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Kay's Swiss Steak

Swiss steak is an inch-thick beef round steak tenderized and browned, then simmered low and slow in a sauce of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs on the stovetop or in the oven. THE BEST OLD FASHIONED SWISS STEAK This old-fashioned Swiss steak, with fork-tender meat alongside a billowing pile of mashed potatoes smothered in a beefy tomato gravy, is the ultimate comfort food.    Swiss steak is a method of preparing meat, usually beef, by rolling or pounding it and then braising it in a stockpot, either on a stove or in an oven. The name does not refer to Switzerland but to the process of "swissing," which involves pounding or running fabric or other materials through rollers to soften them, in this case, meat.

Beach Jello Cups

The summer months are around the corner, and what better way to embrace the heat than with a cool, refreshing treat on a hot summer day.   POOL PARTY JELLO CUPS Whether for the beach or a pool party, the recipe uses berry blue jello and is quick and easy to make. Decorate with gummy sour sharks, gummy fruit rings, and gummy fruit bears. Both children and adults alike are big fans of these Beach Jello Cups. They are cool and refreshing, perfect for a grab-and-go treat on a hot summer day. Are you planning a summer beach trip or a birthday pool party?  Or do you want something fun to make with your children during the summer?   Hope you will give these fun beach or pool jello cups a try.  The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd. 

Chopped Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

My Easy Chopped Cherry Caprese Salad is loaded with ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella pearls and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. EASY CHERRY TOMATO CAPRESE SALAD Caprese salad is one of the easiest salads to make throughout the year, but the simplicity of the recipe doesn't mean it lacks zesty flavors.   The classic combination of all the ingredients topped with a tangy glaze is irresistible. Caprese salad is perfect year-round, but my favorite time to enjoy this irresistible salad is when spring rolls around, and summer is just behind.   It is ideal for summer because it is light, refreshing, and so easy to prepare.   I love bringing it to potlucks, picnics, or family barbecues because it is so easy to travel with. It can be served at room temperature or right out of the refrigerator.

Smoked Salmon Cakes

Smoked salmon cakes are an easy and delicious weeknight meal option, and believe it or not, they are affordable. SMOKED SALMON PATTIES Smoked salmon patties are perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously tender and flaky on the inside. They are made with packaged smoked sliced salmon instead of canned salmon.     One bite of these smoked salmon cakes and any thought of you using canned salmon will fly out the window.  That's how I felt the first time I made them. I use sliced precooked salmon from Sams. I add minced onion, lemon juice, mayonnaise, chopped fresh dill, an egg, half and half, and coat them in a little Obay seasoning mixed in the panko crumbs.  These are so good.  

Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars start with a buttery shortbread crust and are layered with a gooey pecan filling. They are a simple and delicious pecan pie baked into a bar—perfect for serving a crowd! PECAN PIE BARS Pecan Pie Bars are the ultimate holiday treat, yielding somewhere between a pie and a cookie bar. If you are a fan of Pecan Pie, wait until you find out the next best thing is Pecan Pie Bars. The crust is so easy to make, and then all you do is pour a pecan pie like filling on top and bake for 25 minutes. Not only is my recipe for these Pecan Pie Bars super easy to make, but they are also great for serving a crowd. You can cut them as small or large as you like. In the scheme of things, they are easy to transport, a pecan pie you can eat with your hands, and great about portion control.

Southern Spoonbread

Southern Sweet Corn Spoonbread is a century-old Southern comfort food that has graced the tables across the South.     SOUTHERN SWEET CORN SPOONBREAD The Southern Spoonbread recipe is a classic Southern side dish.  It is creamy, moist cornbread that is more like a cornmeal-based souffle or delicate cornbread pudding.   This Sweet Corn Spoonbread is a quick and easy side dish. To make it, combine everything in a bowl, stir, and bake. It is a favorite around my house. We look forward to having it every year on our Easter menu. The recipe also works well for weeknight menus. It starts off with a box of Jiffy cornbread mix, then two kinds of corn, butter, eggs, and sour cream, simply delicious.

Carrot Souffle

This velvety, creamy souffle perfectly complements a holiday meal, providing a grand presentation. CARROT CASSEROLE Like sweet potato casseroles are to Thanksgiving, this carrot casserole is an essential Easter side dish that will surely delight all your guests!  It is rich, fluffy, and literally melts in your mouth.  Oh, so yummy! This recipe came to me from a good friend who has shared many of her recipes through the years.   I cherish recipes I have received from friends over the years.   They bring back so many memories to me when I make them.

Raspberry Coffee Cake

Raspberry Coffee Cake in the morning will start your day off to a fabulous start.  Serve it anytime for dessert, an afternoon snack, or my favorite breakfast. RASPBERRY BREAKFAST CAKE The recipe is based on my Very Blueberry Coffee Cake, switching out with fresh raspberries, butter, sugar, eggs, and sour cream and sprinkled with a coarse finishing sugar. I grew up with something sweet on the table all the time because my mother had a charming sweet tooth, which she passed on to her four daughters.    Mother was an amazing baker.  Even though I learned from her, I wish I had written down more of her recipes and paid more attention when she baked.

Mama's Southern Baked Beans

Thick and rich with just the right amount of sweetness, these baked beans are a perfect side dish for whatever you cook up for your next gathering.   CLASSIC SOUTHERN BAKED BEANS Mother's easy to make baked beans are just that,  EASY.  This classic dish has canned pork n' beans, onions, bell pepper, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, and the star, Bacon.   I could not post my mother's Potato Salad recipe (previous post) without posting her Southern Baked Beans recipe, also.  Like the potato salad recipe, I have had this one in my head for years too. I watched my mother make her potato salad and baked beans a gazillion times, and I don't remember her making one without the other, but I suspect that there were times when she did. I know what the ingredients are in her baked beans, but I am not sure about the exact amount of the ingredients each time. 

Nutella Sweet Rolls

Nutella Sweet Rolls recipe follows a similar process to cinnamon rolls. They start with a soft, pillowy dough and are filled with the star of the recipe, Nutella, then iced with vanilla icing. Nutella Heavenly Sweet Rolls These ooey gooey sweet rolls are the most decadent breakfast treats you could ever imagine, either for breakfast or,  like at my house, for dessert. Nutella is an absolute favorite with my grandchildren, so I thought making Nutella Sweet Rolls would be appropriate for Valentine's breakfast or, why not, dessert :). These soft, sweet, fluffy sweet rolls are hassle free.   They only take 30 minutes to rise once, so you can spend your time making other special delicacies for your special day. As you see, these rolls are amazing plain, but to give them an additional gooeyness, I iced them with a rich buttery, vanilla icing.  A thin coat gives them a glorious shine and divine gooeyness. If you can't resist these sweet rolls, just take a look at these  sweet rolls an