Here I am again (and honestly, I just can’t believe it!), thanking you all for your continued support through Project Food Blog. I’m just blown away by your unfailing sweet, generous comments, encouragement and your votes. You are all truly wonderful readers…I am SO lucky to have you!! THANK YOU!!!

Ok, so here’s the challenge for Round 4: Sure, you can take a pretty picture. But your task here is to go above and beyond and use photography to create a step-by-step, instructional photo tutorial. It could be anything from how to bone a chicken to how to make your favorite recipe, but your photos need to guide the reader through the steps.

Honestly, at first, I thought this challenge would be a cinch. “Eh, what’s a few extra pictures?” However, it didn’t take long (about 12 seconds) for me to discover one very simple factor: step-by-step photos are HARD. For an A.D.D girl, something as simple as taking a few extra photos of the cooking process can be DAUNTING. I found myself running all over the kitchen, dining room and living room trying to get lists together, compiling my ingredients, writing down every single step of each recipe and trying to get my camera settings figured out (it takes awhile to do step-by-step photos, and your lighting is changing constantly- if you don’t change your camera settings accordingly, your pictures will absolutely start to suck). So needless to say, this has been the hardest challenge for me BY FAR. But, I barreled through and got it done- and came out with two totally awesome and delicious recipes to share with you! Yay me!!

For this challenge, I decided to do the kind of food that makes me happy (and my hubby!)- nachos. It was a very BIG game day in Texas today- the Aggies were playing a big game (who am I kidding, every game is a big game at our house!), then the Rangers with a playoff game after that. Needless to say, we needed game day food and we needed it bad. Just one kind of nacho wouldn’t be enough. I decided on two different kinds: Tequila Lime Chicken Nachos and Bananas Foster Nachos (yes, bananas foster- and let me just say….I’ve come up with a doozy.) So let’s open with recipe #1! This is how my family makes nachos- just layer on your favorite flavors. It’s great with seasoned ground beef, shredded chicken, or even meatless! I decided shredded chicken with a little tequila and lime juice would be perfect (and it was!)! Let’s get started!

You’ll need: 1 chicken breast, tortilla chips, a can of refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, limes, sour cream, guacamole and salsa, salt and pepper and tequila (not pictured…oops).

Put the chicken in a small pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove from water and shred with two forks. Toss with 1 tablespoon tequila, the juice of one lime and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

But before you season your chicken, be sure to give your sweet doggy a little tidbit. 😉

Put your refried beans in a small skillet, stir in 1 (rounded) teaspoon of salsa and a splash of the juice from your jarred jalapenos (trust me, it’s good! Plus, it helps thin it out a little bit so it’s easier to spread). Cook the beans over medium-low heat, until heated through. Set aside.

Chop 8-10 slices of the jalapenos.

Spread out some tortilla chips on a baking sheet lined with foil and top with the beans. Just spoon some on, then gently spread it out with a small spatula.

Top with the shredded cheese and the chopped jalapenos.

Bake it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes, until it looks all gooey and delicious, like this.

Top with the chicken then spoon on some of your salsa.

Spread the guacamole over the top, then dollop with sour cream.

Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.


Game Day nachos are best enjoyed with cold Dublin Dr. Pepper…Mexican Coke would be excellent as well. 😉

These nachos are seriously GOOD (and they serve a whole boat-load of people!). They’re packed with so many different layers of flavor- the chicken is so moist and the hint of tequila really adds a lot! This is seriously, the perfect game day food! But those aren’t the star of today’s meal….these Bananas Foster Nachos are BY FAR, some of the BEST dessert food I have ever had. Seriously. An explosion of awesome in your mouth. So rich…so gooey…so amazing! I can’t wait to show them to you! Here we go- hold onto your hats…this is gonna be good.

You’ll need: flour tortillas, rum, caramel sauce (by all means, make homemade if you want to- I chose not to today), brown sugar, bananas, vanilla ice cream, chopped toasted walnuts, cinnamon/sugar, butter and hot fudge (I use this recipe).

Start by cutting 3 tortillas into quarters. Arrange on a greased baking sheet and spray with butter spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes, until crisp. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt half a stick (4 tablespoons) butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Place three sliced bananas in the pan, gently stir, then add in 2 teaspoons rum. Cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. You still want the bananas to have some texture, so be sure not to overcook them.

Arrange the tortilla wedges on a platter and drizzle with hot fudge (not too much- this dish can get RICH quick!).

Top with the bananas. Wow. This is looking good already!

Drizzle with the caramel sauce. Try not to lick the spoon.

Seriously. Don’t lick that spoon.

Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts.

And finally, top with a couple of hearty scoops of vanilla ice cream. Holy cow.

Go ahead and sprinkle with a teensy tiny bit of cinnamon.


Take a bite…and find yourself on a short trip to “Delicious-Gooey-Yum-Yum-Land”.  A truly magical place….

Oh yeah…he’s there too…welcome, honey. Welcome.

You’re welcome.



  1. Love this! GIG ‘EM!


    Comment by The Hidden List — October 12, 2010 @ 10:46 PM

  2. dessert nachos?!? what a wonderful idea – i will be trying these:)


    Comment by Page @ Good Clean Fun — October 13, 2010 @ 3:50 PM

  3. I also thought this round was the hardest challenge by far and you made it look like a breeze – a yummy, gooey, banana-y breeze 🙂


    Comment by Daily Spud — October 13, 2010 @ 5:26 PM

  4. These look amazing! Bananas foster is fun to experiment with, lately I’ve been putting it on toasted white bread with nutella. Good luck this week and go Aggies (apparently they’re a rival of Texas and I’m supposed to dislike Texas)! You’ve got a vote of mine!

    Lick My Spoon


    Comment by @lickmyspoon — October 13, 2010 @ 11:36 PM

  5. Whata fun tutorial! Nachos are so delicious. Definitely a staple in our house. And those dessert nachos look super dreamy. Nicely done. I voted for you again!

    Good luck! Hope to see us both in round 5!!! =)


    Comment by Jacob's Kitchen — October 14, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

  6. You’ve definitely got yourself a one way ticket to round 5! Both sets of nachos sound fantastic! You’ve got my vote for sure!


    Comment by Peggy — October 14, 2010 @ 2:29 PM

  7. I so not into sports but welcome any game day that would include both of these creations. You totally have my vote girl!


    Comment by Eliana — October 14, 2010 @ 2:52 PM

  8. Those Bananas Foster Nachos are insaaaaane!!! YUM! You have a vote from me!

    My own post is a romp through croissant making that’s filled with humor, exhaustion, and a little bit of popstar glamor. Come see if you’d like 🙂


    Comment by Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — October 14, 2010 @ 4:43 PM

  9. Those nachos would be gone in 5 seconds around here. Fun post. Good luck!


    Comment by Lori Lynn — October 14, 2010 @ 6:57 PM

  10. Hugs from Hot Polka Dot’s Mom. You are still a winner!


    Comment by Hot Polka Dot's Mom — October 15, 2010 @ 4:17 PM

  11. Oh my goodness, Hot Polka Dot’s Mom! 🙂 It is SO sweet of you to say that! I’m really rooting for Lindsey- she’s amazing and I know she’ll go far! Thank you so much for stopping by- it means so much to me, really!



    Comment by amy — October 15, 2010 @ 4:38 PM

  12. You Precious! I must say that all three of you are precious! The formal dinner party is exquisite looking. Your table was just beautiful (and your guests were’nt bad, either!! My heart just fills up with love and pride when I see and think about what all you have done. Dad would have just burst with pride to see what all you are doing so successfully. I just wish we lived closer so I could see you all more often. I send this with much love and pride…..Granna


    Comment by Granna — October 18, 2010 @ 1:30 PM

  13. I just wanted to let you know that I made your chicken nachos tonight with your guacamole recipe. They were delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


    amy Reply:

    Great, Amy! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for telling me! 🙂


    Comment by Amy S. — March 1, 2011 @ 7:54 PM

  14. Wow… don’t know you, but will follow you anywhere after seeing these recipes. Another, why didn’t it think of that moments.


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