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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

cheese broccoli rice casseroleCasseroles always seem to be a good choice when I’m planning my weekly meals.  For one, they are usually easy to assemble.  And for two, you can usually eat them for several days afterward.

When looking for a good casserole choice, I always like to choose something that goes well with anything.  This week, along with our buffalo cheeseburgers, I decided to attempt a recipe found at Chaos In The Kitchen.

It’s got just the right combination of veggies and carbs.  And who can argue with anything so cheesy!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh or frozen broccoli florets
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups cooked white rice
3 cups colby shredded cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 3 quart casserole dish with a lid.

2. Saute onion, celery and fresh broccoli if using (you don’t have to saute frozen broccoli since it is usually parboiled) until soft.

3. In the casserole dish, stir together veggies, rice, 1 to 2 cups of cheese and soup.

4. Cover with remaining cheese and bake, covered, for about 45 minutes or until hot.

5. Remove the cover to brown cheese.

cheese broccoli rice casserole

Featured Recipe Blog: Buns In My Oven

Every week I’ll be featuring a new recipe blog for my readers to explore. Why? This is just one more way in which I want to help fellow foodies find each other and connect. Plus extra traffic to your recipe blog never hurts either!

This Week’s Featured Recipe Blog –  Buns In My Oven

Recipe Blog URL: http://bunsinmyoven.com/

Follow Karly on Twitter: @Buns_In_My_Oven

A Little About Karly:

I’m a homeschooling mama of two kids and married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and kids demand that I feed them every day, and for some reason they don’t consider cold cereal a proper dinner. As you can see, life is hard. I decided that if I’m going to be forced to cook for my family, I may as well have fun with it and share my favorite recipes with you.

Buns in My Oven

A Sampling of Karly’s Unique Recipes:

Éclair Cake

Bacon and Cheddar Scones

Magic Peanut Butter Middles

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

Next Week’s Featured Recipe Blog: Edible Moments

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This past weekend was my husband’s birthday.  Being the chocolate fanatic that he is, I just had to bake him a chocolate cake.

I made a simple devil’s food boxed cake, adding chocolate chips into the batter too.  Since I made a box cake, I figured I should at least make homemade frosting.

I chose to make the chocolate frosting listed on the back of my container of Nestle Toll House cocoa powder.  Wowzers!  It is really sweet and yummy!

chocolate icing recipe

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

from Nestle

Ingredients:

3 cups sifted powdered sugar, divided
2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
5 to 6 tablespoons milk, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1.  Beat 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until creamy.

2.  Gradually beat in remaining sugar and milk until smooth.

chocolate frosting

Shredded Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Nothing beats a good sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.  This recipe contains a heavenly sauce that is really sweet and tasty.  Combining this sauce with moist shredded chicken makes for a delicious treat.

We loved these sandwiches!  It takes only a few minutes of prep time but the flavors are intense.  The sauce is extra sweet and sticky.  If you like barbecue chicken, I think you’ll love these!

Shredded Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 – 3 lbs skinless, bone-in chicken breasts
dry rub (recipe below)
1 cup chicken broth
homemade honey barbecue sauce (recipe below)

Directions:

1.  Mix together all of the dry rub ingredients.  Rub spice mixture onto all sides of chicken breasts and place into large crockpot.

dry rubbed chicken breast

2.  Pour chicken broth around chicken breasts, cover and cook 3 – 4 hours or until chicken begins to fall apart.  (Regularly baste chicken with the broth and juices in the bottom of the crockpot.)

3.  Gently remove cooked chicken from the crockpot and discard juices.  Place chicken on cutting board and start pulling chicken away from the bones.  Shredd the cooked chicken by pulling apart with two forks.  Set aside.

shredded chicken meat

4.  Make the honey barbecue sauce following the recipe below.  Mix sauce and the chicken together and serve on your favorite buns.

barbecue chicken sandwichDry Rub

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 stick of butter
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon spicy mustard
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of kosher salt, onion powder and garlic powder

Combine above ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook on medium until well combined.   Lower heat to low setting and simmer for about 15 to 20 additional minutes.  Remove from heat when sauce thickens.

Chocolate Chip Scones

chocolate chip scone doughYesterday I was in the mood to bake.  Since I always seem to have chocolate chips on hand, I once again chose a chocolate based recipe.  This time…Chocolate Chip Scones!

I found this delicious recipe on the Hershey’s Kitchen website.  This was my first attempt at scones and they are surprisingly easy to make.  And they turned out super yummy!

I’ve bought bakery made scones before and they always seemed a bit dry.  More like a crumbling biscuit.  Not this recipe!  These scones turned out nice and moist.  More like a fluffy cookie and not the biscuit type texture.  Give these a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Chocolate Chip Scones

adapted from Hershey’s

Ingredients:

3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips
2 cups chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Additional granulated sugar

*I used half dark chocolate chips and half white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

2. Stir together flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Stir whipping cream into flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are moistened.

4. Turn mixture out onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently until soft dough forms (about 2 minutes).

chocolate chip scones

Divide dough into three equal balls. One ball at a time, flatten into 7-inch circle; cut into 8 triangles. Transfer triangles to prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional granulated sugar.

5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, if desired. 24 scones.

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