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STrawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler with fresh strawberries and an easy make-your-own crust is the perfect way to showcase spring strawberries! My grandfather used to drive to Plant City, Florida, otherwise known as the Winter Strawberry Capital, to visit his sister and buy strawberry plants. While the Florida strawberries were ready in late winter, Papa’s strawberries would come …

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Pumpkin Bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Bread using canned pumpkin, dark brown sugar, molasses, and lots of flavorful spices! This is the best pumpkin bread recipe we’ve ever tasted! We didn’t eat a lot of quick breads when I was growing up. Not sure why, but we ate biscuits, cornbread, corn lightbread, hushpuppies, or just plain sliced white bread—never …

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Mississippi Mud Cake

A classic Southern favorite, Mississippi Mud Cake is decadent and full of chocolate, from the cake to the fudgy frosting with melted marshmallows. Did you make mud pies when you were little? I remember playing in the yard with old butter cups, stirring dirt and water and whatever else would stick together to form perfect mud …

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Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic—the garlic is mellow and lends wonderful flavor to the slow cooked chicken!

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic—the garlic mellows in the oven and lends wonderful, rich flavor to the slow-cooked chicken! When you tell someone you’re about to serve Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, you see their eyes immediately widen and you can imagine their thoughts…I won’t be able to talk to anyone for days…40 …

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Turkey brine cooking in large stock pot

How to Brine a Turkey

Turkey Brine can add subtle flavor to your turkey as well as keep it from getting dry. Salt, spices, vegetables, and fresh herbs are the key! The first time I cooked a Thanksgiving turkey was in 1990, when we traveled to Virginia Beach to stay with friends who couldn’t come home for the holidays. My …

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beef short ribs

Braised Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs—slow-cooked with vegetables in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender! You will want to make these beef short ribs again and again! The trees are turning golden and scarlet, the air is finally cooler—cold on some days—and we are enjoying a beautiful fall here in Georgia. …

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken closeup after roasting.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken

This Rosemary Lemon Chicken is simple and easy—no chopping required! Just toss in some fresh herbs and lemon slices and roast for a perfect weeknight dinner.  I am an admitted Food Network junkie. I would watch all day long if I could. And, a few years ago when I had jaw surgery, that’s exactly what …

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Coq au vin

Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin is braised chicken with mushrooms, pearl onions, and bacon in a wine sauce. Perfect for fall dinner parties! Anything that comes from Julia Child has to be good, especially if it involves wine. This chicken recipe is delicious and pretty easy although it is a little time-consuming. I cheat and use frozen pearl …

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Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Southerners love to entertain and sometimes a big crowd calls for overnight preparation. Breakfast casserole is perfect when you are having houseguests because you can put it together the day before and pop it in the oven while everyone is just waking up. Add some fruit and coffee and you have a complete meal. The …

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Easy Ribs

Easy Ribs

Easy ribs baked low and slow in the oven with a barbecue rub. These are fall-apart tender and so easy! Your family will love these ribs! There are few things better than ribs cooked all day in the smoker, low and slow with applewood chips, until they fall off the bone and fill your palate …

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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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Easy Chicken in Garlic Sauce with sherry and soy is fast and healthy!

Chicken in Garlic Sauce

Easy Chicken in Garlic Sauce with sherry and soy is fast and healthy! Hints of Asian flavor with just a little sweetness make this chicken good enough for your regular menu rotation! Chicken, chicken, chicken. Blah, blah, blah. It’s healthy but boring. My family loves fried chicken, but of course, we can’t eat fried chicken …

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