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Tagged- My Favorites

Since I was tagged by my friend Megan to post some of my favorite recipes, I have been thinking about what I like best to eat...This post has been a tough one for me to figure out... as I am not the kind of cook to follow a lot of recipes. In addition to that, I have a lot of favorites in too many categories, and have been thinking WAY to hard on what I like best... so instead, I am just going to post a few staples that we like to eat in the Kauflin household!


For starters, a breakfast that has quickly become a favorite for Jordan and I and a few ladies in our accountability group. I have posted this one before, but because I love it so much, here it is again! Super easy, and ever so yummy. I have made this now with blueberries and raspberries. I tried it with frozen berries once, and have decided that fresh is SO much better! This is the only one I have an actual recipe for!!!

Blueberry Cheese Rolls

1 pkg. (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup blueberries, divided

PREHEAT oven to 375ºF. Unroll dough into four rectangles; firmly press perforations together to seal.
COMBINE Neufchatel cheese and sugar; spread onto dough rectangles to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top evenly with blueberries. Bring opposite corners of rectangles together; press together to seal. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
BAKE 11 to 13 min. or until golden brown.

Again, since I don't follow recipes, this is the Tali version of what we make:

When I was in college, one of my best friends was from Italy, and when her mom came to visit, she made us a broccoli side dish that I totally fell in love with. I have adapted it to my own making, and we love to eat it with pretty much anything. Side note, this side dish is a little labor intensive, and takes a little time to make, but we think it is worth it! It may not be the healthiest thing, but it is VERY tasty!

Fried Broccoli

Frozen Broccoli Florets (as much as you want for each serving)
Flour (I usually just fill a soup bowl- about 1 cup)
Italian Bread Crumbs (enough to cover the top layer of flour in the bowl)
Kosher Salt (generous sprinkling- more to taste)
Garlic Powder (generous dusting in flour mixture)
Pepper (a few cranks of the pepper mill)
Herbs de' Provence (a generous pinch)

Olive Oil ( I sometimes use butter/ but the oil is way better for you!)

Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Cook broccoli in microwave and drain of excess water. Coat bottom of pan with oil and bring pan to a medium-high heat. While pan heats up, "bread" the broccoli with flour mixture and place in heated pan. Let each side cook until golden browned, turning several times. I often add more oil, as the flour soaks it right up... Serve hot.

For the fish lovers out there, here is the way I make Tilapia...

Tali's Tilapia

4 Fillets
Olive Oil
lemon Juice
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Italian Bread Crumbs
Garlic Powder

Lightly coat fillets with oil. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on first, followed by bread crumbs and garlic powder. I usually just squirt a little lemon juice on, and follow it with capers (we like capers, so I am generous with this, but if you do not like them, they can be omitted).

Heat up pan to medium-high (so that water sizzles when sprinkled on pan)... place fillet in pan and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Be careful not to flip fish too early, or it will crumble, or you will loose all your breading. You want it to crisp up a bit and form a seal around the fish. Turn fish and cook until done - depending on thickness- usually a few minutes more.

This one is a family favorite, my Uncle Dave's recipe with a few minor Tali modifications.... it is a hearty dish with unique flavors. I have made this for friends/neighbors when sick or needing comfort food. I just love this one:

Uncle Dave's Mac N' Cheese

1 Box of Zitti noodles
1 Bar of Cracker Barrel Cheese (the green or black wrapper Cheddars are best)
Sour Cream
Garlic Powder

Cook Noodles, and drain of excess water. While pasta is cooking, slice the cheese in 1/8 inch thick pieces (not too thick, but not too thin). Grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Place a layer of noodles on the bottom of dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Lay pieces of cheese on the noodles in a flat layer. Cover with a few tablespoons of sour cream. Repeat steps for another layer. You want to end with cheese and sour cream on top. Once you have assembled the pasta layers, slowly pour milk into pan, until you JUST BEGIN to see it rising in the pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until cheese is golden and sides are bubbling.

So, hope those weren't too confusing... Um and now for the tagging thing...

The Rules:
1. Let others know who tagged you (Megan)
2. Start with 4 recipes you especially like
3. Tag 4 other people and notify them that they have been tagged :
4. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 4 recipes.