Monday, September 15, 2014

Shrimp and Chicken Pasta

Saturday afternoon soccer games = Friday night pasta night. 

I have so much respect for soccer players.  They are really in great shape.  I wouldn't even be able to guess at how far they run but I can tell you that for the 90 minutes that the clock is running - they are running. 

All of that running requires a lot of energy.  Courtney's favorite way to get the energy she needs for a game is pasta.  For her, its pregame fuel.

Shrimp and Chicken Pasta
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup cooked chicken
1/2 pound basil
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
14 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sherry

 Cook pasta according to package directions.

 Heat 1 Tablespoon oil and 1 Tablespoon butter in skillet and saute until pink and cooked through.

 Remove from skillet and add 1 more Tablespoon oil.  Add onion and garlic and cook 3 minutes.

Ad sherry and cook until evaporated.


Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and add cream.

 Add shrimp, chicken, and basil.

Add pasta.


The pasta was great and the soccer game ... well, it was pretty great too.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Strawberry Swirl Cookies

I love to have my kids help me in the kitchen.  Courtney is always willing to help (especially if it means homework procrastination.) but it takes a little more encouragement to get Ryan to cook with me. 

The trick to getting kids interested in cooking is in the recipe.
1.  It has to be an easy recipe that won't take so long to make that kids lose interest.
2.  It has to be a something that kids would want to eat - as visually appealing as it is delicious.
3.  It has to be a recipe that is very "hands on" - literally.

The truth is, finding good recipes to make with kids can be a challenge.  Never fear - I'm got a great one for you.

These strawberry swirl cookies are a perfect treat to make with your kids.  It's almost like they are playing with edible play dough.

Having the kids in the kitchen definitely means that the kitchen will be messier, the recipe will take longer to prepare and it probably won't look as pretty as if I had made it by myself, BUT, it also means that there will be more laughs, more science and math lessons and valuable skills learned. 

Strawberry Swirl Cookies
1box white cake mix
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 egg

Red Dough: 
1 /2 small box strawberry jello
1/2 Tbsp water 
red food coloring jell

White Dough:
1/2 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp almond extract.

In a mixing bowl, or your stand mixer beat together the cake mix, melted butter and eggs.

Divide the dough in half.
Add the jello, water and food coloring to one half of the dough.

To the other half of the dough add the water, and almond extract.

Roll each dough into small balls.

Roll a white dough ball and a red dough ball together to make a marble like cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes on a silpat lined cookie sheet. 

The cookies will start to crack when they are done. Remove from the oven and let them continue to cook for about 2 minutes on the hot sheet.
Remove from the pan and finish cooling on wire rack.

Not a fan of strawberry?  Swap the strawberry jello out for another flavor.  It would be really fun to make them using different colors to create a kaleidoscope of cookies. 

Swirl cookies are so much fun.  If you're ready for the next step in swirl cookies, check out my peanut butter and chocolate swirled cookies.