Shake N Bake Style Chicken Drumsticks

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Shake N Bake- Wow those few words just brings me back to my childhood.My mother would make shake n bake chicken and I was always excited.I love retro foods from my childhood like in the 70’s I guess I told my age.Well lets get to 2013.Whenever I go to the supermarket I always see the shake n bake mix and I always look at the back of the box at the ingredients.I have always wanted to make my own mix and now I finally did.Today I made drumsticks and coated them with my version of shake n’ bake bread crumb mix.Man they were oh so tasty . This recipe is easy to make and your kids would have fun too.I can’t  wait til you try this recipe please let me know when you do.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken drumsticks or any selection

Water

Shake N Bake mix

Ziploc Bag

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.Pour shake n bake mixture into the ziploc bag.

3. Take the drumsticks and dip them into the water.

4.Place the drumsticks into the bread crumb mixture.

5. Shake bag until chicken is thoroughly coated.

6.Place the chicken onto a foiled or parchment lined pan.

7.Bake for 50-60 minutes.

8.Transfer to a serving dish and you can have this as an easy Christmas main dish.Serve with salad,rice or potatoes.

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Spicy Corn and Tomato Salad

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Here is a simple corn and tomato salad it makes for nice summer side to have along with your hot dog or cheese burger.I love summer because it allows you to eat light and healthy .This is why I started June with this salad it is really good .It covered with a sweetened  balsamic vinaigrette.The side dish is easy to put together in no time and its great for BBQs,Picnics or a quick salad just for you .I hope you like it.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup grape tomatoes-cut in half

2 cups frozen corn kernels-thawed and sauteed

3 Tbsps purple diced onions

Dressing:

1-1/2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsps olive oil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp cayenne powder

1/2 tsp sugar

Directions

1.Place balsamic vinegar,olive oil, Italian seasoning,chili powder,cayenne powder salt and pepper in a bowl.Now mix all ingredients and set aside

2.Stir gently to combine. Set aside.Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

3. Now add  frozen corn kernels and saute until corn is tender.Now transfer cooked corn into a small bowl and let cool.

4. Cut tomatoes in half and place them into a bowl.Add  the corn ,onions and stir with the tomatoes.

5.Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and stir with a spoon.

6.Cover with plastic wrap or foil and place into the refrigerator and let the mingle until your ready to eat.

 

You can serve this for lunch,dinner or as a little snack.Make it for a picnic,bbq or just at home as a side dish.

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Spinach Watermelon Blueberry Salad

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I love salads especially during the summer when days are hot.Here is a healthy salad that is good for vegans and vegetarians.I first served this salad at a party I threw.It was a hit I have always wanted to post this cause it’s a good tasting salad for everyone.The Watermelon and Blueberries make this salad go up another notch really tasty.I am sharing this recipe because its a season of Watermelon and Blueberries too.This dish is great for picnics,barbecues and for the summertime holidays.Kids would even like it so they can help make it .Its quick and  easy to make takes less than 30 minutes.Please try this salad and let me know what you think.I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup cubed watermelon

1/4 cup blueberries

2 tbsps sliced red onions

Handful of pecans chopped

2 tbsps crumbled feta cheese

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl place the spinach and watermelon.

2.Now add in the rest of the ingredients.

3.Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.(I didn’t put the dressing on it will be in another post.

Zippy Shrimp And Pasta

I hadn’t eat shrimp with pasta in long time.I had some shrimp in my freezer for little bit.So I got inspired to cook shrimp and pasta.This lovely dish is made with shallots,garlic ,shaved parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.I like it because it’s oh so simple to make and takes less than 1 hr.So for all of  you out there that are short on time .Please don’t fret I will be your hero in the kitchen just call on me.

Ingredients:

8-15 medium shrimp

1or 2 handfusl of spaghetti

1 tbsp olive oil- For skillet

1/2 tsp olive oil- For pasta

1 garlic clove-minced

1/2 of shallot-minced

1/4  dried or fresh parsley

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 Italian seasoning

Shaved parmesan  cheese- For the top of pasta

Pinch of salt and black pepper

Parsley,Italian Seasoning,Red Pepper Flakes,Salt,Pepper-To season pasta

1.In a large pan heat olive oil on medium-low .

2.Add minced shallots and garlic to skillet.Saute until softened and then set aside.

3.In a medium to large pot cook pasta as directed on box.

4.While pasta is cooking add shrimp to skillet and season with Italian seasoning,parsley,salt and pepper.Cook until shrimp turns pink and remove from heat.

5.Now drain the pasta and into a large bowl and season with the olive oil, herbs,red pepper flakes ,garlic,shallot ,salt and pepper.Now stir thoroughly.Top pasta with the seasoned shrimp and garnish with shaved parmesan.

6.Transfer to a serving dish and eat up!!! 

Serve this with Salad and Garlic Bread or Bread Sticks….

Simply Baked Stuffed Clams

Baked clams!!! I can’t believe I made some on my own from scratch.The other day I had a craving for stuffed clams .I almost made a B-line to the freezer section but instead headed over to the seafood counter .I picked up some little neck clams and my cooking juices were flowing.I was thinking how I was going to make it.It took some time but I figured it out.I learned you have use clams that can be use to make clam chowder  and use bread crumbs for the stuffing .I sorta figured that out already.

These baked clams are quick and easy to make.They are very delicious and you’ll be glad you made them.Great as an appetizers at the beginning of a seafood meal or maybe even the super bowl or at any event you prefer to have them at.

 

Ingredients:

1 LB Fresh  clams -scrubbed ,steamed and chopped or 1 can of clams

1-1/2 cups bread crumbs

5 tbsps butter-melted

2-1/2 tbsps fresh or bottled clam juice

2 tbsps chopped celery

2 tbsps chopped onions

1 clove of minced garlic

1 tsp dried or fresh parsley

1/2 tsp dried or fresh thyme

1/4 tsp black pepper

Pinch of salt -optional

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes- optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.Place the shells on the

2. In a large skillet melt butter on medium-low heat .

3. Add in the onions and garlic to the skillet .  Stir for 5-8 minutes or until the onions and garlic are translucent .

4.Put the chopped clams, bread crumb,herbs, spices and red pepper flakes  into a medium bowl,Mix until combined.

5.Now add onions and garlic and clam juice to the bread crumb mixture .Now stir.

6.Evenly spoon the mixture into the clam shells and bake for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Transfer the clams and to a serving dish and Enjoy !!

 

 

Chicken Bomb W/Chips

It was close to lunch time and I was craving for some sort of sandwich or sub.I decided on making me a chicken bomb sub similar to the  steak bomb with everything on it.This sub has bell peppers,onions,mushrooms and cheese.A little taste of heat from the red pepper flakes .Man let me tell you I went to heaven when I took a bite of this lovely creation.I will tell you the first time I had this sub was at  restaurant called Newtowne Grille in Cambridge,MA .I fell in love with the sandwich and decided I was going try to make my own version.Now I am bitten by the chicken sub bug.This is sub is yummy it will fill you up and you will love it too.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast cut into strips

Fresh or frozen sliced bell peppers(red,orange,green)

Onions-sliced

Mushrooms-sliced

2 slices white american  cheese(not pictured)

1 tbps olive oil

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp dried parsley flakes

1/4 tsp garlic powder

2 sub rolls

Directions:

 

 

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1. In a  skillet at  medium high heat add oil.

2.Add in the mushrooms,onions and peppers.With a spoon or spatula saute’ until tender.

3.Take mushrooms,onions and peppers out the skillet and add the chicken .Cook the chicken half way.

4.Add the mushroom,onions and peppers in with the chicken .Stir until chicken is fully cooked but not dry.

5.Add the spices and herbs .Stir until everything is covered.

6. Place 2 pieces of cheese on top of the chicken and pepper mixture.When cheese starts to melt stir with a spatula until everything is covered.You can add more cheese.(Optional)

7.Now slice the rolls lengthwise and place the chicken pepper mixture inside the rolls .

8. Transfer to a serving plate and eat this with a salad,fries or chips.

Eat and Enjoy!!