Southern Chow Chow from the Garden

When this Northeastern Italian/Irish gal married her Southern husband , she got a proper introduction to southern food.  I went from saying, “So… you just eat the pinto beans by themselves?” and “What the heck is Chow Chow?“, to insisting on stone ground cornmeal for my homemade cornbread and singing praises for beans in a crock pot with a ham hock. So here is my husband’s famous chow chow recipe…

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Fool-Proof Homemade New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake has always been in the “I’ll never be able to make that, so I might as well not try” category, for me.  As I was having dinner with my dear friend Jamie, she told me about her first experience making a cheesecake from scratch.  I listened in amazement as she described her fool-proof method, and how easy it was! So I decided to try her method,…

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just in time for Easter, you’ll have beautiful (and yummy) Easter Eggs.  If you still need some Easter ideas, check out this post with some great Easter books and ideas! OK, Folks! After years of perfecting the hard-boiling of eggs, I am officially going to share THE way to do it, avoiding cracked eggs, sticky shells, and green yolks! 1. Start with fresh eggs, but actually, the slightly older ones…

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Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs!

I have an awesome friend, Amber, who introduced me to the fact that one CAN actually make great Barbecue Ribs at home! She and her husband had us over for ribs one day last summer.  You know, one of those days when you arrive right after lunch, let the kids play outside, walk through the garden inspecting the baby veggies coming up, cook on and off all day, and really…

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Easy “Sweet” Sourdough Bread

I first tasted this bread about 4 years ago, and I had to get the recipe. It is actually a little bit sweeter than traditional sourdough bread, however it is the best bread I have ever tasted! This bread is great alongside soups or chili, as a snack with butter, or as agift. To Make the Starter: Dissolve 1 packet of yeast (2-1/4 tsp) in 1 cup of warm water.…

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Easy Coconut Grilled Shrimp

A couple of weeks ago (was it really that long?) We vacationed at Ocean Isle Inn. Jen from One Mom’s World, and Malise from Carolina Mama were there too!  Friday night, Chele and Heather came over for a Twitter Party with Miss Lori, and later that week, Chele and Amy came over for a Live broadcast on MomTV!  It was really one of the grandest weeks in recent memory!  Good…

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White Bean Chicken Chili

This warm and healthy recipe is perfect for these long winter nights we’ve been having lately. (and if you live in Hawaii right now, you’re not allowed to read this!) This particular recipe was originally from Cooking Light magazine, but I’ve added some alternatives and tips! Let me know if you like it! Ingredients: 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded (leftovers from rotisserie or baked chicken, or boil a chicken, use…

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The Best Guacamole Ever

We had a really fun Super Bowl Party this year! Some long-time friends, and some new ones, came over to watch the game projected on the wall, 9′ x 6′. Of course, the highlight of the night for me was the food and fellowship. I thought I’d share my recipe for the best Guacamole ever. Mix these ingredients together for the perfect guacamole. Remember to watch the video for tips…

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