Ellie’s Eggs in Purgatory

  First things first, I’m not Catholic. I’m Methodist, but I married into a devout Catholic family. My wedding had to be blessed by the family priest to be considered official in the eyes of the church and most importantly my by former husbands grandmother, Marguerite Calico. My mother in law was a self trained…

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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

I had a box of Bisquick in the pantry and decided I needed to try it out. I don’t normally have it in the house, but back in the 70’s my mom would make all kinds of “Impossible Pies” with the stuff, and they were often some of my favorite meals. I sometimes am called…

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Shrimp, Red Potato & Turnip Green Soup

I was invited by The United States Potato Board, the nation’s potato marketing organization, to create a fresh, light, natural and healthy recipe to start the New Year off right after indulging over the holidays. Most of us can use a little help, right? The US Potato Board provides inspiration, information, tools and education to potato…

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Spinach & Ricotta Rolls

Here is an easy weeknight dinner recipe from the pages of Le Creuset. Spinach and Ricotta Rolls Need: Le Creuset Braising pan or similar Ingredients For the filling: 6 cups of fresh chopped spinach sauteed in 1 teaspoon olive oil until cooked, and then squeezed of excess liquid 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/4 cup grated parmesan 2 cloves garlic,…

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Red Beans & Rice – Not Just For Washday Anymore!

Red Beans & Rice, a New Orleans Monday washday meal, where the Sunday ham bone gets put to use, is a recipe I learned how to prepare at the age of fifteen when living in New Orleans. It is one of my top comfort foods, in the family recipe box now, and has been perfected over time….

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Grillades and Havarti Aged Cheese Grits

  For many years I would visit the French Quarter on Sunday’s and eat at a bistro called Petunia’s for brunch. The restaurant was filled with colorful people, had an over the top decor and served delicious comfort food, but sadly is know longer in existence. Petunia’s was well known for their enormous crepes, but one of…

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Orca Bean Stew

It has been a beautiful fall on the Gulf Coast with temps in the 60-70’s during the day. Yesterday we had a cold snap with wind, rain and 40 degree temps. My sister in Colorado would call this a cake walk. When cooler weather does arrive, I enjoy making chili, gumbo, soups and stews, so…

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Quick & Easy BBQ Shrimp #ALBeachBlogger

On my return home last night from the Alabama Gulf Coast, a gift of fresh local caught shrimp from Billy’s Seafood was waiting in my fridge. It had been overnighted from my friends at the tourism department along with a few perks like an entire Hope’s Cheesecake, Box of Zatarain’s Seafood Boil, a Beach Bag full of…

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Crustless Broccoli-Mozzarella Quiches #SafestChoice

Breakfast. My favorite meal of the day, my husbands least. I love the creativity that evolves when cooking with eggs, and that they are packed with protein. In an agreement I made with myself, I prepared or cooked my son and daughter breakfast every single morning from birth until graduation from high school, including weekends,…

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