October 24, 2013

Chicken Croquettes Recipe, Birthday Meal

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Four times a year, Jo Momma would serve up melt- in- your- mouth chicken, also known as chicken croquettes.  That’s because there were 4 of us kids and for our birthday she would let us pick out our birthday dish… and you could pretty much put money on the fact that each of us would pick chicken croquettes.  This is a perfect dish for a special occasion or when you have company over.

These things are seriously amazing.  Think of an oozy-gooey chicken casserole, rolled up, breaded and fried.  Okay, that’s not the best description, but it’s the only thing I can think of.   She thinks she got this recipe from an old Betty Crocker cookbook more than 2 decades ago.  Thanks, Betty!

Chicken Croquettes

Serves 4

Hands on time: 20 minutes

Total time: a little more than an hour for cooling

Ingredients:

3 T. butter

1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. chicken broth

1 T. fresh parsley (I didn’t use this…and it was fine)

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. grated onion

1/4 tsp. salt

dash of : paprika, nutmeg and pepper

1 and 1/2 cups of cooked and finely diced chicken

3/4 c. breadcrumbs (I use italian)

1 egg, beaten

2 T. water

Oil to pan fry ( I used Olive)

Directions:

Melt 3 tablespoons butter, blend in 1/4 cup all purpose flour.  Add 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup chicken broth.  Cook and stir until mixture thickens and bubbles.  Cook and stir about 1 minute.  Add 1 tablespoon snipped parsley, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a dash of : paprika, nutmeg and pepper.  Let cool.  Add 1 and 1/2 cups finely diced cooked chicken and more salt to taste.  Put mixture in the refrigerator and chill completely.  Shape mixture into 8 balls, roll in 3/4 cup fine crumbs , lightly shape balls into cones.  Dip into mixture of 1 beaten egg and 2 tablespoons water, roll in crumbs again.  Fry in a deep pan with oil until lightly brown, about 3 minutes on each side.  Top with garlic salt.

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October 21, 2013

Pink and Purple Baby Girl Nursery

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When I found out I was pregnant, a little more than a year ago now, one of the things I was most excited about (besides having an actual baby here of course) was creating a nursery.  When I found out I was having a girl…I have to admit I was even more excited about it!  But when we decided on the name Violet for our daughter I wasn’t sure what to do.  I’ve never been a big purple person and I had my heart set on soft pink nursery.  I searched for a purple and pink nursery all over the internet and I couldn’t find anything I liked.  I decided the first thing I had to do was pick out the bedding and once did, it all came together.

The bedding is from Restoration Hardware.

The crib is Baby Appleseed from buybuy Baby.

The chair is from buybuy Baby.

The Dresser/Hutch is Baby Appleseed from buybuy Baby

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I got this idea from Pinterest.  The frame has scrapbook paper glued to the back with fake flowers superglued on.

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I bought this shelf from Hobby Lobby and spray painted it off white.  Some of the things on it were gifts and others were just little odds and ends I picked up.

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My favorite part of the nursery is this sign.  I bought a mirror from Hobby Lobby, had the framing people pop out the mirror, wrapped the cardboard cutout from behind the frame in gingham fabric and spray painted the Hobby Lobby letters in a purple paint I found at Michaels. And then I found actual silk violets from Michaels to put in sconses I found there as well.

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I still have this satisfied feeling every time I walk into her nursery…even if it is to change a poopy diaper!

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October 16, 2013

Amarillo Green Chile Burger Recipe

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Jo Momma and I recently made a cross-country trip from Athens, Georgia to Las Vegas, Nevada with Millie (my 65 pound Goldendoodle) and my daughter who was 4 months old at the time.  To say it was eventful would be an understatement!  One of my favorite stops was Amarillo, Texas.  I know, not probably what you were thinking.  Besides the hilarious moment of Jo Momma getting pooped on (for the second time…see her holding up a 2) it was the food that won me over.

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We stopped at a place called Coyote Bluff Cafe because it was the highest rated restaurant on Urbanspoon….and man, it deserved the number 1 rating.  I had a burger that was topped with green chiles and served with sour cream and guacamole…it was so hard not to gobble up the whole thing (I was still trying to lose the baby weight) because it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

I rarely make burgers, but this was something I wanted to try to re-create and I’m glad I did.  Serve it up with chips, Andy’s Simple Guacamole and margaritas!

Amarillo Green Chile Burger

Prep: 5 Minutes

Total: 15-20 Minutes

Ingredients:

Ground Beef

Seasoned Salt

Onion Powder

Pepper

1 Can of Green Chiles

Cheese of Choice

Optional Ingredients:

Sliced Tomato

Sour Cream

Guacamole 

Grilled Onions

Directions:

Season Beef with a generous dose of Seasoned Salt and Onion Powder and a few shakes of pepper.  Mash Beef into Patties.  Place burgers on a grill pan and cook to near desired doneness.  Add Green Chiles and Cheese on top and cook until Cheese melts. Place on buns and serve with sliced tomatoes, sour cream and Andy’s Simple Guacamole.

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