Amye’s Top Recipes from 2016




One of my favorite post each year is my top picks. I’m running a little late this year, but I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to share my favorite recipes from 2016 with you!

It’s obvious at first glance that I enjoy cheese, chipotle peppers, sugar, and food with a Mexican flair. Because I am trying new recipes much of the time, I often prepare a recipe only once. However, my top picks for 2016 are recipes that I make over and over again! These are all dishes that my family and I enjoy. These are the foods that I crave.

I think it would be fun to sit down one day and figure out my ALL-TIME favorite NJSD recipes!! Maybe that will be an upcoming post!

In the meantime, visit or revisit these fabulous recipes from 2016. Simply click on the recipe title below to be redirected to the original post.












The Varsity has nothing on these delicious Crispy Onion Rings!  They are fast and easy to prepare and worth the effort!


My cousin’s recipe for this Garden Dill Veggie Sandwich is simply the best!


Maybe it’s a little cold outside for these fabulous Peaches and Coconut Cream Popsicles, but they will be on the menu here soon!


The Cilantro Sauce takes these Fajita Kabobs over the top!  This is a must try recipe!


Sweet Potato bread is amazingly moist!  I seldom make the pineapple butter but for special occasions it’s a wonderful addition!


Not only does this Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake look beautiful, it also tastes great!


This homemade enchilada sauce is so simple you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along!  Make these tasty Chicken Enchiladas for an easy weeknight dinner!


Customize this recipe with as many chipotle peppers as you like.  I love the wonderful smoky flavor of chipotle peppers in Amye’s Smoky Cheese Dip!


My aunt’s recipe for Heirloom Carrot Cake is THE best carrot cake I’ve ever had.  I love this frosting!


Here’s another super easy recipe, Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk Jalapeno Sauce.  I simply pick up chicken tenders at Zaxby’s then make the sauce for a delicious and simple meal for the family!


This smoky, spicy barbecue sauce adds tons of flavor to this yummy Smoky Barbecue Chicken Sandwich!  I keep this sauce in the fridge all of the time!


These wonderful Peanut Butter Fingers are the first recipe I ever cooked on my own as a teenager.  They are a great treat to this day…many years later!


I love the taste of pickles and olives.  This Olive Bruschetta is a sure winner for your next party!


Notice this is the third family recipe that I picked for a 2016 favorite.  Make my aunt’s Tea Cake recipe and you may never make another cookie!  They are just that good!


You will not find many casserole recipes on NJSD but this one is a keeper!  This ooey, gooey Cheesy Onion Casserole is high on the list of comfort foods in our house!


Now I am craving all my favorites!   I always enjoy your comments and I would enjoy hearing from you now.  Do you have a favorite recipe from NJSD that you have tried and you make it over and over again?  Leave a comment on NJSD or email me at  My goal for 2017 is to have more reader involvement.  So please, if you enjoy NJSD or you have a favorite recipe, or you just want to say “hi”, let me hear from you!







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Beef Stew



When we first married I depended heavily on McCormick’s Seasoning packets.  That is the only way I made beef stew for YEARS!   About 15 years ago I found a beef stew recipe in a church cookbook. That recipe was a little different from the one it has become today.  However, just like this recipe the original stew recipe had a beer in it.  Yep, you read that correctly, I got that recipe from a church cookbook. Some of you reading this may know that I’m a Baptist preacher’s daughter.  Well, I can assure you that it was not in one of my beloved Baptist cookbooks. Now, I am not a beer drinker, nor have I ever been, but I do like to cook with it.  It lends such a rich, wonderful flavor that you can’t get from anything else.

I found this interesting tidbit at food…

“Why cook with beer? Beer adds a rich, earthy flavor to soups and stews that makes them taste like they’ve been simmering for hours. Beers with a sweet or nutty taste can add depth to desserts. And don’t worry about getting drunk – virtually all of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process.”

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Like I mentioned, the recipe has evolved over the years. I have slowly made it my own. At the suggestion of my friend, Melanie, I use chuck roast in this stew. I cut it into approximately 2-inch cubes a day or two before preparing the stew. Put the beef into a large ziplock bag, place the bag in a large bowl, then let the beef stand in the refrigerator at least 24 hours. When you are ready to prepare the stew, drain the meat and dry each piece using paper towels. I usually do this by lining a large sheet pan with paper towels, spread the beef in a single layer and then blot it dry with additional paper towels. At this point, I remove the paper towels and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and flour. Toss to coat on the pan. Then it’s time to start browning the beef.

This recipe makes a huge pot of stew. I make my stew in a 5-quart crock pot, and it is almost full. Skim off as much fat as possible before serving. After it has been refrigerated, you can remove the fat that rises to the top.

Beef Stew
  • 4 to 5 lb. beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • flour to coat
  • 6 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered or cut smaller if using large potatoes
  • 1 lg. onion, quartered
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, optional
  • 12-oz. amber beer
  • 32-oz. beef broth
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. hot sauce
  • 4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Additional salt and pepper
  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven. Sprinkle beef cubes with salt and pepper, then coat with flour. Brown the beef in the Dutch oven. Work in batches and do not over crowd the pan. Add more oil when needed.
  2. Remove the beef from the Dutch oven and place into a large crock pot.
  3. Add the carrots, potatoes, onion, and mushrooms.
  4. Add the beer, beef broth, paprika, hot sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 hours.





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My Fall Cravings



It seems that I am always ready for each season when it comes along.  Over the past few days I have started to notice the air is just a bit cooler, the leaves have started to fall, and I have been thinking about sweaters, decorating for fall, and bonfires.  The cooler air has me thinking of my favorite fall comfort foods and I have been making a list so I’ll have some of the items on hand for the first cold day.

I crave warm foods that are just as good reheated as they are the first time you put them on the table.  I crave spicy desserts that smell like fall when they are baking.  Many of my favorite fall recipes are right here on Not Just Sunday Dinner, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.


chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

One of my favorite dishes!  It’s good alone or with a side like green peas and some cranberry sauce.



 Pot Roast Stuffed Potato

Pot Roast has always been considered a comfort food.  However, stuffing it into a hot baked potato takes it over the top.  I’ll be making this again soon!!



White Chili

A favorite of everyone in my family plus many of my friends!  This is always on the menu here when fall is in the air!



Syrup Sweet Bread

There’s just something about this recipe that is comforting to me.  Maybe it’s the taste, maybe it’s the smell, maybe it’s the story behind the bread that brings comfort to my soul!



Nan’s Easy Skillet Apple Pie

None other than the picture that represents Not Just Sunday Dinner!  Anything with apples and cinnamon are fall comfort foods to me.  Savannah will be home from college this weekend and has already requested that I make this pie.

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My Favorite Posts for 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year has almost passed us by.  It’s been a pretty good year here in Southeast Georgia and we have much to be thankful for.  I started the year off a little slow after my surgery last January and overall didn’t have as many post for 2013 as I did in 2012 or 2011.  I think maybe I’m a little pickier with the recipes that go on NJSD than I have ever been.  I also started a new venture in 2013, writing a weekly column for the Courier Herald newspaper in Dublin, Ga.  I love the opportunity to reach people that may not have a computer to read my blog.  As we approach a new year I wanted to look back at my favorite post from 2013.  It was hard to narrow my favorites to 10, but after much consideration this is my list, from oldest post to newest post.

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