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Lemon pepper garlic roasted chicken & then some

It’s been a while and I have quite missed the cooking. Today, my first weekend off from work, I decided I would make dinner for the family. Tonight’s menu:


Lemon Pepper Garlic Roasted Chicken:

  • 5 pre-cut chicken thighs (you could use chicken breast too, but this is what I had)
  • 5 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • pinch of garlic salt and pepper for each piece
  • 1 head diced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

-Preheat oven to 375. Wash each piece of chicken and pat dry. Brush a thin layer of olive oil on each piece of chicken. Season each piece with the lemon pepper seasoning, salt and pepper on both sides of chicken. Place about a quarter tsp. of the diced garlic between the skin and the meat of the chicken. Place chicken pieces in a 13×9 baking pan. Top chicken with a light drizzle of olive oil and the remaining diced garlic you may have. Cook for 1 hour and then set the oven to broil on high for about 2 minutes.

Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Mashed Potatoes: (not for the health conscious…what? i’m southern. haha.)

  • 4 large red creamer potatoes (this will happily feed 5 kind of hungry people)
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. miracle whip
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

-Boil potatoes on high heat until soft enough that a fork easily goes through it. Mash potatoes in a bowl with a fork. Add the butter gradually, while mixing. In a seperate bowl, add the miracle whip, mayonnaise, and garlic paste and then stir together. Add mixed ingredients into potatoes and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add grated parmesan to potatoes and stir again until well added.


Sauteed Green Beans: (ah yes, something green!!)

  • 1 bag frozen green beans
  • 1/4 cup fried onions (you can buy these at the store. they’re used alot for casseroles, from what i was told)
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

-Set stove to high heat and add olive oil to sautee pan. Once hot, add green beans and sautee. Then add fried onions and the diced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.


Once my auditors go, once busy season is over, and once I move, I will be back into the swing of things and hopefully kick out as much yummy stuff as Lina has! ^___^

reina-sm.gif –Chelle


March 9, 2008 at 11:50 pm 2 comments

Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mints

I was a Girl Scout for 8 years, and it has been 4 years since I had last bought a box of Thin Mints (which has always been my favorite). Inspired by these homemade Do-Si-Dos, I decided to try my hand at making some Thin Mints. I made up the recipe just today. I originally had only used 1/2 cup of shortening and 10mins of baking time, but I adjusted the recipe from my first attempt.
To make a thin chocolate wafer/biscuit, the dough will need rolling (which I never do, hate the extra clean up). On the plus side, this makes use of my abundance of cocoa. Did I mention these will also be vegan.
Vegan Homemade Thin Mints
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powder sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp mint extract
3/4 cup melted organic shortening
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
5.3oz bittersweet chocolate (for melting) 
(already smelling like Thin Mints)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in the mint extract and melted shortening, stir for a minute before adding the water. Finish mixing with the mixer, it’ll probably still look loose and crumbly. Pour out onto a surface and press/knead together into a ball, cover and leave out for 15-20mins. Roll it out to about 1/8 inch, and use a small cookie cutter to cut out rounds. I don’t own any cookie cutters, but found a tea tin lid that worked out fine. Place on parchment lined tray and bake for 15-18mins (depending on thickness, maybe longer). When it comes out of the oven, move them to a cooling rack. When the cookie is cooled, melt the chocolate on low heat or by microwave. I only dip the tops of the cookies. If you wanted to fully coat the cookies, you’ll need more chocolate.
(makeshift cookie cutter)
(Green Black’s Organic 72% Baking Chocolate)
(try and wait for the chocolate to cool and harden)
lina-sm.gif -L

January 24, 2008 at 4:21 am 3 comments

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