Black Eyed Peas – A Southern New Year’s Tradition

Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day is one of my most favorite Southern traditions. It is believed that eating Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens in the New Year will bring you luck and prosperity. Anytime I can prepare a dish for friends with special meaning it is like a gift to me. I […]

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Kale, Quinoa and Couscous Salad

I am madly in love with Kale. It is true. I just can’t help it. I have kept large bags of kale in my refrigerator for months now and I add it to everything imaginable. It is just that good. The nutritional benefits are an extra added boost and benefit. Given my recent holiday eating, […]

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Garlic Sautéed Spinach with Roasted Garbanzo Beans

The textures of soft spinach and chewy, roasted garbanzo beans come together perfectly in this simple dish. This is a quick side to cook and share with your family and friends that packs a healthy kick. Note: This recipe is designated “ME” for Mindful Eating and is generally lower in fat and calories than some […]

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Easy Homemade Gifts: Bourbon Cordials

I am a Kentucky girl, and I am required by law to drink and love Bourbon. And I do. I love it. It is one of my absolute favorite things on this earth. Kentucky is home to 95% of the world’s Bourbon. Needless to say, I was born in the right state. Because of my […]

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Easy Homemade Gifts: Cranberry Bourbon Freezer Jam

I’ve always been a little hesitant about canning. All of that heat and glass seem like such a volatile combination. I have canned on numerous occasions, but always with someone who has years of experience on me and can act as a canning mentor. Freezer jam is a great option for those days when I […]

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Cranberry & Bittersweet Chocolate Shortbread Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

This year I participated in the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, where bloggers from around the country bake cookies and send them to other bloggers as a surprise. Last year was super tasty and great fun, and this year was even better. In addition to baking and receiving tasty cookies, the cookie swap […]

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Bourbon Sorghum Pecan Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

I’ve already made 3 batches of these cookies (including the initial experimental batch) and it isn’t even December yet! My friends and family have vied for the right to take extras home, and eat as many as they could for themselves. I even found partially eaten cookies lying in the pile thanks to the mouse […]

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Pumpkin Harvest Bourbon Martini

Pumpkin is one of my favorite foods on the planet. At Thanksgiving, I will merrily eat (and drink) Pumpkin everything. I’ve served these texture rich, Bourbon laced drinks on a few occasions this holiday season, and they are my Thanksgiving eve drink of choice this year. Enjoy this sweet little drink and be merry, merry. […]

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Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie Pancakes with Sorghum Butter

Pumpkin is one of my all-time favorite things in the world. Add pumpkin to anything I instantly become a super happy girl. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and sometimes breakfast falls off the radar on such a big family dinner day. Luckily, these easy, beautiful, tasty little babies will fill the tummies at your […]

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Honey Bourbon Apple Cider

Being from Kentucky, I am a great lover of all things Bourbon. Finally, after taking some cocktail making classes and experimenting at home, I’m ready to add this new section, Cocktails and Libations, to my site. When thinking about a name for this section, “Libations” immediately came to mind, and then I looked up the […]

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