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!

This summer is flying by, and for those of you who are still out enjoying long, lazy (and hot!) days, this month’s taco pasta salad recipe will allow you to whip up a great meal in no time flat. We love tacos. We love pasta, and pasta salad. Combine the two? It’s summer magic! 

And if you’re looking for a treat to relax and help you beat the heat, give this bourbon slushie a try. This is a great, mild bourbon-flavored libation that is made for summertime porch (and patio) sipping. Make up a batch for an outdoor party or BBQ, too. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer break, and as always, bon appétit! 

This month, I thought I’d present a couple of potential options for quick summer treats. This teriyaki mandarin salad with chicken is perfect healthy option for those sweltering evenings when you just cannot deal with a hot, heavy meal. And if you’re looking to bring a dessert to a backyard summer party, the brownie toppers are perfection. Trust me: Bring these and watch them disappear quickly.

Have a great July and, as always, bon appétit! 

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to enjoy ourselves. For some, it means more time to enjoy evening cooking. For others? It’s time to grab a cool cocktail and kick back in the backyard and just let the stress of the day melt away. This month, I’m offering up two recipes that fit the bill. These skillet pork chops are quick and easy, and they’re always a hit with the family. And the “Orangearita” is a lovely, unique take on the classic margarita, with a great refreshing citrus twist.  

Bon appétit! 

Happy May, everyone. This month, I’m hopping on a current foodie trend: “fancy toast.” These days, fancy toast seems to be all the rage in coffee shops and eateries, and although it is nice to go and splurge on these treats occasionally, it’s also nice to be able to make them in the comfort of your own home – at a fraction of the cost.

I’ve got two suggestions here. Dream Toast is a great option for anyone in the house with a sweet tooth. And Sunday Toast is a great, healthy option for weekends, or any day of the week, really. The key with fancy toast is not just the way the toast is dressed up – it’s the toast itself. Be sure to choose a thick, hearty bread to turn regular toast into a full-on delicious meal. 

While it’s true you can’t please everyone all the time, you can when you cook Italian. And that’s exactly what I recommend: try this baked spaghetti dish for a new twist on an old favorite that’s sure to please. Nothing makes everyone slow down and sit down like a great, hearty meal.  

And, speaking of new twists, if you’re looking for a desert option for Easter, these mini pineapple upside-down cakes are so much fun. They’re perfect for the holiday.  

Here’s to another great month of gathering around the dinner table. Bon appétit!  

Yes, it's chilly right now, but regardless, spring is coming. And on that note, I thought I’d offer up a great salad recipe – one that my own family loves. This pad Thai salad may be light, but it’s full of flavor. It’s also the perfect mid-week dinner option, especially if you’re short on time.  

For those of us with a sweet tooth, very little in life can top a great fried pie. This lemon fried pie recipe is pretty simple, and the results are sure to satisfy. 

Here’s to another great month of gathering around the dinner table. Bon appétit!  

If you need some great weeknight meals, these two dishes are perfect. You can’t go wrong with chicken, but if you’re tired of the usual chicken entrée, this lemon and thyme pan chicken is a great way to change things up a bit. And if you’d like to spice up the dinner table a bit, try this coconut curry mahi-mahi. It’s just exotic enough to be adventurous, and our entire family loves it. 

Here’s to another great month of gathering around the dinner table. Bon appétit!  

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to enjoy the new year with a little down time. The month of January always makes me want non-traditional food, and comfort food, and this lasagna soup is just the thing to satisfy. I don’t know many people who’ll turn down anything lasagna-related – including my husband and my daughter! Also, this honey garlic shrimp and noodles makes for a perfect, easy entrée.  

Here’s to a Happy New Year, and as always, bon appétit! 

If you’re looking for a quick and easy sweet treat to whip up for a holiday party, these mistletoe kisses are so cute – and so tasty!

Is anyone else already mentally prepping your big Thanksgiving meal, or doing practice runs? Same here. But this month, I thought I’d suggest some great fall alternatives that your family can enjoy – because really, there are 29 other days in November! And FYI: I actually wound up making two batches of these Almond Joy cookies. On the first batch, I accidentally grabbed wax paper instead of parchment paper. Trust me, you don’t want to ever do this. The wax melted to the bottom of the cookies. Whoops! (I cut them out to take a photo, but my family was so disappointed). Fortunately, the cookies in batch number two were better all around. Edible, even.


Have a great week, and as always, bon appétit! 

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