Pimento Cheese Macaroni Salad

Pimento Cheese Macaroni Salad This Pimento Cheese Macaroni Salad really hit the spot at a bbq a few nights ago, and I have been enjoying the leftovers immensely.

This side dish is easy to prep in advance and serve, and was a real hit with friends who, like me, are avid pimento cheese lovers! I used green onions in my recipe but you could always go for something with a less bold flavor, like scallions if you so desired. I of course always encourage extra cheese :D
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Comfort RVA’s Famous Pimento Cheese

804orkAfter my earlier post of Fried Green Tomatoes, I knew I owed y’all a kick ass pimento cheese recipe, and luckily I was inspired. My very chic and fun best friend Sweet Caroline got me the perfect foodie gift – the new “804ork” cookbook (check out her blog for all things amazing and RVA).  This book, you can buy here, features some of Richmond, Virginia’s most talented chefs and their recipes. This includes well known Richmond dishes, such as my favorite Comfort’s Pimento Cheese.

The roasted red peppers and tarragon really add a tasty twist on the traditional pimento cheese I have come to know and love. This is excellent on Comfort’s signature Ritz Crackers, or sandwiches, fried green tomatoes and burgers.
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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas – Saucy Mama Competition

IMG_8381As you probably read in my previous post, Orange Habanero Pork Carnitas Flatbread, I am in the 2014 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest, and after making two delicious entry options I can’t decide what to submit! This is recipe concept #2, so after checking it out, leave a comment, write on my Facebook Page, or Tweet me with your preferred appetizer recipe!

These Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas have an amazing sweet tang, brought about by the Saucy Mama Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce. As you can see I chose to fill my quesadillas with a lot of extra vegetables and flavor, and you can easily substitute more seasonal vegetables like summer squash, or even a different cheese if you so desire.

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Orange Habanero Pork Carnitas Flatbread – Saucy Mama Competition

IMG_8451As you have probably seen on social media I am competing in this round of Saucy Mama’s Recipe Competition! They sent me a blogger pack of 6 Wing/Marinading Sauces and we are to use one in a recipe fitting their contest’s rules! I can’t decide on which recipe to submit so I need your help!!!

This is recipe concept #1! Concept #2 can be found here! I used a slower cooker to cook the pork shoulder overnight, added the yummy Saucy Mama Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, made my own flatbread and what ensued was a delicious appetizer for any gathering! You can easily add more or less sauce depending on your desire for heat, and this wing sauce has the perfect balance of the orange sweetness with spicy habanero!

I made my own flatbread, infusing some chopped cilantro into the crust, but you can easily use your favorite pizza dough recipe or prepared crust from the store to save time! The leftover pork made delicious sandwiches the next day! Let me know what you think! Continue reading “Orange Habanero Pork Carnitas Flatbread – Saucy Mama Competition”

Tailgate Queso Blanco

We are having a big tailgate party tomorrow in honor of my husband’s birthday, and as you already know I am a cheese addict. While I always have the standard salsa and chips to fall back on for a party, this time I had to have a cheese dip! I went with a white queso dip, and had to resist eating it all when I was transferring it to a bowl! This will make about 2-3 cups depending on how cheese happy you get :D I made a night in advance and simply plan on reheating and portioning tomorrow!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 ounces white American cheese
  • 4 ounces Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup diced tomato (depends on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (add more if desired)
  • Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic and jalapeño to to pot and cook until tender.
  3. Add shredded cheeses and 1/4 cup of the milk gradually, whisking until even consistency is achieved
  4. Mix in the tomato and cilantro, salt pepper, and a dash of nutmeg
  5. Add the additional milk gradually as necessary to retain a thick yet dip like consistency consistency
  6. Serve with chips and enjoy!

Eggplant Parmesan

This takes a little bit of work but is a great recipe, also great with chicken instead of eggplant, I’ve made it both ways!



  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 (1-pound) eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray


  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • 1 (24-ounce) jar premium pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. 2. To make eggplant, combine 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon water in a shallow dish. Combine panko and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a second shallow dish.
  3. Dip eggplant in egg mixture; dredge in panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere and shaking off excess. Place eggplant 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden, turning once and rotating baking sheets after 15 minutes.
  5. To make filling, combine basil and next 6 ingredients (through egg).
  6. To assemble, spoon 1/2 cup pasta sauce in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer half of eggplant slices over pasta sauce.
  7. Top with about 3/4 cup pasta sauce; spread half of ricotta mixture over sauce, and top with a third of mozzarella. Repeat layers. Cover tightly with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray.
  8. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

Quick Notes

Easy to do with chicken as well!