Marinated, Panko-crusted Chicken (Katsu, my way)

Chicken, pork or shrimp coated with Panko and fried is called katsu (cutlet).  I made a variation of this with a marinade I wanted to try.

Marinated, Panko-Crusted Chicken (Katsu, My Way)

5 lb boneless, skinless chicken (I’m using thighs)
1 bottle KC Masterpiece Spicy Mango Marinade
1 box Panko bread crumbs

Marinate the chicken for at least 3 hours in marinade.  Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly spray baking pan(s) with nonstick spray.  Pour Panko into a bowl or bag for coating.  Remove chicken, one piece at a time, from marinade and dip in Panko, fully coating chicken.  Repeat until all chicken is done.  Sprinkle a little more Panko over chicken in pan.  Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until juices run clear.  Enjoy.

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Brag Worthy Trip to CVS This Morning

I made my weekly trip to CVS this morning and, as you can see above, got a couple high $$ items.

The Clearasil PerfectaWash Starter System sells for $19.99/each.  This is the main thing I was going for today.

Here’s the breakdown:

I started with a 20% off coupon and a $5 Beauty Club ECB.

Transaction #1
              (2) Clearasil PerfectaWash Starter System  2@$19.99 = $39.98
                    Spend $15 get $5 ECB
                      -Use 20% off coupon (Gave me $7 off)
                      -Use (1) B1G1 Clearasil PerfectaWash Starter System MFG coupon
                      -Use $5 ECB
                     Total spent $7.99 plus tax.  Got $5 ECB.

Transaction #2
              (5) Garnier Fructis Conditioner 13oz  $3.25/ea = $16.25
                    -Use (2) $3/2 Garnier MFG Coupons
                    -Use (1) $1/1 Garnier MFG coupon
                    -Use $5 ECB from Trans. #1
                    Total $4.25 plus tax.  Got $5 ECB

Transaction #3
             (2) Hershey’s Simple Pleasures 5.6oz bags 2/$6
             (2) Amp Energy Drinks  2/$3
                   -Use (2) Hershey’s Bag Candy MFG coupons
                   -Use $5 ECB from Trans. #2
                   Total $2.10 plus tax.  Got $3 ECB from Amp and $2 ECB from Hershey’s.

Transaction #4
             (2) Crest Complete with Scope Outlast 4.2oz $2.99/ea = $5.98
                    -Use (2) $.75/1 Crest Toothpaste MFG coupons
                    -Use $3 ECB from Transaction #4
                    Total $1.48 plus tax.  Got $4 ECB.

So, I spent $15.82 and have $6 ECB left for next week. With the ECBs left over, I really only spent $9.82 and saved $73.75.  That’s an 88% savings.

Recipe Reviews

Hi everyone!  I’ve noticed the recipes I’ve been posting on my blog have gotten a lot of views.

Could you all do me a HUGE favor?  If you try one of them, please comment under that recipe with your review of it.  I love input from others that try my recipes.  If you change something, let me know.

And, please, be honest.  I love to cook and share what I create.  I also know that not everyone is going to like everything I make.  It’s important to me to know what my readers like and I can’t do that if you don’t let me know.

I look forward to your responses and to posting many more recipes for all of you to try!

Cheater Chicken Pot Pie

I reallly wanted chicken pot pie, but didn’t want to make it completely from scratch.  So, I did some googling and combined some aspects of a few recipes.

Here’s the result.

Cheater Chicken Pot Pie

Filling
1 lb cubed or shredded cooked Chicken
1 can Carrots and Peas, drained
1 can diced Potatoes, drained
1 can Chicken Broth
2/3 C Milk
1/3 C Flour
1 Tbsp Sage
1 tsp Celery Salt
1/2 C diced onion
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Crust
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground sage
2 tbsp. butter 
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup milk



Butter or egg wash to brush on crust


Preheat oven to 350.


Bring broth and milk to a slow boil over medium heat.  Add all seasonings to pot.  Mix flour with a little water to make a paste.  Whisk into broth mixture.  Remove from heat after it thickens some.  Add chicken and veggies and mix to incorporate.  Pour into a 9×9 pan.  


Mix crust ingredients together until it forms a ball.  Roll out on floured surface until it will cover the pan.  Place over pan, tucking sides a bit.  Poke some holes in top with a fork.  Brush with a little butter or egg wash to help brown the top.


Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let sit 10 minutes.  Enjoy.

Jealous Much?

Ok, so, I have a bit of a jealous streak.  I attribute it to being cheated on in the past and not being able to shake the thought if it happening again from the back of my mind.

Here’s the deal.  My husband is in a wedding.  The couple are good friends of ours.  They’re great people.  That’s not the problem.

The problem is my issue with other women touching my husband and my husband’s obliviousness to the advances women have made in the past.  Yeah, I know.  He’s oblivious, don’t sweat it.  Yeah, I’m a woman.  Good luck with that one.

He’s in the wedding.  He can’t wear his wedding band.  His finger got broke about 7 months ago and he can’t get the ring on, let alone get it off once it is on.

I’m assuming it’s just like any other wedding.  The bridal party is supposed to sit at the main table and, since we’re just friends, my kids and I will be at a table probably towards the back.  I haven’t been told otherwise.

So, I’m torn.  I’m wanting to attend to support my friends but my jealous side doesn’t even want to see another woman touch my husband and then have to sit clear across the room from him for the night.

Gah, I’m a mess.

Update:  As per usual, my jealous side jumped to conclusions.  I will sit next to him, if attending.  Now, I just need to figure out if the kids have places to go for that time.  I can’t see D doing good at a wedding.  He can barely do good during a 1/2 hour appointment.

Homemade Pita Bread

So, I love pita chips and hummus, but hate spending so much on both.  I have successfully made hummus many times, so that cost has been lessened.  Today’s mission was to make homemade pita bread and have it be a success.

I found an awesome recipe online that was the perfect ticket.  The only modification I made was to use whole wheat flour instead of regular all purpose flour.

Homemade Pita Bread
Ingredients:
·         1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast
·         1/2 cup warm water
·         3 cups all purpose flour
·         1 1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1 teaspoon granulated sugar
·         1 cup lukewarm water
Preparation:
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.

Combine flour and salt in large bowl.

Make a small depression in the middle of flour and pour yeast water in depression.

Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.

Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it has been successfully kneaded.

Coat large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough in bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated.

Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10-12 small pieces. Place balls on floured surface. Let sit covered for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 500 deg F. and make sure rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to also preheat your baking sheet.

Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5-6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick.

Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 minutes.

Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and add additional pitas for baking.

Take spatula and gently push down puff. Immediately place in storage bags. 

One mistake some make is to knead it too much.  Don’t rely so much on the time it says, but on the texture and stickiness.  If it’s smooth and not sticky, it’s good.
Also, you may have to adjust baking time if you use a stoneware pan instead of a cookie sheet.  My stoneware pan broke, so I was stuck using cookie sheets.
When you’re done making the bread and it’s cooled a bit, you can make pita chips.  Just preheat the oven to 350.  Brush some olive oil on a couple of the pitas.  Season how you want.  Cut into 4ths or 8ths, whichever you prefer and place them on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 7 minutes or so and voila!

My new toy!!!!!!!!!!!

I upgraded my phone yesterday.  After patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be released, it is now in my hands!!!!!!!!!

It’s beautiful.  You see, I was using an HTC Desire for the last two years or so.  I was happy with the phone, but there were so many things I couldn’t do with it.  But, I stuck it out and suffered with limited space until the phone I really wanted was released.
And now, it’s in my hands.  I can’t put it down.  As of 1:15 PM CST yesterday, it was mine.  I charged it up after I got all my accounts set up on it.  But, it did have 50% battery when I got it.  Anyway, I fully charged it within a couple hours yesterday and I’m almost to 24 hours of battery life. 
 I played a lot on it last night and this morning (slept for maybe 5 hours of this).  I’ve taken pictures with the awesome 8MP camera and uploaded them via Instagram.  Works like a charm.  
One thing I really like is when I check my Hotmail, it actually deletes it from my Hotmail, unlike the mail app on my old phone.  I hated having to delete them on my phone to clear the notifications and then delete them on the site, after I got on my computer.  
I’ve added more apps than I had previously.  Some I already had on my Kindle, but I don’t have to take that everywhere anymore.  This phone will hold them all.  I am so happy with that fact!
Speed, features and a great design.  I ♥ the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I’m one of the happiest customers in wireless with USCC and a proud USCC customer crew member!


Vacation

Yes, I apologize for the lack of posts, but we were on vacation since the 29th of June.

We were at hubby’s parents for our vacation, doing quite a bit of work to their house.  Great vacation, right?  Actually, it was.

We added a 3/4 bath in their basement, remodeled the bath on the main floor and tore out the 1/2 bath in the master bedroom to make a walk-in closet.

Here are some pictures from our week.

The best part of the whole trip is, when we settle on a house, our down payment is now covered!