I made this dish a while back and it’s just simply to fun to share with all of you! Perfect idea for any dudes wanting ‘man food’ for their birthday. If you do it right it looks exactly like a cupcake and will be the talk of the party.
I found a recipe somewhere that showed meat muffins and I just thought it was the coolest idea and typical me I went crazy with it. I even took an asparagus spear and made it look like a birthday candle and then sprinkled bacon like it was sprinkles overtop lol!! (It’s the small things in life)
Also if you have kids big enough this would be such a fun dish to make with them!
–one pound of ground beef or venison
-pack of instant mashed potatoes
-1/2 cup of quick oats
-bag of cubed cheese of your preference
-mix meat, spices, egg, and oats into a mixing bowl and then put a base layer of mixture into muffin cups
-place cubes of cheese into the middle of the meat mixture and then cover throughly with more mixture
-put in preheated oven of 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes
-while cooking prepare your mashed potatoes and then put in a ziplock bag and then cut the corner off also cook your asparagus but make sure it stays crisp
-cook bacon until crispy and then chop up into pieces
-when muffins are cooked pull out and then do your best at creating a imitation of frosting on top of the muffins
-place asparagus into muffin to imitate birthday candle and sprinkle bacon pieces around surface
-cut into it and enjoy!
My wife’s family has some of the best recipes and they’re all easy to make but the one I have swiped from my mother in law is so easy a caveman could do it. (My jokes stink to) It consists of only THREE ingredients and yes that’s not a misprint.
We had a rough day on the family front and I wanted to surprise my wife with one of her favorites. So if you’re in a pinch and want to feed the family cheap this is the one for you!
-1 pound of ground burger
– box of desired pasta
-1 can of kidney beans
Cook and drain pasta
Brown and drain burger
My wife will kill me because she says to never mess with it but I add some Parmesan cheese on top because I am not a very good listener!
One of the best things that my mother made me do before graduating high school was looking me in the eye and saying you’re helping with dinner tonight because you will not go to college without knowing how to cook. What a world that led to and I have never looked back. Now as a happily married man with a growing family I have more love for the art than ever.
When I get the urge to just start cooking I always try to stretch my expertise and try to find something that I have never cooked with before. To me it just adds a lot more fun to the whole experience. I rarely make the same recipe twice, and I never follow a recipe word for word. Even my mother-in-law who is published in multiple cookbooks and magazines such as Taste-of-Home can’t give me a recipe of hers that I follow verbatim.
Don’t get me wrong sometimes its a total flop, but also sometimes its a total surprising success story. We are not a well off family but we are not poor, I guess you could call us rich in love. So the recipes I find, create, and share are very affordable and are normally made with random ingredients that I find in the clearance section at our local store.
The goal is to create a safe place for all of you other cooks from all over the world to join in and start a happy little community of recipe sharing and cooking secrets. Here is to everyone having a blessed day filled with happiness and a good meal!
So when my wife and I got hitched two years ago we got a lot of kitchen items and one has sat dormant until today and that is our Crock Pot.
I do not like leaving something that gets hot plugged in while I am away from the house. (Yea I am that guy) However I decided to go for it today, it also didn’t help that set it in my kitchen sink while I was gone!!
I recently bought wayyyyyy to many quarters of chicken off a friend that works for a local chicken processor so I have been trying to integrate them into my recipes as much as possible but hey who doesn’t chicken??
One thing I will say is I can’t remember a time the chicken has been juicier and of it has ever fallen off the bone this easily.
Per usual I overloaded on recipe ideas and came up with my own so without further notice I present to you the one the only honey garlic cream chicken!!!! (The crowd goes wild)
-4 chicken quarters
-1 package of cream cheese
-1/2 cup of ketchup
-1/3 cup of honey
-3 tbsp of minced garlic
-1tbsp of basil
-dash of lime juice
-Put all ingredients into a slow cooker and I did low heat for 7 hours and then serve. Gotta love the simplicity of a slow cooker! I made white rice to serve mine with but I feel mashed potatoes would also work!
Well I did it everyone I conquered the taquito! Appearance wise I’ll give it a 4.3 but the taste was a solid 10 (again unbiased opinion)!! I have been craving them all week and I finally went for it and made my own creation from the help of others. In Diane’s Kitchen gave me a lot of help on this with her recipe she has posted so go check out her blog if you’re not subscribed already!
Like always I wanted to try something different that I didn’t see so I can at least feel somewhat more justified calling it my own. When checking out the local store I saw they had turkey sausage on sale and I thought, haven’t seen anyone do it with turkey yet! Again I was super happy with the results and I can’t wait to hear if you all get to try some of your own soon!
-one pound of turkey sausage
-1/2 pack of taco seasoning
-1 can of rotel green chilies and tomatoes
-one pack of corn tortillas (mine were brittle as you can see so be careful on your selection)
-1/2 bag of 8oz Colby jack shredded cheese
-choose your condiments of choice for toppings
-brown the turkey sausage
-mix in taco seasoning, can of rotel, and Colby jack cheese
-place in wraps and place on cookie sheet
-bake in oven that has been preheated at 425 and bake for 20-30 minutes
-dip in your condiments of choice or eat plain and enjoy!!
I know that this wasn’t even mentioned in my brain storm session but I haven’t posted a recipe in a few days because work has been interfering with my cooking time. I know stupid work ruins everything!!!
So there are a million different bbq sauce recipes it seems but I didn’t seem to have all of the ingredients for a single one of them. So I did what I always do I modified it and made my own recipe!! Which, by the way, makes me feel ten times better when it’s my own.
Basically it’s a Texas style sauce and it is a little thin but the flavor is wooooowwwwww. (In my totally unbiased opinion of course)
I want this to be a blog that gets everyone involved so what are all of your recipes to make bbq sauce. Make sure they’re copyrighted because I’m going to steal them and make millions off of them! I’m joking, or am I?
-two 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce
– 1/2 cup of apple juice
-1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
-1 healthy dash of onion powder
-1 healthy dash of chili pepper
-1 healthy dash of ground mustard
-2 tbsps of garlic powder
-1/4 cup of honey
-1/2 cup of light brown sugar
Bring all of the ingredients to a simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently throughout the process.
Obviously create your own mix of spices to make it your own and have fun!!!
Tonight was yet another leftover and snack night and that’s ok for anyone sometimes. A nice relaxing night with the family is good for anyone’s soul and I strongly recommend everyone do it if you haven’t done it lately. My boy is turning one in two weeks (what the hack happened to the last 12 months) and I just can’t get enough of him! But as he is taking his last nap of the day I wanted to get some ideas for dinners this week.
My go to lately has been Pinterest for recipes and just random ideas that inspire me. The downfall of this is that everything looks soooooooo good and sometimes it can just be an overload. However with that being said I always seem to find stuff.
Pasta dishes are always an option, we’re not scared of carbs in this household but I want to learn how to cook new things. I will save a pasta dish for a busy night when I don’t have much time.
I find myself encouraged when I’m just going through my feed and find multiple varieties of one dish. This time it was taquitos. I have never made them but what an easy overlooked dish in my kitchen and I think it will make the list this week or at least soon.
I haven’t made a casserole on this blog yet so I also feel that is on the hit list. Perhaps something with potatoes and sausage. Bring on the carbs its 100 degrees with humidity here lately so I will just go sweat them off (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)!
I apologize that this isn’t some awesome amazing recipe that is delightful to your eyes. I hate not keeping posts coming so why not post some brainstorm session ideas? I would love to hear some awesome ideas from all of you so please leave a comment below!
Thank you all and have a great rest of your day wherever you are!!
So after my rough day in the bakery I needed to cool something to redeem myself today. The brainstorm session was fast and furious and after getting past the smoke in my ears I came up with a go to recipe.
As always I took inventory of what I had and a couple of months ago I had bought em some ravioli filled with crab and shrimp. I honestly had forgotten about them but when I saw them today I knew that was going to be my main ingredient.
Then I realized I had about seven shrimp left that needed used up. I had three options to go with for sauce either a jar of Alfredo, a homemade cream sauce, or my garlic butter sauce. How did I come to my decision? I did what every smart man should do I asked my wife which one she wanted!!
I was very happy with how it turned out and I actually get to post a proud recipe today!! Of course the door is open on this concoction to put plenty of your own twists in it. Enjoy!!
– one stick of salted butter
– olive oil
-lemon or lime juice
Bring all of the above ingredients to a boil on medium heat, stir occasionally, and really it’s that simple. Sooooooo easy! The minced garlic is critical instead of garlic powder because it does a great job of soaking up the juices in the skillet while your boiling them. The garlic had a citrusy flavor to them.
Welllllll that was not a good experience as far as positive results go! I thought that self rising flour was supposed to, well, rise. My cream cheese biscuits look like slightly inflated sugar cookies but hey the flavor is there!!
I just look at them and laugh and chalk it up to there’s always next time! (Cleveland sports fans live by this saying) I did have fun attempting and definitely learning. I am going to share the recipe that I found and maybe you all have better luck because again the flavor was amazing!
It’s stories like this that I believe will make you realize why I went with the title of this blog as Tony’s FUN Kitchen! If anything I hope this brings a chuckle to your day and remember there’s no shame in embracing and sharing your failures!! Please feel free to leave some feedback and advice and possible send a hug!!
-1 cup of self rising flour
-2/3 cup of softened butter
-1 block of cream cheese softened
-2 tbsp of sugar
1. Mix the four ingredients together in a bowl
2. Make into a disc and then set in the fridge for an hour
3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
4. Roll out your batter to a 1/2″ thick and place on baking sheet
5. Bake for 7 minutes and then rotate your sheet for another 7 minutes
6. Cross your fingers that yours turn out better than mine!!!