|The pared down version of my fabulous and famous special occasion holiday macaroni and cheese. This version is the same, super creamy, gooey and rich mac and cheese, but in a smaller version, perfect for those family and church gatherings.|
Monday, October 5, 2015
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
|Bacon Cheeseburger Meatball Bites with Burger Sauce|
Happy first day of fall y'all! Football season is in full swing, finally if you ask The Cajun. Our television has barely left the SEC and NFL Networks since preseason started - and, of course, along with the season, comes the fabulous food!
Meatballs surely must be the quintessential football party food don't you think? Whether you're tailgating or homegating, it'd be rare to be at a party without a crock or three going and meatballs destined to be in at least one of them. Frankly, it's where most everybody seems to gravitate. I know my husband sure does!
Monday, September 21, 2015
|Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Onion. Thick cut slices of cucumber, with sweet onion and fresh tomatoes, mixed with a mayonnaise, sour cream and fresh herb dressing for a creamy cucumber salad.|
Creamy Cucumber and Tomato SaladFall arrives, well officially, in just a few days on September 23rd this year. Where has the year gone? I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner, but what I can't believe even more than that, is I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done! That folks, is a first for me. I have literally been out on Christmas Eve on more than a few years before y'all. I got an early start this year though, because with three grands, I need to stretch the budget out a bit more these days!
Except for a few occasional teases, there won't be much in the way of fall temperatures around South Mississippi for awhile yet though - maybe October if we're lucky. It's still full blown summer for us... though generally milder and maybe a little less humid on some days. Some of my flowers are beginning to bounce back, so that's a good sign that the heat wave is easing a bit!
Monday, September 14, 2015
|A quick, chicken broth based soup, made with white beans and greens, spicy andouille smoked sausage and veggies. Add pasta if you like!|
Turnip Green Soup aka Swamp SoupHello everybody and Happy Grandparents Week! Okay, okay, I realize it's an "invented" holiday - though not really for the reasons that you probably think. It didn't actually come about because a corporation wanted to sell cards and promote the sale of flowers as rumors would suggest.
Grandparent's Day was initiated at a grassroots level by a West Virginian mother of 15, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, who with her husband, Joseph L. McQuade, had 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. McQuade wanted Grandparents Day to be a family day, to honor grandparents, and to give them an opportunity to show love for their children's children, providing them with the wisdom and guidance that only older people can offer.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
|BBQ Sketti, a spaghetti made with leftover pulled BBQ pork, chicken or beef.|
BBQ Sketti - Pulled Pork SpaghettiHow was your long holiday weekend? Although we had stormy weather, there were enough breaks here and there to sneak in some fun. I have to say it's been a pretty fab week overall really, beginning with our family reunion last weekend, a baby's first birthday, a delicious family birthday dinner for my sister at Half Shell Oyster House, a Biloxi Shuckers baseball game and a nice firework show afterward, in-between a bit of blog and magazine work, and ending with a cookout at home yesterday with the typical goodies - burgers, dogs, pulled pork, smoked sausage, baked beans and potato salad - and that we managed to get in just before the last downpour.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
|A layered salad made with thick cut bacon, crunchy iceberg lettuce, summer ripened fresh red tomatoes and substantial and chunky croutons finished with a homemade Ranch dressing.|
BLT SaladPasta salads aside (which I adore), I love bringing a fresh garden salad to an event, potluck or cookout. It sort of balances out what seems to always be an overabundance of meats.
In the summer, that is most likely some kind of a cucumber salad or a layered salad, and this BLT salad falls right into that category. I mean, who doesn't love a BLT sandwich to begin with, but turn those flavors into a salad and it's really a hit!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
|Purple Hull Peas with Creole Stewed Tomatoes - Southern peas such as purple hulls shown here, are cooked down with salt pork or bacon, onion and simple seasonings, then finished with a Creole style stewed tomato.|
Purple Hull Peas with Creole Stewed TomatoesSummer is winding down and I sure hope y'all put up some purple hulls - I sure did! Simple process really - good rinse, pick through, toss in some boiling water, boil for about 2 minutes, drain, plunge in ice water till cool, drain and bag. I've tried several methods of putting up, and in my experience, blanching keeps them better and they retain a fresher taste for a longer period of time in your freezer. I use my FoodSaver so I don't freeze them in water, though some folks do. So good to pull out a bag of fresh purple hulls in the middle of the winter, I'm tellin' ya!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|A skillet meal made from the best of summer veggies - squash, zucchini, bell pepper, green beans, Vidalia onions and tomatoes, with red potatoes and fresh garden herbs and the addition of some pan-seared fresh wild-caught Gulf shrimp.|
Garden Vegetable Skillet with ShrimpI get strange cravings, and most times, they're not at all what you'd expect in the way of a craving.
I get very strong cravings out of the blue for beef. For McDonald's french fries. Or their iced coffee. Homemade chicken noodle soup and creamy Chicken and Noodles. Egg drop soup from the local Chinese restaurant. And vegetables, in general. It was that way in my pregnancy - I didn't crave sweets, or odd combinations. I craved a meat and three dinner!
Sunday, August 16, 2015
|Tri-color rotini pasta is paired with some of my favorite pizza toppings, purple onion, green and red bell pepper, black olives, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, grape tomatoes and mozzarella and dressed with a spicy tomato dressing.|
Pizza Pasta SaladHey, y'all should be very proud of me!! I have managed to post more than two recipes in August so far. Seems Grandma Mary needed to get her back-to-school routine going too I guess. :) Just in time too, because fall is right around the corner now, and I've still got some summer left to share yet!
I love a good pasta salad in the summer and I sure can make a meal of this one.
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