Friday Foodie Review – Chicken Adobo

Happy Friday friends! Are you looking for something super easy for your weekend? My slow-cooker always saves the day when I am in need of something flavorful and I don’t want to put in a lot of effort. I know that sounds terrible. We that cook should always want to spend hours in the kitchen making each ingredient sing like it’s the star. No, people. This is not the truth. Even if we love food and love cooking, sometimes we have other things to do. Sometimes those things may be binge watching a TV show with our husbands but trust me there are important things to do!

In walks this fabulous slow-cooker recipe. My husband and I went to an event a couple of years ago and they served Chicken Adobo. I didn’t know what it was, I had never had it before and I quickly discovered it was tasty! I found this recipe a couple of years ago and well it sat. It was saved on my Pillsbury page and that is where it stayed. Until, the other day. I thought this sounds soooo yummy! So I made it.

You do brown the chicken first, but please know you are not cooking the chicken you are simply getting a good crust on the skin. Now you will also notice that I used skinless thighs. Well the browning still had a nice effect and, while I try to stay true to a recipe at the least the first time I try it. I also like to stay true to my wallet and use what I have on hand.

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I made Mexican rice packets from Knorr to go with the chicken and it was soooo good. We did pick the peppercorns off of our plates because I forgot to strain it, a slight kitchen fail on my part. I took the roasted garlic and spread it on my some buttered toast for an amazing garlic bread to go with our fantastic dinner.

Overall, this was a 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗out of 5 recipe. We will definitely be making it again. the flavor is very different from anything I have made before. Traditionally, it is served with white rice but I really enjoyed the flavor of the Mexican rice with it. I am so glad that I finally tried this recipe. I hope you don’t want as long as I did.

Remember, if you are interested in what I am cooking and what will be featured on the blog soon, check out my Pinterest Board for all the recipes and things we are trying on the blog.

Love and 🍗

Becky

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Friday Foodie Review – BLT Mac & Cheese

Happy Friday! TGIF to say the least! I was ready for the weekend this morning and I am sure that you are too. I was originally going to post a different recipe today but when I made this mac and cheese it was just too good to wait to post.

I like to browse through the Pillsbury recipes on their website. This was a recipe I found and I just couldn’t resist trying. BLT Mac and Cheese. This is a link to the recipe directly on the Pillsbury site. BLT Mac and Cheese

I have also created a new Pinterest Board for my reviews. If you are interested in other recipes, etc. please feel free to check it out. RealGirlReviews Pinterest

Now on to the recipe! So this recipe is very straightforward. You could easily make this recipe gluten free by replacing the macaroni and panko with gluten friendly versions. For this particular use, I did not. I wanted to try the recipe exactly as it was listed.

Here are some pics of how to get started!

The one thing that took the longest time was boiling the noodles and of course, cooking the bacon. I did it in my cast iron and had to do in batches so it took a little while to cook the whole package. I will say though, I never regret making all the bacon because my house smells good for days afterwards.

Now here is how it looked all done!

This is definitely a recipe to be made again and again. The hubs loved it. He has taken to calling it Crackeroni and Cheese or Crack and Cheese for short. I think he might be addicted. I took it to work and shared with a few folks there and they loved it.

My opinion is that the tomato was a fun bright touch. The bacon added a slight crunch along with the panko, that made this one of those mac and cheese recipes you can’t wait to try again. This recipe is a crowd size recipe so I would definitely make sure you have a lot of folks around to eat it or you might burn out on it before you have finished the dish.

All in all this is a 🥓🥓🥓🥓🥓 out of 5 recipe!!! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Love and 🥓

Becky

Try-It Tuesday Cloud Bread 

If you are on Pinterest you have seen cloud bread. You have been curious about cloud bread. If you haven’t well let me tell you about cloud bread. Haha! I found this link Cloud Bread and decided that I should try it for something a little different than my normal 3 hour bread baking weekend ritual. It seemed like an easy enough task. 


I had all the ingredients ready to go! 

The one thing I didn’t do was pull out the hand mixer and well my results will tell you that I shouldn’t have been lazy! 


I think I did those egg whites some justice with my elbow grease though. Haha! Stuck them in the oven and well magic happened. 


They actually looked the way I thought they kind of should. They aren’t quite as fluffy as I was hoping hence I needed the hand mixer. 


But upon escape from the oven and a proper cooling phase I was very happy with the taste and thus I will definitely be trying this recipe again! I wish I could describe it properly it tastes like bread just a super light version. Nothing heavy about it at all. These didn’t last long in my house at all. 

Thanks Becca for an amazing recipe! 

Are you guys actually trying these things you find on Pinterest? May change these posts to “nailed it” type posts in the future. 

Until next time mangia my loves, 

Try It Tuesday Pork Edition 

We are a pork household. We love pork and all enjoy cooking it as well. Our smoker has seen better days so I had to try my hand at fixing a pork butt in the oven. 


That is how it turned out. A 7 pound butt cooked for 5 hours at 200 degrees covered in tin foil and then for 2 hours at 350 with the foil removed. I covered it with some homemade rub. The seasoning was excellent. We honestly missed a little bit of the smoky flavor that we get when we do a traditional butt in our smoker but overall excellent flavor and this just proves that you can cook a piece of meat as long as you have some heat and the time. 

My husband then made these amazing pulled pork sandwiches. 


Layer pork, BBQ sauce, a fried egg and some pimento cheese. Trust me the flavor is out of this world! 

Mangia! 

Becky 

Upping the Veggie Factor

So sometimes I just crave veggies. I like to have more in my diet but I don’t always just want a plain steamed or boiled veggie. So my sweet boys aren’t always fond of veggies like me and they do consider French fries as a vegetable choice on a menu. We made a pork butt this past week. And we needed some sides if you will! 

I found this special recipe on my favorite website AllRecipes.com. 

Fauxtato Salad 

The result was very tasty. I wouldn’t consider it a true trick taste. I would say a reasonable substitute but not something that is going to fool anyone. The boys liked it but I think they would like my regular potato salad better. And the ice bath thing for easy shelling of the hard boiled eggs did not work. 

Overall this was a great recipe and I definitely would recommend that you try it. 

Love 

Becky  

Pot Roast to the Rescue 

So not being able to eat much lately and just really needing some comfort food it was time for a good old fashioned roast. I wanted a new recipe though because for try-it Tuesday I always like to try something new. So I looked to Pioneer Woman and found her Perfect Pot Roast. Please see her recipe here


The biggest difference from her roast is that at the 1.5 hour mark (halfway through for my roast) I added potatoes. And they cooked perfectly. The recipe lived up to the hype. The meat was cooked beautifully, the carrots maintained an amazing texture I really enjoyed. I tried my hand at a gravy but it still needs some work! All in all a little home cooking comfort food was what I needed and didn’t make me too horribly sick afterward which was great. 

Have you tried any new recipes lately? 

Love 

Becky 

Gluten free Stuffing and such 

For Try-it Tuesday I wanted to share with you all one of the new recipes I tried for Thanksgiving. I am going to be honest and tell you I didn’t take near enough pictures at Thanksgiving and I am fighting a horrible migraine so this is going to be a short post. But as I was saying stuffing…

Stuffing and mashed potatoes are probably my Thanksgiving staples next to the Parade! I didn’t know how to survive without stuffing and I was scared to try. So I started scouring the Internet for recipes and ideas. I found a recipe called – Awesome Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing on allrecipes.com and decided that sounded yummy and different and gluten free bread could be used without too much notice by my family! 

The only change to the recipe I made was using sage sausage instead of regular turkey sausage and gluten free bread instead of the regular white and wheat it called for. I did not stuff the turkey but baked it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit covered and then 15 minutes uncovered. 

Here is the link to the recipe  Awesome Sausage Apple and Cranberry Stuffing  
It was a hit! My fiancé has asked for me to make it again for Christmas dinner and I will gladly oblige. And now for some random Thanksgiving pics I do actually have! And yes these were two different days we had back to back Thanksgiving with all of our family! It was awesome and I am blessed beyond words. 

 
Wait is that my wine or yours?   
 
Future mother in law cooking up for the whole crew. 

   
    
We are so silly! 

 
This is the best banana pudding ever and I will definitely be sharing this recipe for holiday events to come! 

   
My little boy is growing up too fast! Oh the mustache! 

 Honey and brother in law checking out the game. 

  
I hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that maybe you tried a new recipe this year! If you did please share! 

Mangia

Becky