Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chicken and Waffles... AKA When Dinner Met Breakfast

A decade ago I first heard of chicken and waffles. The idea disgusted me at first (chicken and waffles, together? Really?). But the more I though about it, the more I was intrigued. After a few years, I finally built up enough courage to try it, but because I live in the most boring state in the nation, I couldn't find anywhere to try it that I was willing to trust with something so important.

Since then, I have perfected my fried chicken recipe and came up with the perfect waffle -- a cinnamon waffle. So last week I fulfilled a 10-year dream and made my own chicken and waffles.

And it was amazing!

If you've never tried chicken and waffles before, it's a beautiful combination. You have the fried saltiness of the chicken that's combined with the starchy, sweet goodness of the waffle. Toss in some bacon and you're in heaven.

Enough talk, let's get down to how to make this!

INGREDIENTS
Fried Chicken
  • 4-6 chicken breast cutlets
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp parika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
Cinnamon Waffles
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Homemade Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
Bacon

PREPARATION
  1. Prepare the bath for the chicken by combining the milk, vinegar and hot sauce in a large bowl. Mix well and add the chicken, making sure each breast is as submerged as possible. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the fried chicken dredge by combining the flour, black pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic salt, paprika and cayenne in a large glass dish. Mix the spices into the flour with your hands.
  3. Remove each chicken cutlet and place in the dredge until it is coated. Return each cutlet briefly to the bath and once again dredge until coated a second time. Place the chicken on a wire rack with a plate underneath to catch any drippings. Let the coating set for 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is setting, bake the bacon in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes (10 minutes on one side, then 5 minutes on the other).
  5. Prepare the waffles by sifting the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, use an egg beater to whip the egg whites into soft peaks. Combine the egg yolks, milk and oil in another bowl and mix well. Add the wet ingredients (minus the egg whites) to the dry ingredients and combine well. Spoon in the egg whites to the batter until it's well incorporated.
  6. Cook waffles in a waffle iron. Set aside.
  7. Fry the chicken in 1-inch vegetable oil over medium heat. Turn once during frying so each side is a nice golden brown. Remove from the oil and allow to set for 5 minutes on a paper towel lined plate.
  8. Prepare the syrup by boiling the water. Pour over the sugar and add the maple flavoring. Stir well.
  9. Serve by placing two waffles on a plate. Add a piece of fried chicken and top with a piece of bacon. Pour the syrup over top or serve on the side as a dip.
This isn't a difficult meal, but there are a lot of parts and doing them in the right order and timing everything so it's finished at the same time is key. But it's well worth it when you get a bite of fried chicken, waffles and bacon.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

21 Delicious Popcorn Recipes

There is nothing better than a delicious popcorn recipe. I know when I make chocolate popcorn, I have to put it away or I can eat the whole recipe myself. Yum. Here are some amazing popcorn recipes that I want to try! 
Birthday Cake Popcorn Mix from Loves Bakes Good Cakes. 
White Chocolate Popcorn by Housewife Eclectic. 
 Cinnamon Kettle Corn by From This Kitchen Table.
 Frosted Cake Batter Caramel Corn by Jasey's Crazy Daisy.
 Candy Coated Popcorn by An Affair From The Heart.
 Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn by Honey and Birch.
 Salty and Sweet Hot Chocolate Popcorn by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
 Coconut Key Lime Popcorn by Num's The Word.
 Vanilla Caramel Popcorn by For The Love of Food.
 Kool-Aid Popcorn by Housewife Eclectic.
 Lemon Popcorn by Our Thrifty Ideas.
 Mother Goose Popcorn by The Princess and Her Cowboys.
 Milky Way Popcorn by Dinner Dishes and Desserts.
 White Chocolate M&M and Macadamia Nut Popcorn by Play.Party.Pin.
 Princess Pink Popcorn from Huckleberry Love.
 Red Velevet Popcorn by Anyonita Nibbles.
 Salted Caramel and Bacon Popcorn by Savory Experiments.
 S'More Popcorn Made in the Microwave by 7 Alive.
 S'More Caramel Popcorn by Messes to Memories.
 Snickers Popcorn by Play.Party.Pin.
Truffle Popcorn From Food Folks and Fun.

Which one do you want to try the most?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grown-up Chicken Nuggets


Chicken nuggets are practically a food group for most kids. Even as an adult there's something fun about chicken nuggets. But as our palates refine, we want something more sophisticated than the dino nuggets.

Sure, Chick-fil-A nuggets are good, but it's hard to justify dropping $7 when you have a craving. So make your own faster than you can make it through the drive through!

These grown-up chicken nuggets are easy to make, easy on the wallet and something adults and kids will eat. Plus, you can easily transform them into a full meal.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

PREPARATION
  1. Whisk the milk, vinegar, hot sauce, egg, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Add chicken to the mixture. Remove the chicken in small handfuls and coat in Panko bread crumbs.
  3. Using a large electric skillet, warm oil to medium-high heat.
  4. Carefully add the chicken to the oil, being careful not to let the chicken clump together. If it does, let it fry for a minute, then break apart with a metal spatula.
  5. Fry the chicken on each side for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the oil and allow to rest on a paper towel lined plate.

And there you have it: adult chicken nuggets, ready in 10 minutes. The Panko bread crumbs are the key. They make these nuggets light and crispy. You can serve with your favorite dipping sauce or turn it into a meal by adding the chicken to a bed of rice and top with sweet chili sauce.

Monday, January 26, 2015

White Chocolate Valentine's Day Popcorn

Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today's discussion.
I absolutely love popcorn. Add caramel, salt or chocolate and I am there. I don't make a lot of popcorn recipes, simply because they all seem to have so many steps, except this one! This recipe is super easy and comes together in just a few minutes plus cooling time. It is delicious and I always want to eat the whole pan. The only thing that makes this recipe better is enjoying it with your kids inside a homemade fort!

 You will need:


  • 1 Bag of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Cake Mix
  • Valentine's Day Sprinkles
  • Homestyle Pop Secret Popcorn (You can find $1 off coupon on their Facebook page here)

 Melt the chocolate chips in your microwave for one minute. Stir and then microwave the chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until they are smooth.
 Add 1/2 cup of cake mix and stir into the melted chocolate.
 Add 1 bag of popped popcorn to the bowl and stir until it is evenly coated. Spread the popcorn out on parchment paper, sprinkle the entire pan with a liberal amount of sprinkles. Allow it to cool completely.
While you are waiting for your popcorn to cool, grab every pillow and blanket in your house to build an awesome fort. We have tall kitchen chairs, so we like to use them as the base of the fort. We put them all back to back and drape the blankets over top. We add a blanket to the ground to be the carpet and my 6-year-old love to put my flower pillows at the entrance to be the front flower beds. After the fort is finished, we climb inside with out big bowl of popcorn and a good book. Right now we are reading Nancy Drew together! 

Create your own Pop Secret Fort and submit it on their Facebook page for your change to win awesome prizes! 

 Where do you like to enjoy your popcorn?
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Friday, January 23, 2015

I Mustache You To Be My Valentine Printable

Do kids love anything more than a sticky mustache? This darling and simple Valentine is a favorite among my daughter's friends. For this Valentine, you just need to print the printable at the bottom of this post and buy packages of sticky mustaches. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. 

When you are attaching your mustaches. Don't peel them off and stick them on the Valentine's. Cut around the sticker and then attach the mustache on the Valentine with double sided tape, so that the kids can still peel off the mustache to play with later! 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

10 Strawberry Recipes for Valentine's Day

When I am planning our Valentine's Day meals, I always find myself reaching for the strawberries. There is something about strawberries that screams Valentine's Day to me. This year I have compiled some of the most delicious strawberry recipes I could find for one delicious Valentine's Day. 

 DIY Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet by While He Was Napping.
 Strawberry Jello Poke Cake by Housewife Eclectic
 Strawberry Crepes by Our Thrifty Ideas
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries by Nifty Thrifty Things.

 Strawberry Cream Cheese Fruit Dip from Loves Bakes Good Cakes.
 Strawberry Cream Truffles from Dizzy, Busy, Hungry.
 Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes from Handmade in the Heartland
 Strawberry Milk No Bake Cookies from Living Better Together.
 Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs from Create. Craft. Love.
Super Easy Strawberry Fudge from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry.

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