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Baked Meatballs in Skillet

How to Make Italian Meatballs

Have you ever tasted something that was so amazing that you thought about it for years afterward? And finally, you tasted it again and it was…not the same. That happened to me with meatballs. A few years ago, the Young Son had a lacrosse tournament in Long Island. A couple of other moms and I …

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a baked italian slider on a plate with the dish behind it.

Baked Italian Sliders

Baked Italian Sliders are filled with Italian meats and cheeses, baked to melty perfection, and drizzled with an Italian dressing. These sandwiches are a quick and easy game day treat or a perfect supper for busy weeknights. Sometimes sandwiches are just the way to go, especially on game day. Or after Thanksgiving—be sure you check …

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Southern Salsa

Fresh Salsa Southern Style

Fresh salsa made with garden fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, Vidalia onions, and herbs. It’s a great sweet and savory appetizer! If you’re lucky enough to live in the South, then you know we have an abundance of choices when it comes to fresh vegetables all throughout the spring and summer. One of our favorites around …

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

I’m not sure what makes this a Texas dish, but it sure is good wherever it comes from. Texas Caviar is basically a salsa made with black-eyed peas. And there are probably as many variations as there are Texans! We like it with lots of fresh vegetables like bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and corn …

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Roasted Asparagus

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

So simple but so tasty, this Parmesan Roasted Asparagus will have your people coming back for more and more! You just roast the asparagus on a baking sheet then add a little grated parmesan cheese. The whole thing takes less than 20 minutes and you have a perfect side dish.  If you don’t like asparagus …

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Raspberry Brie Appetizer

Easy Raspberry Brie Appetizer that your guests will devour and come back for more! Just bake brie in a phyllo shell and top with raspberry preserves—simple yet elegant! Many times when we’re having a party, I will serve a fabulous, time-consuming main dish that I may spend hours getting ready. That means that the accompanying …

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Here’s the thing about having a best friend who owns an art gallery and another who should be a professional decorator…they love doing things like styling photos. We were hanging out at dk Gallery last weekend for a free jazz concert in Marietta. I had made this smoked salmon dip and needed photos for this post. …

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Caprese Bites

Caprese Bites made with grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze—this is an light, easy appetizer that will have your guests coming back for more! This is just about the easiest appetizer you can make, and the bonus is that it’s relatively healthy. All you need are grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, …

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tomato salad with balsamic reduction

Tomato Salad Recipe

Tomato Salad Recipe–grape tomatoes, onion, balsamic reduction in a simple, easy tomato salad that makes a great side dish! If you’ve come from a line of Southern cooks, you probably cook most things without a recipe. Just throw in a little of this and a little of that and you have dinner on the table. …

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Creamy Green Herb Dip

Creamy Green Herb Dip is cream cheese and sour cream-based, with lots of fresh herbs and garlic. And the best thing is that it’s all thrown in the food processor so it’s QUICK and EASY! Spring is finally here and I’m so glad! I love feeling the warm sunshine and seeing the green buds everywhere, …

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Roasted Jalapeno Cilantro Pesto

You know something’s good when this is part of it…grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Add some roasted jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro and well, you’ve created something amazing. Jalapeño cilantro pesto can be used to enhance fish, chicken, pork or even just vegetables. I’ve made it a couple of times over the summer and we have …

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Crack Crackers

I first had these crackers at my friend Joan’s house and she mistakenly called them Cajun Crackers. They are not. They are direct relatives of an insidious, addicting drug. Think I’m kidding? Ha! You will read this recipe and realize how bad these crackers are for you. Then you will make them. And then you will …

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Light and Healthy Tuna Salad

Sometimes you just want to eat food that makes you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself. This tuna salad is on that list. With garbanzo beans, egg, tuna and no mayo, it’s a satisfying combination of flavors and textures that’s also chock full of nutrients. And it’s super easy and quick to pull together, perfect …

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Classic fried green tomatoes made with cornmeal and buttermilk, and just a touch of cayenne for an extra boost of flavor. Do you ever wonder how certain things came to be? For example, why did someone decide one day that an unripened, hard, green tomato would taste good sliced, battered and fried? Who would have …

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Chicken Salad with Grapes

The best Chicken Salad with grapes, pecans, celery and a tangy mayo and sour cream dressing! This Chicken Salad will have your guests asking for more! Years ago, several ladies of my grandmother’s and mother’s acquaintance used to hold monthly meetings which they called UDC meetings, at which someone would read something, they would all discuss whatever it …

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