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Lucy Brewer

Hi, I'm Lucy Brewer, professional writer, recipe developer, and Southern cook. You'll find more than 400 free recipes here as well as entertaining tips and travel guides. And a few stories about life. I'm so glad you stopped by--pull up a chair and sit a spell!
A white plate with a piece of fried cube steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Cube Steak Recipe

Cube steak is best floured and fried in a skillet. Tender and delicious, cube steak cooks quickly so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal. This is Southern comfort food at its best! I had never heard of country fried steak or chicken fried steak until I moved to the city. If you live in the …

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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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Grandma's Chicken Soup is made with chicken broth, chicken, and a touch of cream—just a simple chicken soup that's great when you're under the weather.

Grandma’s Chicken Soup

Grandma’s Chicken Soup is made with chicken broth, chicken, and a touch of cream—just a simple chicken soup that’s great when you’re under the weather. This is the perfect, easy chicken soup to make for a friend who’s feeling under the weather, had dental work—or going through chemo. There’s little in Grandma’s Chicken Soup to …

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A jar of pickled red onions ready to store.

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make, you’ll want to keep them around all the time! All you need are sliced red onions, vinegar, and a little salt and sugar. These pickled red onions can enhance the most mundane of dishes, like sandwiches or a simple green salad. I am in love with these …

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Overhead view of half a sweet potato pie in a white plate.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie is creamy, lightly spiced with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and so easy to make! Similar to pumpkin but with a more delicate flavor, this one is a Southern family favorite! Lots of people will claim to be either sweet potato pie lovers or pumpkin pie lovers. I love …

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole features a traditional pecan and brown sugar streusel topping rather than melted marshmallows.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Our Southern sweet potato casserole features a traditional pecan and brown sugar streusel topping rather than melted marshmallows. The classic sweet potato filling is creamy and smooth, with a hint of orange and vanilla. We love Sweet Potato Pie, and when you want to take it up a notch, this Sweet Potato Casserole is the …

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Sherry chicken with garlic in a skillet.

Sherry Chicken with Garlic

Sherry Chicken with Garlic is a quick and easy nutritious meal that your family will love. Sherry and soy sauce add a sweet tang to this chicken dish, which makes it great to serve with rice. This is a recipe that you’ll want to add to your regular meal plan. Here are some of my …

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Croissant breakfast casserole made with orange marmalade, eggs, and cream—luscious, and super easy. Prepare ahead and bake in the morning!

Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Croissant breakfast casserole made with orange marmalade, eggs, and cream—luscious and super easy. Prepare ahead and bake in the morning! My friend Rita’s late mother-in-law, Miss Louise, gave me this recipe for Croissant Breakfast Casserole, and it is one of the easiest breakfast recipes you will find. It takes about ten minutes to put together …

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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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A serving of pimento cheese in a glass jar.

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese recipe that’s classic and simple with just grated Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It’s easy to make and great as either a dip or for sandwiches! Homemade pimento cheese is one of those classic Southern dishes that many of us remember from childhood as something we never gave much thought to. …

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Pecan Pie Bars with a buttery shortbread crust topped with the best pecan pie filling. They're easy to make, easy to eat, and a great make ahead dessert.

Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars with a buttery shortbread crust topped with the best pecan pie filling. They’re easy to make, easy to eat, and a great make ahead dessert. We Southerners love our Pecan Pie, which is always on the table at Thanksgiving and quite often throughout the year. But did you know you can make …

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Closeup of prosciutto wrapped chicken on a baking sheet.

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken is everything you need a quick and easy meal to be: melted cheese draped over salty prosciutto wrapped around a succulent chicken breast. Comes together in minutes! I should have titled this post The Easiest Chicken Recipe Ever because that’s what it is! So simple, but bursting with flavor that sizzles inside …

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Closeup of cheese grits in white bowl with a spoon.

Cheese Grits Casserole

Cheese Grits Casserole is a Southern favorite and this version is the best! We use Cheddar cheese and a little half-and-half with eggs to make it rich and creamy. This recipe is a family and friends favorite! Cheese grits…once a Southern tradition and now starting to appear on menus everywhere. The beauty of grits is that they are neutrally …

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Overnight breakfast casserole that you can whip up in about twenty minutes, stick in the fridge, and bake in the morning. This one features sausage and egg, with lots of cheese!

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Overnight breakfast casserole that you can whip up in about twenty minutes, stick in the fridge, and bake in the morning. This one features sausage and egg, with lots of cheese! It’s easy and the perfect make ahead breakfast! This breakfast casserole recipe is perfect when you’re having houseguests because you can put it together …

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Slices of pumpkin bread on a white plate.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Bread recipe using canned pumpkin, dark brown sugar, molasses, and lots of spices! It’s moist and flavorful and absolutely the best pumpkin bread we’ve ever tasted! One of my favorite breakfasts is a slice of warm, spicy pumpkin bread with fresh strawberries and blackberries. But of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to …

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Closeup of chicken lettuce wraps on a white plate with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with mango and cilantro are a fresh and healthy way to enjoy chopped chicken salad. There’s no mayonnaise, just lime juice and white balsamic vinegar reduction. Use large lettuce leaves and drizzle with Sriracha for a perfect blend of flavors! We would eat Chicken Salad with Grapes all the time if we …

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Brown sugar oatmeal is easy and a great make ahead breakfast. You can freeze this oatmeal for a quick, nutritious morning meal!

Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Brown sugar oatmeal is easy and a great make ahead breakfast. You can freeze this oatmeal for a quick, nutritious morning meal! Get creative with your toppings and use whatever fruit is seasonal, along with some chopped walnuts or pecans. I used to feed my boys those little packs of instant oatmeal for breakfast at …

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Strawberry shortcake recipe with easy, homemade biscuits using cream and brown sugar.

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry shortcake recipe with easy, homemade biscuits using cream and brown sugar. You can have this beautiful dessert ready in a jiffy and it’s a great make ahead dish as well! I like to make strawberry shortcake the same way I make biscuits, with just a few slight changes. I use cream instead of buttermilk …

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Southern Fried Chicken made the simple, old-fashioned way it used to be made. Just sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, and fry! So easy!

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken made the simple, old-fashioned way it used to be made. Just sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, and fry! So easy! It should be common knowledge that my Granny made the best fried chicken ever. Certainly it was legendary in our family! And this recipe is exactly the …

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Fried okra with a light and crispy cornmeal batter is a tasty side dish for any of your favorite Southern meals. And it's easy to make!

Fried Okra

Fried okra with a light and crispy cornmeal batter is a tasty side dish for any of your favorite Southern meals. And it’s easy to make! Fried okra has become one of those trendy items that almost every restaurant features on their appetizer menu. And most of them are all the same: chunks of heavily …

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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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A serving of blackberry cobbler with whipped cream on a white plate.

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler is a perfect sweet and tart dessert, with an easy self-made buttery crust over juicy blackberries. This is a classic, Southern favorite! This blackberry cobbler is made almost the same as our strawberry cobbler and only slightly different from our peach cobbler. They are all from the same basic recipe with a few …

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