Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

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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

Southern-Style Ambrosia Salad

Years ago, the decadent sweet iconic dessert Southern Ambrosia Salad would  start as a simple 3 ingredient dessert recipe consisting of only freshly grated coconut , orange pulp or sliced oranges, and a bit of sugar, these days it has become the epic experience depending on who is in charge of making this vintage Southern Dessert.

My recipe for Ambrosia Salad is the very one my momma made on special occasions such as the Christmas holidays, potlucks, family gatherings in the summer, and so forth when we were children; laden with fluffy white marshmallows, sweet coconut flakes,  fresh pineapple chunks, juicy mandarin orange segments, homemade whipped cream and sour cream.

Did that girl just say, “Her momma used sour cream?” Oh yes, I most certainly did y’all, there would be no such thing as vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese added in this wonderful Southern concoction of my momma’s. Sour cream may be a little more fattening but you have no idea the delicious wonderful flavor it lends this wonderful dessert we fondly call Ambrosia Salad.

Southern Ambrosia Salad imageHave you ever wondered what the word “Ambrosia” means? If you were to look it up in the dictionary you would see it actually has a wonderful meaning that really seems so fitting for this fabulous  dessert salad we call Ambrosia Salad. Continue reading

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be really good.Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.I decided while my mom was at work I would make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight; it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so simple and quick to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes. Continue reading

Easy to Make Pierogi Lasagna Rolls

Easy to Make Pierogi Lasagna Rolls are for those of us housewives that do not look forward to spending hours in the kitchen making Old Fashioned Polish Pierogies, but enjoy the delicious taste of a homemade pierogi. Traditionally Pierogies are pretty time-consuming being they are made by making a homemade dough and wrapping the dough around a savory or even sweet filling; then cooked in salted boiling water.

My Easy to Make Pierogi Lasagna Rolls are simply made by using cooked Lasagna Noodles filled with creamy homemade mashed potatoes, bacon, mild cheddar cheese, and sliced scallions, rolled, then topped with a creamy sour cream and cheese sauce before being baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven. How simple is that? Ladies and gents, it’s almost foolproof it’s so darn easy.

My Easy to Make Pierogi Lasagna Rolls are for those of us housewives not looking forward to spending hours in the kitchen making Old Fashioned Polish Pierogies. Traditionally Pierogies are time-consuming , being they are made by wrapping dough around a sweet or savory filling; then cooking them in salted boiling water.I have seen several different easy to make methods on the net for Pierogi- Inspired menu items, such as; Pierogi Lasagna,  Pierogi stuffed shells, and yes even Pierogi Lasagna Rolls . I can’t take credit for developing this lovely idea for Pierogi Lasagna Rolls, y’all know that us bloggers almost always start thinking something is a new idea, yet it has realistically been done several times before us and that’s ok by me, I just enjoy making things to share with my lovely readers.  Continue reading

Southern-Style Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Southern-Style Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is one of the ultimate comfort food casseroles that I make, this one has absolutely no canned soup, is  made with chunky-style hashbrowns or shredded, deliciously mild cheddar cheese,  white sharp cheddar cheese, heavy cream,  sour cream, minced carrots, chopped onions, and seasoned with Cajun seasoning, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns, then placed in a hot oven and baked to perfection until bubbly and  lightly browned.

Southern-Style Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is a  favorite of the covered dishes here in the South, however, we have heard this fabulous iconic casserole using hashbrowns called by few different names in other regions, such as Hashbrown Casserole,   and even Funeral Potatoes in Utah. I don’t care what name you want to call it, it’s so darn good!

Along time ago, I gave all my condensed canned soups the boot from my pantry, so this yummy casserole recipe for Southern-Style Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is made from scratch, well all except those frozen hash browns of course. Now, some folks still prefer theirs with can cream of celery,  there is nothing wrong with a shortcut here and there. I can tell you there are a few times I have taken that shortcut myself. Trust me it does save some time. Continue reading

Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Deliciously creamy Loaded Cauliflower Mash made with a touch of real butter, sour cream, white cheddar cheese,  topped with bacon, scallions, and a mild cheddar cheese that will have you thinking you are not missing those Loaded Mashed Potatoes laden in extra calories one bit.

What’s not to love about Loaded Cauliflower Mash? It is a lower calorie, lower carb, version of one of you favorite hearty comfort foods; with a ton of flavor and all your favorite goodies you love eating on your loaded mashed potatoes without all the guilt from eating more calories and carbs from the original mashed potato recipe you make for dinner.

Deliciously creamy Mashed cauliflower made with a touch of real butter, cream, white cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, scallions, and a mild cheddar cheese that will have you thinking you are not missing those Loaded Mashed Potatoes laden in extra calories one little bit.

The very first time I tried plain mashed cauliflower, I actually fell in love with the idea back in the late 90’s, it was really perfect for my new low carb diet I was following at the time to shed a few extra pounds I had put on that winter. However, unlike this recipe, it really was fairly plain tasting yet really good.

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