Asian Chicken Peanut Noodles

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Better than “take out” cause you made it yourself, Asian Chicken Peanut Noodles is loaded with chicken, crunchy peppers, green onions, and covered in a no-cook creamy, slightly spicy peanut sauce.

Asian Chicken Peanut Noodles

Weekdays are stressful enough without having to fuss over What the “Forks” for Dinner? Having a great go-to recipe at hand is a godsend!

In the beginning of my journey into recipes and cooking, magazines…….yes I mean a real paper, turn the pages manually magazine……..were my main source of new recipes. Well, the internet has brought us a long way and Pinterest…. makes the accessibility to new things so easy and fun. Continue reading “Asian Chicken Peanut Noodles”

Cheesy Potato Gratin

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Short and sweet…….easy and cheesy, this post is the first and Cheesy Potato Gratin is the latter.

It just a few days before Christmas…..lots to do! Not enough time!! No fear these potatoes are super simple, can be made the day ahead, and slipped into the oven an hour before dinner.

Even though our family is small and we do not have the huge feast that many do, time to relax and enjoy your family is a play, no matter if it two or twenty.

Cheesy Potato Gratin

I can’t tell you how many years I have been making this recipe. In some of my first blog posts I talked a lot about getting recipes from the little magazine from the checkout lane. I have two all time favorites. 1. Fiesta Egg Skillet and 2. Cheesy Potato Gratin.

Potatoes Au Gratin is a staple recipe for many a family get-together, and we all have our favorites. Many call for cheddar cheese and well, truth be told, it’s not my favorite cheese. I’m more of a swiss cheese gal, so when I saw this recipe my heart sang just a bit.

Cheesy Potato Gratin

What really intrigued me about the recipe was the potatoes. In the original recipe it called for frozen hash browns, you know the little cube kind. Simply Potatoes were new on the market (I said I’ve been making this for awhile)  If you don’t know what Simply Potatoes are well, listen close……they are real potatoes and in the case of this recipe…shredded, but they come in other forms, and you have NO prep work. They even come mashed!! No peeling, no boiling, in my case no shredding….what could be simpler???

We joke in my family that these are the two,two,two potatoes Everything is a measure of two…lol. A simple roux from butter and flour, add milk, swiss cheese, potatoes, into baking dish, cover and bake. Simply, simple!

Cheesy Potato Gratin

Making this ahead so you spend less time in the kitchen is key whenever you are having family or friends over for any type of eats, which is why Cheesy Potato Gratin is a staple, go to potato dish for me.

Just a couple of hints…..place a piece of parchment paper over the potatoes before you put the tin foil on if you are cooking them the next day. Placing the foil right on the potatoes will cause little black marks on your potatoes (we call it tin foil poop…lol). The parchment will not let that happen….it like a potato diaper…lol.

Take the potatoes out of the refrigerator an hour or so before cooking if making ahead, or you will need to adjust the cooking time.

Cheesy Potato Gratin

Give yourself a break and make (ahead) Cheesy Potato Gratin and serve your family a delicious new potato side dish without spending time away from them.

Happy Holidays  Tim & Marty
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Cheesy Potato Gratin

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
  • 2 – 20 ounce bags Simply Potatoes, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400* degrees
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Add flour and cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk.
  3. Cook stirring until mixture thickens slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted
  5. Add potatoes and mix well to combine.
  6. Spray a 13 X 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Pour potato mixture into prepared pan and cover with tin foil.
  8. Place in in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove tin foil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  10. Return to oven uncovered for an additional 15 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and parmesan cheese is browned.
  11. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes

If making ahead place a piece of parchment paper over potatoes before covering with tin foil.
Remove from refrigerator about an hour before cooking or adjust cooking time if making ahead.

 

Polar Bear Cookies

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Cute, cute, cute….this is the cutest cookie idea I have seen in a long time!
Polar Bear Cookies are a no bake, easy to make treat, that is sure to have folks thinking you have mad baking skills.

Polar Bear Cookies

Double stuff Oreo cookies. M&M’s, white candy coating, and a few mini chocolate chips, and you have a most adorable cookie.

Cookie swaps, and if your school still allows treats from home….these are sure to be a hit.

Working at a school and writing a food blog, you get asked about cooking/baking…..a lot. The school Nurse…..Hi Sharon 🙂 asked me if I had an easy recipe for a decorated cookie. She was very clear it needed to be simple. Pinterest to the rescue.

Polar Bear Cookies

It didn’t take me long to find these little cuties. Tara from Noshing with the Nolan’s  came up with the an easy and creative idea and shared it on her site. As Tara says in her post, “this is more of a craft recipe than an actual recipe.”

The ingredients are simple and if you have children this is a child friendly idea.

Hints: Here are couple of hints to make this easy.
  • Make sure to use double stuff Oreos. The ears (M&M’s) will stay much better.
  • Don’t force the M&M’s into the filling, it will break the cookie.
  • Look for an area of the filling that is close to the edge to place the M&M’s.
  • Instead of dipping, use a spoon to cover the cookies with the melted candy coating. I kept losing the ears if I totally dipped the cookie.
  • Allow the coating to set up a bit before placing the candy melt disc for the nose or it will slide off.
  • I placed a small amount of the candy melt into a ziploc bag and snipped a corner off and placed a small amount of the melt to attach the nose.
  • Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes. Gel coloring will smear.
  • Allow the cookies to dry/harden completely before storing.

Polar Bear Cookies

Need a quick, cute, cookie for Christmas? Try these Polar Bear Cookies!

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Polar Bear Cookies


Ingredients

  • 12 double stuffed sandwich cookies
  • 36 M&M’s
  • 12 oz. bag white candy melts
  • 24 mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack over paper.
  2. Select 12 good looking white candy melts for the muzzles; set aside. Melt the rest according to package directions
  3. Slide the “ears” into place in between the cookies into the filling and cover the cookies in the melted white candy. Lay the coated cookie on wire rack cookie on the parchment.
  4. Allow the cookie to set up slightly then place the candy melt on as the muzzle and press in gently to form a ridge around the muzzle.
  5. Using a ziplock bag with a bit of the candy met inside snip a small corner off and squeeze a small amount of the white chocolate candy melts onto the “nose” (M&M) and place it higher up on the muzzle.
  6. Place mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  7. Let dry completely before storing in a sealed container.