WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Mmm, cheesy September 30, 2010

Filed under: Chicken,Mexican-inspired — WannaBe Chef @ 6:21 pm

Good evening, lovers!  I have a winner of a dinner for you.  I’ve had this recipe saved forever and finally decided to make it this week.  These enchiladas were SOOO good!  If you love traditional enchiladas, I definitely recommend trying these for a little something different.

Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde
I pretty much followed the recipe exactly.  I used sharp cheddar cheese on top and had some sauce leftover, however, I realized I forgot to put some on the bottom of the pan before putting the enchiladas in. 


Soup repeat September 28, 2010

Filed under: Potato,Soup — WannaBe Chef @ 7:05 pm

Hello all!  We’re officially back in MN now, and of course I had to make a big shopping trip for groceries today.  I’ve been craving soup ever since Fall showed her face, so I decided to make one of my favorites tonight.  It was almost one year ago to the day when I first made this delicious potato soup.

You can go to my old blog post for the recipe.  It was just as good as I remembered, and the leftover cheesy bread from last night made a nice addition 🙂


Last night in MI September 26, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Potato — WannaBe Chef @ 7:34 pm

Happy Sunday, bloggies!  I’m sitting at my mom’s with cats sleeping all around me and anxiously awaiting the season premier of Desperate Housewives.  After a nice, long visit back home, we’re heading back to MN in the morning.  I’ve had a great time seeing family, work friends, new babies, college friends, pets, and hanging out with my mommy.  The two of us had a random shopping trip yesterday, and I purchased my first Halloween decorations!  If you know my mom at all, you know she’s ob-freaking-sessed with Halloween, so it was only a matter of time before I started to catch the fever a little bit.  Here’s mom’s main purchase yesterday…. a 6-foot tall skeleton she has named “Slim.”

Yeah, that’s right, she sat him up in the back seat of the car and welcomed all the strange looks!  This morning, I saw a container of leftover pumpkin in the fridge and decided to make pumpkin pancakes (I halved the recipe)…. delicious and perfect on a cool fall day!

Dinner was also fantastic… we had grilled BBQ chicken, squash, broccoli, biscuits with honey, and twice-baked potatoes.  It was quite the feast!

Those biscuits were waaay smaller than they look in the picture!

There’s really no recipe for the potatoes, but I’ll tell you how I made them.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

  • Potatoes – baked and halved, insides scooped out
  • Light sour cream
  • Butter
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Broccoli – slightly cooked, chopped
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried parsley
  1. Mash potato insides with the rest of the ingredients, to taste
  2. Fill potato shells with mixture, top with more cheese
  3. Bake at 375 for awhile until cheese is melted and bubbly

A quick Hey from MI September 22, 2010

Filed under: Life — WannaBe Chef @ 9:54 am

Hi bloggies!  I’m currently chilling in a hotel room in the town we used to live in.  It’s been a crazy few days back here in MI.  My sister’s wedding went fantastically.  I haven’t been a very good food blogger, but I do have a couple pics for you! 


Bride and Groom cutting their beautiful cake:

Dozens of Italian cookies, homemade by the groom’s family (clearly a hit, since most of them were gone by the time I took a pic!):

Largest cobb salad known to man, at the rehearsal dinner:

Largest dessert known to man, at the rehearsal dinner:

My baby sis and I on the party bus:

My favorite little girl that we got to see last night for the first time since we moved 6 months ago:

I’m off to visit with my former co-workers today.  Ta-ta for now!


Farewell… again September 15, 2010

Filed under: Shrimp,Side dish — WannaBe Chef @ 8:01 pm

Just popping on real quick to say bye bye!  Wayne, Ziggy, and I will be heading out super early tomorrow and won’t be back for about 10 days.  I’m bringing my computer with me but making no promises to blog, sorry!  Hopefully this boring dinner holds you over for awhile haha…

  • Cold shrimpies and cocktail sauce
  • Quinoa cooked in chicken broth with carrots, onions, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese

See you all on the flip side!!


Name that drink September 14, 2010

Filed under: Chicken — WannaBe Chef @ 6:49 pm

G’day, lovely readers.  Let’s just go through the day, shall we?  I haven’t done this in awhile.  Get ready for some random pics! 

Breakfast:  Oat bran is back… with Splenda, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and peanut butter.

Lunch:  Kind of pathetic… Veggie burger with BBQ sauce on a slice of bread, “salad” aka lettuce, parm, and citrus poppyseed dressing… had to get creative since we’re leaving for 10 days and trying to clean out the fridge. 

Dinner:  I used this seasoning packet that’s been sitting in the cabinet for longer than I’d care to admit.  Hint:  It’s actually seen the inside of two different pantries… in two different states…

I obviously didn’t mess with wings and used chicken breasts instead.  It turned out reeeally, really tasty! 

And then for dessert, I had this lovely pink beverage…  Can you guess what it is?

Crystal Light?  Fruit punch?  A vodka cranberry??  Nope.  It’s Very Berry Airborne.  I’m starting to feel that little dry tickle in my throat, and I’m trying to tackle it right away since, you know, my sister is getting freaking married in 4 days!

Bye bye for now!


Puddin’ September 11, 2010

Filed under: Chicken,Mexican-inspired,One dish meal,Ziggy — WannaBe Chef @ 4:55 pm

Happy Saturday, people!  At this time in one week, my baby sister will be married!  Wayne, Ziggy, and I will be making the 10-12 hour drive back to MI for the festivities on Thursday morning.  I’ve been trying to work on the dreaded maid matron of honor speech/toast, but son had other ideas…

He doesn’t think a toast is necessary 🙂

Ok, so onto the little bit of food I have for you today.  I made this concoction a couple nights ago. 

Southwestern Chicken Corn Pudding

Not sure why this is called “pudding,” but it was pretty good.  It was a teeny bit on the bland side, so I would recommend adding some more seasonings to the egg/flour mixture (maybe some garlic powder or cayenne pepper), and adding some salsa or hot sauce to the chicken/corn mixture.  Topping it with salsa and sour cream is essential in my opinion.  Now I’m off to make tacos and continue preparing for our trip!  Tata for now!