Not us. We didn’t win the MegaMillion Jackpot on Friday. My 15-year old daughter convinced me we should spend $2 on 2 tickets. So, we did. I bought one ticket for all of us; she paid $1 to me to buy the other one. If we won with either ticket we were splitting the money even though she legally couldn’t claim it. Oh well, the odds were not in our favor anyway.
My 15-year old daughter wanted me to show her how to make a Chicken and Pasta dish that I make every now and then. I knew it was an easy one and fairly inexpensive so that some day, when she’s out on her own, she’ll be able to make this and not break the pretty little piggy bank that she will have.
The problem is this – I make it differently every single time. The process is the same but the seasonings are different. And wouldn’t you know, when I was showing her how to make it, it didn’t turn out to be the “BEST ONE EVER”. I was trying to make it easy on her by using the prepared seasoning mix of Dean Jacob’s – Parmesan Bread Dipping Blend. You can find it in specialty stores and online and it’s basically a mixture of a bunch of seasonings. It’s flavorful and can be used in many dishes to give the extra Italian punch you want.
We all agreed it needed more flavor so I’ve “fixed” the recipe below to give it what it needed. Giving you two different seasoning options – one is the Dean Jacob’s seasoning plus a few extras and the other is the nonscientific way that I normally cook – I just dump a little bit of this and a little bit of that into a small bowl and voila – out comes a new mixture. When I taste it, if it needs more pepper, I add more pepper, if it needs more salt, I add more salt. Not what you want to hear from a food blogger is it. I’ll guide you through it – I promise.
Last week I had a chocolate craving. Nothing new really. That’s a daily occurrence in my life.
But this one was a little different. I had a chocolate AND peanut butter craving AT THE SAME TIME.
I love peanut butter cups but I rarely crave them. I rarely crave anything mixed with my chocolate even though I love it mixed with lots of stuff. Like caramel, toffee, graham crackers, pretzels, marshmallows, sugar cookies, popcorn, etc., etc., etc.
When I crave my chocolate, I normally just want a piece of chocolate all by itself and the craving subsides for the next hour or two. Can you relate?
I get tired of making the same recipes over and over that my family will eat. So instead of just looking at that cupboard full of untried recipes, I'm pulling out my cookbooks, dusting off my recipe cards and sharing the best with you. C'mon, let's stop lookin' and get cookin'!
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