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A bowl of chili without beans on the grey counter.

Chili Without Beans

Chili without Beans is full of beef, peppers, tomatoes, and spices—it’s so flavorful and just right for game day or a family night at home! This make-ahead and freezer friendly chili recipe with no beans is great for parties and to store in the freezer for busy weeknights.  **Cook’s Tip: I usually make this chili for …

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Cheese Straws — crispy, buttery, homemade crackers that are easy to make and a great appetizer!

Southern Cheese Straws Recipe

Cheese Straws — crispy, buttery, homemade crackers that are easy to make and a great appetizer! Southerners love cheese straws and serve them at bridal showers, baby showers, and anything in between.  If you attend a bridal or baby shower in the South, or a church dinner on the grounds, or just about any type …

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Pickled shrimp in a white bowl with spoon and colored napkin in the background.

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp is a simple shrimp recipe that you can serve as an appetizer or as a main course. With an overnight marinade in pickling spice, this pickled shrimp recipe is make-ahead and healthy! When I throw a dinner party, the entree is usually the main event, especially if it’s something like Braised Beef Short …

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Easy Black Bean Soup in a white bowl garnished with cilantro and salsa.

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup made with canned beans and pre-chopped mix of onions, peppers, and celery. Healthy dinner on the table in less than one hour! Do y’all remember when those round containers of Soup Starter mixes first came out? I imagine it was in the late 70s, early 80s. I used to beg my …

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Serving of cream cheese banana pudding on a plate.

Cream Cheese Banana Pudding

Cream Cheese Banana Pudding is a delicious and easy version of banana pudding with a graham cracker crust, a cream cheese layer, vanilla custard, and of course, bananas! At most Southern gatherings, there are a few dishes that are sure to grace the table: fried chicken, barbecue, pound cake, chess pie, and banana pudding. And …

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Plate of meatballs with crockpot in the background.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

Slow cooker barbecue meatballs, Puerto Rican style with recaito and honey barbecue sauce—easy and delicious! A few years ago, my friend Jenni brought a crockpot full of these barbecue meatballs to our Super Bowl party. Everyone went nuts! The meatballs were devoured before anything else—and we had a LOT of yummy food available! Of course …

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Closeup of Buffalo Chicken Dip on a piece of celery.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip made with three cheeses and Ranch dressing makes a great appetizer for feeding a crowd or weeknight dinner sliders. Cook the chicken in the crock pot and your work is done! Don’t you love easy appetizers? I sure do, especially ones that are portable and can be made ahead. This Easy …

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Slice of Easy Apple Strudel on a plate.

Easy Apple Strudel

This Easy Apple Strudel made with canned fruit and puff pastry will make your guests think you spent all afternoon in the kitchen, but it only takes about half an hour! Thanks to my friends at Luck’s for sponsoring this post—all opinions are my own. Several years ago we were hosting our annual friends’ Christmas …

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Dutch oven filled with Southern Baked Beans.

Southern Baked Beans

Southern Baked Beans have a touch of sweetness from brown sugar and lots of flavor from onion, peppers, and seasonings. These are easy and your folks will love them! There’s one dish you can take to almost any potluck and it will be in fashion, and that’s these Southern Baked Beans. Whether the main dish …

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Peanut Butter Pound Cake topped with chocolate glaze and covered in Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Peanut Butter Pound Cake topped with chocolate glaze and crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If they could put Heaven on a plate, this would be it. So this happened. I made this Peanut Butter Pound Cake on Saturday and it ran smack dab into a bowl of chocolate glaze and then fell over into a …

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Pomegranate Cherry Glazed Ham

Cherry and Pomegranate Glazed Ham

This cherry and pomegranate glazed ham is simple and beautiful with its cherry-red glaze made from pomegranate juice and dried tart cherries. It’s also easy and relatively hands-off! I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to holiday celebrations. My Christmas tree is always decorated with the same ornaments, although I do add a …

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White Chicken Chili with Sausage |

White Chicken Chili with Sausage

While I love classic chili and my family loves my chili without beans, we also enjoy this White Chicken Chili with Sausage. It’s spicy and bursting with flavor from jalapeños, spices and green chilis—a little spicy but you can cut back on the peppers if you like it milder. I use chicken sausage but regular pork …

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Toasted Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Toasted Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Toasted Cream Cheese Pound Cake flavored with butter and broiled just long enough to get toasty and brown! This is so perfect with a little fruit compote or caramel sauce! We have had a few glorious days here in Georgia, with cool breezes teasing us as the last vestiges of summer begin to fade into fall. Of …

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Green Goddess Dressing served with vegetables

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing made with mayonnaise, sour cream, watercress, and lots of fresh herbs. It’s delicious on salad, fish, or as a dip! It’s easy to pull out regular old Ranch dip when you’re having a party and want to serve chopped vegetables, but it you want to serve something a little prettier and with …

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A luscious strawberry sheet cake with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Sheet Cake

A luscious strawberry sheet cake with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting that’s always a crowd-pleaser and easy to take along for potlucks. The arrival of spring is heralded by daffodils, dogwoods, do-it-yourself projects, and one of my favorite loves, strawberries. Since we’re so close to Florida, we start getting beautiful fresh strawberries in February …

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Smoked Salmon with Roasted Red Peppers Wrap

Smoked Salmon Wrap

Isn’t springtime synonymous with picnics? It’s neither too cold nor too hot, the gnats are not out in full force, trees and flowers are filled with green buds and it feels as though we’ve been cooped up in the dreary dark of winter for years. Along about the middle to end of March I long …

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