Cream of Chicken Bake

creamChickenBackTalking about something that just comes out of my head and ends up being a really good dish. Amazingly I made this on my wedding anniversary so I was pretty pleased with it.

Just taking the ingredients I had at hand and using some Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup I had in my cupboard for a while I made a nice little baked chicken dish for my family that was quick and simple in prep and cooking.

Adding your own touch to this dish can ALWAYS be done, I actually encourage it. And when you do PLEASE comment and let me know how it turns out so I can try it too!

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Homemade Poi

freshPoiI miss Poi from back home, and in all my 17 years in Hawaii, I actually never had fresh pounded poi. This isn’t exactly the same thing, but since you can’t even find the bag stuff here in California this is the best I got.

I was happy enough to be able to find the raw form, Taro Roots at my local Asian food store. So I bought some and did the basic thing. Cooked it and pounded it. Although I didn’t have the traditional poi pounding materials, I did manage to pound it into a nice consistency. For those of you who don’t know what poi is, here is the Wikipedia definition.

Poi- a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from the corm of the taro plant (known in Hawaiian as kalo). Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) until it is a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating, to achieve a desired consistency, which can range from liquid to dough-like (poi can be known as two-finger or three-finger, alluding to how many fingers one would have to use to eat it, depending on its consistency).

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Breakfast Corned Beef Hash (Easy)

cornBeefHashThis is SOOO simple because you’re using regular canned corned beef hash. You can also use roast beef hash as well, the flavor is a little different but still good.

This makes a great breakfast meals, but a once in a while thing since this stuff is processed (not that healthy) and a little pricy for my taste.

This is also a comfort dish for me since this was a dish I used to make when I was a little kid in a casserole dish and microwave and I would make breakfast for the whole family with a side of rice and cup of orange juice. I’m a big kid now, so I know how to use a stove and I know how to add the flavors that I like.

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Ponyo Ramen and Beyond

ponyoRamen“HAAAAAAMMM!!!!” A great movie for kids an adults alike, Ponyo is a movie by Hayao Miyazaki which is about a girl who was born of the sea and finds friendship in a human boy and her adventure and transformation. In the movie, Ponyo, the main character, is introduced to instant ramen using her newly favorite food HAM!

This dish is replicated many times around the web since its a cute dish that celebrates the movie. I decided to do this because I had a lot of ham leftovers from Easter dinner, and of course a lot of hard boiled eggs the kids colored and didn’t finish. I added a few more things to get the health factor up since this dish is mainly for the kids. A quick dinner which takes less then 30 minutes to make and feeds 4 people.

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Cherry Ice Cream

cherryIceCreamThis was completely experimental. My sister let me borrow her soft serve ice cream maker for a while so I’m going to utilize it to create some new recipes for this summer. Making your own ice cream can control what you put in it to make it healthier or not so healthy.

This came about from just putting what I had available in a bowl and crossing my fingers. To my amazement, it actually turned out with a nice texture. This ice cream recipe is a No Egg recipe using sweetened condensed milk instead for a thickener. It is relatively a simple recipe to pull off. Already posted on our Facebook page, so if you want to get things early, come and join our Facebook page:

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Easy Corned Beef Cabbage

cornbeedCabbageIn celebration of St. Patrick’s day…for those who aren’t Irish. Although I know this dish insults some Irish-Americans, this is a simple comfort food from when I was little. Often known back then are ‘poor food’ because they’re simple 1 pan dishes with minimal ingredients. But with the price of canned corned beef these days…its a ‘not’ so poor food.

Using the basic canned corned beef there are only 3 main ingredients to this dish. You can eat it by itself or have it over some rice. My husband even put the leftovers into an egg omelet the next day.

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Simple Tofu

simpleTofuThis is a side dish you can prepare in 5 minutes…really. It’s healthy and my kids love it although its a little tough to get picky kids to like something like tofu.

You can company this with almost any dish in my opinion, but mostly with Asian inspired meals. This high in protein food helps fill you up before the meal so you don’t eat too much of those high fat or carbohydrate foods.

You can experiment with the sauce if you want to adjust to your taste. The key is to make sure there is enough to cover. The tofu will take on any flavor you decide to place on it.

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