The Shady Porch

4.18.2014

Our Favorite Tex-Mex Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

Today I am sharing our collection of spicy Tex-Mex recipes that we enjoy on a regular basis. I wanted to celebrate the flavors that the Mexican cuisine has added to our menu (that is worthy of celebration!). These may not be authentic Mexican meals with lots of cilantro or avocados but they each have that spicy flare and we love them! They are all easy-to-make meals that can become weeknight favorites. Fiesta! Fiesta!
Cheesy Baked Frito Casserole
Cheesy Baked Frito Casserole

Baked Chicken Fajitas
Baked Chicken Fajitas

Roasted Tomato-Jalapeño Salsa

Roasted Tomato-Jalapeño Salsa

http://www.theshadyporch.com/2014/02/easy-homemade-chicken-taquitos.html#.U1FpAKJTZUU
Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos
Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nachos

http://www.theshadyporch.com/2014/04/tex-mex-chicken-corn-tortilla-casserole.html#.U1Foj6JTZUU
Beefy Bean Burrito Casserole
Beefy Bean Burrito Casserole

Best Beefy Bean Chili
Best Beefy Bean Chili


Crock Pot Chicken Chilaquiles
Crock Pot Chicken Chilaquiles

Baja Chicken Soup: Slow Cooker
Baja Chicken Soup: Slow Cooker




Here's another great collection of recipes you might like for the celebration...Cinco De Mayo Fiesta - Celebration of Cuisine



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4.15.2014

Party On The Porch: Spring - Easter Projects & Recipes

I don't know about your neck of the woods but here in KY we had taken some lovely sunny steps forward into Spring just to fall back into the cold muck (ice, sleet, flurries) of what appears to winter. Criminy...will it ever end? Just the other day I was reminding the hubby to put on sunscreen before heading out to his track meet. Tonight's meet has been rescheduled due to the freezing cold.  You know what? ...It makes me feel doubly blessed to have had such a wonderful spring break, otherwise I might have cracked. lol!  

We had lots more cute Spring - Easter projects and recipes this week. There is truly no lack of inspiring  subjects at the #partyontheporch thanks to each of you! I am grateful for your willingness to share here each week! I hope you're reaping benefits of all the pins, stumbles, tweets and shares! Thanks for being a porch partier! Now let's party!!

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Burlap Easter Bunny Canvas @
The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom


Easter Egg Necklace @ Crafty Journal


Aunt Jewel's Chicken Dressing Casserole @ Best of Long Island & Central Florida
Aunt Jewel's Chicken Dressing Casserole @ Best of Long Island & Central Florida

Clean Wooden Floors Naturally @ Mums Make Lists
Clean Wooden Floors Naturally @ Mums Make Lists

Seafood Casserole @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Seafood Casserole @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Peep Houses @ Yesterfood
Peep Houses @ Yesterfood


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4.14.2014

Skillet Cookie: Chocolate Chip

Sometimes the making of cookies is as much fun as eating them and...sometimes it's not. Have you ever wanted a chocolate chip cookie but didn't want to linger near a hot oven cycling cookie trays in and out. I have and that's why I think the Skillet cookie is a brilliant alternative. One pan in - one pan out you're finished and you have a giant chewy cookie as your reward!
Obviously, the prudent thing is to slice it in wedges and share it with others so you're still the hit in the parade even though you really didn't have to work all that hard. WIN - WIN! 

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Skillet Cookie: Chocolate Chip

4.13.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #32


You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you. Psalm 86:5 Contemporary English Version

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Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole
Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole



Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Deep Dish Style
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Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Deep Dish Style

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4.11.2014

Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters

The other day I ran across a recipe for onion bhajis, an Indian snack, that has, since the first attempt, made traditional onion rings obsolete at our house. I didn't actually follow the bhaji recipe; it was more the concept of chopping the onions, mixing them in the batter, and frying them to make bite-sized onion fritters that appealed to my easy-to-make sensibility. 

a serving of Onion Fritters
A serving of Onion Fritters
We always have onion at the ready since we love them in nearly everything and whipping up the batter and dumping in the chopped onions seems so much simpler to me than traditional rings. Batch size is more flexible, allowing for smaller or larger batches and, since there is none of the flouring, then batter dipping individual onion rings, this recipe is quick, too. The onion fritters have the great onion flavor in the same crispy coating as traditional onion rings. Enjoy.