Saturday, May 29, 2010
I've been wanting to go to The Loveless Cafe ever since I saw Carol Fay Ellison, "The Biscuit Lady", on Thowdown with Bobby Flay. The Biscuit Lady was obviously well known for her fabulous biscuits. Booby Flay gave it his best, but the Biscuit Lady won! That really made me want to try the biscuits even more!
Chicken Legs was recently in Nashville for work and saw the sign for the Loveless Cafe. He decided to give it a try. I was SO jealous (I ate Funyuns for dinner that night)! There was a 25 minute wait, so he checked the property and gift shop. When he finally got seated, he ordered the fried chicken with mac & cheese and hashbrown casserole. The dinner was served with some of the famous biscuits. He said the food was good - comparable to the Cracker Barrel. It was just good, southern-style eats.
CONNECT WITH PLAIN CHICKEN
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/29/2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
It's no secret that we like Mexican food at our house. I usually try and make one Mexican meal a week. I've been stuck on chicken dishes (shocking, I know), so I decided to finally try a beef enchilada recipe. This recipe is from my Mom's favorite cookbook, Southern Living Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals. She loves everything in that little cookbook.
This was incredibly easy to make. I browned the meat the day before and just assembled the enchiladas when I got home. These enchiladas are very filling - a little goes a long way. We both really loved the filling and all the cheese. I served them with our favorite Mexican rice and black beans. Another successful dinner!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/28/2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Yesterday was Chicken Leg's birthday (he is OLD!). Chicken Leg's favorite cake is chocolate with white icing. When he was little, his Mom would have to make two cakes. One for him and one for the rest of his family because he wouldn't share HIS cake. I am "honored" that he shares his cake with me (I think it is really because I won't indulge him and make extra cakes). I was really excited when he requested cupcakes this year; it gave me a chance to use my new piping tip (#827). I've had this chocolate cake recipe bookmarked for a while and I was glad to finally give it a try. We loved it. It really was the BEST (I had to throw out the extra batter so I would stop eating it). Don't substitute low-fat or sugar-free stuff - this is an indulgence. Live a little!
I adapted the buttercream from Billy's Bakery in NYC. It was great! I think it was just as good as Olexa's here in Mountain Brook (if you knew how good that was, you would already have this icing going in your mixer - seriously!).
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/27/2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I served these with the Cheesy Chicken Pesto Pasta, so I added some fresh basil and mozzarella to complement the dish. These were really good - light and fluffy. They only took a few minutes to make. I could have eaten the whole batch by myself!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/26/2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This was a fabulous dish! We couldn't stop eating it. The pesto wasn't overwhelming - it just gave it a nice flavor. It was simple to put together, as most of Paula Deen's recipes are. It could easily be made ahead of time and popped in the oven after work. I know that I will be making this again!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/25/2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/21/2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Now that the weather is nice, we are doing a lot more grilling. Chicken Legs loves to grill and I am more than happy to keep the oven off when it is 90 degrees outside. I saw this recipe on one of the many blogs I check periodically. I had some bone-in chicken breasts in the freezer and thought I would give it a try. This recipe is a big departure from my normal chicken marinades since it uses a lot of balsamic vinegar. I like balsamic in moderation, but I didn't know if I would like it as the star of the dish. Much to my relief, the chicken turned out great. It was juicy and had tons of great flavor. I am glad broke out of my comfort zone and gave it a shot!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/20/2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/19/2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The original recipe comes from Katrina over at Baking and Boys. I only made a few slight changes - added the toffee and mixed the oatmeal in by hand instead of pulsing it in the food processor. Next time, and there will be a next time, I am going to add almonds and almond extract - that might result in my all-time favorite cookie.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/18/2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Pizza is all-time favorite food. I know you would think it would be chicken, but it is actually pizza. I could eat pizza every meal -really! I have started to experiment with making my own dough - it is just hard to do after work. Most dough takes hours to rise and I just don't want to wait that long on a weeknight. This recipe didn't require a long rising time so I gave it a shot. It was really good. It was a little thicker that I normally make our crust, but it was nice and crispy. Best of all it was a breeze to throw together.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/14/2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/13/2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We both loved the enchiladas. They weren't mushy and had all of our favorite flavors inside. I served it with our favorite Mexican rice with black beans mixed in. It was all great. I am glad my search is over for easy weeknight chicken enchiladas!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/12/2010