Creamy Dreamy White Cheddar Grits

Yield:  Serves 12   INGREDIENTS   6 cups water 2 cups half-and-half 3 teaspoons kosher salt ¼ teaspoon white pepper 2 cups quick cooking grits 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed   PREPARATION   In a saucepan, combine water, half-and-half, salt and white pepper and bring to a boil.  Slowly […]

Creamy Cheese Grits

Yield:  Serves 6   INGREDIENTS   2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup fine quick cooking grits (not instant) 1 ¼ cups half and half 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ½ cups aged sharp Cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup green onions (both green and white) ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Grated Cheddar and chopped green […]

Hearty Hash Brown Casserole

  Yield: 8-10 Servings   INGREDIENTS   3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped 4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes 8 cups French bread cubed, with crusts removed 1 lb bulk sausage, mild or hot (depending on your taste) 2 cups grated Swiss cheese  2 cups grated Romano cheese 2 ¼ cups […]

Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Yield: 4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   2 lbs fingerling potatoes ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves only 2 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves only 1-2 Meyer lemons, cut into quarters Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper   PREPARATION   Wash potatoes and cut lengthwise.  Toss potatoes with oil and then toss with […]

Potato, Onion and Cheddar Gratin

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large sweet yellow onion, preferably Vidalia 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ¼ cups chicken broth PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a shallow 1 ½ quart baking […]

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 […]

Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Recently a friend gave us some wonderful fresh green beans from her garden.  This recipe is a great alternative to simply boiling or steaming the green beans.  They were delicious – very flavorful and with layers of flavors thanks to the wine and basil.    Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed […]

Creamy Crunchy Coleslaw

Yield:  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Slaw 1 medium-sized green cabbage ½ – red bell pepper 1 medium-sized carrot – grated ½ medium sweet yellow onion – finely chopped Dressing 1 ¼ cups good mayonnaise, I prefer Hellmann’s ¼ cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar ½ teaspoon celery salt Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste PREPARATION […]

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Yield: 24 INGREDIENTS 12 large eggs ½ cup good mayonnaise 3 slices of bacon , fried crisp and crumbled 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION Hard boil eggs by placing eggs in a medium saucepan and fill pan with water, covering eggs […]

Roasted Carrots with Dill

Yield: 3-4 Servings INGREDIENTS baby carrots – 1 ½ lb bag ¼ cup good olive oil Salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill 2 tablespoons unsalted butter PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Slice baby carrots on the diagonal and place them in a large bowl. Add olive […]

Classic Deviled Eggs

A staple in the summertime at picnics or BBQ’s, although really good anytime of the year. I’m not fond of pickle relish, so my recipe does not include adding relish. If you like, pickle relish can be included, approximately 1/2 teaspoon or to taste. Yield: 12 INGREDIENTS 6 eggs ¼ cup good mayonnaise ½ teaspoon […]

Caramelized Onions

These are delicious on grilled hamburgers, bratwurst or “veggie burgers” . Yield: ½ cup INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet yellow onions, I prefer Vidalia 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper PREPARATION Thinly slice the onions and separate them into rings and rough chop. In large skillet, cast iron preferred, melt […]

Fried Mashed Potatoes

Although the thought of fried mashed potatoes is a bit strange, they are really awesome. I’ve had them in several restaurants and loved them, so I decided to try my hand with them at home. Turns out, it’s a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. You do have to plan ahead, as the potato […]

Asparagus

In the springtime, fresh asparagus is abundant and readily available in the markets. It’s a wonderful vegetable that is simple to prepare and very versatile. In addition to the standard green variety, you may also be able to find white stalks of asparagus that are grown underground and have a milder taste. You’ll also find […]

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 […]

Kugela

Kugela is the national dish of Lithuania and is an oven baked potato “pudding”. It’s rich and creamy with the great smoked taste of bacon in every bite! Consider this as an alternative to the typical potatoes sides. The most time consuming part of preparation is grating the potatoes and onions. However, make sure that […]

Rise e Bisi (Rice and Peas)

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 1/3 cup white wine (warmed) 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas 1-½ cups Arborio rice ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION In a large saucepan, bring the chicken […]

Squash Casserole

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 8 cups yellow squash (cubed or sliced) ½ yellow onion – finely chopped 3 eggs – slightly beaten 1-½ cups milk 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 box stove top stuffing – chicken flavor PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of […]

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 […]

Mac and Cheese Carbonara

This is an “over the top” variation on the standard macaroni and cheese. The different types of cheeses used, herbs and the pancetta give it more depth than your typical mac and cheese dish. If you want to impress your fellow mac and cheese aficionados, this one will do it! Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon […]

Oven Fries

  These are a great alternative to frozen fries. You can toss with a variety of herbs or spices. We particularly like them with chopped parsley and chipotle seasoning. Spicy and delicious! Serves 3-4 INGREDIENTS 2 russet potatoes – cut in ½ lengthwise and then cut halves lengthwise into fourths to make 16 large wedges […]

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

  INGREDIENTS 2 ½ lbs unpeeled red potatoes ¼ cup dry white wine ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoon cider vinegar 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 cup coarsely chopped celery PREPARATION Boil potatoes until just tender when pierced with a […]

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, […]

Corn Souffle

CORN SOUFFLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 -14 oz cans of yellow cream style corn 1 cup frozen corn kernels – cooked and cooled 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 sleeve (1/4 –pound) “unsalted tops” soda crackers – crushed ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher salt and […]

Cheese Biscuits

CHEESE BISCUITS The key to making great biscuits is buttermilk.  Having lived in the South for the past seven years, I have found that the best Southern cooks use buttermilk for their biscuits.  Using buttermilk in the recipe results in a tender, flaky biscuit.  INGREDIENTS 2 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

CLASSIC MASHED POTATOES These are just your basic mashed potatoes that epitomizes what “comfort foods” are all about.  These are rich, buttery, and creamy, with lots of butter and whipping cream.  When you are feeling the need for something comforting, for me, these are right up there with macaroni and cheese! INGREDIENTS 1 ½ lb […]

Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 1 lb elbow macaroni 4 cups milk 2-3 sprigs thyme 4 cloves garlic – finely chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 ½ cups shredded sharp white or yellow Cheddar cheese Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 large onion – diced 4 large slices of bacon […]