Overhead in casserole dish. Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019

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 by on Jun 21, 2019

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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Irish Soda Bread, round loaf on serving plate. Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019

Irish soda bread ~ quick and easy traditional recipe bakes up crusty and dense with flour, sugar, baking soda, butter, raisins, egg and buttermilk. I have been making this Irish soda bread every St. Patrick’s Day for at least 18 years now, ever since I saw it in an issue of Saveur magazine.  It is simple and …

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Collards in white serving bowl. Instant Pot Collard Greens

Instant Pot Collard Greens

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019

Instant Pot Collard Greens, easy southern/soul food style collards in under an hour, with smoky ham and seasoned pot liquor for sopping up with corn bread, of course! When I think of collard greens, I think of the times I’ve had them as one of the quintessential sides in a soul food restaurant.  I never …

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Close up of baked squash with melted butter and brown sugar in cavity. Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018

Easy baked acorn squash, with butter and brown sugar, perfect for fall and the holidays. One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is the changing seasonal vegetables, like winter squash.  Acorn squash, and other varieties, are so good baked in the oven with a little butter and brown sugar.  So simple and so …

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

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018

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.  …

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Braised Cabbage and Potatoes Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018
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Braised cabbage and potatoes, with bacon, onion and chiles.  Easy and delicious stove top fried cabbage and potatoes recipe. 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, …

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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots ~ baby carrots cooked on the stovetop in butter, honey and brown sugar until tender and glazed, finished off with a sprinkling of fresh thyme. 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, …

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Peanut Sesame Noodles

Cool Peanut Sesame Noodles with Crunchy Vegetables

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017
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Cool Peanut Sesame Noodles, highly additive and flavorful rendition of Chinese cold noodles tossed in fresh toasted sesame and peanut butter sauce, with added crunchy vegetables. Cold sesame noodles are a favorite of mine that I forget to make very often.  In fact, I hadn’t made them in years until a few weeks ago.  With the …

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