart for the day.  Right there is reason enough for me to become a short order cook some mornings.  So if it means me cutting my dream of running in the surf with my boyfriend Jared Leto short to make it happen...so be it!

My daughter, she's still into cereal or toast or maybe a couple of slices of bacon.  However she only wants to eat the crispy fat parts of the bacon...you should see what a piece of bacon looks like when she's finished with it, lol!  I get the spoils!  The only meat Samantha will/can eat is chicken or turkey, bacon, ham & fish....that girl can go-to-town on a piece of Blackened Grouper!  Everything else irritates her throat and gives her hives...so, as much as she loves the aroma and wants to eat meat when she sees it, especially ribs...she longs to eat them...she will not...not even beef broth because she pays for it for hours with a throat irritation.  I let her listen to her body.

One breakfast the whole family enjoys is this Simple Breakfast Pie.  We usually make it with ham & cheese, sometimes we throw a bit of chopped broccoli into it as well.  Its so easy to make that the kids can make it on their own and one of the best things about it is it hold up beautifully for leftovers! The next morning or lunch either way it reheats well and tastes just as good as it did coming out of the oven.

My kids have been helping make this Pie since they were small....kids of any age love to crack eggs, right?  Flashback to My Little Chef (about 6 years ago).  Makes me smile! 

Little Girl Cracking Eggs

You could of course customize this to your family's tastes by adding in various cheeses, scallions, mushrooms or whatever you think they would like.  This simple preparation pleases my whole family.  I also make a Cheddar Bacon & Spinach Pie for dinner occasionally which again, the whole family enjoys.

Do you have a favorite Egg Pie or Quiche combination?  I'd love to hear it and maybe give it a whirl.

This is a perfect recipe for budding junior chefs - they can totally take the wheel on this one and prepare it themselves! 

Easy Breakfast Pie
1 uncooked fresh or frozen deep dish pie crust (or make your own)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 TBS flour
1 TBS melted butter
Salt & pepper
1/2 cup diced broccoli (optional)
1 cup chopped ham
6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grab your thawed store bought pie crust and lace it in a tin or pie plate or press your homemade pie crust crust into a pie dish then place it onto a baking sheet.  Set aside.  
Whisk together the milk, eggs, flour, butter, salt and pepper until combined.  Stir in the broccoli if using, ham and cheese.  Pour mixture into your pie crust, being careful not to overfill, and bake it on a baking sheet (in case of overflow) for 45-50 minutes or until the pie is puffed up and golden brown on top. Once removed from the oven, allow the pie to cool/set for at least 10 minutes.

Colleen's Notes:  Use whole milk, if using low-fat or skim, you will need to replace 1/2 cup of it with whipping or heavy cream.  Feel free to add in any veggies you enjoy or replace the ham with cooked, crispy bacon or vegetables.  And the tiny pans I mentioned are THE BOMB when it comes to making eggs.  I have a 4 inch one and a 5 inch ceramic one...they are used more than any other item in my kitchen - they turn out perfect eggs and 2 egg omelets...every time!  I actually need to get a few new ones...mine look like they have been through a battle or something - However they still do the job lol!


February 21, 2015

My Favorite Margarita Recipe

Chambord Margarita

Did you know that February 22nd is National Margarita Day??

Not a bad thing to celebrate in my book!

I'm envisioning Margaritas and Mexican food...all-day-long!  Oh Yeah...Both of those things make me very happy!

My absolute favorite margarita is a Chambord Margarita...if you know my site then you know I love using Chambord in recipes!

Check out my Chambord Margaritas over on Jo-Lynne Shane's Site and check out one of my most popular recipes to date on this site...My Make Ahead Frozen Chambord Margaritas!  Keep your freezer stocked with these babies, when company pops over or the mood strikes....grab one and enjoy. No mess, no stress!

Frozen RaspberryMargaritas

However you like them...salt no salt, flavored or traditional...Cheers to you next one!!


February 19, 2015

Baby Portabella Mushrooms, Bacon & Peppers

Grilled baby portabella mushrooms bacon and bell peppers

Next time you are grilling up a piece of meat, instead of running in and out of your home while working on a side dish to accompany it, why not keep it all on the grill and whip up a pan of these Spicy Mushrooms, Bacon & Peppers?  Utilizing either the grill itself or its side burner will allow you to stay put, and focus on your meal and enjoy being outdoors while you do!.

little chef cooking

My kids do the prep for this dish and my oldest, who is learning the basics of grilling, mans the grill...and me...well I "supervised", lol! Check out the recipe and post  over on Saber Grills Better Barbecue Blog! Plus I also share one of my favorite kitchen tricks/tips!

February 17, 2015

Easy Spicy Sesame Noodles

This simple Spicy Sesame Noodle Salad has been a favorite of of mine (and my husbands) 
for almost 2 decades!

Easy Spicy Sesame Noodles

This is one of my favorite go-to's for parties, BBQ's and impromptu gatherings.  It's always a hit and people literally hunt me down for the recipe, I actually used to take copies of my recipe along with me back-in-the-day...but then I stared this site...so now I can just point people to it...easy-peasy! 

A huge bonus about this recipes is that it comes together so quickly and you may already have the ingredients on-hand!  With less than an hours notice that friends or family is having a get-together for a game, a weekend night or Sunday-funday, I can shower, whip up a big bowl of these and be out the door!

These Sesame Noodles are inexpensive to made a HUGE bowlful of as well (double the recipe) and the leftovers (if there are any) are just as delicious as the day you made them.  I always make extra and set aside a bowl of it in our fridge for us the next day, however the noodle-obsessed man I live with, midnight muncher, love of my life often finds them first!

This makes a fabulous lunch and is easy to bring to work...just throw some in a container or large mason jar, pack a fork and you are good-to-go!  I enjoy this best served at room temperature, which makes it a perfect picnic item as well.

The Best Sesame Noodles

The spicier the better is my motto when it comes to these, however I do make a non-spicy portion as well for my kiddos.  I am easing them into hot & spicy foods.  They are beginning to appreciate spice, especially my son however they are just not on their parents level...YET!

If you want to make these more of a meal, add in some shredded grilled chicken,  mmmmm!

Love noodles?? If so, you will love my Easy Chicken Pho, one of the most popular recipes on my site and a family favorite soup, its literally a hug in a bowl! Get the recipe.

Popular Chicken Pho Recipe

Easy Spicy Sesame Noodles
1pound of linguine, cooked to package directions for al dente
1 red pepper, slice into toothpick-like slices (or more if you are into peppers)
4-5 scallions, sliced thin both the white and green
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 TBS red wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar
2 TBS olive oil
3 TBS sesame oil (in the Asian section of the grocery store)
1 TBS plus 1 TSP sugar
1 1/2 TBS chili sauce with garlic (in the Asian section of the grocery store)

Make your sauce first by combining the soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, sugar and chili sauce with garlic. Shake vigorously in a mason jar or pop the sauce in your blender for a minute to mix well.

While your pasta is cooking, slice your peppers and scallions.

As soon as you drain your noodles, run them under cold water until cool. Blot noodles dry with paper towels.

Assemble the dish by throwing into the pasta your peppers and scallion, then the sauce, work it through with your hands to get every inch of pasta coated. I usually do this in the pot I made the pasta in then turn out the coated noodles in the serving dish. If you make this hours or a day ahead, make some additional sauce (half the recipe) to freshen it up prior to serving - it's really good the next day too! I personally like these noodles at room temperature, but they taste great cold too!


February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Treats The Kids Are Crazy For

Since becoming a mom I seem to channel Willie Wonka & Milton Hershey each holiday! I just can't help it...they are growing at a ridiculous rate and I want to see the excitement and sparkle in their eyes for things as simple as a snack as long as I can!

What about you, what gets your kids excited?

Here are some of my favorite Valentines Day Treats that I have been making over the years, most of which the kids can help make as well.  So if you are looking for ideas of what to send into the classroom, things to have your kids help make to give out to their Valentine, friends, grandparents or those they love OR just want some fun treats in the house...I've got you covered!! Chocolate Dipped & Candied Ice Cream Cones, Valentine's Day Buttons, 4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Hearts, Valentine's Day Saltine Cookies & 3 Ingredient No Bake Valentines Day Treats OH and if you want a fantabulously delicious treat for an adult...THIS, its unbelievable!!!

February 8, 2015

4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Candy Hearts

Almost nothing shows more thought than a homemade gift, and when its a gift you can eat...it's even better!

No one would ever guess that these delicious chocolate & peanut butter candy bites contain just 4 ingredients (or how easy they are to make).  

You can make these as hearts for Valentines Day or simply make them as squares or various shapes for any day.   Either way, they are sure to be appreciated and devoured by someone you love, like or care about!

1/2 pound white chocolate
1/2  cup peanut butter
3/4 cups chocolate chips or 12 ounces of chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream

You can use silicone shaped pans for these, brownie pans (like this) or simply get candy mold's which normally run about $2.00 for these...get creative! 
Melt your white chocolate in your microwave for about a minute, stir until the chocolate is melted and creamy. Add in the peanut butter and stir until blended and smooth.  Squeeze (via a squeeze bottle) or spoon  mixture into your pan/mold.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until a bit firm.
In a saucepan, combine your milk chocolate and your cream and heat over medium high heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. It will look lumpy, but keep stirring until it's shiny & smooth.Pour/smooth over peanut butter mixture.   Chill for at least an hour or overnight. Later, lift/pop out the candy.

I honestly think its easier to put the chocolate in first followed by the peanut butter mixture if you are using a mold, it releases better.  If you want to make a standard square, check out my post for that.  My 4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Squares from back when I began blogging is hands down the most popular recipe on my site.  Even Oprah Pinned it!

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