Chicken Corn Soup, Grandma Style!

This is one of my favorite go to recipes! It is Quick , Simple and Wholesome. Some may even argue Good for you too! Chicken Corn Soup is Soul warmer in a bowl.

This one is made for your crock pot , but stove top will hasten your production time. Start with 2 split chicken breast placed in the crockpot. You will then dice or chunk 4 stalks of celery and 2 whole yellow onions. Place vegetables on top of chicken and cover with 3 cups of water. Set crockpot to high and cook 3 hours. At the end of this time you will remove chicken and shred. The vegetables can be removed or stay that is your choice. You will then add 2 12 ounce Chicken Stock cartons and 1 Very Large Bag of frozen corn. HINT### I only use White kernel corn. At this point cooking on high for 1 hour and reduce to low after that! This can cook for hours , it only gets better with time!

Anyone Can Cook , LIKE GRANDMA with this simple recipe!

Wicked Mac and Cheese

Everyone know Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. When you think about how warm and luscious it is, you melt. Well I do anyway. When I am faced with a cold, rainy day. My menu always includes my Wicked Mac and Cheese.

It all starts with a white sauce. One Stick of Full Fat Salted Butter. 2 Cups of White Flour, 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder and 1 TBSP of Dark Smoked Paprika. Then Finally 4 to 5 cups of milk. Start the stick of butter on medium high heat. After the butter is melted whisk in the 2 cups of flour. A dark brown doughy rue will begin to form. Begin to whisk in 2 cups of milk until smooth and creamy. I reduce the heat at this point. After this becomes a thick gravy texture I add the next 2 to 3 cups of milk. Follow the same process. After a smooth beige sauce is made remove from heat. At this point I add 4 cups of Mozzarella and 2 cups cheddar shredded. After this has melted in you have your cheese sauce.

I always cook a hearty noodle for my Mac and Cheese. Penne, Elbow, Rotini they all work! Cavatapi is my favorite! Add noodles and combine with cheese sauce. Place in your trusty casserole dish and top with your favorite toppings, IT IS THE PERFECT Base for your culinary artistry! I love Candied Bacon, Fresh Tomato and Crouton or even a Slice Italian Chicken Breast. You will bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Dinner is served!

Follow this simple recipe and YOU CAN COOK! I promise. Maybe even stop buying that Blue Box Forever!

Valentines Part 2 – Lasagna

The last thing you want is something overwhelming to do for a festive weeknight meal. We are going to do this from start to finish in a snap. Believe me I can walk you through a labor intensive Lasagna. That is not our goal here!

First step is in a pan brown 1 pound of ground beef then drain grease. To this meat add 1/2 cup small diced onion, 1/3 cup Italian Seasoning and 4 cloves of garlic minced(fine-fine Chopped). To this well blended and sautéed mixture add one jar of marinara. Feel free to use any type of marinara you want. I prefer Barilla. Stir and Combine this all.

In a shallow square dish start your lasagna building . I always begin with a layer of sauce with meat. Next, cover this layer with a generous helping of shredded mozzarella and 6 TBSP of Ricotta layered across top. When you add the Ricotta do it in a two 3 spoon lines. The noodles are next. Add the noodles in a to cover the meat ,sauce ,and cheese layer. This pattern will continue until you reach the top of the dish. Be sure to alternate the direction of the noodles on each layer. Press down between each noodle separation to ensure a Solid Dish. So, one row horizontal one row vertical. Finally the Key is ……….A generous covering on the top with meat sauce followed be Shredded cheese. Cover with a layer of Parchment before covering with foil. You will need to bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. When you reach 40 minutes , remove foil and parchment and continue to brown for 8 minutes.

The key to a solid , stacked lasagna is allowing it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. The only thing left is to cut and serve. We use a final dusting of Parmesan “SPRINKLE CHEESE” at the Table.

Follow this simple outline and YOU CAN COOK , I promise!

Valentines Day Planning Part 1!

An easy to make meal plan is our focus for this holiday. Any great meal starts with an emotion or plan. Love is the key to the Valentines meal. While you maybe a great cook or just a UGH cook, We GOT THIS! I am going to help you nail this meal from start to finish!

MENU … Italian Tossed Salad, Lasagna, and Chocolate Coffee Brownie Cake

SALAD

The salad is simple. You will need a bagged salad mix, a Great Italian dressing, parmesan cheese , and a your favorite Italian bread. Simple here we go…Empty Salad into a lovely decorative bowl, Sprinkle with Cheese and then some homemade croutons. Homemade Croutons: slice bread into 1 inch cubes, drizzle with Italian dressing and bake in a pre heated 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Watch them they will crisp quickly. After you have removed them from the oven cover the top of salad and you are ready to serve. I toss the salad with Dressing before, but others prefer it ” ON THE SIDE”.

Chocolate Coffee Brownie Cake

This one is SUPER SIMPLE! You will need your favorite box cake mix. Instead of water in the mix , I substitute a Strong coffee. Add the Eggs as instructed. Another tweak to make it your special love day recipe , 1/2 cup of gourmet chocolate chips! Prepare and bake as directed. I make it in a shallow cookie sheet to get the Brownie look. Finally warm out of the oven, I brush the top with coffee and drizzle with a Rich Chocolate Syrup. Voila! Dessert is ready!

In Part 2 of the blog, We will tackle Lasagna. Like A Pro!

Anyone Can Cook, I promise! This will be a meal your family or Lover will remember, Always!

Hearty French Onion Roast Beef

This is a sure fire way to bring the family to the table for an amazing weeknight meal. With a little preparation this one is a Winner! A crock pot is the key to the low and slow success. You will start with a 3 pound ( at least) Beef Chuck Roast, 4 large sweet onions, one can of beef broth and a packet of instant French onion soup mix.

Heat a skillet to the highest temp and Sautee at least 4 large sweet onions cut into rounds. I use an entire stick of butter and pepper to do this. Do not add salt it only adds to the amount of water in the pan. After you have a beautiful carnalized pan of onions remove them and set aside. With the pain covered in all those wonderful bits brown your chuck roast in that pan. Sprinkle each side with pepper and salt and garlic powder. You will allow 5 to 7 minutes per side. Be sure to do the edges as well. We are building flavor! Flavor is the key to the meat.

At this point we move to the crockpot. First Chuck Roast, onions will follow. At this point you will take the skillet and release the base. Heat the pan, add the beef broth and use a spatula to gently scrape the pan. Cover the beef and onions with the French onion soup packet and finally all that amazing stock from the skillet! NEXT, LOW AND SLOW! This will cook throughout the day and be ready to eat in 5 to 6 hours.

I find a crusty Kaiser roll is the best way to serve. Fill the bottom of the roll with a generous portion of the meat and top with cheese of your choice. I often melt the cheese in the oven or in the microwave. Be sure to get your self a side of the amazing au just for dipping!

Another Blog will follow with the recipe to our Sweet Onion Asiago Roll Recipe!

Follow this simple set of directions to an amazing beef sandwich. Anyone Can Cook, I Promise!

How to Make a Wicked Sticky!

Since the day I opened my doors at the Wicked Kitchen until the 3yeas later when they closed. ” How do you make your Wicked Stickies” was the popular question. I can honestly say they are the most beautiful mess I ever created. From start to finish they were living proof of shear luck!

I set out to make a sweet like no one had every tasted or experienced. I wanted them to be the definition of excess, hence why eventually bacon and whiskey were woven into the mix. They start simple enough ..Great Yeast, Soft Sifted High End Flour , Salt, Oil , Cinnamon, and Warm Water. After you mix them in the perfect knead, they double and even triple to create a pillow of hand pressed dough ready to be your canvass. As you press out the dough, I often was beaming with the most amazing smile knowing what they would become. Cold Butter warmed by hand is broke into pieces to cover the dough as if it became polka dotted by butter. The final most amazing step in the decadent Spreading of dark or medium brown sugar. As you do this you make sure you cover every inch of the dough with the brown sweet ingredient.

A tight firm roll of the dough , working away from your body on the table was the start of the lovely shape we all know and love. Each Sheet pan was covered with baking parchment to ensure the sprinkle of Turbinado Sugar didn’t stick the bun to the pan, yet it had a crispy sweet bottom. As Each Dough snake of Cinnamon Goodness was made cutting is the next step. Each roll needs to but cut into a 2 inch thick slice laid on the sheet pan and allowed to rise. Once Again TIME, TIME is key! After you see the roll has risen 3x times its size , baking is the final step for this Masterpiece! Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.

They will present a warm dark brown on top and a soft middle when correctly baked. A home oven was quite an adjustment for me , but a little tweaking of your home oven will make for perfection. I hope this is what you are all looking for. I will have a Video of the process on the Facebook Group Anyone Can Cook, for your reference. Also the written recipe will be there as well! As always that is where you can ask questions. Remember with a little practice, ANYONE CAN COOK!

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Jacked Chicken Chowder

As a Cook , I am always looking for simple , cheap and amazing recipes to make . I am always trying different flavor combinations on chicken. We have A LOT of chicken . One of my challenges is to always venture outside on the traditional dishes and make it into something different.

I was posed with the challenge of making an entire soup on a grill. I knew the Jacked Chicken Grilled Cheese I make is amazing. So I set about making an amazing soup. With a few adjustments to this recipe and a little prep time in your oven, this is a crock pot ease recipe. Perfect to serve at any gathering, Remember You Can Cook, I promise!

3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, 4 Medium Red Peppers, 3 medium Sweet Onions, 1 bag Frozen Corn, 1 taco pack mix, salt , pepper steak seasoning, minced dry onions, olive oil, and 2 cartons of chicken stock.

Place your Chicken Breast whole into a Sealable Bag and cover them in the taco seasoning , salt , pepper, and minced dry onions ( 2 TBSP). Shake them hard covering entirely. Remove and place on a cookie sheet. Pepper and Onion prep are next. Rough cut the peppers and onions place them in a casserole dish with salt, pepper , steak seasoning, and drizzle with olive oil. When I say drizzle don’t make them swim, rather a nice coating will do. Finally entire bag of corn into the oven casserole dish. Salt and Pepper drizzle with Olive oil. Place all of these items into a 370 degree oven for 30 minutes.

After all your ingredients have roasted, remove the corn and the chicken. While you increase the temperature on the peppers and onions to make them crisp. Lets bump that oven to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Now get your stock pot ready to make the magic happen . Cut your Chicken into 1/4 inch chunks and place them in the pot with at least 2 TBSP of the olive oil. Then add your roasted corn. Let these two mingle until you hear a sizzle. This is the time to add your peppers and onions. This is a rustic soup , tiny bite size pieces are not needed. If you are going to use the crock pot this is the time to transfer .To finish add the stock! The longer you cook the chowder , low and slow, the better it will be. There you go , You made my award winning First Place Jacked Chicken Chowder! Be sure to top yours with a generous grating of Pepper Jack Cheese to make the perfect cold weather Chowder! See………..You can Cook , I Promise!