peach whiskey bbq chicken

Jan 5, 2012 by

this dish is very simple to throw together, but tastes like it took all day.  it is another dish that i have made a few times before blogging about it.  the most recent time, i used my new favorite kitchen “thing”… my dutch oven. swoon! i was always anti dutch oven.  oh, they’re so expensive… oh, i can do the same thing in a crock pot… oh, i can do the same thing in a pyrex dish with foil over the top.  i’m here to say that i’m a believer in the dutch oven now and am trying to find as many dishes to make in it as possible.  thanks, hubby for the awesome christmas gift! this dish is best served up with some garlic smashed potatoes.  the sauce can be poured over the...

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popper grilled cheese

Dec 10, 2011 by

i missed out on a lot of awesome food growing up, due to my excessive pickyness.  food was too spicy, too meaty, too sour, yadda yadda yadda.  i think i could have lived on mac and cheese, chicken patties from the freezer and ice cream.  i’m so glad that i’ve expanded my food horizons so i can try new things!  this is another pinterest find, i believe and it will definitely be making an appearance on our weekly menu sometime soon.  it goes well with salad or a bowl of brothy soup. this dish combines my favorite food, cheese, with jalapeño poppers.  it all goes together with tasty fashion in a grilled sandwich.  once the peppers have been roasted, you can throw it all together pretty easily on a week night.  make sure to...

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chicken spinach pasta

Sep 21, 2011 by

while away from the blog, i discovered another site (huge time consumer) called pinterest.  don’t get me wrong, i LOVE pinterest and all of the ideas that it gives me, but it is very addictive.  i’m getting better with it, but for a while, it was pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin. fellow pinners, you can relate.  🙂  if you’re reading this blog and are a fellow pinner, you can follow my pins here: any hootenanny, this recipe was inspired by a pin from pinterest.  it’s very rich, but has lots of flavors going on.  the original recipe called for marscapone cheese, but i had a coupon for philadelphia italian cheese and herb cooking creme.  it was very good in this recipe.  next time, i may stick with the plain ol original flavor,...

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taco seasoning

Apr 10, 2011 by

i’m pretty good about keeping things in stock around the house.  i’m slightly ocd and making out a grocery list for my weekly trip to publix.  it usually takes a half hour or so and consulting several blogs, the publix ad and my husband to see what he’s hungry for. (which usually ends in an “i don’t care.”)  i love his willingness to eat whatever i make. 🙂 then there are the times that i forget to stock up on things.  things like taco seasoning.  i’m here to tell you that it’s really simple to make because you’ll more than likely have all of this stuff in your seasoning cabinet.  make a large batch and throw it in anything that you’d like to instantly give a smoky, spicy flavor.  ground beef, shredded pork, chicken.,...

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crab cake mac n’ cheese

Jan 25, 2011 by

kicked up mac n’ cheese is just about as good as the plain ol’ mac n’ cheese.  this particular dish is not as cheesy as i would have liked for it to be, but it is probably for the best.  this does taste just like a crab cake and too much cheese would probably kill all of those delicious flavors.  i also understand why crab cakes are so expensive!  1/2 lb. of fresh crab meat put me back $10.99.  also, be prepared to use a lot of pans for this dish. with all that said, it’s still worth it to make this dish. adapted slightly from 1/2 lb. cavatappi pasta 2 tbsp evoo 6 tbsp butter, divided 2 ribs celery, with leafy tops, finely chopped 3/4 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 small red bell...

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cheese biscuits

Jan 20, 2011 by

my favorite part about goulash growing up were the cheese biscuits that my mom served with it.  cheese biscuits trumped quite a few dishes for me growing up.   the best part of the dish are the two pieces in the center.  i wish that somehow all of the pieces could be middle ones. 🙂 source: mom 4 tbsp butter 1 tube refrigerator biscuits, 8 count, regular size (not the “big” ones.) velveeta cheese garlic powder, to taste microwave 4 tbsp butter in a 9″ pyrex pie dish, until melted. arrange biscuits in the dish. top with velveeta cheese (pictured above). lightly sprinkle garlic powder on top. bake according to the instructions found on the biscuit tube.  or until the edges brown slightly....

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roasted pepper pasta salad

Aug 30, 2010 by

summer is a great time for pasta salad of any kind.  since i live in the south now, i get a whole lot of summer weather, which means that i get to try lots of pasta salad recipes.  this is one was featured on the cover of a recent food network magazine and the bocconcini really grabbed my attention.  (i can’t imagine why… :)) adapted slightly from food network magazine 12 oz. rigatoni 2 bell peppers, halved, stemmed and seeded 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1/3 c almonds 1/3 c evoo 1 lemon 8 oz. bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn pre-heat the broiler to high.  bring a pot of salted water to boil.  add the pasta and cook as the label directs.  drain and rinse under cold water to stop...

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chicken stir fry

May 14, 2010 by

i’m a huge fan of ikea.  unfortunately in nashville, the closest ikea is four hours away in atlanta.   nashvillians are crazy about ikea.  there is a rumor that one is coming to nashville, and there is also a company that specializes in personalized ikea shopping for nashvillians.  anyways,  we took a road trip there a few weeks back and i picked up one of these bad boys.  honestly, i think i’m most excited about making homemade mac n’ cheese in it.  but i broke it in making chicken stir fry. i’m not sure what to think of my first wok experience.  it did produce a tasty result and it was a lot less messier than cramming all of the ingredients into a 12″ non-stick pan.  but the shape of the pan made it...

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sausage and lentil soup

Jan 9, 2010 by

i have been on an italian kick this week.  well, i think i could be on italian kick every week.  i love italian food and one of my favorite restaurants is carraba’s italian grill.  they often feature sausage and lentil soup as their soup of the day and it is delicious!  here’s my version of this soup: 1 lb. italian sausage 1 large onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 6 c chicken broth 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp salt 2 c dry lentils, rinsed pepper, to taste italian seasoning, to taste brown sausage, drain off fat. in a large pot, combine all ingredients, bring to a boil. reduce heat, cover. simmer for about 1 hour, or until lentils...

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