Super Bowl Sized Party Plans

 

 

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So, we have some ideas for your Big Game party (or if you’re not into football, maybe you have another great reason to throw a party with friends and still enjoy the fun).

Now, if you’re going all out for the party, you’ll want to decorate ahead of time and have some terrific football tableware.  It’s always fun to have some silly games to enjoy as a group, too – and offering inexpensive prizes for the winner of each game adds extra pizzazz.  We love these printable decorations and game ideas from some favorite bloggers.

 

 

For your decor, how about this Football Field Table idea by A Night Owl?

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 Now that you have the decorations and games figured out, let’s move on to the most important part – the food!

How about these BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders?  Cook up the chicken in the crockpot and set out the fixings as guests begin to arrive.  Super easy.

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 For a snack option, try one of these Seasoned Popcorns; just pop your popcorn as you normally would, then make your own flavoring to toss in with it.

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Serve up this Seven Layer Fiesta Dip with your favorite tortilla chips, pita wedges, or whole grain crackers.

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 If you have a hankering for hummus, try this Spinach Artichoke Hummus with Cheesy Toast and see how your guests enjoy!

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 Last, but not least, remember some sort of dessert or sweet snack, right?  These mini brownies are just the treat for a football party.

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So, what will you be dishing up at your party this weekend?  Leave us a comment below and let us know about your favorite dishes to share; and remember to add your favorite recipes and photos to your online cookbook account right here at Dish Dish and share us with a friend.  We love hearing from you!

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Three Ways to Make Easy Cooked Chicken for Recipes

shredded chicken meat on plate with forksWhat do you do when you find a recipe that calls for “cooked chicken”?  I mean, it’s not like most of us keep some of that sitting around, right?  And you may not think there’s time to prep that and get dinner on the table quickly.  But here are three simple ways to make “cooked chicken” and still enjoy your dish for lunch or dinner.

 

1. Cooked Chicken – Prep Ahead in Crockpot
If you are planning your meals for the week ahead of time, this is the best time to notice the need for “cooked chicken” and cook it ahead in the crockpot.

• 6 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• 2 cups chicken broth
• pepper, to taste
• any other desired seasoning, optional (minced garlic or onion, fresh herbs, etc.)

Place all ingredients in the crockpot and allow to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours (adding more water/broth, if needed).  When finished cooking, remove chicken and shred or dice (as desired); store in airtight containers in the fridge until ready to use (for up to 5 days), or freeze for up to 2 months.

2. Cooked Chicken – In About 20 Minutes
Okay, maybe you didn’t prep ahead for the week, and find yourself needing cooked chicken for dinner tonight.  If you need time to prep other ingredients anyway, cook up the chicken in the skillet on the stovetop with this easy method while you’re prepping the vegetables or other ingredients:chicken cooking in skillet, cooked chicken, chicken recipes, recipe organizer, online recipe storage

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1 cup chicken broth

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, then place into skillet and let cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown.  Turn over the chicken pieces, add the chicken broth, and cover skillet with lid, allowing chicken to simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through (if needed, add extra water or broth while cooking to keep chicken from drying out).  Remove chicken from skillet & shred or dice after allowing to cool for a few minutes.

3. Chicken in the Microwave – In About 10 Minutes
While this may be the least desirable of the methods, it is definitely the fastest, and will always work in a pinch (and is still better than using canned chicken!).

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
• salt and pepper or other seasoning, to taste

Rub chicken breasts with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides; place on plate in microwave and cook on high heat for 6-10 minutes (depending on size of chicken pieces) until cooked through.  Let cool for a couple of minutes before shredding or dicing.

With these three simple methods for preparing “cooked chicken”, you will never need to pass up that delicious sounding dish just because there’s no pre-cooked chicken on hand.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes that call for cooked chicken:

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Curried Chicken Salad with Roasted Carrots

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Roasted Chicken and Chipotle Nachos

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Chicken Pot Pie

 

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.  We love hearing from you!

Kitchen Tablet Holder Review and Giveaway

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I recently had the opportunity to try out the Upper Desk table mount tablet holder (they also make a cabinet mount tablet holder), which worked very well for keeping the tablet still and in good position while using it in the kitchen (my counter tops were a little narrow for attaching the holder quite right, but it attached well to our bar area counter as well as to the table and desk).

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It swivels around, too, so I could move it to avoid glare at a certain angle or to see the screen better.  Viewing my cookbook of recipes here at Dish Dish was a piece of cake!

The Upper Desk tablet holder was wonderful for stabilizing my tablet while taking this video of mixing up some Italian seasoning.  Adjusting the position of the tablet was simple, and the stabilization worked great.  I liked that it was easy to move the holder from one place to another, since it can be attached or removed very quickly.

 

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The mount would also be quite useful when using the tablet outdoors, as a side unit at a desk or work area, or even in the garage while working on a project.  It would make it easy to view videos, play music, Skype with friends, take pictures or videos, all while not having to worry about the tablet moving, slipping or being damaged.

This tablet holder is perfect for kitchen, dining room, work area, project room, garage and more …  It was even a finalist for the IHA 2014 Innovation Award!

If you’d like to win one for yourself (or a friend), enter our giveaway with the form below.  The giveaway will run through January 30.  The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond and provide mailing address or another winner will be selected.

 

 

Disclaimer: I did receive this product at no cost to facilitate the review, but no other compensation was received.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media platforms including Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Food for a Crowd

 

 
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Besides the fact that jambalaya and gumbo are such delicious, enjoyable, comfort food dishes, they are also perfect for feeding a crowd; not that much more trouble to make enough for 15 or 20 than for five or six people.

So, today, let’s take a look at the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe, and maybe you can give this a try when having friends over for dinner or for your next football or sports watching party.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (serves 15)

1 cup oil
1 cup flour
1 chicken, cooked, cut up, de-boned
1-1/2 pounds Andouille sausage, diced
4 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
8 cups chicken stock or broth
Cajun seasoning (such as Joe’s Stuff, Emeril’s Essence, etc)
2 cups chopped green onions
cooked rice, for serving with
file powder, as needed, for serving

1. In a large pan over medium heat, cook 2 cup of onions, 1 cup of celery, and 1 cup of green pepper with the sausage and chicken in a little oil ’til seasoned and lightly brown. Remove from heat.

2. In a separate pot over medium heat, make a roux by combining the 1 cup of oil with 1 cup of flour and cooking, stirring constantly (very important!), until color resembles that of copper or a penny (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat.

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3. Add remaining 2 cups of onions, 1 cup celery, and 1 cup green pepper as well as the garlic to pan with the chicken and sausage mixture; stir well until combined. Pour hot roux over all of this and stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

4. Gradually stir in liquid and bring to a boil; add bay leaves. Season with Cajun seasoning (lots of it!). Reduce heat to simmer and cook for an hour or more, stirring occasionally. Approximately 10 minutes before serving, add green onions; remove bay leaves.

5. Serve gumbo over rice or without rice, accompanied by French bread.  Serve with file powder, and allow guests to add powder to gumbo as needed (just a very little at a time) and stir to thicken slightly.

 

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It was so much fun, attending the cooking class, enjoying the group, hearing history of the food and culture, and finally eating some really great food!  No matter your cooking skill, give a thought to checking out a cooking class in your area this year – take a friend and enjoy a great time; you might learn something new, and you’ll surely have a good meal.

In the Dallas area, here are a few cooking class options to consider:  Central Market Cooking School, Sur la Table cooking classes, and Whole Foods Market cooking classes.  Be sure to check out cooking classes by Chef Tre Wilcox at his Cooking Concepts facility in Plano – classes for couples, adults, children, offering either hands-on or demonstration classes; he even offers private and in-home services, as well!

Have you enjoyed local cooking classes or have a favorite dish to prepare for a crowd?  We’d love to hear your comments below.

And remember you can keep all your favorite recipes, wherever you’ve gathered them from, in your own online cookbook account here at Dish Dish!

Easy Healthy Recipes with Beans

 

 

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Legumes are Good for You
Legumes (a plant family which includes beans, peas, lentils, as well as soybeans and peanuts) are good for you!  Full of complex carbohydrates as well as fiber, they take time to digest and help your body with things like lowering LDL cholesterol and moderating blood sugar levels.  Since they are high in protein and iron content, they also make a great addition to vegetarian meals or those who eat limited amounts of meat.  Help your body absorb the iron from legumes by eating them with foods high in Vitamin C, such as tomatoes, citrus juices, or bell peppers.

Legumes are Easy to Keep on Hand
If dried beans are stored in airtight containers and kept at cool or room temperature, they can last for years.  Dried beans (up to 50% less expensive than canned versions) such as black-eyed peas, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, as well as fava or adzuki beans are easily found in most stores; they just take a while to cook (allow 2 hours, usually).  The same types of beans that you can purchase in dried form, can usually be purchased already cooked and canned as well; these are easy to have on hand for last minute dishes and also can keep for up to two years. Purchase frozen legumes with edible pods (such as green beans, peas, snow peas, and edamame) to have in the freezer where they will last longer and are just as healthy as fresh ones.

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While for years, people have sworn that beans have to be soaked before cooking, Russ Parsons with LA Times presents an interesting article and testing analysis about why soaking is not necessary.

And so you’re ready to cook those beans! On the stovetop, simply place the drained beans into a pot with enough cool water to cover; add salt, if desired, or any other seasonings (Southerners will often cook with a little ham or bacon and perhaps onion or peppers, etc.). Bring the pot to a boil and allow to boil for 10 minutes.  Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1-2 hours or until beans are as tender as desired.  Add water as needed in order to keep the beans covered during the process.  When finished cooking, remove the pot from heat and allow the beans to cool along with the liquid (this keeps them hydrated).  Drain well.

If you prefer to cook them in the crockpot, add beans and enough water to cover plus about an inch along with any desired seasonings.  Cook over low heat for 6 to 8 hours (keeping an eye on it, so you can add extra water, if needed).  Drain well and store until ready to use or add to your favorite soup or chili recipe.

Easy Bean Recipes

Here are a couple of simple recipes you could try with cooked beans.  We’d love to hear your ideas and favorites in the comments below.

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2 cups cooked black beans
16 ounces corn kernels
16 ounces Cilantro or green salsa
1 can RoTel diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 whole avocado, diced
1/4 cup picante sauce

Mix all of the above ingredients together except for the avocado; refrigerate overnight.  Just before serving, chop the avocado and mix in gently.

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1-1/2 pounds cooked navy beans
1/2 pound bacon, medium diced
1/2 pound ham, medium diced
3/4 pound carrots, peeled and diced
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper, as desired
salt and pepper, to taste

In a large soup pot, cook bacon over medium heat until diced pieces are crisp; remove about 3/4 of the fat.  Add the diced onion, carrot, and pepper or chili powder; cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender, about 10 or 12 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the cooked beans and enough water to fill the pot about 2/3 full.  Stir in the tomatoes and ham.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour, stirring frequently, adding more water as needed to produce desired consistency.

So, remember to eat a little healthier this year by preparing easy healthy bean recipes and adding legumes to your favorite dishes.

You can keep track of all your favorite recipes and easily share them with family and friends right here at Dish Dish with your own online cookbook account!