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

HEARTY WEDDING SOUP – MINESTRA MARITATA Recipe

Hearty Wedding Soup-Minestra Maritata is traditionally served in Italian homes during the holidays; such as Christmas, New Years, and even Easter. It’s the delicious combination of meats, vegetables, and broth is how it become known as “Minestra Maritata”; which lightly translates in Italian, to a marriage of meat and veggie.

My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget.My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect  blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget. Continue reading

WALDORF CHICKEN SALAD Recipe

Waldorf Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious update to the original New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s recipe for Waldorf Salad combining Dukes mayonnaise, Greek Plain yogurt, lemon juice, diced chicken breast, Honeycrisp apples, seedless  sliced Globe grapes, celery, fresh sweet basil, toasted walnuts, and simply seasoned with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

Waldorf Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious update to the original New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s recipe for Waldorf Salad combining Dukes mayonnaise, Greek Plain yogurt, lemon juice, diced chicken breast, Honeycrisp apples, seedless sliced Globe grapes, celery, fresh sweet basil, toasted walnuts, and simply seasoned with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

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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

Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty,  Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream,  mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it’s simply to die for.

The first Christmas dinner I spent with my husband and his family over 9 years ago, my sister-in-law Dawn brought a Dried Chipped Beef Dip to my Mother-in-laws Holiday dinner. I  really liked the texture and the flavor of the dried beef in her recipe, but I did not like how salty her Dried Chipped Beef Dip tasted. The saltiness was a little too overboard for me and my husband’s taste. Neither one of us is big fans of over salted foods.

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty, Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it's simply to die for.I decided to keep her idea when it came to the Dried Chipped Beef Dip , but remove some of that heavy salt taste from her recipe. I must have made this recipe countless times till I got it to the exact taste and texture I was looking for. I had actually played around with her Dip recipe so much in the last 9 years, that it’s not even her recipe anymore, just her idea I guess. Continue reading

Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe

A  deliciously tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is hard to come by these days; but I have one to share with you today, made with a quality marbled Chuck roast,  tender  seasonal root vegetables such as Yukon Gold potatoes, baby carrots, celery, onions, all slowly cooked in a rich broth made from red wine.

In every family, there is a cherished recipe for and American all-time favorite Sunday dinner; that favorite is the Pot Roast, some are tender and juicy if cooked correctly while others may leave something to be desired being more on the tough or stringy side if cooked too rapidly. You just can’t rush a good tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe; it takes a little patience on your part.

perfect-pot-roast-recipe-1One of the most important factors in my Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is the fact I take a little time choosing the right  cut of meat with great marbling. I generally use a Chuck Roast which can be tough is not treated correctly in the cooking process leading up to a stringy pot roast. So I always look for a decent amount of marbling to my Chuck roast to help keep it tender while I cook it slowly on low heat. Continue reading