Busy in the Kitchen to Pass the Time

Staying at home and inside for so many days…I have had some fun in the kitchen – baking and trying new recipes. None of the new meals were complete flops but some were better than others and I want to share them here – especially so I can have them filed somewhere for easy access in the future.

Thai Peanut Chicken was pretty good but not sure I would use the recipe I had again. Thai cuisine is something new for Hubbie and I but I’ve only tried this one recipe. The flavors were okay; we really don’t care for baked chicken too much and that was this recipe. Any good Thai recipes??

Creamed Chicken over Biscuits was a hit for Hubbie. He likes anything that bascially goes together on the plate – one dish suppers, casseroles of any kind, you get the idea. Me, not as much. Even Mexican meals tend to be a little “slop”py on the plate for me – but, this creamed chicken which filled his plate was just his style so I guess I’ll make this one again.

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast
2 cups frozen vegetables, thawed and drained
1 cup toasted sliced almonds

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and add broth, cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together and cook until thickened (this took longer than I thought). Stir in chicken, peas and almonds. Heat through and serve over hot biscuits. (I made homemade biscuits – total bust. I would use frozen ones.)

I also had a new recipe for Poppyseed Chicken – but, really, nothing (so far) beats the recipe at Heritage Schoolhouse. The recipe here is fantastic! Last night, I made Oatmeal Scotchies. Nice sidenote…I was POSITIVE I had all the ingredients but in my typical fashion, I was missing one thing – and this time, it was the oatmeal! Not much of an oatmeal scotchie without oatmeal – so, Hubbie drove me to the Target on the icy roads just to get oatmeal. So sweet – and he really doesn’t like oatmeal…even an oatmeal cookie. But, he LOVED these cookies:) Even he was surprised. So this recipe is a keeper. Turns out, the recipe is right on the back of the butterscotch morsels bag but I’ll file it here as well. I also think these cookies would be devine with added coconut or, perhaps, a mix of butterscotch and chocolate morsels! Yum.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar (I actually used Splenda blend and they were delish)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
one 11 oz. bag of butterscotch flavored morsels

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon – set aside. Beat butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for two minutes and remove to wire racks.

I think I’ll go have another one just now with a glass of milk. And I have a few more new recipes to try this week:)

5 thoughts on “Busy in the Kitchen to Pass the Time

  1. These recipes all sound wonderous. Of course doing my Jenny Craig they are all pretty much out for me (for now, haha) but I do enjoy reading them for some reason..

    As for the smash cakes..NO I had never heard of them either, and we too always just gave them a piece of the cake or a cupcake or something. Truthfully? If I had it to do over again I would NOT order smash cakes. They were SOOO MUCH bigger than I was thinking. Really just small cakes (not even "mini" cakes lol). There was A LOT of just plain waste. They were adorable and everyone got such a kick out of watching those babies enjoying them, but kind of an expensive amusement, haha Oh well, live and learn. Next time I would order cupcakes for everyone instead. (no cutting that way) I ended up eating WAY more of the cake than I ever intended to as well. I started out just giving my thumb a lick without really thinking about while I was cutting it and thought, "OH WOW that was sooo good, I'll just have a single bite." By the time I was done I have no idea how many of those "just a bites" I had. I would have been better just cutting a small piece. SIGH…I am so pathetic. lol Have a good day. Hugs, Debbie

  2. I love Oatmeal Scotchies! I make them as a big pan and then cut into bars…they don't last long around here!
    Stay safe tonight and tomorrow~enjoy your new recipes.

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