Monday, October 31, 2011

Kim'Jael's Stuffed Chicken

There are times when I love Blizzard to death for making such a great game like World of Warcraft. And there are times when I want to hit them over the head with a Doomhammer for destroying the world and all the great things they had going for the game.  Take Azshara for example. Few people quested there. It was disjointed and random. Lots of quests from other zones would take you here but it had very few local quests of it's own. But the few quests it did have, had very unexpected surprises involved. Kim'Jael, the lonely goblin on the mount, teased and tormented by the blood elves to the south. They stole not only his equipment but his food too! Such tasty food such as his delicious Stuffed Chicken that no goblin should be without.

These flavor quests (pardon the pun!) are all gone now. No more exploration to discover hidden quests givers with unique stories like these. No curiousity and adventure. Just railroad quest chains that all tell the same basic story everywhere you look. But I digress...

Blizzard has done a lot of things right and they've done a lot of things wrong. Cataclysm didn't quite live up to my expectations but maybe Mists of Pandaria will. There is certainly one thing that will live up to my expectations though. Some of Kim'Jael's Stuffed Chicken! For old times sake.

Stuffed Chicken & Green Beans

2 Servings | Total Time: 30 min | Artisan

  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbl Bacon Bits
  • 1 Stalk of Celery
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Breading
  • 1 Tbl Parsley
  • 1 can French Cut Green Beans
Craft: Preheat oven to 375° F. Place spinach in a small bowl. Add 1 tsp of water, cover and microwave for 1-3 min or until spinach is wilted. Chop celery. Add celery, bacon bits and cream cheese to the spinach. Mix until combined. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4" thickness or thinner if you can. Place filling on one side of the chicken and roll up. Close with toothpicks. Combine breading and parsley. Lightly coat the chicken with the breading then place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile pour can of green beans into a small pot and bring to a boil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drain and serve on the side of the chicken.

Strategies: If you don't have time to pound the chicken and stuff it then you can serve the 'stuffing' as sauce over the top of the cooked chicken breast instead.

LFM: Dinner Rolls

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts | $2.00
  • Baby Spinach | $1.00
  • Cream Cheese | $1.00
  • Chicken Breading | $1.00
  • French Cut Green Beans | $0.50
Total Cost: $5.5
Cost Per Serving: $2.75

Category: Casual
*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sam's Skillet Shrimp & Pasta

My humblest apologies for the neglect of this blog. Someone pushed fast forward on October I swear! I promise Leetah and I will be posting delectable recipes more frequently over the coming months. And now, on with the recipe story!


It's no secret that while Samwise Gamgee is a gardener, he also loves to cook. Truly there are very few hobbits who don't like to cook because cooking means food and there are honestly no hobbits that don't like food. Like any good cook, Samwise has his collection of beloved pots and pans to use in the kitchen. But there's one skillet that stands out above the rest. The cast iron frying pan! You can bake, saute, fry, and simmer in it! And this humble baby isn't just used for cooking either! If you doubt me, you need to go watch the Fellowship of the Ring again and pay more attention to the orc/goblin fight in the Mines of Moria. But when he's not bashing in orc heads with his Frying Pan of Doom he's busy whipping up something tasty for dinner!

This skillet shrimp is lemony, buttery and has a slight kick to it that anyone will enjoy! It's fast to fix up and extremely versatile if you have some random vegetables or meat bits you want to throw into it.

Sams's Skillet Shrimp & Pasta

4 Servings | Total Time: 20 min | Journeyman

  • 15oz Swabian Egg Noodles
  • 1 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tbl Lemon Juice
  • 2 Large Kale Leaves
  • 1 Tbl Parsley (minced fresh or dried)
  • 2 cups Small Shrimp, shelled, deveined, tails off
  • 1 cup Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Craft: Shave the carrot with a potato peeler to make thin strips. Cook noodles according to package instructions, using 2 extra cups of water. During the last 3 minutes of cook time, add cabbage and carrot to the noodles in the boiling water.

Meanwhile mince the garlic (keep separate), parsley(if using fresh) and kale. In a large cast iron skillet, melt the butter. Add olive oil and the garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add shrimp and lemon juice and cook, stirring occasionally  until the shrimp starts to turn pink. Add the kale, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper then cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat. When the noodles/cabbage/carrots are done, drain then add them to the skillet, stirring until combined. Serve hot.

Strategies: You can buy pre-minced garlic from the grocery store to save time or use a food processor to speed mince! Don't have any Swabian noodles? You can use linguine, fettucine or thin spaghetti just fine!

LFM: This is a one dish meal but any baked goods are awesome for dessert!

  • Swabian Egg Noodles | $1.50
  • Kale | $1.00
  • Small Shrimp | $5.00
  • Cabbage | $1.00
  • Carrot | $1.00
Total Cost: $9.50
Cost Per Serving: $2.38

Category: Raid Night
*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.