Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados

Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados is a super simple, addictive,  deliciously, healthy, lunch or light dinner idea you can readily make in no time flat with fresh ingredients such as crisp romaine lettuce, succulent gulf shrimp, red tomatoes, red onions, chickpeas, ripened avocados, juicy raspberries, and sweet blackberries.

I love Gulf shrimp and I’ll be quite frank with you, if I see Gulf Shrimp on sale and they look good, I am buying them in mass quantities. I will find any excuse I can to use them in my recipes they are just that darn delicious. Hence one of my favorite recipes is my Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados.berry-vinaigrette-salad-recipeCan you believe it’s March? I mean summer is only 3 months away and I totally miss the warm sunshine state I lived in for so many years. I have lived near the Memphis border for a little over 6 months and darn you Mississippi you ar still rather chilly to this Floridian girl. So I am in desperate need of a Florida meal now and Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados definitely will be my go to Florida meal today on this chilly day. Continue reading

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SPICY PENNE PASTA WITH ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE

This Cajun flavored Spicy Penne Pasta with Andouille Sausage is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a deliciously creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh garden grown herbs, and Cajun spices.

I wish all dinners came with an easy button, this Cajun Flavored Spicy Penne Pasta with Andouille Sausage only took me about 30 minutes after the grill was fired up to cook. While I waited for my grill to heat, I used the time to do a bit of prep work for my recipe such chopping a medium onion, garlic, and fresh parsley from my herb garden.

Just a hint if you don’t live in an area where you can pick up andouille sausage at your local market you can take one of two routes; either go with a spicy country sausage or you can use a smoked sausage you enjoy. I have actually had to do so myself. The flavor changes slightly but it’s still totally delicious and easy to make for dinner. Continue reading

BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Crisp broccoli, Pink lady apples, celery, cranberries, raisins, shredded carrots, and sunflower seeds come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and various textures. The creamy dressing on top makes this Broccoli Apple salad absolutely delicious.

Broccoli Apple salad is one of those salads that’s so deliciously good, it’s hard to remember it’s the main ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli has long been a  love-hate relationship with many adult and children alike over the years. However, Broccoli Apple salad recipe has always been a huge hit with my children and family thankfully.

broccoli-apple-saladI  totally love broccoli as long as it’s not just bland steamed broccoli tossed on my plate. That’s where I draw the line with broccoli. I also won’t eat overcooked broccoli; it’s just kinda downright gross. What’s your broccoli pet peeve?
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Green Gumbo, Gumbo z’herbes

Gumbo z’herbes is  a tricky and controversial subject to many,  ask any five people who insist they know what Gumbo z’herbes is, or exactly how Gumbo z’herbes is made, and you’ll get at least 5 or more explanations of what it is, and 5 or more different authentic recipes. It’s like arguing with 5 diva food artists; their way is the only way because that’s the authentic way to make Gumbo z’herbes.

Green Gumbo, Gumbo z’herbes is a traditional Holy Thursday meal for Creole families in New Orléans, the Nine Greens are said to represent the Nine Churches visited on Good Friday in remembrance of Jesus’ walk to be crucified

Green Gumbo, aka Gumbo z’herbes, is always made with various garden greens, which is different from the normal go-to idea Creole Gumbo.  In fact, the more various more greens added to the pot, the merrier. Ms. Leah Chase, the Queen of kick ass Gumbo z’herbes, has been known in the past for stating, one should always stick to an odd number of greens in  Gumbo z’herbes;  even numbers are said to be bad luck according to folklore passed down the generations.

 

green-gumbo1Personally, I think I trust Ms. Leah Chase’s recipe the most out of all the recipes I have come across over the years, being she has always packed the house at Dooky Chase’s on Orléans Avenue in the past with her recipe. However, I have, to be honest, we all know that we can try to imitate that lovely ladies recipe, but we are never going to duplicate perfection. Hands down she has the golden touch for Gumbo z’herbes. Continue reading

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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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

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