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Recipe Exploration: Cheesy Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Quesadillas

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Name: Cheesy Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Quesadillas
By:Renee (from kevinandamanda.com)

Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 10

Servings: 8 (half a quesadilla is a serving)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized flour tortilla shells
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced
  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven, turn heat to 400, and cook 15 mins per side.
  2. Add 1/2 tbsp bacon drippings to a skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and saute about 2-3 mins until softened. Add the chicken in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking. Remove the chicken and scallions to a plate and rinse out the skillet.
  3. Add about 1/2 tbsp butter to the skillet over medium heat. When foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery. Layer one side of the tortilla with chicken, bacon, avocado, and a little cheese. Use tongs to flip the other half of the tortilla over and press down. Cook the tortilla for about 1-2 mins on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, adding a little more butter for each tortilla as needed. Eat & enjoy!

Notes:

  • I used the bacon pieces used for salads and made them crispy in the microwave.  Was a lot easier.  But if you don’t have extra bacon grease handy, it’s good to make the bacon yourself.

Episode 042 – Non-Resolution Making

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

The @Valentine Podcast Show Notes

[audio http://atvalentine.podbean.com/mf/web/bw7pik/Episode042.mp3|titles=Episode 42 – Non-Resolution Making]

Intro

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your non-resolution making couple, J and Renee Valentine.Intro Music –

Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights – http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/homeToday is Monday, January 2, 2012 and this is Episode 42!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • Happy New Year (I’m old)
  • Star Wars Weekend
  • Started to snow 😦

Tech (Gadgets, Computers, etc.)

  • Need more memory
  • Path
  • Set up Roku for Mr. Crocker

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows, Music)

  • Movies By Chance: Result: 107 – The Color Of Freedom; 184 – GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Movie for Next Week: 75 – Hot Tub Time Machine; 125 – Midnight Cowboy
  • Panic Room
  • Introduced Danielle and D to The Walking Dead
  • SW:TOR
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Portal 2

Food – Music (Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto by London Philharmonic Orchestra & Alfred Scholz)

  • Try This: Mamee Noodles brought to you by Paul Fox
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee
  • Airpopped Popcorn: Round 2
  • Bacon and Feta Stuffed Chicken with Bacon and Onion Mashed Potatoes
  • Famous Dave’s
  • New Year’s Dinner

Odds and Ends

  • Welcome Home Strumpet!
  • Florida Bound This Weekend
  • Well Wishes to Brian Dunaway

Feedback

  • We now know where Jeff lives.

Contact Information
You can reach us by email at atvalentineblog@gmail.com. You can also see our blog at atvalentine.com.  The podcast Twitter feed is atvalentineblog.  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow

Outro Music:  
I Gave You My Love by Pretty Lights

Bacon and Feta Stuffed Chicken with Bacon and Onion Potatoes

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment
Name: Bacon and Feta Stuffed Chicken and Bacon and Onion Mashed Potatoes
By: Renee from All Recipes

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 35 min

Servings: 3

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound bacon slices
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried oregano or italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed or 2 packages of instant mashed potatoes.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream


Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crispyt. Reserve the bacon grease in the skillet, and cool the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Once cool, crumble the bacon into 2 inch pieces and mix together with the feta cheese, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Lay a chicken breast flat onto your work surface. Use the tip of a sharp boning or paring knife to cut a 2-inch pocket in the chicken breast. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Spoon the bacon mixture into the pockets. Pour the flour, egg, and bread crumbs into separate, shallow dishes. Gently press the chicken breasts into the flour to coat. Dip each into the beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs.
  3. Reheat the bacon grease over medium heat. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides in the hot fat, about 2 minutes per side. Reserve the bacon grease in the pan. Place the breasts on a baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink and the filling is hot, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  4. Meanwhile, If using whole potatoes, place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  5. While the potatoes are boiling, cook the onion in the remaining bacon grease over medium heat until very tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Once the potatoes are done, mash together with the onion, butter, and remaining 3 tablespoons of sour cream. Serve the chicken breasts accompanied by the mashed potatoes.

Notes:

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