Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach, mustard, even dandelion. I…

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Best Southern Cornbread

  If you are looking for a delicious and truly Southern cornbread recipe, this is it! I think it is the best cornbread you’ll ever eat. With no wheat, flour or sugar, baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet seasoned with bacon fat for that golden brown crust, it is truly a favorite, especially…

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Breakfast Pizza with Galileo Salame

  This Breakfast Pizza is a fantastic recipe for Christmas morning. You can use one large or two small pre-made pizza crusts and double, triple, etc. the recipe as needed. It’s super easy, so you won’t miss out on your holiday fun, and clean up is a breeze! Being a longtime Floridian, I like shopping…

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Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Growing up, my father was always in charge of cooking the herbed beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. We looked forward to it every year, and now the tradition of cooking the herbed beef tenderloin lies with me.   This is a very simple recipe that my parents developed, but you have to be patient and not…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

This is the best sprout recipe you will find! I prefer bacon fat, but you can sub olive oil if you’d like. Simply make sure to coat each piece well so the sprouts don’t dry out. Use a pan that’s large enough so the sprouts aren’t piled on top of each other, which ensures that…

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Sausage Balls

My father has made sausage balls for Christmas morning as long as I can remember. I often wonder why he did not get recipe credit for this amazing comfort food as he has been making them for 50 + years! Sausage balls are wonderful for tailgating and a delicious cocktail appetizer, but most of all…

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Ginger’s Chocolate Bourbon Balls

If you read my blog or know me, then you are aware that my only sibling lives in Colorado. After Ginger attended college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she did her graduate studies in Colorado, and never left the state again (well, she did dip over to Dallas for a moment). My sis…

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Holiday Potatoes

Last Christmas we were up bright and early prepping for our feast to come later. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes, I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose a favorite old church cook book of…

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Breakfast Casserole

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning: my mother’s breakfast casserole, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my dads sausage balls. The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas morning….

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Southern Cheese Ring

Perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or tailgating, I hope you enjoy one of our family favorite appetizers. Just make sure to run the Jello Mold under hot water before popping off the bottom and the top of the mold. and setting the ring on a platter. Top the cheese ring with pecans, fill with…

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Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich + Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

What could be better than Thanksgiving leftovers, right? I decided after a big heavy Thanksgiving feast that nothing beats the refreshing and bold flavors of a Turkey Bahn Mi the following day! It is a take on the Vietnamese Banh Mi where I spice thing up by combining Sriracha mayonnaise with roast turkey, and then…

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