~The Kitchen Wife~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

We LOVE Mexican food in my house!

There is just something about it that says "I Love You" to my tummy.  One of the things I love most about Mexican is that it is so simple.  Take my Chicken Enchiladas for example, they are quick and easy to make, and SOOOO delicious!  You are going to love them and I can't wait to share this recipe with you!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dear Kitchen Wife Vol. 2

First of all, let me start off by saying thanks for sending in all of your great questions this week!  If I continue to get them I may have to do two of these a week!  

This week's questions comes from one of my younger readers, (and I love that) Jade, from Iowa.

Jade Writes...

Dear Kitchen Wife, 

How do I know when my pasta is cooked just right?

Dear Jade,

Everyone likes their pasta cooked differently.  Some like it kinda mushy, others, like myself, like it al dente, which means it has a little "bite" to it.  I know that you may have heard to throw it on the cabinet, and if it sticks, its ready.  But best practice for al dente is to cook it according to instructions on the package.  If you are going to add it to sauce, cook it about a minute less than the package says.  I know that seems like a much to simple answer, but the truth is the manufacturers have tested and tested their product to give you the best quality, so I tend to go with what they say.  If you like it a little softer you can always cook a minute or two past what it calls for.  It's that simple. No throwing required!  I hope that helps you out.  Thanks so much for writing in!

And if you have a question for me please send it to thekitchenwife@yahoo.com

And as always, 

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Herb Couscous

I love quick and easy side dishes that take minutes to make and are packed full of flavor.  I hate when I do stupid things like deleting the step-by-step photos to said recipe.  HOWEVER, this recipe is SO EASY I am going to go ahead and post it because it is FOOLPROOF!  Herb Couscous is a fantastic little pasta dish that is simple to make and will blow you away with all it's flavor!  I can't wait to share it with you so let's get started!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Today is a little bit different kind of recipe for me.

If you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that over the last year I have been working to dramatically cut the amount of chemicals I use in my home and in my life.   One of the ways I have done this is by making my own, all natural cleaners.

I have tried SEVERAL different "concoctions" for a good all-purpose cleaner on this journey.  Some left films over my counters.  For some, the vinegar smell was so strong I found that I just couldn't handle it, and ultimately, I felt most didn't do much for cutting through grease.  That was until now.  After much trial and error I have found a homemade, all-purpose cleaner, that smells great, doesn't leave a film, and cuts grease!  I can't wait to share it with you so

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef Tips w/ Mushroom Gravy

Slow Cooker Beef Tips w/ Mushroom Gravy

Even though the weather is getting warmer, we've been getting A LOT of rain.  I'm not going to lie, rain does not bring out the productivity in me. So on those long and rainy spring days, I like to throw something warm and hearty into the slow cooker and let it do all the work while take a nap!  Today's recipe is the perfect example of that.  Nothing says rainy day love like my Slow Cooker Beef Tips w/ Mushroom Gravy.  With just a little prep the night before, you are going to have the most luscious meal of your life!  I can't wait to share it with you, so

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Perfect Crisp Potatoes

Perfect Crisp Fries

(This is from a previous post I did about a year ago, but I thought I would spruce it up a bit for ya.  If you want to see what I'm talking about click HERE.)

Who doesn't love a great batch of fries?

I will confess that I have been known to request fries, without salt, while in the drive-thru, just to ensure that they are hot!  However, I recently discovered that making my own fries is incredibly easy, and taste AMAZING! I can't wait to share with you how I do it, so 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini

Dear Readers,

I LOVE YOU!  I really, really do!  I say that I cook everyday for my husband, but you are the ones who push me to be more and more creative in the kitchen!  One of the ways you do that is through our interaction on Facebook (That is my weapon of choice).  Occasionally I will have a random ingredient burning a hole in my fridge that I need to use up and I will go to you for suggestions.  I am always amazed by your creativity in the kitchen, and I try and take your suggestions and come up with something that embodies them all!  That is where today's recipe comes from.

Recently I had some zucchini that NEEDED to be used up.  I didn't just want to saute it like I normally would.  No, I wanted to get a little more creative with things than that.  So I asked for your suggestions and that is when my Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini was born!  It has all of those great rich flavors of chicken parmesan you love, but is on the lighter side.  It is absolutely delicious, and I KNOW you are going to love it!  I can't wait to share it with you so LET'S GET STARTED!!!