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Louisiana Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

Louisiana Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

Recently I was thumbing through one of my Mom’s “River Road Recipes” cookbooks. The ‘River Road’ runs beside the Mississippi River in Louisiana, along which are many of the South’s most famous plantation homes, such as Oak Alley and Nottoway. The cookbooks are published by […]

Vintage American Tuna Noodle Casserole

Vintage American Tuna Noodle Casserole

This is one of those quintessential Americana recipes that everyone, including myself, grew up on – and loved. My Mom altered the classic recipe just a bit, by substituting corn flakes for potato chips, because she thought the chips made the dish too salty. She […]

Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

I loves me some turkey burger! My earlier post, Hearty Blue Cheese and Bacon Burgers, calls for incorporating the bacon and blue cheese into the meat mixture. This version is instead stuffed with it, and so the blue cheese melts inside and does not brown […]

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

When it comes to BBQ, North Carolina is known for a unique method of slow cooking pork that produces a tender, mouthwatering meat which is served simply with a large dollop of cole slaw upon a white bread bun. To nearly replicate an authentic taste, […]

Shepherd’s Pie, American Style

Shepherd’s Pie, American Style

Shepherd’s Pie is an English dish, traditionally made with ground or diced lamb, hence the name. Americans usually make it with ground beef, which is actually called “cottage pie” by the English. However it’s known, Shepherd’s Pie is basically a layered casserole of cooked meat […]

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage

Like turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s the one day of the year when everyone gets to enjoy corned beef and cabbage. Some people refuse to eat it, claiming a dislike for the taste of boiled cabbage, but I found the solution to the REAL reason: I […]

Tex Mex Turkey Chili With Beans

Tex Mex Turkey Chili With Beans

Years ago, I discovered this recipe by chance on the inside of the ground turkey cardboard wrapper.  I’ve made it many times as a winter comfort food, and it can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. It’s great reheated, and leftovers can be […]

Tasty Lip-Smackin’ Fried Chicken

Tasty Lip-Smackin’ Fried Chicken

Having grown up in Maryland, with not one but two moms who were also from the South, you’d think I’d enjoyed a lifetime’s worth of delicious, home-made fried chicken. Somehow, that quintessential Southern staple never made it to our dinner, or picnic, table. My second […]

Hearty Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Hearty Slow Cooker Pot Roast

There are many slow cooker pot roast recipes out there. Based on what I’ve tried, I’ve come up with this one – I love the thick, tasty gravy that develops, along with just the right combination of vegetables. You can adjust the quantities according to […]

Dad’s Favorite Linguini in Lemon Clam Sauce

Dad’s Favorite Linguini in Lemon Clam Sauce

My Dad LOVES this dish! He asks my second mom to make it whenever he’s in need of some good, hearty comfort food. It’s quick, easy, and heart-warming! 1/3 cup chopped onion 2 cloves minced garlic 3 Tbsp. butter 3 Tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp. […]

Embarrassingly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Embarrassingly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Perhaps a better title would be “Semi-Homemade Chicken Pot Pie,” but it really is embarrassing how easy it is to make this hearty dish that will make your kitchen smell wonderful and generate enthusiastic requests for seconds! This is the basic recipe, and you can […]

Two Options For Dry Rub Marinated Baby Back Ribs

Two Options For Dry Rub Marinated Baby Back Ribs

While I have always made “country style pork ribs” (which are, in fact, not ribs at all, but are from the pork shoulder), I recently decided to try this recipe for baby back ribs (also known as loin back ribs). It’s from a Paula Deen […]



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