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Spicy Black Beans

Easy Spicy Black Beans Ingredients: I large can of black beans (do not drain or rinse) 1 can Rotel tomatoes with cilantro and lime juice 1 small onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp olive or canola oil Preparation Heat oil in heavy bottom sauce pan.  Add onions and garlic and sauté until softened, … Continue reading

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

  Fried Green Tomatoes I’ve played and played around with different recipes for this southern staple.  From the likes of Paula Deen to Emeril to The Neelys and beyond.  I think it’s just a matter of practicing until you find your comfort zone.  Below is my final result and has proven to only get better … Continue reading

Grits & Greens

Grits & Greens

          Grits & Greens (Recipe compliments of Charleston Cooks!) Ingredients 4 cups water 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp butter or EVOO (plus enough to coat bottom of saute pan) 1-1/2 cups stone ground grits 1 cup cream 1 cup (or more) grated cheddar cheese 1 bunch of favorite greens, *chiffonade, such … Continue reading

VEGETABLE TIAN

VEGETABLE TIAN

VEGETABLE TIAN I came upon this dish on Pinterest if memory serves.  It looked so pretty, had ingredients that I just love, so I had to give it a whirl.  Oh boy, am I glad I did.  This is a great summer dish to make alongside just about anything – grilled chicken, fish, skirt steak.  … Continue reading

CREAMY SPRING PEAS WITH PANCETTA

CREAMY SPRING PEAS WITH PANCETTA

CREAMY SPRING PEAS WITH PANCETTA I had the distinct pleasure of cooking for my husband’s family this Easter.  My mother in law had a gift certificate to Honey Baked Ham, so I was responsible for the sides.  Tired of the same old casseroles (squash, green bean, au gratin potatoes), I scoured countless cookbooks, websites, and … Continue reading

Herbed Cauliflower Puree

Herbed Cauliflower Puree This is a great healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.  Like potatoes, the variations are endless.  Be creative and adventuresome by adding your own personal touch of your favorite ingredients.  (Hint:  Every dish deserves garlic – roasted garlic!) Ingredients Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower (about 3 cups florets) 1/2 Cup half & half or … Continue reading

Smooth & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Smooth & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Smooth & Creamy Mashed Potatoes Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?  Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner were always my favorite “eating” holidays growing up because I knew we would have homemade mashed potatoes and gravy.  The other 363 days of the year, the beloved starch came from a cardboard box in the form of flakes.  Not that … Continue reading

Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

For all you mashed potato lovers out there, this dish is crazy good.  Take it from me, having grown up on mashed potatoes at least three times a week, unless you told me otherwise, I would never know that this is pureed cauliflower.  And so much healthier for you! This is a great dish to … Continue reading

Blackened Grilled Salmon over Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Grilled Salmon over Cilantro Lime Quinoa

BLACKENED GRILLED SALMON OVER CILANTRO LIME QUINOA For the blackening seasoning ½ tsp paprika ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp cumin Ingredients 1 tsp Olive Oil 2 cups chicken broth (fat-free/low sodium) 1 cup uncooked quinoa (click HERE for the perfect quinoa cooking tips) Juice … Continue reading