Category Archives: Main Dishes

Zippy Ziti

It is finally getting a little cooler in Pensacola, for a couple of days at least.  We are always pretty much at the end of our rope with the heat and humidity at this point and treasure a few ‘cooler’ October days.  We are very aware that the heat is always lurking around the corner ready to pounce!  We spent the weekend outside enjoying the ‘no humidity’ for a few hours.  I definitely didn’t want to spend my time inside cooking.  I had no plans for meals this weekend which is rare for me.  I have meals planned for weeks in advance.  I went to my pantry to see what I could pull together.  My pantry pulled through with a winner…Easy Ziti…Quick and Easy Ziti…Ziti in a Flash…Minute Ziti…ZIPPY ZITI!

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Anytime Strata

If you have been reading my blog for a while, it is no secret that I love Saturday morning breakfast.  It is my favorite meal to prepare.  Everything on Saturday morning moves in a slower pace in our home.  I can take my time doing prep work and we definitely take our time eating the meal.  It’s that ‘easy morning feeling’ that I love so much.  This Strata is a perfect Saturday morning meal.

 

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Black Bean, Chicken and Corn Soup

Well, it is officially fall.  In Pensacola, we are still hitting 90 degrees with over the top humidity.  We wear shorts and flip flops all year long.  As I matter of fact, I wore a pair of flip flops to church Sunday.  They were sparkly flip flops, but flip flops non the less.  You can buy a bathing year round in our stores.  You can find water floats, sunscreen, coolers, and anything you want with a flamingo on it.  As much as I love my Florida life, I need a little fall!  I need to pretend that there are pretty fall leaves on the ground.  I need to wear boots and a sweater.  I want a fire in the fireplace.  So instead of having these wonderful fall transitions actually happen, I light an apple caramel candle, make myself a pumpkin spice latte and get a pot of soup simmering on the stove!

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Enchiladas Verde

I don’t cook Mexican food often.  When I do, my kitchen looks like it has been run over by a semi-truck.  But oh my, it is worth every bit of messiness I created!  Everytime I make Enchiladas, Eric says, “I don’t know why we ever go out for Mexican food.  The best enchiladas in town are made in your kitchen.”  

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Crockpot Lasagne

These past few weeks have been hit or miss on preparing meals in our home.  I was spending virtually every waking moment with Viv.  When I did get home to prepare a meal, it had to quick and easy or get the crockpot going first thing in the morning.  If you have never tried Crockpot Lasagne, get you crock pot out now!

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Pork Tacos with the Instant Pot

I am late jumping on the “Instant Pot” bandwagon.  Mainly because pressure cookers have scared me to death!  I have never cooked with one before.  This is the main reason why….

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Yea, that’s why I have a fear of pressure cooking.  Last week, both of my boys called me telling me I HAVE to get an Instant Pot.  I replied, “No I don’t.  Those things are dangerous and I want to live!”  After much coaxing, they assured me the “Instant Pot” was safe and foolproof.  They also could not stop talking about how delicious and tender everything was that they cooked in the Instant Pot. Continue reading Pork Tacos with the Instant Pot

Marinated Pork Chops and Roasted Squash

I am sharing with you today Pork Chops that have been marinated and then either put on the grill or on a stove top in a grill pan.  Summertime means summer veggies!  Roasted squash in a cast iron skillet with feta and jalapenos, well, simply put….mind blowing!!!

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Peas and Sausage

Growing up, Sweet Mama always had a “pot of something” simmering on the stove.  I think I got to the point where I didn’t even notice it, it was just always there.  A pot of greens, peas, beans, etc., would be simmering on the stove.  I couldn’t wait for her to put a bowl of whatever had been simmering in front of me with a piece of cornbread.  Now that was good eating!

 

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Greek Chicken Salad

The sun is shining and the humidity is low, it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  We had rain for 2 1/2 weeks straight.  Everything was wet, everything was droopy, everything was dirty, everything had mushrooms growing out it….everything.  When Tropical Storm Cindy rolled through, we headed to the beach to walk out on the pier and watch the waves, it’s tradition.  There is just something so majestic watching those waves roll in.  I wish you could actually tell how large these waves were.

  Eric’s favorite side salad is a Greek Salad.  I thought I would take the classic Greek Salad to the next level.

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Caprese Chicken Salad

I felt like I wanted a salad.  I felt like I wanted chicken.  I felt like I wanted everything covered in delicious balsamic vinaigrette.  So I got in the kitchen and got busy.  Sometimes you just have to make things happen for yourself.  

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