Tuesday, December 30, 2008

OMG Mac & Cheese

One more recipe from Prairie Fire Grille. I love Boursin cheese and I think this mac & cheese would be a great treat with dinner one night.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Fried Green Tomato with Boursin Cream Sauce

One more PFG recipe. I love the sauce on the Fried Green Tomatoes. I could just eat it by itself with a spoon. Here is the recipe:

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

It is a sad day here in the 'Ham. My favorite lunch and dessert place has closed! Prairie Fire Grille is dead! My favorite thing at PFG is their White Chocolate Bread Pudding. It is the best dessert in the world. I was on PFG mailing list and they sent out the recipe (thank goodness!)

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

I made this on Friday night to go with our Honey Baked Ham. I changed the cheeses so I could use what I had on hand. It was really good and easy to make.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sausage Quiche

My Mom made this for Chirstmas morning. This is a really great quiche recipe.  You can make this the night before you want to cook it or you can make it and freeze it until you are ready to eat it.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


This is the recipe for my Mom's dressing. She baked it with a boneless turkey breast. I am posting the recipe for safe-keeping. This is good stuff!

Black Bean and Yellow Rice

Black Bean and Yellow Rice

1 (5-ounce) package saffron rice mix
1 (15-ounce) can black beans
3 Tbs lime juice
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Garnishes: sour cream, sliced green onions

Cook rice according to package directions; keep warm.  Meanwhile, drain beans reserving 2 Tbs liquid.  Combine beans, reserved liquid, lime juice, chili powder and cumin in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, stir in 1 Tbs cilantro.
Serve beans over rice and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbs cilantro.  Garnish if desired.

Recipe from Southern Living Quick & Easy Weeknight Favorites, page 46

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

David requested a pumpkin pie for Christmas. I told my mom that I would make it. I found this recipe that uses Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. I thought it sounded pretty good.

Melting Moments

I got this recipe from our cookie swap yesterday. These are really good. I wasn't sure that I would like them with the cherry juice, but the almond flavor was more prominent and I loved them!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Peanut Butter Kisses

Peanut Butter Kisses - a classic holiday cookie. Our best peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey Kiss. SO good! A must in our house for Christmas! Great for cookie swaps!

This is one of the cookies that I have to make every year for Chicken Legs.  This is his favorite Christmas cookie. It is simple and good.

Peanut Butter Kisses - a classic holiday cookie. Our best peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey Kiss. SO good! A must in our house for Christmas! Great for cookie swaps!


This is one of Tadd's mom's favorite cookies. She waits all year to eat my Christmas cookies. It is a real treat for her.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Candy Cane Blossoms

We are having a cookie exchange at work tomorrow. I made two cookies.
Praline Cookies and Candy Cane Blossoms

Lemon Pound Cake

This is my standard pound cake.  I got this from a former co-worker that was a wonderful cake baker.  She told me that the key to a good cake is for all your ingredients to be at room temperature before you make the cake.  I follow that rule to this day - it really works!  I made this for one of my Christmas cakes for someone that loves lemon anything.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sunday's Meal

Here is the menu for Christmas lunch with Tadd's family.

Pecan Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Tadd's Green Beans

Lima Beans

Cheesy Grits Casserole

Homemade Potato Sourdough Bread

Friday, December 19, 2008

Vanilla Butter Cake

Here is the recipe I used for my Christmas Cakes this year. I used this last year too. It is one of the best cakes I have ever made. I make it in the Christmas Tree Bundt pan. I have leftover batter that I usually make into mini bundt cakes.

Tadd's Green Beans

Tadd ate these green beans at a business lunch. He liked them so much that he asked the caterer how she made them. We recreated the recipe at home and he said they were just as good as the original.

Tadd's Green Beans

2 cans green beans
4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
1 yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Italian Marinade (not dressing) *I use Ken's Garlic & Herb marinade
1 tsp salt
1/2 pepper
cashews to garnish

In medium pot, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and add onions and peppers. Cook until onion is translucent and peppers are soft. Add green beans, marinade, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with cooked bacon and cashews.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Easy and Delicious Ranch-Parmesan Chicken

This was quick and easy to make. I pounded my chicken before coating it. I used panko breadcrumbs (b/c that's what I had) and sprayed the chicken with Pam Olive Oil before baking. The chicken was flavorful and crispy. I would make this again.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Turtle Trifle

I made this for the Dirty Santa party this past weekend.  It was really easy to make and it looks like you put in a lot of work!  The recipe is from the 12/06 Southern Living.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cheese Ball

My famous cheese ball.  Christmas is not complete for my father in law without this cheese ball.  I am making these into mini cheese balls this weekend using my medium scoop from Pampered Chef.  

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cheesy Salsa Dip

This is similar to the Hot Sausage Dip but with black beans instead of sausage.  I think it might be even better with some taco seasoning.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pound Cake

This recipe is from today's Birmingham News. I love to bake cakes - especially pound cakes. This looks like a really simple and good pound cake. I am posting the recipe here so I don't lose it or forget to make it. It is from the BBQ joint Big Daddy's BBQ in Warrior, AL.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

30 Minute Chicken

The main dish at the pampered chef party was the 30 minute chicken baked in the microwave. YES, the microwave!! It was so easy and so good!! You would never believe that the chicken was made in the microwave! I will be making this for Tadd soon.

Peanutty Brownie Pizza

The dessert for our party was the fabulous Peanutty Brownie Pizza.

Hot Pizza Dip

We had another successful Pampered Chef party tonight.  We had lots of FANTASTIC food.  We started with Hot Pizza Dip.

Hot Pizza Dip

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 1/4 cup Italian Cheese Blend
8 oz pizza sauce
Diced pepper and onion - optional

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine cream cheese and seasoning in bottom of mini-baker (small baking dish).  Top cream cheese with half of cheese.  Top with pizza sauce.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of sauce.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.  Serve with Italian Bread slices.

Recipe from All The Best, page 7

Monday, December 1, 2008

Andes Peppermint Crunch Chunkies

This is another cookie that I included in the goodie box to San Antonio. It is from the back of the Peppermint Crunch baking chips bag.

Praline Cookies

This is a recipe that came with my small Pampered Chef scoop. These little cookies have just the right amount of sweetness. I included these in my annual goodie package to my Dad's office in San Antonio. He said they fought over them last year, so I doubled up on the recipe this year!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pumpkin Crunch

I didn't know I liked pumpkin until I tried this dessert. It is really good. We call it "Aubie Crunch" during football season since it is orange.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Garlic Chicken

I made this for dinner last night. It smelled wonderful cooking last night. The whole house smelled Italian from the garlic and Parmesan cheese. Next time I might add a little Italian seasoning to the breading just to give it a bit more flavor. I served it with Alfredo noodles.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Eats!

David is working on the set of Good Eats today. He sent me a couple of pictures of Alton Brown. How exciting!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

I made this for dinner tonight. I found this recipe in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. I browned the meat last night and threw everything in the crockpot before I went to work. I cooked the pasta when I got home. This was excellent - restaurant quality. It was good enough to serve this to company. I can't wait to make this again.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

I made this Friday night; it is from Paula Deen's magazine. It was easy to make. I thought it was pretty good. I really liked the pasta sauce. I would use more thyme on the chicken next time - it cut it down since I was using dried herbs.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Peanut Butter Pie

Found this recipe on al.com Looks like it would be really good. It is from a restaurant called Dish'N It Out in Birmingham.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sausage Balls

A twist to my normal sausage balls. These have CHEESE WHIZ!?!?! My cousins make their sausage balls this way and they are actually really good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares

I found this recipe on http://www.bakeorbreak.com/ I love peanut butter so I had to try it. They were easy to make and tasted sinful!

Bertolli Oven Bake Meals

Last night we had one of the new Bertolli oven bake meals. It was incredibly good! All you do is open the bag, pour the contents into a baking dish and throw it in the oven! It smelled wonderful while it was cooking and tasted amazing. I was pleasantly surprised!

Bertolli has four types of oven bake meals. I am going to try the tri-colored ravioli next.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chili & Cheddar Cheese Muffins

Dinner last night was Quick and Easy Chili and Cheddar Cheese Muffins.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Toffee Bits Cookies

These tasted really good. They spread more when they cooked than other cookies that I make. I would use a small scoop next time I made them.

Pecan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This is quick and easy to make and it tastes wonderful. I love the flavor that the brown sugar gives it - just a hint of sweetness.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sour Cream Pound Cake

I am starting my Christmas cake testing. This is the first of many before we make our final decision. Tadd & Marmalade gave it two paws up!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl Recipes

Here is the link to two documents with a ton of recipes for your trifle bowl.

Look at:

PC Trifle Bowl Salads
PC Trifle Bowl Recipe Booklet

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Guittard Brownie Muffins

These brownies are wonderful.  They are easy to make and look and taste gourmet.  Make sure you don't overbake them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pampered Chef Party Recipes

The food at the pampered chef party tonight was SO good. I was extremely impressed the the fajitas. I thought they were almost as good as fajitas in the restaurant! Who would have thought that coming from the microwave?!?!? The taco bites were great. I loved the flavor! The cheesecake was heavenly, as always. The party was fun and everyone bought some great stuff.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Resident Chef

I went to the Southern Women's Show and bought lots of goodies. One of the best things I bought were seasonings from "The Resident Chef". I bought Blackened Seasoning & Super Soul Seasoning Salt.

Dinner tonight was Blackened Chicken and Pasta.
I seasoned both sides of chicken cutlets with the blackened seasoning. I let it sit for about 5 minutes while I heated my skillet. I put the chicken cutlets in the pan and cooked them for 3 minutes on each side - only turning once. The chicken tasted wonderful and was really easy to make. I served it with a side of Lipton Four Cheese Noodles.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Firehouse BBQ Grilled Chicken

I got this recipe off of a new blog I found : Picky Palate (http://www.picky-palate.com/). There are tons of great recipes to check out. I picked this one to try first since I LOVE chicken! The chicken was really good. It wasn't very spicy. You could taste the wing sauce, but the BBQ was the main flavor.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pampered Chef Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies

The Pampered Chef ® Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided
1 package (18-21 ounces) brownie mix (plus ingredients to make cake-like brownies)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1 cup salted mixed nuts, divided
5 rolls (1.7 ounces each) milk chocolate-covered chewy caramels, divided (40 pieces total)
Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with oil using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Chop 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate morsels using Food Chopper. In Classic Batter Bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil, eggs and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar; mix well. Fold in chopped chocolate; pour batter into bar pan, spreading evenly using Small Mix 'N Scraper®. Chop nuts using Food Chopper. Combine half of the nuts and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar; sprinkle evenly over brownie batter. Bake 20-22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, using Utility Knife, cut 16 caramels into quarters. Place remaining 1/2 cup chocolate morsels in Prep Bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after each 20-second interval. Spoon melted chocolate into resealable plastic bag; set aside. Remove bar pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Immediately press remaining 24 caramels evenly into brownie in four rows of six caramels each. Sprinkle quartered caramels and remaining nuts over brownies. Trim corner of chocolate-filled bag with Utility Knife; drizzle chocolate evenly over brownies.

Cut into squares; serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Classic Mini Sliders

Another new Pampered Chef recipe I want to try soon.

Classic Mini Sliders

1 medium onion (about 1 cup finely chopped)
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1½ lb 90% lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp salt
6 slices American cheese
8 hot dog buns
24 hamburger dill pickle slice

Preheat oven to 450°F. Finely chop onion and parsley using Food Chopper. Combine beef, onion, parsley, garlic pressed with Garlic Press and salt in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well. Press beef mixture evenly over bottom of Large Bar Pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Meanwhile, on Cutting Board, cut cheese into quarters; set aside. Slice buns apart neatly at seams using Utility Knife (do not separate tops from bottoms). Trim about ¼ in. from each bun end to square off (discard trimmings). Cut buns into thirds for a total of 24 square mini buns; set aside. Remove bar pan from oven. Pour off juices, if necessary, and place on Stackable Cooling Rack. Cut beef mixture into 24 squares using Pizza Cutter. Top each burger with one pickle and one piece of cheese. Place one bun top onto each burger; top with one bun bottom. Cover bar pan with aluminum foil and bake 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and buns are warm. To serve, place one burger with bun top onto one bun bottom using Mini-Serving Spatula. Repeat with remaining burgers and bun bottoms. Serve immediately.

Yield: 24 mini burgers
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