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Cranberry orange sauce in serving dish. Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Posted on Nov 10, 2019
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Homemade cranberry orange sauce for the holidays.  Ridiculously easy to make with fresh cranberries and sugar, perfectly flavored with orange, cinnamon and cloves. I started making fresh cranberry sauce a few years ago at the insistence of my oldest daughter.  She wants homemade, my middle daughter wants the canned jellied stuff, and my youngest daughter …

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Cooked honey mustard sprouts in white bowl. Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 7, 2019
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The best way to make Brussels sprouts, caramelized with honey and Dijon mustard 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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Finished mashed potatoes in blue serving bowl. Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Nov 6, 2019
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Creamy garlic buttermilk mashed potatoes, made with a food mill for the best consistency.  These are special occasion mashed potatoes, perfect for Sunday supper or the holidays. I don’t make mashed potatoes often, but when I do, these are it.  Creamy and decadent with lots of butter, garlic and buttermilk, special occasion stuff.  I mean, …

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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
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Creamy baked southern-style macaroni and cheese, a cheesy baked casserole and soul food classic. I’ve lived in St. Louis for some time now, and as I’ve said before, it’s very “southern” here in terms of cooking.  One of our favorite soul food restaurants had the best mac and cheese, and that would be Sweetie Pie’s.  …

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Enchilada sauce in jar surrounded by chiles and oregano. Red Enchilada Sauce

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Posted on Oct 8, 2019
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Authentic Mexican red enchilada sauce made in the blender with just a few ingredients ~ dried guajillo chiles, garlic, salt and oregano.   I’m always asking questions when it comes to food.  Always.  I’m curious and that’s how I learn.  The little Mexican market I go to is no exception.  So many conversations with the …

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Bowl of chips with salsa in background. Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Posted on Oct 5, 2019
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How to make homemade corn tortilla chips at home.  Once you’ve tried these fresh and crunchy, quick and easy tortilla chips, you’ll never go back to prepackaged again. How do you judge a good Mexican restaurant?  The chips?  The refried beans?  The margaritas?  All of the above for me, but the chips and margaritas top …

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Refried beans in serving dish with queso fresco. Easy Refried Beans

Easy Refried Beans

Posted on Sep 26, 2019
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Quick and easy refried beans using canned pinto beans.  Seasoned with onion and garlic and “fried” in bacon drippings, then mashed until smooth. When we go out for Mexican food, I think my favorite part of the meal are the refried beans.  Creamy and flavorful, the meal isn’t complete without them.  And guess what?  These …

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Cajun fried corn in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon. Cajun Southern Fried Corn

Cajun Southern Fried Corn

Posted on Aug 3, 2019
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Easy Southern style skillet fried corn made with Cajun-seasoned sweet corn, butter, chicken stock and a touch of cream. It’s the dog days of summer and all my favorites are in abundance at the markets, especially sweet corn.  Actually, we’ve had local sweet corn here in St. Louis since the beginning of July and I …

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Overhead in casserole dish. Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
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Easy homemade baked beans recipe with brown sugar and bacon on top, baked long and slow in the oven.  The quintessential summer BBQ side dish! Let me start off by saying baked beans are my husband’s all time favorite side dish, he’ll even crumble potato chips on top if he can, or I let him!  …

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Overhead of Cajun macaroni salad in serving bowl garnished with hardboiled egg. Cajun Macaroni Salad

Cajun Macaroni Salad

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
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Cajun Macaroni Salad, a spicy Southern twist on a classic side dish for summer, this creamy Creole pasta salad will have everyone back for seconds!  The perfect side dish for backyard BBQ’s and potluck gatherings. When tasked to bring a side dish to a summer gathering, do you lean towards potato salad? baked beans? maybe …

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