~The Kitchen Wife~

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ranch Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Sometimes the best recipes come from simply experimenting.  That is how I came up with this recipe for my Ranch Oven Roasted Potatoes.  

Ranch potatoes on a white platter with the title text at the top.

The other day I was getting dinner ready and had some potatoes I needed to use up.  I wasn't energetic enough to make mashed potatoes, and I didn't have the starchy russet potatoes that are good for frying, so I went to my spice cabinet for inspiration.  In the back of the cabinet I came across this packet of ranch salad dressing mix.  I thought to myself "This has some potential" so I grabbed it and decided to take a chance.  Let's just say that these Ranch Oven Roasted Potatoes have since made a few appearances on my table and I can't wait to share with you how easy they are to make!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

BBQ Chicken Sliders

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Football season is upon us, and that means one of my favorite food times of the year, TAILGATING!  There's just something special about getting together with family and friends, dressing in your favorite school or team colors, firing up the grill, and having a great time!  That's why I love my BBQ Chicken Sliders w/a Coca-Cola Sauce. 

With just a few simple ingredients you're going to have the perfect tailgating treat.  And the best part is you can do the cooking the day before to save yourself some time on game day!  I know you're going to love these and I can't wait to share with you my great idea for a family friendly beverage bar!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Make Kung Pao Chicken

When I've had a busy day I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  And being the end of the month, I don't have the extra money for take-out.  That's where my easy and delicious Kung Pao Chicken comes into play.  


It's literally ready in minutes and I dare say it is BETTER than the stuff you get from your local Chinese place.  You're going to go wild over this recipe and I can't wait to show you how to make it!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Coffee Bar Care Package

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It's an exciting time of year, back-to-school season!  My friend's son, whom I have know since he was three, is off to college, and I wanted to gift him something that was not only special, but useful as well.  That's when I decided to put together the ultimate dorm room gift!  A coffee bar care package!

A Keruig machine, the box it came in, and various items to make up a coffee bar.

Yes! I know! Perfect gift right!?!  I mean, what are college students if not caffeinated!  The base of any good coffee bar care package is the coffee maker and I can't think of a better machine for a college student than a Keurig.  It’s perfect for a student budget because it’s less expensive than going to a coffee shop every day. And it’s being offered at #Walmart for a special everyday low price.

A Keurig Machine and it's box.

I love that there are so many colors to choose from.  Red, orange, oatmeal, teal, etc.  He's a big gamer so I went with black.  Then I needed to choose what kind of coffee to send.  I couldn't believe how many great brands and flavors of K-Cups there are choose from! Everything from Lipton tea, hot chocolate, to every brew of coffee under the sun!  I ended up choosing the Green Mountain Breakfast Blend because it has a nice base for just about any coffee drink.  

A Keurig machine, it's box and various items that make up a coffee bar.

I picked up some fun mugs (I love the PacMan one.  The board shows up when you pour the hot coffee in), his favorite flavored creamers, biscotti, some great syrups, and recipes for all his favorite drinks.  Oh, and just so he knows how much I care, I baked some delicious Turtle cookies.  I'm pretty sure any college student would be THRILLED with a Coffee Bar Care Package like this, so if you're interested in sending a certain college student one of your own, visit the Keurig at Walmart site to choose the color that matches their style and see how to build coffee bar of your own.

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Happy Back-to-School and as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living, 
~The Kitchen Wife~

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#AD Grilled Cornish Hen Recipe with a Orange Sauce Glaze

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A grilled Cornish hen on a cutting board with a bottle of orange sauce and rice.

When you think of summertime grilling, usually you picture burgers and hot dogs.  But, if you're like me, occasionally you like to put a little black dress on your barbecue and do something special. That's how I came up with my Grilled Cornish Hen Recipe with an Orange Sauce Glaze.  A clever take on a beloved take- out dish.  It is Out of this world and you may never look at orange chicken the same way again.

The cornish hens in the cooler at the store along with a picture of the orange sauce on the shelf.

The first thing I did was head on over to my local Walmart to purchase some Tyson® All Natural Cornish Hens and a Bottle of Kikkoman® Orange Sauce.  I chose these two products because Tyson Cornish Hens are All Natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and Kikkoman's full line of sauces and marinades are perfect for easy grilling.  After grabbing a couple more items for sides, it was home to get grilling!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Copycat Big Mac Recipe


I know everyone is on the healthy eating bandwagon these days. Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Organic, etc.  There's nothing wrong with any of those. We should all be mindful of what we put in our bodies, but sometimes you just want a BIG MAC and you don't have to feel TOTALLY guilty about it.  When those cravings come, I just make my own using local, grass-fed beef, fresh, greens, etc for my Copycat Big Mac Recipe.  It is super simple and tastes even better than the real thing!  I can't wait to share with you how I do it so...

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Recipe for Cobb Salad


Don't you love when a recipe evokes a great memory?  Me too.  This Recipe for Cobb Salad does just that.  The first time I ever had a Cobb Salad was at Bob Evans in Delaware, OH with my friend Angie.  To be honest, I'm not sure I'd ever been to a Bob Evans before that (Boy how times have change on that front), so I had no idea what to get.  It was a hot summer day, and I didn't want anything too heavy.  She looks at me and says "You HAVE to try the Cobb Salad here"  She told me what all was in it, and I thought "Sure, why not."  and that was the beginning of my life long love affair with Cobb Salad.  It is fresh, yet, hearty and filling.  Savory, sweet, salty, all wrapped up in a bowl.  *Sigh*  I LOVE Cobb Salad and I can't wait to share with you how YOU can make it at home.
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