I know a lot of you out there wrinkle your noses at brussels sprouts- I was never a huge fan, either, until I learned how to roast them (and every other vegetable known to man) in the oven. But believe it or not, I’ve found an even tastier, simpler way to prepare them- and now, […]

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May 20, 2015

These Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Will Make You Weep with Joy

My mother-in-law’s famous and ridiculously simple creamed corn recipe. You won’t believe how good it is- I’ve tried much more complicated recipes using fresh-shucked silver queen corn and none of them were even half as good as this recipe! It takes just minutes to make and it’s a kid favorite. A Thanksgiving must. Ingredients 16 oz. frozen corn 1 […]

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November 24, 2014

Noni’s Creamed Corn

After my stepmother died last year, my father asked if there was anything of hers that I particularly wanted. And there was– her cookbook collection. She had ordered Southern Living’s annual cookbook each year since the late eighties and my mouth watered just looking at them. I took two of them home when I visited […]

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June 19, 2013

Summer Broccoli Salad

Seriously. It is. This recipe is based on Martha Stewart’s very popular recipe for mac and cheese, which you can find all over the Internet- HOWEVER, if you’re familiar with Martha Stewart’s recipes, you know that they often contain ingredients that are difficult to find and steps that are tough to follow. So I did […]

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May 14, 2013

This is the Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe in the World

I tried these HEALTHY, oven-baked french fries last weekend and OMG, y’all. I am spoiled for life. I’d put these fries up against the ones from Five Guys any day. BRING IT. And yet, they’re so much better for you than anything you’d get in a restaurant. But don’t take my word for it. Try […]

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March 15, 2013

Best French Fries EVER!

Growing up, I hated vegetables. They were always steamed, tasteless and bland. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized vegetables could actually be awesome. And now that my husband and I have made healthy eating a permanent part of our lifestyle (THANKS middle-aged metabolism), finding ways to make vegetables taste delicious has […]

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February 1, 2013

Broccoli and Cauliflower, Done Right

Oh, Y’ALL. I was not at all convinced that my kids would eat these Zucchini Chips when I saw the recipe. But after reading that they had gotten RAVES from other kids, I decided to give them a whirl — and I’m so glad I did! These are magnificent. They are super-easy to make, healthy, […]

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September 28, 2011

Zucchini Chips- Your Kids WILL Eat Them!

Looking for a creative way to use those end-of-season fresh tomatoes? I tried this healthy, easy-to-make salad the other night and it was a HUGE hit! Serve either as a main course or as a side. INGREDIENTS 2 (8 oz) packages of refrigerated, cheese-filled tortellini (I used the whole wheat version.) 1/2 cup olive oil […]

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September 8, 2011

Tortellini Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Strawberries are plentiful right now and this easy salad makes a fantastic side with your main course- or add chicken and turn it into a main course salad! The sweetness of the strawberries and tartness of the dressing make an unexpectedly delicious combination INGREDIENTS 8 cups romaine lettuce, torn (or a large salad bowl full) […]

Food, Main Courses, Sides

August 17, 2011

Strawberry Basil Salad

I made this salad a few years ago with fresh shrimp during a trip to the beach and it has become a summer beach staple. Often, we have it twice during the week that we’re at the beach- It’s that good! Make this salad with fresh-off-the-boat shrimp or make it with defrosted shrimp from the […]

Food, Main Courses, Sides

July 19, 2011

Shrimp, Mango and Avocado Salad