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A white bowl of classic beef chili topped with grated cheese.

Easy Chili Recipe

Easy chili recipe with canned beans, ground beef, onions, and tomatoes. This recipe is simple and basic with pantry ingredients. It's the perfect classic chili to put on the table on a busy weeknight! I love chili of all different kinds, don't you? I like the spicy Chili Without Beans that my family prefers, but …

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A bowl of chili without beans on the grey counter.

Chili Without Beans

Chili without beans is full of beef, peppers, tomatoes, and spices—it's so flavorful and just right for game day or a family night at home! This make-ahead and freezer friendly no bean chili recipe is great for parties and to store in the freezer for busy weeknights.  **Cook's Tip: I usually make this chili for a …

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fish with apricot chili glaze

Apricot-Chili Glazed Fish

This apricot-chili glazed fish is tangy enough for adults but sweet enough to be kid-friendly. It's super easy to make and great for a dinner party! Do you make New Year's resolutions? I do, every year. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes not. This year I've stayed away from my traditional ones of eating better, exercising more, …

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Southern Cornbread is light and buttery with a little crispiness around the edges. Easy to make, cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for soups, chilis, or a fried chicken dinner.

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread is light and buttery with a little crispiness around the edges. Easy to make, cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for soups, chilis, or a fried chicken dinner. DIFFICULTY: EASY YIELD: 10 SERVINGS TIME:40 MINUTES Southerners are known for loving homemade bread in any form, and one of our favorites is cornbread. Sometimes you …

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Top Ten Recipes of Last Year

The Top Ten Recipes of last year is my annual list, based on reader favorites and the blog statistics. These are the recipes that readers consistently go to, cook, share, and LOVE! Here we go, your top ten favorites from 2021! Some of them are a surprise to me—and some that are missing are a …

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A closeup of baked pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and sausage.

Pasta Bake with Chicken

This pasta bake is great with chicken or Italian sausage. Everything goes in one pot and then into a baking dish. It's so easy and ready in just over an hour. Pasta bakes are great because you can change up the flavors, you can freeze them, you can take to a family in need, you …

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A white bowl filled with texas caviar and surrounded by chips.

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar Dip is made with shoepeg corn, black-eyed peas or black beans, fresh tomatoes, lots of chilis, and a sweet and tangy red wine vinegar dressing. This salad will be the number one hit at your next party! I'm not sure what makes this a Texas dish, but it sure is good wherever it …

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Salmon patties in a skillet frying.

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties using canned salmon are easy and a healthy dinner staple that you can have on the menu anytime. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this recipe is a keeper and a kid favorite! If you grew up in the South, chances are you ate salmon patties pretty regularly. Or maybe fish sticks like my …

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Peach BBQ Sauce with Bourbon is sweet and tangy, flavored with jalapeno pepper and sweet onion. This sauce is great slathered on chicken, pork chops, ribs, or even grilled salmon.

Peach BBQ Sauce

Peach BBQ Sauce with Bourbon is sweet and tangy, flavored with jalapeno pepper and sweet onion. This sauce is great slathered on chicken, pork chops, ribs, or even grilled salmon. Barbecue is a religion in the South. We take it seriously, and it's a noun, not a verb. You cook barbecue, you don't barbecue. And …

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Chicken Corn Chowder is a rich and creamy soup filled with corn, chicken, bacon, and cheese. It's easy to make and kid-friendly!

Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder is a rich and creamy soup filled with corn, chicken, bacon, and cheese. It's easy to make and kid-friendly! Fresh summer corn is perfect in this recipe, but to make it easier and available all year, you can use frozen corn. It's creamy and hearty but not overly filling, with a little …

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Large pot of Southwest Chicken Soup with a spoonful over the pot.

Southwest Chicken Soup

Southwest Chicken Soup with jalapeno peppers, Anaheim peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese. It's a little spicy and but light and nutritious! You'll love how easy this spicy Southwest Chicken Soup is! There is a bit of chopping with the vegetables, but you can knock that out in about 20 minutes. Then you just put it …

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This spicy roasted cauliflower is flavored with smoky cumin and chili powder, taking it from bland to bold and flavorful!

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

This spicy roasted cauliflower is flavored with smoky cumin and chili powder, taking it from bland to bold and flavorful! I think I've mentioned a few times on this site how we love roasted vegetables—it's almost the only way we eat them. And anything can be roasted: onions, squash, peppers, green beans...the roasting process adds …

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This Southern Meatloaf Recipe is a simple classic, with onions and green peppers and not much else. This is the way Mom made meatloaf!

Southern Meatloaf Recipe

This Southern Meatloaf Recipe is a simple classic, with onions and green peppers and not much else. This is the way Mom made meatloaf! If you grew up in the rural South, this Southern Meatloaf Recipe was probably a staple in your house. As a kid, I remember thinking, "Ugh, meatloaf again," but as an adult, …

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Comeback sauce in a bowl with a jar in the background.

Comeback Sauce with a Kick

Comeback Sauce made a little spicier with hot sauce and cayenne--it's the perfect easy dipping sauce for anything fried and even cut-up vegetables! Have y'all ever tried Comeback Sauce? It tastes a little bit like Remoulade sauce and Thousand Island dressing had a baby—flavorful but without a lot of heat and with a bit of sweetness. …

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Strawberry ice cream topped with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce in a glass bowl for a perfect romantic dinner at home.

Romantic Dinner at Home

Enjoy your best romantic dinner at home with this collection of menu ideas. These recipes are tried and true and will help make your night special.  You don't need a special occasion like Valentine's Day to have a lovely evening at home. Every day can be special if you focus on being together and sharing …

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A white bowl filled with chicken vegetable soup.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup is filled with shredded chicken, butterbeans, corn, tomatoes, okra and onion—all frozen which means no chopping! Healthy, quick, and easy! This chicken vegetable soup is our new go-to for the winter. Well, in addition to Homemade Tomato Soup and White Chicken Chili. And easy Classic Chili. And my favorite Navy Bean and …

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Butternut Squash Soup in a large pot on a grey board with a striped towel.

The BEST Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup with roasted butternut squash, apples, and caramelized onions in a rich, creamy, dairy-free soup. Perfect for soup season and holiday menus! One of my favorite times of the year is when the weather starts turning a little chilly in the evenings. I immediately start thinking about soups, don't you? Maybe because the …

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Raspberry shortbread bars on a silver platter.

Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Raspberry Bars made with a buttery shortbread base and topped with easy raspberry filling and a yummy shortbread streusel sprinkled on top. They are divine. When a food blogger hosts a party, it's actually more of an opportunity to have free guinea pigs, uh, I mean tasters—Tasters!—for your recipes. So last Saturday, we had a …

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