By: Gigi Howe
Do you have a “few” Kraft Fresh Take packages with the coupons and deals we have had lately? I experimented with some of the packages and have made meatloaf with the Classic Four Cheese Recipe mix. I made one with ground beef and a few with ground turkey. Personally, I like the ground turkey the best. Anyway, here is what I did, its quite simple (and tasty)!
Turkey Meatloaf with Kraft Fresh Take
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Put mixture into a loaf pan or press into a loaf shape and use a baking dish. Bake for 55-60 mins. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Now if you haven’t checked out Kraft Fresh Taste’s site, you definitely should! They are offering Fresh Possibilities, a free recipe booklet with 20 unique recipes using Fresh Take packages including – Four Cheese Baked Macaroni, Artichoke Dip, Tilapia Tacos and more. I would have never thought to make some of these recipes myself.
Enjoy and let us know if you have any different ways to use Kraft Fresh Take.
By: Gigi Howe
Total time: 20
Rating: 5.0 Stars based on 2 reviews
With the great deals on chicken breast, especially at ShopRite, I decided its time to share one of my all time favorite recipes. My mother found this recipe and made it for years. I also have made it for years. Everyone has always loved it. It WAS a recipe that I would make for company, but since I’ve given out the recipe to all my family and friends and they make the recipe for themselves, I really can’t serve it to company anymore! I’ll post it here so you can try it for yourself!
Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe
4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
butter, margarine or olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
2 small lemons
With meat mallet pound chicken breast to 1/4– 1/2 inch thickness.
Mix flour, salt & pepper in a large baggy or on wax paper and coat chicken. Reserve remaining flour mixture.
In 12-inch skillet heat 3 tablespoons of butter, margarine or oil (I always have used butter). Cook 3 pieces of chicken at a time until lightly browned on both sides, adding more butter if necessary. Remove chicken pieces to a plate.
Reduce heat to low. Into drippings in skillet, stir reserved flour mixture’ add broth and juice of ½ lemon, stirring to loosen brown bits. Return chicken to skillet. Thinly slice remaining lemons. Top chicken with lemon slices. Cover; simmer 5 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender. Makes 6 servings.
I unfortunately don’t have a photo of this dish, but I happened to find another recipe’s picture that looks similar and that is what is shown above. Its a Rachael Ray recipe for Crispy Crusted Lemon Chicken Cutlets. Her recipe looks good also, it uses rice to coat the chicken. I might try her recipe when I have some leftover rice.
Enjoy and let us know how you like the recipe!
We’ve featured some unique Thanksgiving recipes including unique green been recipes, mashed potato recipes and more! Now that Turkey Day is coming to and end, the last thing you want to think about is cooking on Friday, especially when you’ll be so busy with all your Black Friday shopping, which is why this Leftover Turkey Casserole is a perfect option if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal this coming weekend!
I’ve never tried a leftover casserole like this one but this might be the year I give it a try. I’m one of those who likes to have Thanksgiving Day meal all over again and don’t get too creative with my leftovers, but I’m always open to trying something new
Recipe & photo Adapted from: BrownEyedBaker
*Melinda’s baby Asher was born this November!
I love Thanksgiving for many reasons. Its a time to see family and friends. And it is holiday celebrated by all Americans.
This year, I am having quite a crowd at my house. I’m excited about it, but a little nervous. First of all its “Thanksgiving”, and we all expect certain dishes to be served. Secondly, I don’t think I have ever prepared a meal for so many people! Everyone will bring something but I am expecting about 30-35 people! (I became a little more nervous since I just did a headcount!)
I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen. I also don’t want to be so tired from preparing the meal that I can’t enjoy the day. So I decided that I needed to find some tips to make things less hectic.
Whether you are having 30+ guests or cooking for just a few, it might be helpful to make some dishes before the big day!
Fresh Apple Pie
Make the pie as usual. Some juicy fruit pies may require more thickening that usual when you freeze it, so you will want to up the flour, I would say double it. Now you have 2 options – you can bake the pie, cool and freeze it. Or you can freeze it unbaked (my preference). If pie is unbaked, do not slit the top crust until you are ready to bake it.
No matter what you cook or don’t cook, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy!
A while ago we posted a bunch of Unique Thanksgiving Recipes that we wanted to share with you again! One of my favorite things to do is try out fun and different recipes on Thanksgiving! You may find something you and your family absolutely LOVE!
Each post i’m linking to has a bunch of different recipe options to choose from!
Check them all out:
Don’t forget to check out the post on how to brine a turkey!
By: Cindy Livesey
Rating: 5.0 Stars based on 2 reviews
Have you ever wondered how to Brine a Turkey? Have you ever wondered, what the heck is a brine? Well, we’ve got answers for you.
First, let me start by saying that if you have never brined a turkey before I can tell you that it really does make a difference. Brining a turkey adds moisture and flavor and keeps the turkey from drying out. And contrary to popular belief, the turkey does not taste salty at all.
So, what is a brine? Well, it’s basically a solution of salt in water. The liquid containing salt and spices that the turkey is sitting in transfer into the meat of the turkey. It then breaks down the protein in the meat which allows for more water in the meat and holds the water in during cooking preventing the meat from drying out. Sort of scientific I know right? Well, you don’t need to suit up in a Walter White Chemistry Suit or anything for this recipe. It’s pretty simple.
These are the ingredients you will need for a 15 lb turkey:
Just a note: You can really use any types of herbs and spices for the brine. The key ingredients are the sugar & salt. Everything else can be modified to your liking.
Is your Sour Cream stock pile building up? With all this FREE Sour Cream that is available right now I beat you are wondering what to do with all this Sour Cream. I sure am!
I rounded up some tried and true recipes using sour cream from sites like Kraft and Friendship. There are recipes for side dishes, entrees, dessert, appetizers and more. So many to choose from and with the holidays right around the corner, it’s a big baking and cooking time.
Hmm, just realized I’m going for all the desserts.
Have any other recipes or ways you use sour cream? Share them with us below!
I am a sucker for Banana Bread. I love all versions of banana bread – ones with peanut butter, chocolate chips, traditional banana bread – the list goes on. There is rarely a banana bread I don’t enjoy. Because I love banana bread so much, I enjoy experimenting with different recipes. I’ve tried MANY recipes and I’ve definitely perfected the Best Banana Bread Recipe of all time, at least in my opinion and the opinion of nearly everyone who tries it
I follow this recipe to the tee — for example, the eggs must be at room temperature and the butter (real butter) must be at room temperature and NOT melted. Another factor that I think makes this banana bread recipe so good and so moist is the fact that I use defrosted frozen bananas. Any ripe bananas that don’t get eaten go straight into the freezer. I never knew you could freeze bananas until I saw a friend do it once and ever since then I’m always throwing ripe bananas in the freezer. I’ve learned it’s these bananas that make the Best Banana Bread. When I want to make this recipe, I either pull the frozen bananas out of the freezer a few hours before I’m ready to bake or if I haven’t planned to make it in advance I just stick the bananas in the microwave on defrost for a few minutes. The bananas do not look appetizing whatsoever at this point but they sure do make for an awesome end result!
I’ve found that banana bread is best served the next day. Upon cooling, wrap the loaf in plastic wrap and slice the next day. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
By: Cindy Livesey
Rating: 5.0 Stars based on 2 reviews
After apple picking last weekend, I thought this weekend would be a great time to make the Best Apple Pie Recipe I know. Well, at least that is how my family feels about it. It is the most requested item I make and I’ve been making it for years and year without a single change to the recipe.
Now just to be clear, I do not make my own crust. I know, I know, some of you are cringing but I did try making my own crust a couple of times and, well, no….I am not making my own crust anymore. It just did not work. Maybe it’s a mental block or maybe I’m just not good at the dough thing. Whatever it is, I’m sticking to what works for me and that is Pillsbury Pie Crust.
The other key item in this is the type of apple I use. I ONLY use Rome apples. Many years ago I experimented with different types of apples and the only ones I like in the pie are the Rome apples.
So, here is my Best Apple Pie Recipe ever! It’s easy peasy! Hope you and your family enjoy it as much as my family has been.
1. Heat oven to 425.
2. Place 1 of the pie crusts in 9″ glass pie plate and press firmly against the sides and bottom of the plate. Take a knife and run it along the top of the pie plate to remove any excess crust hanging over the edge.
3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large spoon, stiring gently
4. Fill the crust with the mixed ingredients.
5. Top the ingredients with the second crust. Take the excess top crust and tuck in down the outside ege of the bottom crust. Press edges together to seal it. You can make any kind of edge you like but I like to pinch it up all the way around
6. Cut shapes or slits in the top of the crust to vent it. I do 4 elongated oval slits around the center.
7. Bake for 20 minutes and then place foil strips around the edge of the pie so it doesn’t burn the edge. Bake for another 20 – 25 minutes.
8. Wait at least 2 hours before serving.
By: Cindy Livesey
Rating: 5.0 Stars
We need to have a talk here about what is truly the Best Lasagna Recipe.
I’m not a gourmet cook by any stretch of the imagination but I cook most every night for my family and they are pretty happy (well for the most part anyway) with what I prepare. I like the basics….meatloaf, grilled chicken, pot roast, steak, macaroni and meatballs and so on. One of the things that I make, that my family loves, besides my meatballs, is lasagna.
Over the years, I have come across sites that provide readers with their version of a Lasagna recipes. I have nothing against these site as they have provided many, many great recipes. Some that I, myself, have used. However I was horrified…okay that is an extreme word… I was VERY surprised to see ingredients like, cream cheese and cottage cheese in the recipe. Okay…I WAS horrified. Who puts cream cheese and cottage cheese in lasagna? YUK! That is like some kind of country lasagna recipe.
So, since I want you guys to really experience a true New York (okay I’m from NJ) Italian Lasagna (Don’t let my married name fool you…I’m a Sabatino and proud of it!), I am providing you with my BEST Lasagna Recipe. And don’t try to substitute turkey meat either. It’s Lasagna for goodness sakes, break out the beef.
Calories: 517.8 per serving
Total Fat: 33.1 g
Saturated Fat 17 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.7 g
Cholesterol 167.7 mg
Sodium 763.7 mg
Potassium 395.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 1.6 g
Protein 30.7 g