Chipotle Pepper Chicken

May 7th, 2009 by susanna

When I noticed Chipotle Pepper Marinade at the store, it intrigued my  taste buds.

I know I like the flavor of chipotle peppers, and I was pretty confident that this marinade seasoning mix would not be too peppery for my family to handle.

Grill Time Chipotle Pepper Marinade Seasoning Mix is the store brand equivalent to Grill Mates Chipotle Pepper Marinade, so it was a bit cheaper.

I grab a three pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and dinner is set.

Back at home, I’m reading through the ingredients on the back of the package of marinade mix and I got a little bit bothered.

Silicon Dioxide…yum. It is one of many anti-caking agents found in many commercial salts, dried milks, sugar products and flours, in case you never looked. Reminded me more of Chemistry class than dinner. I don’t want to think of anti-caking OR silicon dioxide, while enjoying the smell of a marinade.

Get out of my marinade, you!! How come Grill Mates doesn’t need the anti-caking stuff? Huh? Huh?

I went through with the marinading which only took 30 minutes and out to the grill the chicken went.

As always, (and I think I have the backing of the household on this one) these Chipotle Pepper chicken breasts are very nicely charred, with just the right amount of crispy grilled edges.

I continue to get heart-shaped food and yes it is going to my head.  : )

I enjoyed my Chipotle Pepper chicken with some very tasty Spaghetti Salad, and some jasmine rice for the extra energy I need for Olympic Training…heh. Carbolicious night I suppose.

Grill Time Chipotle Pepper Marinade Seasoning Mix produced a gentle, chipotle pepper taste that was pleasing to the palette, but not to the brain. Anti-cake someone else Grill Time, because I liked your flavor, but I won’t be purchasing you again.

Cooking Game: Pizza Hot

May 7th, 2009 by susanna

Every time I read this game title, I can’t help but think of non-English languages, Spanish specifically. You know, when a noun precedes the adjective, like; green ball is bola verde, cold water is agua fría or hot pizza is pizza caliente. But Pizza Hot??? C’mon now. It sounds like the game name got lost in translation.

Once I’m over the game’s name, I guess Pizza Hot makes a little more sense once playing, because you need to deliver pizzas…hot.

Ahem, call your game – Pizzas Hot then, eh? (grumble, grumble)

Okay, okay…I’m really over the game’s name now, so let’s talk about it this time for reals.

You are a pizza delivery driver, fully equipped with a shiny yellow scooter and if you want big tips, you better be fast!

Your boss is very boss-like and bossy. As long as you don’t make him go fully cross-eyed, I think he probably appreciates the work you did for him that day.

There are useful power ups as you avoid traffic and police officers who fine for driving on the pavement. (Okay, you can’t avoid the cops, they always know. So abide by traffic laws.) There are coins to collect as well as ramps that are fun to launch your scooter off of.

Yep, airborne pizza delivery…the best kind?!

Well, at least you got your pizza hot.

Ha! I made that name make sense after all! (Perhaps that is what the game maker had in mind)

Give it a try.

Games at - Pizza Hot
Pizza Hot

Deliver the Pizzas to the customers as quickly as possible!

Play this free game now!!

Cinco de Mayo

May 6th, 2009 by susanna

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? How do you celebrate?

I thought to myself, “What better way to celebrate than get Mexican food take-out.”

Not just any ole take-out, though.

Burrito Express, a true family run business and as importantly, home of the Best Bean and Cheese Burrito in Chandler for it’s price.

Sorry Elmer’s Tacos. You were a childhood, high school and adulthood favorite who never did me wrong, but you are no longer the best bean and cheese burrito in Chandler. Regardless, Elmer’s…you still rock.

Where was I? Oh yes…

The Best Bean and Cheese Burrito in Chandler…

For $2.75 you surely cannot find a tastier bean and cheese burrito to fill your belly. Each bite contains exactly what it should. Hearty, homemade refried beans and cheese.

FOUR bites wide of bean and cheese burrito!

Enjoying the lovely picture of eaten food?

Oh my goodness, it was good!

I think the very best part of Burrito Express’ bean and cheese burrito is the tortilla. Its not too thick and not too thin, with a right off of the griddle taste. The little blackened parts on the tortilla add a perfect smokey flavor to this soft and chewy wrap.

This is where I get into trouble.

I should have warned you first.

I can usually only make it halfway through the burrito before I start unfolding all the extra tortilla goodness and pulling off the excess for consumption. The excess is always there for a reason, but I can’t seem to stop grabbing for just one more super chewy piece before I wrap the burrito back up. Then a few bites later, the ultimate blowout comes, but it was my fault.

For under $3, Burrito Express’ Bean and Cheese Burrito is the BEST in Chandler. It is fully satisfying, especially if you are craving Mexican food.

Lastly, what kind of Cinco de Mayo doesn’t include Selena?! Here’s a really fun tune that’s worth a listen, especially if you haven’t heard it for awhile. [youtube][/youtube]

Cooking Game: Flatbread Express

April 30th, 2009 by susanna

Flatbread Express says: Create, cook and serve up delicious food for the hungry customers.

Susanna says: These customers sure are picky. As long as you top the flatbread with the correct ingredients, it won’t brown in the microwave (don’t ask me) and the daily money goal will be met.

As money is earned, upgrades can be purchased to help better serve the customers’ needs and make your day easier too.

Flatbread Express might be just the game you are looking for. And you may even come out of it topping flatbreads like a champ!

Games at - Flatbread Express
Flatbread Express

Create, cook and serve up delicious food for the hungry customers.

Play this free game now!!

Peanut Butter Balls

April 27th, 2009 by susanna

Peanut Butter Balls…what an awesome snack. Healthy too. They are better the second day but good luck keeping them in the fridge that long to find out!

And, Peanut Butter Balls are so simple to make…

  • Peanut Butter Balls
    • 1 C creamy peanut butter
    • 3 C powdered milk
    • 1 C honey
    • toppings: crushed corn flakes, wheat germ or coconut
    • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. (No mixer necessary, clean hands work great)
    • Roll mixture into 1 inch balls.
    • Roll balls into topping; coat well.
    • Eat right away or chill in a covered container for at least 2 hours.
    • *makes about 30 balls

With a little arm work, you’ll be amazed how these come together and like I mentioned Peanut Butter Balls get better with time so try to wait awhile to let them get cold.

Starting out…

And then the arm work part begins.

Start stirring, swiveling, jabbing, mashing, and any other motion that accomplishes blending. You may feel intimidated at first, but keep with it. Remember The Little Engine That Could? Same concept totally applies here.

Pretty soon you will get this…

Looks kind of crumbly right?

Well I guarantee if you squeeze the mixture up a bit as the balls are rolled, it really forms nicely.

Crushed corn flakes, wheat germ or coconut are great candidates for rolling the Peanut Butter Balls in.

Personally, I’d say the crushed corn flakes are the way to go. Yum!

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

April 22nd, 2009 by susanna

In all of  my 32 years, I have never prepared anything with curry in it.

And amazingly, among the various unused spice bottles, there was no curry in sight either.

This very simple Slow Cooker Chicken Curry recipe that will follow was the whole reason I have now added curry to the collection…of unused spice bottles.

Only five simple and mostly on hand ingredients are required.

I had A LOT of chicken. I used two packages of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (16), Ortega Thick and Chunky Salsa and a brown onion.

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken recipe was adapted from

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
    • 16 skinless chicken thighs
    • 1 Jar (16 oz.) Thick and Chunky Salsa
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 Tbsp. curry powder
    • 1 C. fat free sour cream
    • Place chicken in slow cooker.
    • In a bowl combine salsa, onions and curry powder; pour over chicken.
    • Cover with lid.
    • Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 5 hours.
    • Remove chicken to a serving platter; cover to keep warm, if needed.
    • Add sour cream to slow cooker; stir until well blended.
    • Serve over the chicken.

In the end, the chicken is so moist and ready to be eaten, but the sour cream sauce is an interesting addition.

The plan was to have a bunch of artfully placed chicken thighs on a platter. So with a master plan in mind and with tongs in hand, I went for the chicken. The more I tried to become one with the chicken, the more it hesitated, hence the splatters and fallen apart, moist chicken.

Here’s the huge pile of Slow Cooker Curry Chicken without sauce.

I served this with white rice which left plenty of room for imagination with sauce usage.

My husband put his chicken on his pile of rice and poured the sauce over both. I poured sauce over my chicken and enjoyed my rice mostly plain. My son wanted no part in the sauce.

Here’s an embarrassing little picture of my plate…

Okay, so now I’m going to break it down.

If you love the taste of curry powder, you’ll love this Slow Cooker Curry Chicken. I am undecided on the matter.

I now know 2 Tablespoons of curry powder was too large of an amount to introduce curry in.

I am a curry newbie. I’m discovering there are so many more kinds of curry than just curry powder. It’s quite amazing.

Some time I will be up for trying some real curry, but not for awhile though. I need a curry break.

Late Night Simplicity

April 9th, 2009 by susanna

Have you ever been up later than you know you should or want to be, trying to get those last few things done as the day disappears and you realize your stomach is not going to sleep until you do?

Naaah, that never happens, right?!?!

I think most of us have fallen victim to this a few times in our lives.

The snack needs to be quick and the snack needs to be satisfying.

Last night was a huge, juicy orange, but for tonight, I found myself the perfect solution.

These Ritz Crackers sandwiches were so tasty and so very simple.

Ritz recommends a five cracker serving size, but I felt eight crackers would better suit the lovely slice of Colby cheese that was broken into four squares. I was right.

I think that if timed, I could throw these Ritz cracker and Colby cheese sandwiches (for two) together in 15 seconds.

Serious. Time me.

Grilled Steak Salad

March 22nd, 2009 by susanna

The other night we enjoyed some awesome steaks which provided some really tasty leftovers.

Thinly sliced, grilled steak on top of a bed of romaine lettuce and mixed field greens can’t do you wrong. After chopping a tomato and some mini carrots, then topping with croutons I felt this salad was set.

Okay, it depends on your preference.

Toss on a little bit of cheddar and some crispy bacon bits and this Grilled Steak Salad is almost man-friendly…

If there is anyone left unappreciative to the taste of fine, crispy ingredients then a nice dousing of Ranch dressing can be achieved in less than a serving size.

This Grilled Steak Salad truly rocked.

Cooking Game: Waffle Mania

March 14th, 2009 by susanna

Waffle Mania is a neat game I came across recently. says, “People are hungry for waffles. Keep your customers happy as they get more and more adventurous with their orders!”

There are 10 levels that become increasingly more difficult.

More toppings, more waffle shapes and demanding customers will keep you busy until time runs out.

Try out Waffle Mania below and hope in the end it won’t leave you craving soft serve!

Games at - Waffle Mania
Waffle Mania

People are hungry for waffles. Keep your customers happy.

Play this free game now!!

Veggie Party Sandwiches

March 10th, 2009 by susanna

These sandwiches are a very easy and tasty combination of ingredients.

Veggie Party Sandwiches will work great for a party appetizer or as an awesome peek-in-the-fridge addition at home, but either way, they are going to go fast.

Here’s the recipe..

  • Veggie Party Sandwiches
    • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 large tomato, seeds removed, chopped as finely as possible
    • 1/2 green pepper, seeded, chopped as finely as possible
    • 1/2 medium onion, chopped as finely as possible
    • Olive oil to taste
    • Garlic salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 loaf 100% whole wheat sliced sandwich bread
    • Mix together the cream cheese, tomato, onion and pepper.
    • Add olive oil in small increments to soften the mixture until it’s in an easy-to-spread consistency.
    • Season with garlic salt and pepper.
    • Spread the mixture onto the one side of the sliced bread and assemble sandwiches.
    • Cut away the crusts and cut in quarters – either diagonally or vertical/horizontal.  It’s up to you.

Serve on a platter (or in a Ziploc in the fridge) and see them fly away.

With just a little mixture left, I ran out of whole wheat bread slices (without air bubbles) and opened a new loaf of much more dense whole wheat bread. Which needed to be compensated for, of course. Hence the super thickly-filled and colorful slices in the above picture.

More realistically, the spread can be a bit thinner and if the bread is square…triangles are great!

…because you know triangle sandwiches are way tastier. Yep.

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