Thursday, May 24, 2012

I want YUM YUM sauce!! (Japanese White Sauce)

If you haven't had this little delight you are really missing out!! At work today my friend Mairy (yes with an "I") would not stop talking about Yum Yum sauce! So that sent my craving into over drive. I wasn't sure what I was going to make, (did I mention that I am working two jobs right now, and some nasty a$$ at work ((walmart)) shared her germs, because she snots, spits, coughs, and blows her nose and uses the restroom without washing her hands!!!!???!!!) and being very tired and sick, I didn't want to cook to much today.

I wanted broccoli as well, so that was a given. I had left over asparagus, so that was in too. Rounding that part of the meal off was a side dish of Lipton noodles. But what to make as a main dish? Well what goes with shrimp sauce other than shrimp? But how to cook it? I bought some Hooters Wing breading, I was going to use it on wings, but being that I don't have any, and the bag said to use it on shrimp..that is where I used it. So I put my breading on and fired up my pan. And let me tell you it was so worth it. My Yum Yum sauce was store bought, but OMG it was sooooo good. So the next time you are in the supermarket and see Shrimp sauce or Yum Yum sauce, buy it. It is so worth it!!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Cooking is a simple stress re-leaver, and let me just say that I cooked up a store yesterday!!  I love LOVE love guacamole, and what better excuse to make it then a Mexican Holiday :D  Unfortunately with all the taco's and this hot sauce and that hot sauce, I have had bad heart burn since I finished dinner last night (yay me)!!  
Some of the most simplest dishes can taste the best when you think that you are celebrating a Holiday.  I think that Hot Dogs taste best on the 4th of July, and grilled chicken or any meat for that matter taste best in the summer!  As picky as I am I will eat almost anything grilled!!  I really want to make some eggplant, however I'm not totally sure how it will come out, or if it will, and that makes me hesitate to cook it. 
 On a side note, as I was making dinner tonight, I was a little bit frustrated with my chicken.  I have not been able to get it just right in a pan.  I was going to bake it, but took a nap instead, and baking takes time.  I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, other than maybe the cut of meat is a little too thick??  I made sure that meat had thawed out, and my pan was nice and hot, but it took forever to cook.  Any suggestions would be great, for a faster time.  
Yesterday I made something called white sauce.  I am not sure what to use it on.  So Hubby and I ate it with chips.  It was good, I am just not sure if I am supposed to eat it on tacos, eat it hot, or eat it as a dip.  
Before I forget...On May 14th I am going to have a scar/mark on my back looked at, normally I try not to post about anything other than food.  But, I am more than a little nervous about it.  If you are the praying type please send some prayers for me.  If you aren't please send some happy thoughts.  And if you are negative please forget about me on that day.   I cannot say that I have never tanned.  When I first got it I would put a band-aide on it, as well as sun screen and then get in the tanning bed.  My friend at school made fun of me because she didn't see the point of going to the bed, if I was just gonna put on SPF 50 sunscreen and not even shut the door.  Well I thought of it like the sun, you can still get tan in the sun with sun screen so the bed should work the same.  And I really just liked laying in the heat on a cold day.  When I can home from school, I tanned about 5 more times, I have been in the tanning bed as many times as I have fingers, but it only takes ONE time.  In those five more times, the only thing that I didn't do is put a band aide on it.  I am trying to convince my self that it has not changed, I don't think that it has.  So it is completely precautionary for me, but I am still scared out of my mind, and need all the good Ju-Ju I can get!!  Thanks in advance!!!

  • Kelsey Gawinski
    White Sauce
    1 cup M...iracle Whip
    1 cup Sour Cream
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano - crushed
    Mix all in bowl then refrigerate. Make 1 to 2 days before using to allow flavors to mix.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Crap: I forgot the Jalapenos!!!

I ALWAYS read the directions all the way through!!! But some how yesterday in the middle of making cheese fries and making pizza I forgot the Jalapenos for the cheese fries. I even put them on the counter right in front of where I was working, and didn't put them on..oh well cheese fries still tasted good!!

When you go to some where like "Outback" how can you not order the cheese fries. Lets face it, they taste wonderful. But they are so bad for you!! Loaded with calories, not to mention they probably fry the fries instead of baking them. If you go to "Chilli's" they have cheese fries as well, they come out in this pretty little skillet and you think that they have baked them, I am certain they are fried a head of time, then loaded down with cheese and such and then put in the oven to melt the cheese. I am sure of this because I have gotten a cold plate of them, if those fries where baked they would be hard.

Pinterest is my new favorite place. Not saying that I didn't like it when I first got there, but now I love it. There are so many recipes for find there. I found a recipe for "Skinny Cheese Fries" the picture looked good, so I put it on my board. I'm trying out new things, but I don't want to gain 50lbs in the process. Let me just tell you that these fries are BANGIN' !!! The seasoning is wonderful. I could eat the entire dish by myself, (had to share with the Hubby). But so good!!

We also made a "Beer Bbg Chicken Pizza"!! The sauce was from the pampered chef, and I was supposed to grill it in my nice new grilling pan, but like the title of this blog, I forgot a few ingredients. One thing I didn't realize is you need already cooked dough, they suggest the frozen kind. I was a little bummed that I couldn't make it on the grill, but the pizza came out so good, I'm not complaining. Maybe if I baked the dough a little bit and then took it out to the grill I might have been able to pull that off. I am going to try that next time.

The more recipes I make, the more I realize my passion for cooking. Not saying that I didn't have it before, but I am a lot more willing to try things. I feel like my food pallet has expanded a little bit. I mean I even have a Chilli that I really like. To bad it is warm weather, I would be making a pot!!! I also love the guac that I make, I am soooo excited that tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo!!! You know what that means, I am making Guac, and tacos!! Just putting together this blog makes me hungry...oh my!!!

Beer Bbq Chicken Pizza
You will need a bottle of Beer Bbq Sauce from pampered Chef
Red Onion
Lots of Cheddar Cheese

Fix all ingredients on the pizza any way you like them, bake and enjoy!!

Skinny Texas Cheese Fries
2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 6 pt • Points+: 7 pt
259 • Fat: 12.3 g • Protein: 10.1 g • Carb: 29 g • Fiber: 2.9 g • Sugar: 1.4 g
590.5 mg (without salt)

If you make the homemade low-fat buttermilk ranch ad 1 point plus or 52 calories.


  • 2 medium potatoes (2/3 lb total), yukon gold or russet, washed and dried (skin on)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 slice center cut bacon, cooked & finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp diced scallions
  • 1 tbsp sliced pickled Jalapeno (jarred on canned)


Preheat the oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Cut each potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch thin slices; then cut each slice into 1/4 inch fries.
In a large bowl, combine cut potatoes and oil; toss well. Add seasoning (paprika to salt and pepper). Toss to coat.

potatoes in a single layer on a lightly greased large baking sheet. Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes or until tender crisp, turning once half way through (depending on thickness this may require more or less time).

Remove from oven, place fries into two small oven safe dishes (or one large dish for sharing), top with cheddar cheese, sliced jalapenos, scallions and bacon bits and return to oven for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve with low fat buttermilk ranch dressing and serve.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This blog should have been written yesterday!!

Happy May!! Now for the PSA: May is Melanoma Awareness Month, USE SUN Screen, it's cheap, and you will love longer. Now back to your regularly scheduled food blog!!!

I finally, after about a month went to the grocery store. I think that it will be another month before I go to the grocery store again. But this time, I am ready for a month long away from the grocery store. I just may need to pick up a few ingredients here and there!!! Last night I made Cheesy Chicken Lasagna.

It was very good. However my sauce never thickened. I heated it for about 45mins or more, and nothing happened. I didn't want it to curdle. Tomorrow I will attempt cheese fries, I will also be making guacamole. However I am tired and have to work early tomorrow, so the Hubby made dinner tonight :D I hope that everyone is enjoying their May!!!

Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna
Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. Hidden Valley dry Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix (not the dip blend)
3 C. cubed, cooked, chicken
1/8 tsp pepper
1 (16oz) lasagna noodles, cooked (I used 9 noodles)
1 1/2 to 2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 to 2 C mozzarella cheese, grated

Combine evaporated milk and Ranch dressing and pepper in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until dry ingredients are dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Sauce will thicken slightly. Layer half of lasagna noodles, chicken, sauce, and cheese in well-greased 9×13 pan. Repeat layers again. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.