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Amy Poore

Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!

Okay, so it’s not technically fall just yet – but we’re getting closer to it, and no doubt many of us are running around town, busily balancing kids, work, you-name-it. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with the entire family for a nice meal? With that in mind, I thought I’d suggest this wonderful chicken parmesan entrée. Make it, and watch every member of your busy family gravitate to the table. Never fails. 

And for dessert? These avalanche bars are always a huge hit. White chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows? Yes. Please. 

Have a great month, and bon appétit!  

Chicken Parmesan 

  • 4 chicken cutlets 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs 
  • 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon water, whisked together 
  • 10 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Dried basil for garnish 
  • Salt/pepper 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour (both sides), shake off excess. Then dredge in egg mixture (both sides), shake off excess. Finally, dredge in breadcrumbs (both sides) and press into chicken. 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken on both sides (3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through). Move to paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil. 

Place cooked noodles in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with marinara, reserving 1 cup to top the chicken. Arrange chicken breasts on top of noodles, followed by remaining sauce across the chicken. Evenly sprinkle cheese on top of chicken. 

Baked uncovered for around 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

Sprinkle with basil before serving. 

Avalanche Bars    

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag white chocolate chips 
  • 2 heaping tbsp. creamy peanut butter 
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal 
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows 

 

Place white chocolate chips and peanut butter in glass bowl and heat for 45 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. If chips are not completely melted, heat in 10-second increments until they are totally melted/smooth. 

 

Gently stir in crispy rice cereal until totally combined. Let sit for 10 minutes to cool. 

 

Add mini chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir to combine. 

 

Gently press mixture into a greased 7x11 baking dish.  

 

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until hard, and cut into bars.

Who doesn’t love a great cake? If you’re looking for a unique, absolutely amazing dessert to serve, this cannoli cake is simply divine. What’s even better? It’s surprisingly easy to make. Enjoy, and as always, bon appétit!

Those of you who are savvy shoppers have no doubt noticed: Strawberries can be had in almost every store (and at the Farmer's Markets) for low, LOW prices, and often in bulk. With such a bounty, what is one to do? Create a sweet desert that will thrill the taste buds of everyone in your family, of course! This is my recipe for strawberry vanilla Bundt cake, and it's usually a big hit. Enjoy using those great berries and as always, bon appétit!

Are you a snacker? If so, you know: It’s not easy to find a healthy, low-fat and low-carb treat to enjoy. This month, I’ve got a solution! These Low Carb Cheez-It® crackers are an excellent option as a go-to when you need something flavorful that won’t destroy your healthy eating plan. And this is easy - so no need to put off making because you can make these quickly. Summer is almost here...it's time to dial back all our unhealthy eating habits. It can be done without sacrificing tastiness. So, whether you need a snack as you catch up on the week's DVR shows or something to bring to the ballpark (these are great for sharing), give these crackers a try.

Tuscaloosa, you astound me: Thanks for all the compliments about this tomato basil soup – I’m honored. If there’s one thing we know about here, it’s great food, and this soup recipe is excellent, if I do say so myself. It’s fast and easy, too, which helps tremendously when we’re on the go as we so often are here.

Enjoy the rest of this busy month and, as always, bon appétit!

Hooray, it’s finally spring! Now, let’s celebrate with this nifty, tasty orange dream smoothie – the perfect pastel treat to fit into this season, shall we? This smoothie is healthy and delicious (and let’s face it, these terms are not always synonymous).

Bon appétit!

If you’re looking for a great chili recipe to feed the family on a relaxing (okay, lazy) Sunday evening, I’ve got one that’s a sure fire hit. And no, it’s not freezing outside – thankfully – but it’s certainly still chilly enough that a nice, hearty bowl of chili will hit the spot.

Enjoy!

 

Sunday Night Chili 

12 ounces packaged bacon 

1 pound lean ground beef 

1 red bell pepper, diced 

1 sweet onion, diced 

For those of you looking for a way to make a delicious breakfast without having to wake up an hour early, I’ve got a suggestion: This overnight oatmeal is perfection. Prep everything, use the slow cooker and wake up to a hearty breakfast! And, let’s face it, given the chilly temps we’ve “enjoyed” (Ha!) here in Tuscaloosa in recent weeks, a nice, hot breakfast can’t be beat. It’s not sweetened, but obviously it can be – just add as much, or as little sugar as you like.

Bon appétit!

Ah, Nutella – such a versatile treat! World Nutella Day is coming (Feb. 5), so I thought this would be the perfect time to share one of my favorite new dessert delicacies: fried Nutella bites!

These are delicious and really very easy to make. Enjoy, and as always, bon appétit!

By Amy Poore 

Happy Holidays, everyone. I’m sure many of you have traditional recipes you like to use for Christmas dinner, so I thought I’d offer up a fun treat that's easy to make. These mistletoe kisses are the perfect thing to leave out for Santa if you want something a little different (though cookies are certainly the Jolly Man's favorite). Enjoy making these colorful, festive, chocolate delights!

Mistletoe Kisses 

Ingredients:

One bag of square pretzels 

Hersey Hugs 

Hersey Kisses 

Red and green M&Ms 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250.  

Place pretzels on foiled line baking tray.  

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