Friday, October 31, 2014

Breaded Ranch Chicken

Happy Halloween! Here are some flash back photos of some of my favorite Halloween nights. I hope you have a fun safe night. I will be handing out candy to the sweet children of Bungalow Heaven tonight.
Junior year in high school with my friend Mikka, we were 80s punk rockers!
 My mom made me this beautiful Marilyn Monroe costume for my senior year in High School's Halloween costume.
 With my chollo lover our first year in college!
 Our senior year in college. I was Daisy Duke, Jeffrey...hmmm some sort of 80s skier, ha!
My first year of marriage. I was a Stepford Wife.

Yum, yum, I love this easy chicken recipe!

Breaded Ranch Chicken
4 chicken tenders
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 packet ranch dressing mix
2 tsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp butter, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil
Use meat mallet to thinly pound chicken until even.
Mix together breadcrumbs, ranch mix and garlic powder.
Melt 2 Tbsp butter and dip chicken in bowl, then dredge chicken in breadcrumbs.
In a large skillet, heat remaining butter and olive oil on medium hight. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side.

Remove chicken from pan and drain on paper towels before serving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hoisin Chicken Skewers

I have been out of town for almost 3 weeks and am ready to get back to cooking! It is so hard to get back to reality after being away for that long. I am glad I had a few blog posts left to post from before I left. When I have some time I will post all about my time in Texas and the cooking I did while I was there. Until then, here is another grilling recipe for you to do before the sky turns black in a few weeks!

Hoisin Chicken Skewers
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp grated, peeled ginger
1/4 salt and pepper
1 pound chicken thighs, quartered
1 red bell pepper
1 zucchini
3-4 baby bok choy
1/4 cup housin sauce
toasted sesame seeds for topping

Peel ginger and grate it.
Mix together soy, ginger, oils, salt and pepper.
Add chicken to the sauce and toss to coat. Allow it to marinate for 5 minutes.
Slice vegetables.
Then season with kosher salt.
Thread chicken on 2 skewers and vegetables on a separate one. Grill chicken skewers for 10 minutes.
Brush Hoisin onto chicken for the last 2 minutes of grilling. Remove and set aside.
Add vegetable skewer to the grill and cook for 5 minutes. Brush with Hoisin and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
Place on a tray and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shrimp and Okra Kabobs with Sherry Butter

We crashed a wedding this weekend. Ok we sorta crashed, we were invited but we didn't officially RSVP (I left it up to my husband stupidly). Let's just say it was embarrassing when we went to look for our place setting and didn't have one! Oh well, it was still fun and Jeffrey and I made some nice memories on the road trip there and back. 
It rained for 30 minutes during the outdoor ceremony. We were all so excited for rain since there is a drought that we were not even upset to get wet! This photo is pre-rain.
Gorgeous location in Sonora, CA.
Selfies waiting for the ceremony to begin....and the rain is about to start!
At least the Bride didn't get wet.
Then we experienced the most gorgeous sunset! It made for wonderful pictures.
Still so in love with my husband! (post rain hair...)
Just Beautiful!
Selfies in the photobooth!

Yes, it is the last day of Summer and I am sooo sad that my grilling days are numbered. I guess I still can, but it will be dark so I may not be out as much. Here is one of my final grilling meals, another great Kabob recipe!

Shrimp and Okra Kabobs with Sherry Butter

3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp and 2 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning
1 1/2 pounds Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 pound okra
Green Beans, 1/4 pound
4 green onions
1 stick melted butter
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
Mix together 2 cups water, sugar and 2 Tbsp Old Bay in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. 
Add Shrimp to the bowl of brine and allow it to marinate for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix butter, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and 1 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning. Set aside.
Remove shrimp from brine. Pat dry.
Mix together oil and 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning.
Add shrimp to seasoned oil and toss to coat.
Skewer Shrimp, green beans, green onion, and okra.
Grill for 2-3 minutes per side.

Remove skewers from grill and brush with sherry butter.
Serve with remaining sherry butter.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jalapeño Corn Dip

I am obsessed with this dip! Mom and I made it when she was in town. I have since made it 3 more times and almost daily wish I could eat some....but I am trying to eat a little better so I stop myself! Try it for your next party, everyone will love you!

Jalapeño Corn Dip
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 ears of corn
2 jalapeno
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
Mix together mayo, sour cream, cheeses, paprika and salt.
Place bowl in fridge to keep chilled.
Grill corn and jalapeño peppers until charred on all sides.
Remove corn and jalapeño from grill and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Cut corn off the cob.
Peel the tough skins off the peppers. Dice peppers, remove the seeds if you want less heat.
Stir corn and peppers into cheese mixture and chill in fridge for about 30 minutes until ready to serve.
Serve with Fritos scoops!