Top Meatless Meals from February – Tasty Tuesdays Linky

I am always looking for new meatless meals, especially this time of year. One can only serve fish sticks and/or bean and cheese burritos so many Fridays during Lent before there is a revolt.

Luckily last month the Tasty Tuesdays Contributors had some great ideas to inspire me.

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Spicy Sage Breakfast Sausage

When I tell people I made my own sausage they are awed. Sshhh! Sausage is nothing more than ground meat and spices. But isn’t the stuffing them in casings part hard? I have no idea. I didn’t have casings to try so I made this Spicy Sage Breakfast Sausage without them. Shape them into patties or crumble it up in a skillet to mix in a recipe and you are good to go.

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Light Carrot Cake plus Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

Light Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese IcingOut of the blue J walked out of class one afternoon and immediately asked if we could make carrot cake. I was exhausted, but carrot cake is my favorite so it didn’t take much to convince me.

I pulled out a recipe I’d created awhile ago from a combination of recipes so I could update the photos and put it in the new recipe format.

We had all of the ingredients except coconut, which J doesn’t like anyway. Usually he doesn’t like nuts either, so I planned on just adding them to some. But when he saw them on the counter he insisted on putting them in all of them. Twist my arm.

Since it was before Valentine’s Day I used a heart shape pan, plus some mini cupcakes to keep me from devouring too much at once. Well, that was the plan  Continue reading

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Lemon Basil Shortbread – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

It’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge time!

A group of bloggers get together and pick two ingredients that might not normally be paired together to make amazing new recipes. This month we have Lemon and Basil.

fresh lemon and basil


Well, some people might think they are a bit crazy together. But the only challenge for me was deciding on one of the oodles of ideas I had to make: beverage, side dish, with fish, with pasta or maybe a dessert…

It was Ma’am’s birthday this month – shortbread won out. It’s her favorite.

Citrus Herb Shortbread

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BBQ London Broil in the Slow Cooker plus Tasty Tuedays Link Up

I managed to get a good deal on a London Broil (aka top round or flank steak), but didn’t want to go with my usual method of cooking it which is to marinade then cook on grill/broil until medium rare in the middle. This time I decided to cook it low and slow in the slow cooker with Gid and Clark’s Righteous Rib Rub. Continue reading

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18 Recipes for Pancake Tuesday – Fastnacht – Mardi Gras

mardigras fastnacht pancake tuesdayAsh Wednesday is quickly approaching, and depending on where you are from, or your personal tastes, it can dictate the food choices on that last day before the fasting and abstinence begins.

  • In England, Ireland, Australia and Canada it is Shrove Tuesday, with pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes.
  • In German areas it is Fastnacht and gorging on donuts is the order of the day
  • In French areas it is a whole host of fattening goodies, mostly with a Cajun or Creole influence here in the United States.

Depending on which you choose, we have some recipes for you.

Or you can have pancakes for breakfast, donuts for snack or dessert and some Cajun/Creole dish for dinner as my 6 1/2 year old son has informed me we are going to do. Continue reading

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Bacon and Cracklin Bread plus Tasty Tuesdays Linky

Have you heard the news?! A sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is on the way this summer! To say I am excited would be an understatement.

So, to celebrate I thought it was high time I tried to make one of the recipes in the book that I have always been interesting in trying. While Miss Maudie’s Lane Cake is definitely on my list of “food I want to try”, I would need a very special occasion to make a bourbon soaked cake.

Nope, the one I made this week is Scout’s favorite, Cracklin’ Bread. The bread Calpurnia makes for her after her disastrous first day of school.

Bacon and Cracklin Bread

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Chocolate Strawberry Bites

fill the cookie jarIt’s one of my favorite days of the month – Fill the Cookie Jar posting day. Yippee! The first Thursday of the month a group of bloggers each make a cookie based on a monthly theme and post about it. This month we have Valentine’s Day cookies.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the yumminess the other bloggers came up with.

After a little comedy of errors I came up with these tasty little Chocolate Strawberry Bites which are sort of an inside out chocolate dipped strawberry. And they are so delicious, none of my taste testers suspected they were lower in fat and sugar than traditional thumbprint cookies.

chocolate strawberry thumbprint cookies

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Garlic Cheese Toast – Tasty Tuesdays Linky

I am so excited to be back co-hosting the Tasty Tuesdays Link-up Party. Hopefully you all have been following the link up every week like I have. I always find the best recipes from my fellow bloggers.

Before we get to the link up, I want to share this quick recipe for Claim Jumper Clone Garlic Cheese Toast. It is a simple way to dress up boring bread and it goes great with a variety of things from soup and chili to pasta or steak. It takes all of a minute to mix up and spread on the bread, then broil for a few minutes until nice and toasty on top.

In the restaurant it is served on Texas Toast, and the frozen store version is a loaf of French bread. We had it with soup the other night and I smeared it on whatever bread I could find in the house, a few slices of sourdough and some English muffins. Since it was only J and I, we have plenty of spread left over in a container in the fridge to make again some night.

Garlic Cheese Toast – Claim Jumper clone

Prep time 1 minute
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 6 minutes
Meal type Bread, Cheese and Eggs
From book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • dash pepper
  • dash paprika
  • bread of choice (Texas toast, french bread, English muffins)


Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
garlic cheese bread ingredients
Spread on bread, broil until melted and toasty.
garlic cheese spread on bread

And now on to the link up…

Jennifer from Simple Hacks Living and Audrey from That Recipe will be the co-hosts for this party for February!  They will help Tammy from Creative K Kids in pinning and commenting on your posts.

cohosts for February Tasty Tuesdays

We would love to have you link up to three of your old or new food posts!  

Here are  just a few requests for this linky:

  • PLEASE follow the hosts and co-hosts of this party through one of their social media listed below.  They visit your post, leave a comment, and pin your post.  Just pick one (or more) of the options below and please follow them.

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Try to visit a couple of blogs and leave a comment or share their posts.

  • Please make sure you link up only food-related posts that have never been linked up here before or they will be deleted.  Non-food posts can always be linked up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!
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  • By linking up, you agree to let any of the hosts or co-hosts  use your pictures and links if they decide to feature your post.   Your photo may also be used for promotion on any of their social media outlets.
  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.

Until next time, happy eating.

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New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

How in the world did I not manage to blog about my brother’s New Orleans Red Beans and Rice? I have the recipe in the old format and probably just assumed I had it over here with all of his other recipes. Hanging my head in shame!

Cajun Red Beans and Rice


This dish is perfect for Mardi Gras, which is only a few weeks away, or your typical Monday laundry day as was traditionally done in New Orleans. No really, in New Orleans Monday was laundry day and the women would put on a big pot of beans and let them cook all day while they did laundry. When they were done they would heat up some sausage or pork chops or maybe fry an egg and serve it on top of the red beans and white rice.

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