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  • Apple Baked Brussels Sprouts with Country Ham

    Posted on Oct 26th, 2011

    These tasty Brussels Sprouts taste like a burst of Fall when combined with Apples, Cider, Pecans and a few simple pie spices. The saltiness of the…

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    Apple Brussels Sprout Slaw

    Posted on Apr 30th, 2013

    I've been on a bit of a slaw kick lately, and I've been experimenting with various cruciferous veggies. A couple of weeks ago I made a Sweet and…

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    Beer Braised Kale, Collard Greens and Brown Rice

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012

    Kale, Collard Greens, or some variety of dark, leafy cruciferous vegetable are in my fridge all winter long. I love cooking them up in soups, adding…

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    Black Eyed Peas – A Southern New Year’s Tradition

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012

    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…

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    Black Eyed Succotash

    Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011

    Succotash is one of my favorite dishes and is quite popular in my family. I've added a few unexpected twists and turns to my version to give it a…

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    Blood Orange Roasted Carrots (ME)

    Posted on Mar 22nd, 2011

    These carrots are scrumptious and sweet, and contain one of my favorite fruit juices, freshly squeezed blood orange. Blood Oranges are a tangy, tasty…

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    Bourbon Smashed Sweet Potatoes

    Posted on Nov 18th, 2011

    These tasty sweet potatoes were a big hit at my dinner table last week. Everything was good, but these sweets were something special. The greatest…

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    Bourbon Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

    Posted on May 12th, 2011

    There is nothing more Kentucky than a little bourbon. Add some sugar and some sweet potatoes and you have a tasty side dish that can easily accompany…

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    Campfire Roasted Potatoes

    Posted on Jun 13th, 2011

    In one week, Summer Solstice will be upon us and we'll be in the full swing of summer heat, beach trips, cocktails by the swimming pool and BBQs. The…

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    Cheesy Irish Scalloped Potatoes

    Posted on Aug 31st, 2011

    I've been longing for Ireland ever since I visited last Thanksgiving. While I hope to plan another trip soon, I've been cooking up some Irish…

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    Dill Roasted Potato Salad (ME)

    Posted on Jun 26th, 2011

    Potato salad is a Southern staple in the Summer for picnics and BBQs. And who doesn't love a good dill pickle as part of their Summer feast? Dill is,…

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    Fresh Tomato Sauce (ME)

    Posted on Mar 7th, 2011

    There is nothing as nice as a homemade, fresh tomato sauce to brighten an otherwise ordinary meal. One of the primary delights of the summer are…

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    Garlic Grilled Vegetable Skewers (ME)

    Posted on Jul 8th, 2011

    These skewers are simple, easy and, if allowed marinate for the day, filled with extra kick and flavor. If you don't have access to an outdoor grill…

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    Garlic Sautéed Spinach

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2012

    Sometimes the simplest foods are the best, and this sautéed spinach is no exception. A little garlic, olive oil and lemon can make a lovely green a…

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    Garlic Sautéed Spinach with Roasted Garbanzo Beans

    Posted on Dec 26th, 2012

    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…

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    Garlicky Corn and Squash Bake

    Posted on Oct 16th, 2011

    It has been Fall food madness at my house and all varieties of squash are at the top of the list. I went to the local market today and picked up some…

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    Garlicky Pesto

    Posted on Aug 3rd, 2011

    I love garlic. It is like a great, divine god of the food world. Pesto is a lovely concoction - not only with garlic, but cheese, fresh roasted nuts,…

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    Garlicky Whole Grain Spaghetti Squash Pasta

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2011

    I love spaghetti squash but, like most people I hear complaints from, it doesn't fully substitute as a pasta for me. There is a heartiness and…

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    Heirloom Bean Salad (ME)

    Posted on Jun 23rd, 2011

    I am fascinated with heirloom seeds and vegetables. There are so many vast and unique varieties just waiting to be loved and tasted. In particular,…

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    Honey Baked Sweet Potato Fries (ME)

    Posted on Apr 22nd, 2011

    Sweet Potatoes are a Southern staple to be sure. And nothing is as quick and easy as some baked sweet potato fries. I jazz these up with a little…

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    Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Posted on Mar 22nd, 2011

    I first made these Brussels Sprouts for a family Thanksgiving gathering in a cabin in the mountains of Gatlinburg, TN. Brussels Sprouts were never a…

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    Italian Antipasti Pasta Salad

    Posted on Jun 22nd, 2011

    My favorite styles of food in the world are American Southern and Italian. I spent a month in Italy roaming the streets and taking a cooking class…

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    Kale, Quinoa and Couscous Salad

    Posted on Dec 28th, 2012

    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…

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    Kristen’s Braised Kale (ME)

    Posted on Apr 20th, 2011

    Last night I was at my dear friend Kristen's house and she made this amazing Kale! She often downplays her cooking abilities, but everything I've had…

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    Lemon Miso Roasted Sweet Potatoes

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013

    I love dishes that are simply brilliant. Short prep time and a dish you can walk away from in the oven are two great factors. Take that and combine…

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    Lemon Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

    Posted on Jul 11th, 2012

    These potatoes are super easy and delicious. The brightness of the lemon complements the rugged potato texture and robust rosemary flavor perfectly.…

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    Loaded Potato Salad

    Posted on Feb 10th, 2012

    Potatoes, Cheese, Bacon, Chives, Salt, Pepper - is there anything better? I think not. This dish is a simple combination of favorites used in a baked…

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    Pear, Fig and Gorgonzola Tart

    Posted on Jun 8th, 2013

    This delectable sweet and salty dish of pear, figs, honey and cheeses on puff pastry is amazingly simple to prepare yet complex in flavor. You can…

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    Pineapple Coleslaw

    Posted on Jun 28th, 2012

    There is nothing like a little sweet and tangy to compliment the salty dishes at a cookout. Cool, classic salads are a must on warm days filled with…

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    Simple Fried Rice

    Posted on Apr 15th, 2014

    I recently traveled to Bali and have been on an Asian food kick ever since. Bali is one of many islands in Indonesia and, while it does have some…

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    Southern Deep Dish Tomato Pie

    Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

    Fresh Summer Tomatoes are a must have at picnics and barbecues across America, but are nearly worshiped in the South. Big fresh slices, sprinkled…

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    Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Slaw

    Posted on Apr 12th, 2013

    My dear friend Joyce from Friends Drift Inn gave me a jar of Bread and Butter Pickles. She is the canning Queen and anything she gives you in a Ball…

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    Sweet Potato Hash

    Posted on Jan 22nd, 2012

    Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Southern staples. The sweet, melt in your mouth texture is heaven on plate. It is just an added bonus that…

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    Very Green Vegetarian Asian Noodles

    Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012

    I recently spent some time in China and brought home some goodies from the local Asian markets. There were so many things I loved about the food on…

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    Zesty Quinoa Bean Salad

    Posted on May 21st, 2014

    This salad takes Quinoa, a plant based complete protein, and pairs it with protein rich legumes and zesty Lime and Cayenne Pepper to create a tangy…

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    Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Pepper Crème Fraîche

    Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

    This year I planted a Romanesco Zucchini plant in my garden, and I've had a beautiful, abundant crop of striped green fruit all summer long.…

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