This Southwest Sweet Potato Casserole is unlike any you have tried before. Gone are the marshmallows and sugars and in their place are tomatoes, cheese and spices.
Pantry Potato Salad is perfect for winter because it uses items you have in your cupboard. It goes together in a snap and tastes delicious. Continue reading
Now that the weather is warmer, I have started walking my daughter to and from school. Actually, she mostly rides her bike with her friends in the morning and in the afternoons, I walk down to the school to make sure she safely gets through the mass of big kids on bikes on the way home. She loves the freedom. I like that I can still keep an eye on her as she starts to spread the wings of freedom. Continue reading
I am not usually a turnip fan. My mother used to serve them plain, mashed with butter. I hated their strong flavor. Now that I am a grown up, thought, I can appreciate that turnips have redeeming value. They are full of vitamins, dietary fiber, even calcium. So I am trying to like them, through baby steps. Continue reading
Winter has become an unwanted guest who will not get the hint that it is time to leave. While I want to be eating salads and even ice cream, I am coerced into eating soups and casseroles because I am just so dang cold. Yes, I do live in Florida, and yes, I am a wimp. Continue reading
Years ago, when I was hitting the library each week for new cookbooks to read, I found a recipe for Cheesy Potatoes in Down Home with the Neely’s that I copied and started making. It was divine. Over the years, I have adapted it to fit my cooking style and this is what it is today. It is a winner. Continue reading
This recipe came about because it’s winter and I didn’t want to make a regular potato salad. That probably doesn’t make any sense, but to me potato salad is a summer food, reminiscent of sunshine and picnics. Serving it up when the temperatures are in the 50s or below is like teasing a child with candy they cannot have. If it’s not warm outside, don’t show me potato salad. Continue reading
Do you eat breakfast for dinner? In my house, it’s one of the most popular dinners I can make. Considering that “breakfast” is an umbrella term that encompasses a plethora of dishes, that means I can make anything from waffles to fritattas or from quiche to pancakes. Continue reading
Before I moved to Florida, kale was not something that I purchased. Ever. I always assumed that it was bitter and that I would not like it. Had I stayed out west, I might have kept that attitude for the rest of my life. However, here in the southeast part of the United States, kale is a staple. It is sold fresh, frozen and even canned. Greens are everywhere. Continue reading
If I have cheese flowing through my veins, than my husband has mashed potatoes in his. He could eat a bowl full every single day and never, ever get tired of them. I have such a hard time, as a food blogger, making him boring old mashed potatoes. So he gets them in the form of twice baked potatoes, mashed potato pies, and these Loaded Bacon and Cheese Mashed Potatoes Continue reading
I have one last Sloppy Joe recipe for you this month and then I will give it a rest. I don’t know what it is about cold weather and football that screams for this kind of food, but there have been no complaints from the peanut gallery
Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!
I have an interesting cookbook review for you today. The Bacon Lovers Cookbook is a new addition to the Golden Press line up of “lovers” cookbooks. You may recall that I reviewed the Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook a few weeks ago. This book is full of bacon recipes, bacon tips, bacon jokes and bacon facts, all of which was gathered from other sources and bound together in one bacon extravaganza. Continue reading
Because I have a gluten intolerance and my mother has a gluten intolerance and my mother-in-law has a gluten intolerance, I pretty much figure that my daughter is doomed. While I cook gluten free dinners, I still make regular treats, breakfasts and snacks for the rest of the family. As time goes by, however, I am starting to sneak more and more gluten free items into the regular line-up. Eventually, I hope to convince my husband that we need to get rid of the gluten completely. It may take a while, though. Continue reading
I think May is going to be categorized as Family Fare month. I am trying really hard to stick to the whole theme thing, but have found that I need pretty broad umbrellas in order to have half a chance of following through. That seems to be the story of my life. Each day I wake up with plans to accomplish many things, but lately I get sucked into the SEO swamp. I have been working on adding printable recipes and SEO to all of my old recipes. All 800 of them. It’s hard to believe I have that many recipes on this blog. Along the way, I have been doing a lot of blog cleaning, too. Continue reading
There are a few dishes that I grew up eating that are incredibly frugal. Whether my mother made the dish because we had no money or because it was a family recipe that she liked, I have no idea. None of my ancestors were particularly well off, in fact, you could say some were down right poor. The dishes that have been in my family for generations tend to hint at low economic status, but they survived the test of time because they were and still are delicious. Continue reading
I received a copy of this cookbook at no cost, but all opinions are 100% mine.
I had the opportunity to review a new cookbook this month. The Passionate Vegetable: Health Inspired Recipes to Revitalize Your Life for Vegetarians or Meat Lovers!
(ad) by Suzanne Landry is full of “health inspired recipes to revitalize your life.” In other words, this is a book full of clever ways to incorporate more veggies into your diet. Continue reading
Happy New Year! It’s January, which means for the majority of American adults, it’s time to think about eating better, at least for a few days. For me, it’s going to be a month of eating an Autoimmune Paleo diet in hopes that I can figure out a little more about my body. What the heck is autoimmune paleo? Well, it’s no fun, that’s for sure. For thirty days, I will eat just meat, vegetables and fruits, excluding nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants). After the month is over, I will add one food back at a time, every three or four days, to see what it does to me. I keep telling myself that I can do anything for a month.
January will be full of healthy foods here on the blog. I won’t limit my posts to things I am eating. Heaven forbid I get that extreme. However, there will be a lot of vegetables. I have been training myself like I was getting ready for a sporting event. I got three paleo cookbooks for Christmas. I have been fiddling with coconut and almond milks. I am proud to announce that I have learned to like not only radishes, but also….Brussels Sprouts. Yup. Even I am amazed. Wait ’til you see what I have done to them.
In the meantime, let me share these sweet potatoes. I got the idea for them from Lora Krulak’s Veggies for Carnivores book. Lime and adobo seasoning makes for some mighty good fries. I had never realized what a kick a little bit of citrus juice gives roasted vegetables. Lucky for me, I live in the land of citrus. This time of year, the stores are overflowing with limes, lemons, tangerines, oranges and grapefruits.
- 2-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into fries
- 2 tsp adobo seasoning
- juice of 1 lime
- coconut or olive oil
- Splash 1 Tbsp oil on a rimmed cookie sheet.
- Put sweet potatoes on the pan and add another 1 Tbsp oil.
- Toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with adobo seasoning.
- Squirt with lime.
- Roast for 40-45 in a 375 degree oven.
I absolutely adore New England clam chowder. I have to admit, I have never had a Manhattan style that I like. I still have hope, though because it’s been decades since I tried the latter style. I am always swayed by the cream in the former. Who can resist heavy cream? Continue reading
Two college kids and I just finished painting all of the new house. For five days, I met them there at 8:30am and we worked steadily until 4pm. I now have an official painting outfit. I also threw out the official painting shoes. By the end of the week, all vestiges of blue, yellow ochre, green, brown and meh white were replaced by a creamy lace color. Continue reading