Food

  • millymill | March 6, 2015

    New England Clam Chowder

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    Nothing like a hot soup/chowder on a snowy, cold winter day.
    I have been craving it for a few weeks but haven’t had the time to make it. Today I had off from work and the house is clean and the baby was sleep so I decided to finally whip it up.

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    Ingredients:
    – Heavy Cream (2 cups)
    – Potatoes (5)
    – Celery (2.5 Sticks) Just for flavor
    – Black Pepper
    – Clams & Clam Juice
    – Onion (1/4)
    – Butter
    – Water (with a bit of Flour)

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    Melt 2 table spoons of butter then add Onions to it and cook for about 5 minutes on medium.

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    Cut Up Onions

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    Melted Butter

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    Cook the Onions

    Pour in the Clam Juice and potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes covered.

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    Pour in heavy cream, water with flour and clams.

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    Season it with salt, pepper and a bit of cajun seasoning. Let it cook for 10 more minutes, remove the celery and ENJOY!!!

    Let me know how it came out. <3

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    New England Clam Chowder

    Ready, hot and delicious.

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  • millymill | November 23, 2014

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

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    Fall and Winter put me in a mood for stews and soups!

     I am not picky but I do have my favorites! This chicken tortilla is one of them.

    Originally I ate this soup at Red Lobster when I was working there some years ago. I have added some ingredients to it so it could be to my liking.

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    • Chicken Broth
    • Chicken (cooked)
    • Black Beans
    • Tomato Paste
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    • Frozen Broccoli
    • Frozen Corn

    Now, IF you have the time I prefer to use natural broth(home made).

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    Pull the chicken after it is cooked as it is in the picture above. Thaw the broccoli & corn and drain the beans.

    Get your pot ready and pour the chicken broth in. Season to taste but I usually do a bit of salt, cajun seasoning, and pepper. Once the broth is in the pot let it warm up a little then add the chicken in. After the chicken is in add the tomato paste, wait until the tomato paste melts to add everything else in. Once the beans are drained dump them in there following with broccoli. Last but not least add broccoli & corn. Let it cook for 20 minutes and tadaaa it’s ready to be served.

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    Serve in a bowl. Over top sprinkle some tortilla chips and cheese and get ready to be blown away!!

    Let me know how you liked it!!

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  • millymill | October 22, 2014

    Chicken Taco Mix in the Crock Pot

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    Lately I feel like I have time for nothing. I don’t cook until Ava is sleep which is usually 9pm and by the time I am done it is 11:30, 12, which means it’s time for bed. I have been trying to use my Crock Pot more and I think it’s going to work out.

    What I love about the crock pot is it’s not messy, there aren’t many dishes to do after and you don’t have to stand by the store stirring, flipping, etc. The best part about it is you dump everything in and walk away. You can go to work, the mall, clean, do whatever you need to do. Not to mention, your house is going to smell AMAZE BALLS!!!

    I found the recipe on Pinterest.

    Ingredients

    1½ lbs. chicken breasts $2.90
    1 (16 oz.) jar salsa $1.99
    1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained $1.19
    ½ lb. (8 oz.) frozen corn $0.57
    1 Tbsp chili powder $0.15
    ½ Tbsp cumin $0.07
    ½ Tbsp minced garlic $0.10
    ½ tsp dried oregano $0.03
    ¼ tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
    ¼ tsp salt $0.02
    to taste cracked pepper $0.02
    2 cups dry rice $0.66
    8 oz. shredded cheddar $2.49
    ½ bunch cilantro (optional) $0.45

    Now, I did not have Salsa so I made some really quick.
    I had canned tomatoes cut up, i put a bit of green peppers in there, onions, cilantro, and red peppers. Close enough right? Then i mixed it all together in a pan and let it cook for a bit.

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    Black Beans need to be drained all the way, Mix all the seasonings together, I used a little more corn than needed but that’s because I love corn. Now the cilantro is not needed until the entire meal is ready.

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    (Red Peppers, Green Peppers, Yellow Onion, Cilantro, Lemon juice, and canned tomatoes) These are the products I used to make the salsa that is needed for the recipe.

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    Salsa in the making.

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    Place chicken in the crock pot. Dump all other ingredients over top, mix, cover and cook.

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    The recipe said to have it on for 8 hours. I set mine for 6 hours and I used a liner so I wouldn’t have to scrub the crock pot. Close to the end of the 6 hours start making rice. Also for those that like cheese it is amazing sprinkled over top of the meal when it is served.

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    finished!

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    Bon Appetite!

    ENJOY!!!

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  • spoonfullofava | July 16, 2014

    Seafood Night

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    So, I went grocery shopping on Sunday. When i got home Curtis wanted to have a seafood night…and a movie… The movie turned into Keeping up with the Kardashians and then that turned into him playing his Xbox. Anyways, we were going to get some food from this seafood place he knows but he decided I should cook instead.

    He said “Use potatoes, corn, tilapia, and shrimp.” Well, I pulled everything out and decided to use these mussels i had in the freezer.

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    I made everything separately, then combined it all together for a few minutes in the over so all the flavors could mix together.

    4 Servings

    *5 Idaho Potatoes
    *1Lb of shrimp
    *Hand full of cleaned mussels
    *1 teaspoon of Lobster based stock
    *4 Tilapia filets
    *2 Corn on the cob…broken into 2 halfs
    *2 Garlic Heads
    *1/4th of an onion

    I used several seasonings but i never measure.
    *Steak Rub
    *Cajun Seasoning
    *Sazon (the orange kind)

    I cut each potato into 8 pieces. Seasoned them with steak rub and sazon, enough to cover all of the potatoes and then shake until it is on there evenly. Then i pored enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the baking dish and placed the potatoes in there. Put it in the oven for 40 minutes on 250 degrees.

    Same time i seasoned the tilapia with cajun seasoning and steak rub. Now, i season the fish pretty heavy, almost like blackened tilapia. Place 4 into a baking dish and in the oven with the potatoes.

    In the meantime i cut up some onions and garlic and put them in the pan with 2 table spoons of butter just to brown them a bit. Then i poured the lobster stock in there and seasoned it with cajun, and steak rub. After i cleaned the shrimp i tossed them in there. (I like my shrimp very well done, but to each is own.) Once the shrimps were cooked to my preference, I threw the mussels in there for 3 minutes.

    Along with the shrimp i had the corn cooking.

    Once everything was cooked individually, I combined everything in the baking dish where the potatoes were cooking and added a little bit of frozen broccoli. Everything went back into the oven for 10 more minutes and TADA!!!

    It was delicious!

    You can toss in as much seafood as you want!

    Hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did.

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