English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad Although it feels like summer, it is still spring and my garden is yielding the rewards of early planting. Green onions, leaf lettuce, herbs and English peas have given the inside of my refrigerator every shade of green. So I decided to combine all of them into a cold salad to help…

Perfect Southern Cornbread

CORNBREAD South Pittsburg, TN is a charming little town between Murfreesboro and Chattanooga right off I-24. It is famously home to The Lodge, my very favorite maker of cast iron cookware. On the last weekend of April for the over two decades, the town has hosted the National Cornbread Festival, which is a fantastic family…

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese I believe I have been a fan of Pimento Cheese since birth. The heavenly mixture of shredded cheese, mayonnaise and bright pimento peppers is a Southern classic and one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I only enjoyed it slathered on fresh white bread. Then I began grilling the sandwich and later…

Fast Pesto Dip

Fast Pesto Dip We are in the countdown to Christmas and you don’t have oodles of extra time to spare. To the rescue is this super simple, incredibly fast and delicious dip that you can throw together in a snap with ingredients you probably have on hand. Serve it with some peppered Carr’s crackers and…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies You know you want to have at least a few over the holidays and don’t act like you don’t!  At the first holiday party where they are on the dessert table, you know you’ll head that direction.  And you probably grew up with a metal tin of them that appeared…

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle Christmas time is candy making time at my house. Now that all the decorating is done, cards mailed, shopping finished and gifts are wrapped, it leaves weekends free to hit the kitchen. My husband’s favorite is peanut brittle. Over the years, I have quite literally made dozens of different recipes for one pot…

Brussels Sprouts Slaw

We tend to think of grated big green heads of cabbage when slaw is mentioned. But one of the smallest members of that same family yields an equally delicious end product.  Think Brussels sprouts … the perfect cabbage size for Barbie as we would have said in childhood. And thanks to the food processor, it…

Eggnog Muffins

Eggnog Muffins Long before it became a marketing campaign, as kids we used eggnog to make the best milk mustaches. While the adults added bourbon to their cups, we felt just as grown up by adding a couple of drops of vanilla extract to ours. During the holiday season, I keep a carton in my…

Turnip Greens

Time to go Green! If you want to add a bit of the South to any meal, put turnip greens on the menu. If you really want to enhance the experience, make cornbread to go with it. After all, you have to mop up the pot liquor or pan drippings with something! I grow my…

Cookies

Cookies It’s the original grab-it-and-go dessert or mid-afternoon snack … cookies! And I love those that are perfectly baked meaning not too crisp, not too soft and not too flat. I know there are literally thousands of recipes out there claiming to be the best, but this one really is. It uses a combination of…