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Roasted Cinnamon Buttery Pears

Roasted Cinnamon Buttery Pears, simple dish showcasing the straightforward flavor of pears.  They are buttery slightly sweet served as an accompaniment to pork, garnished in a winter salad, but also makes an elegant dessert for a fall dinner party, bridal brunch and quick weeknight snack. Pears rarely get center stage over apples and pumpkins in the fall, but for me, they sing fall.  Roasting fruit is a purist way to dress up fruit for dessert or accompaniment to other dishes. As much as I like pears, I do not wish to mask the pure flavor of the pear with a lot of other intense flavors.  When I eat pears, I want to taste pears.

Exceptional Squash Casserole

Exceptional Squash Casserole, tender yellow squash in a creamy, rich sauce, topped with buttery crackers.  A must for holidays, bring it to a potluck and sit back and smile hearing all the yummy comments.   We have been eating this squash casserole recipe like mad this summer.  I made the squash casserole for Labor Day, and we devoured it.  The flavor of the squash is straightforward.  Just delightful! Summer squash is so plentiful this time of the year with having so many local farmers.  That is what I love about the little grocery store in my small town.  They stock fresh vegetables from our local farmers.  I buy all my fresh tomatoes ,  green tomatoes , cucumbers , eggplant , okra ,  squash , and zucchini from them while they still offer them.  

Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bubble Up Bake

Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bubble Up Bake,  buttery cut up pillows of dough and bite size hot dogs layered together with creamy, gooey cheese and chili with beans.  Garnish with your favorite condiments, and you have America's classic Friday night football food rolled up in a casserole. When my children were in school, Friday Nights were hot dog nights.  We had to be back up at the school soon after they came home, so that meant supper had to be something quick to eat much less quick to make.  Most Friday nights we ate Baked Hot Dogs just like I use to eat on Friday nights when I was in high school.  Hot dogs are classic and preparing them ready to grab and go is the perfect food for our game night. Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bubble Up has four main ingredients plus the ingredients for garnishing.  My children growing up this Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bubble Up bake would have been a huge hit.

Southern Fried Whole Catfish

Southern Fried Whole Catfish,  a delicious authentic Southern dish.  The catfish is well coated with seasoned cornmeal and flour mixture, then deep fried in hot oil until crispy, crunchy delicious.   Summer is closing down, and in the past years by this time, we have fried catfish at least two or three times.  But as the years go by they are few and far between.   It is just so much easier to go to our favorite catfish restaurant and buy a fried catfish dinner.  And we have excellent restaurants now that serve some delicious catfish.

Slow Roasted Fresh Strawberries

Slow Roasted Fresh Strawberries, fresh strawberries sprinkled generously with sugar, and lightly with salt and pepper, baked slowly until the strawberries release their juices and slightly caramelize.  These strawberries go brilliantly in all kinds of desserts. One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit in the grocery stores.  I  almost always tend to buy more than we can eat, that including fresh strawberries, and I wait until the last minute to use them up before they spoil.   This summer I started slow roasting half of the strawberries when I buy them.  I like to roast them whole instead of slicing them.  The berries hold their shape well while roasting coming out plump and luscious.

Slow Roasted Strawberry No Churn Ice Cream

Slow Roasted Strawberry No Churn Ice Cream, an intense, bold strawberry flavor created by roasting fresh strawberries and incorporating them into a no churn ice cream recipe. To celebrate the last few days of summer, we are planning our Labor Day weekend with an America theme potluck, including a backyard BBQ, spectacular pasta salads, easy side dishes that require little cooking time, and for dessert no churn ice cream. It took me a while to get on the no churn ice cream wagon.  I wish I had joined in on the fun way to make ice cream a long time ago.

Fried Green Tomato, Bacon and Pimento Sandwich

Fried Green Tomato, Bacon and Pimento Sandwich, homemade pimento cheese, crispy bacon, glorious fried green tomatoes sandwiched between two slices of golden toasted bread.  The ultimate summertime sandwich that sings the taste of the South. What do you do when you have leftover fried green tomatoes, crispy bacon, and pimento cheese?  You guessed it, make Fried Green Tomato, Bacon, and Pimento Sandwiches.   I like to fry a lot of green tomatoes for a meal.  We love leftovers.  You may ask if they are still crispy leftovers.   My recipe for green fried tomatoes lends the best texture for leftovers.   I always cook twice the amount of bacon for breakfast, too, for leftovers or to sprinkle on vegetables we have for supper.   The pimento cheese is made ahead for a quick sandwich for lunch on most days.  Pimento Cheese will keep in the fridge for weeks.  An excellent snack to have with crackers watching tv.

Epic Fried Green Tomato BLT Club Sandwich

Fried Green Tomato BLT Club Sandwich, three slices of sandwich white bread toasted and layered in between with perfectly fried green tomatoes with crispy bacon for the first layer and a  perfectly ripe beefsteak tomato with crispy bacon for the second layer.  Two classic sandwiches gloriously combined into one Epic sandwich cut into quarters and held together with toothpicks!    As the summer comes to an end, I am getting in as many fried green tomatoes as I can.  One of my favorite ways to eat them is in a sandwich.  There is just something about all that mayonnaise, a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper sandwiched between to pieces of bread, even toasted.  So good! My favorite sandwich is a BLT.  And my personal favorite way to eat a BLT is in the style of a club sandwich, epic!   When I was a little girl, we lived in Columbia, South America.  My Dad worked for Shell Oil Company, and we were part of 100 Americans who worked and lived in a little town in Columbia.  

Southern Fresh Cherry Cake

Southern Fresh Cherry Cake, quick and easy deliciously moist cake, made with self rising flour a touch of cornmeal, buttermilk, eggs, and butter.  Serve it plain with a dollop of whip cream or as we did with a dusting of powdered sugar.   The cherries are so plentiful in the grocery stores right now and what better way to showcase them than to make a Southern Fresh Cherry Cake.   I actually had to buy a couple of bags of the cherries to have enough to make the cake.  My grandsons are huge fans of these little jewels.   Like most fruits, fresh cherries have the pros and cons.  Fresh Cherries do not have a lot of nutritional value, but they are high in water content and are super beneficial to eat in the summer to hydrate.

Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet, fresh summer vegetables, turkey kielbasa, and shrimp layered in a skillet with a sprinkle of spicy!  Who says healthy can't be delicious?  If you are looking for a low carb meal that takes literally 20 minutes to make, then you are in luck.  An added bonus is all the fresh vegetables in this recipe is in season right now.  Summer never looked so good or should I say, Tasty! haha! I love all the gorgeous color in this Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet one pot meal.  An easy colossal one pot meal.

Southern Fried Green Tomato Stacks as Appetizers or Elegant Sides

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, crispy on the outside tender and meaty on the inside, yielding a tangy sweet flavor like no other.  Serve them stacked as a delightful appetizer or an elegant side dish. It is time for Fried Green Tomatoes!  Summer is synonymous with Fried Green Tomatoes in my neck of the woods.   Right now we are in the middle of fresh garden vegetables appearing in Farmer's Markets and some local grocery stores.  I must say the first thing I check for in my local grocery is if they have any green tomatoes.  Last year they kept coming in the store until late September here in Texas.     I only buy a few green tomatoes at a time to make sure that they are nice and firm when I get ready to fry them. I like to pick out firm green tomatoes and some that are a little pink.   They are the ones that are just starting to show some ripeness, sweeter yet still tangy in taste too.   It is just a preference.

No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream,  fresh peach cobbler pieces folded into a leftover homemade creamy vanilla ice cream recipe, one irresistible frozen dessert. Do you like Homemade Peach Cobbler with a Double Crust?   How about Peach Ice Cream?  It gets even better, how about No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream?    We are especially fond of a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream over a warm bowl of homemade peach cobbler.  This is how it goes, while the peach cobbler is baking, we are making a freezer of homemade vanilla ice cream, epic! Depending on how many are at our house when we make it, I will freeze any leftovers.  The same goes for the peach cobbler.  If it is just Jim and me, we always have peach cobbler leftover.

American Flag Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

American Flag Pie,  is made with a homemade pie crust that brings this pie to a rich balance of buttery flakiness as well as a luscious sweet-tart taste of homemade pie filling.    My Mother taught me long ago that a pie is only as good as the crust.  There is some high quality ready made pie crust in the stores today, but when I was growing up, that was not the case. I learned to make pie dough from my Mother and perfected it in my Home Economics class in high school. I recommend making a homemade pie crust if at all possible.  For the American Flag Pie recipe, I use one of my favorite pie crust recipes.

Kolache Biscuits

Kolach Biscuits, tender, sweet biscuit dough with a well in the center filled with blackberry or strawberry jam, blueberry or cherry pie filling,  or a mixture of sweetened cream cheese.   Kolache Biscuits are a cross between a sweet pastry that originated in Europe including eventually making its way to a little town in central Texas and the classic biscuit that is popular all over the south.  

Sausage Gravy Breakfast Enchiladas

Sausage Gravy Breakfast Enchiladas,  hearty breakfast enchiladas with a Southern spin on a favorite Mexican dish your whole family will thank you for in advance. ENCHILADA BREAKFAST CASSEROLE If you are a fan of breakfast casseroles, you are going to love these Breakfast Enchiladas with Sausage Gravy. Not only are the encolads delicious and a little unique, but it is also easy to make and can even be made the night before for the next morning for brunch or family breakfast.   Get all the ingredients ready and assemble the breakfast enchiladas the night before, make the sausage gravy the next morning and pop in the oven.

Perfectly Cooked Steak Bites

Steak Bites, bite-size pieces of tender sirloin steak marinated in avocado oil, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.  Perfect for an elegant main dish or as an appetizer for any family gathering.  I have the secret how to cook the steak bites perfectly! Sometimes I just want to cook outside the box.  When I think steak, I think grilled steak, baked potatoes, and a nice side salad.  Steak Bites are definitely outside the box. You might think outside the box means labor intensive, lots of ingredients, and expensive ingredients.  Not Steak Bites!

Magic Green Beans

Magic Green Beans , baked in a casserole dish with all the sweet, savory and amazing flavors of the fancy green bean bundles that are so popular in fine dining restaurants and around the holidays without all the fuss!   Have you made the Green Bean Bundles?  These fancy little bundles are a lot of trouble to make, but for our fancy Christmas dinner, Prime Rib, Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Green Salad, and hot buttered rolls, nothing is too much trouble. Green Bean Bundles just go with our fancy menu. The Green Bean Bundles are so easy to put together, but they are very time consuming when you need to make enough to serve a large crowd.   Who doesn't love the flavor of bacon wrapped around a bundle of green beans, and a combination of brown sugar, butter, salt, and Worchester sauce poured over them and baked to perfection?

King Ranch Chicken {The Perfect Casserole}

King Ranch Chicken, tortillas, chicken, peppers, creamy sauce layered together in this Classic Southern casserole.  You might say King Ranch Chicken is the perfect casserole! King Ranch Chicken is a family favorite.  It's probably the best combination of Mexican flavors in a casserole of all time.   My family adores this casserole.  My recipe for King Ranch Chicken is one of those recipes that feed an army.  You can make two pans.  Most of the time, if I am making a casserole and going to the trouble of chopping and mixing.   Why not make two?

Skillet Creamy Mustard Chicken

Skillet Creamy Mustard Chicken , chicken thighs smothered in a creamy sauce made with chicken broth, a little heavy cream, whole grain mustard, and avocado oil.   Simple low carb idea. Looking for another tasty chicken recipe?  Have I got one for you?  We are a huge fan of bone-in chicken thighs anyway you cook them.  But these creamy mustard chicken thighs are my favorite.   The chicken thighs are patted dry, seasoned and brush with a portion of the grainy mustard on the chicken before cooking.  

Old Fashioned New Potatoes and Peas in a White Sauce {Granny's Recipe}

Old Fashioned  New Potatoes and Peas , sometimes called Southern New Potatoes in a White Sauce.  There is one thing for sure about this recipe for New Potatoes, and English Peas smothered in a creamy white sauce, it has been around for ages.  My Mother passed it down to me, and her Mother passed it down to her, tried and true recipe. The first vegetable I want to eat in the spring from our garden growing up is new potatoes and fresh English peas. Mother would wash and scrap the new potatoes, slice them, or you can also quarter them if you like a chunkier potato.  While the potatoes are cooking, she makes the white sauce. I want to let you know I use leftover new potatoes at times to make a leftover makeover dish.  Especially in the summer when new potatoes are plentiful from the garden.  Boil the potatoes and eat them with butter and fresh herbs refrigerate the leftovers and then the next day use them to make New Potatoes in a White Sauce. Growing up mostly, I enjoy