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Maple and Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

When I was a young girl, my family attended Mt. Zion-St. Luke Lutheran Church in Oglethorpe, Georgia. The Methodist church was directly across the street from our church and most of my friends were either Baptist or Methodist, so I felt a little like an outcast sometimes at school. I loved our church though and …

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Mexican Creamed Corn with Bacon and Jalapenos

Mexican creamed corn with jalapenos, bacon, scallions, and cilantro is a great side dish for a potluck or cookout. The bacon got you didn’t it? Bacon just makes everything taste better. Well, most things. Bacon is trendy at the moment so folks are putting it in almost anything, even dessert. Sorry, but I don’t want bacon in …

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Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

I have no idea why I have never shared this recipe with y’all because it’s one that I make all the time. It’s easy, there’s no butter, and it’s pretty universally liked, except by my children who want only traditional classic Southern style green beans. But everyone else loves these green beans. All you need …

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Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Italian Herbs

Roasted baby potatoes with garlic and Italian herbs are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Easy to make! What does your family meal time look like? Do you sit down with your kids and have dinner together on a regular basis? If you’re juggling sports, after school activities, homework, traffic, …

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Easy Polenta Recipe

This easy polenta recipe is creamy and cheesy and bakes in the oven—no stirring required! Here’s what I don’t understand about polenta: How is it that Southerners never discovered this dish? We do everything imaginable with cornmeal—bake it as cornbread, fry it as hushpuppies, use it as breading or thickener—how did we never cook it …

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel Topping

Creamy sweet potato casserole with pecan and brown sugar streusel topping. It strikes me as so funny that this dish is considered a vegetable or side dish in most old cookbooks. It has basically the same ingredients as sweet potato pie…why is it not a dessert? But I say that and folks just look at …

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Farro Salad with Arugula, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Herbs

Farro Salad—a mix of farro, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and golden raisins, it hits all the right notes. Savory with just a touch of sweetness.  We’ve been going to the Marietta Square Farmers’ Market just about every weekend, and one of my favorite booths, Simply Fresh Market, has several healthy salad options, one of which …

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Hans Rueffert’s Honey-Cumin Okra

Honey Cumin Okra is quickly sautéed in a skillet with garlic, cumin, and a touch of honey. The perfect way to cook okra in less than three minutes! If you don’t have this wonderful cookbook, Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, by Hans Reuffert, then you need to order it today. I t’s full of beautiful photographs, …

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Caramelized Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, caramelized with a little brown sugar and spiced up with some chili powder and cumin…these are divine! My grandfather did not grow Brussels sprouts. He grew cotton for a few years, corn, peanuts and soybeans—and he would fall over laughing if he knew that people now pay good money to eat soybeans right …

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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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