Famous Chicken Enchilada Suizas

Enchiladas Suizas translates from Spanish to English as “Swiss Enchiladas” and is believed to be a nod to the Swiss immigrants to Mexico years ago who established dairy farms there. This recipe was introduced to me by my sister, Ginger, who lives in Colorado, while I was on a vacation that I took to visit…

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What Makes Gumbo, Gumbo? + Seafood Gumbo Recipe

New Orleans, aka the Crescent City is a fascinating place known for diversity, culture, and its rich heritage. Put it all in a bowl to eat and enjoy, and you would have what is known as gumbo. Gumbo originated in Louisiana in the 18th century, but there is no evidence to pinpoint the exact origin…

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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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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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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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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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Southern Squash Casserole

  My mother, Charlotte, makes the best squash casserole, and no matter how I try, mine is never as delicious as hers. It is always a favorite, and a dish that is comfort food to me. Whether at a church social, a holiday gathering, a family dinner, or to share with a friend in a…

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Thanksgiving In Seaside & Oyster Dressing Recipe

Fall in South Walton is a time to celebrate cooler temperatures, less crowded beaches, local cuisine, and to appreciate family and friends during a Thanksgiving week spent in Seaside. For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. The holiday feast dates…

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Quick Chicken & Dumplings

My daughter called me from the grocery store in Tuscaloosa today in a panic about what to purchase in order to make Chicken & Dumplings. Her cell phone was about to die, and she needed the info… pronto. She had decided that Sunday was the perfect time to have a go of it, and I…

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The Best Boiled Peanuts

  If you have been following my blog, then you know that my grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, so it was bred into me early on to have a love for the legume, especially boiled. As a child living in Charleston, my family would pack up on the weekends to visit my grandparents….

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