Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

A bit of cooked Barley was the “by-product” of my Healthy Lemon Ginger Barley Water recipe awhile back. Well, if you know me, you know I try to waste nothing, and sure didn’t want to waste a morsel of wonderful, chewy, nutty Barley. (I love it, and so should you, btw! It’s really good for you!) And so I went on a quest and that quest ended in this Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley. It’s a lot to use a cup of Barley, huh?!

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

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Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

I don’t know who to “blame” for me whipping up this Southern Tomato Gravy the other day. Certainly not all my family that has migrated down to Georgia because I have never had Southern Tomato Gravy at their homes nor heard the words Tomato Gravy pass their lips. I knew it was going to be just the thing to go over the leftover Biscuits I made the other day, though.

Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

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Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for years and have never posted my Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy. I think it’s because I have a little angst about the dish.

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

It’s so good and I’m crazy about it, but I try not to eat it too often. Actually, though, with today’s leaner pork and sausage it probably isn’t as bad as I fear, but I’m still not going to run the nutritional numbers. I’d rather be happy and ignorant!

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New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

Instant Pot Yaka Mein

I have seen so many articles and posts about Yaka Mein, ever since Anthony Bourdain featured Miss Linda Green on his show, “No Reservations.” But Yaka Mein first came on my radar in this article from Go Nola. I knew I just had to taste Yaka Mein and I knew the only way that was going to happen is if I made it myself. So here is my Instant Pot Yaka Mein. (Stovetop directions included, too.)

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein – Stovetop directions, too.

Yaka Mein has a long history so I’m not going to go too much into that because it’s been covered extensively elsewhere, like in this article from The Deep South. I am going to tell you to make it if I can be so bossy! And make it soon. There’s no need to lose another day without having Yaka Mein in your belly!

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Classic Eggs Benedict & Hollandaise Sauce

Classic Eggs Benedict

Do you know what my favorite breakfast in the whole world is? Hint: Classic Eggs Benedict. Ok, so I just straight up told ya. That’s because I don’t like to mess around in the morning. Just gimme my Eggs Benedict and I’m happy. And don’t talk to me.

Classic Eggs Benedict & Hollandaise Sauce

Classic Eggs Benedict & Hollandaise Sauce

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Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

I know it’s summer, mid-July, but I just had to do Barbecue Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot with some of the Honey Barbecue Pulled Pork I made the other day. No Instant Pot? No worries. The stovetop instructions for Barbecue Chicken Chili are here, too.

Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

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Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken

Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken

I wish we all had time to stand in front of the barbecue and have parties on the deck (or by the pool if you’re so lucky) but man, sometimes we’re just busy and need to eat! That’s when this big batch of Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a lifesaver.

Corn Fritter Pancakes.Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

Corn Fritter Pancakes. Honey Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Salsa & Honey Lime Slaw

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Beer Can Burgers

Beer Can Burgers

By now we’ve all heard of Beer Can Chicken, haven’t we? Now we have Beer Can Burgers! Yes, yes, yes, please! Yes to a burger wrapped in bacon and filled with awesome deliciousness. Including cheese. Ya gotta have cheese in these! These are going to be perfect for Fourth of July or Father’s Day or anytime you want a burger extravaganza!

Beer Can Burgers- this one is Jalapeno and Pepperjack Cheese

Beer Can Burgers- this one is Jalapeno and Pepperjack Cheese

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts

I don’t know what possessed me to make Homemade Pop Tarts the other day. Hausfrau gone wild? Seriously, I never really liked pop tarts. Oh, I like the idea of them, a jammy filling nestled between two sheets of flakey, buttery pastry but the commercial variety just never did it for me.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts

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Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs Smoked, Oven, Instant Pot

If there’s one thing I love every now and then, it’s a really good spare rib. A good bark, great flavor, juicy, tender and a NOT fall off the bone rib! See, ribs should have a sweet spot where they have a beautiful “bite” but don’t slide off the bone and slap you on the chin! These Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs deliver on all points.

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs with Cheers Boston Baked Beans

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Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

So has anybody had their DNA done? I gave my Dad a test for his birthday and the results were a mix of expected and surprising. Kind of like this Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad. See DNA kind of boggles my mind, but once I thought of it like I think about food it makes sense to me.

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

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Carne Asada for Steak Tacos (or whatever else you'd like to make!)

Grilled & Barbecued Recipes

I thought I’d gather up some of the favorite summery grilled recipes on my site, just to have them in one place. I hope you’ll find some inspiration here, and look for more to come! I think it’s gonna be one hot summer. If you just got an email with a rather strange and unfinished post, my apologies! It was supposed to be this one!
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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Ok, so Memorial Day Weekend is starting! And for a lot of people that means grill outs and barbecues. But what if you want luscious, succulent pulled pork but aren’t into barbecuing and smoking? Well, that’s when you need a little Instant Pot Pulled Pork in your life.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole & Beef Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us, the day that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French near the city of Puebla on 5 May 1862. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican culture. If you know me, you gotta know that I’m down with that & I hardly need any excuse to whip up some Mexican food. I thought I’d celebrate the day with Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole napped over Shredded Barbacoa Beef Enchiladas.

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

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Chicken Chickpea Orecchiette Pasta Soup

Chicken, Chickpea & Orecchiette Pasta Soup

Hey, ya’ll, I hope you’ll forgive another soup recipe if it’s 80 degrees where you are, but seeing as we have tons of snow I’m still in full on comfort mode. But maybe no matter what the temp is where you are, you’ll want to try this Chicken, Chickpea & Orecchiette Pasta Soup. Can I say Hygge? I feel a little silly when I get all trendy and say things like Hygge, but look it up. This soup will be in the definition.

Chicken Chickpea Orecchiette Pasta Soup

Chicken Chickpea & Orecchiette Pasta Soup

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