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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Blueberry Crunch



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I am thrilled that it is blueberry season in Southeast Georgia!  I love fresh blueberries and thanks to my friends, Jimmy and Michelle, I have been eating a lot of them lately.  They are fortunate enough to have Michelle’s granddad’s huge blueberry bushes at their house and gracious enough to share.  I have had fresh blueberries by the handful, with my yogurt and granola for breakfast, in salads, and I have made jam and a few blueberry desserts already.  This blueberry dessert is new to me and possibly my favorite so far.

I recently started searching for a blueberry crunch recipe after someone posted a picture online.  Most of the recipes that I found had the cake mix alone as a topping.  I have several recipes with cake mix in the ingredient list.  I like the convenience of a cake mix but I really do not care for the “cake mix taste”.

This is my version of a Blueberry Crunch.  It is simple to make and delicious hot or cold.  It does have cake mix in the topping but with the addition of oats and a little flour the “cake mix taste” isn’t prominent.  Fresh or frozen blueberries work great in this recipe and it is delicious hot or cold.


Blueberry Crunch
Serves: 12
  • 1 (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 6 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 (16.5-oz.) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. rolled oats
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pour undrained pineapple into prepared pan and distribute evenly. In a bowl, add blueberries and lemon zest, if desired. Toss to coat blueberries with sugar. Sprinkle evenly over pineapple.
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, chopped pecans, flour, rolled oats, and brown sugar. Sprinkle mixture over the blueberries. Drizzle melted butter over the top. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.


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