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!

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