Stuffed Tenderloin

So…I had this post written before Christmas, and I had the best of intentions to share it way back then.  However, a combination of the busy craziness of the holidays, a post Christmas trip to New York, family illness and trying to re-enter the atmosphere of back to work afterward kept me away from my usual posts!  So, maybe you will be able to enjoy our traditional Christmas meal next year for yours…or just any special occasion you might have coming up in the new year.  And…FYI, in all the chaos, I forgot to snap a photo of the finished product…so, you’ll see all the steps up to that point!  LOL.  But trust me, it’s amazing!  On with the original post!   Continue reading “Stuffed Tenderloin”

Marinated Flank Steak

I was introduced to this dish by my mother-in-law.  I was told early on in my marriage that this was my husband’s favorite birthday dinner, and I would need to learn how to make it for him.  I happily accepted the challenge, and it has become a favorite of mine as well.  It presents itself as a fancy dish that looks like you worked really hard…good news…it’s quite simple.  Even better news…it’s special enough for company or a celebration, but it’s perfect for just high-fiving the fact that the whole family was able to make it to the table to share a meal together on a week night!   Continue reading “Marinated Flank Steak”

Game Day Chili

This is the perfect time of year for a good hearty chili.  Whether you’re watching a game with friends, hosting movie night or just having one of those relaxing weekends with nothing planned and pjs for days…this one never disappoints. Continue reading “Game Day Chili”

Italian Chicken

We were staying the weekend with my husband’s college buddy Jon and his wife Shannon many years ago when I first tried this.  It was a super cold day in Columbia, South Carolina.  And, I don’t mean it was 60 degrees.  I know that’s what you were thinking.  It actually was freezing!  And, the guys were playing golf.  Nothing will stop them.  They returned, shivering,  just in time for dinner and just as the weather was starting to take a turn for the worse.  Shannon made this stick-to-your-ribs, comforting chicken dish that I fell in love with!   Great memories of our friends, a cold South Carolina weekend and a yummy meal that warmed us up as the snow started to fall!   Continue reading “Italian Chicken”

Simple Chicken Stir Fry

We eat a lot of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.  I love all the different flavors, complex layers and, of course, the spice!  I’m a spice girl…LOL!  But seriously it is a really quick and simple weeknight meal.  Because of our job, we get home a little later in the evening.  I don’t have the time or energy to start a meal from scratch at that time of night.  So, I am able to prep a stir fry before work and have it waiting for me to throw into a pan…and in minutes, dinner is ready!   Continue reading “Simple Chicken Stir Fry”

Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup

In 2002 our little family moved near Birmingham to Hoover, Alabama to start a new job.  We were in an unfamiliar town with a premature infant son and quite frankly, a bit, or maybe a lot, anxious.  Truthfully, we were scared to death!  Then one day we got the neighbors’ mail delivered to our box by mistake… Continue reading “Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup”

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

I love the combination of fresh squeezed lime and cilantro.  It’s so bright…especially in the hot summer months. And, when I stumbled upon pairing those flavors with shrimp…I was hooked!  When I originally tasted this, it used chicken as the protein.  That was yummy.  But, when I wanted to make it, I was out of chicken.  I did have some shrimp in the freezer.  Now, fresh shrimp would obviously be the first choice…but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.   Continue reading “Cilantro Lime Shrimp”

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

This idea was inspired by some nachos we had years ago at one of our favorite restaurants. The chips were piled high with juicy shredded chicken, tangy barbecue sauce, diced red onion, shredded cheese and cilantro. It was the most amazing combo of flavors I’d ever had. Then I decided I’d try to make it a little lighter by subbing the chips for a flatbread and making it a pizza. The result was delicious.
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Mexican Cornbread Casserole

This is the ultimate comfort food from my childhood.  I think the recipe was given to my mom from a church friend.  Nothing better than those church potlucks.  I wish I had a dime for every time I devoured this dish as a kid.  Just catching a whiff of it in the oven always made me smile…and still does.  What makes it great for busy families is it’s really just assembling easy to find convenience items, and it’s a whole meal in one dish. Continue reading “Mexican Cornbread Casserole”