Monday, September 29, 2008


I could NEVER make fried chicken before. I just really sucked at it. Until I found this recipe. It is now one of our family favorites!!
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning (I didn't have any so I used basil and oregano)
3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
chicken..the recipe calls for a 4-lb whole chicken, cut into pieces; I used 4 boneless, skinless breasts
In a medium bowl, beat together the 1/2 cup milk and egg. In a resealable plastic bag, mix together flour and spices (I didn't use a bag, I used another bowl and dredged the chicken). Place chicken in bag, seal and shake to coat. Dip chicken in milk and egg mix, then once more shake in bag with flour. Let sit for 10 minutes.Reserve 2 tablespoons of flour mixture.
In a large skillet, heat oil to 365. Place coated chicken in the hot oil, and brown on all sides. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking chicken until tender, about 30 minutes (with the boneless breasts it was more like 20). Remove chicken from skillet and drain on paper towels.
Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the frying oil. Over low heat, stir in 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour mixture. Stirring constantly, cook about 2 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth, scraping browned bits off bottom of skillet. Stir in 1 cup milk, and bring all to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with the chicken.

Monday, September 22, 2008


3 lbs country style boneless pork ribs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 bottles of bbq sauce, your choice (I usually use the cheapest stuff I can find)
Place ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Season with spices. Bring water to a boil and cook ribs until tender, 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 325. Pour some bbq sauce to barely cover bottom of 9x13 inch pan (I use disposable metal ones, but you can use glass). Remove ribs from water and place in pan. Cover with rest of bbq sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.


Monday...chili dob bake, oven fries
Tuesday...fried chicken w/gravy, mashed potatoes
Wednesday...pasta bake, garlic bread
Thursday...taco nite
Friday...salmon burgers
Saturday...I'm going out with my high school girlfriends!!!
Sunday...we'll be at an Angel's game

Friday, September 19, 2008


This is one of our absolute favorites!!!
3 cups ziti
1/2 lb Italian sausage links
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teas. salt, divided
1/4 teas plus 1/8 teas pepper, divided
2 cups milk
1/2 cup parmesan, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups (16 oz) ricotta
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Cook pasta, drain, place in large bowl. Cook sausage in a skillet; drain and cut into 1/2 inch slices; add to pasta. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, 1 teas salt and 1/4 teas pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup parmesan. Add to pasta and sausage. In a bowl, combine egg, ricotta, and remaining parmesan, salt and pepper. Add to pasta mix and stir to combine. Sppon into a greased deep casserole dish and sprinkle with mozzarella.(I usually stir a little of the mozzarella into the pasta also). Bake, uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Goes great with a side of garlic toast.

Monday, September 8, 2008

MENU PLAN MONDAY chicken and hashbrowns meatloaves, mashed potatoes
Wednesday...cheesy baked chicken, parmesan potatoes
Thursday...not sure yet, we'll have to see when AC's game is over
Friday...potato salmon patties, mac N cheese
Saturday...we have a funeral in the afternoon so we'll probably eat out
Sunday...bbq garlic ranch chicken, mac N cheese

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


(a day late because I was off yesterday)
Monday...we had leftovers lemon chicken, garlic rosemary potatoes
Wednesday...steak pizziola, baked potatoes
Thursday...not really sure, AC has his first football scrimmage and I don't know when we'll get home.
Friday...pesto rubbed chicken, baked basil fries
Saturday...carne asada, spanish rice, jalapeno poppers, stuffed mushrooms, jalapeno popper dip and tortilla chips
Sunday...bbq garlic ranch chicken, parmesan potatoes