Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com http://www.copykat.com CopyKat Recipes - You have loved that recipe in the restaurant, now make that recipe at home. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:16:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 CopyKat.com August Favoriteshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/01/copykat-august-favorites/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/01/copykat-august-favorites/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:05:03 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18315 CopyKat August Favorites is a list of products, computer apps, and other things that I am currently very enthused about. We all have favorite products that we love, and I...

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CopyKat August Favorites is a list of products, computer apps, and other things that I am currently very enthused about. We all have favorite products that we love, and I am going to share some with you.

Copykat August Favorites

For Food Bloggers
I have a very talented co-worker. She likes to do some crafting. We had this conversation about what food bloggers would like to use, I told her background boards would be the best thing ever. If you look at all of my photos, you have pretty much seen all of my dishes, all of my tableware, and all of my furniture. She made some very crafty boards that have been very helpful in photographing food. She designed these dual sided boards that come in a variety of finishes. You can see some of her handiwork here. These have been used many times for photos, and in up coming videos you will begin to see these boards. They work out very well, and best of all you don’t have to iron anything.
These boards have been used in the following posts:
Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
Lebanese Potato Salad
Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

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You can check her Etsy Store. She is available as https://www.etsy.com/shop/EastEndSalvage

For the Kitchen
Each and every month I try out all sorts of new kitchen gadgets and items that you may like as well. This month I have to say, I really have enjoyed shopping at Aldi’s. I have read from a lot of other bloggers about this store. It is definitely in my top 5 grocery stores. What do I like about Aldi’s? Their store brands are actually very good. I have found their store brand of potato chips, and their store brand of Doritos to be quite good. The chips aren’t quite as thin, but they taste very, very good. I also really like their inexpensive produce, and sometimes they even carry organic produce, so I personally love to shop there. If you have one nearby I definitely recommend shopping there.

Do you like to bake sweet yeast breads? I do. I really like saf-instant Gold Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Package, you can find this at Amazon.com.  This type of yeast is best for things like homemade croissants, sweet breads, danish, sweet doughs, kolaches, variety breads, donuts.  I think this is far superior the traditional yeast you can find for these types of breads.  The result is a sweeter bread that you are certain to love as much as I do.

I love to grill during the summer.  It is hot in Texas, I hate cooking in the kitchen during the summer, and I am a big fan of using the outdoor grill.  Oxo has a great meat tenderizer that has over 50 blades to help you tenderize your meat, and I find it really cuts down on marinating time. It has a nice safety catch so you won’t cut yourself, and it is dishwasher safe. OXO Good Grips Bladed Meat Tenderizer

Favorite App
I am really enjoying MyFitnessPal app. It is free, and it will help you cut calories and help you control your diet. It helped me to lose just about 10 pounds during the last month. I love it because I can use it both on the phone and at my laptop. Need a friend there, drop me a note, and we can follow each other.

What I am reading
I am always checking out new blogs, or blogs that are new to me. If you are a creative type or a blogger you may want to check out byregina.com she can help you unleash your creativity in a good way.

New Favorite Cookbook
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories. So I tend to fall in love with whatever this man is cooking. He gave me my most favorite chocolate ice cream recipe, that recipe is in The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments. I love French cooking, to me, it is for me what I think of when I think of gourmet food. This book has so many things that I love in it, the Garlic Mayonnaise with accompaniments is an amazing sauce, and the suggestions for what to serve it with make it cocktail party worthy. The potatoes cooked in duck fat are truly out of this world. If you like French cooking, I highly recommend this cookbook.

That’s all for this month. Please note, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Affiliate links means I may receive compensation for you purchasing these products. Note, none of these recommendations are sponsored all opinions are my own.

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Baked Chicken Noodle Casserolehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/01/baked-chicken-noodle-casserole/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/01/baked-chicken-noodle-casserole/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:50:42 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18312 Baked Chicken Noodle Casserole is perfect dish for when you want a delicious comfort dinner that everyone will love. Best of all you can prepare this in under an hour,...

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Baked Chicken Noodle Casserole is perfect dish for when you want a delicious comfort dinner that everyone will love. Best of all you can prepare this in under an hour, and have the whole family at your dinner table.
Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole from CopyKat.com

This simply baked chicken noodle casserole is the perfect dish for the weeknight or even a pot luck dinner. Easy to make, and you can put this dish together ahead of time if you like and reheat it when you are ready to serve. This is a great way to stretch your cooking budget too. Chicken, noodles, a couple of cans of soup, and some frozen vegetables can go a long way.

For a recipe like this baked chicken noodle casserole dish, I find you can use the store brands of soup. I often do not think there is a great difference when making casseroles. So I often buy what is cheaper depending if I have a coupon or not. For this recipe you could also use some left over chicken if you have some on hand. I love getting those rotisserie chickens that many stores sell. I love using them as they are the first night, and the second night they can get turned into just about anything.

If you like you could also bulk up this casserole with additional frozen vegetables, or you could even add some additional celery when we saute up all of the vegetables. You may be able to use what you have on hand as left overs.

If you like you could add some cheese to this recipe, I personally love this when served with a sprinkle of Monterey Jack or Sharp Cheddar cheese. Anyway you would like your casserole served up, I hope you enjoy this comfort inspired dish.

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Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserolehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/31/creamy-tuna-noodle-casserole/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/31/creamy-tuna-noodle-casserole/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:09:29 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18308 Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is an easy casserole to make that is so comforting, and brings the familiar taste of home. One of the first casseroles I ever learned how...

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Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is an easy casserole to make that is so comforting, and brings the familiar taste of home.
Prepare this Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe from scratch, recipe is from CopyKat.com
One of the first casseroles I ever learned how to cook was Tuna Noodle Casserole. This was the perfect recipe for Lent, when we didn’t eat meat on Fridays. This casserole can be quickly put together in under 30 minutes. This casserole can be made with whatever noodles or pasta you have on hand. You will then make a creamy sauce for the casserole made of a simple white sauce and a can of cream of mushroom soup. To this you can add a variety of fresh vegetables to give this casserole some extra flavor.

This is a simple recipe that even a beginning cook can prepare. What I really love about this casserole is that it reheats very well. So this is the perfect dish to bring to work, or to reheat later in the week. You can’t ask for anything better than it tasting great the first day, and then the next day.

If you like you can use a variety of toppings for your casserole. You can use bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, Panko bread crumbs, or if you like can even crush up potato chips and put those on top for a fun crust to this creamy tuna noodle casserole.

For this recipe I use celery and onion to help add flavor to the casserole. If you have some left over frozen or even canned peas and carrots those would also be great additions to this casserole.

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplingshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/26/homemade-chicken-dumplings/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/26/homemade-chicken-dumplings/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:28:41 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18301 Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite comfort food of so many people. Savory chicken soup combined with fluffy dumplings is a dish that so few can resist. Chicken and...

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite comfort food of so many people. Savory chicken soup combined with fluffy dumplings is a dish that so few can resist.
Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe from CopyKat.com

Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite dish in the South and in the Midwest. This dish may have its origins in the Great Depression. Chicken is often boiled in a seasoned broth, and then the chicken is removed from the broth and picked clean from the bones. Dumplings are cooked in the broth and while the dumplings are cooking chicken is added back to the soup. The result is a wonderfully almost creamy soup with fluffy perfectly cooked dumplings.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is an expensive and tasty dish to make. I personally think it is one of the best dishes to warm the soul in cold months. This soup uses two different cuts of chicken to prepare this dish. I like using both chicken thighs and chicken wings. Thigh meat has a wonderful rich flavor, and the wings provide collagen that will make a thick and hearty soup without having to add extra starch to the dish. I begin by cooking the thighs in their own fat, I don’t want to dilute the chicken flavor. Vegetables are then cooked in the chicken fat, and the pan is deglazed with a bit of sherry. If you don’t drink alcohol, deglaze the pan with some chicken stock.

Our dumplings are fluffy because we add a bit of baking soda and half and half in the dumplings. These two combined together will give the dumplings a nice rise. The butter will give these dumplings a wonderful flavor that you are certain to love.

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Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Diphttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/24/chuys-creamy-jalapeno-dip/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/24/chuys-creamy-jalapeno-dip/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:56:33 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18265 Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip is known all around. This is the perfect dip it is creamy with just a hint of spice. I personally love Chuy’s they do a wonderful...

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Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip is known all around. This is the perfect dip it is creamy with just a hint of spice.
Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip from CopyKat.com

I personally love Chuy’s they do a wonderful job on Tex Mex food. They have some of the best chips, they are thin and crispy. They make delicious margaritas, and they also do an amazing job on their enchiladas. For me, their creamy jalapeno dip is one of their best menu items that they have. This sauce goes well with chips, on top of tacos, on top of a taco salad, or really just about any Tex Mex dish you want to prepare.

Ingredients for Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

This sauce is made fresh, and guess what, you can prepare this yourself it is quick and easy to prepare. This creamy jalapeno dip will stay fresh in your refrigerator for a few days. You will need a few simple ingredients you will need sour cream, mayonnaise, lime, fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeno peppers and some dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix.

The pickled jalapeno peppers are very important. These peppers are perfect for recipes. The pickling process seems to take way the sharp heat that jalapenos can often have. The pickled jalapenos are perfect for nachos and all sorts of Tex Mex and Mexican food. I am also using the Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix, 16 Ounce. I find this typically available at Sam’s and sometimes I have found it in my local grocery stores such as Kroger, or HEB.

You can use the Hidden Valley Ranch Mix in all sorts of recipes, so it is an ingredient I like to have in my pantry. I use it for my No Time Taco Soup. I think it is cheaper to buy in bulk rather than purchasing in the individual packages.

This recipe is so easy to make, you can put this dip together in less than five minutes. I like to leave me rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

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