I had the unexpected opportunity to visit my Raleigh Punks a few days back. I consider it a great year if I get to see them three times a year. Guess what? I got a bonus visit! It was a really great time of spending a few days with them. It was a visit full of really great food! I had been reading about a restaurant for several years that is listed a ‘must-eat’ restaurant in Raleigh. I told my boys and my daughter-in-law that I didn’t care what we did except we HAD to eat at “Beasley’s Chicken and Honey”.
Get there early folks. The line wraps around the block.
Beasley’s is comfort food served with sophistication. Everything is kicked up a notch. The only way to eat the fried chicken is with your eyes closed savoring every….single….bite because it will be over all too soon. The food is juicy, fluffy, crispy, gorgeous, and everything I want in life.
Chicken and Biscuit, Quiche, Chicken and Gravy, and the star of the morning…..CHICKEN AND WAFFLES! I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Beasley’s. If you are ever in Raleigh, run to the little corner downtown and get ‘yo self some chicken! Continue reading Loaded Cornbread→
I made these tots as a side dish for these pork chops I prepared last week for dinner. These tots were just too good not to share with you. I want you to enjoy them as much as we did. I mean really, who doesn’t love a good tot!! They were the perfect accompaniment for the chops.
Sometimes the best dinner is breakfast. I don’t mean dinner at breakfast time, that would be crazy right? I mean breakfast food at dinner time! It seems every time I serve breakfast for dinner we say, “Why don’t we do this more often?” I mean, is there a law somewhere that says breakfast foods may not be served at any time other than breakfast?? Not in my world. Seriously, this Quiche has bacon and cheese in it. That alone qualifies it to be served at any meal during the day. This Quiche can be prepared in a deep dish pie plate or a tart tin. It fluffs up so pretty with the bacon and cheese peeking out.
I have been trying to make this soup for two weeks. Once I start craving something, I cannot stop thinking about it until it is actually in my mouth. Sir Streusel and I have been going non-stop for probably five weeks. Getting his 92 year old mother’s house sold, packing up her house, getting her ready for her next phase of retirement home living, and walking through some personal fires, all I wanted was a bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup. I mean, I am a girl of simple wants…a bowl of broccoli soup was all this girl needed! Finally, FINALLY, I made a pot of soup this weekend and it was every bit as good as I thought it was going to be. All my wants, needs, frustrations, and cravings disappeared. This soup is very similar to Panera Bread’s Broccoli Soup. It is creamy, cheesy and loaded with onions, broccoli and carrots.
This month, the ‘Love Month’, has definitely been a month of trials. My family has had attacks coming at them right, left, up, down, and inside out. We are still in the fire but I know we will walk out of this. More about this when we come out Victorious!
Because of the ‘fire’, blogging has been almost non-existent this month. I have missed it. I love cooking, baking, creating, playing with my food. I finally cooked Sir Streusel a meal, I do believe it was the first one in two weeks. I just haven’t had the energy to cook and Edna has had my back. She knows me, she gets me. It is one of the many reasons I love her. Sir Streusel loves black beans and I love chicken and cheese. This meal comes together so quickly and it is comfort food at its best. I think it goes without saying that I needed some comfort! If you feel like you need to have arms around you saying, “There now sweet girl, this will pass”, run to your kitchen and prepare this meal!!!
Rumor has it that a little football game will be played in the near future. Some little game called the “Super Bowl” or something like that. While watching this game, I have heard that people need, no demand, “Game Food”. Bring on the dips! I have served this dip for so long I don’t even remember where it came from. I serve it on all holidays when the punks are home. This family is all about the appetizers. This dip has it all, cheese, onions, salsa, hot sauce, and sour cream. I mean, come on people, what else do you need? The best part, you only have to grate some cheese and chop an onion. I normally add about 8-10 jarred jalapenos. We like it spicy man. This particular time, I didn’t add jalapenos because I didn’t have them. Good reason right?!
What’s not to love about Mac & Cheese? Creamy sauce, cheese, pasta, cheese, bacon….BACON, cheese, it has everything in it, except chocolate, to make my heart flutter. I actually believe I sometimes see a pan of Mac & Cheese winking at me, saying “Come to me, you know I can make you happy.” I have had a long love affair with this simple dish of comfort and joy. I like to play around with it and amp it up once in awhile. I had quite a bit of cheese in the fridge, imagine that, so Mac & Cheese it was for the night! You can use whatever cheeses you have on hand, have fun with it. I added pecans and bacon, we all know my feelings toward bacon. It blended together in the most perfect of ways.
Last week, I had one of my punks home for Thanksgiving. He is the oldest by five minutes. He makes a great only child. He never complains, goes with the flow, helps in the kitchen, is better in the kitchen than I am, and even cleans up the kitchen! I tried to convince him to move back home and actually move back into his old bedroom, but he didn’t think that would be a good idea. Imagine that! I prepared this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta for his first night at home. He texted me for the recipe and I told him it was going to be on the blog. So apparently, this dish is a pleaser. One thing I forgot to do was add the Panko Crumbs on top. I was so excited when he walked through the door that I just shoved the dish into the oven. Add the Panko, don’t be like me. It gives it just a little texture and crunch. Oh we still ate the pasta, we weren’t going to let a little absence of Panko crumbs stop us from cramming our face full of this creamy wonderful bit of happiness. But next time, I will add the crunch and we will stuff our faces even faster, wait, I don’t think that is possible. Enjoy!! Continue reading Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta→
Let the season begin! I love these next few weeks. Decorations, lights, shopping, cooking, baking and counting the hours until every single one of my punks are home for Christmas day!! You may hear this a lot over the next few weeks. I haven’t had all of my punks home at the same time for 2 years. I said 2 YEARS!!!! I am counting the hours until I have them all under one roof. Good times are in my future for sure. I am sharing a side dish with you that my family really enjoys. We enjoy all things fresh and smothered in cheese. My punks definitely inherited my love of cheese. It is topped with panko crumbs to give it that special crunch. Try it before the holidays and then be sure to add it to your menu. You will love it!! Continue reading Broccoli and Cauliflower au gratin→