Friday, September 12, 2014

Something Hot and Spicy

Bet THIS PIC woke you up! Now on to the recipe...which is slightly less hot and spicy than the yummy William Levy.

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts                            
1 lb  Velveeta cheese, regular or Mexican                            
1 can Rotel tomatoes, regular or hot                            
1 lb spaghetti pasta                            
1 stick butter                            
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted                            
medium onion, chopped                            
bell pepper, red or green, chopped                            
salt and pepper to taste


Boil chicken breasts in a large pot adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to water.            
Remove chicken when completely done, about 10 to 12 minutes.            
Boil spaghetti pasta in remaining broth according to package directions. Drain pasta after done and discard water. Set aside the pasta...Do not rinse.
Melt the butter in that same (empty) pot and sauté the onion and bell pepper.
Add tomatoes, soup, cooked chicken (cut into bite-size pieces) and spaghetti to the sautéed onion mixture, one at a time, and gently mix together.            
Add cheese and stir together, mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat until cheese is melted thoroughly, stirring occasionally to keep from scorching.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a salad and hot garlic bread.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Magic is Back!

After years of blending up smoothies, guacamole and frappes, my Magic Bullet stopped working. When I realized my handy husband could not repair my Magic Bullet, I knew it was time to get another one. (another Magic Bullet; not another husband) As if the stars aligned at my command, Target ran a Magic Bullet promotion this week. Now I have a new Magic Bullet and a $10 Target gift card!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Soft and Easy One-Pot Meal

I just had a molar extracted, and had to eat soft food for a few days. I also didn't feel like fixing anything elaborate, but I wanted to cook something because I enjoy making food.

This is what I came up with.
I cooked egg noodles, drained them, and added some butter. Dumped in a can of cream of chicken soup and a can of peas. Salt and pepper to taste. I intended to use cream of mushroom soup, but I bought cream of chicken by mistake, so, you know, waste not want not.

It was actually quite tasty, and soft enough to suit the purpose.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Current Read

My tastes can be so passé and mainstream! I am reading (and loving) yet another John Grisham novel. Actually, it is a condensed REDERS DIGEST EDITION of THE STREET LAWYER. Michael is on a fast track. He is working non-stop to move his way up in a hugely successful law firm. Things change when he unexpectedly becomes entrenched in the plight of the homeless. This book is just plain John Grisham awesome!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stuffed Soup

I've been suffering with a toothache lately, and Charlie has been taking good care of both of us, putting food on the table.

This is one of his favorites, and it's one of mine, too.

He just heats up a can of cream of celery soup and sprinkles packaged stuffing mix into it.

It's sort of like croutons, only not.
I think we got onto this kick by putting some leftover stuffing into the soup, and gradually simplified to just putting the stuffing mix in and letting it make itself in the hot liquid.

Whatever; it's a quick and easy tasty little treat.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake

Oh. My. Doesn't this look mouth-watering? I found it at This Gal Cooks, a wonderful site you should really take a look at. The recipe is below, but for more pics and a step-by-step tutorial, click on the link to go to the recipe's location on the site.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake

Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8-12
For the crust
  • 1½ C ground Oreo cookies (about 21 cookies)
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ⅓ C butter, melted
For the filling
  • 3 8oz packages of ⅓ less fat cream cheese
  • 1 C creamy peanut butter (do not use natural)
  • 1 C granulate sugar, divided (3/4 C, ¼ C)
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 crushed Oreo cookies
For the topping
  • 10 crushed Oreos
  • Hot fudge sauce for drizzling
  • 9 inch springform pan
  • Aluminum foil
  1. Preheat oven to 325 (300 for dark pans)
  2. Make the crust by combining the melted butter and the ground Oreo cookies. Mix in the butter until well incorporated and all of the ground cookies are moist. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, ¾ C granulated sugar and the vanilla extract on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Mix in the 9 crushed Oreos and then remove 1½ C of the batter from the mixing bowl and set aside. To the remaining batter, add the peanut butter and the remaining ¼ C sugar and mix on low until well incorporated.
  4. Pour half of the peanut butter batter over the crust and carefully even out and smooth with a spoon. Pour half of the plain batter over the peanut butter layer and carefully even out and smooth with a spoon. Repeat this process until the remaining batter is used. The final layer should be the plain batter.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes or until the center is slightly jiggly. If the top of the cheesecake starts to darken too much, cover with aluminum foil.
  6. After baking, remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool in a fridge overnight. Once cooled, top with the 10 crushed Oreos and then drizzle with the fudge sauce.
My cheesecake slightly cracked on the top. I know there are methods that you can use to prevent this from happening. Unfortunately, I did not use one of those methods as my pumpkin pie cheesecake has never cracked.

If your cheesecake cracks, have no fear! The Oreo topping will cover the crack!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SEC Football and Food!

It's football time! We do it up big in the SEC. That means chicken wings, barbecue, hot dogs; and lots of socializing! Some of my other favorite game foods: guacamole sloppy joes broccoli cheese soup nachos pizza brownies cupcakes chili What is your favorite football food?