What’s for Dessert? Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

We have a great surprise for you today, and you will definitely be making these this weekend as you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.  If you are looking for something different for dessert, then these Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas will be the perfect fit!

Click HERE for the PDF Recipe & Directions

For the Apple Filling
•    3 Apples, chopped into small pieces
•    1 1/2 cups water
•    1/4 cup cornstarch
•    3/4 cup sugar
•    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
•    1/4 tsp. salt
•    1 Tbs. lemon juice
For the Chimichangas
•    15-20 small tortillas (or you can use larger tortilla wraps too)
•    1/2 cup sugar
•    1 Tbs. cinnamon
•    Vegetable Oil for frying
For the Apple Filling
Combine the water, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until the mixture becomes very thick.

Add the chopped apples and reduce to a simmer. Allow the apple mixture to simmer until the apples become just tender (approximately 10 minutes). Allow the mixture to cool.

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Next, spoon the apple filling in the middle of the tortilla.

Roll in both sides of the tortilla before rolling up the bottom of the tortilla over the filling, and then continue to roll the tortilla up like a burrito.

Meanwhile, heat a small skillet with 1/2 an inch of oil. Once oil is hot, fry the chimichangas on all sides until the tortilla turns golden brown. (approximately 30 seconds on each side)

Remove the chimichangas from the oil and immediately roll the warm chimichanga in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat and serve.  You can also drizzle some caramel over the top of the chimichanga before serving too!

 

Get Ready to Make Your Chicken Happy, Not to Mention Your Taste Buds!

Oh snap, Mommy did it again!  She loves creating new dishes in the kitchen and earlier this week she came up with an awesome homemade dipping sauce for chicken.  She made it right before Daddy came home from work as her chicken wings were cooking and she was eager to see if he would like it.  Success is all that we have to say, as when he tasted the new dipping sauce – every other word out of his mouth was “this stuff is awesome” and “give me more”.  Pure happiness is what it is to make something in the kitchen and get rave reviews over it, now our chicken will never be the same as we will make up a batch of this dipping sauce every time we dine on chicken!

So, without further deliberation, here is the recipe for Mommy’s Chicken Dipping Sauce and if you want to printout the recipe & share it with others, click HERE:

CHICKEN DIPPING SAUCE

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Honey
Pepper to taste

Baking Cookies for Daddy

Boy oh boy is Daddy going to be surprised when he gets home from work today, because Mommy and I baked him some Spritz Cookies and decorated them with red sprinkles and cinnamon pieces!    The snow this morning got us into the holiday spirit so we decided to make Daddy a big surprise! 

These are really easy to make as long as you have one of those neat cookie guns!  Mommy’s cookie gun is the hand pump kind, but they have other varieties in stores.  You just fill the cookie gun with your dough, select a shape, and then click!  Whala, flower shaped goodness! 

Now, we have to start on the decorating of the house!  Now where did we put all of those Christmas boxes?  Shhhh, don’t tell Daddy about the cookies, we want it to be a surprise!   Don’t those cookies look delicious? 

Here’s how you make Spritz Cookies, if you were wondering: 

1 1/2 Cups Butter, 1 Cup Sugar, 1 Egg, 2 Tablespoons Milk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon Almond Extract, 3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder.  Preheat oven to 375, thoroughly cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract, mix well.  Stir together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough.  Add food coloring of your choice.  Do not chill dough.  Shape dough in small logs or spoon into your cookie gun, press cookies onto cool ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.  (NOTE:  watch cookies closely!)  Makes 7-8 dozen.

What’s for Dinner? Rolled Chicken w/Red Peppers & Onion

This is absolutely Daddy’s new-found favorite dinner these days.  Mommy created this scrumptious recipe one night, and now it is on our favorite dinner menu list.  We wanted to share it with you!  If you would like the PDF version of this recipe, just let us know!  Enjoy!

STEP ONE:  THE INGREDIENTS
McCormicks Oregano Leaves
McCormicks Montreal Chicken Seasoning
Shake ‘N Bake Crispy Buffalo Chicken Breading
Chicken Breasts
Red Pepper
Onion
Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Toothpicks

STEP TWO:  POUND CHICKEN
Place each chicken breast separately in a large Ziploc bog.  Pound chicken breasts evenly until almost paper thin.  Remove from bag & pound the remaining chicken.

STEP THREE:  SEASON CHICKEN
Season each pounded chicken breast with the McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning and Oregano evenly.

 

STEP FOUR:  ADD RED PEPPER & ONION
Cut one Red Pepper and Small Onion in thin slices.  Line the slices on the chicken breast.

STEP FIVE:  ADD CHEESE
Sprinkle the Sharp Cheddar Cheese on top, cover chicken heavily.  (The cheese will help keep together the Red Pepper and Onion while baking)

 

STEP SIX:  ROLL UP & BREAD
Now, carefully start at one end of the chicken breast, and roll up the chicken while holding in the toppings.  When you get to the end of the chicken breast, place toothpicks into the chicken to hold it together while baking.

Sprinkle the Shake ‘N Bake breading all over the outside of your rolled up chicken breast.  Next, transfer chicken to baking pan.

STEP SEVEN:  BAKE
No need to spray your glass baking dish, as the chicken will produce enough moisture so it does not stick.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.  You can check your chicken by sticking a knife in the side.

STEP EIGHT:  ENJOY!
You are now ready to enjoy the succulent flavor in this chicken recipe, seasoned to perfection!  We have chosen to serve ours with Potato Au Gratin.  As you can see from the last photo, with each slice of chicken, you will taste the cheese, red pepper and onion in every bite!

Let us know how you like it after you make this for your next dinner!

Nikita