How to Microwave Bacon

How to Microwave Bacon

 

Can you microwave bacon?  Yes and it is so easy to do!  Cooking  bacon in the microwave is quick and the clean  up is  a snap.  This is also a healthy way to cook bacon because the paper towels absorb most of the fat as the bacon cooks.  I microwave bacon whenever a recipe calls for one or two pieces of bacon because it is so easy to do.  It’s also great to microwave bacon for breakfast.   So, let’s get started!

Here is how to microwave bacon

To microwave bacon, put 4 or 5 sheets of paper towels on a microwave safe plate.  Lay 4 or five slices of bacon on the paper towels.

Place another layer of paper towels on top of the bacon and repeat the layers until you have as much bacon as you want to cook, ending with a layer of paper towels on top.  You can actually microwave a lot of bacon at one time this way.

How to cook bacon in the microwave

How To Microwave Bacon

 

Microwave a few less minutes than the number of bacon slices you are cooking.  For instance, if you microwaving 6 slices of bacon, then set the microwave for 4 minutes and then check, adding  an extra minute or two as needed.  If you are microwaving thick sliced bacon, you will have to microwave longer.

To see the complete how-to video on Microwaving Bacon , click here: 

 

Here you see microwaved bacon served with my Eggs in Toast Nests.

Remember, ” Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!”  Enjoy!

 

Video: How to Microwave Bacon


Can you microwave bacon? Yes! Here’s the success secret!

You may also like to learn how to Bake Bacon in the oven.  See how!  Bacon for a Bunch 

Pumpkin in Martini Glass

We had dinner at The Canton Inn in Hillsboro,  Il over the weekend and I had to share one of their Fall decorating ideas  with you….How cute is this!!!

The glittery pumpkin was just placed on top of a giant martini glass and with just a few extra additions – you have a great Halloween decoration for a table or bar.

 

Quick Chicken Corn Chowder

Fall is in the air and it’s time to get a big pot of Quick Chicken Corn Chowder simmering on the stove!   

Chowder is typically a thick, rich soup that is made with cream.  This Quick Chicken Corn Chowder is chocked full of vegetables and meat to make a delicious and warming meal on a chilly Fall or Winter evening.  You can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes—-that’s less time than it takes to get a carry-out pizza!   

To view the complete video recipe, click here:   http://youtu.be/OKAjAlvFRPE

To print the recipe with all of the how-to photos, click here:  Quick Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup chopped celery

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped or 2 tablespoons canned chopped jalapeno peppers ( not pickled)

2 tablespoons flour

3 cups milk

2 cups chopped deli rotisserie  chicken

1 1/2 cups frozen corn

1 can cream style corn

1 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 /8 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion, celery and jalapeno; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.

Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  

Stir in milk and blend well.  Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Serve up a big steaming bowl of Quick Chicken Corn Chowder topped with crumbled pieces of my Microwaved Bacon ( See Success Secret under a separate post).

Remember — Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

 Happy Fall…Y’all!


Quick Chicken Corn Chowder
 
Recipe type: Soups
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped OR 2 tablespoons canned chopped jalapeno peppers ( not pickled )
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk or a combination of milk and half and half
  • 2 cups chopped deli rotisserie chicken
  • 1½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red peppers
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and jalapeno; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
  2. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in milk and remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Baked Ravioli Casserole

Looking for some easy pasta recipes?

Get set for the ultimate comfort food with this baked ravioli casserole!  

Easy pasta recipes are great for family dinners and easy entertaining.  Layers of frozen ravioli make this lasagna-style recipe easy and delicious.  You can assemble this in less than 5 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes to bake.  This recipe meets all of the Make Life Special requirements — it is quick to make, it has only a few ingredients that are readily available, and it is yummy!  Casseroles are typically made with meat,vegetables, cheese and a sauce.  This casserole can be made without meat – as I have done here using the cheese ravioli; or you can substitute beef filled frozen ravioli if you prefer to add the meat.

I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time and either freeze or refrigerate the ravioli casserole until you are ready to bake it.

Don’t omit the spinach…trust me on this one.  It really adds great flavor to this dish and it’s a great way to get your family to eat vegetables.  Remember…Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

To view the complete video recipe, click here:  


 

To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:   Baked Ravioli Casserole  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spoon 1/3 of the sauce in the dish.  Arrange a layer of frozen ravioli on top of the sauce.

Squeeze the liquid out of the thawed spinach.  Scatter all of the spinach over the ravioli layer.

Top with half of each cheese.

Cover with another layer of ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes.

Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Just add a salad and some garlic bread and you have a great family meal!

 

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Baked Ravioli Casserole
 
Recipe type: Pasta
Ingredients
  • 28 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 30 ounces frozen cheese filled ravioli, unthawed
  • 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spoon ⅓ of the sauce in the dish.
  3. Arrange a layer of frozen ravioli on top of the sauce.
  4. Squeeze the liquid out of the thawed spinach. Scatter all of the spinach over the ravioli layer.
  5. Top with half of the cheese.
  6. Cover with another layer if ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Video: Baked Ravioli Casserole

Baked Ravioli Casserole will become one of your family’s favorite pasta recipes!

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Dining in Maui Vickie Meets Chef Wesley Holder

I was recently dining in Maui at Pulehu Italian Grill  and my taste buds danced with delight as I devoured every single bite of the wonderful food created by Chef Wesley Holder! 

 I reviewed the restaurant under a separate blog and you can see photos of the restaurant and details about my meal under that post:

Pulehu – An  Italian Grill is the Exotic in Maui. 

I returned to the restaurant my last day on the island and I was able to meet Chef Wes ( and enjoy one of his wood oven pizzas) before I had to catch my plane and return home.

Chef Wesley is so talented!  His food is creative in both taste and texture.  Visually, his food is absolutely delightful!

Chef Wes took First Place in the Maui Onion Festival May 5, 2012 for his Maui Onion Tortellini En Brodo. 

He proudly displayed his “Best in Show” award from the recent Ka’anapali Fresh competition.

Chef Wes also won the Farm to Fork competition in 2011.

 

The Chef and I discussed cooking in a wood oven.  I had a wood oven for many years and I hope to add a wood oven to my new home in the near future.  Chef Wes said he grew up with wood oven cooking and his skills are evident when you dine at Pulehu.

Vickie and Chef Wes at Pulehu Italian Grill

When dining in Maui, you will have lots of choices.  I highly recommend you check out this wonderful restaurant and Chef Wesley Holder.

 

 

WAND TV 17 Features Make Life Special

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Make Life Special was the Web Site of the Week for WAND TV 17  (ABC) this week.  Stacey Skrysak, News Anchor, featured Vickie and the Make Life Special Blog on her newscast and the WAND TV 17 Facebook page.

  

Success Secret: How to Scallopini

Scallopini.  Don’t be fooled by recipes with the word “scallopini ” in the name.  It may sound like it would be too fancy to make at home, but that is not true!  In fact, to prepare chicken breasts or veal scallopini-style just means to pound the pieces of meat into thin, quick cooking servings and then coat them with flour and saute quickly in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side.  Recipes like my Cheese & Garden Herb Stuffed Chicken Breasts and my Chicken Piccata use this scallopini-style method. 

 

Here is my Success Secret for how to pound the pieces of chicken breasts or veal into scallopini-style servings.

 

You will need one large zip lock freezer bag for each piece of meat.  Using kitchen scissors, cut one side of each bag open.

 

Place one piece of meat into each zip lock bag.  

Use the flat side of a meat mallet and pound each piece of meat until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  ( I like to place a dish towel under the bag to protect the counter top) 

 

And here’s a make ahead tip —

The pounding step can be done ahead of time and the meat can be placed in the refrigerator in the zip lock bags until you are ready to cook.

 

Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Here is an easy fingerling potatoes recipe that’s sure to impress your guests!  You can have this fingerling potatoes recipe in the oven in 5 minutes…What could be easier?

 

 

Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs
 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the potatoes in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the herbs, garlic and oil until blended and then pour over the potatoes.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to a large baking dish, spacing them evenly apart.
  3. Roast the potatoes until they are tender and golden, about an hour, turning them occasionally while roasting.
  4. Transfer the roasted potatoes to a platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with additional Herbs de Provence, if desired.

Ingredients:

1 pound fingerling potatoes

1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, plus extra for garnish

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

salt and pepper

Directions:

Put the potatoes in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the herbs, garlic and oil until blended and then pour over the potatoes.

Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat.  Transfer the potatoes to a large baking dish, spacing them evenly apart.

Roast the potatoes until they are tender  and golden, about an hour, turning them occasionally while roasting.

Transfer the roasted potatoes to a platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with additional Herbs de Provence, if desired.

To download the printable recipe with how to photos, click here:    Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs 

Video: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes are an easy side dish that your family will love!

Vickie’s French Onion Drop Biscuits

Looking for a quick and easy biscuit recipe?  These tasty morsels are great to serve with dinner or an appetizer cheese tray.  

Here is the YouTube How-to Tutorial for this recipe:    

 

Vickie's French Onion Drop Biscuits
 
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Biscuit mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 8 oz French onion dip
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, finely minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine Bisquick, milk, French Onion dip and sliced green onions in a bowl.

Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a sprayed baking sheet.  ( For best results, use a shiny baking sheet)

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Serves 6 to 8.

“Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!” 

To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Vickie’s French Onion Drop Biscuits

Video: French Onion Drop Biscuits

Here is a quick and easy biscuit recipe that only has 4 ingredients!

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