Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chicken Ranchero Burrito

Taco Time makes a great chicken ranchero burrito that Trevor has taken a liking to. So the other night, we made our own! It's not an amazing recipe, we just tried to copy Taco Time. Here's what we did:

Chicken Fillets (frozen, fried chicken style--we got spicy ones)
large flour tortillas, warmed
grated cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
ranch dressing
mango salsa (optional)


Bake chicken fillets as directed (like for 20 minutes at 400 deg.) then slice into 1/2 inch strips while hot. Place in tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and lettuce. Add ranch dressing as desired and mango salsa if you have it (it's an extra at Taco Time...). Roll it up and eat it.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lemon Truffle Pie

This is a recipe that I got from my sister-in-law Parri. Sooo yummy.

baked 9" pie shell
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp sugar
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 cup vanilla chips
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces cool whip

Put water and 2 Tbsp sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil. In a large bowl mix egg, cornstarch, 1 Tbsp sugar and zest of lemon. Slowly add hot to egg mixture in bowl to temper it. (If you pour too much hot water in the eggs cook). Then pour entire mixture back into pan. Heat until thickened, stirring often. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and butter. Stir until mixed.

Pour 2/3's of filling into bowl. Add vanilla chips to filling remaining in pan. Stir until chips are melted. Put cream cheese in bowl. Add filling with vanilla chips to cream cheese and beat together. Spread this mixture in bottom of pie shell. Spread remaining 2/3's of lemon filling on top. Chill for 2 hours. right before serving top with whip cream or cool whip.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Made up Brownies

One day in Texas I wanted something triple chocolatey and gooey, so I made up these brownies. I've found since then that I need to add a little milk, and it varies, so just--whatever! If you add more milk (or buttermilk), it will be a little more cakey, but still moist and chewy. And, last of all, on a vanilla kind of day, you really have to try it with vanilla cake mix, vanilla chips and vanilla icing--quite yummy (call 'em Blondies!)

Made up brownies (Chocolate treat!)

1 Chocolate cake mix, dry (try triple chocolate fudge)
¼ cup butter or margarine (very soft or melted)
¼ cup evaporated milk (or buttermilk, or milk- a little less)
1 egg
½ -1 cup chocolate chips

Mix together (dough is stiff) and press into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or a little longer, but don’t over bake…. Cool for 10 – 15 min., then glaze with chocolate glaze.

¼ cup butter, melted
3 T. Evaporated milk
2 T. Cocoa
2 c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. vanilla

Stir together dry ingredients. Stir together liquid ingredients. Mix together well. Add extra liquid if needed to make pouring consistency. Pour on brownies in a criss cross pattern. (for vanilla flavor, leave out the cocoa and add a little more powdered sugar if needed) Microwave this for 20 seconds before pouring on if it starts to harden up.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Avocado Boats

I just made these for the first time yesterday, and they were so good. It is another Rachael Ray, 30 min. meals recipe.
Avocado Boats
3 ripe Hass avocados
1 lemon
Hot sauce, several drops (recommended: Tabasco)
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (I think this could be optional.)
2 small Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 scallions, chopped

Cut into and all around the pit of each avocado, down to the pits. Twist the avocados and separate them. Whack the corner of your knife into each pit and remove it. Using a large spoon, scoop out each avocado half and arrange them on a plate. Dress the avocados with lemon juice, a few drops of hot sauce and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Combine the tomatoes and scallions and season with salt. Fill the avocados with tomatoes and serve.