Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Last week my friend Heidi had told me about this dish that she made.  She said it was super easy and her family liked it.  Now, that meant I was going to like it.  Taking a 50/50 shot here that the others in my home would as well.

Those that have followed long enough know that there are certain people that are just picky (that would be Brooklyn), there are certain people that will eat some and then are just picky (that’s Caleb), then there’s another that is just as picky as Brooklyn (that would be Craig) but will always ask what my back up plan is.  I don’t have a back up plan.  A sandwich is their back up plan.  Mine is to enjoy what was made and love it because it was made from love, hard work…..Yeah that won’t work!

Last night Caleb had football.  He was so excited because he got to wear his helmet, pads and all.  He actually tried it on for me a few times yesterday.  So when it came down to dinner, he was all set to play.  I’m not sure how he ate with all of that limiting movement stuff on!!!

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Man, kids grow up too fast.  I told him yesterday to stop. He asked me how is he supposed to do that!!!  Time goes by so fast.  Tackle football?  Oh boy, I’m a bit nervous.

Anyhow!!  This was a super easy meal to make.  However, sometimes I tend to be a major multi-tasker and skimmed a bit too fast when it said how to put the meal together.  Woops.  It still turned out great and it tasted the same (I’m sure)!

Here’s a peek at some of the food while it’s cooking!!

Here’s the ground turkey and water boiling!

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Here’s the meat and tomato sauce..

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Smelled fantastic!!

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The pasta…almost dinner time!!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Recipe Type: Casserole
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 chives
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet. Add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add chives and stir.
  5. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

I didn’t have any crusty french bread to go along with this but I sure wish I did.  We’re not much on bread here (me mostly due to the carbs) but there are times when you wish you had it and this was it.

I am thankful to Heidi for sharing this with me!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Strawberry Cupcakes

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This is the ymmy dessert that Jodi made for us last weekend.  Home made Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting.  To die for right!  Yep, they were good.

Ok so I’m trying to stay away from sweets as I may have mentioned, but come awwnnnnn…When Jodi bakes and comes to my house, I can’t not have one.  This was not a case of stay strong or indulge completely.  This was me knowing when I was alone, so no one could actually see me eating it, I ate it.  I almost had another one but then thought for sure that my game would be called!!!  Haha.  All kidding aside, Jodi made these to go along with out Chicken Dinner and they were fabulous.  She gave us an entire pan to keep.  Now I said I only had one!!

I wasn’t there to watch Miss Jodi make these, but now I wonder if Mr. Sam got to lick the batter spoon.  Hmmm…I’ll have to ask.

Jodi has a garden growing…Jodi has about 37 lbs of fresh strawberries.  She ended up having to freeze the majority of them.  And that’s ok.  I’m going for the next time we get to make these:

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We have no idea what this is made with but know that we will make them and enjoy them with those fresh strawberries!!

Anyways.  We had a great time.  We got to eat great food, we got to watch two 2 year olds play together on an iPad!!  What did we have when we were growing up again!

It seems though time passes too fast that you sometimes forget that you need to always make time for your friends.  And when Two Girls get together, you can bet we’re putting together something worth writing about!!  How’s that!

Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Cupcakes
Author: Jodi
Ingredients
  • 1 white cake (mix or homemade)
  • 1 cup of strawberries, diced
  • 1 drop of red food coloring
  • ….
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of strawberries, diced
  • whole strawberries, garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake as directed then mix in diced strawberries. Pour batter into paper-lined cupcake tins. Bake as directed. Let cool.
  2. For frosting, mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth, then add powdered sugar and strawberries. Mix on medium for 3-4 minutes. When cupcakes are cool, frost generously and top with a strawberry. Refrigerate.

When there’s a smile on your face, laughter in the room, your belly is full, and a friend by your side, remember, life is good.

Patricia written for Jodi – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Jenny Steffens

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

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Yesterday Jodi and I got together for a play date for Sam and Khali.  And then we decided we could have dinner and some dessert together.  Since adding one addition to each of our family’s, we don’t get to spend as much time together cooking/baking.  And since Jodi had her pounds of strawberries, she got to make something with those.  My meal was this Honey Garlic Chicken.

I went to tell Craig that it was his turn to make dinner (Saturday night).  He said ok, why?  Well because I cook dinner every night and I’d like a break.  He asked what he was making and I showed him this picture of the chicken.  He sort of laughed.  I knew I was just kidding.  I’ve been looking forward to making this all week.  And then even more excited to cook with my Two Girls Cooking buddy!!!

Jodi had the dessert made prior to coming over.  That post will follow this…no dessert before dinner!!

But I will say they were good!!  I did try one.  No sugar didn’t count yesterday.  Those were calling my name!

Here’s a little look at the little ones at their play date.  Toys weren’t the center of their attention.  Sam (Jodi’s son) knows how to to put a movie on her iPad and watch it.  I do believe I’ve had to call her once to ask her how to play movies and her son that’s not even two knows how!!

I often wonder what we would have done back in the day with all of high tech toys we have today!  I’m sort of glad we didn’t though.  I get to enjoy them now!!!

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Are they the cutest!

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I think Sam was getting a bit upset with Khali because she would turn off the movie!  But we had fun, they had fun and Sam loves to flirt with Brooklyn!!

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Ok, enough of the cute little ones, back to this chicken.

I’m not sure how to put the flavor of this into words.  It was good.  It was really good.  The sauce that you dunked the chicken in…..garlic, honey, soy sauce…ah-mazing!  Best flavor.  Best.

Jodi and I were talking while the chicken was cooking in the pan…saying that the coating usually falls off either partially or sticking to the pan.  But this didn’t.

Craig is not a huge fan of sauce being poured over his food.  He liked the way it tasted before  I dunked the chicken in the sauce.  He ended up with two pieces, with with and one without the honey garlic on it.  He still preferred the one without.  Not Jodi and me.  I ate slow so that I could savor the flavor.  Jodi finished off Sam’s food and I took the last piece continuing to put more sauce over it!

We both said that we’ll make this again.  This is a keeper for sure.

I have many favorite different spices that I really enjoy.  Fresh garlic is huge (which this sauce has in it), cilantro (the smell, to me is amazing).  I love the smell of All Spice.  But two that I can add to about any dish I’m making is nutmeg and ginger.  The smell and the flavor it adds is awesome.  The recipe called for thyme.  That is my least favorite herb/seasoning.  I don’t like cooking with it at all.  So that one I did not add!  To each his own right!

We had some baked asparagus with Olive Oil and salt sprinkled over the top, some white rice (for the kids and Craig), some corn and a strawberry salad!

This is one of the best weekend dinners we’ve had in a long time.  Maybe it was the company!!!

Here’s the strawberry salad we had with our dinner.

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Two Girls Cooking is always better than one!

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts
Recipe Type: Chicken
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 2 cup flour
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Egg Wash
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 tbs water
  • Honey Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 – 4 cloves minced garlic
  • Cook over medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown.
  • Add:
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (low sodium soy sauce is best)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet, pound the meat to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Alternatively, you can slice the breasts by placing them flat on a cutting board and using a very sharp knife to slice them into halves horizontally.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then dip the meat in the flour and spice mixture. Dip the breast into the eggwash and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix into the meat to get good contact.
  3. Heat a skillet on the stove with about a half inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. I find just below medium heat works well. I use a burner setting of about 4 1/2 out of 10 on the dial and fry them gently for about 4 or 5 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Drain on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before dipping the cooked breasts into the Honey Garlic Sauce. Serve with noodles or rice.
  5. Simmer together for 5-10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Watch this carefully as it simmers because it can foam up over the pot very easily.

Enjoy this chicken recipe.  It’s great!!!

Jodi & Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Creamy Corn Casserole

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We love this side dish. I made it for Easter this year. And that’s where you get the eggs and the basket in the pix. BUT, I’ve made this twice this week so far!! If you use fat free sour cream, you feel a little less guilty! In my thinking, if you find something a a guilty pleasure, then it sure could be this!!!

Creamy Corn Casserole
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Two Girls Cooking
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.

 

Better late than never!!!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia

Hash brown Egg Bake

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 I found a new word that just made me giggle and love it at the same time!  Maybe some of you have heard of it, maybe you’re like me and you haven’t.  Brinner.  I’ve said lets have breakfast for dinner, but never combined it like Brangelina (yeah had to go there)!!  In case you aren’t getting it – it’s breakfast and dinner combined.

The original recipe called for Ham and Hash browns but when I sent my son to the store, I forgot to put Ham on the list.  Luckily I had a bag of crumbled sausage I could use.

This was so good and a major hit!  I wanted to make pancakes with it but ran out of time!  Who runs out of time when you have three kids and two dogs to take care or right!!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 bag (28 oz.) frozen hash browns
1 bag of crumbled sausage
3-4 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste,
Dash of Italian seasoning for serving

Directions

  • Preheat to 350.
  • Add the oil, potatoes and sausage to the skillet and saute for 7 to 9 minutes. Then make a few wells for the eggs.
  • Crack the eggs into each well. Then put the skillet right into the oven. I don’t have a skillet that can be used in the oven so I sprayed a 9×13 glass dish and used that instead.
  • Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or longer if you want the egg completely baked.
  • Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and some Italian seasonings onto each egg.

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I would have never thought to bake an egg in a pan or baking dish in the oven.  Never.  So when I saw this I knew I had to try it.  I should have put some cheese on it!  Oh that would have made it even better!

Next time you want to come up with something fun for Brinner, you have to try this!  It’s great.  And the kids thought it was great to have eggs in the middle of their food!!

Have a great week.

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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One Dish Dinners