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Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese

It’s Hatch chili season and hubs and I went to a cooking class at a local supermarket.  I used to volunteer at the cooking school so I know several of the chefs.  This class was amazing and totally inspired me to use hatch chilies in everything.  So I came up with Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese!

*Hatch chilies are actually anaheim chilies that are grown in Hatch, NM.  Just a factoid I learned in class and thought I would share.

3 Grilled Chicken Breast

1 lb cooked pasta

3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or blend)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4-8 Hatch Chilies, roasted and chopped (adjust to your palette)

1 onion, small

3 cloves garlic

1 cup bread crumbs

1-2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 stick butter

salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grill chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) and set aside.  Boil pasta according to package.  Saute onion in butter until translucent add garlic and chilies.  Bring chicken stock to a low boil.  Add flour and cook 1-2 minutes.  Toss in cheese and melt.  Add small amount of stock and half and half to loosen the cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Dice chicken, and toss with pasta and cheese.  Place in a baking dish and cover with bread crumbs.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

Pair your Hatch Mac n Cheese with a fruit salad and enjoy.

What would you put hatch chilies in?

Recipe–Play Date Snack

With all my Costco-ing I am been forced to either freeze items or find/create new recipes to help use up the massive amounts of whatever I buy.  This time it was sour cream.  Hubs loves sour cream pound cake so I have made several in the past but wanted to do something different with the batter.  I turned it into lemon sour cream pound cup cakes with a strawberry jam filling.

I adapted this recipe from Paula Deen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe.

1 stick butter

1 cup suar

3/4 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Throw all your dry ingredients into the mixer and add wet ingredients.  Make sure you don’t over mix otherwise the cake will be a bit tough.  Using a muffin tin fill each cup 1/3 of the way.  Then add a layer of your strawberry jam (recipe below) and finish with the lemon sour cream batter.

Bake about 20-30 mins.  Note: My oven bakes crazy so I usually set my temperature a bit lower and end up having to add minutes and watch and add minutes, etc.

Yields about 12 -15 cupcakes.

Strawberry jam

1 lb fresh strawberries, washed, stems cut off and diced

1/4 cup sugar

1-2 tablespoons water

Simmer all on the stove until forms a jam like consistency.  Also great over ice cream.

So go and start a pot of coffee and have an afternoon snack, perfect for a play date.


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Recipe–Blended Coffee Re-make

Ok so a few weeks ago I did a iced coffee drink.  Check it out here.  I made another using the same coffee ice cubes and it’s even better!  Watch out Starbucks I am keeping my $6 and making this one!

6 coffee ice cubes

1/2 cup half and half

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Blend all of these in the blender and voila, you have a tasty treat.  Now I splurged on the half and half so you could use milk but the half and half makes it amazing!  Just do an extra 5 minutes on the treadmill and enjoy!  Yields about 12 ounces.

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Recipe–Sweet Potato Mash

This is a great side dish for pork, chicken or beef.  Since I have been making veggie mash for my little one and I thought we could have an adult version of sweet potato mash.  Hope you enjoy this side dish.

6 medium sweet potatoes

4 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup cream or half and half

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.  Boil until fork tender.  Using a hand mixer cream potatoes, cream and butter until smooth.  Mix in cinnamon and brown sugar.  Yields four large servings.


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Recipe–Brownie Balls

I love cake balls but thought I would do a twist on them for the baptism reception.  I came up with these brownie balls and they are amazing!  Impossible to eat just one.

Here is the scoop.

1 box of your favorite brownie mix

1/3 cup powdered sugar

6-8 ounces cream cheese

Bake the brownies according to the box.  I used a box of Dunkin Hines.  Let them cool completely.  Mine turned out a bit crunchy on the side so I just cut that part off and threw away.  Crumble the brownies into small pieces.

Whip the cream cheese and powdered sugar together and fold into the brownies.  You might need to add a tiny bit of milk to loose up the mixture.  Form into small balls, place them into small muffin papers and into the refrigerator.

Now they are fantastic as is but I thought, let’s spice them up a bit.

I rolled each one into a different topping.  (L-R walnuts, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, coconut)

Use your imagination and




they will disappear!


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Pinned It Did It–Iced Coffee Remake

Pinterest for me is like reality tv, a big time suck but I just can’t stop.  Currently I have 1706 pins, which is nothing to those who were early adopters of Pinterest.  I have decided to actually start doing the things I have pinned which I am sure will lead to more pins and a long list of things to do.  Here is the first and can now be found on my Pinterest Board “Pinned It Did It.”  Want to see what else I have pinned click on my button.
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4 coffee ice cubes

1 cup of almond milk or cow’s milk

I love iced coffees and this is super simple but I found it a bit blah for my taste buds so I blended it up with a better result.

4 coffee ice cubes

1 cup of almond milk/cow’s milk

1 tablespoon aguve nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Throw all ingredients in the blender and let it whirl for a minute or two.

I think this whipped iced coffee had a nice froth and great taste.  A definite keeper for a morning treat or afternoon pick me up.


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Recipe- Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

I sometimes feel like a mad scientist when I am in the kitchen concocting and poof something turns out really yummy!  Well this one worked and it is my new favorite late night snack!  Here we go.

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

3 tablespoons greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons strawberry puree (recipe below)

3 tablespoons agave nectar

9 frozen strawberries

juiced lemons to use as cup for frozen yogurt

Trim the bottom of the lemons so they will stand up properly.  Put all ingredients in a blender and process until all are incorporated.  Evenly pour the yogurt mixture in the juiced lemon cups.  Place in freezer.

I originally set out to make strawberry lemonade but had a mad scientist moment and thought this would be a good mixture.  It turned out amazing and really is a great snack.  For the strawberry puree I simply cooked 1 cup fresh strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat until it cooked down.  I did add a tablespoon of water and one of lemon juice to thin out the mixture.

This is seriously a great snack or a treat for a summer time party.  Enjoy!

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