3-Ingredient Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole

This is truly a family favorite at my house and makes the PERFECT breakfast for Christmas morning. You can put it together the night before and set it out for about 10 minutes while the oven preheats and then let it cook while you open your gifts. It is easy to serve, easy to eat […]


Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

mint chocolate cheesecake

    My very favorite ice cream flavor is WITHOUT A DOUBT mint chocolate chip.  I remember as a kid going to Baskin Robbins and getting a giant waffle cone and having them fill it as full as they could and eating every bite of it!  Many years ago after I overcame my cheesecake fear, I […]


Southern Style Green Beans Without the Guilt


Good glory! I love green beans.  This is a fact – there is nowhere else in the entire country that can beat a Southern-style green bean.  You will be hard pressed to find a plate at  any Southern Thanksgiving table that doesn’t have soft, tasty green beans piled up “high as a cat’s back”.  A […]


Nana’s Sausage Cheese Grits

sausage cheese grits

I write this post with such a bittersweet heart.  Right now my sister and I are sitting in my grandmother’s den recalling all the hilarious things that dynamo of a woman has said throughout our lives while she lays in her bed in the frailest of states in what has become the last stretch of her […]


So Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

stuffed mushrooms

Long before we knew much about cooking, any time my sister and I would cook for friends or family, we always made stuffed mushrooms.  As simple as they are, they have always been a big hit and definitely a go-to for me when I need to prepare a meal in a hurry.  I LOVE stuffed […]


A Birthday Dinner for the Hubs! – Eggplant Parmesan

eggplant parm

Tanti auguri a-te Tanti auguri a-te Tanti auguri, Drew Tanti auguri a-te Every year growing up for our birthday my dad would always ask what we wanted for our birthday dinner.  I always LOVED our birthday dinners, because we got to pick whatever we wanted regardless of what everyone else in the house liked.  Without […]


“I feel so “corn”-y!!” Corn & Tomato Salad

corn and tomato salad

A few years ago on a family trip to Dauphin Island, this recipe was created.  Vacations with my family are NEVER dull.  We definitely have lots of fun in the sun, but as you can probably guess, we have LOTS of time in the kitchen.  While no one enjoys a long drive to the beach […]


Daddy Always Knows Best – Roasted Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki Sauce

Roasted Lamb

Some people find inspiration for the things they are passionate about in people they will never meet.  Being an untrained “kitchen chef”, I have the utmost respect for any professional chef especially the really fun ones that get their own show on Food Network.  I flip through magazines and cookbooks nearly every day looking for something […]


O Basil! My Basil! – An Ode to Pesto

Fresh basil

Oh, Basil! My, Basil! the dreaded wait is done; You started as a little plant and now my gardening has won; The kitchen is near, the food processor I hear, the pesto is forthcoming While fellow bellies try to wait, the hungrier we’re becoming But oh plate! plate! plate! Oh the empty stare of white Where on the stove […]