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Christmas, Sides, Tennessee Food

Southern Sausage Cornbread Dressing (How to Win Thanksgiving)

Isn't this simply stunning? Wait until you taste it. Flavored with fresh sage, love this Southern Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Pretty sure wars have been waged about Thanksgiving Dressing vs Thanksgiving Stuffing. Where I’m from, it is always a hearty cornbread dressing that wins. We don’t stuff it in anything, ya’ll. We just serve it along all the other delicious holiday recipes. I have to admit, my recipe for Southern Sage Cornbread Dressing is just a little different.

First of all, we put sausage in it. For no other reason than the fact that I love sage-seasoned sausage.

But my favorite part? I haven’t decided yet, but I’ve narrowed it down to either the toasted cubes of buttermilk cornbread or the fresh sage. Our version of cornbread dressing smells and tastes amazing.

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Casseroles, Tennessee Food

The Very Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever

Dig into the best sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving.

Yes, I’m sure you have heard “best ever” before. No brag. I can say it because the recipe isn’t mine. This best sweet potato casserole gets rave reviews each and every Thanksgiving holiday.

This recipe belongs to my mom. Well, my step-mom, who is also my mom. I have a lot of mom’s. I’m a hot mess, so I need all the help I can get. Especially when it comes to tried + true Thanksgiving classics like the Best Sweet Potato Casserole.

I have to admit, I did tweak it just a little bit. Not because it isn’t perfect, but because that’s my thing. I know you are going to love this recipe just in time for the holidays.

p.s. We have this at pretty much all the holidays, it is THAT good.

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Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Essentials, Holiday, Tailgate

Chili Cranberry Meatballs

Chili Cranberry Meatballs

Chili Cranberry Meatballs are THE go-to party appetizer recipe for me. I have made them three times already this holiday season, and it isn’t even Christmas yet.

I’ll give you three reasons why this party appetizer recipe is a win-win:

  1. These are tasty little sweet and sour meatballs bursting with tangy chili and cranberry flavor.
  2. Crockpot recipe magic.
  3. Easy.

This yummy recipe just might make an appearance at New Years and the Superbowl, too!

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Casseroles, Essentials, Holiday, Sides

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

My biggest problem with a normal green bean casserole? It doesn’t have enough green beans in it. You know how it is really kind of soupy?

I really love the flavor of a traditional green bean casserole. The yummy crunchy onions on top are my favorite part. But why should the onions be someone’s favorite part of a green bean casserole?

After much thought of how to make this standard recipe better, I came to a very obvious conclusion.  This dish needs more beans, less “mush”, more cheese…and my BFF Bacon. When in doubt, get the bacon out. (Note to self…make a t-shirt.)

Yep. This Bacon Green Bean Casserole is better than your mom’s.

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30 Minute or Less, Appetizers & Snacks, My Favorite Recipes

Boom Boom Stuffed Mushrooms (The Best Ever)

Boom Boom Shrooms Stuffed Mushrooms

Three of these delicious savory Stuffed Mushrooms were harmed before the final picture was taken. Four more were inhaled during the typing of this blog post.

Can’t stop eating these mushrooms! This fast and easy appetizer recipe will make you a Kitchen Rock Star.

Cream cheese and savory cheddar. Yes. Crispy bacon and nutty pecans. Yes. This is THE recipe of the holiday party season.
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Baked Goods, Desserts, My Favorite Recipes

Our Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe

Our Favorite Carrot Cake

Turn your calorie counter off. Forget what a carb is for just a little while. Our Favorite Carrot Cake recipe is worth the indulgence. Savor every bite of this moist and perfectly spiced cake!

This layered cake recipe is loaded with shredded carrots, fresh chopped pineapple, coconut and pecans. Between each layer is a little wow-factor, and of course, the very best cream cheese frosting ever.

Seriously, this cake is heaven. If your idea of heaven is pigging out on a super rich, super moist, over the top carrot cake.

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30 Minute or Less, My Favorite Recipes, Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta

Do you ever get crazy in your kitchen? You know, when you try to make something different and you aren’t really sure how it will taste? This Pumpkin Pasta is that crazy-kitchen moment for me.

Guys, this recipe is fantastic! Creamy, savory, and pumpkin-y. Seriously, my kids loved it. My husband loved it. To me, getting the family seal of approval is the ultimate compliment. THE big test.

Sure, I cook food all of the time and I think the recipes taste good. (The cook might be too close to the project. The cook may not be very humble.) But do they really taste great?

When you put Pumpkin Pasta on the table, and your family goes back for second (and third) helpings, you know you’ve created a special meal.

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Casseroles, My Favorite Recipes, Sides, Tennessee Food

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

No more boring mashed potatoes! It is no big secret that more butter, more cheese and more sour cream turn a plain old potato into the star of the meal. Our Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole is a perfect dish for family get-togethers, potlucks, or just a regular Tuesday night.

This recipe is inspired by my husband’s sweet aunt. I can’t remember it word for word, because she was telling me the recipe while we were eating it. My focus was on getting another forkful in my mouth. But I think I got it pretty close. Butter, sour cream, cheese. Yep! My kind of recipe from my kind of lady!

There are no special skills required. If you can hold a fork, you can make this cheesy and easy side dish!

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Baked Goods, Desserts, Holiday

Cranberry Almond Cookies

Need a cookie fix? Our best cookie recipe features dried cranberries & crunch almonds. Greek yogurt baking chips make the cookies chewy and amazing.

I was really craving something sweet today. And for the first time in my life, I wasn’t in the mood for cake. I wanted cookies. Not just any cookie…the BEST cookie recipe I could come up with.

Sweet-tart cranberries in a buttery cookie loaded with almonds and another extra special ingredient?

So divine.

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