29 February, 2012

Slow-Cooker Chicken Soft Tacos

Tasty, little bit spicy but best of all you get a wonderful aroma in your home from using a crockpot!


  • I used 3 frozen Chicken Breasts 
  • 1/4 of a chopped Red Onion
  •  Handful of Cilantro with stems chopped up
  •  1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  •  Half a Lime squeezed and added into the pot,
  • 1 Tbs. Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Taco Seasoning
  • Pepper & Salt if needed

Add all to your crockpot and cook at LOW for 6-8 Hrs or HIGH for 3-5 Hrs
For the last hour I chopped up the chicken into chunks and added a fresh sliced red bell pepper!

 Mango Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Avocado
  • Cilantro (including stems)
  • Other half of Lime
  • 1 tsp. Cajun Seasoning 
Chop into small pieces and serve fresh!

Assemble wraps and enjoy! We enjoy Sour Cream so I added that to the table as well! 

21 February, 2012

Lettuce Wraps

Sauce: (Used for garnish and for Chicken marinade)

  • Sm. Bunch of Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Fresh Red Chile
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic
  • 3 Heaping Tbls. Good Quality Peanut Butter
  • Soy Sauce (1-2 Tbls)
  • 1- inch piece of Fresh Gingerroot
  • 2 Limes (Zest & Juice)


  • 4 x Chicken Breasts or Thighs (Boneless)
  • Honey for drizzling


  • Dried medium size Chinese chow mein noodles
  • 3/4 cup unsalted raw cashews
  • 1/2 medium-sized red onion
  • 1 fresh Chile
  • Sm Bunch of Fresh Cilantro
  • Sweet Bell Pepper (I used a multi pack of mini red, yellow & orange ones)
  • 1-2 Tbls Soy Sauce
  • 1 Lime (Juice and Zest)
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp. Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Honey (Drizzle on Cashews)

Sauce- Combine ingredients listed in the sauce into a blender or food processor and a small slug of water to create a smooth paste.  Season with Salt & Pepper to your taste!  Pour part of the sauce into a nice small serving bowl to have at the table for everyone to add extra onto their wraps.

Chicken-- Remainder of Sauce- (If you've got time, pour over your chicken and allow it 4-8hrs to marinade! (This time around I started dinner when dinner was dinner time, so I skipped and had David put the Thighs on the BBQ and only drizzled with honey and seasoned with Salt and Pepper in the end!  Still great!) The Chicken also does up SO PRETTY on skewers and BBQ!   When the Chicken is close to being finished - drizzle with honey and get some great color on the chicken! (Season with Salt and Pepper if desired)

Get your peppers and onion finely chopped, measure out your liquids.  Have ready to add to your cooked noodles.

Heat a med. size fry pan and get it on med. heat.  Add cashews (bash then up a bit to crush them into smaller chunks)... Once they get toasted, drizzle with Honey, toss them to coat and set aside. *** (They'll continue to get roasted in the hot pan so be sure to remove from burner so they don't burn!)

Follow Cooking instructions on noodle package, from my experience, DON'T overcook, they tend to cook REAL fast!  Season the water with Salt.  Drain and set aside.

Gently combine all into a serving bowl.

LETTUCE -- Romain split up and washed...!

10 February, 2012

Brandied Bread Pudding with Mango

An Amazing crowd pleaser of a dish!


  • 6-8 cups of 1 inch cubed Bread (I used 6 multi grain sandwich buns)
  • 2 Ripe Mangos, peeled, pitted and sliced into small chunks.. (Nothing fancy)
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half cream
  • 3 Lg Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brandy
  • 1 Tbls Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Butter, melted
  • Powdered Sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9-inch (ish) baking dish.

Wisk together your cream, eggs, brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.  Pour over cubed bread and mango. Gently mix to coat and let sit till liquid is absorbed.  Transfer into baking dish.

Bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar.