Tara on Mar 1st 2012
When preparing meals theses days, not only must I be frugal and healthy conscious, but also I must consider the gluten free eaters around here. Sometimes my brain stalls, sometimes it is creative, and sometimes my brain just tells me to go with what I have in the fridge/pantry.
The youngn’s were hungry here one weekday [...]
Tara on Dec 30th 2011
Although I’m a southern gal, this is my favorite way to eat black eyed peas. You could also add a cup of country ham pieces if you are partial to the west and the south! Happy New Year!
For this meal, I started with one pound package of black eyed peas and cooked them according to [...]
Tara on Nov 14th 2011
Monday is here again so here’s another meatless dish that was a people pleaser in our house. Start with enough Idaho potatoes that have been washed and dried to feed your crowd. Make small vertical slits in the potatoes, cutting ALMOST all the way through the bottom half of each potato. Mix about 1/2 stick [...]
Tara on Nov 10th 2011
Here’s another soup recipe that is a nice addition to the fall rotation Cousin Pam’s Curried Pumpkin Soup. It’s quick and easy to whip up and creates a festive look served in a pie pumpkin or bread bowl. My cousin Pam and I used to hang out in Granddaddy’s tobacco barn when we were young. [...]
Tara on Nov 7th 2011
Here’s one of my all time favorite recipes from a former high school peep – Betsy. This cornbread is made with Jiffy Cornbread Mix and frozen broccoli. It makes a hearty serving and could easily compliment a light soup to make a well rounded meal.
2 Boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
1 12 oz carton small curd cottage [...]
Tara on Oct 17th 2011
Here’s a pleasing side dish that is much easier to make than sweet potato casserole and is a tasty way to welcome fall. Just wash some large sweet potatoes, and wrap them in foil. Then bake them at 425 degrees for about an hour, until potatoes are soft when you squeeze them. Next remove [...]
Tara on Sep 26th 2011
One of our favorite places do dine on a special occasion is Maggiano’s. My favorite menu item is a simple appetizer – Fried Zucchini! Although Maggiano’s recipe remains a secret – I’ve come pretty close to duplicating this favorite and couldn’t wait to share it. I am also tempted to use yellow squash in place [...]
Tara on Sep 19th 2011
Black Eyed Pea Salad
It’s Monday again and time for another Meatless Monday post. I’ve never really been a fan of black eyed peas, but this salad is incredible. Before passing judgement – be brave, be bold, and try it!
I served this as a salad, but you could also serve it as a salsa/dip along with [...]
Tara on Sep 12th 2011
I just love my Grandmother. She recently celebrated her 93rd birthday and assured me that she has lived a LONG time. Although she has slowed down a bit in recent years, her mind is as sharp as a tack. And her sharp mind is complimented by her quick wit. She makes me laugh out loud.
Tara on Sep 5th 2011
One of my favorite traditional Southern dishes is Fried Okra. Honestly, I could make a meal with Fried Okra. Fresh okra makes the best fried okra. I grew up picking okra from my paternal and maternal granparents’ gardens as well as our own family garden. And I picked up a batch at the farmers market to [...]