Monthly Archives: May 2013

French onion mini meatloafs

As I’ve mentioned before, virtually all meatloaf recipes to me are now mini meatloaf recipes, because I have hopped on that Pinterest bandwagon.

However, thank you very much to The Perfect Meatloaf Pan (that I almost never use anymore) for giving me this recipe in your nifty little booklet. I’ve adapted it just a teensy bit.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet Lipton’s onion soup and dip mix
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 (10 oz) can condensed French onion soup
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • about 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (can use Gruyere)
  • about 2 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese (can use grated)
  • about 1/4 cup French’s French fried onions

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Lemony hummus chicken and summer squash

This is a new recipe I tried tonight, adapted slightly from here.

I really was going to make my own hummus but I couldn’t find sesame tahini paste.  So I used store-bought hummus, plain.  I would definitely be open to trying this recipe again, experimenting with different flavors of hummus.


  • 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 large yellow squash, chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil, plus a bit more for cooking the chicken
  • about 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into slices
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (or about 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice)
  • about 1 tsp paprika

You will also need cooking spray.

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Cheesy chicken and broccoli Stromboli

I did not go out and barbecue for Memorial Day today, but I did try a new recipe that I found here.  It’s basically chicken, broccoli, and cheese, rolled up in pizza dough.  Perfection.


  • 1 Pillsbury classic pizza crust (thick)
  • 1 cup cooked, cubed chicken
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli, blanched
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • oil (to cook chicken in)

You will also need parchment paper.

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Cheap, excellent breakfast at Don & Paul’s Coffee Shop

I have found another excellent diner in the area: Don & Paul’s Coffee Shop in Waterford.  The fiance and I went there today with our friend Dave, who had discovered it awhile ago with his wife.

This place is like a combo coffee shop, diner, and corner store.  They sell cigarettes, lottery tickets, and old school drinks like Mellow Yellow.  The place is decorated in old school clocks, pictures, even a case of knives are on the wall, and there is a bit of a nautical theme going on: wheels that you use to steer boats (what are those things called?), old lanterns, shells, etc.  It looks like the sort of place that would allow smoking inside if that was still legal in New York State.

While the coffee is served in normal coffee cups, the water and orange juice were served in gigantic mason jars.  Which was awesome.

Here is a picture of my food:

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Buffalo chicken salad

As with the lats recipe I posted, this one I’ve made so many times I don’t really measure the ingredients anymore. This recipe is adapted from here.


  • 1 to 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped blue cheese

Side note: I accidentally bought fat free blue cheese today. Do not. Do that.

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Real life events affecting a novel

When one writes a novel, or maybe even just a short story, sometimes things can happen during that time frame which inevitably impact the story. This has happened to me with my novel.

Confession time: I have not worked on my novel in over a month. In working on it for over a year now, simply put, I am just stick of the story and I needed a break. Also, I am towards the end of editing, the end of the novel, and the ending is the hardest part. So, saying I needed a break is a convenient excuse for me to procrastinate deciding exactly how to finish my story.

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Chicken francese

I tried a new chicken recipe tonight. As I do with many other recipes I try for the first time, I have one or two things I would do differently for the next time.

I adapted this recipe from this one and it has a light and refreshing, lemony flavor to it. If I were to make it again I would either cook more chicken, because I used very small, thin, chicken breasts, and/or I would pair this with a heavy side dish, like twice baked potatoes. This is a very good, but very light, dish.


  • 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, pounded to a 1/4 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • fresh parsley, chopped

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Black bean and corn salad

There’s a bit of a funny story behind this recipe: I was going to a Mother’s Day cookout last weekend, and was bringing a potato salad. My mother emailed me the day before the wedding saying that the host had told her to bring a vegetable side dish, and she was bringing potato salad, because that was close enough.

I may have freaked out a little bit: “Mom I’m bringing potato salad you can’t bring potato salad!!!!”  “Well the potatoes are cooking right now give me another idea!” I quickly looked up vegetable side dishes to bring to cookouts and emailed her three recipes.

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20 questions to ask wedding DJs

This post is to coincide with the 20 questions to ask wedding caterers. We are meeting with a DJ today, and as before, I put together 20 questions. And, as before, they are compiled from my wedding book and a book from that my maid of honor gave me.

Once again, a couple of these questions are specific to our situation, but this is a pretty excellent general list to go off of.

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