Buffalo Chicken “French Dip” Sandwiches

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 3 comments
Buffalo Chicken “French Dip” Sandwiches

Really Easy with the same great flavors of buffalo wings without the mess!  Ok, so it's a mess relocated. Instead of your fingers getting messy it'll be your chin :)

Total time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 sandwiches

½ cup hot wing sauce (Franks or Wingman’s are best!)
½ cup chicken Broth
2 TBSP unsalted Butter
1 rotisserie chicken (2-3 lbs)
or 2 oven cooked chicken breasts
½ cup minced celery
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of ½ lemon
4 French rolls, split & buttered (or any dense, flat bread) the better the bread the better the sandwich!
4 leaves leaf lettuce
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Bring wing sauce, broth, and butter to a boil. Reduce heat and keep warm for serving.
Remove meat from rotisserie chicken in large pieces, or tear cooked chicken breast by hand in large pieces. (I prefer to use chicken breasts so I don’t have to deal with the rotisserie chicken bones… but the good thing about rotisserie is that you don’t have to cook, and the flavor is really good).

Combine celery, blue cheese, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
Toast Rolls in oven until crisp.
Spread each half of roll with some of the blue cheese mixture. Place lettuce on the bottom half of the rolls, top with some chicken, then season with pepper. Cover each with a top portion of the roll, cut sandwiches in half, and serve with warmed wing sauce for dipping. Enjoy with ruffled potato chips (also good dipped in the “French Dip” buffalo sauce!) or potato salad.

an Us Update:
Ok, now for the family note- I know you're all wondering what happened since we are no longer moving.  Well, we will be moving, just not to Georgia and not until our lease is up in June.  Here's the low-down:  Aaron had been offered and actually promised a job in GA as sales/admin director of north american sales for Guillemo corporation (manufacturer/distributer of video gaming periferals eg: joysticks, webcams, etc)which is based in France and recently expanded to the US.  He would've been working in direct correlation with his very good friend in GA.  The executives approved hiring Aaron after meeting him in Vegas but stalled to write up a contract and really define what his job would be, since the job is bits and pieces of other over-worked people's jobs.  They finally met last week to actually set in stone all of the job's responsibilities... It turns out that the job has morphed into more of an admin./accounting job and will now be based in Montreal Canada since the company accountant lives there.  They asked for more resumes and even though Aaron is still in the runnung to get it, we don't want to move to montreal and Aaron does not feel qualified for the job since it has changed so much.  There is actually another company in GA that Aaron has contact with that might hire him as their east coast sales rep- same type of company.
Sooo... other things that are happening:
-Registered Matthew for kindergarten today. weird. I'll have the house to myself in the mornings until 11:15!! wow.  Hopefully that'll mean a cleaner house!
-I was asked to sub for a soloist in the Women at the Well program tomorrow so come and see it. it should be awesome. I bought a sheet, pillowcase, and shawl and made an awesome costume! I'm more excited about the costume than the singing. LOL
-I've decided that I now that I'm going to be here for a little longer I need to do more social stuff.  I want to have a monthly girls night at my house- some nights it'll be games, other nights it'll be a movie or whatever.  bring a snack to share and we'll have a blast.  I'll let you know when the first one is when I decide.
-I'm hosting an exercise group starting Monday at 5:30am (1hour).  We will be meeting in the grassy area behind my house. we're calling it the breakfast club. Bring 2-4 lb dumbells, a yoga mat, and water.

wow, that was a lot more than I inteded to write, but oh well, such is life.

Enjoy the sannies. they are scrumptious!!
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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Sunday, March 21, 2010 2 comments

Just so you guys know - I used all fresh fruit because I don't like how frozen fruit tastes after thawing so even though this recipe calls for frozen fruit, the fresh kind worked just fine too :). Oh! And if you look at the picture above and think "hmm...I don't see cherries in there." It's because when I was at the store all the cherries were old and wrinkly so I didn't buy them. But next time I'm definitely going to add some if I find good quality ones at the store (maybe when they're in season? ha ha go figure). Now on with the recipe....

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons jam, any flavor
2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2-3/4 pound cherries, pitted and diced
8-12 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed
12-16 ounces frozen strawberries (unsweetened), thawed and sliced
2 kiwis peeled and diced

2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
10 10-inch flour tortillas (I used wheat ones)
Cooking spray

To prepare the fruit salsa, combine the sugars in a large bowl, then add the jam and mix. Add remaining salsa ingredients and stir to blend. Add more sugar if desired. Cover and chill for at least 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350*F

To prepare the chips, place sugar and cinnamon in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Shake to mix. Coat both sides of a tortilla with cooking spray. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges in the bag and shake until coated. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Bake for 15 minutes, turning the wedges over halfway through baking. The chips should be slightly crispy; they will crisp more as they cool (yes they will believe it or not). Let cool for about 15 minutes.

Serve the chips with the fruit salsa. Makes 4-6 servings.

Am I the only one doing family updates? Anyway, Collin's two bottom front teeth are coming in....together. The tips of them look really cute. That's all.
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Jalapenos Poppers

Saturday, March 6, 2010 4 comments
This recipe is from My sister Jenny.

Cut jalapenos in half, length wise. Remove seeds, unless of course you like fire. I love spice but wow... that would be HOT.

fill with cream cheese. and wrap in half a piece of bacon. I know this is not the healthiest thing to eat but it sure is good!

Bake at 350 until bacon is done. 
My sister said she bakes it for about 20 minutes but I did mine for almost 45.. I guess it just depends on how you like it.

and dip in mouth-watering Roasted Raspberry Chipotle sauce. We got this at Costco and it is to-die-for-good. I love it on my burger.

mmmmmmm.. yum.
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Good Morning!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 1 comments
Here's a great way to get your day going...  wheat pancakes and buttermilk syrup.

Wheat Pancake Mix

5 cups wheat flour
1/3 cup baking powder
1 cup dry powdered milk
2 tsp. cream of tartar
4 cups white flour
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. salt

Mix together and store in a covered container.  To make pancakes, combine:

3 cups mix
2 cups water
1/3 cup oil*
1 egg*

*Instead of the oil and egg, I put in 1/2 cup applesauce.  They taste great, and you cut out all that fat... which then justifies smothering them in buttermilk syrup.  Right?!

Buttermilk Syrup

1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

Melt the margarine in a large pot, then add buttermilk, sugar, and corn syrup.  Combine together and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for 4 minutes.  Turn off heat, add in vanilla and baking soda.  Stir while foam reduces.  Enjoy!
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