Friday, July 13, 2012

Muffins, Oven Fried Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Roasted Cauliflower

I have so many recipes to share with you today! We had some breakfast food, and we tried 3 new recipes for dinner tonight. First the breakfast recipe was a recipe from the Ocean Spray website. Cranberry Blueberry Muffins I was sure were going to be divine. I was wrong :(

The batter was flavorless, and although I often like not super sweet muffins, these were not sweet enough.  I was really disappointed, we gave these a 4.  The calories are 199/muffin, since I cut the oil in half and substituted sour cream for 1/2 the oil.  I think if I added some vanilla and some lemon peel, the muffins would be better, and maybe a little more sugar.  I didn't like them enough to want to play with them though.
On to dinner!
Our potatoes tonight were Twice Baked New Potatoes from the Pioneer Woman.
These were really good, we gave them an 8, and for 8 baby potates, so 16 servings, the calories were 87/potato half.  They are small, but super tasty.

We had oven fried chicken from Cook's Illustrated's Best Recipe cookbook.  That's my favorite cookbook, and we loved this, just like all their recipes.  Here's the recipe.

Oven Fried Chicken

2 full chicken legs (2 drumsticks and 2 thighs), separated                 3.5 c buttermilk
1/4 c salt                                           1/8 c sugar
1 t paprika                                                     1 1/2 heads of garlic, separated
2 bay leaves

2 T oil                                          3/4 c bread crumbs
1 egg                         1/2 T dijon mustard
1/2 t dried thyme                              1/8 t garlic powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper                                       1/4 t oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together in a bag the sugar, salt, paprika, bay leaves, and garlic heads.  Mash them together with a rolling pin.  Add buttermilk and bagged mixture together in a large covered pot, then fully submerge the chicken.  Place in refrigerator and brine for 2-3 hours.  Remove from brine, shake off excess, and sit chicken on a wire rack over a cookie sheet in fridge for 2 hours. 
Mix together oil and bread crumbs in a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish mix together egg and mustard and the spices.  Take chicken, dip it in the egg mixture, then coat completely with the crumbs.  Place on wire rack over cookie sheet (I used a broiler pan) and repeat for all pieces of chicken.  Position oven rack to upper middle position.  Bake at 400 for 40 minutes.

This was so delicious, so flavorful, and although it took a lot of time in the fridge, it wasn't a lot of work to actually make it.  We gave this between a 9 and a 10, (2 of us gave a 9, 2 of us gave a 10), and the calories were 329/serving.

We tried oven roasted cauliflower from the Pioneer Woman's second cookbook, and we gave this an 8.  This was tasty and pretty healthy, I reduced the oil and butter to make it better for us. 

Roasted Cauliflower
1 small head cauliflower                 2 T olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 c panko                            2 T butter, melted

Cut up cauliflower into bite-size pieces.  Drizzle with the olive oil and salt and pepper.  Cook in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven, place in a serving dish, and cover with the panko mixed with the melted butter.  Bake for an additional 5 minutes approximately, and serve.

The calories on this were 189/serving.  It was a really yummy dinner!

Tomorrow we're having some burritos and taquitos.


  1. Did you bake the chicken or fry it? I am a little confused. It looks really good and sounds like KFC chicken. Love mom

    1. You bake the chicken. It's called oven fried becaues it looks and tastes like fried chicken, just baked. It's really good :)