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How tos for basic cooking techniques like caramelizing onions or making deviled eggs. You’ll be ready to cook without a book in no time!

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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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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Pickled red onions in an open jar sitting on a wooden board.

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions may be the easiest and best condiment ever, with just 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 pickled red onions. They are so easy to …

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Double Crust Apple Pie slice on a plate.

Double-Crust Apple Pie

This easy double-crust apple pie recipe will become a classic for your recipe box. The filling is luscious with a hint of cinnamon and lots of apples! Doesn’t fall seem like a harbinger of good, homey, comfort foods? I adore spring and its light vegetables, and summer with its abundance of fresh produce, like juicy, …

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A bowl of the best stovetop mac and cheese.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

Stovetop Mac and Cheese—The water and milk that cooks the noodles also makes the sauce for the creamiest, cheesiest, EASIEST ONE-POT mac and cheese ever! I’ve talked on this blog before about feeding my children the blue box of macaroni and cheese when they were growing up and you know what? I’m not ashamed of …

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Homemade blueberry pie made with fresh blueberries is the perfect summer dessert!

Homemade Blueberry Pie

Homemade blueberry pie made with fresh blueberries is the perfect dessert—add a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on the side for a sweet summer treat! My friend Molly has a gorgeous yard and a prolific green thumb—she is our go-to for any type of flower or planting advice. And, she has a lovely …

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English butter toffee

English Butter Toffee

This easy Butter Toffee recipe is better than store bought and makes a great holiday food gift! Dear Readers, Thank you. That comes from the bottom of my heart, from the tips of my toes, from the places deep down inside that nobody ever sees or talks to but my imaginary friend. Each time I …

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Do you ever have those days when you just want to curl up in front of the fire with a good book and a nice hot bowl of something healthy and delicious? Or maybe you’re sniffling, sneezing, coughing and coming down with a cold. And you want your Mama. I can’t send mom to you, …

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How to Caramelize Onions

When I was growing up, hamburgers were a regular feature on my mother’s menu. Ground beef was cheap, largely because we grew our own cows, and every kid loves hamburgers so there were no complaints about what was for supper. Mama usually fixed the hamburgers in a cast iron skillet and I still prefer them …

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Roasted Chicken

Making a terrific roasted chicken at home couldn’t be easier, and it’s a universally friendly, delicious dish to have in your cooking repertoire. While I’m partial to my Rosemary Lemon Roasted Chicken recipe, which calls for individual pieces of chicken, I also love this easy whole roast chicken. With the vegetables and a small salad, it’s …

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How to Make Balsamic Reduction

Balsamic reduction from balsamic vinegar is easy to make and a great, low-calorie way to flavor fresh vegetables and grilled meats. I must be on a balsamic vinegar kick…the last post was Balsamic Roasted Chicken and now we have balsamic vinegar reduction. It’s just such a wonderful flavor enhancer, I can’t resist adding it to …

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes — creamy, buttery, old-fashioned comfort food at its best!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream will have your family coming back for seconds every time! Nothing says comfort food to me like homemade, creamy mashed potatoes. Butter, cream, warm potatoes…there’s just something about that combination that feels good from your tummy to your soul. I use the same combination of ingredients for …

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