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Southern Ham, Pasta & Pea Salad

Southern Ham, Pasta & Pea Salad

This is as Southern as it gets. A combo of two Southerner’s  favorites-creamy pea salad and creamy pasta salad, all rolled into one dish. Ham, eggs, herbs, onions (two kinds!) and more. Creamy and yummy and perfect for a side to sandwiches, roast, chicken or […]

Take Along Layered Salad

Take Along Layered Salad

A layered salad is the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or any gathering because you need to make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The issue is that a layered salad is made to sit pretty in […]

Easy Skillet Italian Sausage, Peppers and Noodles

Easy Skillet Italian Sausage, Peppers and Noodles

The best recipes are made up as you go along. This one is no different.  I had some Italian sausage and wanted to make sausage and peppers, but the same old recipe with red sauce over angel hair just didn’t sound good to me tonight. […]

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with Collard Greens

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with Collard Greens

Everyone has their own way of cooking them. Me? I prefer using fresh beans and frozen collard greens. I also use smoked salt pork and bacon if I have it.  I soak my black eyed peas in water the night before. Then I change out […]

Tender Fall-Apart Chuck Roast

Tender Fall-Apart Chuck Roast

I’ve tried it in a slow cooker, and I’ve tried it in an oven. I’ve even tried it simmered on the stovetop, and one thing I know for sure is that sometimes a roast comes out tender and sometimes it doesn’t.  This is my foolproof […]

German Dinner

German Dinner

When we lived in Maple Valley, Washington (a sleepy little suburb of Seattle more towards the mountain – Mt. Rainier, that is), our next door neighbors turned us on to the best German restaurant located in Black Diamond. It was down the road and around […]

White Lasagna

White Lasagna

One of my favorite dips is that spinach artichoke dip that so many people bring to parties. This recipe layers that into lasagna. Yes, it’s true.  You make it just like regular lasagna, but with rotisserie chicken instead of ground beef or sausage. The white […]

Individual Pot Pies

Individual Pot Pies

Nothing says “home” like a pot pie, and this recipe is for 8 little individual servings. They’re made in individual custard or small casserole dishes, or you could just make it in one large casserole dish, topping with all the biscuits.  I don’t personally like […]

Wild Rice Casserole

Wild Rice Casserole

Let me say that this is one of my favorite side dishes of all times. It can also easily be turned magically into a main dish by the simple addition of cooked chicken pieces-a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey from a holiday […]

Yummy Turkey Onion Meatballs

Yummy Turkey Onion Meatballs

Baked-better than Fried! Turkey-better for you than Beef! Meatballs-perfect for any occasion! Start with some really good, lean ground turkey like this… Follow itsyummi.com’s recipe (posted below) and look how wonderful these look, photo & recipe courtesy of itsyummi . I love that the recipe contains my good […]

Broccoli gets a Bad Rap

Broccoli gets a Bad Rap

People hate broccoli as much as they hates peas. I would rather eat a plate of peas instead of crunchy broccoli. If you cook the daylights out of it, I might eat a forkful or two, but it’s not my #1 veggie on my list.  […]

Mexican Pinto Pot

Mexican Pinto Pot

I wanted something catchy to name these pinto beans I made because the pinto bean is not so exciting. I grew up eating pot after pot of homecooked pinto beans because #1 we lived in Texas and #2 it’s an economic way to feed a […]

Cooking with Taylor!

Cooking with Taylor!

A sweet 16 year old young lady named Taylor has a HUGE interest and and HUGE talent in cooking.  She has a youtube channel that will be hosting many “Cooking with Tay Tay” videos. I’m so excited for her new adventure, and I just know […]

Miss-Iss-Ippi

Miss-Iss-Ippi

Her name is Robin Chapman. It happened about 15 years ago. It started with a chuck roast. Chapman says she shares credit for the recipe’s fame with her friend Karen Farese, who helped launch the recipe to stardom by putting it in her church’s cookbook. […]

New Low Carb Pinterest Finds on the Side

New Low Carb Pinterest Finds on the Side

Here are some new finds on Pinterest that we’ll be trying in the upcoming days, so no reviews yet. These are some delicious sides that I can’t wait to try, and I know you will love also.   (click on photos to go directly to the […]

Sinful and Rich and Full of Fish!

Sinful and Rich and Full of Fish!

In 2014 I was lucky enough to qualify for World Food Championship in Las Vegas by winning a recipe contest in the seafood category.  Once I got to Las Vegas to compete in the tournament-style contest, I was fortunate once again to have Alaska Seafood […]

I’m a Saucy Mama, Are You?

I’m a Saucy Mama, Are You?

Always on the hunt for delicious sauces and food, one of my all-time favorite lines of sauces, marinades and mustards is Barhyte’s Saucy Mama. Texas produces 1/3 of all the tortillas in the United States — they are a Tex-Mex staple, after all, and since my move […]

Chicken Cheesy Enchiladas with Green Sauce

Chicken Cheesy Enchiladas with Green Sauce

Yes, it’s low carb, but no, you don’t have to be a low-carb eater to enjoy these. They’re easy, fast and deee-licious! Serve them with sour cream and a slice or two of fresh ripe avocado. You could use shredded rotisserie chicken to make it […]

Inside Out LC Eggroll

Inside Out LC Eggroll

This dish has many names, from “keto crack” to “eggroll in a bowl” to “coleslaw crack.” I call mine inside out eggroll because that’s what it tastes like-the inside of a good, crunchy high carb eggroll fried to perfection but without all the carbs. For […]

Starting from Scratch (plus a shredded pork & coleslaw recipe)

Starting from Scratch (plus a shredded pork & coleslaw recipe)

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Imagine this. Selling and donating all material possessions, including your house, and moving over 2,000 miles away. Packing up 2 cats and a dog into a Honda Civic with whatever it will carry. I’d call it liberating and freeing, a little […]

LC Breakfast Cups

LC Breakfast Cups

If you’re on the Low Carb Train like I am, you’ll really love these to make ahead and either refrigerate or freeze. Pop them in the microwave until warm, and they’ll fill you up for hours.  Use any kind of meat, cheese, veggies you have […]

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles

  It all started in 1960’s, and they were called “French Fried Pickles.” The original recipe used sweet (not dill) pickles and pancake batter for the outside. They’ve come a long way, baby! May 19-20 is officially Picklefest held in downtown Atkins, Arkansas.  You can now […]

Mom’s Always Right!

Mom’s Always Right!

  A day set aside especially for those who raised us. It doesn’t necessarily mean they were the ones who gave us life, but they were the ones that made sure we were fed and warm at night. Funny how life is.  I know one […]

It’s a Texas Thang

It’s a Texas Thang

  “Husband and wife team Weldon and Mildred Price perfected their pimiento cheese spread recipe in the 1950s. It was a time of potluck barbeques and card parties, when guests were greeted with cold drinks and sandwiches, and hospitality reigned supreme. Over the decades, the […]