Kitchen Fail…


This was my first attempt at making copycat Gizmos for Matt…  I might have set the broil on high and left the sandwiches unchecked for 7 minutes.  In fairness, I was following the recipe…  and the top inch of the sandwiches got a little crispy 🙂  Thankfully I had only made two of them to start with, and I was planning to broil the second two later in the week when we wanted them again, so I didn’t COMPLETELY ruin our dinner!


Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza

Yes, you heard right:  Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza… yum!  When my friend Autumn text messaged me on Monday night and told me she was going here, I was instantly drooling.  Now, about a year ago, I made a Pilsbury recipe for Mexican Bubble Pizza.  It was alright, but let me tell you:  This was amazing!

I started with the base of any great taco meat….  Half a large onion, a small green pepper, and one jalapeno all chopped up fine.

I let them soften in the skillet, then added a pound of ground beef.  Once that was browned, I added a packet of taco seasoning, and a half a cup of water, and let it simmer while I worked on this (and forgot to take a picture of my taco meat 🙂 )…  The sauce and the bubbles!  I used a 24 oz jar of salsa and a cup of  ‘refried’ beans.  Now, m pizza was very saucy, you could have only added two cups of the salsa and been okay… I didn’t read the ounces until after i used it 🙂  I had intended to use two cups.

After mixing up the sauce, I used my handy kitchen shears to cut two tubes of grands biscuits into eighths, and mixed it all up!

Now, at this point I should have taken more pics, but I didn’t.  Space case?  That would be me!  My days and nights are all turned around as we’re still waiting for life to regain a sense of normal… that and this was my third cooking project of the day.

After mixing up the saucy bubbles 🙂 , you add a cup of cheddar cheese, and your cooked taco meat.  Dump into a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, top with more cheese, and bake for another 20 minutes.  Plate up, and top with lettuce, tomato, and a dollup of sour cream….

Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza

  • half a large onion
  • small green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 tubes large refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • sour cream

Saute onion and peppers.  Add Beef, and brown.  Sprinkle with taco seasoning, and add water.  Simmer on low til thickened.

Mix salsa and beans together in a large bowl.  Cut biscuits into eighths and add to sauce.  Mix in half of cheese, and all of ground beef mixture.  Pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for 20 additional minutes.

Serve with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream sprinkled on the top.

One thing I forgot was taco chips, to truly be an authentic Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza, taco flavored Dorito’s would make perfection.  All in all this is a pretty mild dish.  You could add a little more heat to the sauce with a spicier salsa than the one I used if you are into that sort of thing.  Also, if you are using canned refried beans, you might need to season a little more.  I used mine, and so they had quite a bit of flavor.

Enjoy 🙂


What do you call lunch at 3:30?

Today has been the strangest day!  First off, matt and I are both home.  Second, we woke up to the sound of a transformer being blown across the street.  Thus, we had no power and went to McDonald’s for breakfast 🙂  We left to do our errands at almost noon, and weren’t hungry at all, so it’s no surprise that lunch didn’t happen until 3:30.  But, can I tell you it was amazing.

I checked out my archives, and I am fairly certain that I haven’t shared this one with you guys yet 🙂  But, it’s oh so delicious!  We had coconut chicken with sweet chili sauce from Budget Bytes, which if you haven’t noticed, is one of my favs!

I followed Beth’s recipe with two alterations.  1.  I added a good pinch of ground ginger to the flour.  2.  I BAKED at 450 degrees for 14 minutes.  It’s not as brown and pretty, but it’s tasty!

The thing that really blew my mind today was my side dish.  With the coconut chicken you need to have something fairly mellow on the side so that the coconut flavor is able to shine.  Trust me.  I served with a garlic roast potato before and is was a serious fail.

So, here’s what I did….

Cheezy Ginger Orzo

  • 1 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • ground ginger

I put the orzo and broth into my rice cooker, and set to go right before i start breading my chicken.  When complete, add butter, a couple tablespoons of cheese, 13 cracks of pepper, and a good pinch of ginger.  Mix taste, adjust, love!

PS… Penzey’s ground ginger could possibly be substituted for the real deal, it’s amazing!

Naan pizzas

Last weekend, we went out to Trader Joe’s, and scored some ingredients to make these yummy Naan pizzas… they were soft and chewy, yet the bottom got crispy… it was heavenly!

Here’s what I started with:

  • Naan… and Indian flatbread
  • Sweet Italian pork sausages
  • Nectarines
  • Havarti Cheese
  • Black Pepper Parmesan

I brushed the naan with olive oil, and seasoned with garlic powder, rosemary, and cracked black pepper.

Then layered on my ingredients.. starting with a bit of cheese on the bottom, and ending with the rest of top

And, baked for 10 minutes at 425.  Easy Peasy 🙂

I absolutely loved the combo with the sausage and nectarines, but I can’t say that matt was a huge fan of the warm nectariney goodness.  You can’t win them all.  In the future, I’m definitely going to make these again, but I may or may not make any one of a million regular pizza recipes!

Green Bean Smashed Potatoes?

I’m sitting here, the window open, a little bit chilled and sipping a nice warm cup of:

Yes, Nutella Hot Chocolate 🙂  Thank you pinterest!

. Nutella Hot Chocolate -1 cup of milk (any kind of milk will work) -2 spoonfuls of Nutella (this is my preference, but feel free to add as much or as little as you like) -whipped cream -mini marshmallows Directions: Pour about 1/4 of the milk into a saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the Nutella and whisk until blended. Slowly stir in the remaining milk. Add a pinch of cinnamon and whisk until hot and frothy.

yum.  yum.

This spring when our broccoli was in full swing, I HAD to figure out a way for my dear, sweet husband to eat more of it… which proved to be difficult because he is not a fan of cooked broccoli.  I ended up throwing together come broccoli cheese smashed potatoes, and they were a hit around here!

Flash forward to last week, and the broccoli is in a sad, sad state right now 😦  So, I improvised and decided to make my dish with some end of season green beans

Let me tell you, these were a WINNER!

You’ll have to forgive me here, this isn’t going to be one of those exact recipes… mashed potatoes never are.  It’s the kinda thing where you dump and mix and taste.  But, I’ll give you a few of my tips and tricks since you asked.

First off:  the potatoes.   I’ve come to use exclusively red or gold potatoes.  Why?  Because they aren’t as starchy as your run of the mil russet, and are better for you.  These are particularly awesome for fried or roasted potatoes!  They aren’t as fluffy for mashed, but I like to leave the skins on and leave ”em kinda chunky anyways 🙂

Now, I think the crucial part to mashed potatoes comes before you cook them.  First, your scrub those babies down.  Then, cut them, and put them into a pot of cold water.  When i have cut all my potatoes, I then drain out all the water, and put fresh, cold water in the pan.

At this point, I liberally salt the water and put on the stove to boil.  Why do I salt at this point?  Truthfully it’s the only time I add salt, and somehow int he cooking process it perfectly seasons my potatoes.  If I wait until afterward, I feel like I’m trying to cover up a bland potato.  The salt really draws out the flavor during cooking, trust me.

Once your potatoes are falling apart when you pick them up with a fork, you’re going to drain, and return to your pan.  Add a liberal amount of butter.  I man the real deal.  Then, you want to smash up those spuds.  Once they are all broken up pretty well, add seasonings:  pepper, garlic, rosemary, and add a few splashes milk.  Then mix it up with your masher until they start to come together.  Add a little milk at a time until you get the consistency you desire….  little by little is the way to go, and the way to avoid runny and thin potatoes!

At the very end, toss in steamed and seasoned green beans, and serve!

Simple Grilled Ham & Cheese…

I came home from work the other night, and wanted something so quick and delicious so I whipped up this….

Two slices of Oatnut bread, two slices of muenster cheese, three slices of honey ham, and one ripe tomato…. Yum!  Instead of margarine or butter, I’ve been suing I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray, and I love it!  It’s straight up soybean oil, not partially hydrodgenated, and works good 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend, you can bet I’ll be taking it off from blogging…. I have a serious cold, work alone both Saturday and Sunday, and am planning to watch a movie tomorrow night with Mary (Something Borrowed, I’ve been dying)


Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is seriously one of my new favorite meals… I have had to make a point to self-edit, and refrain from buying the ingredients every time we grocery shop!  Matt told me this week that it reminds him of one of those dinners in a box that he used to buy all the time and loved… I think it was a compliment?

Regardless, this is the easiest thing ever.  I made a double batch this time, and will be showing you that, but will give you the original recipe with four servings.

We’re going to start with a couple chicken breasts.  Cut them in half (I have a really sharp knife and do this horizontally, you can do that or the other way and pound them out a little.)  You’ll want to put them into a casserole, and season with some salt and pepper

Sorry if you are offended by raw meat… I should have warned you.  Next, you will cover each chicken piece with 1-2 slices of ham…  we use small deli slices so I use two.  Then, top with half a slice of swiss cheese.

This next step is really complicated.  Are you ready?  You are going to open a can of cream of chicken soup.  You will then pour it into a bowl, and add one tablespoon of dijon mustard, and you will mix it up.  Please, for the love of you tasste buds, by the Campbell’s brand.  You will be glad you did.

Seriously, I have made the recipe with both generic and with name brand.  I can taste the name brand difference.  Anywho, next you will pour the soup mixture over the chicken, ham, and cheese.  Then, you will top it all of with a box of Stove Top Stuffing mix already prepared…

Finally, you bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  And, viola!

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • I box prepared stuffing mix
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 4-8 slices ham
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

Prepare stuffing as directed.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange chicken in a greased casserole.  Top with ham and cheese.  Mix soup and mustard.  Spoon onto top of chicken/ham/cheese.  Cover with stuffing.  Bake at 400 for 30 minutes until meat is cooked, reading 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Note:  if you are going to double this, add about ten minutes to baking time.

Now, I will be going… I made bacon in the oven, and will be needing to get it out now 🙂  I’m making chili!!!