Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recipe for Family Night

Yesterday was a busy but fun Saturday. The littles woke up in the campout from the night before,
then we went and picked up the bigs and had a pretty fantastic (albeit slightly crazy with Momma laying down the law with everyone for fear someone would get their teeth knocked out with a bowling ball!)  4 year old birthday party at Broken Arrow Lanes!

Then, after naps and romping around outside, we geared up for family night. It's the first weekend we've had the full six-pack together in a few weeks, so Marc and I were really glad. He and I love to cook together, and love spending time with our kids. We made a tasty meal:

Boudiette family favorite: Chicken Lickin' Good
Marc's A-MAZING homemade mac'n'cheese.

Sauteed fresh green beans.

Plain breaded baked chicken for the dairy free and picky croud.

Homemade milk-free mac'n'cheese, also for the dairy free croud (we LOVE Soya Kaas).

Top it all off with one of our favorite whites.
Next up, snugglin' in the living room to watch Oceans. It's such a gorgeous movie, and gorgeous to see all the babies enjoying something together.
 While they started the movie, I got going on my next project. After complaining about not accomplishing anything, I've felt a serious need for all things domestic, in last night's case, baking! So, armed with my delightful new apron, care of Aunt Megan and straight from France,

I started whipping up a new adventure. I have fallen for this new show on Food Network (that Marc makes fun of) called Tough Cookies. On the last episode I watched, Crazy Susan made up a new cookie for the mayor of Ocean City that I attempted to replicate. Here we go!

Start with your standard cookie dough.

Add blobs of peanut butter and hot fudge (I added peanut butter and dark chocolate chips too).

Put the dough in the fridge while the oven heats to 375 and you chop
some peanut butter cups and chocolate covered caramels...

add a little helper (Aidan, aka "The Mouth") who couldn't keep quiet with the movie crowd...

Halfway through the baking process pull the cookies out and mush your chopped candy on top.
This is a before and after pic - on the right is a totally baked cookie before cooling.
And oh my they were good! I'd say all of those are a recipe for a killer family night! I hope you'll like the food as much as we did. Comment and let me know if you did, and share your favorite things to do on family night. Tell me about your snacks too!

Chicken Lickin' Good
(it's actually South Beach friendly!)

6-8 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4c oats
1/3c grated parmesan cheese
1/3c slivered almonds
1t salt (I use kosher salt)
1/4 t thyme (I probably used more, dried, and sprinkled fresh on top)
1/4t fresh cracked black pepper
1/2c butter
1 clove garlic crushed (I used 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic from a jar)

Heat oven to 375. Mix together all dry ingredients. Coat chicken breasts in melted butter, then in the dry mixture and place in a pyrex baking dish, lightly coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle remaining dry mixture over top and drizzle remaining melted butter. Bake for about 1 hour.

Missy's version of Tough Cookies' "Mayor's Cookie"

2 1/4c all purpose flour
1t baking soda
1/2t salt
1c (2 sticks) softened butter
3/4c white sugar
3/4c packed brown sugar
1t vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 "blob" of natural peanut butter (heaping tablespoon, plus some, maybe two)
1 "blob" of store-bought hot fudge (I used Braum's - we had it on hand)
1 small handful each, dark chocolate and peanut butter baking chips
2 packages of chocolate covered caramels (I used Rolos), chopped in fourths
a couple handfuls of small sized peanut butter cups, chopped in fourths

Place by teaspoon on baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from oven and place a couple pieces of each: chocolate covered caramels and peanut butter cupse. Continue baking for 6-7 minutes, or until almost done. Remove from oven, let set on baking sheet for a few minutes before placing on cooling rack. Pour some milk (cow's OR soy!), and enjoy!!

Here's to family night!


House of Wilkens said...

All I can think of reading/looking at this blog post if your accent when you tried to talk like Paula seem to have her talent for yummy food!! :)

House of Wilkens said...

AND, I need marc's recipe for homemade mac & cheese! I have one, but I love that stuff and his looks delightful! :)

Missy Rose said...

haha, good call, lana! i do have a special place in my heart for paula, "y'all know what i mean by owwl don't ya? owwl, o. i. eyl." classic. and i'm sorry to say i have no idea what marc's recipe is. i do know that he made a roux and a white sauce, and used jack and havarti cheeses. he wanted white cheddar but couldn't find it at the store. it was really tasty, but was experimental and was more like an alfredo sauce pasta than mac'n'cheese. it was VERY good though!


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