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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

OMG Mac and Cheese


I served this Mac and Cheese with the skirt steak from yesterday's post. The recipe came from a restaurant that we loved in Birmingham, Prairie Fire Grill. It went out of business a long time ago, without warning. I was so glad that they had a newsletter where they shared some of their recipes. I needed to keep this Mac and Cheese in my life!

This is very simple and packs a ton of great flavor. It is super rich and creamy. The secret ingredient in this mac and cheese is Boursin cheese. It really takes this from good to OMG delicious! This takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and even less time to devour it!



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Orange Pesto Skirt Steak


If you follow the blog, you know that skirt steak is one of our favorite meats to grill. I am always on the lookout for a good marinade. I saw something in a magazine about an orange juice and pesto marinade. I thought that sounded really good. I decided to give it a try on skirt steak. I added some salt, pepper and garlic to the orange juice and pesto. It was so easy; It only takes a minute to prepare. This was super delicious. The orange juice wasn't overwhelming. It paired perfectly with the pesto and garlic. I think this would also be good on chicken. Give this a try if you are looking for a new steak marinade.


Monday, July 29, 2013

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Beef and Bean Enchiladas


I like to make quick and easy meals during the week. These Beef and Bean Enchiladas truly fit the bill! They are snap to make and taste great.  They were even good reheated for lunch the next day. I served this with some Mexican rice and chips and salsa. Feel free to top the enchiladas with some sour cream, tomatoes and lettuce if desired. You could also add a can of Rotel tomatoes or a cup of chunky salsa to the meat mixture if you wanted to kick these up a notch. I am going to try that next time!  YUM! These enchiladas could easily be made ahead of time and refrigerated (or frozen) until ready to be baked.  I love easy meals like this!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chocolate Almond Brownies


I am not a big dessert person, but I love brownies. I have a real weakness for a good brownie, especially these brownies. I am totally addicted to them! The topping really makes these brownies. It is packed full of almonds, almond extract and bittersweet chocolate. SO delicious!

Don't be alarmed that the brownies bake an additional 17-20 minutes once you add the topping. The brownies won't be overdone. I promise!

These brownies are really rich, so have a glass of milk handy. They are also good topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This might be my favorite brownie.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Million Dollar Spaghetti


I see this recipe on pinterest all the time. One of my facebook friends made it and raved about it, so I finally gave it a try. It was really good and easy to make. It reminded me a lot of my Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole. One difference in the two spaghetti casseroles is this recipe had cream cheese and cottage cheese in it. I love cottage cheese baked into pasta dishes, so I knew this would be a hit at our house. This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. This would also make a great freezer meal!  This makes a ton. We reheated it for lunch the next day, and it was equally delicious. 



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Southern Fried Okra


Fried okra is my all-time favorite vegetable. It is the only green vegetable that I get excited about eating. I can eat a ton of it. I prefer to make it at home as opposed to eating it out. Most restaurants just fry frozen okra. It has the stems and tips in it, and I hate when I accidentally eat those pieces. Yuck!

I like to buy the small okra pods and slice it fairly thin. Most of the time I just slice it and toss it in corn meal. This time I decided to soak the okra in buttermilk and then toss it in corn meal. It was like little cornbread nuggets with yummy okra inside. It was absolutely delicious!



Monday, July 22, 2013

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