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Stuffed Peppers

A few weeks ago I bought some ready-made stuffed peppers at Costco and we absolutely loved them. There were six or eight in the container so I put most of them in the freezer and we got several meals out of them. Then we wanted more, so I went to work coming up with a …

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Sweet Potato Fries — these oven baked sweet potato fries are just the right mix of sweet and spicy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade sweet potato fries, oh how I love thee! Do y’all like sweet potato fries? They are so easy and make a great side dish for so many things: chicken, pork, fish, or even just a big salad. And homemade sweet potato fries are way better than any frozen ones you can pull out of …

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Farro and Vegetable Salad

Farro and Vegetable Salad

Do you ever just want to eat a bowl of fresh vegetables? That’s how we felt a couple of weeks ago. We’d had a pretty indulgent weekend with a large wedding shower for Brian and Caroline and a houseful of company. Lots of food, lots of wine, and lots of fun! But, on Monday we …

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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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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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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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Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad is a tangy and sweet bean salad that can accompany grilled or roasted meats and makes a perfect addition to a vegetarian menu. Thanksgiving menus abound with starchy, cheesy, fat-laden dishes. That’s what makes Thanksgiving so wonderful! You get to eat all the potatoes, cheese, bread, and butter that you want and …

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Roasted Poblano Cheese Grits

I was in Oxford, Mississippi a couple of weeks ago, visiting my dear friend Rita’s daughter, who is a recent Ole Miss graduate. We dined with Calli and her friend Alex at a lovely restaurant called Snackbar, where we had delicious food such as truffle/parmesan frites (yes, they were as good as they sound). Rita and …

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Closeup shot of roasted pearl onions in a baking dish.

Roasted Pearl Onions

Pearl onions, caramelized with a glaze made of sherry and honey…these are delicious! Takes about 10 minutes to put together and an hour to bake. My friend Ashley made these roasted pearl onions years ago at a dinner party and shared the recipe with me. Everyone at the dinner party ate these onions until we …

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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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Oven-Roasted French Fries

Oven-roasted French fries, a little spicy and slightly crunchy on the outside and velvety smooth and soft on the inside. Your family will love these! We are a French fry loving household. We would eat them every day if we could…but unfortunately, we cannot or we would be as big as the side of a …

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Quick Weeknight Mashed Potatoes

My friends think that since I have a food blog and sometimes like to cook fancy stuff, that I never take shortcuts or use convenience products. Nothing could be further from the truth. While I do like to use fresh, real (as opposed to processed), or homemade ingredients as much as possible, sometimes when you’re …

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Cheese Grits

Rita’s Cheese Grits

Baked cheese grits are warm comfort food at its best—serve these for breakfast or as a side dish for dinner! Cheese grits…once a Southern tradition and now starting to appear on menus everywhere. The beauty of grits is that they are neutrally flavored and therefore go with many different types of food: shrimp, pork chops, New Orleans style grillades and of …

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Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Fried rice that you can make at home! It’s easier and better than take-out and you can add vegetables as you want! Take-out fried rice is often greasy–it is fried, after all–and tasteless. But even bad fried rice is still usually consumed by the non-discriminating palates around here. And sometimes, take-out is not available or …

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