Chicken Lasagna Casserole

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I hate when I misplace things!  It really, really aggravates me!  It’s like when you know that you put a pair of socks in the dryer, but when you take it out one sock is missing.  I figure the sock gnome came and took it out in the middle of the cycle.  So, maybe there’s a recipe gnome that comes and takes my recipes in the middle of the night.   Who knows?!? Everything I am saying is just speculation.

The reason why  I am telling you all this is because I had a recipe for chicken lasagna casserole and then I lost it.  I found it in my local paper and put it aside and the last time I saw the article was when I went to write down my shopping list.  When I went to cook the dish it mysteriously disappeared.

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Thank Google, that I was able to find the recipe online.  The internet is a wonderful place!

One thing that intrigued me about this dish is that it was a lasagna in the form of a casserole.  I love lasagna, but with me being lazy, the thought of making lasagna tires me.  You show me how to make a dish that resembles lasagna and doesn’t require too much assembly and I am all over it like white on rice sauce on pasta.

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Chicken Lasagna Casserole

adapted from: Joplin Globe (also found on cincinnati.com)

Ingredients:

2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbl. olive oil
1 cup mozzarella cheese

cheese mixture:
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

sauce:
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 lb. bulk italian sausage

Directions:

preheat the oven to 375 degrees. spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray.

in a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, egg, lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. set aside.

brown the italian sausage until no longer pink in a skillet and drain. place the sausage back in the skillet and add the jar of spaghetti sauce and let it heat through. keep warm.

heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium-high heat. add all of the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. the chicken does not to be cooked all the way through. transfer the chicken to the prepared baking dish and mix in the cheese mixture.

pour the sauce over the chicken and cheese mixture. sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and loosely cover with foil. place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

serve over buttered noodles.

note: if you like your sauce sweet, add 2 tbl. brown sugar to the sauce when you are heating it through.

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Summer Cocktails

Happy Independence Day !!

 

How are you celebrating America’s 235th Birthday?

As for me, it’s a sizzling 93 degrees today here in Joplin, so I plan on drinking a mojito or ten and laying by my in-laws pool with the smell of gun powder in the air.  Oh how fireworks bring out the pyro in me.

Regardless of what you are doing to celebrate, a party isn’t a party without alcohol.  I found a couple of  yummy cocktails to sip on this 4th of July, one of my favorites included, mojitos.

 

Summer Cocktails

 

image and recipe sources (starting top left and going clockwise):
Berry Sophisticated, Cucumber Basil & Vodka Spritzer
Mojito, Watermelon Tea Cocktail

Homemade Popsicles

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image and recipe sources:
Confetti Ice Cream Pops, Capri Sun Fruit Punch Pops
Root Beer Float Popsicles, Fudge Popsicles

 

I have an ice cream maker.  I’ve had it for about over a year so far and have not used it.  I have had intentions of making ice cream (and still do), but I just don’t have the time or energy to do it.  Actually, I will admit that I am just lazy. 

And with how the weather has been lately (freakin’ hot) it makes me crave something chilly to cool down with. So, it makes me want to make popsicles.  Yes, I know, if I can’t find the time or energy (or get off my lazy butt) to make ice cream with my ice cream maker, what makes me think I can make popsicles.  Maybe if I had cool popsicle molds like these than I would be motivated to use them, maybe.  Plus, what’s easier than mixing a few things up, pouring it into molds and then freezing them, right?!

 

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Pink Popcorn

I was craving pink popcorn. 

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There’s something about Summer that reminds me of pink popcorn.  I think it’s because I associate Summer with carnivals and with carnivals there is pink popcorn. 

I remember being a kid and going to the carnival and heading straight to the snack station to get a brick of  pink popcorn to gnaw on, oh and a caramel apple.  Then going off to ride the Gravitron and praying that I wouldn’t throw up  mid-ride.  Oh, the good ole’ days!

Unfortunately, I cannot turn back time and I can no longer stomach riding the Gravitron or any other ride, for that matter.  Apparently, getting old does that to you or maybe it’s just me.  So, I decided to relive my childhood by making homemade pink popcorn.

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pink popcorn

very slightly adapted from: food.com

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 drops red food coloring
1 cup unpopped popcorn

Directions:

pop corn in an air popper or over the stove top.

boil the sugar, butter, water and food coloring for 3 minutes. let cool for 10 minutes.

slowly poor the sugar mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly.

let dry on a cookie sheet. to speed this process dry in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes, watching carefully.

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4th of July Desserts

July 4th is less than a week away, which means after this work week is a 3 day weekend fireworks,cocktails, BBQs and sweet treats. 

For some reason when ever there is a party I always end up bringing a dessert, go figure.  And for this 4th of July I plan on bringing dessert to the BBQ.  I wouldn’t be “me” if I didn’t bring something sweet. 

Are you going to a July 4th party or throwing one?  Do you need an idea for a fun and colorful dessert?  You know I got you covered!

Here are some fun and easy recipes to bring to your July 4th party…..

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                            image and recipe sources:
Flag Cake, Flag Krispy Treats, Cupcake Kebabs, Red, White & Blue Parfait