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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 rag├╣ 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!
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