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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Cooking- A Few Pinterest Winners

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I haven't posted about Pinterest in awhile, so I went back and reviewed some of the winning recipes I found there recently.

Living in a small apartment makes using a fryer problematic. The entire apartment (and probably some of my neighbors' as well) ends up smelling like grease, so any recipe that calls for frying is no longer in my repertoire.

We like fried chicken and although I have tried baked chicken recipes that people swear taste as good as fried, I have never found one that can live up to that claim. Until now.

I tried this Juicy Faux Fried Chicken recipe from skinnyms.com that does taste like fried chicken, without the grease. After soaking the chicken parts in a buttermilk, dijon mustard, minced garlic and hot sauce blend for a few hours, you mix flour, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper and baking powder and place chicken pieces in and give it a good shake.

Place the chicken on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet, spray the pieces with cooking spray and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. My guys loved this, it had a lot of flavor and as a bonus it was lower in calories and fat.

You can find the recipe on skinnyms.com here.

This recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies is definitely not low fat, but if you are heading to a picnic or potluck, this is a good dessert to bring and share, as long as there are no peanut allergies in the crowd. It's got brownie mix, peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips and crisped rice cereal layered together for a sinfully delicious treat that will make any Reese's Peanut Butter Cup fan very happy. 

The recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies came from cookiesandcups.com and can be found here.
From cookiesnadcups.com
I am hopeful that spring is finally here and I can break out the spring/summer salads that my family enjoy. Have you found any new recipes that have wowed you lately? Share them in comments.


  1. That chicken looks worth the try. I don't fry at all--a little bit because of the fat and calories but mostly because I hate the cleanup. This looks easy, and the foil helps with the washing up.

  2. I never fry either and have been disappointed by a couple of those fake-fry chicken recipes, but am definitely willing to give this a try... especially since you had good results!

  3. That faux fried chicken sounds delicious! And, I'm with you on avoiding frying in an NYC apartment…I lived there for 8 years and rarely fried anything. The smell and just general messiness was hard to manage in a tiny kitchen!

  4. That baked chicken looks spectacular. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  5. I'm looking forward to salad season, too, and maybe my pants will start to fit better after a few weeks of salads!

  6. I'm going to pin that chicken recipe. Always nice to have a tasty recipe on hand to dress up baked chicken a bit.

  7. That chicken looks great, but I've got to say it's the brownies that I'm completely wowed by - as a peanut butter lover I have to try those.

  8. Must try that chicken recipe. I love cooking or baking with buttermilk!

  9. Peanut butter cup crack brownies? They sound heavenly!