Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Oh, mashed potatoes. I don’t think I have to tell anyone how good mashed potatoes are. They are kind of the perfect side dish. But in my house, it doesn’t matter if I’m cooking for 3 or 30 – there are always leftovers! And, let’s face it, mashed potatoes reheated are never the same. I hope these […]

Easy Chicken N Dumplin’s

I am a sucker for a good bowl/plate of dumplin’s, with chicken or without, they are a one of my favorites. If I could only find a way to keep them from from effecting my waist line they might appear on my menu with a little more frequency… The great thing about this recipe if it […]

Southern green beans with bacon honey dijon dressing

For as long as I can remember my mom has made green beans the same way. It was the way her daddy made then (my Grandaddy) and the way that she tough me to make them. steamed with a little onion and a chuck of fatback (bacon or ham will do in a pinch) last year she turned me on to this recipe and with a few tweaks it has become our go-to green bean recipe… and they are addictive!!
Start off with your bacon. Cut the bacon into approx 1 inch pieces and fry over medium heat. The small pieces make it easier to cook evenly. Does anyone else have a problem with the center of the slice of bacon cooking really quick and leaving you with raw spots on the ends? I don’t usually cook my bacon in a wok but I do for this recipe because you will keep adding things to your frying pan and the wok gives you enough room to stir and toss the green beans with plenty of room

Real Southern Fried Okra

Growing up we ate good… when I say good, I mean good southern meals that consisted of meat, veggies, and a starch (maybe 2)… and at least half of the meal was fried. Then as we neared the end of the 80’s and moved into the 90’s, as a culture we were told that all […]

Easy Re-Baked Potatoes, Great for the Freezer

One of my very favorite side dishes since I was little has been re-baked potatoes. Not the ones that you get in the freezer section at the grocery store or even the ones from a good steakhouse, but the ones that I used to help my mom and sisters make when we were growing up. For some reason […]

Skillet Honey Cornbread

Here is what you will need to whip up a batch: 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup whole milk 2 large eggs 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup honey Although I wish that I had a hand […]