Friday, October 4, 2013

Kayli's Chicken Fajitas

This is my Awesome cousin Kayli!  She loves to cook and make up her own recipes.  "I have an amazing recipe for chicken fajitas and it is so easy" says Kayli.  Of course, I am intrigued and I have to try it.  She was right!  Delicious and easy.  This has now become one of our favorite weekday meals.  Thanks Kayli for sharing! 

Kayli's Chicken Fajitas

2 large boneless, chicken breasts- cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper- cut into thin strips
1 green bell pepper- cut into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper- cut into thin strips
1 jar of chipotle salsa
flour tortillas
your favorite garnishes- sour cream,
shredded cheddar cheese, sliced olives,
diced tomatoes, chopped avacado

In a large skillet, combine chicken, all the bell peppers, and jar of salsa. Cook on medium heat all together until chicken is no longer pink and peppers are tender.  Drain any extra juices out of the skillet if needed.

Serve in flour tortillas, topped with your favorite garnishes.
I like to have refried beans and chips with salsa on the side with my fajitas. Yum....
Enjoy!  Happy Cooking!

Kayli's Chicken Fajias in the skillet ready to eat!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Homestyle Alabama Chili

I love this time of year!  When the leaves start changing colors and all of a sudden there is a slight chill in the air.  We experienced a little more than “a chill” this morning here in Utah.  Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and saw snow falling.  Luckily it melted as soon as it hit the ground.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Utah. But snow in September?  You have got to be kidding me!   

On days like this, I love having something that takes me back to enjoying Fall in Alabama!  Today I am sharing my famous Homestyle Alabama Chili.  Make sure to serve it up with JR’s Mexican cornbread or your favorite chips.

For all of my Sand Mountain friends....  Enjoy your beautiful weather!  

Happy Cooking! 

Homestyle Alabama Chili

1 pound lean, ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2- 15.5 oz. cans chili beans
1- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1- 10 oz. can original Ro-tel
2- 1.25 oz. envelopes chili seasoning mix
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

In a medium skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onions until no longer pink.

In a large stockpot, combine chili beans (with juice), tomato sauce, Ro-tel(with juice, do not drain), chili seasoning mix, chili powder, ketchup, and cocoa powder.  Mix well.  Add in cooked ground beef into the pot.

Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently for 15 mins.  Reduce heat and simmer on low until ready to serve.

Yummy garnishes- shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions and slice jalepenos.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Savory Beef Roast- Crockpot style

I hope everyone had a fantastic Summer! Fall is in the air and I am excited to cook up some AWESOME Southern fixin's.  

Thought I would start off with one of my favorite “fall” meats- beef roast.  This recipe is my family’s favorite.  I hope y’all enjoy it just as much as we all do!  Make sure you whip up some southern mashed potatoes and gravy to go with it!  Delicious!!!!   

Happy Cooking! 


3.5 pound Round Beef Bottom roast
1 cup water
1 cup cooking sherry
1 dry envelope italian dressing mix
1 dry envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1 dry envelope brown gravy mix
large crockpot
cooking spray

In a large skillet, coat with cooking spray.  On medium heat, seer roast making sure to brown on all sides.  Turning roast frequently until all browned.

Place roast in large crockpot.  In a medium bowl, combine water, sherry, italian dressing mix, onion soup mix, and brown gravy mix.  Mix well. Pour liquid mixture over the roast in the crockpot.

Cook roast on high for 1 hour, then turn down to low and cook for 6 to 7 hours.

When serving, slice roast on a platter and pour some of the juices from the crockpot on top of the roast to keep it from drying out.  Use the rest of the juices to make your gravy.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Page's Ultimate Caesar Salad

Earlier today I was talking with a friend about some of our favorite restaurants and the dishes we love at those restaurants.  My friend mentioned that at a certain restaurant  she really loves their Caesar salad.  YUM!  Do tell....

Caesar salad is definitely one of my favorite salads!  Of course by this afternoon, I had to have a caesar salad...(was getting the craving) but just not any caesar salad would do.  It would have to be a deluxe one.  

Most caesar salads are very simple and sometimes that is exactly what I am in the mood for.  Other times, I like a few extra homemade croutons.  It will be no surprise to my closest family and friends to find out that I am not very keen on chopping up anchovies.  So this is my "no anchovy" caesar salad recipe....

For all of you caesar salad lovers out there!  Enjoy! 

Page’s Ultimate Caesar Salad

5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large head romaine lettuce, rinsed then patted dry, and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
1 can black olives, drained
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
3/4 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. lemon juice
pinch of salt

Homemade croutons- optional
1 loaf of french bread-cut into cubes
1/2 to 1 tsp. garlic salt, to taste

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Cook minced garlic in oil, stirring constantly until brown.  Remove garlic from pan, leaving the hot oil still in the pan if making homemade croutons. (Discard oil if just using store bought croutons) 
  In large bowl, combine romaine lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan cheese.  Set aside until ready to add dressing and to serve.

To make dressing:  In medium bowl, combine cooked garlic, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and salt.  Mix well, until creamy.

Pour dressing into large salad bowl with romaine and mix well.  Serve with homemade croutons or use your favorite store bought croutons.

Homemade croutons

Cut a french bread loaf into small cubes.  

Heat the garlic infused olive oil back up on medium heat.  Sprinkle garlic salt into the olive oil, add in bread cubes, and cook until the bread has soaked up all the oil and turns lightly brown.  Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spread bread cubes in single layer on a cookie pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Take out of oven and let cool.  

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fruit Dessert Pizza

Spring has finally come to Utah!  (I am being very hopeful, especially on the heels of having a snow flurry day last week).  At least today is beautiful and I am feeling Summer coming right around the corner.  On days like today, I am wanting fruit, fruit, and even more fruit!  Of course some fruit with a little dessert is always very tasty.  I decided to share my very easy and very yummy Fruit Dessert Pizza.  I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!  

Fruit Dessert Pizza

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough, bought at store
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 small container marshmallow cream
1 tsp. lemon juice
your favorite cut up fruit- ex: strawberries, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pineapple, grapes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Flatten sugar cookie dough onto a pizza pan, or a cookie baking sheet.

Bake dough in preheated oven for specified time listed on cookie dough package- approx. 10 to 12 mins, let cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, marshmallow cream, and lemon juice.  Mix well, until creamy.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top of baked cookie.  Decorate with cut up fruit.  

Slice and serve immediately.  Your guests will love you and never know how easy this delicious recipe was to make!  


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Page's Chocolate Chip Delights

I love Chocolate chip cookies.  Add in the oatmeal and I am absolutely in heaven!  Here is a little twist to the traditional Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies.  Make sure you have a large glass of ice cold milk to enjoy with these delicious delights!  Yum!  

Page's Chocolate Chip Delights

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
3 cups Old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
toffee bits
milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In large mixing bowl, add in butter, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs.  Beat until creamy, then stir in vanilla extract. 

In a blender, pour in the 3 cups of oats.  Blend on low speed until oats are a fine powder.  

In a smaller mixing bowl, combine self-rising flour and oats.  Mix into the creamed mixture until thoroughly blended.  Drop by heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Sprinkle toffee bits on top of each cookie.  Bake in preheated oven for 11 to 12 minutes.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle each cookie with the milk chocolate chips.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking dish for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.  

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

Friday, April 19, 2013

Yummy Sausage Balls

Cheesy Sausage Balls

Here is a new twist on an old favorite! Bring these to your next party and your friends will love you!  

Cheesy Sausage Balls

1-16 oz. hot, breakfast sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Bisquick mix
2 cups shredded cheddar/jack cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. garlic salt
3 Tbsp. milk
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium skillet, spray with cooking spray, add in garlic and sausage.  Scramble up sausage and cook until no longer pink.  Drain sausage on paper towel lined plate.  

In a large bowl, combine sausage and all other ingredients.  Mix well.  

Form into walnut size balls with fingers.  Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.  

These are delicious served plain, with mustard, or with ranch dressing.