Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits

Everyone and their mother must have a recipe for these biscuits by now, because I see it all over Pinterest. That’s where I found this one, too. But it’s such a delicious food to have a recipe for on hand–I haven’t met anyone who objected to one of these guys. And I can’t seem to make them small, so we always end up with a half-dozen giant biscuits…but is that really such a bad thing? They never last through the night around here.Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits

This recipe has been failproof for me, even on days when I can’t bake a thing to save my life, and so it’s a great go-to for potlucks or last-minute dinners. Gotta have those carbs, man. It’s not a meal to my husband without ’em. (Source.)

Ingredients:

Biscuits:

2 1/2 cups Bisquick

4 Tbsp cold butter

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

3/4 cup milk

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Butter Glaze:

3 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp dried parsley flakes

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or line one cookie sheet with parchment; set aside.

Cut cold butter into Bisquick, using two forks or a pastry cutter, until butter is about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and garlic powder. Mix by hand until just combined–don’t over mix.

Drop 1/4 cup portions of the dough onto the lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes in preheated oven or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

While the biscuits are baking, melt butter is a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in garlic powder and dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread the garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the freshly coated biscuits. Makes one dozen.

 

 

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Chicken with Mustard-Cream Sauce

Sundays during the semester are usually, for me, the busiest day of the weekend. I put off all my homework in favor of side-projects and dinner parties until that day, so usually I can’t make any elaborate meals. The summer is different, though. I love lazy Sundays and the meals that accompany it. 

This week, I decided to try something new. There’s a popular pin floating around on Pinterest, often captioned as ’50 chicken breast dinners.’ Buried in there is a recipe from Martha Stewart Living’s Everyday Food: Great Food Fast for Chicken with Mustard-Cream sauce. I’m a big fan of Martha, and, as my husband said, “we’ve never gotten a bad recipe from her.” 

It certainly did not disappoint. I served it alongside the Creamy Garlic Pasta from the cheese pusher, and it was quite delicious. That pasta is incredibly rich and makes a ton!

I made a few small modifications to this recipe: half & half instead of heavy cream; my favorite mustard in place of standard dijon; I seared my chicken breast on the stovetop before finishing it in the oven. I made one large chicken breast only, since I was just cooking for two, but the whole recipe for the sauce–I like to have extra. It’s a quick recipe that feels more elevated than the 30 minutes it calls for. I highly recommend it! (Source.)

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried tarragon or oregano

Directions
Add olive oil to a large skillet and preheat over medium-high heat.  Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Add chicken to skillet and saute until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes, turning once.  Transfer to a plate and keep warm.  Pour chicken broth into hot skillet.  Whisk in the cream, mustard and tarragon or oregano.  Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.  Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Harry Potter Party!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day, so a couple of my friends, my husband, and I decided to have a Harry Potter party.

Yes, that is an awesome blanket fort.

Okay, so we really decided about a week ago. The original plan was just to watch both parts of Deathly Hallows back-to-back, but the longer we talked about it, the more elaborate this party became and well…

I ended up making Acid Pops, Licorice Wands, and Every-Flavor-Beans (okay I just bought these but same thing). Emily and Charlotte brought a fabulous cake (like Harry’s first birthday cake!) and pizza (magic pizza).  My two cats, Izzy and Nora, were very interested in what was going on in their kitchen.

Nora

Nora loves people-food.

Izzy doesn’t normally look quite this dignified…

…usually she’s more like this.

Integral to any good party is a good drink, and here, Butterbeer is the obvious choice. Now, there are a ton of Butterbeer recipes floating around the internet. I did some research and decided upon this recipe from Bakingdom since she based hers on the version from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park in Orlando. I’m all about some authenticity. 🙂 I’ve never been to WWOHP, but for now, we can dream. Best Sunday afternoon/theme party ever.