Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic is so simple and delicious it’s almost ridiculous. The ingredient list is minimal Brussel sprouts, red onions, smoky bacon, olive oil, honey, and sweet balsamic. You can easily find every item at your local grocer or even your own home in most instances.

Just for fun, I decided to do a little research on Brussels Sprouts to see what I could dig up as far as information.Want to know what crazy and fun facts I managed to find out rummaging on the worldwide web? Some of them you might actually find slightly interesting.roasted-brussel-sprouts-with-bacon-and-balsamic

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.

This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with leftover tender grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce with fresh broccoli over your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, penne pasta, o even gnocchi.

chicken-and-broccoli-alfredo-recipe-1I love marinated grilled chicken and make it often, so we often have leftover grilled chicken in the refrigerator,  which is perfect for a jumpstart on making my  Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe on a weeknight a little faster. So don’t be afraid to use leftover chicken versus starting from scratch when making this recipe. Just marinate the boneless skinless chicken in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper for about an hour. Grill till done.It’s that simple to make. Continue reading

Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe

This Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe is a wonderful leap in the right direction, combining the fresh delightful flavors of fresh raspberries, blackberries, quality balsamic vinegar, garlic, Vidalia onions, pure organic honey, tarragon, and fresh sweet basil.

Fresh mixed berries are some of the healthiest foods on planet Earth. New research is constantly being published and those juicy sweet ripe berries are being recognized and analyzed for their health giving properties.Fresh Berries are extremely high in antioxidants.

fresh-mixed-berry-vinaigrette-recipeThose delicious tasting fresh organic blackberries I included in my Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe are so much more than just powerful antioxidants. Blackberries are also extremely high in some of the highest forms of chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds: vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They also have high levels of the soluble fiber known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.  Continue reading

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.

In the mid-1950s, the New Orléans-based Italian restaurant Pascal’s Manale opened it’s doors in 1913 on Napoleon Ave,  New Orléans, LA  and invented the BBQ shrimp recipe. The story is told as one of the restaurant’s frequent customers,  a Mr. Vincent Sutro, had just returned to the New Orléans area from a trip to Chicago, and he began discussing a fabulous dish he had in Chicago with chef Jake Radosta.  He then asked the chef if he could reproduce a similar recipe for him that evening for his meal.

new-orleans-style-bbq-shrimp-2The Pascal’s Manale Restaurant’s Chef Jake  Radosta tried to no avail to recreate the original Chicago dish based on the customer’s description. What he served to Vincent Sutro ended up not coming out the same as the shrimp dish did in Chicago during his trip, however, he insisted that the shrimp recipe was even better. The Pascal’s Manale restaurant decided to put the dish on the menu, where it’s been ever since. Continue reading

Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and delicious tasting Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage is perfect for chasing away the winter time blues. Made with some of the South’s favorite ingredients such as; smoked sausage, 15 different beans, fresh collard greens, onions, celery, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles,  Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Cayenne pepper served over white rice for the perfect balance of flavor.

This recipe for Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup is definitely a go-to meal for those of us who love of beans and rice recipes. The combination of beans, rice, collard greens and smoked sausage are definitely a plus in my book. Add a bit of white cornbread and I’m in my own little word of happiness.spicy-southern-15-bean-soup-3First off I want to apologize and give you all a BIG Thank you for being here. I know it seems as if I have been a bit lax on sharing recipes and stories with y’all; for that I am sorry. We have had one crazy mess going on that started with a leaking pipe under the house foundation and ended with concrete floors being dug up, new tile laid in the kitchen, and all new carpet in the rest of the living area. Now hopefully we can get back on track and have a little less dramatic household in the future. Continue reading

CAJUN FLAVORED HOPIN’ JOHN Recipe

New Years Day is nearly here and there are some Southern Traditions I plan to uphold; one of them being Cajun Hopin’ John along with a few other delicious Old Southern traditions. Hopin John like most Southern foods has a rich history to be told.

Now,  traditionalists may have a few words to say about my recipe, and that’s ok we all have our own specific traditions and family recipes we enjoy making. The original ingredients used to make Hoppin’ John were simple: one pound of bacon, one pint of peas, and one pint of rice.You couldn’t get any more straightforward or traditional than that back in the day.

cajun-flavored-hopin-johnIn  Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife -1847, it’s important to know that everything was cooked together in the same pot. “First put on the peas, and when half boiled, add the bacon. When the peas are well boiled, throw in the rice, which must first be washed and graveled. When the rice has boiled half an hour, take the pot off the fire and put it on coals to steam, as in boiling rice alone.” Continue reading

Holiday Fudge Brownies with Pomegranate Recipe and DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza

I’m not even going to lie the Holidays completely exhaust me, between figuring out what to eat on busy days, Holiday parties, what to take to the Holiday parties, Secret Santa gifts for the office, and etc. I just want something to eat and I really am thinking DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza. However, you have to be kidding yourself if you think I am going back out into the Memphis area traffic for the 3rd time today. Nope, not happening again. I’m heading down to the Dollar General Store which is about 4 minutes away from the house.

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding frustration to them by going insane in the kitchen or spending unnecessary cash on the same ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store. I can go right on my cell phone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites and saving money in as little as 1-2-3.

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding frustration to them by going insane in the kitchen or spending unnecessary cash on the same ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store. I can go right on my cell phone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites and saving money in as little as 1-2-3.I don’t know about you but I am starving and trying to patiently wait while my mom slices this delicious looking DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza. I decided to go with my favorite the Supreme DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza today. You can’t go wrong with tons of toppings on your pizza, can you? Continue reading