If you are frustrated trying to decide what to have for dinner every night let me help. On Friday, a shopping list for the next weeks meals is posted. Visit http://www.CarriesCooking.com/ each day and your dinner frustrations will be over. I hope you join me for this free, time and money saving guide.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Long & Short of Preparing Dry Beans

If you have some time and only want to use the smallest of efforts to turn dry beans into beans ready to use check out this video. (If the video is not below you can click here to watch.)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spicy Garlic Chicken


2 Tablespoons olive oil
8 cloves garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (1/8 teaspoon for a milder flavor)
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon corn starch

  1. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add garlic until golden brown.
  3. Add red pepper and chicken breasts that have been salt and peppered.
  4. When the outside of the chicken breasts have been browned add chicken broth.
  5. When broth starts to boil add a lid and turn down heat to a simmer. Cook chicken until no longer pink inside. (about 10 minutes depending on thickness of chicken)
  6. In a small bowl add water and whisk in corn starch.
  7. Move chicken to one side of the skillet and add starch mixture to broth. Stir until thickens.
  8. Serve gravy mixture over chicken.

This Weeks Grocery Trip

I finally made it to the grocery store this week. I haven't had that much fun shopping in a long time. I had my 5 year old daughter with me and she was such a great helper. She pushed the cart for me, in a very responsible way. She helped me keep track of my Mega sale purchases and checked off the items on my grocery list as I bought them. She beamed in the car after we were done when I told her how proud I was of her and how much she helped me.

Below is a picture of everything I bought at Kroger's today for $59.65. (Except for the gallon of milk that ended up in the refrigerator before the picture. There are 4 packages of chicken breasts, 8 cans of Progresso soup and 3 bags of steam fresh veggies. I should have taken the picture in two shots, it is hard to see everything I bought.)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oh No! I Didn't Plan My Menu!

I admit it. I sometimes don't get to my menu for the week even for myself. So, what have I done... Have we eaten out? No. I go with the flow and do my best to make a meal with what I have on hand. I really need to go grocery shopping. I think I will tomorrow! I hope or who knows what we will have for dinner tomorrow. Here is what we have had so far this week.

Monday - Spaghetti (It was on the menu last week but didn't happen because of a change in plans.)

Tuesday - Leftover/Frozen Spicy Chicken Soup (So thankful that this makes so many servings because it is delicious.)

Wednesday - Soft Tacos (I will be using my recipe for taco seasoning and this recipe for Homemade Tortillas. Lucky for me I have lettuce, cheddar cheese, salsa, and ground beef at the ready.)

As it stands right now I will be winging it tomorrow too. Maybe I will be inspired by that grocery trip that better happen tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pretzel Buns

This past Sunday I tried my hand at making Pretzel Buns. They turned out great so I will share the recipe here.

4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 to 4 tablespoons baking soda
6 cups hot water
1 to 2 tablespoons kosher salt

To see how to make these tasty buns watch the video below. (If video is not included you can find it here.) Be on the look out for a surprise appearance from my daughter!

Monday, January 24, 2011

How To Video of Skillet Meatloaf

Check out my video on how to make Skillet Meatloaf. Check out the recipe here. If you don't find the video below click here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Almost Turkey Pot Pie


1 pound ground turkey, cooked
1 cup of fresh sliced carrots
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 ounces corn, frozen, thawed (or whatever veggies you have available)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter melted

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large sauce pan add carrots and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for about 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl mix together flour, milk, sage, thyme and salt.
  5. Add milk mixture to carrots along with butter. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cook for about a minute and then add remaining ingredients.
  7. Pour filling into a 3 quart casserole dish.
  8. In a medium bowl make biscuits by mixing together flour, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and baking powder.
  9. When well mixed add milk and butter, mixing until it forms a ball of wet dough.
  10. Add spoonfuls of biscuit dough around filling. (don't bother to cover all of filling)
  11. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, until filling is bubbling and biscuits are browned.