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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grilled Pork Tacos

Grilled Pork Tacos Recipe - pork tenderloin marinated in lime juice, oregano, sugar, chipotle peppers, garlic and olive oil - grill to perfection, chop, serve in corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. SO yummy! I double the recipe for leftovers.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day!  We spend most of the afternoon relaxing with the cats and doing a little grilling.  We decided to go in a different direction for our holiday meal and make these grilled pork tacos.

I've had this recipe bookmarked for a long time.  I thought the holiday would be a good time to finally give it a try.  We loved them!  The pork was very easy to put together.  They were light and flavorful.  We loved the smoky flavor and the slight kick from the chipotle peppers.  We topped the tacos with some salsa and sour cream.  I also think guacamole would be good too.  We had some leftovers - I plan on eating them for lunch today.  This is definitely a keeper!

Grilled Pork Tacos Recipe - pork tenderloin marinated in lime juice, oregano, sugar, chipotle peppers, garlic and olive oil - grill to perfection, chop, serve in corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. SO yummy! I double the recipe for leftovers.

Grilled Pork Tacos Recipe - pork tenderloin marinated in lime juice, oregano, sugar, chipotle peppers, garlic and olive oil - grill to perfection, chop, serve in corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. SO yummy! I double the recipe for leftovers.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meow Monday

Jack

Fluffy

Sherbert


Happy Memorial Day!!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Berry Patriotic Strawberries

Berry Patriotic Strawberries Recipe - red, white and blue strawberries - only 3 ingredients! Simple no-bake dessert for all your summer parties!

I love Memorial Day!  It is the first holiday at work (that's always a good thing), and it is the unofficial start to Summer.  We usually grill out for Memorial Day.  We've done everything from chicken to burgers and ribs.  I'm not sure what we are going grill this year, but I know what dessert will be - these super cute patriotic strawberries!

These are so easy to make.  Just dip the strawberries in some vanilla almond bark and then into blue sugar.  They look very festive and taste like summer!  These strawberries would be equally appropriate for the 4th of July.  I love how quick and easy these are to make, and I especially love that this dessert doesn't require an oven.  So, if you are invited to a Memorial Day party this weekend, make sure you volunteer to bring dessert.  These strawberries will be the talk of the party.

Berry Patriotic Strawberries Recipe - red, white and blue strawberries - only 3 ingredients! Simple no-bake dessert for all your summer parties!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini

Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini Recipe - sourdough bread, roast beef, cheddar, chipotle peppers and ranch - my favorite grilled cheese sandwich. The sauce makes the sandwich!

Olexa's in Mountain Brook is one of our favorite places to eat lunch.  We make it a point to try and eat there at least once a month.  It is the only place we eat that every table gets dessert!  

Olexa's is known for their cakes, but the food in the cafe is fantastic.  Chicken Leg's loves the Chicken Tomato Bacon Caesar Salad and the Portobello and Smoked Gouda Panini.  My favorite is the Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini.  I finally decided to make an at home version of the Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini.  (It pays to be the cook) It was fabulous!!  It tasted almost exactly like the original.  Now if I could only figure out how to recreate the cake!!

Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini Recipe - sourdough bread, roast beef, cheddar, chipotle peppers and ranch - my favorite grilled cheese sandwich. The sauce makes the sandwich!

Today is Chicken Leg's birthday!  We celebrated a few days early with a cake from Olexa's, of course.  He requested his favorite - chocolate cake with vanilla icing.  I only got two small slices - the boy loves his cake!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Crescents

Chicken Parmesan Crescents Recipe - frozen chicken tenders, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella baked in refrigerated crescent rolls - Ready in 20 minutes! Super quick lunch or dinner.

This is one of the best things we ate last week.  We both absolutely loved this - for several reasons.  I loved how simple it was to make.  Chicken Legs loved that this didn't dirty up the kitchen! (I cook, he cleans)  We both loved this because it was really tasty!

This only took a few minutes to assemble, and, in less than 30 minutes, we had chicken parmesan.  I used frozen chicken tenders because they were BOGO at Publix recently.  (That is Buy One Get One for those of you who don't know - like my mother and husband)  I did not thaw the chicken strips before I made this.  I just let them bake in the oven fully assembled.  To make clean up easier, I put the spaghetti sauce in a saucepan to dunk the chicken strips and then just heated up the leftover sauce in the same pan.  You are welcome Chicken Legs.

Chicken Parmesan Crescents Recipe - frozen chicken tenders, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella baked in refrigerated crescent rolls - Ready in 20 minutes! Super quick lunch or dinner.

Chicken Parmesan Crescents Recipe - frozen chicken tenders, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella baked in refrigerated crescent rolls - Ready in 20 minutes! Super quick lunch or dinner.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crispy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken


I found this recipe in my email Inbox.  I get the various Betty Crocker newsletters, and this recipe was front and center in one of the latest editions.  It was super!  It was quick and easy to make after work - a must at our house. 

The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.  I really liked the BBQ and cheese on top!  I think next time I'll add a slice of bacon, because everything is better with bacon! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Meow Monday - Mission Accomplished

Fluffy 
She got a clean bill of health from the vet and we brought her in!  
She is still adjusting to being inside and around the other cats, but she is doing great.

Jack

Sherbert

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Taco Pancakes

Taco Pancakes Recipe - cornmeal pancakes stuffed with taco meat, jalapeños and cheese - top with salsa, lettuce and sour cream - fun twist to taco night! Fun Mexican food!

I am always looking for new ways to keep dinner interesting. A few weeks ago I made Pizza Pancakes – savory pancakes with our favorite pizza topping mixed in and topped with pizza sauce. They were really good, and a lot of fun to eat. I had so much fun making pancakes on the griddle, that I started thinking of more “pancake” recipes. We love tacos at our house, so I thought why not try Taco “Pancakes”.

Since tacos are usually served in a corn tortilla shell, I used my cornbread recipe as the pancake base. I mixed in some seasoned taco meat and cheese to the cornbread batter and grilled them up. We topped the pancakes with some salsa, sour cream and lettuce. They were fantastic! We will definitely be making this again very soon. So, next time you are making tacos, think outside the shell and give these Taco “Pancakes” a try!  You won't be disappointed.

Taco Pancakes Recipe - cornmeal pancakes stuffed with taco meat, jalapeños and cheese - top with salsa, lettuce and sour cream - fun twist to taco night! Fun Mexican food!

Taco Pancakes Recipe - cornmeal pancakes stuffed with taco meat, jalapeños and cheese - top with salsa, lettuce and sour cream - fun twist to taco night! Fun Mexican food!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu Wrap

Chicken Cordon Bleu Wrap - chicken, ham, cheese, mushrooms and honey mustard wrapped in a tortilla and grilled - delicious and quick sandwich!

I've had this wrap on my list to make for a while.  I finally got around to it last week and it was fantastic! 

I marinated the chicken in a honey mustard marinade and cooked it right before I assembled the wraps.  You could always use pre-cooked chicken strips, but I wanted the chicken to have a lot of great flavor.  We ate this for dinner and had enough chicken leftover for lunch the next day.  I loved all the flavors in this wrap, especially the honey mustard.  This was another successful sandwich night!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Wrap - chicken, ham, cheese, mushrooms and honey mustard wrapped in a tortilla and grilled - delicious and quick sandwich!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Brookies

Peanut Butter Brookies Recipe - peanut butter cookies with brownies mixed in the cookies - peanut butter cookies and brownies in one delicious cookie!

We took a mini vacation last weekend to St. Augustine for The Players golf tournament.  Well, I didn't actually go to the tournament.  I went shopping at the outlets with my Mom while the guys went to watch the golfers.  My Dad's company has a store at one of the outlet centers, and I usually take the ladies that work there a batch of goodies.  We loved the Peanutter Butter Cookies so much that I thought about making another batch for the ladies at the store, but I didn't want to do the same thing again.  I had some brownie mix in the pantry and decided to do a peanut butter and chocolate cookie with the brownies.

Oh My Goodness!  These cookies were amazing!  We loved them so much that we were worried there wouldn't be any left for the ladies at the store in St. Augustine.  Fortunately for them, this made a lot of cookies.  The cookies were soft on the inside, and the brownies complemented the peanut butter cookie perfectly.  Chicken Legs raved about these cookies all weekend.  I think they are one of his new favorites.  I will definitely be making these again very soon.


Peanut Butter Brookies Recipe - peanut butter cookies with brownies mixed in the cookies - peanut butter cookies and brownies in one delicious cookie!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cheetos Chicken Fingers

Cheetos Crusted Chicken Tenders - chicken tenders coated in Cheetos and baked - SO yummy! Kids gobble these up!

A little while back we made some awesome Cheez-It Chicken Fingers.  They were so good!  I started thinking about what other snack foods that would be good on chicken fingers.  I had a bag of Cheetos in the pantry, and I thought I'd give them a try.

These chicken fingers were really good.  They are everything you love about Cheetos, but without the orange fingers!   I used Baked Cheetos, because that is what I had in the pantry.  I think these would be even better with regular Cheetos.  This was a fun dish.  I think kids would really love this - who doesn't want to eat Cheetos for dinner?!

Cheetos Crusted Chicken Tenders - chicken tenders coated in Cheetos and baked - SO yummy! Kids gobble these up!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Peanutter Butter Cookies

Peanutter Butter Cookies Recipe - soft peanut butter cookies with chopped Nutter Butters inside - peanut butter overload! SO good! We almost ate the whole batch in one day!!

A few weeks ago, I shared a fabulous Cookies & Cream Peanut Butter cookie.  Several people commented that they thought Nutter Butter cookies would be good packed inside the peanut butter cookie.  I thought that was a fantastic idea!  As a peanut butter fanatic, I was up to the challenge! 

The cookies were crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and packed with tons of peanut butter flavor!  They look a little different that your usual peanut butter cookie, since you don't flatten in a crisscross pattern.  The cookies end up having a nice crackled appearance.  We really loved these cookies; especially the little chunks of Nutter Butters inside.  We both had a hard time controlling ourselves around them.  Fortunately, I gave most of the cookies to a friend for her birthday.  Her family had the same reaction we did - they loved them!  This is a keeper.

Peanutter Butter Cookies Recipe - soft peanut butter cookies with chopped Nutter Butters inside - peanut butter overload! SO good! We almost ate the whole batch in one day!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fiesta Rice

Fiesta Rice Recipe - simple Mexican rice dish with only 4 ingredients! Mix together and bake for 30 minutes. SO delicious!!

I served this Fiesta Rice with the Taco Chicken from yesterday.  I had a can of Campbell's Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup in the pantry, so I decided to use it to make this rice.

We love this rice recipe.  The rice comes out tender and creamy - similar to a risotto.   The Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup gave the rice just the right amount of Tex-Mex flare to complement the chicken.  This is a fix it and forget it recipe.  Just mix up the soup, liquid and rice and pop it in the oven.  The rice cooked while Chicken Legs grilled the chicken and dinner was on the table in no time.  I love these kind of meals.

Fiesta Rice Recipe - simple Mexican rice dish with only 4 ingredients! Mix together and bake for 30 minutes. SO delicious!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Taco Chicken

Taco Chicken Recipe - chicken breasts marinated in taco seasoning, oregano, olive oil, salsa, and cumin - grill or pan sear and brush with a mixture of BBQ sauce and chili sauce - AMAZING! I wanted to lick my plate! Great in tacos and salads.

This chicken tasted as good as it looks.  It was delicious!!  This was a really quick and simple weeknight meal.   We grilled this chicken, because that is what we do.   Chicken Legs is a master griller and it makes dinner a breeze for me.   If grilling isn't your thing, you can pan sear the and finish it off in the oven.

This is such a versatile recipe.  You could use this chicken for fajitas, serve it on a bun with some pepper jack cheese or use chicken wings instead of boneless chicken breasts.  All of those options sound amazing to me!  Can't wait to try them all!

Taco Chicken Recipe - chicken breasts marinated in taco seasoning, oregano, olive oil, salsa, and cumin - grill or pan sear and brush with a mixture of BBQ sauce and chili sauce - AMAZING! I wanted to lick my plate! Great in tacos and salads.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Orange Cake

Orange Cake Recipe - homemade cake with orange juice and orange zest - topped with a homemade orange cream cheese frosting. My favorite cake!

This cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  I haven't made it in years because I can't control myself around it.  It is very easy to make and has a wonderful orange flavor.

This recipe is from Paula Deen.  If there is one thing Paula Deen does well, it is desserts.  She calls this recipe orange brownies, but I think that title is confusing since there is no chocolate anywhere in the recipe.  This is a great cake for a spring/summer cookout.  I'd like to experiment with other citrus flavors - lemon and/or lime sound good.  I think that sounds like the perfect excuse to make this again!

Orange Cake Recipe - homemade cake with orange juice and orange zest - topped with a homemade orange cream cheese frosting. My favorite cake!

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