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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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A plate with a slice of chess Pie which is an old-fashioned Southern favorite custard-type pie made from a few simple ingredients. It's easy and everyone loves it!

Chess Pie

Chess Pie is an old-fashioned Southern favorite custard-type pie made from a few simple ingredients. It’s easy and everyone loves it! This chess pie recipe is a conglomeration from a couple of different old church cookbooks, with some changes of my own thrown in. It’s similar to my Snickerdoodle Cookie Pie, which I bake in a skillet. I …

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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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A white bowl filled with cooked butter beans and bacon.

Butter Beans Recipe

This Butter Beans recipe is an old family favorite made just the way Granny made them. Butter beans are easy to cook with bacon, butter, and the secret—a touch of sugar! Try this butter beans recipe today and you’ll have an easy side dish that goes with almost anything.  You won’t find a meat-and-three in …

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A brick-lined alley with tables and chairs in downtown Aiken, SC.

Visiting Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken, South Carolina, is a hidden gem among Southern towns, featuring equestrian events, walking trails, a charming downtown, and The Willcox Hotel. Don’t you love coming across hidden gems? Aiken, South Carolina is one of those! We visited there recently while traveling from our daughter’s home in Augusta, about half an hour away. Aiken has …

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These award winning chocolate chip cookies are soft in the middle and a little crispy around the edges—with extra brown sugar and two kinds of chocolate! Hundreds of reviews say these are some of the best!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe makes cookies that are soft in the middle and a little crispy around the edges—with extra brown sugar and two kinds of chocolate!  These homemade chocolate chip cookies are full of rich chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla and they’re big and have just the right amount of crispiness around …

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A white dish filled with squash casserole with crumbled Ritz crackers.

Southern Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole is a favorite at every potluck gathering. With grated Cheddar cheese, crumbled Ritz crackers, and fresh yellow squash, this casserole is a great way to use those summer vegetables! Squash Casserole with Ritz crackers is ubiquitous on the Southern table in the summertime, probably because nearly everyone who has a garden grows squash …

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A closeup of a serving of Southern Broccoli Casserole on a plate over a marble board.

Southern Broccoli Casserole

Southern Broccoli Casserole with crispy bacon, cheese, onion, and topped with toasted cheese crackers is the best broccoli casserole we’ve ever had! Your family will love this one! My friend, Janis, gave me this broccoli casserole recipe back in 1990 and I’ve been making it the exact same way ever since. It is so good …

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A closeup of eggplant salad in a white bowl.

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Easy Grilled Eggplant Salad with tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon zest, and green onions. This eggplant salad is a great side dish for your favorite grilled meats! This eggplant salad recipe is just what you need to perk up your summer staples like Broiled Shrimp or Garlic Crusted Chicken. The recipe was inspired by one …

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