I was going to make the post yesterday my final post of the semester, but I tried this last night and it was tasty. I made a buffalo chicken sauce for my chicken and it was very simple, especially if you are in a hurry. I added a side of Mac N cheese, and tried my Professor’s suggestion of dipping it in hot sauce. He was right, it tastes awesome! Hope everyone enjoyed my blog this semester and found some new recipes! If I come up with anymore great recipes maybe I’ll update this.
Ingredients ( feel free to adjust the measurements relative to how spicy you like things)
1 lb of boneless chicken breasts
3/4 cup of hot sauce
1 Tbsp butter
1. Cut chicken up into bite size pieces and cook on medium heat
2. While it’s cooking heat up sauce and butter in microwave until butter is melted
3. Add half the sauce mixture after a few minutes of cooking
4. Once no longer pink, add the rest of sauce
5. Add any sides you want and enjoy!
I’m going to end the semester with a classic dish: the meatloaf. Everyone has their different version of this recipe which is what makes it so interesting because you can literally throw just about whatever you want in there. Well I wouldn’t go that far, but you get the picture. I know my mom makes her meatloaf completely different than this, but I went with Krafts’ Parmesan Meatloaf. I’m glad I did because it actually turned out better than hers. Believe me, the picture is deceiving. Although I’m not sure anyone can make a picture of meatloaf look good. Enjoy!
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix meat, 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, 1/4 cups cheese, onion, egg and Italian seasoning
3. Shape the meat into a loaf and top with remaing 1cup sauce and cheese
4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes
BakeSpace.com is a social media website that is based soley around food and sharing recipes. Now that is a pretty awesome social media site if you ask me. Many of the members of this site refer to it as the “Facebook for Foodies”. The site itself is put together nicely, appealing to the eye, and is easy to use. However, when you click on some of the tabs them seem a little cluttered. All of this clutter is put together in squares though and staggered so that you continuously have to scroll down to read everything. See the example of the page below.
On this site you will find everything from featured recipes to cooking help. You can find exactly what entree you are looking for quick and easy with this site because they organize their recipes by category, occasion, course, and method. They don’t stop at just having recipes for humans, they also have recipes for pets. They even allow you to create your own cookbook and allow users to look at it or you can even sell it! That section of the site is rather creative because it has all the books with images of books stacked on top of each other, see below. In addition to recipes from the users themselves, they also have a section that list recipes from TV shows and movies, and you know how good the food looks on films. One very creative feature I noticed was this mentor program. These mentors have exceptional cooking skills and teach other members. BakeSpace.com is also involved in other social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Here they help out customers with new ideas also.
It is a free membership that gives you many chances to reach out and connect with others. It is more than just cooking, this social media site even had a BakeSpace outing in Pittsburgh together. Another cool feature is that you can also store your favorite dishes in your recipe box. This seems like a great way to find new recipes and even improve your old ones that you haven’t quite mastered yet.
This is a new dish that I am trying. I got if off the back of a pasta box, believe it or not. The measurements below will probably feed a family of 5 or 6, so I would suggest trying to alter then if you are just cooking for yourself. Beware: this is a very filling and cheesy dish!
3 cups Rigatoni or whatever pasta of your choosing
4 cups of fresh or frozen Broccoli
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or you can use actual garlic cloves
1 lb boneless chicken breast cut up into chunks
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook Pasta according to directions on box
- add broccoli the last 2 minutes and then drain
2. Melt butter then add onion & garlic – cook for 2 minutes over medium heat
3. Add chicken – cook to no longer pink
4. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly
5. Add Milk and cook on medium heat until it boils
6. Reduce heat to low and add 1 cup cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, salt and peppper
7. Stir till cheese melts
8. Toss it all together and add the remaining cheese
I know this is a little off topic, but as you know I have created this blog for my social media innovation class. Therefore, I wanted to give everyone a little insight into what social media is all about. To do so, I have interviewed a peer that works with social media. Here is the interview below:
1. What is your job title and could you give a brief description of your job?
I am an Intern for a Social Media Marketing Firm in Philadelphia PA. For my job I update status’ for our clients- make sure the people they follow are following them back and do a lot of research for potential new clients.
2. What are the different types of social media that you use?
We use Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and sites that help with those sites such as tweepi, and hootsuite.
3. Can you tell me about your average day? What are your daily tasks that are related to social media?
Every day is something new and different- there is always user engagement- but for each account it is different, then we have to ensure that people who we follow are following us. I also do a lot of research for new clients, finding where their target audiences are and how they can improve their marketing.
4. Which type of social media do you find most effective and why?
I think the most effective social media is twitter and facebook, because they have direct customer engagement, and measureable insights to see what followers think. Fans can comment directly back, and we can engage them, and we can search to find popular tweeters and facebooks and then follow their followers to get a larger fan base.
5. How do you measure the efficiency of each area of social media?
We measure the social media by charting their growth in fans, comments, engagement, etc. but for each client it is different, some clients are people- so it would be strictly friends, followers and engagement, but for companies we can also see if the views to their blogs and homepages have increased as well.
6. What do you think the future of social media is?
I think that the future of social media is a mixture of facebook and twitter and google+ you have organizations of people/ friend groups and you can post comments of any length or you can send short tid-bit tweet-like posts, but you the site will also have images, or pictures to share and tag friends in and like linkedin you can friend your friends friends etc.
7. What is your favorite part of working with social media?
I think my favorite part of working with social media is when you are engaging one of your clients fans and they think that it is such an honor to hear from a famous person- and you think to yourself: ”oh yeah sadly I am a lame tech-savy kid sitting on my laptop about 1,000 miles away from this famous person who I also have never met or talked to directly” It’s all about getting into that persons shoes- a lot like acting you need to play the part for each client.
8. Why is social media important to businesses?
Social media is important to businesses because as said in the recent Science and Technology Magazine: “The masses are talking back through social media” if you want to know what customers think, what user opinion is- well there is talk on twitter and facebook- and to have a customer means the customer needs to buy what your selling- not just an object but the whole organization- Tide doesn’t just sell detergent- they sell cleanliness, freshness, to be crisp and clean, along with commitment, dedication, loyalty shown by the length of time on the market and customer opinion of the brand. Customers need to know the brand and what better way to get your brand out there, than by going straight to them.
Be sure to check back later this week for a delicious chicken dish
It’s getting towards the end of the semester, and I’m running out of ideas for what to cook! I am going to use another cooking creme recipe. This is a pretty simple recipe; it’s basically just like the stir fry recipe except with pasta and the creme.
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 package stir fry ( frozen, fresh, or refer to my earlier post and make your own)
1 tub of PHILADELPHIA Italian Herb Cooking Creme
2 cups penne pasta
1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces
2. If using fresh vegatbles steam until done
3. Cook chicken on medium heat until done
4. Add vegatables either frozen or fresh and cook for 3 minutes
4. Drain and add 1 Tbsp of water ( Don’t forget the water, otherwise the creme is too thick!)
5. Add cooking creme and cook for 3 minutes
6. Stir in pasta
7. It will probably take the pasta about 10-15 minutes to cook, so start that the same time you cook the chicken
I finally decided to make the steak that has been sitting in my freezer. I bought this one marinade for it, and it turned out awesome. I definitely suggest it. One plus is that it’s a very quick meal if you are in a time crunch, and it doesn’t require many ingredients.
Any cut of steak ( I used Filet Mignon)
A1 Marinade- New York Steakhouse
1. For best results, pour 1/2 cup marinade over steak and cover. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can marinate longer for a richer flavor.
2. Grill or broil meat until cooked to your liking. ( Personally, I used my little George Foreman grill and it worked great)
3. Add additional marinade for extra flavor.
4. Cook the remaining sides of your choosing. ( I usually do a canned vegetable and mashed potatoes)
Tonight for dinner I took the chicken stir fry recipe off of the All Recipes site.
4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup sliced celery (1/2 inch pieces)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
- Cut chicken into 1/2-in. strips; place in a resealable plastic bag. Add cornstarch and toss to coat. Combine soy sauce, ginger and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil; stir-fry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Remove and keep warm. Add remaining oil; stir- fry broccoli, celery, carrots and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add water and bouillon. Return chicken to pan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
- Nutritional Analysis: One serving (prepared with reduced-sodium soy sauce and reduced-sodium bouillon) equals 306 calories, 14 g fat (0 saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
Baked Mac N Cheese! This was my first time making this dish. It turned out a little bland, so I would suggest adding some salt and pepper for taste. I will post another poll soon for more input.
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 pinch paprika
1.Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
2.In Pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in enough flour. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly.
3. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick.
4. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
5. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown.
6. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.