“Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well, one must love and respect food.” – Craig Claiborne
The boys and I had a good time putting this recipe together, and according to them it is a winner! They compared it to Chick-fil-A’s sandwich… I’m not a big fan of their food, but my boys and many other people are.
Check me and my boys having a blast cooking this dish together! Let me know what you think about it!
Our Favorite Recipes
Ingredients: Yields 6 to 8 sandwiches depending on how large your breasts are.
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into thin sections.
2 to 4 cups canola oil for frying
8 hamburger buns
½ cup olive oil mayonnaise
1 to 2 TBSP your favorite hot sauce~ adjust to how spicy you want it. I used
In a bowl, blend together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cut your chicken & marinade for at least 4 hours, overnight is best!
Heat 2 cups of the oil in a deep skillet on medium high heat.
1 cup white whole milk
2 TBSP melted butter
2 TBSP your favorite hot sauce~ I use Franks Red Hot Original
Blend all together in a one gallon zipper storage bag and place cut chicken in the bag; blend well. Place in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Flour Dredging Mixture:
1 cup white all purpose flour
2 TBSP paprika
1 tsp each pink Himalayan salt & fresh ground pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients into a shallow bowl or a plate.
While oil is heating, begin dredging the chicken pieces into the flour mixture coating both sides; dip chicken into the reserved marinade and dredge in flour mixture again; set aside until oil is hot enough to begin frying.
Check oil by carefully dropping a few drops of the marinade into the oil; if it begins to bubble hard, the oil is hot enough.
Add one piece of chicken to oil at a time being sure not to overlap; fry for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side; the thicken the chicken the longer you will need to fry it. Be sure not to burn the outside. If you have an air fryer you can place the fried pieces in for about an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
To test if chicken is done, remove from oil onto a paper towel lined plate; with a fork and knife carefully cut into the thickest part of the chicken breast; be sure there are no pink raw sections. If so, you can either air fry or bake for a few additional minutes in a 350 degree oven.
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When chicken is all fried, build your sandwiches with your favorite toppings.
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“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives. ” Gertrude Jekyll
Did you know rhubarb is a vegetable, not a fruit?
Rhubarb is a versatile vegetable, & its tangy flavor can easily be combined with the sweetness of strawberry, or left on its own! It is a favorite among gardeners and chefs alike, thanks to its unique taste and versatility in the kitchen.
Never tried rhubarb? Well, if you’re new to gardening or have never grown rhubarb before, you might be wondering where to start. Fear not! In this episode of Gardening 101, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about planting and caring for rhubarb.
From choosing the right variety to harvesting and cooking, I’ve got you covered. So whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a novice looking to grow something new & different, this episode will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to grow your own delicious rhubarb. Get ready to add a touch of tangy goodness to your garden and your plate!
Watch my YouTube video how-to on How to Grow & Care for Rhubarb, along with some Bonus Recipes, click below~
How’d you like the video? Give you your thoughts & feedback in the comments, & be sure to let me know if you have any additional tips & tricks on How to Grow & Care for Rhubarb!
Check out my video on How to Properly Harvest Rhubarb at my YouTube Channel below~
Did you come back for some Rhubarb recipes? Click these links for some great recipes!
“Cooking for some is joy, for others a way to relax after a hectic day at work, and for a few, it’s purely a means to an end. Whatever your feelings are about cooking, it is so rewarding to see friends and family enjoy your food.” – Chetna Makan
This super easy and very versatile quesadilla is incredibly delicious! With the complex flavors of both the grilled chicken & bacon combined with avocado and ranch dressing… it is sooo yum! You can mix and match whatever toppings suit your fancy! Enjoy friends!
To watch me make this super yummy recipe, click below for my YouTube Video!
Our Favorite Recipe
Ingredients: Yields~ It depends on how many quesadillas you are making. Determine first how many people you are feeding, and how many each person will eat! Warning~ this is a very filling sandwich!
1 soft tortilla wrap per person
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast for every 2 quesadillas~ seasoned & grilled beforehand
2 pieces of bacon fried per quesadilla
1 TBSP salted butter per flour tortilla
Fiesta or Taco blend flavored shredded cheese~ about ½ per quesadilla or more if you like
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, & sliced
1~ 8 ounce container of white whole button mushrooms~ I use about 3 to 5 per quesadilla depending on size
2 to 3 shallots, sliced lengthwise
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and sliced into lengthwise strips
“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you have been following me for any amount of time here, at my podcast, YouTube, or my social media platforms, you know I am a huge advocate for including kids in both the kitchen & the garden. Today I am going to give you some ideas on how to incorporate fun activities for kids, as well as discuss some of the benefits to kids helping grown their own food!
Over the years you’ve seen my kids grow up in the garden and the kitchen. They have helped in the soil & bed preparation, seed & plant purchasing, greenhouse work, planting the seeds and seedlings, and then tending to them until they finally bear the fruit of their labor!
Sure my kids grumbled about the weeding & harvesting, but overall they had fun and learned so much! Now lets look at the benefits of getting your kids out into the garden!
Let’s look at the benefits of including our kids in the process of gardening!
What are Some of the Benefits of Teaching Kids to Grow Their Own Food?
Besides the obvious of promoting a healthier lifestyle, it encourages them to eat more fruits and vegetables because they grew them. When kids are involved in the process of growing their own food, they are more likely to try new things and develop a taste for fresh produce. Letting your kids help pick out the seeds or plants at the nursery is a great way to get them excited about not only gardening, but eating what they grew!
In addition to the health benefits, it’s also a great way to get them outside and active. Gardening is a physical activity that can help improve their coordination, balance, and overall fitness.
Gardening can be a valuable learning experience for kids. It helps them develop important skills such as responsibility, patience, and problem-solving. They learn about the life cycle of plants, the importance of soil and nutrients, and the effects of weather and climate on growth.
Getting kids in the garden also is a great way to teach kids about sustainability and the environment. It encourages them to think about where their food comes from and to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing it.
How Do You Start a Garden with Kids?
Get dirt, seeds & plants! Starting a garden with kids can be a fun and exciting project for the whole family. Whether you have a large backyard or just a small balcony, there are plenty of ways to get started. The first step is to choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight and has good soil drainage.
If you’re starting a garden in a small space, consider using containers or raised beds. This can make it easier for kids to reach the plants and can help prevent damage from pests.
Have the kids help you decide what you want to grow! Let them help you choose the seeds by going through seed catalogs and even more fun, take them to the greenhouse to purchase the plants you want to grow. Be sure to bring a catalog that shows a wide variety of pictures so the kids can see what the final product will look like!
It’s important to choose plants that are easy to grow and maintain. Some great options for kids include tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, and strawberries. You can also consider growing herbs such as basil, parsley or mint, which can be used in cooking and can be a fun sensory experience for kids. You can show them how to use the mint to make tea!
Be Sure to Choose the Right Plants for Kids to Grow!
When choosing seeds & plants for your kids to grow, it’s important to consider their age and skill level. Younger children may enjoy planting fast-growing seeds like beans or radishes & even sunflowers! Older children may be ready to tackle more challenging plants like tomatoes or peppers.
It’s also important to consider the climate and growing conditions in your area. Some plants may require more sunlight or water than others, so be sure to choose plants that will thrive in your specific location.
What are the Appropriate Gardening Tools for Kids?
Remember they are kids, so again think about age appropriateness. Having the right tools can make gardening a lot easier and more enjoyable for kids. Some essential tools include gloves, trowels, watering cans, and pruning shears.
It’s also important to choose tools appropriately sized for your child & that are easy for them to use. You can also consider purchasing child-sized gardening tools, which are designed to fit smaller hands and make gardening more comfortable.
There are also child sized rakes, and shovels that will make your child feel extra special. Be sure to get them their own padded knee pad as well!
Watering and Caring for the Garden is an Important Task to Understand!
Watering and caring for the garden is an important part of the growing process. Kids can learn about the importance of watering plants regularly and how to tell when plants need water. They can also learn about the effects of weather and climate on plant growth. It’s important to teach kids about pests and diseases that can harm plants and how to prevent and treat them.
Weeding is never a fun part of gardening, but if you utilize containers or raised beds and mulch, it will make the watering & weeding process much more enjoyable for everyone!
You should also teach your kids how to watch for harmful insects, as well as teaching them about the good bugs. They need to learn to never kill a praying mantis or ladybug, but to destroy tomato worms & squash bugs. You can make this a fun project for a rainy day by showing them gardening books or looking up the information online!
Now for the Best Part… Harvesting and Using the Produce
You & the kids have worked so hard and now it’s time to reap what you’ve sown! Harvesting & using what you’ve grown is by far the most rewarding part of gardening. Kids can learn about different ways to prepare and cook the fruits and vegetables they’ve grown.
This can be a great opportunity to teach them about healthy eating habits and the importance of a balanced diet. You can also encourage them to share their produce with friends, family, & neighbors which can be a fun way to spread the joy of gardening.
Here are a Few Fun Gardening Activities for You & Your Kids
Whether you are homeschooling your kids and want to use gardening as part of your curriculum, or just want to show your kids the joys you maybe had growing up, gardening can be a fun and creative activity for kids.
You can incorporate art and sensory activities into the gardening process to make it even more engaging. For example, kids can create garden markers using rocks or popsicle sticks. They can also create a sensory garden by planting different textures and fragrances. Gardening can also be a great way to teach kids about the different colors of fruits and vegetables.
Another really fun activity is to plant a sunflower tent! See my blog here for the fun & easy how-to!
Here are a few of my previous blog posts on how to incorporate kids into the garden!
“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” – Guy Fieri
As you all know I love cooking with my boys! It’s generally a family affair and we have lots of fun. In addition to having taco nights, we also do a nacho & pizza night. You can see those blog posts here. Having the kids help in preparing the meals makes it a lot more fun, & they feel like they get a say in the matter as well.
If you have picky eaters or you just want to create a fun family dinner night, check out our Taco Bar options!
This is also a great dish to serve at a party!
To watch Aaron & I create our taco bar, check it out at my YouTube Channel below!
Here’s the easy how to with pics!
Our Favorite Recipes
Ingredients: Yields 8 cups of taco meat. I recommend using about ¼ to ½ cup per shell depending on size
Variety of taco shells~ We use hard & soft tortilla shells & boats, as well as corn tortillas for a street food flare!
1 pound ground beef
1 pound plain ground pork
1 TBSP olive oil
2 fresh cloves of garlic minced or 2 tsp jarred
2 packages of taco seasoning or switch it up and use chorizo seasoning packets
Toppings we use, but you can add anything your family enjoys:
Head lettuce, cut and diced Onion Black and green olives Fresh cilantro Jalapeno peppers Roma tomatoes Sour cream Taco sauce Avocado or Guacamole~ check out my easy recipe! Shredded taco blend cheese
1. In a skillet fry your ground meat in olive oil until about half done; add garlic and both packages of taco seasoning; blend well and cook until done & crumbled; drain off any excess grease as necessary.
While your meat is frying, cut all veggies as desired and get all other toppings in bowls for easy access.
We love Guacamole on our nachos, taco’s, and in a dip!