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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

King Ranch Mac & Cheese

This recipe is from the January 2012 Southern Living magazine.  I made a note to try this back in January, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long.  This was SO DANG GOOD!  I mean really, really, really good.  I want to eat this every day! This makes enough for about 6 people.  We ate it for dinner and I ate leftovers for lunch.  It was just as good reheated.  I could eat this every week.  I can't stop thinking about it!  Make this ASAP; I promise you will love it!

Monday, July 30, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie CopyCat

I first discovered the Levain Bakery on an episode of Thowdown with Bobby Flay.  Their chocolate chip cookies are suppose to be the best in NYC.  They have a cult following, and their recipe is a very popular one to try and recreate.  I've never made it to the Levain Bakery on our trips to NYC, so I don't know if this cookie tastes like the Levain Bakery.  I do know that this cookie tastes incredible!   One batch only makes 12 cookies.  Make sure you have a friend to share a cookie with because these cookies are GINORMOUS!  I have added the Levain Bakery as a "must do" on our next trip to NYC in December!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

St. Louis Style Pizza

I am always on the hunt for pizza perfection. For me, this recipe might be it. This was the first time that I tried St. Louis Style Pizza, and it was fabulous!  We both love thin crust pizza and this pizza is cracker thin.  What makes St. Louis style pizza unique is the cheese.  It uses Provel cheese instead of mozzarella.  Provel isn't common in Alabama, so I used a facsimile of white cheddar, swiss, provolone and liquid smoke.  I was hesitant to try it, but I am so glad I did.  It was SO, SO good!!  It really makes the pizza.  I've made this pizza numerous times in the last few weeks.  We just can't get enough of it!  It is our favorite pizza - anywhere.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chicken and Ravioli Carbonara

This recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker.  I receive their newsletters and it was waiting for me in my inbox last week.  I always stock up on refrigerated ravioli when it is on sale at Publix, so I had everything at home to make this for dinner.  I used some rotisserie chicken, and this only took about 20 minutes to have dinner on the table.

We both really enjoyed this dish.  The recipe says it serves 4, but I would say this serves 3 if you have a salad with it.  We just had the pasta and almost finished the whole pot ourselves.  I absolutely loved how easy this was to make!  You can't beat a 20 minute hot meal during the week.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hot Ham Dips

We had these sandwiches for lunch yesterday, and we are having them again today.  They are SO good!  I had some pretzel slider buns leftover from the Kalua Pork and decided to use them up on these Hot Ham Dips. 

These sandwiches are a twist on my favorite sandwich, a French Dip.  I switched out the roast beef for ham and added some cheddar cheese.  I dipped the ham in some beef consomm√© for the "dip" part of the sandwich.  I also brushed the rolls with garlic butter and broiled the cheese.  The flavor was fantastic!  We both absolutely loved these sandwiches!  

This was a simple and delicious lunch and would be great for dinner too!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Queso Soup

I know Summer isn't the typical time to have soup for dinner, but this really hit the spot.  Chicken Legs took charge of this dish.  He manned the dutch oven while I made the milk sauce.  This came together in no time.  I would describe this as a cheesy taco soup.  It was super delicious!  We both really enjoyed it.  I had some leftover for lunch the next day and it was even better.  We used sausage in the soup, but you could also use lean ground beef or ground turkey.  Next time I might add some corn and lima beans to the soup for extra veggies and flavor.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This was the best thing we ate last weekend.  It was amazing!  The chicken was good on its own, but was over the top delicious with the pasta.

I marinated the chicken in a chipotle and greek yogurt mixture.  The chicken was very tender and juicy, and packed a ton of flavor without being spicy.  This marinade would go well with my Pollo Loco recipe as well.  The sauce is a combination of enchilada sauce and Alfredo sauce.  I made my own enchilada sauce, but you can substitute a cup of canned sauce if you don't want to make your own.  We finished the dish off with some green onions and tomatoes.  We both gave this two thumbs up!  This will be a staple at our house!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cocoa Brownies {Fat Witch}

Brownies are one of my favorite desserts.  I especially love them topped with vanilla ice cream.  I got crazy this time and added caramel and chocolate sauce!  YUM!  This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks - The Fat Witch Bakery.  I've made several of their recipes and they never disappoint!  This brownie recipe was super easy.  They reminded me of the brownies I used to make as a child with my Mom.  These were very moist and perfectly chocolatey!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

We love to eat breakfast for dinner, but we actually ate this for breakfast.  We had some overnight guests and served this for an easy breakfast.  I mixed it all up the night before and refrigerated it overnight.  I just popped it in the oven when I got up and breakfast was ready in no time!  The casserole tasted great.  It was really good with a little hot sauce on top.  Next time I might mix in some green chiles or salsa in the egg mixture.  Give this a try the next time you need an easy breakfast casserole.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kalua Pork {Slow Cooker}

I've seen this recipe on the internet for years.  I finally got around to giving it a try last week and it was great.  This pork couldn't be easier.  Chicken Legs actually made this for us!  It has only 3 ingredients - pork, sea salt and liquid smoke. This takes 16-20 hours to make.  We started it before we went to bed the night before we ate it.   I was concerned that this would be dry and bland, but it was super tasty.  We both really enjoyed it!  We served the leftovers on the best pretzel buns with some BBQ sauce and slaw.

Found these pretzel slider rolls at Costco - they are SO delicious!

We had the leftover pork on the pretzel rolls with slaw, BBQ sauce and slaw & BBQ sauce.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Banana Pudding Cake

We had this cake last week for the 4th of July holiday.  It was the perfect ending to our feast.  This was inspired by Brandi over at The Country Cook.   She makes all kinds of fun pudding cakes and a few weeks ago she posted a Banana Pudding Poke Cake.  Brandi used banana flavored pudding and cool whip.  I decided to make this a more traditional version of banana pudding.  I used vanilla pudding, Nilla wafers, sliced bananas and homemade whipped cream.  I made the cake the day before we ate it so the Nilla wafers could soften.  It tasted fabulous!  I took the leftovers to work and it was a huge hit!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bacon Cheese Crescents

Bacon Cheese Crescents

Today I am sharing a fantastic recipe - Bacon Cheese Crescents.  These rolls are great for breakfast, a snack or even with dinner.  They were simple to make and tasted fantastic!!  

If you follow my blog, you will recognize the flavor combination - it is what I refer to as "crack". Cheddar, bacon and ranch - so addicting!! These rolls are great for breakfast, a snack or even with dinner.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Bacon Cheese Crescents

Crispy Cheddar Chicken Tenders

We had this chicken for dinner last night and it was SOOOO delicious!  I was disappointed that I was only able to eat two chicken tenders - I wanted eat all of this.  The best thing about this chicken is the sauce.  Food snobs need to go ahead and look away now.  The sauce is made with cream of chicken soup and it is so tasty.  It reminded me of another one of my favorite dishes - Chicken Roll Ups.  Make this tonight - I promise you won't be disappointed!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chicken Ranch Enchiladas and Rice {Slow Cooker}

We are big fans of Mexican food. We typically have one Mexican type dish a week.  These enchiladas were a nice change to our typical chicken enchiladas.  I slow cooked the chicken with a packet of ranch seasoning and a batch of my homemade taco seasoning.  The chicken was so juicy and packed full of amazing flavor.  I topped the baked enchiladas with a creamy salsa ranch dressing.  They tasted great!  They were even good leftover for lunch the next day.  I used the cooking liquid to make some easy Mexican rice to go with the enchiladas.  This didn't disappoint!

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