Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chicken Penne Florentine

Miles and I had a busy weekend with a birthday party, engagement, baby shower, and BABY JOEL being born.  Needless to say I have been neglecting my blog. When I got home from work it was time to break open the cookbook again (really just a printed out recipe from a site called myrecipes.com). Miles had two new client meetings today so it was a great opportunity for me to have dinner ready when he got home from those. 

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Chicken Penne Florentine - Green Beans - Fruit Salad

Chicken Penne Florentine Recipe
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced mushrooms (which I did not get to use because Miles hates mushrooms)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1tbsp chopped fresh oregano 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (16oz) carton 2% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 cups hot cooked penne (I used whole wheat penne)
  • 2 cups chicken
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup milk (it calls for 2% but I used skim b/c that is all we buy)
  • 1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add spinach, oregano, and black pepper; sauté 3 minutes or just until spinach wilts.
  • Place cottage cheese in a food processor; process until very smooth. Combine spinach mixture, cottage cheese, pasta, chicken, 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, milk, and soup in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas - Marbled Cream Cheese Squares - Best Friends

Chicken Enchiladas

We have declared Monday nights as the Post/Boyer dinner night. It seems like there is just never enough time in the week so instead of never seeing our best friends we came up with an excuse to see them once a week. One Monday at our house with me cooking the next at theirs with Ashley cooking. We always make sure the food in yummy because Miles, Ashley, Dustin, Cameron (the baby), and myself watch the Bachelor afterwords. If you bring food you can always talk your husband into watching a show that he claims he hated but really truly enjoys. Week before last I decided Chicken Enchiladas sounded good. These aren't like normal enchiladas. They are closer to baked burritos but delicious none the less. Since I have to cook after work I always try to plan ahead so that it is either almost done (chicken cooked the night before) or easy enough to cook in an hour or less. I served black beans and basmati rice with this dish. 

  • Chicken Breasts (I used approximately 4-5) - I cook mine on the stove for about 45 minutes in boiling water and then shred by hand while they are still hot
  • 1-10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup - I used reduced fat cream of chicken instead because of one picky girl - not mentioning names :) 
  • 1/4 cup chopped green chili 
  • 8 oz sour cream 
  • Tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese 
  • 1 cup cheddar
Preheat the oven to 350. Combine chicken, soup, chili, and sour cream in a bowl. Mix well. Spread mixture into the center of the tortillas. Roll up to enclose filling. Arrange in a greased baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese. I sprinkled cilantro on top for extra seasoning. Bake 30 minutes. 

*I added cheese inside the soup mixture before I filled the tortillas but that is just my preference.

I just had to share of picture of Cameron Allen Post (above)!  Isn't he a doll????

Marbled Cream Cheese Squares

No Post/Boyer night is complete without a desert! This is obviously made the night before as well (hence the pony tail and workout apparel). I know I know...work out clothes while making rich brownies. That is so ME! They were a lot of work but turned out to be INCREDIBLE if I must say so myself. 


Cream Cheese Mixture:
  • 1 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (if you don't know how to zest go to bed bath and beyond and get a zester)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (I bought 2 medium sized oranges to do this)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
Chocolate Mixture:
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons of cold water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a 9" baking pan. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer (AGAIN, LOVE MY KITCHENAID MIXER) at high speed until creamy. Beat in orange zest and juice and cornstarch. Add the egg, beating until just blended. 

Chocolate Mixture: Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler over barely simmering water. Set aside to cool. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the beaten egg mixture, followed by the flour. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Drop tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate base. Use a thin metal spatula to swirl the mixture together to create a marbled effect. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly risen around the edges and set in the center. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into the squares. 

*I stored mine in the refrigerator overnight. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MY FAVORITES: KitchenAid & Williams Sonoma

Normally I blog about the things I cook or craft. Today I decided to tell you about a few of my FAVORITE things to use in my kitchen.

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer (kitchenaid.com)
On my wedding day everything was absolutely perfect. Since we are wedding photographers we see a lot of gifts from the groom to the bride the day of. The most popular gift choices are jewelry, bibles, sweet handwritten notes. You know the mushy gushy stuff. My husband to be decided to do things a little differently. If you know Miles and I at all you already understand that abnormal is our style. So when they brought in my gift to open from Miles it was a little bigger than I had expected. If you were in the room with me that day you would have known by the look on my face that the KitchenAid mixer I received from Miles was PERFECT! He knew that I had always wanted one and did not get it at any of my showers. Most women would probably be angry that they received an appliance but NOT ME! Any men reading this blog take note...you cannot go wrong with a KitchenAid mixer. Do NOT go the cheap route because it will not be the same. I use my mixer every single week and am truly in LOVE!

2. Williams Sonoma Mixing Bowls and Cups (williams-sonoma.com)
As nerdy as this sounds the other main kitchen gift I had been talking about long before the big day was even in the picture was the Williams-Sonoma mixing bowls. Something about a good mixing bowl just makes baking that much better. One of my best friends knew this about me and for my wedding gift got me  my set of 3 porcelain mixing bowls. These are no ordinary mixing bowls. They are heavy duty with pour spouts and handles. Sadly when I went to write this post, they no longer carry this item. Then for my birthday last year she surprised me with something I didn't even know existed. THE MATCHING MEASURING CUPS (also not available anymore). Ashley Post, if you are reading this, you are the BEST!

What are your favorite Kitchen items???

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cookies with Cade

I got home from work today to be greeted by my sweet little nephew Cade sitting in my dogs crate eating a banana Laffy Taffy. Of course we did NOT put him in there, but every time he comes over we just can't keep him away from it. :) Kim (my sis) needed my husbands help with some invitations so I of course took advantage of having a little time to myself with Cade. I decided it was time to introduce him to the world of baking. What better way to start than Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a family favorite probably because they have every great cookie in one (Nestlé Milk Chocolate Chips, peanut butter, oatmeal, brown/white sugar). Cade had me drag over a chair and we went to work. His sweet little hands made me a nervous reck with my favorite William Sonoma measuring cups but we made it work. Just like his Aunt Missy, his favorite part was the KitchenAid mixer. While the dough was chilling in the refrigerator we paused for some dinner. With Cade in the house it was the perfect night for some Kraft Mac & Cheese and Fish Sticks. After dinner Uncle Miles played with cade ON THE REFRIGERATOR and Kim entertained Jada while I put the cookies on to bake. Warm Cookies and Milk topped of the eventful night with the Phillips.

 I LOVE MY NEPHEW and can't wait to meet my niece Harper Grace in May.