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New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder - this is the perfect recipe and it's easy to adjust to your liking! Use canned or frozen clams or cook fresh if they're available.

So last week I posted Philly Cheesesteak Sliders (before I knew how badly our Vikings were going to be trounced!) This week, I thought what the heck. New England Clam Chowder was in order. For the Superbowl, eh? You betcha.

New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder – make this as thick or as thin as you’d like, very easily!

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Southern Skillet Cornbread

Real Deal Southern Cast Iron Cornbread

You know I posted a recipe just the other day for some very special cornbread – my Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. And declared (oh but I do declare a lot of things – just because it’s my blog, lol) that being a Northerner I liked my cornbread light & fluffy & moist.

Pintos with Southern Skillet Cornbread
Pintos with Southern Skillet Cornbread

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Balsamic Bacon Vinaigrette

Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette from the famed Magnolia Grill. Perfect for summer or fall (or anytime!) Easy, too.

I’ve never eaten at the famed Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina. I heard of it only through recipes that had popped up in food magazines here and there. That’s where I got the recipe, years ago, for Balsamic Bacon Vinaigrette.

Balsamic Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing
Magnolia Grill’s Balsamic Bacon Vinaigrette

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad: Done in the style of Southern Germany with Bacon & Vinegar. This is based off an old family recipe handed down from Grandma!

If you’ve never had a really good German Potato Salad, you might think you might think you don’t care for it. I know this to be true because I’ve tried, from time to time, grocery store deli German Potato Salad. It doesn’t compare to what you can make at home.

German Potato Salad

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad - the flavor comes from dry Ranch mix, either home-made or store bought and it's fantastic!

I admit to being surprised that I liked this Bacon Ranch Potato Salad so much, and so did the folks. And I have my lil’ sis (who I no longer consider evil for suggesting such a salad knowing I’m not a Ranch fan) to thank.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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Irish Pub Nachos

Ok, so they’re not Irish and they’re not really Nachos. But what Irish Pub Nachos are is ooey, gooey, cheesy potato deliciousness with the spiciness of nachos. And there’s bacon (or corned beef, if you have some) sprinkled throughout. You might call this an appetizer, but for us it was a fun meal.

Irish Pub Nachos
Irish Pub Nachos

I apologize coz I “over posted” today but I wanted you to see some of the options I use in/on these incredible Irish Pub Nachos. (links are at the bottom of the post)

First of all, these Irish Pub Nachos are just a little spiced up with home-made Wing Sauce. Do you make your own? It’s so super simple & you can customize your flavors. If you don’t want to go there, add a little taco seasoning, store-bought or home-made to your wing sauce. Taco Bell’s taco sauce is great on this, too. Just sayin’.

Irish Pub Nachos
Irish Pub Nachos

Now Ranch isn’t usually my thing, but everyone I know loves it (maybe everyone in the world?) so I ditched the plain old sour cream for this creamy Yogurt Ranch. Now neither the Wing Sauce or the Ranch HAS to be home-made, but you’ll thank me if you make the Ranch, and you’re welcome! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Get the potatoes right on this and it hardly matters what else you put on top! I like some brown and crispy and some a bit softer but err on the side of crispier. I bake, but frying is quicker – messier, but quicker. Once those potatoes are done, the rest takes just minutes.

Irish Pub Nachos
Irish Pub Nachos

As far as cheese, personally, I like a melty, not too aged (read grocery store) cheddar & a little Monterrey Jack. Sometimes I jazz it up with something with some real personality and sprinkle a little Bleu Cheese over the top. Or maybe a little Feta or Asiago.

Then go crazy and top with whatever favorite nacho toppings you want! Pickled Jalapenos or Cowboy Candy? Yes, please. Maybe a little salsa, a sprinkle of green onion or cilantro. Avocado would be great. Pickled Red Onions can’t be wrong, either.

Irish Pub Nachos
Irish Pub Nachos

Irish Pub Nachos

Fun potato “nachos” layered with cheese and corned beef or bacon. Serve with Home-made Yogurt Ranch and toppings of choice.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Yield: serves 4 - 6


  • 4 potatoes, peeled if desired & sliced thinly into rounds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper (be generous)
  • a little Wing Sauce, store-bought or home-made, doctored with a little taco seasoning
  • 6 to 8 ounces (or more) shredded cheddar cheese, taco cheese, or a cheddar jack blend
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked chopped bacon pieces (abt 4 strips) or finely chopped cooked corned beef – see note on corned beef
  • ounces of a sharper cheese: bleu cheese, Parmesan, Feta, Asiago, optional
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Cilantro, chopped chives, thinly sliced green onion to sprinkle on top, as desired
  • Other toppings as desired: Avocado, Guacamole, Black Olives, Pickled Jalapeno, diced onion or red onion, etc.


In a container large enough to hold the sliced potatoes, add a teaspoon of salt and a good pinch of sugar (optional) and soak the potatoes for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry (lay out on a clean kitchen towel, cover with another towel and lightly press.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut parchment paper to fit one very large or two smaller baking sheets with. There should be enough room so the potatoes are in a single layer. Place the pan or pans in the oven to preheat.

When potatoes have soaked and are dried, lay them out on the parchment sheet or sheets, sprinkle generously olive oil, toss and rub, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread into a single layer. Remove a baking sheet from the oven and slide the parchment carefully, with the potatoes on top, onto the baking sheet.

Place in oven and bake for a total of about 35 to 40 minutes, turning and rotating the pans once or twice and with a thin spatula, turning the potatoes and rearranging and removing as necessary. Bake until lightly browned and crisped.

Remove potatoes. If using more than one tray, put all the potatoes together, spread out on a single tray. Turn oven up to 475 degrees. Drizzle potatoes with a little Wing Sauce. Using about 1/2 the cheddar, sprinkle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with bacon or corned beef, then the secondary cheese of choice and top with the remaining cheddar.

Bake about 10 minutes, rotating as necessary. Remove from oven, garnish and eat immediately, accompanied by Ranch, Pico de Gallo or Salsa.


If you’d prefer to fry the potatoes, preheat oil to 375 degrees f. Working in batches, place potatoes into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper bags or paper towels and proceed with recipe.

For corned beef: you can add diced or shredded cooked corned beef but this is even better if you heat a tablespoon of oil in a small skillet, heat and add the corned beef, tossing and cooking until it’s a little crispy on the edges.

Links for Home-made Taco Seasoning, Home-made Wing Sauce and Home-made Ranch and Pico de Gallo are at the bottom of the post. Follow the links.


I’ll be bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Sarah @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed and Liz @ Spades, Spatulas, and Spoons

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Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

The best stuffed mushroom, ever! I mean, bacon! Creamy, cheesy and so much flavor.

There’s something that’s very gratifying about cooking for my folks – I teasingly call them my victims because they get the brunt of my new recipes and various concoctions. You’d think at their age they’d be a little jaded about food so I love it when their eyes light up and I get the little happy noises when they eat.

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

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My Sister’s Ridiculously Delish Bacon Stuffing

Bacon Stuffing: I was hesitant but this stuffing is out of this world amazing!

Have you ever wished there could be a Turkey Stuffing permeated with the rich flavor and smokiness of bacon? One that’s fantastic in the bird & in a casserole? A seriously crave-worthy stuffing?

Bacon Stuffing or Dressing
Bacon Stuffing or Dressing

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