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My Favorite Recipes, Southern Grill

Wild Blackberry BBQ Sauce

June 24, 2017
Wild Blackberry BBQ Sauce

If you have ever spent a hot and humid afternoon picking through briars and brambles to get your hands on sweet-tart and juicy wild blackberries, then you know how precious this Wild Blackberry BBQ Sauce is.

Mixed with a little blood, sweat and tears (optional), we are sharing this amazing BBQ sauce recipe with you.

You can thank my husband for the idea.

If it were up to me, these little beauties would have been in a blackberry cobbler. This is definitely one of those times when I am glad I listened to him.

(Yeah, yeah, this is my way of saying he was right.)

 

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Chicken, My Favorite Recipes, Salads

Blueberry and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad

June 19, 2017
Blueberry and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad

This is my kind of salad. This salad met me half way. Sorta healthy and all the way yummy. Blueberry and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad, ya’ll.

I will admit, I bought all the ingredients to make a fresh and fit salad recipe. Promise.

But then I started craving fried chicken.

This chicken salad recipe is one of the best salads ever. Loaded with fresh blueberries, ripe tomatoes, roasted sunflower seeds, healthy greens and more. You get all the benefits of a fit salad.

Oh, and some buttermilk fried chicken.

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best, My Favorite Recipes, Sides

Okra Peppers and Vidalia

June 4, 2017
Okra Peppers and Vidalia

Fresh okra is at the top of my summer vegetable list. I love it breaded and fried, I love it stewed with tomatoes. And I especially love okra roasted with sweet bell peppers and Vidalia onions.

This easy and fresh side dish is full of flavor. Plus it is super-healthy.

Simply seasoned with olive oil, garlic, fresh lemon, salt and pepper, you will soon be addicted to this awesome summer side dish.

(We consumed this entire pan as an afternoon snack. True story!)

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Breakfast, Essentials, My Favorite Recipes

Daddy Dale’s Tennessee Tomato Gravy

May 4, 2017
Tennessee Tomato Gravy

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, Tomato Gravy is good Southern food.

If you have never had tomato gravy before, you have to try my father in law Dale’s recipe.  This delightfully different gravy recipe is a flavorful and filling.  You will want to make it again and again.  (And again.)

The great part? It is so easy to make.  Honest food.  Stick to your ribs food.  Family food.

And did I mention it gives you another excuse to eat a biscuit?

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Baked Goods, Desserts, My Favorite Recipes

Rustic Pear Galette

April 18, 2017
Rustic Pear Galette Recipe

Memorize how to make this.  Seriously, just make some basic notes and you will forever have a go-to dessert recipe. It is simple.  It is beautiful.  It is delicious. This Rustic Pear Galette recipe is my new fave.

The buttery and flaky homemade galette crust is to-die-for.  With a few basic pantry ingredients, you can create an amazing dessert your family will love.

Sweet pears, chopped pecans, and brown sugar top this rustic pastry.  No fussy lattice, no crimped edges…just authentic flavor.  A recipe you will be proud to serve to your family.

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Casseroles, My Favorite Recipes, Potatoes, Sides

Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin

March 20, 2017
Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

When you take an innocent potato and add serious levels of pepper jack cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, you end up with a crave-worthy side dish. Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin recipe just might be the best thing since…well…potatoes au gratin.

Let me repeat. Potatoes.  Pepper jack cheese.  Bacon.  Jalapenos. 

My advice? Put on your fat pants.

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30 Minute or Less, Baked Goods, Desserts, Kid Friendly Recipes, My Favorite Recipes

Fresh Strawberry Tarts

March 18, 2017
Fresh Strawberry Tarts

This by far has been one of our favorite desserts to make. These Fresh Strawberry Tarts are made with quality store-bought puff pastry and ripe and sweet strawberries. Maybe one day we will try to make our own puff pastry, but when we weighed out our time vs the tasty store bought one…we went with the pre-made variety.

There is no shame in taking a short cut every now and then.

Oh, and home-made freezer jam. (Courtesy of my super sweet mother in law, Pattie.). These personal sized tarts are a tasty sweet-treat for dessert or breakfast.

Ready in less than 30 minutes. 🙂

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Beef, Featured, Friends & Family, My Favorite Recipes, Potatoes, Soups

Hungarian Stew

February 11, 2017
Hungarian Stew

This recipe for Hungarian Stew is one of my favorite all-time food memories.

Everyone has food memories, right? That amazing grilled steak you had at that restaurant a few years ago. Or that crazy-indulgent dessert your grandmother used to make for you as a kid? Those awesome little red, white and blue popsicles they had in your school cafeteria?

Isn’t it wonderful how so many of our life experiences involve food….the flavors, the surroundings, the smells. You can literally taste that memory.

So let’s go back about 15 years to one of my favorite girls’ weekends ever. To the meal I have been craving for over a decade.

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Baked Goods, Desserts, Kid Friendly Recipes, My Favorite Recipes

Sweetheart Brownie Bliss

January 29, 2017
Sweetheart Brownie Bliss

You will love Sweetheart Brownie Bliss. And your sweethearts will love YOU!

The bottom layer? Thick, fudgy brownies. Then we loaded it with a smooth and creamy layer of no-bake cheesecake. The wow factor? Bright and cheerful cherry topping.

This sweet treat hits all the dessert must-haves in my book. Chocolate. Cheesecake. Cherries. What a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.  BONUS: This dessert tastes better than a card.

Or August the 10th. Or May the 2nd. What about July 18th. Yep. Celebrating all the days with this delicious dessert recipe.

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Appetizers & Snacks, My Favorite Recipes, Pork, Sandwiches & Sliders, Tailgate

Ham Reuben Sandwich Recipe with Russian Horseradish Sauce

January 19, 2017
Ham Reuben Sandwich Recipe with Russian Horseradish Sauce

This is quite possibly one of the best sandwiches I have ever put into my mouth. A Ham Reuben Sandwich recipe. Big sandwich with bigger flavors. Everyone has probably had the classic Reuben sandwich, right? Corned beef piled on rye bread, topped with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and some 1000 Island dressing. Delish.

But may I present you with the idea of a Ham Reuben Sandwich recipe instead?  And not just any Reuben sandwich. A Killer Ham Reuben Sandwich. Layers of thin deli-sliced black forest ham between two pieces of buttery toasted New York style rye bread.

And then..what really makes this sandwich a sammich…our homemade Russian Horseradish Sauce. Get in my tummy! You have to try this sandwich recipe and tell me what you think.

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30 Minute or Less, Appetizers & Snacks, Low-Carb, My Favorite Recipes

Boom Boom Shrooms

November 27, 2016
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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