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Split Pea Soup With Ham

Split Pea Soup With Ham

This soup is incredibly tasty, starting with a stock made with ham hocks, or a meaty ham bone purchased from the Honeybaked Ham store or leftover from a spiral sliced ham. I usually increase the quantities and freeze some in containers, to have plenty of […]

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Dairy-free, condensed soup-free and pie crust-free, this alternative to a traditional pot pie starts with a sauce made from a roux and is slow cooked. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 pound red potatoes, diced […]

Autumn Apple Crisp

Autumn Apple Crisp

Fall leaves and cooler temperatures mean it’s time to fire up the oven and bake delicious comfort foods. We enjoyed this dessert treat every year around Halloween, accompanied by a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 6 – 8 apples: Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, […]

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

My first taste of this mouth-watering version of the classic French stew was during a trip to Vermont for my goddaughter’s christening.  It was made by her grandmother, Mary Ellen, for both sides of the family, and I have been a devotee of it ever […]

The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mason-Dixon Line

The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mason-Dixon Line

Alternatively: The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mississippi.  That just about covers everybody.  And it is: THE BEST DANG POTATO SALAD – PERIOD!  Although, to quote my brother (who, in the summers, would wolf down seconds…thirds…fourths at each sitting), our Mom’s is […]

Southern-Style Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing (or Dressing)

Southern-Style Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing (or Dressing)

To be truly Southern, it would be called “dressing” instead of stuffing, but this recipe was passed down to me by my Mom, a Louisiana native, and was passed down to her by her grandmother. So it’s about as close to being Southern as it […]

Cheese Crack: Over-The-Top-Addictive Cheesy Snack Crackers

Cheese Crack: Over-The-Top-Addictive Cheesy Snack Crackers

Words cannot even begin to describe how tasty these snacks are! If you are a fan of Cheez-Its (and who isn’t, really?), you will flip out over this easy-to-make facsimile. The original recipe, introduced to me by my pal Marci, is posted here, and it’s […]

German Sauerbraten

German Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten brings back many memories for me, from the wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen of my Czech Oma, a New Year’s spent with relatives in the Black Forest region of Germany, to the dinners made for my extended family by my German Aunt Isolde. […]

Cider-Braised Red Cabbage

Cider-Braised Red Cabbage

This is a must-have side dish for my German Sauerbraten. It’s quick and easy to make while the sauerbraten sauce is finishing up. 2 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. caraway seeds 1 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced 3/4 cup apple cider Coupla dashes allspice 1 […]

Nan-Nan’s White Peanut Butter Fudge

Nan-Nan’s White Peanut Butter Fudge

My Nan would make this fudge for me around the holidays when I was much younger, and through the years she would occasionally surprise me with a batch. It’s one of my most cherished memories of the many loving things she did for me. Miss […]

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

I’ve made these “ribs” (which, as mentioned in an earlier post, Two Options For Dry Rub Marinated Baby Back Ribs, are not technically ribs) more often than any other dish in my blog, and they are consistently tender, flavorful, and delicious.  My Mom, who would […]

Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial

Growing up, our local fine dining restaurant, The Bistro, featured this main dish on its menu. It was baked and served in individual scallop shells, which was a nice touch. Here it’s made in a single baking dish. While simple to prepare, the flavor is […]


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