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What’s for Dinner: Garlic Knots

Tonight, I made garlic knots.

The semi-homemade way. I say that because instead of making my own pizza dough first, what I used instead was those refrigerated biscuits.

Easy to make, delicious, and ready in twenty minutes [prep and baking time included]!

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 [16-ounce] can of [refrigerated] buttermilk biscuits20140619-192121-69681884.jpg
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of [unsalted] butter, melted

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil [for easy cleanup].
  2. Cut each of the 8 biscuits in half. Then, using your hands, roll each of the pieces until they are about twice the length. Or even a little longer.
  3. Make a knot out of each piece of dough. and lay on top of your [lined] baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine together the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder,oregano, parsley and salt.
  5. Melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Brush each of the knots with the butter mixture. Don’t get rid of the leftover butter mixture just yet.
  7. In your preheated oven, bake the garlic knots for about 8-10 minutes. Until they are golden brown.
  8. As soon as you take them out of the oven, brush them with the rest of the butter mixture that was leftover earlier. The heat will help the mixture melt over the baked garlic knots and give the finishing touch.

Serve immediately!

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What’s for Dinner: Chipotle Chicken and Potato Wedges

Tonight for dinner, I made a chipotle [whole] chicken alongside potato wedges.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a whole chicken and first poked holes in it with a fork [so the marinade seeped through to the inside]. Next, I seasoned the chicken with the following:20140423-185255.jpg

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chipotle chili powder [lots of it]
  • onion powder
  • ground mustard
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • lemon juice
  • yogurt

I let the chicken marinate a day.

Today, when I was ready to put dinner together: I let it cook on low heat for several [3] hours on the stove in a deep pan. Just like I did with the chicken back on this postI love how juicy and tender the meat is on the inside [and prefer this method over roasting it in the oven and having the chicken dry up easily].

Alongside, I roasted some gold potato wedges [seasoning it based off what I put in the chicken] with:

I cut the potatoes into wedges before transferring all of the cut potatoes onto a foil-lined baking sheet. I drizzled EVOO over the potatoes before I seasoned the potatoes with: salt, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, oregano, and rosemary.

I baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes all together [flipping them over half way through the baking time].

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What’s for Dinner: Cajun Roasted Potatoes

To serve alongside my Cajun shrimp, I made these Cajun roasted [red] potatoes.
I cut my red potatoes into small pieces [first I halved them, then quartered each half]. I transferred all of the potatoes onto a foil-lined baking sheet, Next, I sprayed the potatoes with non-stick cooking spray before I seasoned the potatoes with black pepper, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, paprika, and of course Cajun seasoning.
I baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes all together. For the first half of the baking time, I had all the potatoes facing skin side up. For the second half? Skin side down.

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What’s for Dinner: Chicken Tawook and Roasted Potatoes

Today marks my parents 30th wedding anniversary!

I’ve been out of the kitchen for the most part post-surgery, but tonight I made these chicken kababs. Tawook
is pretty much cubed chicken that is marinated, skewered and then grilled.

  1. I marinated the boneless chicken cubes with salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, onion powder, thyme, ground mustard, lemon juice, yogurt, and raw papaya [to help tenderize the meat]. Let the marinated chicken sit for a few hours.
  2. Set your broiler on high. Skewer your chicken. Put it under the broiler for about 15 minutes. Take it out, flip them over, and set back under the broiler for another 7-10 minutes.

Broiling Tip: Whenever you use the broiler feature in the oven, make sure you leave the oven door open a little bit.

I served the chicken alongside a combination of corn, peas, and roasted potatoes.

For the roasted potatoes: I took small gold potatoes– cut each in half, and then each half into quarters (small pieces– you get the picture). I seasoned them with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and chipotle powder. Drizzled them with olive oil. Mix well. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

For dessert, I made chocolate chip cookie a la modeA la mode means to be served with a scoop of ice cream. I’ll try and post that tomorrow: easy and delicious as usual.

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What’s for Dinner: Breadsticks

For Ayaz’s birthday, yesterday, I made my bubble-up pizza, a chocolate cake [with choclate frosting] with rolo candies and drizzled with caramel… and these breadsticks!
You need:

  • Pizza dough
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil Powder

This particular day, I used the Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough [thin crust]. You can find my pizza dough recipe by clicking here.

What I did was:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough onto my pan.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on top, and use a brush to evenly spread over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle italian seasoning, garlic powder, and basil powder on top.
  5. Bake in my preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
Cut them into whatever sized pieces you want. Serve them with marinara sauce!

By the way, click here to get the recipe for my Garlic and Cheesy Breadsticks.

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What’s for Dinner: Eggplant and Tomatoes

Last Saturday, for an iftari party, I quickly assembled a plate of grilled eggplant and roasted cherry tomatoes. My dad had been asking me to make something with the eggplant and I had some fresh cherry tomatoes from my aunt’s backyard vegetable garden. 

They turned out great, and I especially loved the seasoned tomatoes straight out of the oven!

I sliced the eggplant and seasoned it with a little oil, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, and rosemary. Grilled these in my George Foreman grill machine.

I took the roasted cherry tomatoes [whole] and seasoned them with a little oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and basil. Roasted these in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, I’d say? Just until right before they were ready to burst. Juicy and delicious!

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What’s for Dinner: Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Monkey Bread. Pull apart breads. Whatever you want to call it. It’s delicious. And that’s all that matters in the end.

I’ve done a stuffed [pizza] monkey bread in the past, but today’s is more of a side dish. Or a snack. A fun twist on garlic bread. They are individual [or mini] monkey breads.

You will need:

  • 2 cans of [refrigerated] biscuits
  • 6 tablespoons of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of [dried] parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup of [grated] Parmesan cheese

To make the Garlic [Monkey] Bread:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a non-stick muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray for extra precaution.
  2. In a bowl, combine your melted butter, garlic powder, parsley, and parmesan cheese.
  3. Cut each of the biscuits into 6 pieces and place in the bowl where you have combined the rest of the ingredients. Gently mix, so you evenly coat all of the biscuits.  Divide the biscuit pieces evenly among your muffin pan. I did some with four in it, and others with six in it.
  4. Bake [in your preheated oven] for about 14 minutes.
The above quantitiies make 16 good sized individual pull-apart breads. Next time, if I’m just making it for my family, I’d definitely cut it in half.

These are best when served warm. They were great on their own, or I’d recommend serving these with marinara sauce [or whatever your favorite pizza-like sauce may be]. Today, I made these alongside Bang Bang Shrimp and another version of my baked fries. I also think serving this alongside spaghetti or any [red sauce] pasta would be a nice combination.

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What’s for Dinner: Seasoned [Baked] Fries

Here’s another combination of seasoned fries that I tried out today:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme

I tend to let the french fries thaw out for an hour or so at least before I season and bake them off. I find them to cook better this way.

The method is the same as last time:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line your baking sheet with foil (or whatever else you prefer).
  3. With the fries on the baking sheet spray them all with a non-stick spray, making sure all the fries are covered.
  4. Sprinkle the spice and herb mixture from above on the fries. Toss with a spatula or your hands!
  5. Bake it for about 20 minutes, tossing them around at least once in between.

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What’s for Dinner: Garlic and Cheesy Breadsticks

I’m still working on updating with recipes for things I’ve posted about in the past. These Garlic and Cheesy Breadsticks: I’ve made alongside my homemade pizza(s), as snacks, and as an appetizer for a super bowl party amongst other things.


You need:

  • Pizza dough, enough to cover a pizza pan (homemade or store-bought)
  • [Olive] oil
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dried Parmesan
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Warmed marinara sauce, for dipping

To make the breadsticks:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Roll out your pizza dough, thinly, and place on a baking pan.
  3. Brush the pizza dough with oil. Sprinkle your dough with fresh parmesan, dried parmesan, dried parsley flakes, garlic powder, [very little] salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  4. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut the bread into strips and serve them warm with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

I made these alongside two types of homemade pizza the first time I made them, but they are great to serve as a snack as well.

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What’s for Dinner: Spinach and Cheese Swirls

These Spinach and Cheese Swirls are a great and quick, appetizer or snack!

You will need:

  •  1 sheet of [Pepperidge Farm] Puff Pastry
  •  1 egg
  •  1 tablespoon of water
  •  1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  •  1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  •  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

To make your Spinach and Cheese Swirls, do the following:

  1. Leave out your pastry sheet at room temperature to let it soften.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, mix together your egg and water and set it aside. Mix together your Monterey Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.
  3. Brush your [softened] Puff Pastry sheet with the egg mixture. Next, sprinkle your cheese mixture on top. Finally, add your spinach on top.
  4. Put it in the freezer for a few minutes, and then roll it up like a jelly roll. Tip: Putting it in the freezer makes it easier for you to cut them. Cut into even, thin [but not too thin] slices. Place on baking sheet. Brush the tops with egg mixture once more [to help get the golden color on top].
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

They can be served warm or at room temperature [I find them to taste best while they are warm, right out of the oven].

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