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Friday, January 12, 2018

Meal Plan Monday #96


Hey Y'all! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #96. The deep freeze that had hold of us left us all craving something warm and comforting to eat. Soups were very popular last week. We hope you've enjoyed a warm up in the weather where you are. Pull up a chair and let's find some recipe inspiration for the week ahead and share a home cooked meal with someone.







And our Host Feature this week....


 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Meal Plan Monday #95



Hey friends! It's time to gather around the table with the ones we love most and we've got just the recipes to send 'em running to the kitchen on this week's Meal Plan Monday!



We're starting out with the perfect recipe for a new year!







And we round it out with our featured host recipe!




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Creamy Collard Dip



Creamy Collard Dip is a delicious appetizer for gatherings. Perhaps, for the upcoming Super Bowl in about a month. We ate plenty of collard greens for luck in the new year. It is a Southern tradition. After feasting on the beloved winter greens for a couple of days, I always find myself with leftovers. Put those leftovers to good use by freezing them for later use. The leftover greens can be used for another meal or as an ingredient in delicious appetizers, such as Hot Collard & Artichoke Dip or this Creamy Collard Dip.

  Creamy Collard Dip

Guests will love this rich and creamy dip! A bread bowl is a fun way to serve alongside crackers, toast points, chips or raw veggies for dipping. It will disappear right before your eyes.

  Cold Creamy Collard Green Dip

Creamy Collard Dip

Ingredients

  • 4 c Cooked Collard Greens
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 c Mayonnaise
  • 1 Packet of Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Bread Bowl, for serving (optional)
  • Chips, Toast Points, Crackers, Raw Veggies (options for serving)
  • Chopped Scallions, for garnish (optional)

If you plan to serve this dip in a bread bowl, begin by cutting off the top of the bread loaf and hollowing out the inside.

I picked up an Italian loaf at the grocery store and found the day old loaf that was reduced in price.

  Hollow out a bread bowl

Thaw your leftover collard greens, drain and squeeze out excess moisture.

Finely chop the collard greens.

  Chopped collard greens

In a mixing bowl combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, Knorr vegetable mix and cracked black pepper.

Add the collard greens and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Add the dip mixture to the prepared bread bowl or serving dish. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This dip recipe is easy and versatile. I kept things simple by using what I had on hand in my pantry. You can easily dress this up by adding diced red pepper, sauteed diced onion or bacon. If you don't have leftover collard greens, frozen or canned may be used.

  Delicious collard dip appetizer

See it at: Weekend Potluck

Creamy Collard Dip

ingredients:

4 c Cooked Collard Greens
16 oz Sour Cream
1 c Mayonnaise
1 Packet of Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix
Cracked Black Pepper
Bread Bowl, for serving (optional)
Chips, Toast Points, Crackers, Raw Veggies (options for serving)
Chopped Scallions, for garnish (optional)

instructions:

Thaw your leftover collard greens, drain and squeeze out excess moisture.
Finely chop the collard greens. 
In a mixing bowl combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, Knorr vegetable mix and cracked black pepper.
Add the collard greens and combine with the rest of the ingredients.
Add the dip mixture to the prepared bread bowl or serving dish. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This dip recipe is easy and versatile. I kept things simple by using what I had on hand in my pantry. You can easily dress this up by adding diced red pepper, sauteed diced onion or bacon. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 10 Recipes of 2017



Looking back each year at the Top 10 Recipes of the Year is always a lot of fun. I get to see those that really caught your attention. Sometimes I'm surprised by a few of them but the numbers don't lie, so we're about to count them down to number one.

Before we get started with the top 10 recipes of 2017, I would like to take a moment to say "Thank You". I appreciate y'all stopping by to visit, and your continued support. We've grown quite a bit this year on Facebook and started a new group where we can all share together. We started our free newsletter so we can stay in touch, ensuring you don't miss new recipes. It's been a great year for sure! We have another exciting change coming soon, so y'all stay tuned for the big announcement.  Okay, here we go, counting them down......your favorites for 2017.

Top 10 Recipes of 2017


10. Pineapple Casserole

This is the recipe that I almost forgot about! I was thrilled when I saw it at a restaurant this past summer and knew I had to share it with all of you (and to remind myself so I don't forget about it again). You'll find this dish at gatherings and it's a delicious blending of some ingredients you might not expect.

  Pineapple Casserole - Southern

9. Seafood Pasta Salad

There are many of you who enjoy seafood as much as I do, making this seafood pasta salad next in our countdown. Look at all those delicious bits of lobster, crab and shrimp.

  Seafood Pasta Salad

8. Southern Fried Chicken Livers

There is either a you love it or hate it relationship with chicken livers for most people. Pass the gravy y'all cause I love them!

  Southern Fried Chicken Livers - Julia's Simply Southern

7. Pork Tenders

Move over chicken and let the pork in the house! This is a kid friendly dish the whole family will enjoy.

  Pork Tenders

6. Milk Boiled Corn

Add a rich and delicious sweetness to corn on the cob with this indulgent cooking method. You'll never boil corn in plain 'ole water again.

  Southern Milk Boiled Corn

5. Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops

Oven baked BBQ pork chops are a no frills but tasty meal. Perfect for busy families.

  Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops - Pork Chops recipe

4. Cucumber Salad

A fresh and crisp old fashioned Southern favorite.

  Southern Cucumber Salad

3. Southern Skillet Fried Apples

Never dare call this dish a dessert. No. No. No. It is and always will be a side dish. A little scoop of ice cream wouldn't hurt though  ;-)

  Southern Skillet Fried Apples

2. Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Comfort food at it's best!

  Chicken and Dressing Casserole

1. Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast (S.O.S)

I could have never guessed this would be the recipe that went viral this year but it did. I became the chipped beef queen of 2017 because so many love this dish. HaHa!  This dish originated in our nation's military. So many of you took time to share your fond memories of this dish. A recipe so simple but it has touched so many lives.

  Creamed Chipped Beef and Toast

There you have it, the reader's favorites of 2017. Thank you so much for being a part of my year!

Meal Plan Monday #94

Welcome to Meal Plan Monday! Whether this is your first time stopping by or you're a dedicated follower, we are tickled that you are here. Each week, we have the pleasure of hosting Meal Plan Monday and hope that you're inspired by the wonderful recipes you find that any home cook can make. The new year finds many of us making a few resolutions and setting goals. However you start your year off, please know that we'll be right here with you, cooking good food and cheering you on with ways to get your loved ones to the family table. For those of you who've shared your recipes with us this past year...thank you! Meal Plan Monday was great in 2017, now it's time to get 2018 started!

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Here are the posts from Meal Plan Monday #93 that you loved ~


meal plan monday #94

  Broccoli Salad with Bacon from A Reinvented Mom

meal plan monday #94

Honey Garlic Meatballs from The Restless Chiptole

Orange Glazed Cranberry Scones from Mom Loves Baking

Our host feature this week ~

creamed corn from crock pot

Crock Pot Cream Corn from A Southern Soul


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Classic Southern Pecan Pie


Classic Southern Pecan Pie is a traditional old fashioned dessert. Throughout my entire life, I cannot remember a holiday without pecan pie being a part of the dessert selection. Pecan trees are native to the south so it's no wonder that we make the most of beloved nut.  Pecans have been an important food source for Southerners as long as we've been here. They also played a part in native american diet as far back as 8000 years ago.

Growing up it seemed that everyone or at least someone you knew had a pecan tree. They were more than willing to share the bounty with family and friends too. My grandparents had pecan trees and it was so much fun being part of gathering the yearly harvest. Cracking them was another thing. I didn't much care for that part. The generations before me though would sit so contently and crack and shell every single pecan to be used as snacks and as an ingredient for many dishes. At an early age, Southern children quickly find out the importance of properly shelling a pecan. One taste of the bitter inner husk not properly removed teaches a valuable lesson.

The classic pecan pie is a southern holiday specialty for sure. The delicious golden brown sweet filling and pecans that magically rise to the top of the pie make for a luscious dessert.

"I think I'm a lot like other moms out there who feel like if we don't have the pecan pie we have every year, then it just won't be Christmas." ~ Faith Hill

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust 
  • 1 C Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbs Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 c Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 c Melted Butter
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1.25 c Chopped Pecans (heaping)
Printable Recipe Card at the end of this post
Preheat oven to 350°F
  Southern Pecan Pie Ingredients

In a mixing bowl combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, vanilla extract, melted butter, eggs and flour together with a whisk or spatula.

  Mixing Pecan Pie ingredients

Add the pecans to the bottom of a store bought pie shell.


Line a sheet pan with foil and place the pie plate on the sheet pan. This will help with spills and it's easier to handle transferring the pie in and out of the oven.

Pour the filling mixture over the pecans.

  Pecan Pie filling in the pie shell

Place the pie into the oven and then cover with a piece of aluminum foil.

  pecan pie in the oven

Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes or until set.

  Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving. A pecan pie can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

  Southern Pecan Pie

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

ingredients:

1 Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust 
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 tbs Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 tsp Salt
1 c Light Corn Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 c Melted Butter
3 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp All Purpose Flour
1.25 c Chopped Pecans (heaping)

instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F
In a mixing bowl combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, vanilla extract, melted butter, eggs and flour together with a whisk or spatula. 
Add the pecans to the bottom of a store bought pie shell. 
Line a sheet pan with foil and place the pie plate on the sheet pan. This will help with spills and it's easier to handle transferring the pie in and out of the oven.
Pour the filling mixture over the pecans.
Place the pie into the oven and then cover with a piece of aluminum foil.
Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes or until set.
Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving. A pecan pie can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole


Southern Sweet Potato Casserole, or SoufflĂ© as it is also known, is a traditional holiday side dish here in the South. This sweet dish is topped with marshmallows or a pecan praline, or both as I like to prepare it, and teeters on the verge of being a dessert. Southern sweet potato casserole may be sweet enough to be a dessert but it has always been considered a side dish. A colorful and delicious addition to the holiday table.

You may have noticed that I made this dish in one of those handy disposable foil pans. They're really convenient when you need a bit of a time saver cleaning up. Moving into a new house the beginning of November and trying to get settled before hosting for the holidays left me a bit overwhelmed. Real life happens to us all. Typically, I enjoy pulling out the "nice" dishes for holidays. Why didn't I do that this time? This house has no dishwasher. WHAT? That's right, no dishwasher. I could have one installed but made the decision not to because I didn't want to lose any of the original hand built cabinetry in this old house. That being said, back in November, I was still trying to get myself accustomed to hand washing ALL of the dishes. I wanted to save myself some work this year. No harm in that, right? I'm getting into the swing of things now with hand washing and it's not so bad. 

Sweet potato casserole is really easy to prepare. You could used organic canned sweet potatoes but fresh sweet potatoes are so plentiful this time of year, so why not take advantage of it. Many folks bake the sweet potatoes for this dish but I just peel them and cut them up to boil as I would regular potatoes. Boiling takes a little time out of the process. Time savers are great during times of busy holiday cooking.

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole


"In the southern half of the country perhaps no crop has larger possibilities for quick increase of production of food for both men and animals than the sweet potato." ~David F. Houston


Ingredients

  • 4-5 Sweet Potatoes (medium to large in size)
  • 1/4 c Butter, softened
  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 c Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Water, for boiling potatoes
  • Mini Marshmallows (optional for topping)
  • Praline Topping (recipe follows)
Printable Recipe Card at the end of this post

How to cook sweet potatoes for casserole
Peel the sweet potatoes and give them a rinse, then cut into cubes.

  Cutting up sweet potatoes

Add the cubed sweet potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for twenty minutes until tender.

Drain the potatoes and mash with a fork.

  Mashed sweet potatoes

To save yourself some time, the sweet potatoes can be cooked and mashed and stored in the refrigerator a few days in advanced until ready to use.

Preparing the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole:

Preheat oven to 375°F

Add the mashed sweet potatoes to a mixing bowl.

Add the softened butter and granulated sugar. Use a hand mixer to combine.

Next, add the flour and mix to combine.

Finally, add a pinch of salt, eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. Mix to combine.

Add the mixture to a casserole dish.

Top with the praline topping if desired. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. If using mini marshmallows for topping, add them the last 10 minutes of baking and leave the casserole uncovered so the marshmallows brown slightly.

Praline Topping

  • 1/4 c Melted Butter
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c Chopped Pecans
Mix all ingredients to combine and use as topping.


Shared at Weekend Potluck

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

ingredients:

4-5 Sweet Potatoes (medium to large in size)
1/4 c Butter, softened
1/2 c Granulated Sugar
1/4 c All Purpose Flour
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 c Heavy Cream
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Water, for boiling potatoes
Mini Marshmallows (optional for topping)
Praline Topping (recipe follows)

instructions:

Peel the sweet potatoes and give them a rinse, then cut into cubes.
Add the cubed sweet potatoes to a pot and cover with water.
Bring to a boil and cook for twenty minutes until tender.
Drain the potatoes and mash with a fork.
Preheat oven to 375°F
Add the mashed sweet potatoes to a mixing bowl.
Add the softened butter and granulated sugar. Use a hand mixer to combine.
Next, add the flour and mix to combine.
Finally, add a pinch of salt, eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. Mix to combine.
Add the mixture to a casserole dish.
Top with the praline topping if desired.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. If using mini marshmallows for topping, add them the last 10 minutes of baking and leave the casserole uncovered so the marshmallows brown slightly.

notes

Praline Topping:
1/4 c Melted Butter
1/2 c Brown Sugar, lightly packed
1/4 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 c Chopped Pecans
Mix all ingredients to combine and use as topping.
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