Bocconcini Cheese Summer Delight Appetizer

An easy and quick appetizer that tastes absolutely delightful. It’s refreshing for those hot summer days. It will perfectly go with Onion bread recipe, so you must try both together.
Bocconcini Cheese Summer Delight Appetizer

Ingredients

  • Mini cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar glaze
  • Mini Bocconcini soft cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Oregano to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice about 4 to 5 mini cucumbers in slices.
  2. Cut a handful or 2 or cherry tomatoes in half.
  3. Cut your Bocconcini cheese in half and place on your plate with the cucumbers and your cherry tomatoes.
  4. Add your oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix your olive oil and balsamic glaze together and drizzle over your vegetables and cheese.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Recipe

This is an easy and great tasting main dish that you easily can eat with fries, rice or salads. Absolutely delicious and an added bonus, you get to sip a few gulps of your favorite beer while preparing the chicken!
beer can chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken
  • 2 Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ a lemon or lime, juiced
  • 1 can of beer
  • ¼ red onion
  • Your favorite dry spice rub (below is my dry rub)
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional
  • BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken with cold water, pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.
  3. Open a beer can and take several sips.
  4. Add the ¼ of the onion chopped in the beer can, with salt and pepper and ½ a juiced lemon or lime.
  5. Place beer can on a solid surface. Place the chicken on the beer can.
  6. Put the chicken on the grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod. (
  7. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat, with the grill cover on,
  8. Cook for 2 hours and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 175 – 180 degrees F in the breast area
  9. Until the thigh juice runs clear when poked with a fork or knife.
  10. Brush on your BBQ sauce during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.
  11. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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Onion Lover’s Bread

If you love onions then this is the right bread recipe for you. I have named this recipe as onion lover’s bread. If you can at least try one out.

Onion Lover’s Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 pk Active dry yeast
  • 1/4 c Warm water
  • 4 c All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Hot water
  • 1 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/2 c Milk
  • 1/4 c Soft butter
  • 1 Egg, room temperature

Filling:

  • 1/4 c Soft butter
  • 1 c Finely chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp Grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 t Garlic
  • 1 t Paprika
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add two cups flour, and the sugar, salt, hot water, milk, butter, and egg.
  2. Blend until moist.l Beat for two minutes. Stir in the remaining flour. Cover.
  3. Let rise in a warm place until light and double in size. (45 to 60 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, for the filling, melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the other filling ingredients. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Stir dough down.
  6. Toss on the floured surface until no longer sticky. Roll into a 12 x 18-inch rectangle.
  7. Cut into three 4 inch wide strips. Spread each strip with filling, leaving a 1/2 inch margin around the edge.
  8. Roll each strip and seal the edges (so the filling is inside). Braid the three strips together. Cover.
  9. Let rise until double in size. Bake at 350 on a greased sheet until golden brown.

If you have any doubts about this recipe feel free to contact us here.

5 Tips for Cooking in a Microwave Convection Oven

Have you recently bought a Microwave Convection Oven? Not sure how you can use it?

A Microwave Convection is one of the best ways to ensure an even cooking and although they are a little more expensive than a regular microwave, they are certainly worth the extra cost.

They are also cheaper than the traditional ovens and take up much lesser space too. You can easily operate it and are capable of making almost anything once you get the hang of it. Infact, KitchenGuyd has a complete buyer’s guide to one if you’re planning to get one.

Microwave Convection Oven

So, to help you out in using your microwave convection oven more often, we have compiled a few tips for microwave cooking.

Tip 1: Learn more about the different settings

The first thing to do once you own a Microwave Convection oven is to learn more about the different cooking settings that are available to you. Most of the microwave convection ovens will only allow you to cook with microwave radiation, convection, or both of them together. So, you need to learn in detail about these settings and understand when to use which setting. If you use the wrong setting, you could end up overcooking or undercooking your food items.

Tip 2: Choose microwave setting for short time cooking

Another important tip for cooking in a microwave convection oven is that you should always ensure that you choose the microwave setting when you need to reheat or cook items for a short period of time. So, you can use it to reheat your cold items, make popcorns, and so on. Don’t keep your food item for too long inside the microwave setting else it would lose all its moisture. You can also cover a food item while microwaving it to ensure that it retains all the moisture.

Tip 3: Choose Convection setting for baking

Always remember that Convection setting is good for roasting and baking. So, if you want a crispy exterior on your item or you want to roast meat/vegetables, then convection setting is the right choice. This setting will make sure that your food is cooked/baked evenly and all the exposed part is covered with it. You can also keep your item on a rack to ensure that the hot air circulates under the oven pan too.

Tip 4: Use the combination setting appropriately

So, when should you use the combination setting? Basically, whenever you want to cook your food quickly but you want to ensure that it is evenly cooked then you use a combination setting.

The microwave rays will penetrate thick foods and will cook quickly from the inside while the convection currents will help in distributing heat to give a nice crispy surface to it. So, in short, if you want a well-cooked dish both from the inside and the outside then a combination setting is the perfect choice for you.

Tip 5: Make sure to not overcook food

One important thing to remember while heating food in a microwave convection is that make sure you don’t leave the food item for too long inside it. Convection works quickly than you expect and a little negligence could lead to overcooked food.

Lemon Chicken

Here’s a funny story: When Chantal was young – and recently – she uses to take bites directly into lemons. Yup, that’s right. A big, huge bite directly in a slice of lemon. This would drive her father bonkers. Since she still does it from time to time, I’ve often told her she was weird for doing it. It’s so sour! And yet… our middle man started doing it as well.

Hell, he has started eating banana peppers just last week! He really takes after her mom for that, because it took me a while (read 16 years) before I could bite into lemons directly, or banana peppers for that matter. To be honest though, when Chantal told me she wanted to do a lemon chicken, I was all for it. I love chicken, and this recipe sounded delicious.

Turns out lemon chicken is great! The chicken was really tender and moist, and the taste was just wonderful. The whole family loved it, and this is another favorite for sure. The lemon can become overwhelming, so be careful at how much you add to your sauce. Chantal added one slice per chicken breast, and the taste was perfect. You can add a few pieces to your sauce, but keep in mind that with the heat, the lemon taste will be stronger.

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Lemon Chicken

By Smell My Kitchen
Servings- 6
Preparation time- 10 minute(s)
Cooking time- 40 minute(s)

Description:

A quick and easy chicken recipe that will give you delicious moist chicken every time.

lemon chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil and garlic, cook for 1 minute over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat, add chicken broth, lemon juice, oregano, basil and salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish, add your chicken breasts.
  4. Pour the sauce over top of the chicken then sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. Cut some lemon slices and add over top of the chicken breasts, you can also put a few in the sauce, but not too many as it can get overwhelming.
  6. Lightly cover with foil and cook in the oven for 40-45 min.
  7. Pre heat oven to 375°F

Stand mixer vs Food processor

How is a Stand Mixer different from a Food processor? Most people tend to confuse between a stand mixer and a food processor as they essentially perform the same task, i.e., cutting up of fruits and vegetables. A stand mixer can be used for more than cutting up fruits and vegetables, though. You can use it for a variety of other tasks with the help of a right attachment whereas a food processor can perform the basic task of cutting up and slicing the food items that are placed inside it.

Food Processor

A food processor is a kitchen tool which comes with sharp blades which are used in the chopping and slicing of food items into a smaller, even pieces. It can slice down all kinds of food items, let it be hard or soft and can perform a brilliant task of cutting these up into smaller, manageable pieces.

Food Processor

Stand Mixer

A stand mixer is essentially a kitchen tool which can mix the ingredients together in a bowl but it can perform other tasks as well. It can be used to make ice cream, pasta, cut up fruits and vegetables, make juice etc. You can check some of the best stand mixer for bread dough . All you need to perform these tasks is the right attachment to go along with your stand mixer. So basically, your stand mixer can act as your food processor and several other kitchen tools.

Stand Mixer

Differences between the two

A stand mixer is large and heavy in size and can be a little difficult to store and move around in the kitchen whereas a food processor is comparatively lightweight and can be easily moved around and stored in the kitchen. A food process won’t take up a lot of your space in the kitchen whereas a stand mixer would, so choose wisely.

Another difference between the two is the cost. A food processor is much cheaper than a stand mixer and won’t cause a dent in your pocket. You won’t even feel the money loss and you would have an efficient food processor at your home for all the slicing and chopping whereas a stand mixer would cost you more and if all you are looking for is a tool to cut your food items, then a stand mixer would provide you with too many features which you don’t even need.

Another major difference between the two tools is that you cannot use your food processor for liquid ingredients as it would cause a complete mess and would be harder to clean afterward whereas, with a stand mixer, you can easily mix liquid ingredients too with the minimum amount of mess.

Let’s not forget that your stand mixer can perform more tasks than your food processor. It can be used for milling flour, preparing cake batter, kneading the dough, making ice cream and pasta, and much more while performing the tasks of a food processor efficiently too. So basically, if you have a stand mixer, you don’t need a food processor anymore because your stand mixer can do it all.

The Pizza of Love

What do you do on Valentine’s Day? You celebrate love! What do we do on Valentine’s Day? We make heart-shaped pizza!

Chantal and I aren’t the best at celebrating those kinds of holidays. In fact, we never did celebrate Valentine’s Day in all our years together. So this year we decided to cook a red pizza, which means a tomato based crust, in the shape of a heart.

Pizza of Love

Was it good?

It was the best pizza my wife ever did. And you all know we love pizza. What we changed to this recipe is about 185 ml of tomato paste and 1 cup of water.

At least I bought Chantal a bottle of wine… I’m not that bad! Don’t expect flowers though.

Tell us, how do YOU celebrate Valentine’s Day? Anything special? Please don’t tell me you are going to the movie theater to watch 50 Shades of Grey…

Pizza of Love 2

In other news, I need to say I am sorry for the lack of updates this week. We were fairly busy with life. We booked our first travel down South; Cancun to be exact, Chantal’s mom is moving in with her boyfriend who lives about 5 hours from our place so we had dinner with her, birthdays, friends, getting the baby potty-trained the oldest had a presentation at school that we had to help him finish. He almost got 100%, we are so proud!

Yes, we are busy.

And life continues. So I will leave you to your Valentine’s Day evening, and go back to my bottle of red wine.

Talk to you soon!

Spaghetti Squash with Pork Salsa

Spring is in the air!!!!! Snow is melting, the temperature is Clement – about 8 Celsius yesterday! – and the cars are dirty.

I love the smell of spring and the birds that begin to chirp again. Soon Chantal will be able to have her coffee sitting outside on the patio, or just have a nice beer with friends outside… oh, how exciting!

cabane

We bought a little step 2 cottage house, the Neat & Tidy Cottage II, for the little one. We set it up on the patio for now and, well, the big guy was having just as much fun with it as the little guy.

I love the spring/summer season, I think I can say it’s our favorite season!

spaghetti squash with pork salsa 2

This week we wanted to try spaghetti squash, but with the kids, I wasn’t sure just plain spaghetti squash would pass, so I made a nice pork salsa to go with it. It turned out delicious, and we as well as the kids loved it!

Spaghetti squash is amazing with just some olive oil, salt, and pepper, some spaghetti sauce and cheese. The squash is a little more crunchy than you are used too with noodles, but once you get past that little surprise it will be a favorite.

For the pork salsa, we used some ground pork to change it up from the turkey or beef. It came out really nice. It’s really versatile too: you can pretty much put it on anything like nachos, rice, spaghetti squash, noodles, wraps, vegetables etc.

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Spaghetti Squash with Pork Salsa

By Smell My Kitchen
Servings: 4
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Description:

A great alternative to pasta. You can eat it as is with a little butter and salt and pepper, or add your favorite marinara sauce on top.

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash (4-8 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and take out the seeds.
  2. Rinse your squash and put in a pyrex pan, or a 2-3 inches deep container that can go in the oven.
  3. Put about 1 inch of water in the bottom of your pan and put your squash face up in your pan, add olive oil and salt and pepper to the center.
  4. Lightly cover with foil and put in the oven for about 45-60 minutes or until the squash is tender. (You will know it is ready when you put your fork in the meat part of the squash and it pulls out easily, if not put it back in for a little while, you do not want it to be too crunchy)
  5. Once ready, let sit for a few minutes, then scrape the meat part of your squash and it will come out in spaghetti strands.
  6. Serve on a plate with some pork salsa on top. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Pork Salsa

By Smell My Kitchen
Servings: 10
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 0 minute(s)

Description:

A great versatile thick salsa, an alternative to spaghetti sauce, an awesome salsa to keep in the refrigerator to eat with corn chips or even with a wrap.

Ingredients

  • 2 pound Ground pork
  • 1 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 14 ounces can of tomato sauce
  • 1 14 ounces can of red kidney beans
  • 1 14 ounces can of corn
  • 1 tablespoon Italian spices
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook ground pork in a large pan, drain fat and add to crockpot.
  2. Add all ingredients to the crock pot, stir and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

How to Install a One Piece Faucet with Sprayer

If you are planning to get a new Faucet for your kitchen, then the best option would be to go for one which comes with a sprayer. A faucet sprayer will help in rinsing and cleaning of the utensils while at the same time allowing you to use it for other purposes like cleaning the kitchen area and filling a bucket with water, read reviews at homeguyd. You can also control the pressure on the sprayer and ensure that you don’t end up drenching the whole kitchen area which makes it a perfect solution for all your kitchen problems. But how to install one at your home?

Just follow these simple steps and install your own one piece Faucet with Sprayer in just a few minutes.

Tools needed:

  • Wrench
  • Caulk
  • Faucet with Sprayer
  • Supply Tubes
  • Bucket and Towels

Process:

  1. Shut off the Water

This should be your first step whenever dealing with any faucet or pipe issue. Make sure you shut off the main water pipes and drain the water from all your taps. Disconnect the water supply and drain any residual water so that when you install your new faucet, you don’t end up getting drenched

  1. Apply a thick layer of caulk

Now it is time to apply a layer of caulk around the edge of the hole where your faucet will go and on the connections which will be used. This is done to protect the surface and blocking any water which might travel from the sink to the below cabinets. Let the caulk dry a little.

  1. Install the faucet

When your caulk gets semi-dry, push your faucet into the hole and remove the excess caulk which will be oozing out on the sides. Use the nut and screw it through the edges of the hole to keep the faucet in place. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts and then apply a layer of caulk on the nuts to keep them fixed in place.

One Piece Faucet with Sprayer

  1. Connect the Supply Tubes

Now, take all the supply tubes including the connections for the sprayer and attach it to the faucet through the edge. Ensure that these are tight connections else water might leak through the side. Also, make sure that the hose which is connected to the sprayer is long enough to reach the supply pipes.

  1. Keep your sprayer ready

Make sure that your sprayer is assembled properly and that no part is missing. Attach the sprayer head to the hose and then fit the sprayer hose through the faucet hole and thread it before you screw it in place. Ensure that you put a layer of putty or caulk on the threads and then use a nut on the downside to secure the sprayer hose in place. Once completed, you can add the grommet to the sink and tighten it together by fixing the nut from below the sink.

  1. Add the mounting nut

You will need to tighten the grommet against the faucet with the help of a mounting nut to ensure that it is firm against the sink. Add a layer of caulk around the edges of the sink to keep it fixed in place. Then thread the sprayer through the hole and screw the nut down to fix it in place, screw the hose support to the wall and then attach the sprayer to this support.

  1. Attach the hose

Once the hose is added to the nut, you can pull it out and secure its joints and connections to ensure that the hose doesn’t move backward or forward. Your Faucet Sprayer is now ready for you to use.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Heyo Smell My Kitchen people! Marc here back again.

Last post we said that it had been a while since we posted – as in a few months – and now we are back again after just a few days? OH MY! Thought you could get rid of us that easily? I DON’T THINK SO!

Today’s delectable is called “Stuffed Bell Peppers“! And you know what? It’s freaking excellent!

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We had one of our good friends over for dinner when we made this recipe and we all agreed that it was amazing. The fact that the pepper is the bowl is fun, and everything was juicy and crunchy at the same time!

If you want you could take out the cheese, but honestly, why would you do that? Everyone knows that cheese is one of the best food in life along with bacon! Bacon… oh my, YES why not add bacon to this as well!!!

So, who’s brave enough to try it? Come on I dare you! Let us know if you will, and let us know when you do! We want feedback!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ground turkey
  • 4 bell Peppers
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1/3 cup cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F
  2. Cook your rice.
  3. Meanwhile, brown your turkey and add your spices.
  4. In a large bowl mix in cooked meat, diced tomatoes, corn, rice, and tomato sauce.
  5. Cut the caps off your peppers and take out the seeds. stuff the peppers.
  6. Sprinkle on your cheese, and bake for about 45 minutes.
  7. Stop and smell your kitchen – doesn’t it smell DEVINE! Enjoy

21 day fix approved – approx. 1 Red, 1/2 Yellow, 1 Green, 1/4 Blue per stuffed pepper