Pimento Cheese Wontons with Bacon Apple Jam

Pimento Cheese Wontons with Bacon Apple Jam

Hey, y’all! I may have had a Paula Deen moment in my kitchen this weekend. There may have been some cheese frying going on. Well, technically the cheese itself wasn’t actually fried. But it sure did get all melty inside some crispy, crunchy wonton pyramids. And don’t forget about that Bacon Apple Jam. I had… [read more]

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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Whenever I write a recipe, I always start by doing a little research on the history of the dish and looking at 10 or more recipes. I decided to make carnitas for this post, and after a little digging, I was a little surprised to find the authentic Mexican version is made by slowly braising pork in lard or oil over 3 or 4 hours. Most of the recipes I reviewed were not truly authentic and called for braising the pork in liquid, with many of them including citrus juice. None of them required a ... [read more]

Roasted Roma Tomatoes

Roasted Roma Tomatoes

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Fried Chicken Tacos with Collard Slaw & Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Fried Chicken Tacos with Collard Slaw and Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Now that's a long title for a taco, right? I love every element of this recipe, so I really wanted to put them all in the title to entice you to take a closer look. Fried chicken is the star of the show, but it's not complete without the collard green slaw, and of course, the chipotle ranch dressing is icing on the cake. I'm calling this recipe Fried Chicken Tacos, but you might quibble with the "fried" part. The chicken is actually oven-fried, but it's as crispy as any chicken fresh out of a ... [read more]

Tomato Aspic with Crème Fraîche and Chives

Tomato Aspic with Crème fraîche and Chives

How many of you remember Tomato Aspic? It was the "fancy" congealed tomato salad that all the ladies in town made for their garden club years ago. I'm sure it made regular appearances at church potluck dinners as well. It was certainly popular in my hometown of Aberdeen Mississippi. My parents gave me a copy of Prime Meridian cookbook for Christmas which features the recipes of Meridian, Mississippi.  Tomato Aspic occupies a prominent place in the salad section of the book. As I thumbed ... [read more]

Mac and Cheese with Collards

Mac and Cheese with Collards

I grew up in the age of instant everything. Convenience ruled the day, especially when it came to food prep. With the arrival of processed food, the likes of Hamburger Helper, Instant Breakfast, and Potato Buds filled supermarket shelves. Working moms opted for the quickest possible route to a family dinner, and my Mom was no exception. A full-time 5th-grade school teacher, she worked all day and always had dinner on the table at 6 o'clock sharp. Macaroni and cheese in the little blue and ... [read more]

Flank Steak with Romesco Sauce

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You know how one really cool article of clothing can make an otherwise boring outfit extraordinary? You can put on a plain pair of jeans and a nondescript shirt with a chic jacket, and you're ready for a night on the town. That special hat gives you a look that catches peoples' eye. A sylish belt gives your outfit a real pop. I think sauces do the same thing for food. A sauce can dress up  an ordinary dish and take it to a new level. A creamy Hollandaise sauce elevates asparagus to something ... [read more]

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

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Desserts

Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

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