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Friday, December 30, 2016

Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John originated in antebellum South Carolina. It is also referred to as Carolina Peas & Rice. A savory dish of peas and rice with bacon and vegetables. The old South version was a simple recipe made up just of pork, field peas (black eyed peas) and rice. As with most things we've embellished it a bit today adding more ingredients. There are variations from person to person as well as regions of the South today.

It's a tradition for many southerners to have Hoppin' John as part of a traditional Southern New Year's Day meal alongside a helping of greens to bring luck in the coming year. This tradition can be traced back to the war between the states.

I'm going to give you my traditional version as well as a short cut version. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do. This is a hearty meal we enjoy during the cold winter months.

Philly Cheesesteak Wrap

Easy recipe for quick meals! Shaved beef, cheese, sauteed veggies - in a wrap!!


  • 1 tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Green Peppers, thinly sliced

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spaghetti Bolognese

If you're not familiar with the term Bolognese, it is basically a thick meaty tomato sauce. Like many terms, we in America have widely adopted this one for our meat sauce used in pasta dishes. This sauce is perfect over spaghetti or other pasta of choice. It can also be used in a lasagna dish.

True bolognese does originate in Italy and is called ragù alla bolognese. Their technique is slow cooked meat parts, vegetables, wine, and a small amount of tomatoes.

The Americanized version is quite a bit less time consuming since most of us do not have a lot of time to prepare meals. If I do say so myself though, it's quite tasty! As with any recipe, mine is just a guide, feel free to change the seasonings to suit your taste. If you like spicy, add some red pepper flakes. If you adore basil, by all means garnish with some fresh chopped basil. If you're a garlic lover....well you get the idea.

I love serving this sauce over pasta with a side salad and cheesy garlic bread. Delish!


  • 1 tbs Olive Oil

Friday, December 2, 2016

Southern Pinto Beans

In the south, pinto beans aren't just used as a side dish, they can be the whole meal. I love a bowl of pintos with fresh chopped onion sprinkled on top and a slice of cornbread. Add a side of pan fried potatoes and my oh my, that is some good eating y'all! 

Dry beans are very economical. Leftovers are delicious or you can use them to create a new dish. You can add meat, such as ham pieces or sliced smoked sausage as variations. Use leftovers in a pot of chili or mash them up and make refried beans. Some people even add chopped vegetables during cooking such as celery and onion. 

  • 1 lb Dry Pinto Beans

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Herb Roasted Turkey

Roasting a turkey is really an easy process. With a few ingredients, butcher's twine and a handy cooking thermometer you'll have the perfect turkey dinner.

For a lot of people the idea of cooking a turkey is intimidating. Just think of it as a big ole chicken. I think one of the biggest fears is how the turkey will look. Who cares? My turkey was photographed for this post and carved and put on a platter before anyone saw it. Carving a turkey is a messy business so I prefer to do that before guests arrive. So no one ever sees what it looks like when it came out of the oven. What matters most is how it tastes!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers

Classic southern meatballs, or grape jelly meatballs as they're better known, are a favorite at gatherings. You may have had these and not even realized what the sauce is made from. It's one of the easiest appetizers you can make. They are delicious and your guest will be going back for more!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Turkey Noodle Soup

Quick and easy Turkey Noodle Soup is a great way to use some of that leftover holiday turkey. The result is a delicious, comforting meal!


  • 3-4 c Cooked Turkey, diced or shredded
  • 1 c Celery, diced

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Apple Butter Pork Chops

You'll find that apple butter is a perfect compliment to pork chops. Create an easy sweet and savory dish. Perfect for weeknight meals.


  • 4-6 Boneless Pork Chops
  • 1 Yellow Onion, halved and sliced

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Easy Pumpkin Bread

My goal was to make a pumpkin bread recipe with minimal ingredients that's moist and flavorful. We have a winner. You're gonna love this one!

This recipe makes three 8" foil bread pans, or two large regular size bread pans. Enough to keep and some to gift.

  • 3 c Self Rising Flour
  • 2 c Granulated Sugar

Friday, October 28, 2016

Beef Manicotti

The filling in this recipe is a double batch and will fill 28 manicotti shells. If you do not need to serve a large meal, you can freeze half of the filling to use at a later time. You also have the option to make up a foil pan of stuffed manicotti to freeze and bake another time.

  • 14 Manicotti Shells (1 package)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bag Roasted Chicken

Delicious juicy Roasted Chicken! A favorite meal and so easy to make. I love bag roasted chicken because there's less mess and easy clean up. Winner winner, chicken dinner! You've got minimal effort, minimal ingredients and end up with a beautiful bird every time.

  • 1/2 Stick Butter, softened
  • 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, minced

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Salmon Spread and Review of South Your Mouth Some More

Mandy Rivers is one busy lady! She's a wife, a mother, food blogger, author, and works outside the home. She has a wonderful personality that comes through in her writing. She's a hoot y'all! Her blog
South Your Mouth is very popular, getting over 1 million visitors a month.

Mandy Rivers

Mandy's first book was a success and her second book South Your Mouth Some More was recently released. It is sure to be a success too!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Country Breakfast Hash

My recipe for Country Breakfast Hash was inspired by South Your Mouth's Oh My Hash & Eggs! I knew when I saw Mandy's recipe that I had to try it, so I did. It was delicious!! Mandy's recipe uses ground beef . The flavors are wonderful and my idea was born as I ate it. I love inspiration!

So, I have the inspiration for a new reipe, now I have to try it and see how it turns out. Well it was a hit y'all! I was just pleased as can be that my idea turned out to be good on the first try. A one dish breakfast meal- BAM! This is great for feeding guest too!


  • 2 tbs Olive Oil

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hearty Chili

Chili is a comfort food favorite! As temperatures cool down , chili becomes a staple on the menu everywhere. The best chili recipes are loaded with flavor, perfect to serve with a side of cornbread, crackers, or over rice. Best of all it's easy to make. You can have dinner on the table in about an hour. This is great for feeding a crowd too!


  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 c Celery, finely diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Roasted Honey Spiced Pumpkin Seeds


  • 1-2 c Raw Pumpkin Seeds, from a pie pumpkin (typically one pie pumpkins yields one cup of seeds)
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 2 tbs Honey

Pumpkin Puree

Making your own pumpkin puree is as easy as pie! This homemade option is just so easy so why not give it a try.....and it's really 100% pure pumpkin. Now you have options and we all love options when deciding what we eat.

  • 1 Pie Pumpkin

Nanny's Old Fashioned Potato Soup

My grandmother, Dorothy (Nanny), was an accomplished cook. Aren't most grandmothers? I loved her dearly and the wonderful meals she made. Food is a part of our fond memories, just as much as it is a necessity for us. This potato soup is comforting and delicious.....and brings back wonderful memories of Nanny.


  • 5-9 Russet Potatoes (med/large), peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 Onion, finely diced

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

No Bake Pumpkin Pie


No Bake Pumpkin Pie is an easy icebox dessert.  Make it in minutes and chill to enjoy any time of the year.

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 15 oz Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling) 

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Grits have been a staple in the south for centuries. 3/4 of the grits sold in the U.S. are sold in the south. That makes us experts on grits, don't ya think?!? Traditionally grits were ground on a stone wheel at the local grist mill. You can still get stone ground grits and that is my personal preference. One rule we follow in the south - never, ever use instant grits!

I remember as a small child, my Daddy would sprinkle a little sugar on grits so that I would eat them. I think many southern parents might use this technique to get children acclimated to grits. When you grow up though, you eat your grits with salt, pepper, and a pat of butter. Real butter!

You'll see grits on menus all over the country these days since southern food is a trend these days. I'm sharing my recipe for making the perfect grits you'll love every time.

  • 2 c Water
  • 2 c Heavy Cream

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup is similar to my Julia's Vegetable Beef Soup but a bit more rustic using ground beef. Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. I love the leftovers the next day too!

This is a perfect soup to make during the week and you have dinner on the table in just over an hour. Throw in a grilled pimento cheese sandwich on the side and everybody's got a full belly and happy!


  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

Pumpkin Pie Spice

The spice staple of fall favorites - Pumpkin Pie Spice - or pumpkin spice as it's popularly referred to today. It's an easy blend of fragrant spices you can easily make yourself at home. You probably already have everything you need.


  • 3 tbs Ground Cinnamon

Friday, September 23, 2016

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

"Velvety rich custard, ripe bananas, and vanilla wafers so soft they melt in your mouth."

  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Braised Chicken Thighs

Braising is a cooking technique, usually with tougher cuts of meat, that gives deep flavor and fork tender results. There is not much work involved for the cook and everyone is rewarded with a
masterpiece meal. The meat is first browned and then simmered in a flavorful liquid. The liquid doesn't go to waste either becoming a delicious sauce. The sauce is formed by reducing the liquid or using a starch to thicken.

Chicken thighs are usually not the first choice of meat. Breast are by far the favored pick by

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oven Baked Bacon

Do you ever bake your bacon in the oven? It's a perfect method, especially if you're cooking for a crowd. Baking the bacon also gives you time to work on other things while it cooks and saves you a little clean up work.

Here's what you need:

  • Thick Sliced Bacon

Friday, September 9, 2016

Herb Seasoned Fried Chicken Breast


  • 4-6 Pcs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 1/2 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

National Chicken Month - September

Cluck , Cluck, Cluck! September is National Chicken Month and here are 12 of my favorite recipes for chicken. Be sure to check out the helpful tips at the end of the post.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

National Honey Month - September

Honey, the sweet nectar of golden goodness made by bees. Pure and natural and everlasting, it never spoils. How's that for super food? Honey can vary in color and flavor depending on the type of blossom it came from. 

Here are 10 honey inspired recipes to celebrate National Honey Month:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Labor Day Recipe Roundup

Labor Day has been celebrated since the 1800's in the United States. The first Monday in September a day to recognize and give holiday for the yearly contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity and well being of our country. As with most traditions and holidays we celebrate it with food! Here's a collection of recipe ideas for your Labor Day Menu! Happy Labor Day Y'all!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Best Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a favorite of mine but I like all the ways to cook eggs. Here is how I make the best scrambled eggs.


  • 6 - 8 Farm Fresh Eggs

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sausage Cabbage Skillet

This easy one pot skillet meal is perfect for a quick homemade meal. If you like serve it with a side of pan fried potatoes.


  • 1 lb Smoked Beef Sausage , or the flavor of your choice 
  • 1 small to medium Head of Cabbage, sliced

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Palmetto Roses and Ways to Use Them

Today, Palmetto Roses are a keepsake that symbolizes everlasting love. The tradition dates back to the Civil War. Traditions tell that southern ladies would give their true love the palmetto rose before he went off to war to keep him safe.

I recently shared in a post about my weekend in Charleston buying a new sweetgrass basket and the artist giving me a few palmetto roses with my purchase (shown in photo above).

I used my palmetto roses to make a simple centerpiece using a small dairy bottle. It's so simple, a bit rustic, and perfectly beautiful.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekend in Charleston South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is one of our favorite places to visit. We do quite a few day trips a year and the occasional weekend.

A few weeks ago in July we spent the weekend. July happens to be the hottest month of the year, in much of the south, and this was no exception. It was the hottest July on record in Charleston. Needless to say, rather than a lot of walking as we usually do, we were taking the car everywhere. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Simple Chicken Salad

I love to make this simple chicken salad for lunches. I have another chicken salad recipe that I call "Fancy Chicken Salad" that I use for parties and I'll post that sometime in the future. This simple recipe is just that, easy with minimal ingredients, but still delicious.


  • 2 1/2 - 3 c Chicken, diced
  • 1 small Onion, diced or use 1/2 a medium onion

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Back To School Recipe Ideas

It's that time of year, summer vacation is coming to an end. School is about to start back. This means a busy week for parents. Here's a collection of recipe ideas to help you get through the busy week.

National Coloring Book Day - August 2nd

Celebrate #NationalColoringBookDay

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

I first made this casserole for dinner not breakfast. I knew it was going to be good. I didn't realize everyone would be going for seconds and there would be none leftover. Yes, it's that good.


  • 1 lb Breakfast Sausage
  • 6 Eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c Heavy Cream

Lowcountry Boil

Frogmore Stew , as it was originally called contains no frogs and is not even a stew. Today we commonly refer to it as Lowcountry Boil or Seafood Boil. It's a delicious and fun traditional South Carolina dish. Easy to make and best of all, a one pot meal! Perfect for a family dinner or soiree.

This recipe serves 4-5 people but if you're serving a crowd just use a bigger pot and multiply the recipe.


  • 1 lb Shrimp, fresh works best
  • 1 lb Baby Red Potatoes

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Haint Blue

Blue porch ceilings are prevalent throughout the South. Many Southerners traditional beliefs that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in South Carolina, have a name for the ceiling paint used on porches – it is referred to as “Haint Blue.”

What is a haint? You may be wondering and what it has to do with the color of a porch ceiling.  It’s a

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Baked Beans Recipe Roundup

July is National Baked Bean Month ! Baked beans are one of America's favorite side dishes. Beans are a nutritious food that are nearly fat free and a good source of protein. Here's a collection of baked bean recipes - try one or try them all!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yellow Summer Squash - 4 Ways

Trying to decide what to do with all that beautiful yellow squash that's in season? Here are four delicious options!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Classic 3 Bean Salad

Classic Three Bean Salad is a favorite at gatherings. An easy recipe that can be made in advance and chilled. Just give a quick stir before serving.


  • 1 can Cut Green Beans
  • 1 can Cut Wax Beans
  • 1 can Red Kidney Beans

4th of July Recipe Roundup

Hey Y'all! I've put together a list of some recipe ideas to help you celebrate the fourth! We have adorned our homes with red, white, and blue. The menus are planned. Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Colonial Pasta Salad

Colonial Dressing from Bob Evan's is a favorite of ours. I decided to make a pasta salad with it and it's a winner! Cool and perfect on a hot day.


  • 1 lb Pasta, I used Casarecce - pronounced "KAH-SAH-REY-CHEY" cooked according to directions.
  • 1 Red Onion, diced

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deep South Dish - Old Fashioned Creamed Squash

I saw a post on my friend Mary's Blog Facebook Post for this Creamed Squash. It looked so delicious and I've never had squash like this and decided I just had to have it! I made it for dinner and it was as delicious as it looked. I love Mary's recipes and have a copy of her cookbook in my collection.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Simple Blackberry Cobbler


  • 12-16 oz Fresh Blackberries (about 2 cups) , frozen will work thawed
  • 1 Stick Butter
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