Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna

Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna is one of my childhood favorites made with comforting layers of long tubular pasta, a delicious homemade Mediterranean meat sauce spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice, cloves,  nutmeg, this classic Greek dish is topped with creamy béchamel and Kefalotyri cheese and guaranteed to be a family favorite for the dinner table.

Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna is one of those wonderful Mediterranean pasta recipes that take me back to my teen years in Ohio. It reminds me of two things, the holidays with my friends and one of my favorite festivals in Warren, Ohio that Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church hosts every year; The Greek Fest. This year will be their 50th Annual hosting of the Greek Festival, one of the largest Greek festivals in Ohio.

Pastitsio is one of the cherished classic Greek recipes I used to beg my friends to ask their mom’s for. In the beginning, no one was budging for my request of their cherished recipe for that delicious baked pasta, it actually took me years to earn the rights to the recipe. That request of mine required me to watch a few amazing women make their traditional family recipes several times to get this recipe on point. Moral of the story, if you want something special you need to be willing to put the labor and time in to make it properly. Continue reading

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Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup

It’s becoming that wonderful time of the year again, where I crave the warm deliciousness of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s simmered to perfection and layered with simple flavors of Cauliflower. broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, chicken stock,  cream, butter and the perfect cheesy goodness we all love in our warm belly filling bowls of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup.

It’s also back to school for the kids, and mom’s everywhere are looking for the perfect lunch and dinner meals to serve on those slightly cooler days coming our way. Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup hits the spot in every way with its thick rich base of cheese, butter, broth, cream, and fresh herbs. The Cauliflower and broccoli are cooked to perfection; not too soft, not too crisp, but just right to please the families palette.

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup 2Everyone has their favorite comfort foods and this Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup seems to hit the spot with everyone that eats it. I find that really it’s not a bunch of crazy, odd spices that make the best Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup, it’s all the layers of flavor and the method used to cook the Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup. Honestly, a pinch of fresh herbs will go a long way when making this wonderful warm inviting soup, however, the kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorns are the star seasonings in this recipe. Continue reading

Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup

Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup is the perfect soup that’s an exception to the rule during the summer months. Creamy, thick, and delicious are some of the keywords that come to mind when eating this Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup. Made with leftover fresh sweet corn on the cob, sliced russet potatoes, bite-size smoked sausage slices, chopped sweet red mini peppers, celery, heavy cream, garden fresh herbs, and Cajun seasoning.

My mama has always taught us, waste not, wants not, and this recipe is a perfect example of not wasting valuable ingredients. The liquids off of that sweet delicious corn are alone are like liquid gold in this recipe for Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup, the flavor is out of this world.

Southern-Style Corn and Potato SoupI know some of y’all are thinking it’s kinda hot outside for soup, isn’t it? Well, as I said early on this is an exception to the summer soup rules, as this is the perfect time of year for the sweet delicious corn on the cob the recipe calls for. This soup is literally a corn and potato lovers dream. Continue reading

Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns. So darn good you won’t even bother with extra butter or salt.

Sweet corn used to be a sign of summer when I lived up north and the midwest, but in Florida, it’s a crop for the fall, winter, and spring. So now is the perfect time for me to get a head start sharing some of my favorite springtime and Summer recipes such as my recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob.

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns.In sunny Florida, we tend to enjoy deliciously super sweet varieties of corn, They have more natural sugars than some of the other varieties of corn, which tend to bring out the natural flavors more so when simmered in milk, honey, butter, and seasoning. Continue reading

Southern Chocolate Grits n Berries

This wonderful Southern Chocolate Grits n Berries recipe is so simple to make and delicious you’re going to wish you had made it sooner. Combining delicious ripe fresh berries, grits, cocoa powder, pure vanilla, a touch of granulated sugar and cream for a breakfast that’s hearty, filling, and ready to eat in no time flat.

When my son Kory was little, I decided to move back down South to Sunny Florida; unfortunately after moving here one of the things that really seemed to irk my son was the fact I couldn’t find his favorite morning breakfast item, “CoCo Wheats” I searched high and low every store that I went in to shop, still nothing. I felt defeated as a mom telling him I couldn’t find them and was almost ready to order them if I could just to keep the peace.

Southern Chocolate Grits n Berries

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Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I can not begin to tell you how delightful Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon really is without thinking back to the look that would come across my beautiful mama’s face when she would talk about how when she first had Chocolate gravy over her mama’s house in Tennessee, she felt like heaven and earth moved that day.

One of the MOST iconic recipes to date from the South, Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.I know some of y’all are asking, “What exactly is Chocolate Gravy?”,  it’s pure chocolate heaven that we Southerners serve over our homemade buttermilk biscuits made of simple staple ingredients you probably already have sitting right in your cupboard and refrigerator now. It’s not a fudge sauce nor a chocolate sauce, it’s somewhere between, yet has a smoky flavor and is made from a special  cocoa and flour-based roux cooked to perfection in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Continue reading

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custardy homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is  the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it’s just that darn good.

Can you remember being a child, eating this amazing dessert that mama or grannie would make to take along to every church function, potluck, picnic, or family reunion? I don’t know about y’all,  I don’t remember there ever being a box of instant pudding involved. We have gotten so busy with the kids, work, and running around we have forgotten how easy and delicious it really is to have a good ole fashioned dessert made from scratch.

Homemade Banana PuddingBanana Pudding is usually associated with the Southern states for some reason, yet it is made throughout the United States for several years. One of the earliest recipes noted of Banana Pudding was in “The Kentucky Receipt Book”, by Mary Harris Frazer in 1903.  Her recipe does not include vanilla wafers… Continue reading