Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS Crust 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter ¼ cup vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar 4-5 tablespoons ice water Filling 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 ½ chicken stock 6-7 cups boneless, skinless cooked […]

Beefy Shepherd’s Pie

Great way to use leftover mashed potatoes!   Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ lbs ground beef 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 1 cup carrots, diced ½ cup corn, fresh or frozen ½ cup peas, frozen ½ cup beef broth 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered (or use leftover […]

Beef and Bean Chili

Yield: 6-8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef 1 cup onion, chopped 1 cup green pepper, chopped 3- 16 ounce cans of chili beans, undrained, I prefer Bush’s beans 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup of water 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon smoked […]

Homemade Applesauce

INGREDIENTS 3-4 lbs apples, recommend Granny Smith or Fuji 4 strips of lemon peel Juice of 1 lemon 3 inches of cinnamon stick ¼ cup dark brown sugar Up to ½ cup granulated sugar (dependent natural sweetness of the apples) 1 cup water ½ teaspoon salt PREPARATION Peel, core and quarter apples and place them […]

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Graham Cracker Crust 10 whole graham crackers – crushed 1 stick of butter – melted 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Note: Time Saver Tip – Use an already prepared graham cracker crust Filling 1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature 1 – 14 ounce can […]

Root Beer Float

Yield: 1 Root Beer Float  INGREDIENTS 2-3 scoops of good vanilla ice cream 1 – 8 ounce bottle of your favorite root beer 1 – glass beer mug – frosted PREPARATION Approximately ½ hour before assembling the float, place your mug in the freezer and chill.  Remove mug and pour about 3-4 ounces of root […]

Simple Comforts… Spicy Tomato Soup

What could be more comforting than a great big bowl of homemade tomato soup. Remember when you would come home from school for lunch and your Mom would have a piping hot bowl of soup ready for you, along with your favorite sandwich? Brings back great memories for me! SPICY TOMATO SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 – […]

Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS Rolled Dumplings ½ cup vegetable shortening – chilled 4 cups self-rising flour, divided – I prefer White Lily 1 cup buttermilk Chicken 1 – 2-3 lb chicken fryer, cut into pieces 3 quarts water or combination of water and low sodium chicken broth 1 carrot – cut into small chunks 1 […]

Southern Fried Corn

If you’ve never eaten fried corn, you’ve missed out on a great Southern dish. It’s actually not fried, but cooked in a skillet, preferably a well seasoned cast iron one. Use the freshest corn available and make sure that it isn’t dry. Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 12 ears fresh corn 8 slices of bacon 4 […]

Tailgate Baked Beans

In the South, they love to tailgate! These baked beans make a delicious addition to your tailgate menu. Yield: 8-10 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 slices of bacon 1 large sweet yellow onion – finely chopped ½ green pepper – finely chopped ½ lb ham – slivered 2 – 28 ounce cans pork and beans ½ cup […]

Five Star Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lbs elbow macaroni 2 cups half and half 2 cups milk ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese 1 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese Pinch of salt Freshly grated black pepper, to taste PREPARATION Cook the macaroni per package instructions. Drain and return to pan and keep […]

Kentucky Derby Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Single Pie Crust – already prepared or make your own ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 ½ cups chopped pecans – toasted 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degree F Toasted Pecans: Place […]

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups elbow macaroni – cooked al dente 2 cans white premium tuna – drained 1 cup frozen peas or other favorite vegetable, thawed Sauce 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 tablespoons all purpose flour 5 green onions – finely chopped, including green tops 2 cups milk or half and half 1 […]

Crushed Heirloom Potatoes

I discovered this recipe for Crushed Heirloom potatoes in the 2005 edition of Bon Appetit’ magazine. If you can’t find the more unusual heirloom potatoes, you can substitute the Yukon Gold’s that are readily available at your grocery store. Unique alternative to the traditional mashed. Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 2 lbs unpeeled whole heirloom potatoes 3 […]

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

  ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES WITH GARLIC AND HERBS SERVES 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. fingerling potatoes ¼ cup olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 gloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 tablespoons basil – finely chopped 2 tablespoons parsley – finely chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees […]

Sweet Potato Souffle with Walnuts

SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE WITH WALNUTS Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups sweet potatoes cooked and mashed 8 ounces cream cheese ½ cup unsalted butter 2 eggs beaten ¼ cup brown sugar 2 ½ tablespoons dry sherry (optional) ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup chopped walnuts ½ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible) PREPARATION With electric mixer, […]

Italian Sausage Casserole

ITALIAN SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ lb hot Italian sausage – removed from casing 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 teaspoon oregano Kosher salt and grated black pepper, to taste 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 can tomato soup 1 can water 4 cups cooked penne pasta Mozzarella cheese – […]