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Southern Creamed Corn Fresh From Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in Florida has turned me into such a locavore. I get a huge kick out of seeing the little “Fresh from Florida” signs all over the produce department next to fruits and vegetables that I know the rest of the country hasn’t even started planting. These are things I rarely paid attention to even just a couple of years ago. You can imagine what it’s like to have strawberries in February or tomatoes in March. Now that it’s May, it’s corn on the cob season and that means enjoying some good ole Southern Creamed Corn made with Florida Sweet Corn.

#freshfromflorida corn on the cob: enjoy it months before the rest of the USA!

Once you have had homemade creamed corn, you will never, ever in a million years, buy it canned again. There is no comparison. In fact, on the night I made this for dinner, my son happened to notice the corn cobs in the kitchen garbage right before bedtime. He came to me and said, “I knew that had to be fresh corn tonight, it was just so delicious.”

Southern Creamed Corn made with #freshfromflorida corn on the cob.  Once you've tried this, you will never buy canned creamed corn again!

Southern Creamed Corn

Ingredients

8 ears fresh corn, husked, corn sliced from the cob

1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

1 Tbsp flour (I used gluten free all-purpose flour mix)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil

2 Tbsp butter

Method:

In a large bowl, toss the corn with the agave, flour, salt and pepper. Combine the half and half with the water and add to the corn. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat or olive oil. Add the corn mixture to the pan. Cook, covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.

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Blueberry Muffins

My favorite frozen fruit is the blueberry.  I could add those sweet little orbs to any and all baked goods or eat them straight from the freezer bag.  They don’t seem to lose anything by freezing, though, of course, they do tend to leak blue into everything.  When I needed a quick brunch snack the other day, I reached for the blueberries and made these delicious gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry muffins.

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Gluten-Free Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza

This post is sponsored by TapInfluence and Horizon Organic Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese.  All opinions are my own.

Gluten-free Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza using @HorizonOrganic Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and delicious meal #ad

Let’s face it, kids aren’t always enthusiastic about dinner.   When it comes to a test of wills, parents can be surprised that the “eat this or starve” routine doesn’t always work in their favor.  With five kids of my own and seven very different palates sitting in human form around the table,  there is inevitably going to be at least one moan in my house.   I have learned, however with a little bit of planning, those can be few and far between.  Continue reading

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Well, I tried and I failed.  That is my story and I am sticking with it.  About a year ago, I decided to divide my blogging time with two blogs: one just for gluten free foods and this one for everything else.  I found that I wasn’t cut out for that much online time.  So, I am back to just one blog and you will find that there is a mix of gluten-free and regular food here from now on.  As a “welcome back to sanity” celebration, I am starting this week off with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (I’m using the term “sanity” lightly, of course).

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Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach like you find at Boston Market or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is super simple to make homemade.

Creamed Spinach like Boston Market or Ruths Chris: it's so simple to make!

I love spinach.  You can serve it to me raw or cooked, fresh or frozen (canned is more meh, but I will eat it), fancy or unadorned.  I love it hidden or in plain sight.  And even though I grew up watching Popeye reruns after school, I liked before I knew it could make me have bulging forearms.  Actually, I am a little glad that I never ate enough to get those bulging forearms, but still, I love my spinach! Continue reading

Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake is a sweet and sour quick bread that can serve as dessert, breakfast or snack.

Lemon Loaf Cake can be dessert, snack or even breakfast

One day, a few years after I married my husband, he mentioned how much he’d like a slice of his sister’s lemon cake.  It was the first time I had heard that his sister even had a lemon cake.  What was this delectable sounding concoction of which my husband was dreaming?  I immediately wrote a letter to my sister-in-law asking for the recipe.  I am old enough and have been married long enough that snail mail was the “in” way to communicate back then.  Once I got my hot little hands on the recipe, this Lemon Loaf Cake quickly became a staple in our dessert line-up. Continue reading