Charlotte Skelton has a lot in common with many Southern Living readers. This on-the-go mother of three (including two teens) from Cleveland, Mississippi, juggles the responsibilities of an active family with a successful career. She also faces the universal challenge of serving her family a variety of great-tasting meals throughout the week. Charlotte's solution: stocking her freezer with one-dish meals. In fact, she's built a career around it.
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"In 1992, I started making casseroles and gift baskets out of my house. Business took off pretty quickly, so I found a building downtown," remembers Charlotte. Today, A la Carte Alley is home to one of The Delta's most popular restaurants, along with a gift shop stocked with Southern necessities for the kitchen and table.Though her business has grown, the one thing that hasn't changed is Charlotte's love of recipes she can make ahead, freeze, and reheat. "They're convenient for weeknight meals--even for my finicky teens--and they make great gifts," she says.
Charlotte's recipes were a big hit with our Foods staff, and we think they'll be a home run with your friends and family too. Her passion for Southwest flavors explodes in Chicken Enchiladas. "This is one of my favorites, especially when company's coming," she explains. She also enjoys Italian-inspired Beef Lombardi for a hearty weeknight meal. All of the recipes freeze well and can be easily lightened.