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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

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! These cookies are amazing! 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 the …

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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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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a Southern favorite and this version has a few secret ingredients that make it the best! It's perfect for a potluck gathering or new parents and it's freezer friendly!

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a Southern favorite and this version has a few secret ingredients that make it the best! It’s perfect for a potluck gathering or new parents and it’s freezer friendly! Have you ever eaten Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole? It’s just an old-fashioned, simple chicken casserole that shows up at most church …

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Summer vegetables roasted in a cast iron skillet with toasted breadcrumbs.

Vegetable Gratin

A vegetable gratin without cream that’s bursting with flavor from fresh summer produce like squash, tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Is your summer produce overflowing? Do you have zucchini threatening to take over your yard? That’s what happens when you have a garden and lots of sunshine and rain and nice, warm temperatures. A few weeks …

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BBQ Pork Pizza with Roasted Corn, Jalapeno, and Smoked Mozzarella is super easy using pre-cooked bbq pork. This BBQ Pork Pizza pops with flavor and is a great addition to a weekly meal plan.

BBQ Pork Pizza

BBQ Pork Pizza with Roasted Corn, Jalapeno, and Smoked Mozzarella is super easy using leftover bbq pork. This BBQ Pork Pizza pops with flavor and is a great addition to a weekly meal plan.  With a few homemade ingredients and the help of some ready-made foods, you can have a tasty, original pizza on the …

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Two pieces of easy peanut butter cake on a white plate with the whole cake in the background.

Easy Peanut Butter Cake

Easy Peanut Butter Cake uses just six ingredients, is mixed in one bowl, and bakes in about half an hour. It’s simple and quick and your family will love it! This peanut butter cake is my favorite way to make a one layer cake. It’s just quick and easy, and you don’t even have frosting …

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Southern Chicken and Dumplings are made with flour and butter, chicken, and broth, and that's it! This is a classic, simple dish and it's the ultimate comfort food!

Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Southern Chicken and Dumplings are made with flour and butter, chicken, and broth, and that’s it! This is a classic, simple dish and it’s the ultimate comfort food! My Mama has always made the best chicken and dumplings, so when it came time to post this recipe, I had to make sure I could duplicate …

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Closeup of spring salad with baked salmon and fresh spring vegetables on a white platter.

Spring Salad with Roasted Salmon

Spring salad recipe bursting with fresh vegetables like asparagus, edamame, sugar snap peas, arugula, radishes, and more—topped with easy baked salmon and drizzled with homemade Green Goddess Dressing. It’s fresh, beautiful, and healthy! Spring is here and that means more than just the 2 inches of pollen we have to sweep aside in order to …

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A stack of buttermilk pancakes on a plate over a blue napkin.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes will make your mornings go from ho-hum to Wow! in just a few minutes! These are the perfect buttermilk pancakes and they are so EASY to make! What’s the secret to the most amazing homemade buttermilk pancakes? Just a touch of lemon juice, brown sugar, and a little malted milk powder. These …

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A wooden spoonful of easy marinara sauce with dried herbs.

Easy Marinara Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce made with crushed tomatoes and fresh or dried herbs is simple, quick, and the perfect sauce for your pasta! This easy marinara sauce takes about 30 minutes to make and will keep for days in the refrigerator or months in the freezer. It’a bursting with tomato flavor, the way a marinara sauce …

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A loaf of banana bread sliced on a sheet of wax paper.

Old Fashioned Banana Bread

This old fashioned banana bread is so easy and is made with sour cream and brown sugar—tastes just like Grandma’s banana bread! Old fashioned banana bread is moist and perfect with nuts or without. I usually make it without, just because that’s the way my family prefers. This recipe makes two loaves, so you can …

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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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