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Monday, May 31, 2010

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road - Loveless Cafe



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. 





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Friday, May 28, 2010

Weeknight Enchiladas

Weeknight Beef Enchiladas

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!

Weeknight Beef Enchiladas

Weeknight Beef Enchiladas

Thursday, May 27, 2010

BEST Chocolate Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting EVER

BEST Chocolate Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting EVER

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!).

BEST Chocolate Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting EVER


BEST Chocolate Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting EVER


BEST Chocolate Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting EVER

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Herb Drop Biscuits

Herb Drop Biscuits
I planted a little herb garden this year, and by "I", I mean Chicken Legs planted it for me.   I am growing basil, oregano and rosemary.  I saw these biscuits over on Tasty Kitchen and thought I could kick them up with some fresh herbs from my garden. 

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!



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cheesy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Pesto Pasta

This recipe is adapted from The Deen Family Cookbook - the first book I downloaded on my iPad, and it is wonderful.  I had some pesto from the calzone braid that I wanted to use up and this recipe fit the bill.  The original recpie was just a cheesy pasta bake; I added chicken to make it into a nice meal. 

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!

Cheesy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Monday, May 24, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid

This was a twist on our usual pizza night.  I saw this recipe over on Multiply Delicious and thought it sounded great!  My two favorite foods, chicken and pizza, all in one!!  How could I go wrong?! The original recipe made this into little pizza bites for a party.  I was really interested in the filling, so I decided to switch it up and make it into a big pizza calzone braid.  It turned out great!  We topped the braid with some pizza sauce and parmesan.  We loved the flavor of the chicken and pesto.  I would definately make this again.  If I ever have a party at the house, I would make the little pizza bites like the original recipe.  I think they would be a hit.

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Balsamic Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

Balsamic Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

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! 

Balsamic Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

Balsamic Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

These are my new favorite fajitas! We both absolutely loved them. (New favorite at home, my absolute favorite fajitas are at Superior Grill)  We don't usually make fajitas at home. When we do make them, we use the recipe I have from Pampered Chef. They are great and perfect for a busy week night.   I have been searching for a good grilled fajita recipe.  I saw this recipe in the May issue of Southern Living and knew we had to give it a try.  The original recipe called for both beef and chicken.  I didn't have any flank steak on hand, so we just did chicken.  I will have to give the flank steak a try next time.  The meat was tender, juicy and full of flavor.  We had some chicken leftover and I had it for lunch the next day, and it might have been better at lunch.  I love when I find a great new recipe like this!

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

This is another wonderful cookie that is made with hard boiled eggs. We loved the chocolate chip cookies so much that we had to give the oatmeal cookies a try.  HAD TO!  They were truly amazing!  I just can't get over how good both these cookies are.   Chicken Legs has proclaimed the hard boiled egg cookies his all-time favorites and the best cookies I've ever made.  That says a lot coming from the Cookie Monster!

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. 

Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Oatmeal Toffee Cookies


Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pizza Dough


Homemade Pizza Dough

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.
Homemade Pizza Dough


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

I've seen this recipe floating around the internets for a while and I finally got around to trying it out.  It is originally from Cooking Light.  It is basically a quick BBQ chicken sandwich.  I couldn't find any boneless chicken thighs, so I had to use chicken breast.  I also ended up doubling the sauce.  I mixed it all together and thought there is no way that is enough to coat all this chicken.  I really liked how easy these sandwiches were to make and I also really liked the flavor of the BBQ sauce.  I think it would be a good crockpot meal too.  I love to have dinner already done when I get home from work!

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

I have finally found a chicken enchilada recipe that I am willing to eat at home!  I have tried several recipes for easy chicken enchiladas and they always turn out to be too mushy.  These enchiladas are made with cheese soup instead of cream of chicken - I really think that made the difference.  I also buy the whole-wheat tortillas.  I think they taste great and hold up better when cooked. 

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!

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas


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