Fleur de Lolly column: Tex-Mex chicken dish provides plenty of flavor

If you’re craving Tex-Mex and want tons of flavor, you’ll enjoy this chicken dish. As initially written, the recipe provided for two servings. However, I used four chicken breasts, and there was sufficient marinade for the chicken.There are two different methods to prepare the chicken. You can cook it in a large skillet and, when… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Enjoy the variety on Tapas Thursdays

We all know about Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and Wing Wednesdays. During the summer months, we enjoy Tapas Thursdays.If you’re unfamiliar with tapas, it’s basically an appetizer portion of the main dish. These are popular in Spanish cuisine, and there are specific restaurants that only serve tapas.Tapas may be served either hot or cold. It’s… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Don’t braise for hours, use Instant Pot

Instead of braising for hours on the stovetop, I opted to bring out the Instant Pot for a true one “pot” meal. I was able to brown the beef tips, sauté the onions, cook the beef and make the gravy all in one pot!BEEF TIPS AND GRAVY• 2 teaspoons granulated garlic, divided• 2 to 2… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: In search of the perfect ‘summer sandwich’

If you’re looking for the perfect “summer sandwich,” you will love this one! This sandwich is full of flavors and textures. The richness of the tuna is offset by the tangy vinaigrette. The cucumbers and onions both add a gratifying crunch factor. Briny capers pair well with the fresh herbs and tomatoes. Imagine sitting outdoors… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Try some around-the-world desserts

I had never heard of the sweet bites called brigadeiros until I began researching desserts for the Brazilian-themed Olympic meal in 2016. When I saw condensed milk was the main ingredient, I knew this would be a mouthwatering dessert.Also known as Brazilian truffles, brigadeiros can be made stovetop or in the microwave. A combination of… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Pasta dish a great weeknight meal

I came across a Williams Sonoma cookbook entitled “Savoring Italy” for $1 in an antique store in Cave Spring, Georgia. Published in 1999, I feel like this recipe had been waiting patiently for me to come across the book and cook this mouthwatering dish.By the time the water boiled for the pasta, the sauce was… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Experiment with dressings for slaw

Whether you refer to this side dish as coleslaw or simply slaw, it’s a standby at our house. I love to experiment with slaw dressings, and today’s column will feature several of my family’s long-time favorites.First is my Grandmother Clara’s recipe, which had been kept in her collection of handwritten recipes. I usually shred the… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Decorating for Easter

After the cold and dreary months of winter, I am always eager for spring and to decorate for the Easter season. For me, celebrating Easter and the joys of spring go hand in hand.Once you make the decision to set a formal or informal table, then the fun can begin. We’ve become a disposable society… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: Lettuce wraps healthy option for fajita lovers

If you’re enjoying low(er) carb meals, lettuce wraps are a healthy option. I love fajitas, and romaine leaves are a delicious alternative to tortillas.You can use chicken or pork for this dish, but we scored a great buy on top round steak, which was already packaged as “fajita steak,” which was a huge time saver.… … Read More


Fleur de Lolly column: A super easy version of chicken tacos

I found this recipe on the Old El Paso website and tweaked it because that’s part of the fun of cooking. This is a super easy version of chicken tacos. If you don’t care for hot and spicy food, use regular or even mild taco seasoning and use plain petite diced tomatoes instead of the… … Read More