SCBD’s Boyfriend #Budget #Friendly Recipes: Jay’s Big Deal Small Chic-ken Recipe

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My boyfriend & home chef, Jason!

Hey readers, it’s me Sara the founder of SCBD! So, I love the fact that my boyfriend Jason is a foodie like me! Weekends are always fun whether we are going out checking out a new spot or we’re cooking together. When we’re not cooking together, him and I take turns on who cooks. So every time he cooks I know I’m in for a treat and I love it, he’s my chef! He’s really good at cooking hearty, budget-friendly recipes. This weekend, along with many other delicious dishes he made this awesome chicken, better known as Jay’s Big Deal Small Chic-ken. He wanted me to share his awesome recipe with you all. I’m sure you will love it too!

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Jay’s Big Deal Small Chic-ken

–INGREDIENTS-

  • 1 chicken (halved)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 Tbs. Fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 lemon zest (shavings of 1 whole lemon skin)
  • 1 whole lemon (squeezed)
  • 1-3 garlic cloves (chopped) and according to taste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil

   For heat add Jalapenos or crushed red pepper according to taste

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Top Pic- The finished product
Left- Marinating
Right- When it came out of the oven

–STEPS–

  1. Place halved chicken open side down in pan (be sure you buy a whole chicken and have it halved but NOT separated into two different pieces).
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken. 
  3. Combine cilantro, parsley, rosemary, lemon zest, lemon, garlic, salt,  pepper, and oil to make the marinade.
  4. Once all ingredients are mixed, spread/pour marinade over top of the chicken (it is recommended that it marinate for 24-hours).

–COOKING–

(Recommended) 

  1. Turn grill on to medium-high heat.
  2. Place chicken open side down on grill for 15-20 minutes. (Do not dump marinade over top as it will cause your chicken to flame up.)
  3. GENTLY BASE THE CHICKEN WITH A BRUSH!
  4. Flip over and grill for another 15-20 minutes and your done!! 
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

OR

(Baking) “A healthier option!”

  1. Pre-heat oven to 415 degrees
  2. Place chicken in pan with marinade into oven for about 45 minutes or until a golden brown.
  3. Remove! Cool and enjoy!!!
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Our leftovers, even better the next day!

The recipe is definitely one of my new favorites and I hope he makes it again! The marinade is so delicious and compliments it so well! That’s the basic recipe but you can add cut red potatoes to the pan (in picture above) that make a great side & complete the meal! A huge plus is that you’ll definitely have leftovers to eat the next day, if they last that long!

Look out for more of Jason’s and my recipes up on the blog, as he has more to share with you and I’ll be taken pictures as always next time he cooks! 🙂

Stay tuned for more of SCBD’s Boyfriend #Budget #Friendly Recipes!

Happy Eating!

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Tullamore D.E.W Whiskey Bacon Pecan Pie

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a boozy Irish treat! Bake It With Booze created this delicious Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey Bacon Pecan Pie in honor of the upcoming holiday and we want to share it with you. Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey – the only kind that you should be celebrating with!

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This year marks a celebration of the brand’s history and culture with the new Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre opening in Tullamore, Ireland. The brand also introduced new packaging that highlights the brands heritage and Irish spirit. So in addition to going out and toasting the luck of the Irish with a glass of Tullamore, we suggest you whip up this outstanding pie if you are really looking to impress. Cheers!

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Pie Crust (makes 2 crusts, freeze the second crust)

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cut into a dice, keep chilled
  • 6 tbsp Crisco shortening (regular or butter flavor)
  • 4 tbsp Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey
  • 4-6 tbsp ice water (water with ice cubes)

Filling

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Topping

  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp bacon drippings (reserved, see below)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 strips thick sliced bacon, chopped, cooked and well drained (about 1/3 pound); reserve drippings
  • 1 3/4 cups pecan halves (8 oz)

Directions
Make the Crust:
1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter and shortening into the flour using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse meal (a bit smaller than peas).
2. Sprinkle in 2 tbsp whiskey, mix like you’re tossing a salad.  Then add 2 tbsp ice water and mix with a fork, just to moisten.  Repeat with the remaining whiskey and ice water, mixing with fork after each addition.
3. Add just enough of the remaining ice water in 1 tbsp increments to make a dough that just holds together.  Work quickly to keep the ingredients cold.
4. Divide into two discs, cover each with plastic wrap.  Freeze one disc for another time and refrigerate the other disc until ready to use (at least 30 minutes).

Assemble the Pie:
Remove the dough disc from the refrigerator.  On a well-floured surface, roll out the disc to 12 inches for a 9 inch pie pan.  Carefully transfer the dough to the pie plate.  Crimp the edge.  Refrigerate until ready to fill.

Make the Filling:
1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, whiskey, and vanilla.  Beat on medium until well combined and frothy.
2. Add the pecans and beat just to combine.
3. Pour into prepared pie shell and cover edges with foil or crust shield.
4. Bake for 35 minutes until top is just almost set but filling is still very jiggly.  Remove from the oven.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, reserved bacon drippings, and honey.  Cook on medium for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.  Add the pecans and cooked bacon.  Carefully spoon over the pie filling.  Replace foil or crust shield
  2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown.  Careful not to burn the nuts. 
  3. Remove the crust shield the last 5 minutes.  Cool to room temperature before serving.

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Curvy is Bella Tips: Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice Recipe

Hi everyone I am Fay I am owner of Curvy is Bella a fitness blog for girls and I am designated  health and fitness guru for Small Chick Big Deals! I figured it was about time I posted and shared my tips and tricks with everyone and today’s healthy lunch came out to good not to share. I would say once a week I go to Columbus Market in NJ for fresh fruits and veggies and Bottom Dollar Food for everything else. Of course, sometimes I treat myself to items from Trader Joes, Wegmans and Acme but I like to save money and eat as healthy as possible and I have found you can do that at Bottom Dollar Food as long as you know what you are looking for! The Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice recipe I am going to share is quick, easy and is great to eat after a nice workout at the gym.

Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice

Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice

Ingredients:

  • Jasmine rice (or any rice of your choice)
  • One fresh tomato
  • Half of an avocado
  • shelled shrimp
  • coconut shreds
  •  normal household spices

Instructions:

  1. To start cook rice to brand specifications, I use jasmine rice from a local asian market and it takes about 15 minutes to make. 
  2. While the rice is cooking in a small pan put a little water, 7 shelled shrimp and spice them to your taste. I put cayenne pepper, regular pepper and a dash of Mrs. Dash (salt free)
  3. During the cooking of the rice and shrimp get out your tomato and chop it as small as you’d like. While on the cutting board spice the tomatoes (again this is to your taste but I used cayenne pepper again and a little garlic salt)
  4. Once shrimp are red and cooked clean them off and peel them (if you don’t it will give an unwanted fishy taste to your meal)
  5. Rinse out your shrimp pan and put tomatoes, coconut shreds and pealed shrimp and cook for five minutes. 
  6. After that is done mix rice (there will be left over so I just put it in a container for another lunch) tomato mix and shrimp together and top with sliced fresh avocado and enjoy!

All of these things I used today were left overs from salads throughout the week! Getting creative with your meals helps save time, money and wasted food from having to be thrown away. Hope you enjoyed this quick meal once I get more comfortable I plan on submitting at least once a week to Small Chick Big Deals and feel free to check me out on Curvy is Bella  🙂

-Fay

These Are a Few of Katrina’s Favorite Things…

Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, I happen to fancy the art of baking. I get my jollies by going to the local grocery store and taking my time walking up and down the isles, until I find the best deals for the best brands of fresh food. I am not a big fan of processed food (or “crap” as Jillian Michael’s calls it), so to me, I like to bake and cook from scratch most of the time. While others see nothing wrong with buying cookies and cupcakes, I prefer to bake them myself.

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I started baking back when I was about 10 years old; after I checked out the All American Girl Cookbook from my local library. I immediately wanted to try Samantha’s Blueberry Muffins and Felicity’s Scones…you catch my drift. And there I was…not even a teenager, but I was washing fresh blueberries, sifting flour, and cracking eggs in a bowl. To this day, I LOVE to bake. I love the feeling of patting the homemade crust on the top of an apple pie, or sprinkling sugar into chocolate chip cookie dough. The smell that floats through the air as my banana nut bread bakes is one that not only makes my family all hover around the kitchen, but makes me eager to try a piece too.

Tonight after working a full day in the office, I came home and baked. And baked. And baked. I have a function the next evening and promised I would bake, so I did! chocolate chip-walnut cookies, Banana Walnut bread, and an apple pie. Yes, call me crazy, but it was fun! Although time-consuming, I enjoyed it and my treats look decadent and are just waiting to be gobbled up.

Crocking Away…Tasty Turkey Chili

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Hello all! I am Katrina, and have been writing since I was 17, and have been interested in food since I was 15, and got my first “real” job, working in a bakery down the block from my high school. I however, like to cook and eat healthy 24/7. Yes, I will grab a slice of pizza every now and then, but why bother, when I can make my own on whole wheat dough, with low-fat cheese, low-sodium sauce, and turkey pepperoni? You catch my drift…I love food, and love to cook and bake…healthy…at home.

I am in love. With my crock pot. Not what you thought I was going to say, right? Well it’s true. I discovered this hidden gem in my kitchen cabinet not too long ago, and have been whipping up tasty turkey chili for my whole family ever since.

The machine literally is fool-proof. You prepare a meal in the morning, toss it in the slow cooker (crock pot, as I grew up calling it), and let it simmer all day until you get home from work. Because let’s be honest: who wants to cook chili after working an 8 hour day?

And that is just what I did today. I had to be at work at 9:30 so I got up a little after 7:30AM and sauteed my turkey chop meat in 2 TBS of olive oil on the stove. I broke it up with a fork, and then poured in a little bit of cumin and S+P to my liking. When that was almost all cooked, I transferred it over to the slow cooker, which I had plugged in and set to “Low for 8 Hours.”

I went back to my stove and poured another TBS of olive oil, and chopped up two small cloves of garlic, one small onion, and one green pepper and tossed those into the pan on the stove. Then I added in a can of cannelloni beans, a can of low-sodium diced tomatoes, and one can of low-sodium chicken broth. I let these ingredients simmer in the pan for about 5 minutes, before transferring it over to the crock pot.

Once I poured in the remaining ingredients, I mixed them together with the turkey chop meat. Then….that’s it! I put the lid on, and left for work, and left my trusted Hamilton Beach crock pot do the rest of the work. Now some people, (like my cousin) are convinced leaving a crock pot on all day while you go to work, is a sure way to start a fire. And yes, I was worried about this too at first. But then you realize, it will be fine. It is meant to be fine. And just for safe measure, I always clear the space around it, so it is the only appliance plugged into the wall at that particular unit, and I make sure no other appliance is rubbing up against it…give the crock some space 😉

And viola! You come home to a nice meal, that only took you 25 minutes of your morning to prepare. So dust off your cookbook, and invest in a crock pot. I guarantee soups and chili will never taste the same!

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Over the last year, the one thing I learned is, when it comes to the gluten-free diet, one should always keep an open-mind and always experiment. I did just that this past week by trying gluten-free pizza for the first time!

Gluten-Free pizza was something I always wanted to try since the first moment I stopped eating gluten but I was always a little apprehensive about it at the same time. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the crust and I’ve heard from some gluten-free friends that if it’s not made correctly, the pizza as a whole can taste like cardboard with sauce and cheese on it.

Gluten Free PIzza

Gluten Free Pizza

But the on-the-fly recipe my family and I tried turned out to be pretty fantastic. A lot of it came from my boyfriend Luke, who made his own homemade pizza once before using non gluten-free Bisquick. Technically, this recipe is essentially his concoction!

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Regardless if you have or have not tried gluten-free pizza yet, I suggest you try this recipe! It’s really simple, affordable, and fun for the entire family!

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe (for +2 people)

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups of Gluten-Free Bisquick mix
  •  1 cup of Italian seasoning (IE: basil, parsley, rosemary garlic, etc)
  •  1 cup of water
  •  4 eggs, beaten
  •  2/3 cup oil
  •  Sauce, Cheese, Toppings (use your judgement on these)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Grease pizza pan.
  3. Stir Bisquick mix, Italian seasoning, water, oil, and eggs until well combined. Spread mix in pan.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 minutes (NOTE: It may appear cracked, this is normal)
  5. Spread pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings over crust.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe! If you tried it, let me know what you thought in the comments!

Buffaleaux Sliders by Chef John Besh

Last week, Playboy hosted a Super Bowl party by Crown Royal with help from Louisiana brand and sponsor, Tabasco Original Red Sauce. Tabasco welcomed both celebrities and athletes to celebrate the biggest sports weekend, along with DJs Jesse Marco, Devin Lucien, and a performance by B.o.B. Celebrity chef John Besh, who has won a James Beard Award and owns nine acclaimed restaurants, served delicious food seasoned with Tabasco. Below is his outstanding recipe for Buffaleaux Sliders, which were served at this celeb-studded party. Happy eating!

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BUFFALEAUX SLIDERS Created by: Chef John Besh (makes 8 servings)

Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Tabasco brand Spicy Pepper Jelly
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sliders:

  • 2 cups chopped, cooked meat, such as chuck roast or pork shoulder
  • 16 slider buns, toasted
  • Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Fried Onion Rings:

  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup flour 2 red onions, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce
  • Salt to taste

For the sauce:

  1. Heat the canola oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add onions and cook until browned.
  2. Stirring constantly, add the ketchup, Tabasco jelly, vinegar, honey, Tabasco Buffalo sauce, salt, and pepper and cook until warmed through.
  3. Either use immediately, or store in the refrigerator for a few days.

For the slider:

  1. Warm the sauce in a medium saucepan and add the meat.
  2. Stirring well, cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce and meat are heated through.

For the fried onion rings:

  1. Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan to 350˚ F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Mix salt into the flour and spread on a plate.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss sliced onions in Tabasco sauce.
  4. Dredge the onion rings in the flour and drop them, one by one, into the oil.
  5. Cook only a few at a time, until the rings are golden.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Buffaleaux Sliders

Buffaleaux Sliders

To assemble the sandwiches, toast the buns, spoon the saucy meat onto the buns and top with onion rings, lettuce, and tomato slices.

Enjoy!

Pappardelle Pasta with Lamb Ragu {Perfect for Valentine’s Day Dinner!}

Hey readers! I’m Elizabeth, your new culinary contributor. I’m a Hamilton College and French Culinary Institute graduate, and a longtime NJ resident. Even with my highbrow culinary education, I still enjoy a bowl of Kraft Mac & Cheese and a slice of Funfetti cake as much as the next food lover (my French chefs would cringe!). You’ll find me sampling and creating all kinds of food from all types of cuisines; cooking, baking, cocktail shaking – the works. I also write healthy living recipes for insurance companies; so I’ve got lots of gluten-free, dairy-free, and veggie-laden recipes in my repertoire. I love traveling, spicy food, farmer’s markets, champagne, and throwing dinner parties for friends and family.

This Valentine’s Day, why not forgo the expensive pre-fix menu and overcrowded restaurant in favor of a delicious dinner at home. This pappardelle pasta with lamb ragu comes together quickly and makes your kitchen smell delicious. Its light on your wallet but still packs big gourmet flavors to celebrate the night. Serve with a green salad and red wine, and you’ll be sure to please!

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb (you can use ground beef in a pinch)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in puree
  • 3/4 pound pappardelle (get fresh pasta if you can)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Directions:

  1. In a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, the oil over medium heat. Add the carrot and the onion and cook over medium heat, five minutes or until the vegetables have begun to soften. Add the garlic and the mushrooms and cook for a minute more.
  2. Next, add the lamb, parsley, fennel, cinnamon, rosemary and thyme. Cook for five minutes, stirring often. Add the tomato paste and the wine and cook until mostly evaporated, 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their puree, and bring everything to a boil. Lower the heat to medium low, cover your pan partially and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, 25 to 30 minutes. If your ragu gets over-reduced, add a splash of chicken stock to thin it out again. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, per package directions. Save 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the sauce, along with the butter and toss over low heat. Thin the ragu with a splash of the pasta water if needed. Serve the pasta and ragu in bowls, topped with a scoop of the ricotta and a sprinkling of the chopped mint.

As a bonus- toast the night with a festive fizzy cocktail. Pick budget friendly Prosecco over pricey champagne, and mix it with 1-tablespoon pomegranate juice per glass. Serve in champagne flutes with a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!

Get Creative This Year with Valentine’s Day Crafts!

My boyfriend and I have been going out for almost four years now, it’s crazy how time flies.   Since we began dating in April 2009 I have always made him a homemade card for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day and this year is not an exception. Now with Martha Stewart Crafts, unleashing your inner cupid is as easy as 1-2-3:

1.     To express your heart’s desire, start with the utterly charming Martha Stewart Crafts “Stamp Card and Envelope Set” – it includes 18 scalloped edge note cards and matching envelopes with heart-accented labels so you can share your love with everyone you wish.
2.     Add your personal stamp with the “Wood Stamp Valentine’s Day Hearts” set of 12 mini stamps nestled in a reusable wood crate.
3.     Seal with a kiss…and with “Valentine Cupid” and “Valentine Cupcake” stickers. Yummy confections, cherub silhouettes, hearts and more Valentine icons shine with glitter and foil accents.
Wood Stamp HeartsStamp Card and Envelope SetGlitter HeartCupid Stickers

  To make things even sweeter, you can save 20% at MarthaStewartCrafts.com now through Valentine’s Day! Just enter coupon code BLOG20 at checkout. 

MSC Craft Your Herat Out Sweeps

Whatever you craft for Valentine’s Day, be sure to enter the Martha Stewart Crafts “Craft Your Heart Out” Sweepstakes for your chance to WIN a DIAMOND HEART PENDANT!

Visit http://bit.ly/CYHOSweeps for more details and to enter. You can enter once a day through February 13th, and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

Happy Crafting! 😀

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Spodiva – Spiked Hot Chocolate

Since it’s getting colder and the snow is finally coming down, now is the perfect time to warm up with a nice hot cocktail. Bar master Chris James of The Ryland Inn, located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, created the perfect spiked hot chocolate recipe called the Spodiva. In the cocktail, Chris uses Spodee, a spice wine meets moonshine liquor, along with other choice ingredients.  Feel free to head to the historic restaurant and have him whip you up a cocktail, or make it yourself using the recipe below!

Spodiva from The Ryland Inn

Spodiva from The Ryland Inn

Spodiva – a hot chocolate cocktail
The Ryland Inn’s Christopher James

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. SPODEE Wine and Shine
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 oz. dark creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz. 2:1 simple syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cappuccino frothing mug.
  2. Hold under cappuccino wand and froth for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour ingredients into a punch cup and serve steaming hot.
  4. Garnish with freshly ground cinnamon.

Enjoy!