Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

Why do you need these spicy, cheesy, flaky biscuits in your life?

To eat, duh. Preferably fresh and hot from the oven slathered in cold, melting butter.

But, really, what can you do with a biscuit? No, it’s not a hockey puck. Smarty pants.

You need them to dunk into your homemade soup, chili or stew.

To go with a roasted chicken, turkey, meatloaf or casserole.

To round out a salad.

To elevate sliders. These beat those store-bought slider rolls any day…. 

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Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Has this ever happened to you? You’re starving and heading to the kitchen but then someone says “Hey! Let’s go out and eat!”. By the time you get ready, drive to the diner where you’re eating, yada, yada, yada. . . it’s hours later and you’re so hungry you could eat your cloth napkin?

So when the food finally arrives it tastes like the most delicious thing in the entire world, like the best salad you ever ate in your life and there’s no other one anywhere that could ever compare? When really there’s probably thousands of similar salads available at any given time but you’re so ravenously hungry your taste buds can’t think rationally.

This is that salad. I can’t forget it. When I was craving one again I made it myself instead of tempting fate. … 

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Southwestern Topped Potato Rounds with Black Beans & Corn

Southwestern Potato Rounds

Thick-sliced potatoes are topped with seasoned black beans, corn and tomatoes plus plenty of cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and sour cream. They might just be the best potatoes I ever made. That’s a serious claim coming from someone who thinks potatoes should be their very own food group.

The recipe starts by baking russet potato rounds in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper until fork tender alongside a few slices of bacon for crumbling over the top. … 

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Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pie

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pie

My favorite chili baked with a crusty cheddar cornbread topping! A happy marriage.

There’s ground beef, beans, corn, onions, peppers, tomatoes and lots of lovely warm spices to round out the chili. You can make it red pepper hot or not, it’s up to you.

The cornbread has cheddar cheese in the batter and on top too. There’s also fresh chopped onions and sour cream to help keep it moist. Not that it needs it, because baking the chili underneath it is the best way I know to keep it from being dry and crumbly. It soaks up some of the flavorful chili sauce as it bakes.

You can make it even cheesier by sprinkling extra cheese on top of the chili before you add the cornbread batter…. 

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Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Slow cooker buffalo chicken is smothered in the easiest homemade hot sauce and tucked into corn tortillas with black beans and cheddar cheese then pan-fried to crunchy, golden hotness.

Otherwise known as the life-changing taco.

Yes, that’s a drastic statement but I don’t know how I’ll ever look at any other taco the same way again.

It’s not just the hot and spicy filling but mostly it’s the method of cooking them with the filling instead of stuffing them after…. 

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Fried Fish Tacos

Fried Fish Tacos

The first time I ever heard of fish tacos, way back when I was a picky eater, I thought they sounded really weird and like something I would never eat.

I pictured fish covered with taco spices and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Totally unappealing.

I’ve learned a lot of things about fish tacos since then. Number one being none of those traditional taco spices are involved. Thank goodness. Instead, strips of cod are beer-battered (or club soda-battered) and fried until light, flaky and crispy…. 

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Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

A Tex-mex inspired salad full of fresh vegetables, beans, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and spicy pumpkin seeds with a bright and zesty honey lime dressing.

Everything is chopped to bits so you can get a little taste of every ingredient in each bite. I love that.

There’s fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers (or zucchini), corn, red onions, sharp cheddar cheese and iceberg or romaine lettuce. I know some people have a vendetta against iceberg but I happen to like it, especially in the summer when I crave the cool, crispness of it. … 

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