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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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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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Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Chicken is a go-to weeknight dish for many busy moms, and keeping it from becoming boring can be something of a challenge. This recipe is easy to prepare but the complexity of flavors will delight your family and even make for great leftovers. I like to use a whole cut-up chicken, but have also used …

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Bolognese Sauce

We love anything Italian around here...pizza, pasta, bread...those things can get consumed in mass quantities. Of course, we probably don't eat authentic Italian food, but the Americanized version is just fine. It's so easy to throw together a dinner party with a pot of spaghetti sauce and your favorite pasta, or take a little more …

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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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Raspberry and Strawberry Trifle

Easy Raspberry and Strawberry Trifle with layers of raspberry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate, and crushed shortbread cookies. This one is delightful for any of your special celebrations—or just Wednesday night! A trifle can be so many things...leftover brownies (is there such a thing?!) layered with whipped cream, or layers of fruit and whipped cream, or banana …

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup with rotisserie chicken, chopped onions and peppers, black beans and corn—lots of flavor happening in this easy and yummy soup! We usually have a few people at our house every weekend during football season. The Georgia game is on downstairs, along with whatever other game folks want to watch. Everyone brings something …

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Donna's Italian Beef

Slow-roasted beef with pepperoncinis and dark beer. Super easy recipe that makes tender, braised beef for a crowd! There are many variations of Italian beef out there, most claiming to originate in Chicago. My Chicago friend Donna's version is slow-roasted for many hours and my other favorite is one that is cooked just slightly and …

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French Apple Turnovers

Easy French Apple Turnovers made with puff pastry and baked in the oven! Simple enough for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough for company! Classic French pastries, chaussons aux pommes or apple slippers, these turnovers are perfect for a weeknight dessert. They are easy to put together and a little healthier than the Southern traditional …

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Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler is a simple, classic Southern recipe that's so easy to make. You just need cocoa, eggs, butter, sugar, milk, and flour and you'll have this delicious dessert on the table in a jiffy!   Chocolate cobbler is one of those old desserts that came about due to the Southern home cook's need to …

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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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Blueberry breakfast cake made with fresh blueberries and super moist from buttermilk. It's quick and easy!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Blueberry breakfast cake made with fresh blueberries and lemon zest and super moist from buttermilk. It's quick and easy! We've had a busy summer already, and it's only half over. But it's all been the fun kind of busy so that makes it ok. We spent a weekend at Lake Blue Ridge at our friends' house. …

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

"Oh, Aunt Ginny is coming! That means strawberry jam!" That was me, as a little girl, anytime I heard my Aunt Ginny, Papa's sister, was coming for a visit. She and her husband lived in Plant City, Florida, and would visit my grandparents a couple of times a year. They would always bring whatever was …

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Cinnamon Rolls Without Yeast

Cinnamon rolls without yeast are easy with no waiting on the dough to rise! Filled with brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with cream cheese icing, these are a special breakfast treat! We've had lots of 20-somethings at our house for the past few weeks. Malorie and a couple of her friends came up for …

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Barbecue Sauce

A good homemade barbecue sauce is a must in your kitchen. You can mix it together quickly, and always have a versatile sauce to complement pulled pork, chicken, ham or even burgers. Here's how I usually make barbecue sauce, although I may add or deleted based on what I have. Just have fun with it …

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Southern Pulled Pork

Southern Pulled Pork is so easy to make! Just throw together a barbecue rub and roast a pork butt in the oven low and slow for several hours. Then shred the meat and it's good to go! So simple yet so delicious! We are a barbecue loving family. Is it because we're Southern? Because we …

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