Coconut Lime Chess Pie + a tip for flaky pie crust

The coconut and lime in this Coconut Lime Chess Pie add a crunchy and tangy twist to the classic southern chess pie. .   Chess pies have been around for ages.  Originally the recipe called for cornmeal, which sets the pie apart from other custard pies, and a small amount of vinegar was added to cut down on the sweetness of the pie.   That is why I added lime juice to this recipe.   My husband is a big fan of custard pies, but they tend to be too rich and sweet for him, so I usually cut down on the sugar. The crust in custard pies tends to be soft and soggy at times after they are baked.   Here is a tip ~ Bake your crust for fifteen minutes before pouring the filling in.  This keeps the crust from absorbing a lot of the liquid from the pie filling, causing it to be tough and wet.   I nstead, the crust will be tender and flakey! You cannot get more basic when it comes to baking a pie than chess pies.  Chess pies are made with four simple ingredients of eggs,  sugar, butter,

Southern Pecan Pie {Granny's Recipe + her secret to making the perfect filling!}

The perfect filling, rich, thick and creamy with crunchy pecans gracing the top of this decadent Southern Pecan Pie.   The perfect ending to any meal. Some think the recipe came from the French, who settled in New Orleans, and some think the recipe came from the Karo Corn Syrup executive's wife, who was promoting the product.

Smothered Chicken {A Southern Classic! Cooked in a crockpot...there is more to cooking in a crockpot than just beans!}

Smothered Chicken can be cooked in a crockpot for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  The aroma will keep your fork close to dig in when ready! Crockpot recipes make me happy happy happy! You can almost cook anything in a crockpot these days. The wonderful recipes our Grandmothers used to work on half of the day can be cooked in a sleeper pot. (That's what I call a crockpot!)  More times than not, I use my crockpot at night while I am sleeping. The aroma hovers over my bed in the mornings calling me to the kitchen, and whala my meal is ready, so I turn it on warm. Usually, Sundays are busy for us, and all of us are ready to eat as soon as we walk in the door from church.  I just turn the crockpot to warm when I get up, and all I have to do, is set the plates and silverware out, and we are good to go. I found this recipe for Crockpot Smothered Chicken  on Pinterest. I quickly pinned it and immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list.  I adde

Stuffed Portobellos {Another Great Recipe for a Brunch Idea}

Stuffed Portobellos , simple yet elegant for any occasion, baked with an egg in the center and garnished with green onions and salt with plenty of black pepper.  I am a huge fan of portabella mushrooms, and when I saw these,  Stuffed Portobellos on Pinterest, I thought they would be great to serve at a brunch.

Spring Brunch Recipe! Baked Hash Browns Cups

Baked Hashbrown Cups, easy to make and serve at your next brunch gathering.   Crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.    I love to make big breakfasts for family and friends whenever I can, but it is not always easy to serve everything hot, especially when I want to serve hash browns. My husband just loves hash browns, actually he just loves potatoes cooked any way you can, so I try to make hash browns as often as I can.   When we were first married, hash browns were one of the first things he wanted me to make him for breakfast.   The only thing is, I had never made them before, and he led me through the process his Mother used.   When my husband grew up, his mother would make them out of leftover baked potatoes.   They actually bake more potatoes than they would eat, and then save the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.   He taught me to grate the potato, add oil to a hot cast iron skillet, and cook it until it was nice and crispy, flipped it o

Easy Baked Coca Cola Ham

Easy Southern Classic Ham all year around.  My Mother feels that the coco cola pulls some of the salt off and tenderizes the inside of the ham.  It also gives it a wonderful caramelization on the outside. EASY BAKED COUNTRY HAM This is the perfect recipe for any holiday celebrations.  To finish out your meal, serve this with  Southern Spoonbread ,  Mama's Southern Baked Beans ,  Carrot Souffle , and  Simple Broccoli Cauliflower Salad . Easter is such a beautiful time of the year.  Here in East Texas, it has been uncommonly cold the last week or so, and you would never know that sparing is here except for the beautiful blooms. Another Thing Easter brings is the time of the year we have Easy Baked Country Ham aka Coco Cola Ham. Our Easter mornings are so busy with getting to church, taking pictures, and preparing a delicious meal. A baked spiral ham basted with Classic Coke can sure make it so much simpler. Spiral hams cook faster and are presliced, so there is little carving at the

Easter Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Chocolate Dipped Oreos , as double stuffed Oreos are amazing enough and then comes dipping them in chocolate. Oh, my!  Super easy and fast to make for any holiday treat. This year for Easter, I was determined to make some Chocolate Dipped Oreos .  We had these treats for Christmas this year, and they were the bomb.  So much so, I had to hide a few just to give out some in my Christmas Gift Boxes .  This recipe has been circling Pinterest for awhile now.  I would see them a lot, and then they would go out of site, but around the holidays, they come back around.   They truly are amazing, not to mention C-R-A-Z-Y easy to make..  You think---how can you make Oreos, which are already amazing, even better.  Just dip them in chocolate and you will see!

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie + an easy method for cooking the filling! {Granny's Recipe}

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie , a classy southern pie for years.  It is made with a homemade rich and creamy filling, covered with pillows of whipped cream and sprinkled with sweetened coconut. Easter just screams Homemade Coconut Cream Pie , and I mean homemade from start to finish. This recipe comes from my Mother, who was the Queen of pie making in our family. She could whip out pies of every kind in little of no time.  Her secret was to have plenty of pie crust made up, and in the freezer.  When she was ready to make cream pies, all she had to do, was pull one or two out of the freezer and pop them in the oven.  While they were baking, she would go ahead and start making the filling.  She would use a certain pot every time and stand at the stove just stirring away because you couldn't walk away while making the pie filling. Making homemade pie filling is intimidating to some people. They just don't know when it is ready. Here is a little secret my Mot

Southern Style Coleslaw + How to make the dressing to go on it! {Granny's Recipe}

Southern Style Coleslaw , a quick and easy side dish served up with a lot of Southern dishes, fried chicken, catfish and delicious BBQ.  A few simple ingredients, cabbage, carrots and the perfect dressing are all you need. This recipe brings back memories of my Mother shredding her cabbage and carrots in one of those Stainless Steel Saladmaster Food Processors that was popular in the 60's and 70's.  It would take no time, and she would have her Southern Style Coleslaw made and on the table for our meal.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Is Sure To Compliment Southern Fried Catfish {Granny's Recipe}

Homemade Tartar Sauce , ridiculously easy dipping sauce to make and eat with Southern Fried Catfish, Salmon, and most any seafood.  It uses ingredients that are already in your kitchen. There is a restaurant close to us that serves the best catfish, but what they serve before you ever get the catfish is a favorite.  They bring out these little bowls of sliced onions, green tomato relish, and coleslaw with baskets of hush puppies.  We sit there and eat until they bring the fish out.  By then I am stuffed. This recipe comes from my Mother.  She made  Homemade Tartar Sauce  not just for when we were eating  catfish , but also for the times she made her  Salmon Croquettes . The recipe is easy with few ingredient and one that you cannot go wrong with.  It is more about the ratio of the onions and pickle relish.  We like ours on the oniony side rather than on the pickley side. Mixing it up is the same.  One thing I do today that my Mother didn't do is to pat dry the