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Southern fried green tomatoes, on a white plate Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Posted on Jun 14, 2018
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Easy, crispy southern fried green tomatoes, with optional spicy Louisiana rémoulade sauce ~ an iconic classic in the South. Last summer, a lot of people came to the farm stand I worked at for green tomatoes.  Not the red, ripe ones we were famous for, they wanted the green ones for fried green tomatoes.  Many …

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Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Posted on Jan 17, 2018
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I love cabbage yet I hardly ever make it.  Sort of a lowly vegetable I just forget about.  Maybe if I’m making a cole slaw in the summer, or definitely on St. Patrick’s Day.  But otherwise, I forget about it.  I saw a recipe on Food 52 for braised cabbage that caught my eye.  I …

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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Posted on Nov 6, 2017
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, these Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots have to be the easiest side dish I’ve ever made for a holiday.  Truth be told, I made these carrots last year, not expecting them to go over big in my family.  They have told me repeatedly over the years that they don’t like cooked carrots.  …

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Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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Country-style green beans in the pressure cooker with potatoes and smoky ham.  Slow cooked flavor in under an hour in the Instant Pot. These tender green beans, potatoes and ham in a wickedly delicious broth are to die for good and perfect for Sunday supper. Boy, did August get away from me and the blog, …

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German Potato Salad

Mary’s German Potato Salad

Posted on May 17, 2017
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I didn’t know my mother-in-law but from what I hear I really missed out.  My sister-in-law, Paula, has called her a saint on more than one occasion.  My husband says she was always happy and had a great sense of humor.  I think these two qualities, sainthood and sense of humor, would be needed to …

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Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017
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It’s getting to be that time of year for graduation parties, family reunions, Memorial Day and 4th of July picnics, just to mention a few occasions where feeding a crowd is in order.  When we lived in Minnesota, my aunt often had her Calico Beans on the table at family gatherings.  A hearty baked bean …

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Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine. Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe? …

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Brussels Sprouts on platter with serving spoon Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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The best Brussels sprouts, caramelized with honey and Dijon mustard, in one pan, on the stovetop.  Super easy and guaranteed to turn a Brussels sprouts hater into a fan. I had brussels sprouts for the very first time in my 30’s.  My parents never made them when I was growing up.  Then I got married. …

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Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Ah, the holidays.  Almost Thanksgiving.  Do you have dishes you have to make?  Absolutely must have at (insert your holiday here)?  All holidays, and I mean all, must have “cheesy potatoes” on the table.  Except Christmas Day, I refuse. If you are from the midwest, or live there now, chances are you’ve had this hash brown casserole (or potato …

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