Big J’s Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

When Josh and I started dating he would grill everything.  It doesn’t matter what it was he would grill it.  One day he decided he was going to bake us a casserole.  We went to the store and meandered around for what seemed like hours (I’m exaggerating) eventually he settled on a boxed chicken enchilada…

Big J’s Cheese Steak Sandwich

It is no secret that we love steak in this house.  This is a dish we are very proud of and is quick and easy to make.  We drove through Philadelphia and HAD to stop at Pat’s and Geno’s. **These are 2 famous cheese steak restaurants** We were so excited because of all the hype…

Big J’s 3×3 Chili

My husband has absolutely mastered chili.  He refuses to even use chili powder anymore.  He likes to use fresh peppers to get that nice natural chili flavor.  It really does make a difference.  He has found a ratio that works very well together, he uses 3 types of beans to 3 types of meats.  Thus,…

Collard Greens

I honestly don’t know why I just decided to delve into the world of cooking collard greens.  It is such a tasty side dish.  Heck around here it is our new go to green! Ingredients: 6 Cloves of garlic minced 32oz Chicken Broth 1 yellow onion chopped 4-5 Dashes of Red Wine Vinegar 6 Dashes…

Big J’s Chicken Soup

We love chicken soup on cold days.  When we are sick it is our go to comfort food.  This recipe is something that my husband makes a lot when the weather is cold and gloomy.  We usually make a large pot and eat on it throughout the day. INGREDIENTS: About 1 cup of chopped Celery…

Pulled Pork Tacos

We love being able to utilize left overs in our house.  You could always make pulled pork specifically for this meal but we usually use left overs (there is always an abundance of meat when we cook a whole butt).  This is fun because everyone can construct their own taco their own way.  It makes…

Happy New Years!!!!

Our family likes to do the traditional meal for New Years.    Black eyed peas, corn bread, ham, and greens. “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”  I love our tradition.  We make everything from scratch and it is always wonderful… I love sitting at a table with my children while they…

Tailgate Spicy Cheese dip

I grew up in a family that lived for football and nascar weekends.  So that means I was taught about tailgating food early in life.  This is a BIG staple for a casual social get together. You can always throw this in a crock pot and take it with you. Ingredients: 1 Can of Rotel (I…

Pecan Pie

Oh boy, do we love pecan pie in this house!  I love how easy this pie is to bake.  Not to mention it is just sooooo tasty.  I live in the south and this is one of the few southern staples that is liked by pretty much everyone.  My husband loves to put a scoop…

Green Bean Casserole

This is one of those dishes that is on almost everyone’s table on pretty much every holiday where we live.  When I first learned to cook this dish I would always use canned green beans.  That is perfectly fine but, I prefer fresh green beans now.  I love to have that slight “crunch” left in…

Cold Corn Bean Salad

This is a very easy and good side dish!  It pairs well with almost any meal.  We usually have it when we grill meals or with tacos.   Ingredients: 1 Can of Great Northern Beans 1 Can of White Hominy 1 Can of Light Red Kidney beans. 1 Can of Black Beans 1 Can of…

Big J’s Smoked Ribs

Ribs are the first smoked meat that my husband perfected.  He loves the process of smoking food.  It is an all day affair and a great way for us to spend time together as a family. **There is a membrane on the back on the ribs that you can pull off.  It makes for a…