Mushroom Barley Bake with Thyme

Change is good but it doesn’t always happen quickly or easily. Most of us go along our everyday lives by rote. We take the same route to work, we wear our hair the same way, and we eat the same foods. It’s usually not because we aren’t interested in changing but because it’s easier to […]

Brown Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans

My family was raised in the deep south where rice was a dietary staple. My paternal grandmother had 7 or 8 mouths to feed so it was her meal stretcher along side vegetables they grew and meat they got from hogs they raised.  Rice with butter. Rice with sugar. Rice with butter, sugar, and milk. Rice with gravy. Rice with eggs.  It was cheap, versatile, and […]

Simple Green Beans with Pancetta and Shallots

  Lately I’ve been indulging in my new found love of pancetta. For those that haven’t had the pleasure yet, pancetta is the italian version of bacon. It’s made from  pork belly like bacon but it’s not smoked like american bacon. It’s salt cured and is usually rolled instead of being sliced into strips. It’s spicy […]

Jiffy Corn Casserole

This casserole always draws raves when I make it during the holidays. The creamy buttery corn goodness of this recipe makes it additive and it’s so simple I almost feel guilty. You can make this ahead and refrigerate it until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. Jiffy Corn Casserole Ingredients 1 box Jiffy Corn […]

Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops with Potato Wedges

If you’ve been around Nashville for a while, you’ll remember Houston’s hawaiian ribeye. It was one of the few items on their menu that I really liked. The steaks were marinated in a tangy pineapple mixture that was flavorful but not overwhelming. This is my version of that marinade. It’s pretty simple and can easily be […]

Fresh from the farm Corn, Okra, and Tomato Saute

This is one of the first recipes from my box of organic veggies from Delvin Farms, a local CSA. They sell boxes of freshly harvested vegetables at a local farmers market for $35. Whatever was harvested that week , is what will be in your box so you never know for sure what you’re going to get. […]

Yellow Zucchini with Tomatoes and Basil

    With squash and zuchini being so plentiful during the summer, I’m always looking for ways to use them. The variety of zucchini I used in the recipe is called Golden Dawn. It has a bright gold color with green at the tips. It’s easier to find during the summer but it’s still not […]

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